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November 30, 1998
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November 30, 1998

Scorecard

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QUICK OUT A OF THE GATE

AVG. YARDS/1ST DRIVE

FIRST DOWNS

TDs/FGs

Broncos (11-0)

47.8

20

4/2

Packers (7-4)

39.9

18

3/2

Jaguars (8-3)

36.2

19

4/0

SLOW TO PULL THEIR WEIGHT

AVG. YARDS/1ST DRIVE

FIRST DOWNS

TDs/FGs

Patriots (6-5)

11.0

7

0/0

Rams (3-8)

13.3

8

1/0

Ravens (4-7)

18.0

12

1/0

Cross-Country Accidents
Deer Diary...

Swarthmore's Jeff Doyon encountered the usual runner's woes during the NCAA Division III Mideast regional cross-country meet on Nov. 15, but cramped calves and blistered feet aren't why he finished 220th in a field of 268. Halfway through the five-mile race, which passed through a cornfield in Center Valley, Pa., Doyon saw a deer bounding out of a thicket of cornstalks. "It didn't seem that strange," Doyon says, "but at the last second he came right at me."

The deer hip-checked Doyon to the ground, where he banged his head and lost his glasses. "I was so stunned that I took off my shoes," Doyon says. "I always do that after I finish a race." After a few moments he groggily relaced his shoes and completed the course in a time of 30:55.86, more than five minutes behind the winner. Before the attack, Doyon had been on pace for his best time of the year.

If Doyon needs cheering up, he might talk to Randy Todd, a senior at Lake Worth (Texas) High. On Nov. 7, Todd, a three-time District 11-3A champion, was in second place three quarters of a mile into the Region II championship race and heading for a finish that would qualify him for the state meet—until a three-year-old boy wandered out of the crowd and into Todd's path. Todd crashed into the child and fell on top of him. Neither was hurt, but Todd lost precious time when he pulled the boy to the side of the course to keep him from being trampled by other runners. Todd finished 13th, three excruciating spots out of a state championship berth. "This would have been my first year to go to states," says Todd. "After the race, let's just say I wasn't too happy."

NHL Trade Flurry
Roman Charges

Entering this season, the Los Angeles Kings' rugged, 6'3", 223-pound center, Roman Vopat, was best known for his part in one famous trade. On Feb. 27, 1996, he was Los Angeles's most highly touted acquisition in a multiplayer deal that sent the king of Kings, Wayne Gretzky, to the St. Louis Blues. Since this season opened, however, Vopat, 22, has made history as a pawn in the most rapid succession of trades an NHL player has endured.

Oct. 7 to 28: Vopat, who has yo-yoed between the minors and the NHL for two seasons, gets into only three of the Kings' first nine games. He says he spends so much would-be ice time on an exercise bicycle that he feels as if he's "training for the Tour de France."

Oct. 29: Vopat's Tour de NHL begins when he's sent to the Colorado Avalanche for the highly un-Gretzkyesque Eric Lacroix, a winger who has not recorded either a goal or an assist this season. Vopat heads enthusiastically to Denver and says upon arrival, "I'm excited for every practice."

Nov. 10: After practicing exuberantly and diligently for 11 days but not getting into a game, Vopat is shipped to the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Cam Russell, whom the Hawks had been using sparingly. Says Vopat, "This is a great opportunity for me to prove I can play in this league."

Nov. 17: Vopat, without a point in three games for the Hawks, is sent to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger Mike Maneluk, a longtime minor leaguer whose rights the Flyers acquired from the Ottawa Senators last year for $1. Through Sunday, Vopat was pointless in three games with Philadelphia. Says Vopat, "Am I bad"? Am I good? I really don't know. I just hope this is the last team for me."

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