UNDATED (AP) - Hall of Famer Barry Sanders and 77 others who have played in the NFL will serve as USA Football ambassadors to work with youth leagues in the Heads Up Football program to enhance player safety. More than 900 youth leagues across the nation have adopted the program, which emphasizes proper tackling technique - keep your head up - along with concussion recognition and response; coaching certifications; properly fitted equipment; and coaches trained to implement Heads Up Football.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is declining to discuss the franchise's needs and how they might affect who he chooses with the No. 5 pick. The Lions, though, clearly require help at offensive tackle and defensive end. They can address one of those voids Thursday night in the NFL draft. Detroit's starting offensive tackles and defensive ends from last season are gone. Left tackle Jeff Backus retired and right tackle Gosder Cherilus left in free agency. Defensive end Cliff Avril signed with Seattle and his counterpart, Kyle Vanden Bosch, was released. The Lions are expected to select the best offensive tackle or defensive end available in the first round, but taking cornerback Dee Milliner would also make sense if the first four teams in the draft pass on him.
DETROIT (AP) - Johan Franzen scored twice and Jimmy Howard had 34 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 Monday night to get two desperately needed points in their push to make the playoffs. The Red Wings moved within a point of eighth-place Columbus in the Western Conference. They're hoping to finish the last three games of the regular season strong enough to extend the franchise's postseason streak to 22 years. Detroit had won only one of its previous six games, picking up a precious point in three shootout losses during the slump. Damien Brunner scored late in the first period and Valtteri Filppula had a power-play goal late in the second. The Coyotes are five points behind with Blue Jackets and on the brink of elimination. Wednesday the Red Wings host the LA Kings at the Joe at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22
Deckerville beat Port Hope 1-0 & 6-1
Sanilac County Semi--Croslex beat CPS 11 to 7 (Bryce Davis got the win for Cros-Lex striking out 6. Matt Bombard and Wyatt Hooper had 2 hits for CPS.)
Peck beat Akron-Fairgrove 18-3 & 19-1 (Austin Fackler was the winning pitcher the first game & Tommy Gallagher had 3 hits. Gallagher won the 2nd game and Fackler had 3 hits.)
Memphis & Cass City Split (Memphis won 7-6, Cass City won 10-0)
Marlette beat Bad Axe 9 to 7 & 2 to 1
Brown City beat USA 9-0 & 3-0
Harbor Beach beat Vassar 7-1 & 13-10
Deckerville beat Port Hope 12-0 & 16-0
Sanilac County Semi--(Cros-Lex beat CPS 13-1 Megan Guitar had 3 hits, including a two run home run and 5 RBI.)
Bad Axe beat Marlette 15-0 & 12-1
Vassar beat Harbor Beach 7 to 3 & 6 to 5 in 8 innings
Lakers 8, Sandusky 0
USA 3, Cass City 0
Harbor Beach 1, Bad Axe 0
Marlette 6, Brown City 0
Cros-Lex beat Imlay City 2-0 (CL is 3 and 0 in league play. Scoring goals were Sydney Shaw & Rachael Barbarich. Assists by Marin Western & Ann Sobell.)
Tuesday, April 23
Bad Axe 6, Ubly 2
Richmond swept Cros-Lex 10-1 and 4-0
Marlette 19, Kingston 18
Harbor Beach beat North Huron 10-1 & 9-1
Cros-Lex swept Richmond and are now 4-0 in league play and 8-0 over-all. Megan Guitar was the winning pitcher in both games. Syndey Church had 5 hits and Courtney Farr 4 in the two games.
Yale beat Capac 7-0 & 6-3
Armada swept Almont 6-3 & 3-1
Wednesday, April 24
Memphis at Sandusky
Harbor Beach at Cass City
USA at Lakers
Cros-Lex at Almont
Owen-Gage at Ubly
Peck at Deckerville (County Semi-final)
Brown City at North Branch (SB only)
Imlay City at Brown City
Brown City at Deckerville
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Matt Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne (kayn) to capture his second straight race at Kansas Speedway and become the third straight Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole. Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires under caution with 47 laps to go. Points leader Jimmie Johnson took third, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur). The Toyota Owners 400 will take place Saturday, April 27 at Richmond International Speedway in Richmond, Virginia at 7:30 p.m.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Mark Trumbo homered leading the bottom of the 13th inning and Albert Pujols doubled home two runs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over Detroit on Sunday for their second straight series sweep of the Tigers. Detroit lefty Phil Coke (0-2) intentionally walked Pujols with two outs and the bases empty in the 12th before striking out Josh Hamilton on three pitches. But Trumbo drove a 3-1 pitch into the top part of the double-decker bullpen in left field for his second homer of the season. Jerome Williams (1-0) got the victory with three innings of two-hit relief. Angels lefty C.J. Wilson allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, struck out four and walked four. He gave up a two-run homer to Prince Fielder that tied the score 3-all in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Torii Hunter. The Tigers are off Monday and start a 9-game homestand Tuesday with a series against the Royals. Pre-game at 6:40 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
SEATTLE (AP) - Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Seattle Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday. The teams played the series finale about 13 hours after the Tigers' 2-1 victory in 14 innings in a game that had a combined 40 strikeouts and had Justin Smoak tagged out at home in a collision with catcher Brayan Pena for the final out. Verlander (2-2), who threw 126 pitches in seven innings, gave up a two-out single to Robert Andino. Seager then hit the first pitch into the left-field corner. Andino raced around from first. Endy Chavez followed with a single to left, scoring Seager. Tiger catcher Alex Avila caught the throw from left-fielder Andy Dirks, but did not position himself in front of the plate to block Seager's slide. He slid under the tag. Verlander struck out 12 - two short of his career high - and gave up nine hits, two runs and walked one.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan for their sophomore seasons. Robinson and McGary announced their decisions Thursday. The Wolverines have lost national player of the year Trey Burke and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA draft, but now they can expect to return three starters from the team that reached the NCAA title game this season. Robinson, the son of the former Purdue star with the same name, started all 39 games for Michigan this season and averaged 11 points. McGary's stock took off during the NCAA tournament, when he emerged as a force inside to help the Wolverines to their first Final Four since 1993.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State guard Gary Harris has chosen to return for his sophomore season. He became the first player in program history to be named Big Ten freshman of the year and to be voted MVP by his teammates. He averaged nearly 13 points a game, ranking second on the team. Harris said Thursday his dream of playing in the NBA can wait. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says Harris' future is bright. Adreian Payne has not announced whether he is entering the NBA draft or coming back for his senior season.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions open the 2013 season on Sept. 8 against the Minnesota Vikings, and their schedule also includes a home Monday night game against Super Bowl champion Baltimore. The Lions host the Ravens on Dec. 16. They'll face the Green Bay Packers in their traditional Thanksgiving game in Detroit. The Lions made the playoffs two seasons ago but stumbled to a 4-12 record last year. Detroit's open date occurs at the halfway point of the season, after the Lions have played eight games. On Sept. 22, Detroit plays at Washington, where the Lions are winless in 21 games. Detroit's last home game is against the New York Giants on Dec. 22, and the regular-season finale is Dec. 29 at Minnesota.