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Page 10-The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 28, 1991

WEST

National

League

Preview

EAST

Dodgers to win on 'just
more than a hunch'
by Ken Su giura
Daily Sports Writer
To me, the National League West is a lot like the Brady Bunch. Six
teams and six kids.
First of all, let's get rid of the non-factors. The Houston Astros and
the Atlanta Braves are the Cindy and Bobby of the division - too young
(Atlanta) or too weak (both) to match up with their superior division ri-
vals. Any ascendance from the cellar would be equaled in specter only by
Bobby's inconceivable chin-up victory over Greg.
Jan, the neurotic failure, easily represents the San Diego Padres. In re-
cent seasons, the Padres have been predicted to win or at least finish
strongly.
But San Diego has responded to the call to perform with underachieve-
ment and self-destruction. Managerial problems and infighting have been
to the Padres what pom-pom tryouts and family portraits meant for Jan.
Now, we come upon the real cast members; Marsha, Greg and Peter, or
the Dodgers, Reds and Giants. First, we examine the Los Angeles
Dodgers, runners-up last season to the World Champion Reds.
The Dodgers seem to have everything going for them. With the addi-
tions of Brett Butler and Darryl Strawberry, among others, Tommy
Lasorda's level of optimism can only be matched by the excitement felt by
Marsha before a groovy date.
Of course, every consideration must be granted to the Cincinnati Reds,
who last season swept mighty Oakland for the World Series title. The
Reds, like Greg, have, all the requirements necessary for success. Cincinnati
features an incredible arsenal of hitting and pitching, including former
Wolverines Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, and Hal Morris.
Unfortunately, the Reds are cursed by their own taboo on their path
back to glory, namely owner Marge Schott. Schott has repeatedly alienated
and infuriated various team members, the latest incident involving star
centerfielder Eric Davis.
This leaves the San Francisco Giants, who regrettably bear no resem-
blance to Peter, other than a proclivity for fisticuffs. Compare Peter's
TKO of Buddy Hinton to the Giants' various rumbles with other National
League teams. Any club featuring Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, and Matt
Williams - in addition to managerial mastermind Roger Craig - will
always merit consideration.
But with stellar pitching and a career year from a happy Darryl
Strawberry, who has been removed from the torture chamber that defines
New York, the Dodgers will win the division.

-N- E
SPO RTING IEW

Cubs win! Cubs
win! Holy cow!
by Ryan Herrington
Daily Sports Writer
Fans of the Windy city will be cheering again this summer on both
sides of town, with the White Sox moving into the new Comiskey Park and
the Cubs picking up some extra talent in the offseason which should giv
them the edge in the National League East.
1. Chicago Cubs. Signing George Bell gives the Cubs another potential
all-star. The Cubs also added starter Danny Jackson to what is a fairly
strong rotation, when healthy. Manager Don Zimmer must hope that
pitchers Rick Sutcliffe and closer Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams stay
healthy.
2. New York Mets. For the Mets to challenge for the division, their
"new-look" offense must have strong pitching. With the loss of slugger
Darryl Strawberry to free agency, the Mets lose much of their offense. The
Mets are relying on free agents Hubie Brooks and Vince Coleman to fi
some of the void left by Strawberry's departure. However, Brooks' care-
best in home-runs is only 20 and Coleman's average may suffer from
playing home games on natural grass.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates. The Buckos have fallen on difficult times since
last October's playoffs. Both Bobby Bonilla and last year's MVP, Barry
Bonds have been outspoken about the fact that they feel unappreciated in
Pittsburgh. Question marks regarding their bullpen and infield also leave
doubts in the minds of many that the Pirates will be the first team since
the '76-'78 Phillies to repeat in the East.
4. Montreal Expos. The 'Spos were still suffering from the loss of
three starters to free agency in 1989 when Kevin Gross decided to go to
L.A. this winter. This leaves a young Expo team with little in quality
starting pitching. The departure of Tim Raines leaves little hope for a
division title.
5. Philadelphia Phillies. One of the few teams not to delve into the
free agent market this winter, the Phillies should finish fifth in the
division. Unless Dale Murphy can do a quick impersonation of Superman,
there will be many empty seats in the Vet this summer.
6. St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards were division winners three times in
the 1980s. How the mighty have fallen. What is most memorable about
theirl990 season is the man who won the team and league batting crown
Willie McGee, was not playing in a St. Louis uniform at the end of th
season. The absence of Joe Magrane from the 1991 staff is yet another
setback. Don't expect any miracles here.

The Cincinnati Reds, with centerfielder Eric Davis fully recovered from
his World Series injury, will challenge Los Angeles for the NL West title.

W OMEN'S A.D.
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until Dec. 1, but I have a sense of
responsibility to our incoming
players," she said. "I have a sense of
responsibility to the volleyball
program."
The North Carolina native will
be responsible for the day-to-day
and long-range operation and plan-
ning of the 10-sport Wolverine
women's program. She will addi-
tionally serve as Michigan's
women's athletics liaison to the

NCAA, the Big Ten, and the
Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey
Conference.
Organization seems to be the
focus for the type of program that
she wishes to run. "He
(Weidenbach) wants an organiza-
tion that operates under a tight ship.
That has been a reputation of mine
for years - to be organized and
disciplined. And I'd like to bring
that to the women's program."
Bradley-Doppes has been a suc-
cessful coach for 12 years and she
hopes that her coaching experience

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will serve her well as athletic
director. "I'm going to be a coaches'
administrator. The only thing
changing, right now, is that instead
of coaching my team, I'll be
administrating a new team, and that
will be my coaches."
Prior to her position at Mich-
igan, which began slightly over a
year ago, Bradley-Doppes served as
the women's volleyball coach at
both Miami (Ohio) University
(1978-1983) and the University of
North Carolina (1984-1989). Her
Miami teams won two Mid-
American Conference Champion-
ships, and she was named MAC
Coach of the Year in 1980. While at
UNC, Bradley-Doppes lead her
teams to two ACC Championships
and won ACC Coach of the Year
accolades in 1989.
Look your best
for Easter!!
"6 Barber Stylists
-No waiting
Dascola Stylists
opposite Jacobson's 668-9329

Krickstein
lights up
the Palace
by Becky Weiss
Daily Sports Writer
AUBURN HILLS - Michigan
fans who came only to see the later
doubles match, which paired Pete
Sampras and former Wolverine star
Malavai Washington against Grosse
Pointe Woods' Aaron Krickstein
and Tim Wilkison, may have missed
the real action.
In the singles portion of the
Kings of Tennis Classic at the
Palace Tuesday night, Krickstein de-
feated U.S. Open champion Sampras
6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6-3) in the first match
to ever go the maximum three sets
in the tournament's history.
Although the match was only an
exhibition, Krickstein's intensity
didn't waver.
"Going into any match, I want to
win and play my best," Krickstein
said.

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Playing his
Krickstein feels
pable of doing
ankle. Now
Krickstein was
sixth in 1989.

best is one thing
he has not been ca-
since spraining his
ranked No. 25,
ranked as high as

Former Wolverine superstar Malivai Washington yesterday played an
exhibition doubles match paired with U.S. Open champ Pete Sampras.

"When I'm healthy, I am a legit-
imate top 10 player," Krickstein
said. "I've been there before and I
know I can still do it."
Sampras, who is also battling an
injury, had the opportunity to pair
up with Washington, who is la-
belled "one of the most fit men on
the tour." Sampras pulled his calf
muscle in his February match
against Andre Agassi, and was
forced to withdraw from the match.
"I played a lot of tennis last
year, and my body is breaking down

a little bit," Sampras said.
Krickstein and Wilkison won the
one-set doubles match, 6-3, as the
strain of his injury and his draining
three-set match with Krickstein
took their toll on Sampras. The fact
that the match was an exhibition
was also obvious as Sampras made
repeated unforced errors, sometimes
with a smile on his face. He even
tried a behind-the-back shot instead
of stretching for a slightly out-of-
reach backhand.
True to his notoriously calm
playing style, Washington was a bit
more serious. Serving only two

games, he had one ace and two unre-
turnable serves. Sampras, who
pounded 18 aces in his match with
Krickstein, lost his first service
game of the doubles match at love. 0
The only problem in
Washington's first year on the tour,
marked by a string of successes and
culminating with the Rookie-of-
the-Year title, may have been his
limited doubles experience.
"I haven't been playing a whole
lot of doubles on the tour this
year," Washington said. "I've
mostly concentrated on improving
my singles ranking."

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