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February 1, 1998
Opponent: Edmonton DrillersSite: Edmonton (Alberta) ColiseumTime: 8: 05Radio: WCBM (680 AM)Outlook: The Spirit makes its 14th try for a road victory, but it won't be easy with only 10 players available. Missing for various reasons will be Sasa Zoric, Alek Milenovic, Ronnie Simmons and Denison Cabral. The Spirit beat the Drillers in Baltimore, 15-13, three weeks ago.Pub Date: 2/01/98
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By Glenn P. Graham | December 2, 2000
The National Professional Soccer League has ceased operations of the Edmonton Drillers, a franchise in the league since 1988, effective immediately, according to commissioner Steve Ryan. The league, which took over operations of the franchise on Nov. 15 on an interim basis after Edmonton ownership failed to meet payroll obligations, was unable to find new local ownership. The league is now working on revising the remainder of the 2000-2001 schedule. It will also conduct a re-entry draft for the Edmonton players on Monday afternoon, providing them with an opportunity to finish the season with other teams in the league.
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SPORTS
March 5, 2000
Opponent: Edmonton Drillers Site: Sky Reach Center, Edmonton, Alberta Time: 4: 05 p.m. Radio: WCBM (680 AM) Outlook: The Blast needs to come back with a good performance today after a disappointing 13-8 loss at Cleveland on Friday night. Edmonton lost the previous meeting with the Blast, 22-12. The Drillers are 13-3 at home, second best in the league behind Milwaukee. Forward Nikola Vignjevic, who played well in the first meeting with the Blast, leads the team in scoring.
SPORTS
By Brent Jones | April 13, 2000
American Conference No. 1 Cleveland Crunch (29-17) vs. No. 2 Blast (28-18) Season series: Cleveland, 4-1. Playoff history: Cleveland, 5-2. Outlook: Cleveland, the defending NPSL champion, started the season slowly, but won eight of its last 10 games to overtake the Blast for the top spot in the American Conference. The Crunch is hurt by having to start the series on the road, where it went 7-15 this season, second worst of the remaining teams. Cleveland played all its games at home in the first-round series against Montreal because of scheduling problems.
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By Glenn P. Graham | December 2, 2000
The National Professional Soccer League has ceased operations of the Edmonton Drillers, a franchise in the league since 1988, effective immediately, according to commissioner Steve Ryan. The league, which took over operations of the franchise on Nov. 15 on an interim basis after Edmonton ownership failed to meet payroll obligations, was unable to find new local ownership. The league is now working on revising the remainder of the 2000-2001 schedule. It will also conduct a re-entry draft for the Edmonton players on Monday afternoon, providing them with an opportunity to finish the season with other teams in the league.
SPORTS
By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
In Jason Dieter's fifth season with the Spirit, the good events have far outnumbered the bad, off the field as well as on.The most recent was last Saturday, when he raised his career-high goals total for one season to 18 with three in the loss to the Kansas City Attack.As the Spirit prepares for tonight's game against the Edmonton Drillers at Baltimore Arena, Dieter is only three shy of his career best in points, 44 in his rookie season of 1992-93.It all began last fall with what Dieter calls a "bittersweet" experience.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 9, 1998
The Spirit, which in two-thirds of its 18 games has been unable to average double figures in scoring, gets a huge boost this weekend with the return of Bo Vuckovic for games against Edmonton (tonight) and Cleveland (tomorrow) at Baltimore Arena.Despite missing the past six games, five of which were defeats, Vuckovic, who suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice a month ago, still holds the team scoring lead by a comfortable margin (56-38). He was, in fact, second in NPSL scoring when he went down after the first 12 games.
SPORTS
By Brent Jones | April 13, 2000
American Conference No. 1 Cleveland Crunch (29-17) vs. No. 2 Blast (28-18) Season series: Cleveland, 4-1. Playoff history: Cleveland, 5-2. Outlook: Cleveland, the defending NPSL champion, started the season slowly, but won eight of its last 10 games to overtake the Blast for the top spot in the American Conference. The Crunch is hurt by having to start the series on the road, where it went 7-15 this season, second worst of the remaining teams. Cleveland played all its games at home in the first-round series against Montreal because of scheduling problems.
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By Joanne Ireland and Joanne Ireland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 23, 1997
EDMONTON, Alberta -- New uniforms, same result.The Spirit dropped an 11-6 decision to the Edmonton Drillers last night at the Edmonton Coliseum, the club's seventh road loss of the season.Now the good news. The Spirit (11-12) returns home for a key match against the Philadelphia Kixx, the front-running divisional rivals.Road wins have been rare for the East Division Spirit, the last recorded on Dec. 21 in Philadelphia. So much for the new look.Baltimore jumped to a 2-0 lead when Bo Vuckovic right-footed a shot past Edmonton goalkeeper Scott Hileman at 2: 16. The Drillers (10-9)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
It's bad enough to have to contend with one disgruntled ex-teammate. The Spirit will have to contend with two.When the Cincinnati Silverbacks visit the Baltimore Arena on Saturday night, they will have three former Spirit players. Two left Baltimore with their relationships with the team strained.Franklin McIntosh, the Spirit scoring leader last season, didn't return this year after a clash with player-coach Mike Stankovic late last season over missing a key practice.Brad Smith was released by the Spirit two weeks ago. The third ex-Spirit player, Rob Ukrop, left the Spirit of his own volition after the 1993-94 season.
SPORTS
March 5, 2000
Opponent: Edmonton Drillers Site: Sky Reach Center, Edmonton, Alberta Time: 4: 05 p.m. Radio: WCBM (680 AM) Outlook: The Blast needs to come back with a good performance today after a disappointing 13-8 loss at Cleveland on Friday night. Edmonton lost the previous meeting with the Blast, 22-12. The Drillers are 13-3 at home, second best in the league behind Milwaukee. Forward Nikola Vignjevic, who played well in the first meeting with the Blast, leads the team in scoring.
SPORTS
By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1998
The present that Kevin Healey is looking for today cannot be found under a Christmas tree. More than anything right now, the Blast coach would like two victories for his team. Not two out of three or two out of four, two out of two."I think that's all we need to get going," he said. "Two wins would give us confidence. It would mean we're attaining consistency. It would be a great starting point."Since starting out 0-4, the Blast has been on the win-one, lose-one treadmill to arrive at 4-9. "Early in the season, we knew what our problem was: giving up too many goals.
SPORTS
February 1, 1998
Opponent: Edmonton DrillersSite: Edmonton (Alberta) ColiseumTime: 8: 05Radio: WCBM (680 AM)Outlook: The Spirit makes its 14th try for a road victory, but it won't be easy with only 10 players available. Missing for various reasons will be Sasa Zoric, Alek Milenovic, Ronnie Simmons and Denison Cabral. The Spirit beat the Drillers in Baltimore, 15-13, three weeks ago.Pub Date: 2/01/98
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 9, 1998
The Spirit, which in two-thirds of its 18 games has been unable to average double figures in scoring, gets a huge boost this weekend with the return of Bo Vuckovic for games against Edmonton (tonight) and Cleveland (tomorrow) at Baltimore Arena.Despite missing the past six games, five of which were defeats, Vuckovic, who suffered a badly sprained ankle in practice a month ago, still holds the team scoring lead by a comfortable margin (56-38). He was, in fact, second in NPSL scoring when he went down after the first 12 games.
SPORTS
By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1997
In Jason Dieter's fifth season with the Spirit, the good events have far outnumbered the bad, off the field as well as on.The most recent was last Saturday, when he raised his career-high goals total for one season to 18 with three in the loss to the Kansas City Attack.As the Spirit prepares for tonight's game against the Edmonton Drillers at Baltimore Arena, Dieter is only three shy of his career best in points, 44 in his rookie season of 1992-93.It all began last fall with what Dieter calls a "bittersweet" experience.
SPORTS
By Joanne Ireland and Joanne Ireland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 23, 1997
EDMONTON, Alberta -- New uniforms, same result.The Spirit dropped an 11-6 decision to the Edmonton Drillers last night at the Edmonton Coliseum, the club's seventh road loss of the season.Now the good news. The Spirit (11-12) returns home for a key match against the Philadelphia Kixx, the front-running divisional rivals.Road wins have been rare for the East Division Spirit, the last recorded on Dec. 21 in Philadelphia. So much for the new look.Baltimore jumped to a 2-0 lead when Bo Vuckovic right-footed a shot past Edmonton goalkeeper Scott Hileman at 2: 16. The Drillers (10-9)
SPORTS
By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1998
The present that Kevin Healey is looking for today cannot be found under a Christmas tree. More than anything right now, the Blast coach would like two victories for his team. Not two out of three or two out of four, two out of two."I think that's all we need to get going," he said. "Two wins would give us confidence. It would mean we're attaining consistency. It would be a great starting point."Since starting out 0-4, the Blast has been on the win-one, lose-one treadmill to arrive at 4-9. "Early in the season, we knew what our problem was: giving up too many goals.
SPORTS
By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
It's bad enough to have to contend with one disgruntled ex-teammate. The Spirit will have to contend with two.When the Cincinnati Silverbacks visit the Baltimore Arena on Saturday night, they will have three former Spirit players. Two left Baltimore with their relationships with the team strained.Franklin McIntosh, the Spirit scoring leader last season, didn't return this year after a clash with player-coach Mike Stankovic late last season over missing a key practice.Brad Smith was released by the Spirit two weeks ago. The third ex-Spirit player, Rob Ukrop, left the Spirit of his own volition after the 1993-94 season.
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