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DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions have activated Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah after listing him as probable to play against the Minnesota Vikings because of a concussion. Ansah, the No. 5 overall pick in this year's NFL draft, is expected to back up defensive end Willie Young on Sunday. He had a concussion after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24, and didn't travel to Detroit's final preseason game in Buffalo. The Lions have made running back Mikel Leshoure a healthy scratch and also list receiver Ryan Broyles among the inactives. They're slowly bringing Broyles back after he had surgery on his right knee. Minnesota plans to start Letroy Guion in place of defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who was previously ruled out because of his injured right knee.

Monday, 09 September 2013 09:38

Spartans still figuring things out on offense

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State gave three quarterbacks a chance against South Florida on Saturday - and none of them did very well. The Spartans won 21-6, but the offense managed only one touchdown, on a 33-yard drive set up by a short punt. The defense has scored four of the team's six touchdowns this season, including three by Shilique Calhoun. The sophomore defensive lineman scored on a fumble return and an interception return Saturday. Connor Cook, Tyler O'Connor and Andrew Maxwell all played at quarterback. Coach Mark Dantonio said freshman Damion Terry, another option at quarterback, wasn't able to take any reps during the week because of strep throat and a thumb injury. Terry hasn't played in a game yet.

GTC East
Marlette at Brown City--6:30 p.m. pre-game on COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM
Ubly at Memphis  

GTC West 
Bad Axe at Reese
USA at Bay City All Saints
Vassar at Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers

Cass City at Sandusky
Menominee at Harbor Beach  (Sat. Sept. 14)

Bluewater Area Conference
Cros-Lex at Yale
Algonac at Armada
Capac at Almont
Imlay City at Richmond

Other Games
North Branch at Otisville Lakeville Memorial
Caro at Millington
Port Huron High at New Baltimore Anchor Bay
Harrison Township L'anse Creuse at Port Huron Northern

Peck at Caseville  (Sat. Sept. 14)
Deckerville at CPS
Kingston at Cardinal Mooney  (Sat. Sept. 14)

Webberville at North Huron  (Sat. Sept. 14)

GTC East
Brown City 21, Ubly 20    
Marlette 52, Memphis 12     
Harbor Beach 41, Sandusky 0  

GTC West
Reese 57, Bay City All Saints 7
Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 24, Cass City 14
Vassar 45, Bad Axe 6

USA at Dryden--Forfeit due to Dryden now playing in an 8-Man League

Bluewater Area Conference
Richmond 28, Cros-Lex 21
Yale 21, Capac 6
Almont 35, Armada 0
Algonac 40, Imlay City 17

Other Games
North Branch 49, Caro 19
Essexville Garber 25, Millington 6
Port Huron High 27, Utica 19
Port Huron Northern 26, Fraser 14
Marine City 50, Sterling Hts. 13
St. Clair 48, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 8

Peck 24, Kinde North Huron 12  
Deckerville 40, Kingston 20
CPS 47, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 13

Owen-Gage 54, Caseville 0
Akron-Fairgrove 63, New Haven Merritt Academy 14


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame receiver TJ Jones is feeling faster these days. The 5-11, 194-pound senior hasn't timed himself recently, but says he believes his work on getting faster was a key reason why he had a career game against Temple, with six catches for 138 yards. Coach Brian Kelly is hoping Jones can have another big game Saturday when the 14th-ranked Irish play at No. 17 Michigan, the last scheduled game in Ann Arbor in the series. Kelly says he expects Jones to be in the mix every week because he's one of the nation's best receivers. Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison raved about Jones, saying he's "definitely a threat." Jones says he's been more focused on football this season, saying his goal is to make the NFL.

Friday, 06 September 2013 09:50

DE Ansah able to practice for Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit rookie Ziggy Ansah was able to practice Thursday, a sign that his recovery from a concussion may be progressing. Ansah, a defensive end, took part in drills during the portion of practice that was open to reporters. The previous day, he did some running off to the side during practice, and later Wednesday, the team finally acknowledged that he was recovering from a concussion. Ansah did not travel to Detroit's preseason finale at Buffalo last week. Ansah was the No. 5 pick in this year's draft. He was believed to have hurt his head after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24. The Lions open the season against Minnesota on Sunday.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:02

Lions' Ansah recovering from concussion

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have acknowledged that rookie defensive lineman Ziggy Ansah is recovering from a concussion. Ansah, the No. 5 pick in this year's draft, did not travel for the team's preseason finale at Buffalo last week. He was believed to have hurt his head after colliding with a teammate in practice Aug. 24. Coach Jim Schwartz wouldn't give any details on Ansah's status Wednesday, but he was listed with a concussion on the team's official injury report later in the day. Ansah did not practice Wednesday, although he did some running off to the side during the portion of practice that was open to reporters. The Lions open the season against Minnesota on Sunday.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 11:00

Tigers SS Iglesias leaves game with shin splints

BOSTON (AP) - Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias left Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with pain in both shins. Iglesias left in the bottom of the fifth inning with what the team said was bilateral shin splints. Iglesias had been a prized prospect in the Red Sox system when he was sent to the Tigers at the trading deadline in a three-team deal that brought Jake Peavy to Boston. Iglesias was batting .319 with 100 hits in 94 games so far this season. It was not clear how Iglesias was injured, though he did have to jump out of the way to complete a 1-6-3 double play in the third inning.

Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:37

Ortiz leads Red Sox to 20-4 romp over Tigers

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz hit two of Boston's eight homers and also doubled for his 2,000th career hit on Wednesday night to lead the Red Sox to a 20-4 romp over the Detroit Tigers. Will Middlebrooks hit a grand slam, Ortiz had an RBI double to reach the milestone and Daniel Nava added a two-run homer in an eight-run sixth inning. Ortiz homered again in the five-run seventh - the 427th of his career, moving past Billy Williams and into 47th on baseball's all-time home run list. AL East-leading Boston took two of three from the AL Central-leading Tigers and kept the best record in the American League. But after scores of 3-0 and 2-1 in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox burst out with a franchise record-tying eight homers and a season-high 20 runs. Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli and Ryan Lavarnway also homered for Boston.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:41

Lester outduels Scherzer, Red Sox top Tigers 2-1

BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester outdueled Max Scherzer and the Boston Red Sox beat Detroit 2-1 on Tuesday night, ending the Tigers right-hander's chance to become just the second pitcher to open a season with a 20-1 record. Lester lowered his ERA to 1.71 in his past six starts. He allowed one earned run and eight hits with a season-high nine strikeouts and no walks. Scherzer, who won his first 13 decisions, lost for the first time since July 13 when the Texas Rangers beat him 7-1. Roger Clemens is the only pitcher to start off at 20-1 and ended up 20-3 with the New York Yankees in 2001. Rube Marquard was the only other pitcher with a 19-1 record, but lost his next decision in 1912 with the New York Giants. Boston scored on Will Middlebrooks' two-run single in the fifth after Detroit's Jose Iglesias doubled in a run in the second in the matchup of division leaders.