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ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Louis Delmas messed up an assignment in practice Monday morning. The Lions safety didn't mind a bit, as long as he was able to stay on the field. Delmas got a rare opportunity to get some work in as he continues to recover from a knee injury, and he was enjoying every minute. "I made a mistake, because I was so excited to be out there," he said. "I went up to the coach and told him that I had screwed up, because I was just excited to be on the field." Delmas isn't new at this game, having dealt with knee injuries for years, but the frustration of not having practiced since Aug. 8 was starting to wear on him.

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera is doing things Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland says he hasn't seen in his 50 years of professional baseball. There's a reason for that. No one has seen it. Cabrera is the only player in major league history with at least 1,962 hits, 410 doubles, 361 homers and 1,243 RBIs at the age of 30 years and 4 months, according to STATS LLC. The reigning Triple Crown winner has a shot to become baseball's first player to lead a league in batting average, home runs and RBIs in consecutive seasons. Only Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby have twice won Triple Crowns in a career - Williams in 1947 and 1942 and Hornsby in 1925 and 1922. Cabrera is leading the major leagues with a .360 average and 120 RBIs. Cabrera's 40 homers trail only Baltimore's Chris Davis, who hit his 45th Sunday.

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Joey Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Logano and Kevin Harvick both breezed past Mark Martin with just over three laps to go in the 400-mile, 200-lap race. Martin had been trying to stretch fuel, but when he faltered, Logano was able to hold off Harvick. Logano entered the weekend in 16th place in the points standings. After winning the pole Friday, he took Sunday's race by 1 second over Harvick, who is safely near the top of the standings. There are three races left before the Chase. Points leader Jimmie Johnson lasted less than 60 laps before engine trouble knocked him out.

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BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson's exit was only the beginning. It was another rough day for Hendrick Motorsports in Michigan. Johnson, NASCAR's Sprint Cup points leader, was knocked out Sunday after 54 laps when he blew his engine, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car was damaged when he slammed into the wall on the135th lap. Johnson finished 40th, and Earnhardt was 36th. Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon did complete all 200 laps, with Kahne finishing seventh and Gordon 17th - but Gordon slipped to 14th place in the standings, and he could be on the outside looking in during the Chase for the Sprint Cup. During the Cup race at MIS in June, all four Hendrick drivers failed to crack the top 25.

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run and had an RBI single to help Max Scherzer become baseball's first 18-game winner this season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 to win the five-game series. The reigning Triple Crown winner became the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 homers and 120 RBIs while batting .350 or better through 116 games, joining Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx, according to STATS. Scherzer gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. Scherzer and Roger Clemens are the pitchers since 1919 to have 18 wins in their first 19 decisions, STATS said. Clemens did it with the New York Yankees in 2001, when he finished 20-3.

Friday, 16 August 2013 11:15

Fielder homers, Tigers beat Royals 4-1

DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Andy Dirks added two doubles and two singles for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who took the opener of this five-game series with third-place Kansas City. The Royals have lost three in a row after a 17-3 stretch that put them in contention for a postseason spot. Detroit's Anibal Sanchez allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. Bruce Rondon finished the eighth, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances. Jeremy Guthrie allowed four runs and 13 hits in seven innings.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes to Jordan Cameron and perhaps ended any more discussion about a quarterback competition in Cleveland, leading the Browns to a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. Weeden connected on TD passes of 10 and 5 yards to Cameron in the first half as the Browns (2-0) opened a 17-0 lead. Weeden finished 8 of 12 for 117 yards. In two weeks, he's 18 of 25 for 229 yards and three TDs. Browns running back Trent Richardson made his NFL exhibition debut and gained 33 yards on six carries, showing some elusiveness and power. Quarterback Matt Stafford completed 11 of 16 for 74 yards for the Lions (1-1), but was without superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who sat out with a bruised knee. 

CLEVELAND (AP) - Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson will not play in Detroit's exhibition game against the Cleveland Browns because of a bruised knee. Johnson, who had a league-leading 122 receptions for an NFL-record 1,964 yards last season, caught three passes in Detroit's preseason opener last week against the New York Jets. The Lions did not provide any other details before Thursday night's game about Johnson's injury. It's possible the team just wants to rest its most talented player. Patrick Edwards will start in place of Johnson. Johnson will begin the season needing 1,338 yards to pass Herman Moore (9,174) for the most receiving yards in team history.

CHICAGO (AP) - Miguel Cabrera hit a towering three-run homer and the Detroit Tigers ended a three-game skid, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday. A year after winning the Triple Crown, Cabrera has 38 homers and 114 RBIs and is hitting .360. The AL Central-leading Tigers had lost four of five following a 12-game winning streak. Despite surrendering a season-high 11 hits, Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed just three runs in six innings. Taking no chances, Tigers manager Jim Leyland brought in closer Joaquin Benoit with one out in the eighth. Benoit struck out Adam Dunn and Avisail Garcia, the worked out of another jam in the ninth inning for his 15th save in 15 chances. John Danks pitched into the eighth.

Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:06

Spartans hoping to rebound on offense

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - For all Michigan State has accomplished under Mark Dantonio, there is a step that has eluded the Spartans. Michigan State hasn't played in the Rose Bowl since 1988, and last season brought the Spartans no closer to that goal. They went 7-6, with almost every conference game coming down to the wire. With quarterback Andrew Maxwell struggling at times in his first season as the starter, it was left to workhorse running back Le'Veon Bell to carry the offense last season. He did, to the tune of 1,793 yards on 382 carries, but then Bell decided to leave early for the NFL draft. The Spartans open the season at home Aug. 30 against Western Michigan.