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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:38

Lions' Suh faces potential discipline from NFL

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is facing potential discipline from the NFL. The league is reviewing Suh's play against Cleveland. Suh led with his helmet when he hit Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden after he threw a pass in Sunday's game. The hit that wasn't penalized was shown on a video posted on NFL.com on Tuesday as vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said, "Why don't we look at it some more?" in the league's officiating command center. Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return in Week 1. He lost an appeal last week, upholding the largest fine in NFL history for on-field conduct, not including money lost by players due to suspension.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 14:37

Michigan State finds reliable RB in Langford

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio wants Michigan State to handle success the same way it handled its first loss of the season. The Spartans lost 17-13 at Notre Dame on Sept. 21, and then beat Iowa and Indiana in consecutive weeks. With Purdue visiting on Saturday ahead of next week's trip to Illinois, Dantonio's team is in a great spot before the challenge stiffens in November. Dantonio cited an improved rushing attack, with Jeremy Langford and Delton Williams leading the way in last Saturday's 42-28 win over the Hoosiers. Langford, the Big Ten's offensive player of the week, carried 23 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns and caught a pass for an 11-yard score.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings is expected to miss three weeks because of problems with one of his wisdom teeth. The Pistons say Jennings will be re-evaluated after a three-week immobilization period. He has an impacted wisdom tooth and a hairline fracture on the mandible at the base of the tooth. Jennings was acquired in a trade this offseason to be Detroit's new point guard, part of an overhaul that also brought free agents Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups to the Pistons. Jennings averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 assists last season with Milwaukee. Wednesday night the Pistons play the Bulls in Chicago in preseason action at 8 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) - The last time Justin Verlander took the mound, his team's season was on the line in the deciding game of the division series. The stakes won't be quite that high for his next start, but the Detroit Tigers could certainly use another brilliant performance from their star right-hander after blowing a chance to take control of the AL championship series. Detroit wasted a five-run lead Sunday night in Game 2, allowing the Boston Red Sox to even the series with a 6-5 victory. David Ortiz's tying grand slam in the eighth inning snapped the Red Sox out of a hitting funk, and if Boston goes on to win the pennant, there may be little doubt about the turning point in this series. Verlander's job is to steady the defending AL champion Tigers. Game 3 today in Detroit starts at 3:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:36

Fauria a hit with end zone dances

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Joseph Fauria's choreographed end zone dances have earned him fans all over the Internet and even in Hollywood. That's not what impresses the Detroit Lions most. They are fondest of how the tall tight end can stretch a defense. The NFL's other 31 front offices might be wondering why he wasn't worth drafting earlier this year. The 6-foot-7 Fauria had three catches in Sunday's 31-17 win at Cleveland - all for touchdowns. His second, a 23-yarder from quarterback Matthew Stafford, gave Detroit the lead for good early in the fourth quarter. The three touchdown catches are the most for a Lions tight end since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

BOSTON (AP) - Stephen Weiss and Daniel Cleary scored second-period goals, reserve goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 28 saves in his first action of the season and the Detroit Red Wings edged the Boston Bruins 3-2 Monday. Henrik Zetterberg had the other score for Detroit, which won its second straight game. Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic had Boston's goals. The Bruins had a two-man, power-play advantage for nearly 2 minutes early in the third period, but couldn't mount a comeback. Gustavsson, playing in place of No. 1 goaltender Jimmy Howard, bobbled a few shots in the opening period, but improved as the game went on. He made a pair of stops on Jarome Iginla's shots from the left point when the Bruins had the two-man edge for 1:54 early in the third period. Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for Boston. Tonight the Red WIngs host the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he doesn't think the team's play-calling was too conservative in the Wolverines' four-overtime loss to Penn State, but he did take the blame for a delay-of-game penalty late in regulation that led to a punt. The Wolverines lost a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead at Penn State and fell 43-40 on Saturday. On Sunday, Michigan dropped of The Associated Press college football poll. Hoke expects standout left tackle Taylor Lewan to play Saturday at home against Indiana. Lewan missed the second half at Penn State because of two ailments, including a hip injury. The Wolverines host Indiana Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

GTC East
Sandusky at Brown City   
Marlette at Harbor Beach--97.7 WTGV-FM at 6:30 p.m.    

GTC West
Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers at Bad Axe
USA at Reese
Vassar at Cass City
        
Non-League
Ubly at Bay City All Saints
Clarkston Everest Collegiate at Memphis

Bluewater Area Conference
Cros-Lex at Armada
Richmond at Yale
Capac at Algonac
Imlay City at Almont

Other Games
Millington at North Branch
Birch Run at Caro
Warren Mott at Port Huron
Port Huron Northern at Grosse Pt. North
St. Clair at Marine City

8-Man
NCTL
Deckerville at Peck--COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM at 6:30 p.m.
Kinde North Huron at Kingston

Non-League
Marine City Cardinal Mooney at New Haven Merritt  (Sat. Oct. 19)
Owen-Gage at Caseville (Sat. Oct. 19)
CPS at Lawrence (Sat. Oct. 19)

GTC East
Harbor Beach 55, Ubly 6
Marlette 48, Sandusky 46    

GTC West
Bay City All Saints at Cass City-forfeit
Reese 55, Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 13
Vassar 26, USA 20 OT
       
Bluewater Area Conference
Almont 42, Cros-Lex 7
Yale 51, Imlay City 8
Capac 28, Armada 14
Richmond 42, Algonac 14

Other Games
Memphis 46, Bad Axe 26
Clarkston 31, Brown City 30
North Branch 28, Birch Run 0
Frankenmuth 51, Caro 0
Port Huron 49, Roseville 8
McComb L'anse Creuse North 62, Port Huron Northern 13
Millington 68, Otisville-Lakeville 0
Marine City 55, Marysville 18
St. Clair 60, St. Clair Shores Lakeshore 37

8-Man
NCTL
Peck 57, CPS 25
Deckerville 38, Kinde North Huron 36
Dryden 50, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 34

Non-League
Lawrence 88, Kingston 48
Akron Fairgrove 30, Owen-Gage 22

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) -Bill Belton ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth overtime to lift Penn State past Number 18 Michigan 43-40 in the biggest win in coach Bill O'Brien's two seasons. Brendan Gibbons kicked two field goals and missed two in overtime for the Wolverines in Happy Valley.