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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | January 29, 1994
The Yugoslavian Connection is once more with the Spirit.Mike Stankovic-to-Goran Hunjak hadn't been an item since last March, when Stankovic, the assistant coach, was activated and played in four games.Activated again Thursday, Stankovic and Hunjak accounted for 13 points. Stankovic assisted on two Hunjak goals and Hunjak was fed by Tarik Walker, Clark Brisson and Eric Dade on three others. His five goals tied Paul Wright's team record and his 11 points broke Tim Wittman's mark set last season.
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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 Bill Free | March 7, 1991
Baltimore Blast defender Mike Stankovic has been fined $1,000 and given a one-game suspension by Major Soccer League commissioner Earl Foreman for hitting Tacoma Stars midfielder Steve Kinsey in the face during a Feb. 24 game at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash."
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2004
When Kenny Cooper walks through Baltimore-Washington International Airport, people still call him "Coach" and ask about the team. And though Cooper is now a businessman in Dallas, it is fitting he is still identified with the indoor soccer team that would not even have come to Baltimore if not for him. Cooper and all-star players Mike Stankovic and the late Stan Stamenkovic will become the first inductees into the Blast Hall of Fame tonight during a...
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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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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Evening Sun Staff | December 11, 1991
There are no magic potions, fountains of youth or shortcuts for veteran Blast midfielder Mike Stankovic.Stankovic has used year-round conditioning to extend his Major Soccer League career at a high level into the 1990s.It's been eight years since Stankovic, 35, and Stan Stamenkovic were helping the Blast win its only league championship.Stamenkovic, only nine months older than Stankovic, long since has retired to his home of Titova, Yugoslavia. Stamenkovic made a one-year comeback with the Blast in 1987-88, but didn't perform up to his normal standards and retired for good at the end of the year.
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By Bill Free | December 11, 1991
There are no magic potions, fountains of youth or short cuts for veteran Baltimore Blast midfielder Mike Stankovic.Stankovic has used year-round conditioning to extend his Major Soccer League career at a high level into the 1990s.It's been eight years since Stankovic, 35, and Stan Stamenkovic were helping the Blast win its only league championship.Stamenkovic, only nine months older than Stankovic, long since has retired to his home of Titova, Yugoslavia. Stamenkovic made a one-year comeback with the Blast in 1987-88, but didn't perform up to his normal standards and retired for good at the end of the year.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | October 8, 1992
Mike Stankovic might not be finished as a soccer player, after all.Ten months after undergoing major knee surgery, Stankovic acted as if he had never been away from the game during the opening workouts of the Spirit's three-day minicamp yesterday at Myers Pavilion in Brooklyn."
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | February 9, 1996
Kenny Cooper refers to his former player and assistant Mike Stankovic as a brother. Even with Cooper coaching in Tampa, Fla., and Stankovic making the calls for the Spirit, they still talk every day.Tonight is a special reunion as Cooper and Stankovic put aside their 12-year friendship and go head-to-head as opposing coaches for the first time."
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By Bill Free | February 5, 1991
The Baltimore Blast will face the Cleveland Crunch tomorrow night at Richfield Coliseum without forward Domenic Mobilio and midfielder Mike Stankovic.Mobilio (32 goals, 18 assists) sprained his left ankle in a freak accident during a warm-up practice drill yesterday at Myers Pavilion and will be out for at least one game.Stankovic (11 goals, 22 assists) bruised his right foot early in the first quarter of Saturday night's 6-5 home win over the Crunch.Stankovic was kicked in the foot by Cleveland midfielder Dave Hoggan and is out for at least one game.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2003
A wizard, a magician and an enforcer will be the first inductees into the Blast Hall of Fame. Former coach Kenny Cooper, Stan Stamenkovic and Mike Stankovic, three of the most important figures in the Blast's creation and emergence as a champion, are the honorees, the club announced yesterday. They will be honored during a ceremony at 1st Mariner Arena on Jan. 10, when the Blast faces the Dallas Sidekicks. Cooper, Stankovic and their families will be present. Blast general manager Kevin Healey said the team, with the help of Stankovic, is in touch with the late Stamenkovic's son, Nebojsa, a 21-year-old soccer player who lives in Serbia.
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By Gerri Kobren and Gerri Kobren,Special to the Sun | November 21, 1999
Like a well-dressed dowager of a century past, Ashcombe Mansion, in Mechanicsburg, Pa., flaunts its ample charms and invites you in, for a night and a morning, a bed and a breakfast.A graceful house in Victorian Queen Anne style, it features a rounded tower surmounting a wraparound porch, scalloped shingles, stained-glass windows and parquet floors. There are three stories and 10 bedrooms, eight of them for rent.Built as a summer home for a wealthy widow in 1891 and named for the ash trees on the property, Ashcombe remained a single-family dwelling until its present owners, Mira and Ljubisa Stankovic, turned it into a B&B 18 months ago.We arrive there on a Sunday afternoon in October, the only guests in the calm after a storm.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1998
The newly reconstituted Blast named head and assistant coaches yesterday, and owner Ed Hale kept the jobs in the family by awarding them to Kevin Healey and Billy Ronson, respectively.Hale, who bought the Spirit 2 1/2 weeks ago and renamed the team the Blast, will have both men doing double duty with the reborn National Professional Soccer League franchise.Healey had been named general manager and Ronson assistant GM by Hale, First Mariner Bank's chairman and owner of several other businesses.
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By Dale Meggas and Dale Meggas,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 23, 1998
CLEVELAND -- In its first contest since being eliminated from the National Professional Soccer League playoffs, the Spirit closed its road schedule with a 17-4 loss to the Cleveland Crunch before 8,652 at Cleveland State University Convocation Center.The Spirit, which got only two second-half goals from Sasha Zoric, fell to 11-27 with the loss. Baltimore's playoff hopes had been extinguished on Tuesday when Cincinnati wrapped up the fifth and final American Division spot.The Crunch used a point-a-minute offense in the second quarter, behind two goals apiece from Hector Marinaro and Zoran Karic to take command of the game at 15-0 entering halftime.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 20, 1998
It was during a weeklong break in the schedule at the beginning of this year when Spirit coach Mike Stankovic bid a not-so-fond adieu to 1997. The results couldn't have been much worse for a team accustomed to winning at that point.Even more depressing than the team's overtime loss in Cincinnati on New Year's Eve dropping it to 3-15, was the team's progress report."Maybe I overrated some of the young guys," Stankovic said. "I knew it was going to take time and a lot of hard work, but I never expected us to be this bad."
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By Bill Kielbach and Bill Kielbach,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 9, 1998
DETROIT -- The wait is over.After suffering through 14 straight road losses, the Spirit finally broke through yesterday. Baltimore showed Detroit just how much it has improved over the past few weeks by taking a 22-12 victory over the host Rockers before a crowd of 5,061 at Joe Louis Arena.The Spirit (8-20), who are 3-3 since the beginning of the new year, were paced by a big performance from Bojan Vuckovic. The Baltimore midfielder totaled a team-record 13 points on six scores.Vuckovic's outing was much needed after the Spirit totaled a franchise-low one point in its last game, a loss at Edmonton on Feb. 1."
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Evening Sun Staff | December 23, 1991
Veteran Blast midfielder Mike Stankovic spent yesterday watching NFL games on television and preparing himself mentally for today's arthroscopic knee surgery that could determine his future in the game.As Stankovic, 35, faces the 3:30 surgery on his right knee to ascertain the extent of ligament damage, the popular Blast player might be looking at the end of his 11-year career in the Major Soccer League.Stankovic and Blast trainer Marty McGinty both said yesterday that he has a torn medial collateral ligament that would put him out of action six to eight weeks.
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September 4, 1991
Mike Stankovic, who has spent eight years as a defender/midfielder with the Blast, has signed a one-year contract as a player and assistant coach with the team."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 10, 1998
If ever a team looked overmatched in a first half, it was the Spirit last night at Baltimore Arena.Conversely, if ever a team looked overmatched in a second half, it was the Edmonton Drillers at the same locale.The end result before 5,071 was a stirring comeback from an eight-point deficit to a 15-13 victory by the Spirit.The team's fourth win -- all at home -- in 19 games resulted when Sasa Zoric converted a restart feed from player/coach Mike Stankovic from the top of the arc to complete the Spirit's 8-0 run through the final quarter.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | December 31, 1997
Checking its personnel losses coming off a 20-20 record last year, the Spirit knew this season wasn't going to be a stroll in the park on a warm spring day, but it didn't expect freezing rain, blustery winds and a wind chill in the teens, either."
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