ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Mitch McGary's back issue remains a bit of a mystery. Michigan coach John Beilein says his sophomore big man is making good progress but remains day to day, with the season opener a couple weeks away. Beilein announced toward the end of last month that McGary had been limited because of a lower back condition. McGary said Thursday at media day that he'd been doing some light shooting, but he's still limited in what he's allowed to do. The 6-foot-10 McGary averaged 7.5 points per game last season as a freshman, but in the NCAA tournament he averaged 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, helping the Wolverines reach the national championship game, which they lost to Louisville.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Qualifying for the seventh race in the 10-race Chase is on tap today at Martinsville Speedway. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson has the points lead as the drivers get ready for Sunday's Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500. Johnson leads Matt Kenseth by four points while Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are 26 points back.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - It's amazing how fast momentum can shift in a World Series. Following Boston's 8-1 win in the opening game where nothing seemed to go right for the Cardinals, St. Louis came right back and took home field advantage away from the Red Sox with last night's 4-2 win in Boston. The series now shifts to St. Louis for games 3, 4 and 5 and if neither team sweeps those games to win the Series, the final two games are slated to be played in Boston next week. The star in last night's win for the Cards was young Michael Wacha who is now 4-0 this post season with a 1.0 earned run average. Wacha allowed just three hits in six innings of work. The St. Louis bats were also potent as after the Sox took a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a two-run home run by David Ortiz, the Cardinals bounced right back with three runs in the eighth. By the way, if you are wondering where Wacha came from, he was selected last year by the Cards with the first-round draft pick received as compensation when Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels. The pitching matchup for Game 3 has Jake Peavy going for Boston against Joe Kelly.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says he hasn't decided whether to accept the NFL's offer to discuss his discipline-filled season. Suh told reporters on Wednesday the league offered the opportunity to meet next week, when Detroit doesn't have a game. The fourth-year pro was fined last week for a second time this season and the seventh time in his career. Suh was docked $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden after he threw a pass. He was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1 during an interception return. That is largest fine in NFL history for on-field conduct, not counting suspensions.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Matthew Stafford grew up rooting for his hometown Dallas Cowboys and looking up to quarterback Troy Aikman. He will put his childhood memories aside Sunday, hoping the Detroit Lions beat Dallas to avoid dropping to a .500 record going into their bye. Stafford has done his part to help the Lions have success this season. He has an NFC-high 2,129 yards passing, is tied for second in the NFL with 15 touchdowns passing and has thrown just four interceptions. Sometimes, though, Stafford has thrown passes too high or wide this year when the Lions have really needed him to connect for first downs or scores. Kick off Sunday is at 1 p.m. at Ford Field. Pre-game is at Noon on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has added three games to future football schedules. The Wolverines announced Wednesday that they'll host Central Florida in 2016, Air Force the next season and SMU in 2018. Michigan won't play Ball State in 2016 as it previously planned and says the matchup will be moved to a later date. Michigan announced last week a home-and-home contract to play UCLA in 2022 and 2023.
DETROIT (AP) - Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece, and the Ottawa Senators routed Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Wednesday night. Alfredsson was held without a point by his former team. The Swedish winger spent 17 seasons with the Senators before signing a one-year deal with the Red Wings in the offseason. Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen also scored for the Senators, who had three goals on eight shots against Jimmy Howard before the Detroit goalie was taken out in the first period. Craig Anderson made 31 saves for Ottawa. Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings.
LONDON (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins are joining Jacksonville, Atlanta and Oakland for games in London next year as part of 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 (guh-DEHL') says that the Cowboys will face Jacksonville, the Lions will take on Atlanta, and the Dolphins will play Oakland.
BOSTON (AP) - Playing in front of a charged-up home crowd, the Boston Red Sox blitzed St. Louis in the opening game of the World Series last night, 8-1. David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each drove in three runs for the American League champs, who got 7 2/3 innings of great pitching from Jon Lester. He allowed the National League champs just five hits in the loss. Losing pitcher Adam Wainwright was lifted after five innings, charged with three earned runs and six hits. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is tonight at Fenway with John Lackey slated to go for Boston against Michael Wacha. The series will then shift to St. Louis for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 Sunday.
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