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     UNDATED (AP) - All the teams are on the field today in the MLB playoffs. The Boston Red Sox could move on with a victory on the road in Game 3 of their series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Detroit Tigers return home for Game 3 of their series against the Oakland A's, each team has won a game. In the National League, the series have moved to Game 4. The Pittsburgh Pirates can move on in St. Louis with a victory in their series with the Cardinals. The Los Angeles Dodgers can do the same at home in their series with the Atlanta Braves.
     ATLANTA (AP) - There is one more game left on the NFL schedule this week and it's a matchup of two struggling teams. The Atlanta Falcons are two games below .500 for the first time in the Matt Ryan era, and the team has been rocked by injuries. The New York Jets are 2-2, but rookie quarterback Geno Smith shares the NFL lead with 11 turnovers, including eight interceptions. He was picked off twice and lost two fumbles last week. Kick off in Atlanta is at 8:40 p.m.
     OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - In case you were sleeping, the Oakland Raiders beat the San Diego Chargers 27-17. The game started at 11:35pm Eastern time, to give the crew at the Oakland Coliseum more time to convert the field from Saturday's A's baseball game to yesterday's Raiders football game. Terelle Pryor threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter to spark the Raider offense. Both teams are now 2-3.
     ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Thad Lewis is moving from the practice squad to starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Coach Doug Marone says on his weekly radio show that Lewis will get the start Sunday when the Bills host Cincinnati. Starter EJ Manuel is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Backup Kevin Kolb sustained a season-ending concussion. The Bills made a trade with Detroit in August to get Lewis.
     LONDON (AP) - For the first time ever, a competitive soccer match will be played on the beautiful lawns of Buckingham Palace. Prince William's message to the players is---don't break any palace windows or they will have to answer to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. The game features two amateur teams, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, playing in a Southern Amateur League match.

Monday, 07 October 2013 10:52

Jones, defense help Packers beat Lions 22-9

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - James Jones caught a long touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, and the Packers defense contained the undermanned Detroit Lions for a 22-9 win Sunday. Mason Crosby kicked five field goals. The Packers' offense struggled to get into the end zone until Rodgers found Jones on an 83-yard completion down the left sideline for a 16-3 lead late in the third quarter. It provided enough of a cushion for a defense that had the luxury of facing the Lions minus star receiver Calvin Johnson, out with a knee injury. Penalties also bogged down Detroit. The Packers extended their winning streak in Wisconsin over the Lions to 23.

DETROIT (AP) - On another team, he might be an ace. For the Detroit Tigers, Anibal Sanchez is the No. 3 starter - at least in this AL division series against Oakland. Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland. The A's evened the series Saturday night despite a brilliant performance by Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander, and now the Tigers will call on Sanchez, another standout from what's become an exceptional starting rotation. After Saturday's 1-0 loss in Game 2, Detroit manager Jim Leyland will try to boost his offense by playing Jhonny Peralta on Monday. Peralta is less than two weeks removed from a 50-game suspension that followed baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Vogt triumphantly raised his right arm as he took off for first, and did it again with a celebratory whipped cream pie covering his face. Then, once more for the cheering home crowd as he left the field responsible for another improbable Oakland walkoff win. No doubt Vogt will cherish this moment for all it was worth. Thanks to him, and fellow rookie Sonny Gray, the Athletics headed to Detroit tied with the Tigers 1-1 in their best-of-five AL division series. This spring, the catcher sat for six days in Durham, N.C., wondering about his baseball future. He didn't make the Rays' opening-day roster and figured to start the season at Triple-A. Fast forward six months and he's a playoff star.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has rediscovered tight end Devin Funchess. The sophomore set career highs with seven receptions and 151 yards receiving on Saturday against Minnesota. He caught a 24-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass late in the first half and made some more catches in the second half to help the Wolverines pull away and beat the Golden Gophers 42-13. Funchess had a total of just eight catches for 145 yards and a score in Michigan's first four games, and insisted he was patient while waiting to produce in ways that would show up in the box score. The Wolverines can take another step toward their quest to win a conference championship for the first time in 2004 by beating Penn State (3-2, 0-1) on the road Saturday, a week after the Nittany Lions lost by 20 points at Indiana.

GTC East
Harbor Beach 47, Brown City 13
Memphis 7, Sandusky 6

GTC West
USA 54, Bad Axe 20
Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 49, Bay City All Saints 7
Reese 32, Cass City 12


Marlette 36, Vassar 35
Gaylord St. Mary's 41, Ubly 22

Bluewater Area Conference
Cros-Lex 54, Imlay City 20
Yale 24, Armada 7
Richmond 35, Capac 6
Almont 35, Algonac 7

Other Games
North Branch 70, Bridgeport 47
Essexville-Garber 62, Caro 0
Romeo 38, Port Huron 27
Grosse Pt. South 51, Port Huron Northern 14
Frankenmuth 21, Millington 6
Marine City 55, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 6
St. Clair 36, Marysville 13

Lawrence 53, Deckerville 38
Peck 52, Kingston 28

Akron Fairgrove 52, Michigan School for the Deaf 6
Owen Gage 66, New Haven Merrit 14
Kinde North Huron 45, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 36
CPS 44, Dryden 38

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson mimics Miguel Cabrera whenever he can, and he has no problem copping to it. Donaldson spent a couple of days each week over the offseason studying film of Detroit's star in the batter's box, trying to pick up on something he could apply to his own hitting for Oakland. Indeed, he learned a thing or two on the way to a breakout season. These two third basemen will face off in the playoffs for the second straight October starting with Game 1 of the AL division series Friday night. One is a household name, 2012 Triple Crown winner and widely considered the best hitter in baseball. The other is more anonymous up-and-comer whose spectacular September in his first full major league season earned him AL player of the month honors.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Jhonny Peralta is on the Detroit Tigers' roster for the AL division series against the Oakland Athletics. Just over a week ago, the All-Star shortstop completed his 50-game suspension for ties to the Biogenesis clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 on Friday night in Oakland. The Tigers acquired shortstop Jose Iglesias from Boston before Peralta's suspension took effect. Peralta played left field after returning from his suspension. He batted .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs this season. Andy Dirks will start in left in the opener of the best-of-five series. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday that he'll make out his lineups using "some statistical analysis, some gut feeling, a combination of those things."

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have formally announced the signing of wide receiver Kevin Ogletree. The team also said Thursday that defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith has been released. Ogletree will wear No. 11 for the Lions, if he is active, on Sunday against Green Bay, a team they haven't beaten on the road since 1991. He adds depth at a position that is without No. 2 receiver Nate Burleson indefinitely because he broke his left arm last week in a car accident. Ogletree was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday. He had eight receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in four games with Tampa Bay this year. He set career highs in Dallas last season with 32 receptions, 436 yards receiving and four TDs.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - Central Michigan says N.C. State is buying out the finale of a three-game football series between the schools, meaning next year's game in Mount Pleasant won't be happening. The teams played at N.C. State this year and in 2011. They were supposed to play at CMU next season. CMU says N.C. State has agreed to pay $350,000 for ending the series. CMU athletic director Dave Heeke says he's disappointed that N.C. State won't be making the trip next year, but he is hoping to find a quality opponent to fill out the 2014 nonconference schedule.

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