Spirit's ban of McIntosh will continue for Crunch Word from Stankovic: 'Nothing has changed'

April 04, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The suspension of leading scorer Franklin McIntosh will be extended through the Spirit's playoff series with the Cleveland Crunch, player/coach Mike Stankovic announced yesterday.

"Nothing has changed. He will be out this series, as well," said Stankovic, whose team meets the Crunch in the first game of the best-of-five American Division finals Friday night in Cleveland.

"We have to do what is best for the team, and right now we're playing well and we don't want to change anything."

McIntosh, the the National Professional Soccer League's all-time scoring leader, was suspended by the club for the team's final two regular-season games and for the Spirit's two-game playoff sweep of the Harrisburg Heat for failing to report to practice on March 21.

McIntosh, who could not be reached for comment, isn't the only player the Spirit will be missing for the division finals. Baltimore forward Brad Smith has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.

Smith, who had 30 points in 31 games this season, received the diagnosis Tuesday and is scheduled for surgery May 6 at Union Memorial Hospital. he is expected to be ready for next season's training camp.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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