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Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:30

Red Wings beat Blackhawks 5-4 in shootout

DETROIT (AP) - Darren Helm scored on Detroit's sixth attempt in the shootout and Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaw's shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks faced Detroit for the first time since beating them in overtime in Game 7 of their second-round series last year to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored on his team's first attempt in the shootout and Patrick Sharp scored on the second before Patrick Kane was stopped with a chance to win the game. Gustavsson, playing for the injured Jimmy Howard, made 31 saves in his first game in nearly a month. Corey Crawford gave up four goals on the first 17 shots he faced and finished with 27 saves for the Blackhawks.

DETROIT (AP) - Correctly predicting the outcome of every game in the NCAA men's basketball tournament is no layup. But there's now a $1 billion prize waiting for anyone able to pull off the feat this spring. Quicken Loans announced Tuesday that it's teaming with investor Warren Buffett's Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway on the "Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge." The Detroit-based mortgage lender says any qualified entrant who correctly predicts the winners of every game in the tournament will be paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million. A winner also can elect to receive an immediate $500 million lump-sum payment or share in that payment if there's more than one perfect bracket submitted. Free registration for the contest will begin March 3 and run until March 19.

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been ruled out for at least a week after injuring his left knee again. Howard was hurt Monday night during the second period against the St. Louis Blues. Detroit coach Mike Babcock says Jonas Gustavsson will start in Howard's place Wednesday night against Chicago. Howard sprained a ligament in his left knee two months ago and missed eight games. He returned in time to be named to the U.S. team for the Winter Olympics. Howard insists he is not concerned about missing the Sochi Games. Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, who ranks among the NHL's best goalies this season, would likely replace Howard if he isn't healthy enough when the Americans have to set their final roster on Feb. 11.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions hired Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Lombardi, grandson of Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, has been an offensive assistant for New Orleans since 2007. He was hired as quarterbacks coach in 2009, the season the Saints won their only Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts, who were then coached by current Lions coach Jim Caldwell. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has passed for more than 5,000 yards in a season three times with Lombardi as his position coach. Lombardi's first NFL job was with the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive assistant in 2007. He also coached in the XFL for the New York-New Jersey Hitmen. Lombardi also worked at Dayton, Virginia Military Institute, Bucknell and Mercyhurst.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014 10:29

No. 3 Michigan State beats Indiana 71-66

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, helping No. 3 Michigan State beat Indiana 71-66 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. The Spartans (18-1, 7-0) have won 11 straight games, extending their best one-loss start in a season in school history. The Hoosiers (12-7, 2-4) have lost two straight and four of six. Michigan State went on a 10-2 run to take a 62-52 lead with 4:29 left, but led by just four points after Yogi Ferrell made a 3-pointer with 36 seconds left. Keith Appling made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession and Stanford Robinson's runner pulled the Hoosiers within three points. Travis Trice made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to give the Spartans a five-point lead, essentially sealing their 18th win in 19 home games against Indiana. The Spartans were missing perhaps their best player, Adreian Payne, for a fourth straight game with a sprained right foot.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 21 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Clippers breezed to a 112-103 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Jordan made his first seven shots - almost all on dunks. Blake Griffin added 25 points and Jamal Crawford scored 26 for the Clippers, who are now 6-2 since losing star point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury. J.J. Redick added 20 points for Los Angeles, including two four-point plays when the Pistons fouled him beyond the arc. Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points for Detroit and Josh Smith added 24, but the Pistons got almost nothing from their starting backcourt. Brandon Jennings went scoreless and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored only six points. Wednesday night the Pistons visit Milwaukee at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:34

Blues surge to 4-1 victory over Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) - Magnus Paarjarvi, Barret Jackman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester scored to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. Alex Steen added two assists and Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves for the Blues, who had lost their previous two games. Gustav Nyquist scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots before being replaced by Petr Mrazek midway through the second period because of a lower-body injury. Mrazek made 13 saves. Jackman and Shattenkirk scored 1:20 apart early in the second period to put the Blues up 3-1. Wednesday night the Red Wings host the Chicago Blackhawks at the Joe at 8 p.m.

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:37

Broncos, Seahawks Super Bowl-bound

UNDATED (AP) - It will be the Seattle Seahawks taking on the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48 at the Meadowlands.
     The Broncos are AFC champions for the first time since the 1998 season. Peyton Manning was on target all afternoon while the Broncos shut down New England's offense in a 26-16 victory at Denver.
     Manning was 32 of 43 for 400 yards, two short touchdowns and no interceptions to improve to 2-2 lifetime versus Tom Brady and the Pats in the postseason. Manning's three-yard TD pass to Demaryius (deh-MAR'-ee-uhs) Thomas put Denver ahead 20-3 with 7:52 left in the third quarter. The Broncos owned a 20-point lead once Matt Prater hit a 19-yard field goal early in the final period.
     The Broncos had to settle for four Prater field goals, but the drives allowed them to control the ball for almost 36 minutes and keep Brady off the field. Brady finished with 277 passing yards, much of it coming after the Patriots fell behind 23-3.
     Brady threw a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman in the fourth quarter and ran for a five-yard score with 3:07 to play. But the Broncos all-but clinched the victory by stopping the ensuing two-point conversion attempt before running out the clock.
     The Seahawks are NFC champions for just the second time in team history following a 23-17 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle. The Seahawks didn't take their first lead of the game until Russell Wilson threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse (kurs) with 13:44 remaining. Steven Hauschka (HOWSH'-kah) doubled Seattle's lead with his third field goal of the game, a 47-yard boot with 3:47 remaining.
     The 49ers were driving in the final minute until Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) was intercepted by Malcolm Smith in the end zone, clinching the victory for Seattle.
     Marshawn Lynch sparked the Seahawks' comeback with a 40-yard touchdown run on the Seahawks' first possession of the second half. Lynch finished with 109 yards on 22 carries.
     Wilson completed 16 of his 25 passes for 215 yards, one TD and no interceptions. Doug Baldwin was Wilson's top receiver, grabbing six passes for 106 yards.
     Kaepernick had an outstanding running game, finishing with 130 yards on 11 carries. But Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter combined for just 30 yards on 14 carries, and Kaepernick was just 14 of 24 for 153 yards. Kaepernick also had two big interceptions and a costly fumble.
     It's the first trip to the Super Bowl for the Seahawks since they lost to Pittsburgh after the 2005 season.

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:36


Monday, Jan. 20
Imlay City 83, Algonac 42
Yale 65, Capac 52

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Armada 58, Yale 36
Essexville Garber 61, Caro 50
Marlette 69, Capac 51 (Brad Schaub 23, Andrew Storm 16, Matt Klein 12, Dale Isaac 11)
North Branch 69, Otisville Lakeville 12
Peck 61, Deckerville 22 (Peck 5-0 in the league, 8- overall. Tristen Haener 19, Kyle Abrego 16 pts, 10 reb., Cody Abrego 9)
Kinde North Huron 64, Mayville 47
Millington 80, Birch Run 54

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Cass City 55, Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 49
Harbor Beach 52, Brown City 38 (Eli Kraft had 15 for Harbor Beach, Alex Bartle led Brown City with 19)
Owendale-Gagetown 62, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 37
Reese 61, Bad Axe 47
Ubly 35, Sandusky 33
Unionville-Sebewaing 36, Vassar 25
Bay City All Saints 64, Pinconning 30
Friday, Jan. 24
Sandusky at Marlette--Pre-game at 7:05 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
Ubly at Harbor Beach
Memphis at Brown City
USA at Reese
Lakers at Bad Axe
Cass City at Bay City All Saints
Kingston at CPS
North Huron at Peck
Mayville at Deckerville
Cros-Lex at Imlay City 
Yale at Richmond 
Algonac at Almont 
Armada at Capac

Monday, 20 January 2014 10:35


Monday, Jan. 20
Capac 52, Yale 43
Deckerville 39, Mayville 16
Kingston 44, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 24
Peck 63, Kinde-North Huron 34

Tuesday, Jan. 21
Brown City 39, Harbor Beach 34 (OT)
Armada 58, Yale 36
Caro 52, Essexville Garber 42
Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 69, Cass City 19 (Kayla Deering 18)
Frankenmuth 71, Bridgeport 18
North Branch 39, Otisville Lakeville 28
Port Hope 50, Peck 45
Reese 60, Bad Axe 18 (Rockets now 11-0)
Richmond 51, Almont 13
Sandusky 38, Ubly 12 (Audrey Bracken and Alssa Webb 18. Sandusky 3-0 in league play and 10-1 overall)
Unionville-Sebewaing 43, Vassar 31
Kingston 48, Caseville 9
USA 43, Vassar 31

Thursday, Jan. 23
Sandusky 50, Marlette 31 (Keegan Nelson 15, Alyssa Webb 14 for Sandusky. The Red Skins are 4-0 in league play and 11-1 overall; Keara Wilson lead Marlette with 16)
Brown City 56, Memphis 13
Harbor Beach 36, Ubly 25
Reese 62, USA 41 (The number 1 ranked Rockets are now 12-0)
Lakers 35, Bad Axe 22 (Kayla Deering 15)
Cass City 49, Bay City All Saints 32
Deckerville 42, Kingston 41 (Tess Shultz hit the winning shot at the buzzer)
CPS 56, Mayville 24
Port Hope 37, Kinde North Huron 34
Swan Valley 66, North Branch 37
Alma 48, Caro 45

Friday, Jan. 24
Cros-Lex at Imlay City 
Yale at Richmond 
Algonac at Almont 
Armada at Capac