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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Brad Keselowski snapped a 37-race winless streak Saturday night by chasing down Kasey Kahne in the closing laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The defending Sprint Cup champion picked up his first win since Dover of last year. Keselowski led only 11 laps, and passed Kahne with nine to go to get the win in his Penske Racing Ford. The race changed dramatically with 27 laps remaining and Jimmie Johnson seemingly on his way to an easy victory. But a debris caution sent the leaders to pit road and ended Johnson's march to a record seventh Charlotte win. Keselowski restarted in sixth, picked his way through traffic and set his sights on Kahne. But getting past the Hendrick Motorsports driver wasn't easy, and he needed several attempts before making it stick.  

NEW YORK (AP) - Andre Drummond scored 15 points and first-round pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 for the Detroit Pistons in a 99-88 victory over Brooklyn in a preseason game Saturday night, spoiling the first home appearance for Nets newcomers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Kyle Singler had 11 points and rookie Tony Mitchell had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons. Andray Blatche led the Nets with 15 points. Nets point guard Deron Williams participated in pregame shooting drills but did not play in the team's second preseason game.  Williams watched from the bench because of a right ankle he sprained during offseason workouts. It's the same injury that hampered him last season. Shaun Livingston started in Williams' place, finishing with two points and seven assists. Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez played into the third quarter, while Garnett and Pierce sat out the second half. 

Monday, 14 October 2013 10:24

NLCS resumes Monday in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The National League Championship Series resumes today in Los Angeles as the Dodgers take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers will go with rookie hurler Hyun-jin Ryu against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals lead the series 2-0, taking the opener 3-2 in 13 innings before shutting out the Dodgers 1-0 in Game 2. The first pitch will be thrown at 8:07 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are awaiting results of a CT scan on his left ribs. He got hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly in the opener but stayed in to play all 13 innings of a 3-2 loss Friday. He was a late scratch for Game 2.

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz revived the Red Sox with a tying grand slam in the eighth inning, then Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a winning single in the ninth that sent Boston past the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday night to even the AL championship series at 1-all. The Tigers were cruising to their second straight win at Fenway Park, with starter Max Scherzer taking a no-hitter and a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning. But with one swing, Ortiz changed everything. His two-out shot sent right fielder Torii Hunter jack-knifing into the Boston bullpen in a futile attempt to catch the ball, making it 5-5. Saltalamacchia's single came after a series of Tigers misplays in the ninth. A wild throw, a wild pitch and a missed catch set up the game-ending hit. The teams head to Detroit for Game 3 on Tuesday in Detroit. Justin Verlander will face Boston's John Lackey.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Matthew Stafford threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half, rallying the Detroit Lions to a 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Lions outscored the Browns 24-0 in the second half, sealing their win when Stafford hooked up with tight end Joseph Fauria with 2:01 left. Fauria caught three TD passes for the Lions, who played like a completely different team in the second half after being dominated up front and trailing 17-7 at half. The Browns had their chances at a comeback end when quarterback Brandon Weeden's baffling shovel pass with 4:36 left was intercepted by linebacker DeAndre Levy. Lions running back Reggie Bush finished with 135 total yards, 121 in the second half.

Monday, 14 October 2013 10:22

Spartans defend home turf against Indiana

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State has already improved in one respect since last season - the Spartans finally won a conference game at home. That's more than they could say in 2012. Michigan State recovered from an early defensive breakdown Saturday, beating Indiana 42-28 in the 500th game at Spartan Stadium. Jeremy Langford scored four touchdowns in the homecoming victory, which left the Spartans as one of only three teams that are unbeaten in Big Ten play. Michigan State is tied with Nebraska atop the Legends Division, and the schedule for the immediate future looks favorable. The Spartans host struggling Purdue next weekend.

(REESE) -- The Sandusky Boy's Cross Country team won their 4th Invitational by placing First at Reese. Medal winners were Ethan Tubbs, Justin Campbell, Kaden Thompson, Justin Miller, Elijah Bittner, Nick Kohn, and Tate Larson.

The Sandusky Girl's Cross Country team won their 8th Invitational in a row Saturday in Reese. Medal winners were Emily Cowley, Crystal Tovar, Morgan Redman, Sami Orchard, Madison Polewach, Kait Woodward, Gabby Martino, Katrina Tovar and Samatha Coon.

The Sandusky Middle School Cross Country team had two medal winners--Jarod Coon and Colton Cowley.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series. Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on in the ninth to close out the deciding game of their division series. The Tigers became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001. Game 1 is Saturday in Boston. Pre-game at 7:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM. The Tigers went 4-3 against the Red Sox this year. Verlander gave up a clean, two-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh to end his chance at the third no-hitter in postseason history. The hit hardly fazed him, however. Verlander made it a postseason-record 30 straight scoreless innings against one team. He struck out 10 in eight innings.

GAME 2-Sun. Oct. 13 at Boston 7:50 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
GAME 3-Tues. Oct. 15 at Detroit 3:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
GAME 4-Wed. Oct. 16 at Detroit 7:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
GAME 5-Thurs. Oct. 17 at Detroit 7:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
GAME 6-Sat. Oct. 19 in Boston if necessary 4:10 p.m. or 7:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
GAME 7-Sun. Oct. 20 in Boston if necessary 7:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM

DETROIT (AP) - Michael Stone's goal with 4:47 left broke a tie, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Thursday night. Derek Morris and Antoine Vermette both had a goal and an assist, and Mikkel Boedker also scored for Phoenix. Mike Smith made 28 saves. Joakim Andersson and Jonathan Ericsson scored for Detroit, and Jimmy Howard stopped 35 shots. Andersson and Ericsson scored 53 seconds apart early in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead. Stone fired a slap shot from the right point that went through teammate Martin Hanzal's and caromed in off the far goal post. It came 2 seconds after a Coyotes' power play ended. Vermette added an empty-net goal in the last minute.

Friday, 11 October 2013 10:14

Heat beat Pistons 112-107 in preseason

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Chris Bosh scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade had eight in his preseason debut as the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 112-107 on Thursday night.  James Jones added 12 points and LeBron James and Michael Beasley had nine each for the reigning NBA champions. James had seven assists for the Heat (2-0). Wade, who sat out the preseason opener, played 21 minutes and had four assists. Will Bynum had 28 points and Andre Drummond added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit (0-1), which committed 23 turnovers. Beasley scored all of his points late in the third quarter to help the Heat take an 89-79 lead to the final period. The Pistons got close in the final minute and Josh Harrellson almost tied the game with a long heave that rimmed out with .6 seconds left.