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BALTIMORE (AP) - The family of Cal Ripken Jr. is offering a $100,000 reward to help find the person who kidnapped the former Orioles star's mother last year. The Hall of Fame infielder made the announcement Thursday at the Sports Legends Museum next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a little more than a year after Vi Ripken was taken at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home and held captive for 24 hours. She was returned unharmed. No one has been arrested in the abduction. Aberdeen police spokesman Lt. Fred Budnick says the case has no new active leads. But Cal Ripken says he hopes the reward will help re-energize the case. Former America's Most Wanted TV host John Walsh has offered his help, saying the case would be featured on the franchise's website.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:36

NASCAR completes TV package with Fox Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR has completed its television deal by furthering its existing relationship with Fox Sports. Fox Sports on Thursday picked up the three remaining Sprint Cup Series races and the first 14 Nationwide Series races on the 2015 schedule. Fox Sports also extended the contract by two years to run through 2024 so it would be the same length as the deal NBC Sports signed last week. Fox Sports now has the first 16 races of the Cup schedule beginning in 2015. Nine will air on Fox Sports and seven on Fox Sports 1. NBC Sports said last week seven of its 20 races would air on broadcast NBC. Coupled with Fox's broadcast races, NASCAR in 2015 will have 16 total races broadcast - the same number as this year. 

Thursday, 01 August 2013 16:24

Lidstrom's number to be retired by Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom will have his No. 5 retired during a ceremony next season. The Red Wings announced Thursday that Lidstrom will be honored before a March 6 game against the Colorado Avalanche. Lidstrom retired last year after a career in which he won four Stanley Cups with Detroit. Lidstrom was a seven-time winner of the Norris Trophy, which goes to the league's best defenseman. He was named captain of the Red Wings before the 2006-07 season, and when Detroit beat Pittsburgh in the 2008 finals, he became the first European-born captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup.

DETROIT -- Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and the Detroit Tigers scored five more runs in the fourth inning of an 11-1 rout of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. The AL Central-leading Tigers took the two-game series. They have won five straight and nine of 10 to move 16 games over .500 for the first time this season, but they're not in the mood to celebrate. Miguel Cabrera was out of the lineup, a day after aggravating an injury, and Jhonny Peralta was in it perhaps for the last time in a long time. Justin Verlander shook off a shaky start by giving up one run, four hits and five walks while striking out six over six innings. Gio Gonzalez gave up 10 runs and 11 hits over 3 1/3 innings. He entered the game with 4-0 record and a 2.06 ERA in his 10 starts since his last loss on May 27.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Pistons' deal with the Milwaukee Bucks is done. The Pistons announced Wednesday they have acquired point guard Brandon Jennings in exchange for guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov. Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars says the team believes Jennings' talent and skills complement its core group of players. Detroit signed free agents Josh Smith, Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome this offseason after drafting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the No. 8 overall pick. The 23-year-old Jennings averaged 17.5 points and a career-high 6.5 assists last season, ranking among the league's top 20 in both categories. The restricted free agent has agreed to a $24 million, three-year contract with the Pistons.

BOYNE VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Andrew Ruthkoski of Muskegon has shot a 3-under 69 on the third round to edge four other golfers by a single stroke and win the 22ndh annual Tournament of Champions. Ruthkoski finished the tournament Wednesday with a 10-under total of 206 to claim the $10,000 top prize. The round was on the Alpine course at northern Michigan's Boyne Mountain Resort. There was a four-way tie at 207 among defending champion Jeff Roth, 2011 winner Lee Houtteman, Jeff Cuzzort and Barrett Kelpin. Drew Preston came in at 210. The resort is in Charlevoix County's Boyne Valley Township, about 40 miles northeast of Traverse City.

DETROIT (AP) - Newly released investigative reports provide a detailed look at the final days of Cullen Finnerty, a former record-setting quarterback who died two months ago while on a holiday weekend trip in rural Michigan. The reports show Cullen Finnerty had a number of alcoholic drinks on the day he disappeared and told relatives in two final frantic phone calls that he believed he was being followed. The police reports were released to The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act. In them, Finnerty's wife, Jennifer, tells detectives it wasn't the first time her husband had a "paranoid" episode. She says 18 months earlier the three-time national championship QB at Grand Valley State drove 150 miles to Grand Rapids from Detroit because he feared the FBI was following him.

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