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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2004
Two weeks ago, the Blast was losing to the Cleveland Force 4-1, with much of the damage being done by Force forward Adauto Neto, when coach Tim Wittman took defenseman Billy Nelson aside. "Billy, I want you to chew him up," Wittman told him. And Nelson chewed him up. Neto didn't score again. And Nelson not only closed down the Cleveland forward, but also helped open up the Blast's offense. He blocked a season-high five shots and produced two assists. One of them brought the Blast to within a goal and the second assured a 9-7 victory.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2004
Two weeks ago, the Blast was losing to the Cleveland Force 4-1, with much of the damage being done by Force forward Adauto Neto, when coach Tim Wittman took defenseman Billy Nelson aside. "Billy, I want you to chew him up," Wittman told him. And Nelson chewed him up. Neto didn't score again. And Nelson not only closed down the Cleveland forward, but also helped open up the Blast's offense. He blocked a season-high five shots and produced two assists. One of them brought the Blast to within a goal and the second assured a 9-7 victory.
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November 28, 1997
Opponent: Wichita Wings (2-6)Site: Kansas ColiseumTime: 8: 35Radio: WCBM (680 AM)Outlook: Don't be misled by the Wings' record: it just got four veteran players back from a tournament in Mexico and routed Kansas City, 27-14, in their last outing. The team is particularly effective at home, winning 15 of 20 last season. Coach Mike Stankovic has activated himself and will play for the Spirit.Pub Date: 11/28/97@
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By Sandra McKee | February 5, 1991
Blast forward Domenic Mobilio and midfielder Mike Stankovic won't play in tomorrow's game in Cleveland and are questionable for weekend games against St. Louis and Kansas City. Mobilio sprained his left ankle yesterday during warm-ups, and Stankovic injured his right foot during Saturday's 6-5 victory against the Crunch.* PLAYERS OF THE MONTH: Cleveland's Kai Haaskivi, who was relieved of coaching duties Dec. 29, has been named the MSL's offensive player for January.The defensive player of the month is San Diego goalkeeper Victor Nogueira, who had the league's only shutout since the goals were expanded.
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September 18, 1991
Blast coach Kenny Cooper will be hospitalized for a week to 10 days with a "deep vein thrombosis," a blood clot in his lower left calf.Cooper, 45, discovered the problem while in England last week to work out the details for the Blast's return to the Guinness Soccer Six tournament it won there last year. Cooper also was hospitalized last April because of an inflammation of the colon.In his absence, player assistant coach Mike Stankovic and team vice president Drew Forrester are running training camp, which began yesterday.
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February 11, 1996
Opponents: American Division vs. NationalSite: Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kan.Time: 5TV/Radio: ESPN (tape delay, midnight)/no radioOutlook: The Wichita Wings, who have been playing since 1979, are staging their first All-Star Game. Spirit player/coach Mike Stankovic will start for the Americans and Franklin McIntosh is a reserve. The American Division has won four of the past five, including a 29-24 victory last year, the highest-scoring game in the event's nine-year history. The Spirit's Kevin Sloan scored five of his seven points in a wild fourth quarter to secure the win.
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November 23, 2002
What:Tribute to the 1983-84 MISL champion Blast Where:1st Mariner Arena When:Tonight; 1983-84 Blast vs. Baltimore Legends, 5:30 p.m.; pre-game parade and ceremony, 7:10 p.m.; Blast vs. San Diego Sockers, 7:35 p.m. 1983-84 Blast roster:Keith Van Eron, Bobby McAvan, Heinz Wirtz, Mike Stankovic, Dave MacWilliams, Paul Kitson, Max Thompson, Pat Ercoli, Jim Polihan, Joey Fink, Richard Chinapoo, Tim Wittman, Adrian Brooks, Nick Mangione, Lou Nagy, Scott Manning,...
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By Sandra McKee | February 28, 1991
VS. DALLAS SIDEKICKS* WHERE: Baltimore Arena.* WHEN: Tonight, 7:05.* RADIO: WCAO-AM 600.* OUTLOOK: As amazing as it seems, the Blast (19-20) is only 1 1/2 games out of first place in the Eastern Division of the Major Soccer League. Dallas (14-25), on the other hand, is out of the running in the West. The problem for the Blast is that the Sidekicks can gain a lot of delight by wrecking the plans of contenders. The Sidekicks come into tonight's game off a 10-8 loss to Wichita, while the Blast returns home after back-to-back losses in San Diego and Tacoma, the last in triple overtime.
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By Mike Haim and Mike Haim,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 26, 1996
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Spirit exorcised the ghosts of past disasters at Memorial Auditorium in its final regular-season game at the site yesterday.With its 12-10 win over the Blizzard, the Spirit moved ahead of Buffalo into second in the NPSL's American Division. The win was its second in nine games there.Spirit coach Mike Stankovic, victorious in six of seven games since he took over, said, "It's very difficult to beat them here. They know how to play here so well."Riding a 20-save performance by Joe Mallia, the Spirit swept a three-games-in-three-days series for the first time in club history.
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