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Friday, 11 October 2013 10:14

Pistons' Rodney Stuckey breaks thumb

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey broke a bone in his right thumb after catching it in a car door. The Pistons said Thursday that Stuckey, injured Wednesday, will have surgery Friday and that a timeline for his return will be determined after the procedure. Stuckey averaged 11.5 points in 76 games last season.

Friday, 11 October 2013 10:13

Johnson back on practice field for Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Calvin Johnson was back on the practice field for the Detroit Lions on Thursday, although it's still not clear how likely he is to play this weekend at Cleveland. Johnson was inactive in a loss at Green Bay last weekend because of an injured right knee. He didn't practice Wednesday, but he was on the field Thursday during the portion of practice open to reporters. Johnson didn't participate in every drill, but he did do some footwork and pass-catching exercises with other receivers. Detroit lost 22-9 to the Packers without Johnson. The star receiver has 21 catches for 312 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The last connection in Michigan football to Bo Schembechler is retiring at the end of this season. The Detroit Free Press reports that Jon Falk was hired as equipment manager by Schembechler in 1974. He has been on the sidelines for every game except for a few games in 2005 after he suffered a broken leg during a game against Iowa. He has seen many changes over the years but his relationship with the players has remained strong. The 64-year-old says he has heard from many former players since he announced his plans in July. They have called, written and visited. Falk says he's "the last Bo guy." But he will be glad to get on with his life when the season is over in three months. 

GTC East
Harbor Beach at Ubly
Sandusky at Marlette

GTC West
Bay City All Saints at Cass City
Reese at Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers
Vassar at USA
Non-League
Memphis at Bad Axe
Brown City at Clarkston (Sat. Oct. 12)

Bluewater Area Conference
Almont at Cros-Lex--6:30 p.m. on COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM
Yale at Imlay City
Armada at Capac
Algonac at Richmond

Other Games
North Branch at Birch Run
Caro at Frankenmuth
Roseville at Port Huron
Port Huron Northern at McComb L'anse Creuse North
Ottisville Lakeville at Millington
Marine City at Marysville
St. Clair Shores Lakeshore at St. Clair

8-Man
NCTL
Peck at CPS--6:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
Kinde North Huron at Deckerville
Marine City Cardinal Mooney at Dryden (Sat. Oct. 12)
Non-League
Lawrence at Kingston
Akron Fairgrove at Owen-Gage

Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:41

A's and Tigers to decide things

OAKLAND (AP) - The fifth and final game of the American League Divisional playoff between the Tigers and Athletics is being played tonight in Oakland. The Tigers tied things up with an 8-6 win two nights ago in Detroit. The pitching matchup this evening has Justin Verlander going for the Tigers against Sonny Gray. Verlander is getting the start because the scheduled starter, Max Scherzer, was used in relief during the fourth game of the series. Gray is getting the call over Bartolo Colon. These are the same pitchers that squared off in Oakland's 1-0 win in the second game of the series. The winner of tonight's game will face the Red Sox in the opening game of the American League Championship Series in Boston Saturday.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Lions are one of six teams in the NFC with a winning record. The Lions haven't lost two straight and hope to keep it that way at Cleveland in a matchup of 3-2 teams. They might have to play without All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson again. Johnson didn't practice Wednesday, three days after being inactive in a loss at Green Bay because of an injured right knee. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz says the team may not know whether Johnson can play against the Browns until Sunday. Lions receiver Nate Burleson was on the practice field without a cast on his broken left arm, but his return isn't imminent. Kick off Sunday in Cleveland is at 1 p.m.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says his remarks to the University of Wisconsin band didn't include a homophobic slur. Raiola declined to tell reporters Wednesday what he said, adding there's no video or audio evidence. He apologized in a statement Tuesday, saying he made inappropriate remarks to band members Sunday at Green Bay, where the Wisconsin band performed. The Lions have said Raiola called band director Michael Leckrone to apologize for his actions and to say he was going to make a "significant donation" to support the band. Raiola declined to say how much money he would donate. Lions President Tom Lewan said the team would not discipline Raiola because of his response. The NFL has decided it will not issue additional discipline.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - A member of the Detroit Lions "Fearsome Foursome" defensive line in the 1950s and 1960s has died. Darris McCord was 80. The team says McCord died Wednesday in his home in Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit. The team doesn't give a cause of death, but the Detroit Free Press reports McCord was diagnosed in March with pancreatic cancer. McCord spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Lions after the club picked the University of Tennessee All-American in the third round of the 1955 draft. He had three interceptions and nine recovered fumbles in 168 games, mostly as a defensive end. He was a member of Detroit's 1957 NFL championship team and played in the 1958 Pro Bowl.

DETROIT (AP) - Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers - helped by two fans who reached out to reel in Victor Martinez's disputed home run - rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series. Playing catch-up most of the way, the Tigers tied it first with Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer in the fifth inning and then on Martinez's solo shot in the seventh. A couple of fans tried to catch Martinez's drive, and at least one of them bobbled the ball as he reached over the railing above the wall - preventing right fielder Josh Reddick from having any chance at a leaping grab. Reddick and center fielder Coco Crisp immediately protested, pointing up at the stands in the hope of a fan-interference call. But umpires upheld the home run after a replay review.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 13:43

Tigers fan relieved he didn't cost home team HR

DETROIT (AP) - Tigers fan John Bendzinski says he was relieved when a ball he reached for was ruled a homer after video review. No Jeffrey Maier or Steve Bartman for him. Tigers slugger Victor Martinez hit a tying homer in the seventh inning Tuesday night against Oakland in Game 4 of the AL division series that was disputed by the Athletics because two fans appeared to interfere with the ball. Bendzinski was one of the fans in front row of the right-field seats who reached over a railing to try to catch the ball. The season-ticket holder and chef says he knows there are rules against fans reaching over the wall to get balls that are in play. The Tigers, facing elimination, scored another run in the seventh inning.