at Western Michigan
Today, 3 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Thursday, April 11, 1991
Ann Arbor's World
Cup bid s
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Writer
After having a very optimistic
outlook, the Michigan World Cup
Bid Committee has terminated its
pursuit of obtaining permission to
use Michigan Stadium as a site for
World Cup matches in 1994.
Michael Malley, a member of
the bid committee, cited a lack of
cooperation by the University's
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics as a factor in the failed ef-
"It was just a failure of the
board to participate in the bid pro-
cess," he said.
However, Arthur Coxford, Jr., a
faculty member on the board, found
the reason much more elementary.
He explained that because a soccer
field's playing surface is "much
larger than a football field's, a plat-
form would have had to be con-
structed to create a large enough
Consultants examining the pos-
sibility of a platform concluded, "it
Would be very unlikely that the turf
for the football field would be us-
able that fall," Coxford said.
Previously, Michigan's chances
looked promising. The committee
had met with interim Athletic
Director Jack Weidenbach,and went
before the Board of Regents to pre-
sent its case. However, the Regents
failed to respond, and then the com-
plications with the platform arose.
The failed venture represents a
lost opportunity for Ann Arbor to
be the hub of a probable $250 mil-
lion tourist spending spree in south-
The committee is now looking
toward a different possibility -
holding matches in the Pontiac
Silverdome. FIFA, soccer's interna-
tional governing body, mandates
that all World Cup matches be
played on natural grass, which pre-
sents a unique challenge to the in-
However, many advances have
been made toward that end, and
Malley believes at least one domed
stadium will be selected as a site.
"If we solve the problem of the
grass, we're very optimistic about
our chances," he said.
The two other possible indoor
sites, the Houston Astrodome and
the Louisiana Superdome, both face
more obstacles than the Silverdome.
The Astrodome houses the base-
ball Astros which would create
scheduling problems. And the
Superdome's ceiling does not permit
light in, whereas the Silverdome's
roof is translucent.
vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 1 p.m.
M bats reign over
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Baseball Writer swept the final three innings. The
April showers reached the two pitchers were sandwiched-
friendly confines of Fisher Stadium around three other Michigan
yesterday, where the Michigan base- hurlers.
ball squad whipped Central Freehan allowed Brock and:
Michigan, 11-4. Pfaff, the aces of the Wolverine
The downpour was not of rain, staff, to throw only 40 pitches each.
but of Wolverine home runs. Four Cymbalski, Terry Woods, and Chris
Chippewa pitchers, including loser Newton filled the gap. But the trio
Steve Nowak (2-2), were swamped gave up four runs and six hits ina
by Michigan's offensive tempest. three and one-third innings.
The Wolverines scored in every in- "We separated Brock and Pfaff,
ning except the third and the sixth. with guys who we're hoping to get
The offensive domination arrived better performances from," Freehan@
early and often. In the opening in- said. "We are looking for someone
ning, center fielder Steve Buerkel in the bullpen to get some people
hit his first home run of the year, out, but we're just not getting it."
and left fielder Dan Ruff popped his The victory was salvaged by
Leam-leading fifth round-tripper. Pfaff, who earned the first save of
Two more runs in the second in- his career. It is the first time in two
fing put Michigan (16-13-1) ahead, seasons that a Wolverine pitcher
4-0. But any hope of an early other than Todd Marion earned a
blowout was erased by a Central save.
Michigan comeback. The Chippewas The strength of the WolverineO
(12-10) pounded out three runs on offense has never been in doubt.,
three hits against rookie hurler Neither has the power of rookie des-
Brent Cymbalski - who earned hisineitter s t erHolredes-
first collegiate victory - in the ignated hitter Nate Holdren, who,
Fourth inning, to pull within 4-3. rocketed his fourth home run of then
fourh ining topul witin -3. year in the fifth inning. The homer
"We need to have a take-charge was so decisive that CMU left
attitude," Michigan coach Bill fielder Tim Dowd did not even
Freehan said. "When you get some- bother to watch the ball fly ovet
one down, you've got to stomp the wall.
them. That's the killer instinct that
we don't have." Second baseman Scott*
Rather, that's the killer instinct Timmerman teed off on every
that most of the pitching staff does Chippewa pitcher. He went 3 for 5
not have. Russell Brock shut out the and banged out four RBI. Tiim
Chippewai over the first two and Flannelly, who went 0 for 5, saw
two-thirds innings, and Jason Pfaff his 10-game hitting streak end.
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215 S. State St.
Michigan catcher Mike Methany takes a swing against Bowling Green.
Yesterday, Methany and the Wolverines beat Central Michigan, 11-4.
Yesterday's Michigan softball
Western Michigan was
cancelled due to
The games have
to Monday, April 15 at
3 p.m. in Kalamazoo, Mich.
NYC next stop on Blue sailors' cruise
THE MICHIGAN UNION BOOKSTORE
IS PROUD TO WELCOME
by Todd Greenberg
The Michigan men's sailing team
had its first taste of Midwest com-
petition two weeks ago at Purdue,
and it rather enjoyed the taste. The
Wolverines turned in their best per-
formance of the season, taking sec-
ond place in the 14-team field.
Ryan McClaughlin and Ed
Campaniello led Michigan with a
first-place finish in the most com-
petitive, "A" division. Chris Brown
and Dan O'Connor alsosailedwell,
placing second in the "B" division.
The Wolverines' success at
Purdue bodes well for their chances
for post-season play.
"The teams we faced are the same
ones we will be facing in May - in
the regional eliminations - to
qualify for the national champi-
onships," captain Tim Mackey said.
While their teammates were
competing in Purdue, the women's
team travelled to Tufts to compete
against tough East Coast competi-
tion. Led by Kim Kelly and Kathy
Teeple in the "A" division and
Fiona Saunders in the "B" division,
Michigan took ninth place in the 12-
This past weekend, the
Wolverines divided again, as some
competed at Miami (Ohio) in a
midwestern regatta, while the rest
of the team sailed in a co-educa-
tional regatta at Tufts.
Michigan placed fourth out of 14
teams at Purdue, with Todd Lawso4
and Lynne Beineman leading t,
"B" division for half the race.
Michigan had a more difficult
time at Tufts, placing 14th in a 17,
"We didn't do as well as we
wanted to," Mackey said. "But this
is the only place they use larks (a
type of sailing boat), and we don't
practice with these. Once we got ad-
justed, we did pretty well."
Upcoming for the Wolverines Ji0
a regatta in New York City this
weekend. This final major regatta
will be the last chance for Michigan
to measure itself against the best of
the Eastern competition before na-
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