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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks homered as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Sunday to avoid being swept. Doug Fister picked up the victory with six strong innings, yielding a run, while allowing six hits and striking out five and walking one. Cabrera, who is second in the league with 31 home runs to Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles, drove a 1-1 pitch out to left in the first inning. Miguel Tejada tied it in the second with his third home run of the season and the 307th of his career. Tejada took an 0-1 Fister pitch out to left. Dirks broke the tie with a home run with one out in the fifth to straightaway center, just eluding Jarrod Dyson's leap at the wall. James Shields, who has won only one of 10 home starts, took the loss.

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - Il Mostro is the first boat to reach Mackinac Island from Port Huron on the Shore Course of the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. Il Mostro finished the race Sunday morning in 19 hours, 11 minutes and 31 seconds, besting the record 25:47:19 time set in 1950. Peter Thornton's yacht still is expected to finish behind Bill Alcott's boat, Equation, which was third to Mackinac Island, but beat Il Mostro by 45 seconds on corrected time. Equation is the race's projected winner. Windquest finished third after corrected time. The race started Saturday. Winners are determined based on a handicapping system. The Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit organizes the event.

(CROSWELL-LEXINGTIN) -- The Cros-Lex 10-and-under little league baseball team has had an outstanding summer on the baseball diamond. Last night they captured their district championship defeating Ira Township 10 to 3 down in New Baltimore. The young men have had a 30-2 record this summer competing in numerous travel team tournaments throughout southeast Michigan. They now advance to the state tournament in Muskegon July 25th-31st. The team will be featured in todays parade in Croswell at 6 p.m. 

DETROIT (AP) - They've endured drama in their bullpen and a frustrating record in close games, but the Detroit Tigers are performing pretty close to expectations. Detroit leads the AL Central by 1 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians with the All-Star break coming to a close. The outlook is probably better than it was a year ago at the break, when the Tigers were in third place, 3 1/2 games off the pace. Detroit trailed the Chicago White Sox well into September before finally winning the division with an 88-74 record. This year, the Tigers are on pace for about 90 wins, and Cleveland is the team mounting a serious challenge so far.

(PORT HURON) -- Expect a faster race to Mackinac Island this weekend than last. Boats were finishing the Chicago to Mackinac yacht race late Tuesday from Chicago after long periods spend becalmed in still waters. Carl Bihlmeyer is chairman of the 2013 Port Huron to Mackinac race and says he understands the physical and mental challenges of a slow race. The forecast is for bigger winds and faster time for Bihlmeyer's race. About 230 boats are competing this weekend in the 89th edition of the Bayview Yacht Club's Port Huron to Mackinac race. A front is expected to move through the area Friday, meaning there should be a brisk breeze at the start Saturday morning just north of the Blue Water Bridge.

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - The British Open is underway. The early first round leader is Zach Johnson who was 6-under after 13 holes. The clubhouse lead is currently held by Rafael Cabrera-Bello at 4-under after an opening round 67. Tiger Woods and many of the top names are teeing off later in the day. A month after winning the U.S. Open, Justin Rose is looking to accomplish something this week that only a handful of greats have done -- winning the U.S. and British Opens in the same year. Only six golfers have accomplished this in the century-plus history of major championship golf. The roster of that exclusive club includes Bobby Jones (twice; 1926 and 1930); Gene Sarazen (1932); Ben Hogan (1953); Lee Trevino (1971); Tom Watson (1982); and Tiger Woods (2000). There are no tricks at Muirfield. There are hardly any blind shots. Most of the bunkers are in plain view from the tee. That's one of the reasons that Muirfield is a favorite of so many players, who use words like "fair" and "honest test," which aren't always heard on other links courses.

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Three Michigan vessels have taken division honors in the 105th annual Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. Organizers said Wednesday that "Windquest" won the Royono Trophy after being the first the first boat to finish. The yacht's corrected time was 49 hours, 57 minutes, 52 seconds. It represents the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club near Grand Rapids. Macatawa Bay-based "Sufficient Reason" took the Trophy Division of the race from Chicago to Michigan's Mackinac Island. About 300 boats registered for the 333-statute mile event, with 150 making the finish Tuesday. "Providence" won the Mackinac Cup Division and "Infinite Diversion" finished first in the Cruising Division. The Manitou Passage Trophy went to "Lucky Strike" out of the Little Traverse Yacht Club in Harbor Springs. "Safir III" won the Harold L. Ashton Trophy.

DETROIT (AP) - A baseball bat given by Tigers legend Ty Cobb to Detroit's postmaster has failed to sell at auction. Hunt Auctions says bids this week in New York failed to meet the reserve price for the century-old, 34.5-inch bat used by "The Georgia Peach." It belonged to William Nagel's great-grandson, Duffy Ross. Nagel was a friend of Cobb's who also sometimes threw batting practice to the Hall of Famer. The estimated price range for the bat was $75,000 to $125,000.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:33

Pistons finally adding significant help

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons have been waiting a while for this offseason - and it showed. The Pistons have finally been able to give their roster a significant makeover, adding Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Italian star Luigi Datome. It remains to be seen how much the team will improve, but for the first time in a while, there's a bit of a buzz surrounding this struggling franchise. After four straight seasons without a playoff berth, Detroit entered the offseason with plenty of space under the salary cap. Dumars, the general manager, said this week he's accomplished what he wanted to via free agency.

Thursday, 18 July 2013 09:32

Lions release injured RB Best

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have released running back Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick from 2010 who hasn't played since October 2011 because of concussion problems. General manager Martin Mayhew calls Best as fine a person and professional as he has ever worked with. Best says Lions fans and the people of Detroit will always hold a special place in his heart. Best accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he was limited to six games during the 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his football career. Detroit signed Reggie Bush in the offseason to help boost its inconsistent running game.