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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 23-year-old poker professional from Las Vegas by way of Michigan has won the World Series of Poker main event, lasting roughly 3 1/2 hours in a dramatic card session to push past his last opponent for the $8.4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title late Tuesday after a session that proved a showcase for his skills amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold 'em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King.

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:44

Pacers still unbeaten after beating Pistons 99-91

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Paul George scored 31 points, and the Indiana Pacers remained the NBA's only unbeaten team with a 99-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. The Pacers have matched their best start in franchise history. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season. Indiana blew a 15-point lead in the first half but took control again with a strong third quarter. C.J. Watson added 15 points and David West had 12 for the Pacers. Brandon Jennings scored 17 points for the Pistons, who were done in by their 5-for-25 shooting from 3-point range. Friday the Piston host the Oklahoma City Thuner at the Palace of Auburn Hills with tip off at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:58

Cabrera voted top player by big leaguers

NEW YORK (AP) - Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has won his second straight player of the year award in voting by his fellow major leaguers. Cabrera followed his Triple Crown season of 2012 with another impressive year. He led the American League with a .348 average and had 44 homers and 137 RBIs, both second to Baltimore's Chris Davis. Cabrera edged Davis and the Angels' Mike Trout for the honor. Retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was voted Marvin Miller man of the year for excellence on and off the field, and Rivera was also picked as the AL's comeback player of the year, notching 44 saves after missing most of 2012 with a knee injury. Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano was selected the NL's comeback player.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:58

Tigers hoping for big things from Ausmus

DETROIT (AP) - Dave Dombrowski has never been a predictable general manager, so maybe it wasn't all that surprising that he hired Brad Ausmus over the weekend to manage the Detroit Tigers. Ausmus faces immediate pressure, taking over a team with high expectations after eight years under Jim Leyland. His lack of managerial experience didn't deter Dombrowski. It's no shock that Ausmus is managing in the big leagues. His name also surfaced in connection with the Chicago Cubs' opening, and the Dartmouth-educated former catcher has been working in the front office with the San Diego Padres. Now the Tigers hope he can lead them to a fourth straight AL Central title in 2014.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:57

Stauskas leads Michigan over Wayne State 79-60

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nik Stauskas scored 17 points to help No. 7 Michigan top Wayne State 79-60 on Monday night in its exhibition finale. LeVert had 16 points and Glenn Robinson III added 15 for the Wolverines, who made seven of their 11 3-point attempts in the first half and took a 46-30 lead to the breakintermission. The Warriors never got closer than 14 points in the second half. Bryan Coleman scored 25 points and Michael Lewis added 15 for Wayne State. Michigan again played without forward Mitch McGary, who was named to the AP preseason All-America team earlier in the day. The 6-10 sophomore - a key player during last season's run to the NCAA championship game - has not practiced due to a lower-back concern and there is no timetable for his return. The Wolverines stay home Friday to open the regular season against new Division I member Massachusetts-Lowell.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gary Harris had 21 points in 21 minutes and his teammates shared the basketball as No. 2 Michigan State beat Indiana, Pa. 83-45 in an exhibition game Monday night. Harris, the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, made five 3-pointers.  His team's unselfishness showed with 24 assists on 30 baskets, led by Keith Appling's 11. Branden Dawson added 10 points for the fast-breaking Spartans, who had a 48-30 rebound advantage and played solid defense. It was the Spartans final tuneup before Friday's opener with McNeese State and a Nov. 12 matchup with Kentucky in the Champions Classic in Chicago. Marcel Souberbielle had 12 points to pace IUP.  The Crimson Hawks are ranked 14th in the nation in Division II after going 26-6 last season.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 11:46

Jets surge past Red Wings 4-2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) - Matt Halishuck scored the winner with his first goal with Winnipeg and the Jets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Bryan Little, Michael Frolik and Andrew Ladd also scored for the Jets. Henrik Zetterberg scored his eighth of the season for Detroit, and Danny DeKeyser scored his first NHL career goal. The Jets took it to the Detroit net in the first period, outshooting the Red Wings 14-9 and scoring with just a minute left on a breakaway. They ended the game ahead 47-28. Little opened the scoring when he got the jump on defenseman Kyle Quincy, who fell and left Winnipeg's leading scorer to go in alone against Jimmy Howard. It was Little's team-leading eighth goal of the season. Thursday, Nov. 8 the Red Wings host the Dallas Stars at the Joe at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, 04 November 2013 10:49

NASCAR: Johnson wins, takes Chase lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmie Johnson led 255 of 334 laps for a dominating victory that put the five-time champion back in the Chase for the Sprint Cup lead with two races left in the season. Matt Kenseth and Johnson arrived at Texas Motor Speedway tied in points, though Kenseth was the leader based on his seven wins. Kenseth finished fourth and fell seven points back of Johnson in the Chase race. Johnson got his sixth victory this season, becoming only the second three-time Cup winner at Texas. The No. 48 Hendrick team takes a seven-point lead to Phoenix next week.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Beating Michigan is always special for Michigan State. The Spartans just hope it won't be the highlight of their season. Michigan State can think big after Saturday's 29-6 victory over the Wolverines. Michigan State moved up six spots to No. 18 in Sunday's AP Top 25. It was the fifth win in six games for the Spartans against their in-state rivals - and this one was a manhandling. After holding Michigan to minus-48 yards rushing - the worst total in program history - Michigan State remains one of two Big Ten teams unbeaten in conference play. The Spartans have not been to the Rose Bowl since 1988, but they've quietly emerged as contenders this season because of a bruising defense. 

Monday, 04 November 2013 10:47

Detroit Tigers hire Brad Ausmus as manager

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have chosen Brad Ausmus as their new manager, hiring the 44-year-old former catcher with almost no managerial experience to replace Jim Leyland at the helm of the three-time defending AL Central champions. The Tigers announced the move Sunday. Ausmus, who worked most recently in the San Diego front office as a special assistant to the general manager, emerged as Detroit's pick less than two weeks after Leyland stepped down. Ausmus takes over a team that has reached the AL championship series three straight years and should be well positioned for another big season in 2014. Ausmus managed Israel's team in the World Baseball Classic, but he's inexperienced as a manager compared to some other potential candidates. Ausmus played in the majors from 1993-2010.