EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Max Bullough isn't about to downplay Saturday's clash between No. 24 Michigan State and No. 23 Michigan. In fact, wanting to beat the Wolverines is pretty much in his blood. Bullough is a linebacker for Michigan State's top-ranked defense. His grandfather Hank played for the Spartans during the early 1950s, and his father Shane followed suit in the mid-80s. Two of Bullough's uncles also played for Michigan State. Both teams still have Rose Bowl aspirations heading into this weekend. Michigan State leads the nation in total defense, while Michigan is averaging 42 points per game. Bullough was selected the Big Ten defensive player of the week earlier this month. Kick off at Spartan Stadium is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The 6th Annual Big Game Tablegate Media Luncheon was held this week, hosted by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. In attendance was Frank Beckmann, the radio play-by-play announcer for University of Michigan football since 1981. Also in attendance was George Blaha, entering his 38th season of anchoring Spartan football broadcasts, award winning sportscaster Jim Brandstatter, and former Michigan State All Big-Ten Center Jason Strayhorn.
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Pictured: Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter, Jason Strayhorn, and George Blaha
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Tomas Tatar scored his first goal of the season late in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Wednesday. Daniel Alfredsson had the other goal for the Red Wings (7-4-2), while Jimmy Howard made 19 saves as Detroit snapped a four-game slide. Daniel Sedin scored for Vancouver (9-5-1), which finished with a season-low 20 shots and had its four-game winning streak come to an end. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots in taking the loss. Henrik Sedin set up Vancouver's first goal to extend his point streak to 10 games (three goals, nine assists).
BOSTON (AP) - They can finally shave.
The Boston Red Sox are celebrating their third World Series championship in 10 seasons. The bearded bunch did it with a 6-1 victory over St. Louis in Game 6, the first time the Bosox clinched a World Series at home since 1918. It's the eighth title for the Red Sox and comes one year after the team finished dead last in the American League East.
General manager Ben Cherington overhauled his roster during the offseason, so it seems only fitting that all six Boston runs were driven in by first-year Red Sox. Shane Victorino had been 0-for-10 in the series before he opened the scoring with a three-run double in the bottom of the third, one inning before he delivered an RBI single. The other runs came on Stephen Drew's solo homer and Mike Napoli's RBI single, both coming in the fourth.
Another first-year Bostonian closed out the victory as Koji Uehara (oo-ay-HAH'-rah) worked a perfect ninth, ending the series by striking out Matt Carpenter.
World Series MVP David Ortiz was 0-for-1 with two runs scored and four walks, three intentional. He ended up with a .688 batting average, a .760 on-base percentage, two homers, six RBIs and seven runs scored in the Fall Classic.
John Lackey earned a World Series-clinching victory for the second time in his career, 11 years after helping the Angels beat the Giants in Game 7. Lackey worked in and out of trouble for much of his 6 2/3 innings, surrendering nine hits but only one run while striking out five.
It was a tough night for Cards rookie Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah), who entered the game with a 1.00 ERA in 27 postseason innings. Wacha was chased with two out in the fourth and charged with six runs on five hits and four walks.
Boston's victory ends the National League's three-run reign as World Series champs. It also allows many Red Sox to become reacquainted with their razors.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling had 17 points and all kinds of help as Michigan State beat Grand Valley State 101-52 in an exhibition opener Tuesday night. Appling, who led the Spartans in scoring and assists last season, was 6 for 9 from the field including making 5 of 7 from 3-point range to show an improved outside stroke. Coach Tom Izzo's other perimter players contributed to a 14-for-24 effort beyond the arc. Gary Harris, the 2013 Big Ten freshman of the year, had 14 points, while Travis Trice added 11 for Michigan State. The Spartans shot 61.8 percent from the field in their first tuneup for a Nov. 12 matchup with Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Ten players had at least six points. Luke Ryskamp had 13 points while Ryan Sabin and Trevin Alexander each had 11 to pace Grand Valley State. The Lakers return five players who started games for a 19-9 team last season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Glenn Robinson III scored 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting and Michigan won its exhibition opener, 117-44 over Concordia on Tuesday night. The Wolverines never trailed, went on a 27-2 run midway through the first half and had a 60-19 halftime lead in their first game since losing to Louisville in the NCAA title game. Nik Stauskas added 23 points and Caris LeVert had 16 for Michigan. Tyler Smith had 10 points to lead Concordia, an Ann Arbor Christian college that competes in the NAIA. The Wolverines, who have to replace national player of the year Trey Burke, were missing sophomore forward Mitch McGary, who has not participated in preseason practices due to a lower back problem. He averaged 7.5 points and a team-best 6.3 rebounds last season.
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera underwent muscle repair surgery Tuesday and the Detroit slugger is expected to be ready for spring training. The Tigers revealed after the season that Cabrera had been limited down the stretch by a tear in his groin. He still hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs during the season. Cabrera batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games before Detroit lost to Boston in the AL championship series. The operation was performed by Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia and the team said Monday that it was successful. Cabrera faces 6-8 weeks of rehabilitation.
DETROIT (AP) - Former Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov is among the players expected on the ice for an alumni game between Detroit and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The alumni doubleheader is Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, the home of baseball's Detroit Tigers. It's part of a series of games leading up to the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor featuring the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs. The Russian native spent 13 years with the Red Wings. Dozens of other players have already committed play in the alumni games.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - As usual, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has put together a tough schedule to test his team. The Spartans have four starters returning and six of their top seven scorers back from a team that won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament's round of 16. Michigan State will play national championship contender Kentucky on Nov. 12 in Chicago and perennial power North Carolina on Dec. 4 at home. It will also play Virginia Tech, Oklahoma or Seton Hall along with Texas. The Spartans open the season with a Nov. 8 against McNeese State.
DETROIT (AP) - Former major league catcher Brad Ausmus has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' manager's job. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed that Ausmus interviewed on Monday. The Tigers need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following the team's loss to Boston in the AL championship series. Ausmus works in San Diego's front office as a special assistant to the GM. He also managed Israel's team for the World Baseball Classic. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010. He played for the Tigers for part of the 1996 season, and again from 1999-2000. Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon have also interviewed for the Detroit job.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan got manhandled in its last football game at Michigan State. Offensive tackle Taylor Lewan says the 23rd-ranked Wolverines won't get bullied Saturday on the road by the 24th-ranked Spartans. The Spartans beat - and beat up - Michigan in 2011 for their fourth straight win in the rivalry. Last year, the Wolverines snapped the losing streak in Ann Arbor. Michigan offensive tackle Michael Schofield describes the matchup as "60 minutes of necessary roughness," borrowing a phase used by Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi after the last meeting in East Lansing. Former Spartans defensive end William Gholston was suspended by the Big Ten for a game two years ago for punching Lewan and jumping on a pileup, grabbing Denard Robison's facemask and twisting it about 180 degrees.