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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | March 28, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- Dave MacWilliams, who resigned as Baltimore Spirit coach on Jan. 29, was hired yesterday by the expansion Philadelphia Kixx.MacWilliams signed a three-year contract to coach the Kixx, which will begin play next season in the National Professional Soccer League."
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2001
COLLEGE PARK - Though convinced of the need to be ready for Troy State, Ralph Friedgen was unsure of his Maryland team's sharpness as it prepared for today's 1 p.m. game against the Trojans. As late as Wednesday, the first-year coach fretted over what he found to be sluggish practices. The No. 15-ranked Terrapins, coming off a 52-31 loss to Florida State last Saturday, seemed to lack what Friedgen called "a pep in their step." "I don't know if we're tired," Friedgen said at the time. "I'm just concerned.
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By DOUG BROWN | February 8, 1995
The Spirit will be well-represented at the National Professional Soccer League's eighth All-Star Game on Feb. 19 in Buffalo, N.Y.In addition to coach Dave MacWilliams, who will direct the American Division squad, defender Tim Wittman has been named a starter and forward Kevin Sloan a reserve. Coaches and players selected the teams.Other starters are Hector Marinaro, Zoran Karic and goalie Otto Orf, all of the defending NPSL champion Cleveland Crunch, Richard Chinapoo of the Harrisburg Heat and Paul Dougherty of the Buffalo Blizzard.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1998
Make no mistake, the Blast does not view itself as an extension of the late, lamented Spirit of the National Professional Soccer League. The team made that readily apparent in a glitzy media event staged at the Arena yesterday."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1994
The Spirit may not look long or hard for a successor to Kenny Cooper.Cooper resigned as coach after Saturday night's playoff loss to the Harrisburg Heat. He has recommended that his assistant, Mike Stankovic, replace him.Cooper, who will remain president and general manager of the team, recommended Stankovic to owner Bill Stealey yesterday. Stealey then departed for a week's business in England and was unavailable for comment.Stankovic, 37, a six-time Major Soccer League All-Star with the Baltimore Blast, was Cooper's assistant for the past two years.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1997
It was expensive, but Spirit coach Mike Stankovic said he made his point.Stankovic was fined $3,000 and suspended for three games by the National Professional Soccer League yesterday for pulling his team off the floor to protest a referee's incorrect call in Sunday's loss on the road to the Cleveland Crunch. Removing a team during a game violates an NPSL bylaw.The Spirit itself was fined $10,000, and referees Richard Heron and Tamas Lauer were removed from game assignments for two weeks.Stankovic said that he would pay the fine without a whimper (it would be against league bylaws for the club to pay it for him)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 8, 1996
WEST BERLIN, N.J. -- When the Spirit played its first exhibition game yesterday against the Philadelphia Kixx, one player was conspicuous by his absence.Defender Lance Johnson remained in Baltimore to undergo arthroscopic surgery for removal of torn cartilage from his left knee.The former Towson State star is expected to be out two to four weeks and probably will miss the Spirit's National Professional Soccer League opener Oct. 19 against the Tampa Bay Terror at the Baltimore Arena.Johnson, a four-year veteran who played in all 40 games last season and produced a career-high 40 points, hurt his knee in practice Thursday.
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By Doug Brown | August 8, 1994
A group spearheaded by Kenny Cooper says it expects this week to be awarded a National Professional Soccer League expansion franchise for the 1995-96 season.Cooper, who stepped down after last season as Spirit coach and then as president and general manager, is backed by Bill Collins, a telecommunications executive in northern Virginia who owns several minor-league baseball teams.Cooper did not identify the city where the expansion franchise would be located, mentioning Greensboro, N.C.; Tampa, Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida; Houston and Austin, Texas; and Fairfax, Va., as possibilities.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1994
Although Mike Stankovic remains the leading candidate to replace Kenny Cooper as Spirit coach, the selection process is being delayed at the request of owner Bill Stealey."
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By DOUG BROWN | April 6, 1995
The Cleveland Crunch isn't sure which label to pin on Hector Marinaro in the playoffs. What is this guy, a hero or a goat?Marinaro, the National Professional Soccer League's scoring champion with 255 points, played a major role not only in Cleveland's opening win but in its second-game loss in the American Division semifinals against the Buffalo Blizzard. The Crunch won Game 3 last night to advance to the American Division final.Marinaro gave a typical performance in the opener, tying the NPSL playoff record with six goals and adding two assists in Cleveland's 22-10 romp.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 3, 1997
As the Baltimore Arena's prime tenant, the Spirit has an exceptionally attractive home schedule for its sixth season in the National Professional Soccer League.The NPSL announced yesterday that of the Spirit's 20 home games, 19 are on weekends -- nine on Fridays, nine on Saturdays and one on Sunday afternoon. The only other game is on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 10: 35 a.m., when every elementary and middle school in the area will be invited, and speakers on an educational theme are scheduled.For the first time in its six years in the NPSL, the Spirit will open on the road, Oct. 25 against the Philadelphia Kixx.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 2, 1997
INDIANAPOLIS -- The lasting image from Arizona's 84-79 overtime victory over Kentucky in Monday night's NCAA tournament championship game did not come from Miles Simon, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, or from Mike Bibby, the first freshman point guard to play a prominent role in his team winning the title.It came from A. J. Bramlett, the team's sophomore center and one of many free-spirited Wildcats players.It also came from Arizona coach Lute Olson.It happened as the final buzzer sounded and the celebration on the Arizona bench was about to begin.
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By Steven Kivinski | January 9, 1997
The Spirit said yesterday that goalkeeper/assistant coach Cris Vaccaro will coach the club while head coach Mike Stankovic serves his three-game suspension for pulling the team off the floor to protest an incorrect call by the officials in Sunday's loss to the defending league-champion Cleveland Crunch.Vaccaro, who will not play during the stretch, will direct the team when the Spirit plays host to the Buffalo Blizzard on Saturday, Tampa Bay Terror on Sunday and Detroit Rockers on Jan. 18.Stankovic, who is still allowed to coach the Spirit during practice, will return when the team travels to Edmonton on Jan. 22 to face the Drillers.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1997
It was expensive, but Spirit coach Mike Stankovic said he made his point.Stankovic was fined $3,000 and suspended for three games by the National Professional Soccer League yesterday for pulling his team off the floor to protest a referee's incorrect call in Sunday's loss on the road to the Cleveland Crunch. Removing a team during a game violates an NPSL bylaw.The Spirit itself was fined $10,000, and referees Richard Heron and Tamas Lauer were removed from game assignments for two weeks.Stankovic said that he would pay the fine without a whimper (it would be against league bylaws for the club to pay it for him)
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | January 7, 1997
Spirit coach Mike Stankovic is expected to be fined and perhaps suspended by the National Professional Soccer League for pulling his team off the floor in protest of a referee's call during Sunday's road game against the Cleveland Crunch.The club itself and general manager Drew Forrester also could be fined. League bylaws allow fines as high as $25,000."There could be fines or a suspension or a combination of both," NPSL commissioner Steve Paxos said, noting that he hoped to announce a decision today.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1996
Dave MacWilliams' final words as the Spirit's coach were as much an indictment of himself as the team.Frustrated and exasperated by the Spirit's unresponsiveness to his urgings, MacWilliams said: "I wasn't getting the response from the players that I would like to have seen."With that, MacWilliams resigned. That was last January, after the Spirit had lost eight of 11 games and plunged from second to fourth place in the National Professional Soccer League's American Division.Within a few months, the man who couldn't motivate one team got a job with another, the expansion Philadelphia Kixx, in his hometown.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1994
Whether Wichita Wings coach Roy Turner is Kenny Cooper's best man or worst man depends on the outcome of the event.L In 1979 Turner was indeed Cooper's best man, at his wedding."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1996
Mention Mike Stankovic and the names of sports heroes come rolling off tongues.His old teammate with the Blast, current Harrisburg Heat coach Jim Pollihan, thinks of Stan Musial and Walter Payton.His old coach with the Blast and Spirit, Tampa Bay Terror coach Kenny Cooper, thinks of Joe Montana and George Foreman."There are certain special athletes, who exude confidence, who have the reputation as winners, who retain that desire to be the best in the world," Cooper said. "Mike is one of them.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | October 20, 1996
Former Spirit coach Kenny Cooper was talking before the game about his "great memories" of 15 years in Baltimore and how "special it is" to return to the Baltimore Arena."
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