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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:48

Mayor: Turner Field to be demolished in 2017

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field in Cobb County. Reed says the land will be used to create a development for middle-class people. Reed also says that Atlanta had hoped to keep the team in the city but could not afford to do so. He says the city would have had to take on $150 million to $250 million in debt to make the improvements the Braves wanted at Turner Field. He said that doing so would not have allowed the city to accomplish other goals. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:47

NCAA: Some terrific match-ups

UNDATED (AP) - It's not often that the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll clash, especially this early in the season. But it will happen tonight in Chicago when number-one Kentucky takes on second-rated Michigan State.  The Wildcats have won their first two games of the season while the Spartans are 1-0. The second part of that doubleheader at the United Center is not too shabby either: Fourth-rated Duke takes on number-five Kansas. There's one other match-up of ranked teams tonight with number-11 Florida facing number-20 Wisconsin. Number-three Louisville looks to improve on its 2-0 start with a game against Hofstra. The rest of the busy schedule has number-seven Michigan against South Carolina State, number-eight Oklahoma State facing Utah Valley, Ohio challenging number-10 Ohio State, number-14 VCU at Virginia, 17th-rated Marquette against Grambling State, number-23 Baylor taking on South Carolina and number-24 UCLA facing Oakland.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:45

No. 6 Notre Dame beats No. 19 Michigan State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Jewell Loyd had 22 points and nine rebounds and No. 6 Notre Dame dominated the boards in an 81-62 victory over No. 19 Michigan State on Monday night. Taya Reimer added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish, who finished with a 52-29 rebound advantage. Becca Mills scored 15 points for the Spartans. The last two meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan State - in 2008 and 2009 - were won by the Fighting Irish by a total of seven points. Notre Dame improved to 28-5 overall - and 9-1 at home - against ranked teams over the past two seasons. The Irish have won 15 of their last 16 games in November, with the only loss coming to No. 1 Baylor in 2011.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:39

Trail Blazers down Pistons 109-103

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 25 points, making five 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers held off the Detroit Pistons 109-103 on Monday night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points in the second half. Brandon Jennings had 28 points and four rebounds for Detroit. Acquired by the Pistons in an offseason sign-and-trade with Milwaukee, Jennings came into the game the game needing one rebound for 1,000 in his career, and one point for 5,000. It was Portland's sixth straight victory at home over the Pistons. Tuesday the Pistons visit the Golden State Warriors with tip off at 10:30 p.m. 

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson has taken control of the championship battle following a disastrous performance by Matt Kenseth at Phoenix International Raceway. Johnson widened his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to 28 points over Kenseth heading into next Sunday's season finale at Homestead by finishing third in a workmanlike performance for the five-time champion. Kenseth had a horrific race Sunday as his title hopes were derailed by an ill-handing Toyota. He was struggling early, complained to crew chief Jason Ratcliff he didn't even know what to tell him to fix, and wound up 23rd. Kevin Harvick won the race for the second year in a row after Carl Edwards ran out of gas headed to the white flag. Harvick sailed by on the last lap for his fourth win of the year.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nebraska has given itself a shot to get back to the Big Ten championship game with two straight wins on late touchdown passes. Michigan, meanwhile, is relegated to playing for bowl positioning. The Cornhuskers host Legends Division-leading Michigan State on Saturday with a shot to control their championship chances. If Nebraska hands the Spartans their first Big Ten loss, it will move into a first-place tie in the division and would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish the regular season with two more wins. The Wolverines lost hope of ending the school's Big Ten title drought at nine years by losing three of the last four games. They play at Northwestern and at Iowa before hosting archrival and potentially undefeated Ohio State with only pride at stake.

Monday, 11 November 2013 10:01

Lions hold on for 21-19 victory over Bears

CHICAGO (AP) - Calvin Johnson had two second-half touchdown receptions, Reggie Bush rushed for 105 yards and the Detroit Lions beat Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears 21-19 on Sunday in a key matchup of NFC North rivals. Johnson broke Herman Moore's franchise record with his 63rd career touchdown reception with 2:22 to go, giving the Lions a 21-13 lead with a 14-yard grab in the corner of the end zone. He also had a tiebreaking 4-yard TD reception on the first drive in the third quarter. Bush had 89 yards on the ground in the second half as Detroit swept the season series against Chicago. Cutler threw for 250 yards and a touchdown in his first action since he injured his groin last month. He looked progressively worse as the game wore on and departed late in the game with what the team said was an ankle injury.

DETROIT (AP) - Recently retired Tigers manager Jim Leyland is to be honored on stage as a special guest at a charity event in Detroit. "Detroit Legacies in Black and White" is set for Monday at the Fox Theatre. It's to be hosted by best-selling author Mitch Albom and federal Judge Damon Keith. Leyland guided the Tigers to two World Series appearances. He's to take part in an onstage conversation about his career and be presented with a video tribute. "Detroit Legacies in Black and White" is a fundraiser for Detroit charities through S.A.Y. Detroit and The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Attendees are expected to include Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, comedian Tim Meadows, Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr. 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan has issued a statement saying school President Mary Sue Coleman had not been drinking alcohol before making remarks at halftime of the football game against Nebraska. University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said in a statement Monday morning that the awkward audio was a result of Coleman attempting to slow down her speech because of the significant feedback she was hearing from Michigan Stadium's public-address system. Coleman was honored at halftime of Saturday's game because she is planning to retire in July. The spokesman says Coleman didn't have experience using the wireless microphone provided to her and significant wind led to the sound being distorted, delayed and reverberated. Fitzgerald says Coleman attended non-alcoholic events before the game and hosted one during the game.

Region 2--Kinde North Huron 64, Owen-Gage 22
Region 3--Peck 31, CPS 7

DIVISION 4--Marine City 35, Richmond 21
DIVISION 5--Millington 33, Frankenmuth 29
DIVISION 7--Harbor Beach 49, Bath 7



Kinde North Huron (8-3) at Rapid River (11-0) Saturday 1 p.m.
Lawrence (8-2) at Peck (11-0) Saturday 2 p.m. Pre-game at 1:30 p.m. on WMIC 660 AM

Finals Friday, November 22 at Greenville High School

DIVISION 3--Melvindale (9-2) at St. Clair (10-1) Friday 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4--Detroit Country Day (8-3) at Marine City (10-1) Saturday 7 p.m.
DIVISION 5--Millington (9-2) at Muskegon Oakridge (10-1) Saturday 1 p.m.
DIVISION 7--Pewamo-Westphalia (10-1) at Harbor Beach (10-1) Saturday 2 p.m.

11-MAN SEMIFINALS Saturday, November 23 & FINALS Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30