KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A 27-year-old U.S. Navy SEAL who was among 11 people killed in an August helicopter crash in Afghanistan has been honored at a West Michigan hockey game. Flags lined the sidewalk leading to the Kentwood Ice Arena on Wednesday night as the East Kentwood High School hockey team honored Petty Officer David J. Warsen and all military members. The East Kentwood High graduate died Aug. 16 along with six other Americans and four Afghans when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed northeast of Kandahar. Before the game started, an honor guard was present and East Kentwood High School's Varsity Voices sang the national anthem. Warsen's family also was presented a plaque. Proceeds from items sold or raffled at the game went to the Warsen Family Foundation.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and No. 2 Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a 62-47 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night. The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 edition that went on to win the Big Ten title. Ray Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3), which held the Wolverines to a 39 percent mark from the field. Michigan, which beat its first two conference opponents by 28 points apiece, went 3 of 17 from 3-point range.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Michael Waltrip will enter the Daytona 500 this season with Swan Racing. The two-time Daytona 500 winner will drive the No. 30 Toyota in a one-race deal. The team will use full-time driver David Stremme the rest of the season. The season-opening Feb. 24 race marks the debut for the team under new owner Brandon Davis, who has vowed the No. 30 car will no longer "start and park." In the team overhaul, Davis hired crew chief Tony Eury Jr. and competition director Steve Hmiel. Eury, Hmiel and Waltrip worked together at Dale Earnhardt Inc., where Waltrip won the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500s. Waltrip and Eury were paired together for 26 races in 2005. Waltrip will bring with him an engine from Toyota Racing Development.
DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Golf Hall of Fame is looking for a new home. The hall recently vacated its home in Troy. It's seeking a new landing spot for its collection of plaques, portraits and memorabilia commemorating 98 members. The most recent Michigan Golf Hall of Fame class included Gaylord golf course designer and instructor Rick Smith and Flint-area PGA professionals Larry Mancour and Jack Seltzer. The hall's next class will join in May.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Glenn Robinson III is making the adjustment to college look awfully easy for No. 2 Michigan. A 20-point, 10-rebound effort against Iowa on Sunday was his first double-double - and after several energizing alley-oop dunks, it was impossible to ignore the 6-foot-6 freshman. The son of the former Purdue star with the same name, Robinson has been content to blend in quietly in his first season at Michigan, but that doesn't mean he isn't contributing. Nicknamed "Light Rob" because of his ability to score and rebound without much fanfare, Robinson cedes most of the attention to standout point guard Trey Burke and talented scorer Tim Hardaway Jr. A starter since the opening game, Robinson is averaging 12.5 points and shooting 59 percent from the field. Wednesday night the Wolverines host Nebraska at 7 p.m.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Former Detroit Red Wing Kevin Miller denies he owes a $1.6 million judgment to an insurance company for a hit during a 2000 Swiss league game that ended a player's career. Miller's hit on Andrew McKim caused the Canadian to suffer a severe concussion and neck injuries. The Grand Rapids Press reports Wednesday that the Swiss insurance company wants a U.S. District Court judge to recognize a Switzerland court's $1 million judgment against Miller. The figure has increased to $1.6 million with interest and costs. Kevin Miller lives in Williamston and on Monday took part in an exhibition game with the Harlem Globetrotters in Portage. His lawyer, Douglas Donnell, says the Swiss award raises "substantial doubt about the integrity of the rendering court with respect to the judgment."
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - An auction house expects six-figure bids when it sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine. Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford says a man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought in Baileyville, on the Canadian border. It's not the same as a modern baseball card. Instead, it's a photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card. Saco River manager Troy Thibodeau says he's aware of only two such cards in existence, the other at the Library of Congress. Saco River sold a rare 1888 card of Hall of Fame baseball player Michael "King" Kelly last summer for $72,000. Thibodeau expects the Brooklyn Atlantics card to fetch at least $100,000 at its Feb. 6 auction.
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Eastern Michigan says it has named ex-Ball State head football coach Stan Parrish as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Eagles head coach Ron English announced the appointment Monday. Parrish was an assistant at Ball State in 2005-08 and head coach for the Muncie, Ind., school in 2008-10. He was offensive coordinator at Michigan in 2000-01 and quarterbacks coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002-03.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Alabama rolled to its second consecutive BCS championship, and third in four seasons, beating No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in a BCS championship game that was no classic after all. AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards and scored twice for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, which scored on its first three drives and cruised from there. Alabama (13-1) became the third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from 1994-97. Tide coach Nick Saban now has won four national championships. Only Alabama's Paul "Bear" Bryant, with six, has more. The Fighting Irish (12-1) didn't score until they were down 35-0 late in the third quarter.
PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - The Harlem Globetrotters say they hope that deprived NHL fans have taken some comfort in watching basketball on ice. The sporty entertainers strapped on custom cleats and hockey helmets for their basketball game on ice Monday in West Michigan. Dozens of fans braved the blustery winds as they watched the Globetrotters beat Global Select 24-10 at Millennium Park in Portage. The Globetrotters play on a conventional court Tuesday at Wings Stadium in nearby Kalamazoo. Detroit Red Wings alumnus Kevin Miller joined the Globetrotters, dribbling the ball with his hockey stick as he skated down the ice. He also blocked a shot with the stick above the rim. The NHL Players Association and the league have reached a tentative settlement to end the lockout.