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Friday, 13 September 2013 09:36

New faces at Red Wings camp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - New Detroit Red Wings forward Stephen Weiss says the franchise's perpetual contender status was a big reason he decided to come to Detroit. The Red Wings opened training camp Thursday in Traverse City, Mich. Detroit signed Daniel Alfredsson and Weiss and extended Pavel Datsyuk's deal, giving the franchise a better chance to have success as it shifts to the Eastern Conference this season. The Wings also re-signed veteran forward Danny Cleary on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal for $1.75 million. With established veteran stars like Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg already in the fold, the Red Wings aim to improve their offense from a year ago, when they struggled to score.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with veteran forward Daniel Cleary on a one-year contract. The club said Thursday it wouldn't disclose the amount of the deal it reached with the 34-year-old unrestricted free agent. Cleary returns for a ninth season with the Red Wings and 15th in the NHL. The Newfoundland native has 119 goals and 146 assists over 540 regular-season games with Detroit. Last season, Cleary was one of four Wings to skate in all 48 regular-season games. He had nine goals and six assists and was second on the club with 10 points in 14 postseason games. The 6-foot, 208-pound winger also has played for Chicago, Edmonton and Phoenix. A former first-round pick of the Blackhawks, Cleary won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:53

Logano defends spot in NASCAR's Chase field

CHICAGO (AP) - Joey Logano is defending his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, saying he earned his spot in the 12-driver field.  Logano is the latest driver caught in the fallout of NASCAR's investigation into the field-deciding race at Richmond. Radio traffic appears to show Front Row Racing offering to let Logano pass David Gilliland for a pivotal track position in exchange for something unidentified from Penske Racing. There's nothing in Penske radio transmissions to indicate wrongdoing. NASCAR said Thursday it is still looking into the incident. NASCAR has already replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase with Ryan Newman after deciding that Michael Waltrip Racing manipulated the outcome of Saturday night's race at Richmond to help Truex.

SACO, Maine (AP) - A drive-in movie theater in Maine that was in danger of closing because it could not afford to convert to digital technology has been saved by its loyal customers. The 74-year-old Saco Drive-In was named a winner Wednesday of a national online contest launched by the Honda Motor Co. that will enable it to buy the expensive digital projection system meant to replace reels of film. The contest required people to vote for their favorite drive-in. Saco Drive-In manager Ry Russell said earlier this year that he might have to close if he couldn't come up with the roughly $80,000 needed to buy the new equipment. He says he "cried like a little girl" when he found out the theater had won the Honda contest.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:19

Sanchez helps Tigers edge White Sox 1-0

CHICAGO (AP) - Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in a terrific performance, helping the Detroit Tigers top the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Wednesday night. Sanchez allowed five hits and walked four in 7 1-3 innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.50. Joaquin Benoit got three outs for his 18th save in 18 opportunities, completing a five-hitter for Detroit's 11th shutout of the season. Omar Infante drove in the game's only run with a two-out single against Matt Lindstrom in the eighth inning. White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana pitched seven innings of five-hit ball.

Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:18

Lions' Ndamukong Suh appeals $100K fine from NFL

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (ehn-DAHM'-uh-kehn soo) says he is appealing the NFL's $100,000 fine against him for his hit on a Vikings player over the weekend. Suh spoke Wednesday, a day after the league slapped him with the what is believed to be the biggest monetary fine for on-field conduct, not including suspensions. Suh says he knows the NFL is concerned about player safety and that's one of the reasons he apologized to Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan at halftime of Sunday's game after hitting him low during an interception return. He insists not being concerned about how his reputation, saying you're never going to change people, including himself. Suh says he plans to play "hard, blue-collar football" Sunday on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:49

Porcello, Fielder Lead Tiger Past White Sox 9-1

CHICAGO (AP) - Rick Porcello pitched his first career complete game, Prince Fielder homered among his four hits and the Detroit Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Alex Avila added four hits and two RBIs as AL Central-leading Detroit's offense finally got rolling against the sloppy White Sox, allowing the Tigers to increase their lead over Cleveland to 5 1/2 games. Porcello scattered seven hits, struck out five and walked one. The 24-year-old right-hander retired 14 straight after Chicago scored its only run in the fourth.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:48

Tigers SS Peralta to work out with team

CHICAGO (AP) - Suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta will work out with the Detroit Tigers before Wednesday's game at the Chicago White Sox. Peralta accepted a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 as part of its investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement about Peralta before Tuesday's game at U.S. Cellular Field after meeting with Tigers players. Dombrowski says no decision has been made on whether to activate Peralta, a two-time All-Star.  He is eligible to return on Sept. 27 for the Tigers' final three regular-season games in Miami.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:47

Michigan State may add 3rd QB to mix

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio could have his third quarterback rotation in as many games with Michigan State freshman Damion Terry officially in the mix for Saturday's game against Youngstown State. Terry is expected to get the second-most repetitions at practice, behind second-game starter Connor Cook. The Spartans (2-0) are looking for answers for an offense that has scored just two touchdowns, half the output of their defense. If Terry is solid the next three days, he should see the field against the Penguins, a team that has put up 95 points in two games, both wins.  Dantonio added that he won't risk burning a top prospect's redshirt year for one appearance. The team needs Cook, Terry, Andrew Maxwell or Tyler O'Connor to emerge as the starting quarterback. Kick off Saturday is at 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:47

Suh slapped with 100K fine for illegal block

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit star Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block in the season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. NFL spokesman Randall Liu says vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified the Detroit defensive tackle of the fine. Suh hit Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return, drawing a penalty that negated a touchdown by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy. Suh said he wasn't going after Sullivan's knees, adding that the two discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh apologized to the team Tuesday. The NFL fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness when he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended two games in 2011 after stomping on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith.