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DETROIT (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander to help Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0 on Wednesday night. Iwakuma matched his career high going eight innings, giving up just four hits and one unintentional walk. His 25-inning scoreless streak on the road matches a franchise record. Verlander allowed three runs, four hits, walked three and struck out six over seven innings. He was hoping to win consecutive starts for the first time in more than three months. The AL Central-leading Tigers had won three straight and six of seven to close in on their third straight division title. Seattle had lost eight of nine. 

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions began their first practice since Reggie Bush was injured without him on the field. Bush was not with Detroit's running backs during the early parts of practice open for the media Wednesday. Lions coach Jim Schwartz said MRI results on Bush's banged-up left knee were encouraging on Monday, but didn't say whether he would play at Washington. If he can't play against the Redskins, the running backs on the roster are: Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and Mikel Leshoure. When Bush has been healthy, the Lions have scored 34 points in a win over Minnesota Vikings and led Arizona 14-10 at halftime. Without Bush playing much in the second half Sunday, Detroit's offense was scoreless during a 25-21 loss to the Cardinals. 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:21

Cabrera homers, Tigers beat Mariners 6-2

DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera homered, Austin Jackson hit a two-run single and the Detroit Tigers held on despite a short-handed bullpen, beating the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on Tuesday night. The AL Central-leading Tigers were ahead 3-2 when they escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth while playing without closer Joaquin Benoit and left-handed reliever Drew Smyly. They were both given the night off. Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in 6 1-3 innings, but the Mariners tied it at 2 against him in the seventh, forcing Detroit's relievers into action. Al Alburquerque got out of the seventh, and Phil Coke and Jose Alvarez made it through a dodgy eighth. Alvarez got two outs in the ninth, and Jose Veras finished. Yoervis Medina took the loss.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:20

Sharp, Smith lead Blackhawks over Red Wings

CHICAGO (AP) - Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored 1:09 apart late in the second period, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks opened the preseason with a 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Crawford, who played every minute of Chicago's playoff run, stayed in for the entire game. Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson, expected to back up Jimmy Howard this season, stopped 21 of 23 shots in two periods. Jared Coreau turned aside all 11 Chicago shots in the third. Chicago's lineup included 14 members of the championship team, but captain Jonathan Toews sat out. Red Wings forward Johan Franzen had been scheduled to play on a line with newcomers Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, but missed the game due to a sore hip flexor. Sharp opened the scoring with 3:23 left in the second on a quick wrist shot from the slot. Smith made it 2-0 on a deflection of Jimmy Hayes' long shot.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:19

Winless UConn awaits tough task in No. 15 Michigan

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Ready or not, Connecticut football hits prime time this week. UConn hosts No. 15 Michigan on Saturday night in a game that will be televised nationally. While it may be just another road game for Michigan, It is being billed as a milestone for the Connecticut program, on par with the Huskies' 2009 upset win at Notre Dame or their 2011 appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. The school has added 2,300 temporary seats to Rentschler Field and expects to have more than 42,000 people inside the stadium, the largest crowd in school history. Michigan's sports information department said this will be the smallest stadium the Wolverines have played in since 1991, when the capacity at Boston College was just over 32,000. It will be the smallest crowd they have played in front of since 2007, when 40,604 watched Michigan play at Northwestern.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:19

Notre Dame an immediate challenge for Cook

DETROIT (AP) - Connor Cook first showed his potential on a big stage for Michigan State when he led the Spartans on their winning drive in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl last year. Now coach Mark Dantonio hopes Cook is ready for another big challenge - a trip to Notre Dame this week. Cook emerged from the competition to become Michigan State's No. 1 quarterback after last weekend's sharp performance against Youngstown State. That puts him on the spot for the Spartans' first big test of the year Saturday against the 22nd-ranked Fighting Irish. It wasn't until the bowl against Texas Christian that Cook made his first significant contribution for the Spartans, guiding them to a late field goal and a 17-16 win.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:18

Lions QB Matthew Stafford off to a hot start

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions made a big investment in quarterback Matthew Stafford during the offseason and, so far, he's earning it. The fifth-year veteran has 635 passing yards and four touchdowns two games into the season. He signed an extension that will pay him $41.5 million in guaranteed money and as much as $76.5 million total. He'll get a chance to add to his hot start Sunday when the Lions travel to Washington, which has seen opposing signal-callers complete 73 percent of their passes with six touchdowns in the new season. Stafford was 24 for 36 through the air in Sunday's 25-21 loss at Arizona for 278 yards and two touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson, including a 72-yarder.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:17

'Go Blue' written in sky sparks fundraising effort

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The words "Go Blue" written in the sky near Spartan Stadium before last weekend's Michigan State football game have sparked a fundraising campaign that's raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer. Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association, was among the fans at Saturday's game against Youngstown State in East Lansing who saw the big message - a reference to the colors of Michigan State's in-state rival Michigan. Westerman, a pilot, estimated it cost a University of Michigan supporter a few thousand dollars to needle Michigan State fans. In response, Westerman started encouraging people to donate some green online to the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance. Westerman's wife, Colleen, is a two-time ovarian cancer survivor who received care at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:17

Super prices for Super Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - Wow! The NFL says the highest-priced tickets for this season's Super Bowl will be about $2,600 each for 9,000 premium seats for the Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. That's more than twice the $1,250 cost for similar tickets at last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans. The next tier of seats is expected to go for $1,500 compared to $950 in New Orleans. A league spokesman says 40 percent of general admission seats will be under $1,000.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 10:16

High School Sports Scores-Tuesday, Sept. 17

Bad Axe 4, Cass City 1
Harbor Beach 5, USA 1
Lakers 2, Marlette 1

Ubly beat Marlette 3 games to 1
Sandusky beat Harbor Beach 3-0

The CPS JV Volleyball team lost to Kingston last night with scores of 22-25, 8-22 & 15-3. Top scorers were Kelsey Emerson with 13 pts, 7 aces & 1 kill. Liz Welsh had 6 pts, 3 aces & 1 kill. Miaya Bannister had 9 pts, 2 aces & 1 kill.

The CPS Varsity Volleyball team lost to Kingston in 5 sets. It was a very close game right to the end. The scores of the match were 20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-20 & 14-16. Sarah Albrecht lead the offense with 22 kills, Tiffani Nugent had 9 kills & Kasey Willis had 2 kills. Gabrielle Frostic and Amber DiRusso lead in points with 13 each, Amber had 5 aces and Gabrielle had 2 aces. Katelyn Frostic had 12 points, 5 aces & 1 kill. Monica Falls had 8 points, 6 aces, 10 kills & 37 assists. Kyanna Washe had 8 points, 5 aces & 10 kills.