UNDATED (AP) - This is one of those rare weeks when even Michigan hopes for an Ohio State victory. Minnesota wouldn't mind a win by Wisconsin, either. There are four games this Saturday pitting Big Ten teams against top Pac-12 competition. This is the best opportunity until bowl season for the conferences to establish themselves as powers of the sport. No. 4 Ohio State plays at California. No. 20 Wisconsin travels to Arizona State. No. 23 Nebraska hosts No. 16 UCLA. Illinois takes on 19th-ranked Washington in Chicago. No. 17 Northwestern got the Big Ten off to a solid start by winning at California. Like Michigan coach Brady Hoke, whose Wolverines took down Notre Dame last week, Wildcats coach Fitzgerald says he'll be rooting for the rest of the Big Ten this weekend.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Sale outpitched Max Scherzer, denying him 20 wins, and Miguel Cabrera was ejected in the first inning as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Monday night. Sale gave up one run and four hits in eight innings to win for the fifth time in six decisions. Scherzer gave up five runs and six hits in four innings as he lost consecutive starts for the first time this season after Boston beat him Sept. 3. It was Detroit's fifth loss in six games, dropping the Tigers' lead in the AL Central to 4 1-2 games over Cleveland. Cabrera was tossed by home plate umpire Brian Gorman after arguing a call. Manager Jim Leyland was promptly ejected soon after while defending his player.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke sounds confident his team will avoid a letdown against Akron after beating rival Notre Dame. The Wolverines beat the Fighting Irish 41-30 Saturday night in the second game under the lights at the Big House in front of an NCAA record crowd of 115,109. No. 11 Michigan won't face as tough of a test against the Zips of the Mid-American Conference on Saturday afternoon with fewer fans in the stands. Akron barely beat second-tier James Madison last week and has lost 27 straight road games since winning at Eastern Michigan nearly five years ago. The Zips will be in the same county as they were against Eastern Michigan, but they will basically be in another world on the football field against the Wolverines. Kick off Saturday is at Noon at the Big House.
DETROIT (AP) - The NFL is looking into possibly disciplining Ndamukong Suh for his latest on-field infraction. League spokesman Randall Liu confirmed the review on Monday in an email to The Associated Press. Suh, a Detroit defensive tackle, was called for an illegal low block against Minnesota center John Sullivan during an interception return Sunday. The Lions won the game 34-24. Suh said he wasn't going after Sullivan's knees, adding the two spoke about it at halftime. Sullivan said the hit was part of the game and it was penalized. The NFL fined Suh $30,000 last year for unnecessary roughness because he kicked Houston quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin area. He was suspended for two games in 2011 after he stomped on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith.
(AREA) -- The Sandusky Jr. High Cross Country Team placed 3rd at the Bad Axe Invitational this past week. Medal winners included Colton Cowley-7th place and Jarod Coon-11th place. The Sandusky High School Boy's Team also placed 3rd at Bad Axe. The medal winners were Kaden Thompson, who took 8th place, Justin Campbell-9th, Ethan Tubbs-16th, Tate Larson-27th and Justin Miller-29th. For the Redskin Girls, Sandusky placed first overall. Crystal Tovar took 3rd place, Sami Orchard-7th, Kaley Haupt-8th, Morgan Redman-10th, Madison Polewach-14th, Emily Cowley-15th and Gabby Martino-16th.
DETROIT (AP) - Reggie Bush turned a short pass into a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with 191 yards of offense to help the Detroit Lions pull away to beat the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 Sunday. The Lions overcame a slew of miscues on offense, defense and special teams. The Vikings also made their share of mistakes, especially Christian Ponder, who threw three interceptions and fumbled. Adrian Peterson ran for a 78-yard TD on his first carry and scored on a 4-yard run to give Minnesota a 14-6 lead in the second. He ended up with 93 yards rushing. Bush, in his Detroit debut, gave the franchise what it has been missing since speedy running back Jahvid Best had his career ended by concussions.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bruce Chen picked up Kansas City's beleaguered starters with seven solid innings and the Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Sunday. Chen limited the Tigers to five hits and two runs over seven innings, earning the first victory for a starter on the Royals' seven-game homestand. He moved into the rotation on July 12 after 19 relief appearances. Eric Hosmer, who had three hits for his 53rd multi-hit game, blasted a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning and the Royals took the final two games of this series from the division-leading Tigers after losing 16-2 Friday. Hosmer hit Doug Fister's 2-2 pitch out to center after Alex Gordon and Emilo Bonifacio singled with two outs. Fister allowed five runs on eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
DETROIT (AP) - Adrian Peterson started the 2013 season in MVP style. The Minnesota star went 78 yards for a touchdown on the Vikings' first offensive play Sunday against the Detroit Lions, giving his team a 7-0 lead. Minnesota got the ball on its 22 after the Lions flubbed a field goal attempt. Peterson took a handoff, found an opening up the middle, cut to the right to avoid a tackler and then was able to outrun the secondary all the way to the end zone. Peterson added a 4-yard TD run in the second quarter. Peterson earned MVP honors last season, when he rushed for 2,097 yards and helped the Vikings reach the playoffs. Only Eric Dickerson, with 2,105 yards in 1984, accumulated more yards rushing in one year.
DETROIT (AP) - Lions offensive tackle Jason Fox left Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings because of a groin injury. His return is questionable. Detroit is trying to replace both starting tackles from last season after Jeff Backus retired and Gosder Cherilus left via free agency. Fox and 2012 first-round draft pick Riley Reiff are expected to play bigger roles this year. Fox left in the first quarter against Minnesota. Corey Hilliard is the next man on the depth chart at right tackle.