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Monday, 23 September 2013 11:50

RG3 bobbles, Lions rally to top Redskins 27-20

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - The Detroit Lions took advantage of a pair of fourth-quarter bobbles, including one by Robert Griffin III, in a 27-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards, and Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson both had 100 yards receiving for the Lions, who are 2-1. Detroit beat the Redskins on the road for the first time since 1935, a 21-game streak that comes to a halt as the second longest in NFL history. The score was tied at 17 when Griffin fumbled at the end of a scramble. The Lions recovered and kicked the go-ahead field goal on their next drive. The Redskins then had a touchdown pass overturned when video replay showed that Aldrick Robinson lost control of the ball.

DETROIT (AP) - Erik Johnson pitched into the seventh inning in his fourth career start, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 6-3 to end any chance of the Tigers clinching the AL Central title in their home finale Sunday. Detroit needed a win and a Cleveland loss to wrap up the division in the Tigers' final scheduled home game. Johnson allowed two runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Chicago held on a day after blowing a six-run lead in the ninth inning against the Tigers. Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs and eight hits in five innings, taking his first loss since July 19. Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers. Detroit was without slugger Miguel Cabrera, who has been bothered by groin soreness.

DETROIT (AP) - Byron Froese scored his second goal 3:25 into the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game Sunday. Joakim Nordstrom and Garret Ross also scored for Chicago and Corey Crawford made 30 saves. Tomas Tatar scored twice for Red Wings, Jonathan Ericsson added a goal and Gustav Nyquist had three assists. Jimmy Howard stopped 16 of 20 shots before being replaced by Jared Coreau early in the third period. Coreau made four saves. Tatar opened the scoring 7:29 into the game and Froese answered 1:49 later. Nordstrom's tally came with 2:54 left in the first. Ross and Froese scored less than a minute apart early in the third. Tatar got his second goal, on the power play, with 7:02 left and Ericsson's goal came with 41 seconds to go.

(AREA) -- The Marlette Varsity Cross Country team competed in the Old School Classic in Armada on Saturday. The Red Raiders took 3rd out of 16 teams in the boys division. Eric Poth, Sam Sartin, Marcus Dale, Seth Ferguson and Hayden Harneck all earned medals for Marlette. Alex Herman, Andrew Clark and Ryan Za-wod-ny also ran well for the Raiders. In the girls division, Marlette's medal winners were Lexi Wilhemson, Madison Keyworth and Renee Miller. Julia Hohlman narrowly missed a medal and finished in 11th place out of nearly 100 runners. Marlette's next race is in Harbor Beach at the Waegner Park Invitation on Saturday, September 28.

The CPS Varsity Volleyball team was victorious Saturday at their annual CPS Invitational Tournament. The game scores for the round robin for CPS against North Huron were 21-7 & 21-11, Caseville 21-12 & 21-12, Peck 21-8 & 21-23, Memphis 19-21 & 21-7 and Port Hope 21-12 & 21-11. CPS entered the tournament as the top seat. In tournament play the scores were CPS over Caseville 25-8 & 25-8. In the finals CPS won over Memphis in 2 sets with scores of 25-19 & 25-21. Contributing players were Monica Falls with 48 points, 15 aces, 1 block, 58 assists & 13 kills; Amber DiRusso with 46 points, 17 aces & 1 kill; Kyanna Washe with 34 points, 12 aces 9 blocks, 1 assist & 30 kills; Sarah Albrecht with 28 points, 8 aces, 3 blocks, 1 assist & 33 kills; Gabrielle Frostic with 24 points & 5 aces; Katelyn Frostic with 21 points, 10 aces & 9 kills; Tiffani Nugent with 8 points, 3 aces, 5 blocks, 5 assists & 11 kills; Kasey Willis with 4 kills; Natasha Kandell with 2 kills & Hailey McWilliams with 1 kill.

DETROIT (AP) - Former Red Wings star Nicklas Lidstrom is among the players expected on the ice for an alumni game between Detroit and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The alumni doubleheader is Dec. 31 at Comerica Park, the home of baseball's Detroit Tigers. It's part of a series of games leading up to the NHL's Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor featuring the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs. Lidstrom was a seven-time winner of the Norris Trophy, which goes to the league's best defenseman. Dozens of players have committed to play in the alumni games, including Igor Larionov, Brendan Shanahan, Kirk Maltby, Dino Ciccarelli, Darren McCarty, Kris Draper and Chris Chelios. Gordie Howe and Vladimir Konstantinov are among those expected to attend.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Michael Waltrip is willing to let driver Martin Truex Jr. leave for another team if Michael Waltrip Racing is unable to find sponsorship for the No. 56 car in 2014.
 
     NAPA Auto Parts will end its multimillion-dollar sponsorship of MWR at the end of the year, the latest fallout from the team's attempt to manipulate a race to get Truex into NASCAR's version of the playoffs.
 
     NAPA is Truex's primary sponsor and in the first year of a three-year extension announced last August. The deal ran through the 2015 season and is believed to be worth at least $15 million a year.
 
     "If he came to me tomorrow and said, 'I got a deal to go do something,' then obviously I would not hold him back," Waltrip said Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "I owe him a lot for his loyalty and his passion for our team. I wouldn't hold him back from doing something he wanted to do, but I'd like him to hang around so we can attract a sponsor and keep him in our cars."
 
     NASCAR took the unprecedented step of kicking Truex out of the Chase in favor of Ryan Newman, who would have made it into the field instead of Truex without MWR's meddling. MWR was also fined $300,000, general manager Ty Norris was suspended indefinitely and all three crew chiefs for its drivers were placed on probation for the rest of the year.
 
     The penalties levied against MWR led to a larger NASCAR investigation that uncovered at least one other case of race manipulation. NASCAR was then forced to expand the Chase field to 13 drivers to include Jeff Gordon and issue new rules banning digital radios and more than one team member per car on the spotter stand.
 
     NASCAR chairman Brian France also ordered all competitors to give 100 percent at all times during a meeting in which it was made clear attempts to artificially alter the outcome of races would be prohibited.
 
     Waltrip continued at New Hampshire to apologize for his team's actions.
 
     "We will race forward with respect and appreciation for being able to be here," he said. "We'll start to regain trust."
 
     Aaron's, sponsor of Brian Vickers for MWR, said it remains dedicated to the organization, but Clint Bowyer sponsor 5-Hour Energy said Thursday it was still evaluating its relationship with MWR.
 
     Waltrip said Friday that he "fully expects" 5-Hour Energy to remain with MWR. MWR co-owner Rob Kauffman pumped in much-needed cash and brought stability and accountability to the organization. Waltrip said Kauffman could help fund Truex in 2014.
 
     NAPA's decision will end a relationship with Waltrip that dates to 2001. NAPA was sponsor for Waltrip for both of his Daytona 500-winning cars and moved with him when he formed Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007.  The company took over sponsorship of Truex when he joined MWR in 2010 and as Waltrip's replacement.
 
     This is the second scandal NAPA has been through with Waltrip, who was found to have a fuel additive in his engine in his debut race, the 2007 Daytona 500.
 
     "They just felt like the events of the last 10 days had spiraled out of control a bit," Waltrip said. "They felt like what we were involved with and NASCAR penalized us for was more than they were comfortable dealing with, more than they were comfortable with accepting. They worked hard to try to figure out a way to hang around."
 
     The loss of a primary sponsor, particularly with only nine races left in the season, is a big blow to Waltrip. It will be a tremendous challenge to quickly replace the money because NAPA is a rare sponsor that covers the entire 36-race Sprint Cup schedule.
 
     Should MWR not secure sponsorship to replace NAPA, it could lead to layoffs of nearly 100 employees and the possible shuttering of Truex's team.
 
     "We're going to race ahead," Waltrip said. "We're going to try to find funding for the 56 and have three cars in the competition for the Chase next year. "

Friday, 20 September 2013 10:44

AL Central-leading Tigers edge Mariners 5-4

DETROIT (AP) - Prince Fielder had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning on a close play at the plate, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Thursday. Detroit trailed 4-3 after Seattle's Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer in the fifth, but Fielder's RBI single in the seventh tied it. Then he scored from first when Victor Martinez doubled off Charlie Furbush. It was a busy day for Fielder, who appeared to take and eat a fan's nacho after unsuccessfully chasing a fifth-inning foul ball near the stands. Torii Hunter homered for the Tigers. Doug Fister struck out 10 in 7 2-3 innings. Drew Smyly got one out, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 22 chances.

BOSTON (AP) - Pavel Datsyuk had goal and three assists, Henrik Zetterberg added a goal and two assists, and the Detroit Red Wings cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Jimmy Howard stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced in the first two periods before he was replaced by Tom McCollum. Detroit scored four times in the third period against Bruins rookie goalie Malcolm Subban, who finished with 19 saves in Boston's first home game of the preseason. Justin Abdelkader opened the scoring 5:01 into the game on a power play. The Red Wings scored once more in the opening period and then twice in the second to take a 4-1 lead to the second intermission. Joakim Andersson, Danny DeKeyser, Daniel Cleary and David McIntyre also scored for Detroit. Nick Johnson and Jarome Iginla scored for the Bruins.

The Red Wings' preseason continues Saturday, Sept. 21 in Detroit with the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 in Detroit with the Chicago Blackhawks at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Detroit with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 in Detroit with the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:30 p.m. and wraps up  Saturday, Sept. 28 in Toronto with the Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.

Friday, 20 September 2013 10:41

Detroit's Iglesias hit by pitch, leaves game

DETROIT (AP) - Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has left Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners after with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch near the wrist. Iglesias was doubled over in pain after Tom Wilhelmsen's pitch caught him in the sixth inning. The Tigers said X-rays are negative and Iglesias is day to day. Detroit acquired Iglesias from Boston in a trade shortly before shortstop Jhonny Peralta was suspended as part of Major League Baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Peralta is eligible to return Sept. 27, but the Tigers plan to keep Iglesias at shortstop and work out Peralta in the outfield. Iglesias is hitting .310 and has provided smooth defense up the middle for Detroit.

The Sandusky Boy's and Girl's Cross Country teams both had great days at the Frankenmuth Invitational. The boys placed first out of 10 teams. Kaden Thompson took 9th place, Justin Campbell 11th place, Ethan Tubbs 20th, Elijah Bittner 25th, Tate Larson 27th place, Justin Miller 29th. The Lady Redskins took first place out of 10 teams. Crystal Tovar placed 3rd, Sami Orchard 6th, Morgan Redman 7th, Emily Cowley 9th, Gabby Martino 21st, Madison Polewach 22nd, and Kaley Haupt took 23rd. In the girls JV Race medal winners were Kaitlyn Woodward for first, Katrina Tovar 5th place, and Mariah Price took 8th.

Volleyball:
Sandusky beat Memphis 3-0 25-22, 25-23, 25-23
Marlette beat Harbor Beach 3-0 25-22, 25-13, 25-12
Ubly beat Brown City 3-1 25-21, 15-25, 25-12, 30-28
Bad Axe defeated Bay City All Saints 3-0
Cass City beat Laker 3-0
USA beat Vassar 3-0
CPS beat Mayville in 3 sets. The scores were 25-15, 25-12 & 26-24. Top scorers were Katelyn Frostic with 15 points and 2 aces, Kyanna Washe with 11 points, 5 aces and 7 kills, Monica Falls with 10 points, 3 aces and 7 kills and Amber DiRusso with 4 points, 1 ace and 1 kill. Defensively, Gabrielle Frostic lead the team in serve and attack reception as well as scoring 7 points. 

Boys Soccer:
Laker beat USA 1-0
Bad Axe tied Harbor Beach 1-1
Memphis beat Cass City 3-0