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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of what he'll be up against this weekend when Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and the Detroit Lions pay a visit. Roethlisberger says a quarterback can "end up dead" if he's not careful against Detroit's defensive line. Suh says he figures he has to take that as a compliment. Suh and Fairley are indeed a tandem to be feared this season. Drafted in the first round a season apart, they're anchoring a defense that is a big part of why the Lions are in first place in the NFC North.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:15

Nairn, Bess sign with Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State has signed guard Lourawls Nairn and forward Javon Bess to letters of intent. The 5-foot-10 Nairn - whose nickname is "Tum Tum" - is from the Bahamas. He averaged 9.4 points and 8.0 assists as a junior, leading Sunrise Christian Academy of Bel Aire, Kan., to a 29-1 record. Keith Appling, Michigan State's current point guard, is a senior, meaning the Spartans will need someone to replace him. The 6-foot-5 Bess went to Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio. He averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior.

Thursday, 14 November 2013 10:14

Kershaw, Scherzer easily win Cy Young Awards

NEW YORK (AP) - Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers have won baseball's Cy Young Awards. Kershaw won the prize as the National League's best pitcher for the second time in three seasons after leading the majors with a 1.83 ERA. The 25-year-old lefty with a big-breaking curve drew 29 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results released Wednesday. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals was picked first on one ballot. Kershaw went 16-9 and topped the NL with 232 strikeouts. He won the NL Cy Young in 2011 and finished second last year. Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28 of 30 first-place votes.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:42

Spartans hoping for first win over Nebraska

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's next obstacle is one the Spartans have never overcome. Beat Nebraska, and a spot in the Big Ten championship game is all but assured - but the Cornhuskers have won all seven meetings between the schools. The 14th-ranked Spartans can clinch at least a share of the Legends Division title with a victory at Nebraska on Saturday, but since joining the Big Ten, the Cornhuskers have beaten Michigan State each of the past two years. The teams first faced each other in 1914, and Nebraska has won by at least two touchdowns in every game except last season's. The Spartans nearly broke through in 2012, but Nebraska scored two touchdowns in the final 7:02 to win 28-24.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:42

No. 7 Michigan routs South Carolina State 93-59

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Caris LeVert made his first five 3-point attempts, and No. 7 Michigan had a terrific night from beyond the arc, breezing to a 93-59 victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday night. LeVert finished with 24 points, going 6 of 7 from long distance. Nik Stauskas added 23 points - he was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Both sophomores set career highs in scoring. The Wolverines were again without star big man Mitch McGary, who has been out with a back problem. Jordan Smith scored 19 points for South Carolina State. Michigan, which scored only 69 points in a season-opening win over UMass-Lowell last week, led 59-23 at halftime Tuesday after going 12 of 19 from 3-point range. The Wolverines finished 15 of 28 from beyond the arc.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:41

No. 2 is No. 1 as Spartans beat Kentucky 78-74

CHICAGO (AP) - With Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne all scoring in double figures for No. 2 Michigan State, Branden Dawson came up with the biggest basket, tipping in a miss with less than six seconds left to give the Spartans a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night. James Young missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Spartans erupted in delight, with Harris holding up his index finger. No. 1, indeed. It was the earliest meeting of 1 vs. 2, and the first since 2008, and the matchup did not disappoint for many who see it as a sneak preview of the Final Four. Julius Randle had 23 of his 27 points in the second half, as the Wildcats erased a 13-point deficit. But they couldn't overcome their troubles at the free throw line, going a dismal 20 of 36.  

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:41

Jets beat Red Wings 3-2 in shootout

DETROIT (AP) - Devin Setoguchi and Andrew Ladd scored in the shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Bryan Little and Zach Bogosian scored for Winnipeg in regulation. Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots. Daniel Alfredsson scored in the shootout. Datsyuk's second power-play goal of the game, with 6:49 remaining in the third, tied it 2-2.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:40

Curry, Lee lead Warriors past Pistons 113-95

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 25 points and eight assists, helping Golden State build a 19-point first-quarter lead before sitting out the final 12 minutes of the Warriors' 113-95 win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. David Lee added 17 points and nine rebounds, while Klay Thompson had 14 points for the Warriors, who have won five straight over the Pistons. Curry scored 12 points as part of a 19-4 run in the third quarter then sat out the entire fourth quarter when Golden State coach Mark Jackson emptied his bench. Detroit's Andre Drummond had 16 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight double-double and fourth in seven games. Golden State led by as many as 29 points, shot 60 percent for the game and outrebounded Detroit 43-34. That helped offset 23 turnovers, 22 of them over the final three quarters.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:39

43 gray wolves to be killed in Michigan hunt

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's wolf hunting season begins Friday. It's the first since the animal was placed on the endangered list four decades ago. Forty-three wolves will be shot in three areas of the Upper Peninsula. Twelve hundred hunters bought tags allowing them to participate. Wolves had all but disappeared in Michigan by the 1960s. But federal protections helped them mount a comeback. The Department of Natural Resources estimates the U.P.'s population at 658. The department says the hunt is needed to deal with livestock attacks and other conflicts with humans that non-lethal methods haven't resolved. Opponents contend the hunt is about appeasing special interests and is based on inaccurate information. The hunt continues through December unless the quota is reached earlier.

VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL SEMIFINALS Tuesday, November 12 SCORES

CLASS B at Mt. Morris EA Johnson
Armada 3, Corunna 0
North Branch 3, Mt. Morris 0

CLASS C at Ubly
USA 3, Genesee 0

CLASS C at Madison Heights Bishop Foley
Auburn Hills Oakland 3, Brown City 0

CLASS D at Bay City All Saints
Deckerville 3, Akron Fairgrove 0
Marine City Cardinal Mooney 3, Genesee Christian 0

 

 

VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL FINALS Thursday, Nov. 14

CLASS B at Mt. Morris EA Johnson
North Branch vs. Armada

CLASS C at Ubly
USA vs. Hemlock 6 p.m.

CLASS D at Bay City All Saints
Deckerville vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney 7 p.m.