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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:25

Draft up next in big year for Burke

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Trey Burke led Michigan to within a few points of a national title, a stirring finish to his college career that validated his decision to return to the Wolverines for his sophomore season. Now it's time to find out what the NBA thought of Burke's terrific postseason run. Burke enters Thursday night's draft as perhaps the most recognizable name among the top prospects. He was the AP national player of the year - and he went deeper in the NCAA tournament than other college stars like Georgetown's Otto Porter and Indiana's Victor Oladipo.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Former Michigan safety Marvin Robinson has transferred to Ferris State. The school confirmed Monday that Robinson is enrolled. Robinson left Michigan in May after playing sparingly for three seasons with the Wolverines. He will be eligible to play this year because Ferris State is a Championship Subdivision program. The 6-foot-2, 202-pound backup safety and special teams player made nine tackles in 12 games last season. Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez recruited Robinson out of Winter Haven, Fla., and he played two years for coach Brady Hoke.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State wide receiver Kyle Kerrick has been granted a release from his scholarship. The school announced the move Monday. Kerrick redshirted last season at Michigan State. The Coatesville, Pa., product caught 43 passes for 734 yards and 10 touchdowns as a high school senior.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have signed safety Chris Hope. The team announced the move Monday along with the release of wide receiver Brian Robiskie. Hope started 113 of 163 games and had 20 career interceptions over 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Atlanta. He started in four games last season for the Falcons and played in both of their playoff games. The Lions likely added Hope, a Pro Bowl player in 2008, because they're not sure safety Louis Delmas can stay healthy enough to be counted on next season. Robiskie had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown in six games with the Lions last season. He caught 39 passes for 441 yards with three touchdowns from 2009 through 2011 in Cleveland.

DETROIT (AP) - The estate of former Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson is challenging the government in U.S. Tax Court over billions of dollars claimed by the IRS. The Detroit Free Press says the Internal Revenue Service objects to how Davidson's accountants valued stock in his company, Guardian Industries, which makes glass and parts for the auto industry. Other key issues include tens of millions of dollars given to Davidson's wife, Karen, and money used to help her daughter build a home in Bloomfield Hills. The Free Press says Davidson also canceled debts to heirs when he died, giving them ownership of certain assets. The newspaper says the IRS is seeking about $2 billion or more in estate taxes. The agency declined to comment. Davidson died in 2009 at age 86. 

Friday, 21 June 2013 09:17

Dynasty in South Beach

MIAMI (AP) - The Miami Heat made it back-to-back NBA championships -- and third since 2006 -- with a gritty 95-88 victory over San Antonio in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James made it happen. The Heat superstar poured in 37 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the second straight year. With the Heat nursing a two-point lead, James secured the victory with a 19-foot jumper with 27.9 seconds left. He and added two free throws four seconds later. James made 5 of 10 3s, all while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the L.A. Lakers in 2009-10. Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. The Heat rallied from a 3-2 deficit to win the final two games at home. Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978. San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.
 
Meanwhine, Miami Heat fans swarmed from downtown bars and rushed cheering and screaming into the streets late last night after their team won its second straight NBA championship. Heat fans by the thousands streamed into the area surrounding the American Airlines Arena to exchange high-fives and hugs, blow whistles and simply scream. Some climbed atop street signs and a railroad crossing. "It's euphoria in the city of Miami," said Alex Vailon, a 20-year-old Miami resident. "How many teams have took two in a row?" Several, actually, but for last night at least, Miami fans were not interested in history lessons.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings and city officials have announced a $650 million plan for a new arena for the NHL team in Detroit's downtown entertainment and sports district. Plans for the 18,000-seat arena were announced Wednesday at a meeting of economic development officials to approve the deal. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has long said he wanted a replacement for the 32-year-old Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings say there will be $367 million in private investment and $283 million in public funds in the complex. It also will include residential and retail space. The arena would be at Interstate 75 and Woodward Avenue, near the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park and the Detroit Lions' Ford Field. Ilitch, who founded Little Caesars Pizza, also owns the Detroit Tigers.

BOSTON (AP) - NHL general managers have embraced many changes recommended by the competition committee, including hybrid icing and the mandatory use of visors for all players entering the league. The group met Wednesday before Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. A blend of touch and no-touch icing that offers referees the discretion to blow a play dead will be in effect during the upcoming preseason. If the experiment is successful, hybrid icing will be implemented for the regular season, pending a vote by the league's board of governors.

DETROIT (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings have an agreement on a three-year contract. The Red Wings said Tuesday they had agreed to terms on a deal to keep Datsyuk through the 2016-17 season. He can't sign the contract until July 5 because he was entering the last year of his current deal. The Russian superstar has said he wanted to stay with the Red Wings instead of returning home to play following the 2013-14 season. Datsyuk led Detroit with 15 goals and 49 points in the 48-game, lockout-shortened season. He tied for third on the team with nine points in the postseason, which ended in the second round against Chicago. He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2002 as a rookie and again in 2008.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avila on the 15-day disabled list. Detroit recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo on Monday before it series opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers plan to call up left-hander Jose Alvarez from Toledo to start in place on Sanchez on Thursday in their series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Sanchez is expected to miss two starts because of a strained right shoulder and Avila will be out with a bruised left forearm.

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