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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Calvin Johnson doesn't spend much time trying to call attention to himself. Johnson's performance Sunday spoke loud and clear, of course. In a dazzling, 329-yard effort against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson fell just 7 yards shy of the NFL's single-game receiving record - and as usual, he seemed to take everything in stride after Detroit's 31-30 victory. The 28-year-old Johnson is in the prime of his career. He set an NFL record last season with 1,964 yards receiving, and he came oh-so-close to surpassing Flipper Anderson's single-game mark of 336 yards. The Lions have a week off before a Nov. 10 game at Chicago. Listen Live on 97.7 WTGV-FM with pre-game at Noon.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit wide receiver Ryan Broyles is dealing with another season-ending injury. Coach Jim Schwartz says Broyles has a ruptured Achilles tendon and will have surgery Tuesday. Broyles was hurt in Sunday's 31-30 win over Dallas. Broyles' rookie season in 2012 was halted when he went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He also tore the ACL in his left knee when he was a senior at Oklahoma. The 25-year-old Broyles has eight catches this season. His injury leaves the Lions thin at wide receiver beyond star Calvin Johnson. Nate Burleson is making his way back after injuring his arm in a car crash last month.

OTISVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A lightning strike at a Michigan high school football stadium forced the final home games of the season to be played on the road. The Flint Journal reports officials at LakeVille High School in Otisville found out when they went to flip on the lights for a freshman football game Oct. 8. They determined that the stadium's power source was hit by lightning sometime after the Oct. 4 homecoming game. Drew Johnson, LakeVille varsity football coach, says it was "purely bad luck." Custom-made parts costing more than $40,000 won't be ready until November, so the team played the last two home games of the season on the road. At Genesee High School on Friday, LakeVille held its traditional parents' night ceremony for senior players on the roster.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jon Lester was superb once again as the Boston Red Sox took a three-games-to-two lead in the World Series. Lester pitched into the eighth inning for the second time in the Fall Classic as the Bosox knocked off St. Louis 3-1 in Game 5. The lefty held the Cardinals to a run and four hits while striking out seven over 7 2/3 innings. Lester pitched shutout ball over 7 2/3 innings to help the Red Sox win the series opener.
     The Cardinals hung tough with Boston for the first six innings. Matt Holliday tied the game with his second solo homer of the series, a blast to left-center in the fourth. The Bosox regained the lead with a two-run seventh as David Ross doubled home the tiebreaking run before Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single.
     Red Sox first baseman David Ortiz is Lester's chief competition for series MVP honors so far. Ortiz doubled home Boston's first run of the night and finished 3-for-4 for the second consecutive game. He's hitting .733 with a pair of two-run homers and six RBIs in the series.
     Cards starter and loser Adam Wainwright struck out 10 in seven innings but also surrendered three runs and eight hits.
     The Red Sox can wrap up their third World Series title in 10 seasons when they host the Redbirds on Wednesday. Boston hasn't clinched a World Series title at home since 1918, when a guy named Babe Ruth pitched the Red Sox to two of their four victories.
     John Lackey will take the mound for Boston against Michael Wacha, who was the winning pitcher in Game 2.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jonny Gomes hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Sunday night, tying the World Series at two games each. David Ortiz added three hits and also encouraged the Red Sox, shouting at his teammates from second base after a double and later gathering them for a huddle in the dugout. Inserted into the starting lineup about 75 minutes before gametime because Shane Victorino had a stiff back, Gomes was 0 for 9 in the Series before connecting off reliever Seth Maness. Felix Doubront won in relief of starter Clay Buchholz. John Lackey made a rare relief appearance to set up for Koji Uehara's save. Game 5 is Monday night, with Jon Lester starting for Boston against Adam Wainwright. 

DETROIT (AP) - Matthew Stafford's 1-yard lunge over a pile of linemen with 12 seconds left and Calvin Johnson's 329 yards receiving lifted the Detroit Lions to a 31-30 comeback win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Stafford threw a 22-yard pass to Johnson, who had the second-most yards receiving in NFL history, to set up his winning score. The quarterback seemed to catch his hometown Cowboys by surprise - some of them appeared to expect him to spike the ball. Johnson's total trails only the 336 yards receiving Flipper Anderson had for the Los Angeles Rams against New Orleans on Nov. 26, 1989 in a game that went into overtime. The Lions (5-3) overcame four turnovers and a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Dallas (4-4). The Lions have bye this week and will visit the Chicago Bears on Nov. 10 with kick off at 1 p.m.

REGION ONE-District Two
Bellaire at Kinde North Huron--Saturday 3 p.m.
Akron-Fairgrove at Owen-Gage--Friday 7 p.m.

REGION TWO-District One
Deckerville at Peck Friday 7 p.m. Pre-game at 6:30pm on 97.7 WTGV-FM
Carsonville-Port Sanilac at Portland St. Patricks--Saturday 1 p.m. Pre-game at 12:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM

DIVISION 7-REGION 2-District Two
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian at Harbor Beach--Friday 7 p.m.
Bath at Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Lakers--Friday 7 p.m.

DIVISION 6-REGION 2-District One
Marlette at Saginaw Nouvell--Friday 7 p.m. Pre-game at 6:30 p.m. on COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM
Reese at Montrose--Friday 7 p.m.

DIVISION 5-REGION 2-District Two
Freeland at Frankenmuth--Friday 7 p.m.
Millington at Almont--Friday 7 p.m.

DIVISION 4-REGION 3-District One
Yale at Saginaw Swan Valley--Friday 7 p.m.
North Branch at Essexville Garber--Saturday 7:30 p.m.

DIVISION 4-REGION 4-District Two
Marysville at Marine City--Saturday 7 p.m.
Harper Woods Chandler at Richmond--Friday 7 p.m.

(AREA) -- The Sandusky Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams made school history at the Michigan Cross Country Regional Finals, as both team placed 1st on Saturday at Wagener Park. Boys medal winners were Justin Campbell 5th place, Kaden Thompson 6th place, Elijah Bittner 9th place, Ethan Tubbs, Tate Larson, Justin Miller and Nick Kohn. Girls medal winners were Morgan Redman who took 3rd place, Crystal Tovar 4th place, Sami Orchard 5th place, Emily Cowley 7th place, Madison Polewach 9th place, Kaley Haupt 11th and Kaitlyn Woodward 18th place. Both the boys and girls teams will compete at the Michigan High School State Finals this Saturday at the Michigan International Speedway. The girls will run at 10 a.m. and the boys will start at 11 a.m.

The Marlette Boys Cross Country team qualified for the State Finals on Saturday at the Regional in Harbor Beach. It is the third straight year the Raider team has made it to the finals, finishing State Champion Runner-up last season. This year's team is lead by senior Eli Poth and his brother Eric Poth, who finished 3rd and 8th respectively in the Regional of over 75 runners. Marlette's Sam Sartin, Hayden Harneck, Alex Herman and Seth Ferguson also helped the Raiders reach there goal of making it to state. The finals will be Saturday at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.

Friday, 25 October 2013 10:52

Pistons beat Wolves on Smith's 3-pointer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Josh Smith made a 3-pointer as time expired and finished with 20 points to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night in both teams' exhibition finale. J.J. Barea's layup with 3.6 seconds left gave the Timberwolves a 98-96 lead but Smith, who got the ball out of a timeout, launched his shot in the final second. It hit the rim and fell in as the horn sounded. Greg Monroe and Will Bynum each added 17 points, rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 and Andre Drummond grabbed 20 rebounds for the Pistons. Kevin Love had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Martin added 18 points for Minnesota on a night both coaches gave their younger players plenty of playing time.

LONDON (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins will travel to London next year to take part in the NFL International Series. The NFL had announced earlier this month that it would play three games at Wembley Stadium in 2014, with the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders as the designated home teams. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday that the Cowboys will face Jacksonville, the Lions will take on Atlanta, and the Dolphins will play Oakland. Dates have not yet been announced. The Jaguars are playing four games over four seasons in London starting Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. It will be the first trip to London for Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Oakland next season, when the NFL increases the number of overseas games from this season's two.