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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:55

Yzerman to play in Winter Classic alumni game

DETROIT (AP) - Steve Yzerman plans to play in the alumni game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 31. The alumni game is scheduled for a day before the Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Yzerman helped the Red Wings win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998 and 2002. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 and is now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan are also among the Detroit alumni expected to participate.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:53

Michigan St revels in Rose Bowl bid

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says the Big Ten title game was a lot like the Spartans' season as a whole. Nothing came easy. But in the end, the Spartans were convincing winners, taking the Big Ten championship with a 34-24 victory over Ohio State on Saturday night. Now they'll play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988. It's the culmination of a seven-year rise under coach Mark Dantonio in which Michigan State went from national afterthought to the top of the conference. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:52

Boyes, Thomas lead Panthers past Red Wings in SO

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Brad Boyes scored the winning goal in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers over the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night. Aleksander Barkov also scored in the tiebreaker for Florida, which has won three of four overall and two in a row against the Red Wings. Tomas Tatar scored for Detroit in the shootout but Tim Thomas stopped shots by Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist. Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim had goals in regulation for Florida. Thomas made 24 saves. Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves and Johan Franzen had two assists. Thursday night the Red Wings visit the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 11:14

Lions slipping with 3 losses in 4-game stretch

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have lost three of four games, blowing fourth-quarter leads each time. Detroit slipped and slid in the snow Sunday at Philadelphia, losing three of seven fumbles in a 34-20 defeat against the Eagles. The Lions can't fall out of first place, even if the Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but they've left little room for error over their next three games. Detroit hosts the defending champion Baltimore Ravens next Monday night and plays the New York Giants at home before closing the regular season at Minnesota. Lions coach Jim Schwartz says the team is focused on the future and winning the division title - for the first time since 1993 - and can't afford to look back.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Michigan State and Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial. The No. 4 Spartans will face the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Jan. 1 in the 100th edition of the Rose Bowl game, pitting two venerable programs in Pasadena's traditional Midwest-West Coast intersectional matchup. Michigan State (12-1) upset Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday to earn its first trip to Pasadena since Jan. 1, 1988, when the Spartans beat USC 20-17. Stanford (11-2) is back in Pasadena for the second straight season after trouncing Arizona State in the Pac-12 title game on Saturday. The powerful Cardinal held off Wisconsin 20-14 last season for the school's first Rose Bowl victory in 40 years.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State has jumped six spots to No. 4 in the final regular season Associated Press football poll after beating Ohio State for the Big Ten title. Michigan State's 34-24 win Saturday night also gives the Spartans a trip to the Rose Bowl. Florida State is No. 1 in the poll released Sunday, and Auburn is No. 2. The Seminoles and Tigers wrapped up spots in the BCS championship game by winning their conference title games Saturday night. Alabama is No. 3 in the last rankings until after the bowls. No. 5 Stanford is the Pac-12 champion for the second straight season. No. 6 Baylor won the Big 12, and Ohio State slipped to No. 7 after Michigan State handed the Buckeyes their first loss since the 2011 season.

Monday, 09 December 2013 10:37

K-State to meet Michigan in the desert

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas State is headed back to the desert, this time to face Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats (7-5) lost to Oregon 35-17 in last year's Fiesta Bowl, but earned a return trip to Arizona after finishing strong this season. Kansas State lost four of its first six games, including to FCS school North Dakota State at home, before reeling off four straight wins. The Wildcats finished with a flourish, rolling over rival Kansas 31-10 in their regular-season finale on Saturday. Michigan (7-5) opened the season 5-0 before fading down the stretch. The Wolverines lost four of their final five games, though came within a failed 2-point conversion of knocking off then-No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 30 in their final game.

Monday, Dec. 9
Caro 42, Essexville Garber 36
Macomb Lutheran North 32, Richmond 20

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Armada 50, Yale 39
Bad Axe 36, Caro 34
Brown City 59, Akron-Fairgrove 23
Carsonville-Port Sanilac 32, Mayville 21
Croswell-Lexington 57, Capac 49
Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 68, Memphis 17
Imlay City 51, Algonac 39
Kinde-North Huron 55, Port Hope 47
Kingston 54, Deckerville 25
Peck 61, Caseville 11
Reese 60, Ubly 28
Richmond 37, Almont 13
Sandusky 68, Cass City 17
Vassar 37, Marlette 31
Harbor Beach vs. Unionville-Sebewaing, ppd.

Thursday, Dec. 12
Armada 51, Almont 14
Bad Axe 49, Deckerville 45
Capac 43, Algonac 26
Croswell-Lexington 61, Yale 47
Harbor Beach 56, Bay City All Saints 9
North Branch 56, Otisville Lakeville 47
Reese 71, Marlette 26
Ubly 41, Unionville-Sebewaing 37

Friday, Dec. 13
Deckerville at Mayville
CPS at Kingston
Port Hope at Caseville

Memphis at Peck
Lakers at Sandusky BOYS & GIRLS Doubleheader Pre-game at 5:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
Caro at Cass City
Vassar at Millington
North Huron at Sag. Arts Academy

Monday, Dec. 9
Akron-Fairgrove 61, Mayville 44
Almont 56, Kinde-North Huron 48
Cass City 46, Capac 41
Kingston 57, Genesee 34
Memphis 58, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 26
Owendale-Gagetown 40, Deckerville 27
Peck 59, Landmark Academy 9

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Imlay City 77, North Branch 59
Port Huron 67, Croswell-Lexington 57
Yale 44, Brown City 41

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Marlette at Vassar
Sandusky at Cass City
Deckerville at Akron-Fairgrove
Ubly at Reese
Memphis at Laker
Harbor Beach at USA
Algonac at Marysville
Lakeville at Armada
Kingston at Bad Axe

Thursday, Dec. 12
Owendale-Gagetown 68, Caseville 37
Peck 58, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 34

Friday, Dec. 13
Brown City at Armada     
Lakers at Sandusky Boy and Girls Doubleheader Pre-game at 5:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
Reese at Marlette 
Cros-Lex at Algonac
USA at Ubly
All Saints at Harbor Beach
Richmond at Memphis
North Branch at Yale
Royal Oak at Almont
Bad Axe at Imlay City
Mayville at Lakeville
North Huron at Sag. Arts & Academy
Caro at Cass City
Frankenmuth at Vassar

Saturday, Dec. 14
Richmond at Cardinal Mooney

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines. Williams told reporters Thursday that he planned to appeal. He said he didn't realize he had made contact with the official, and meant no harm. The contact occurred after a Lions touchdown early in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. A replay appeared to show Williams looking away while walking forward, just behind Lions center Dominic Raiola, when the official crossed in between the two players. Williams received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Williams said he had been shoved by Raiola just after the touchdown. He said he was frustrated on the play.

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