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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state says applications for spring turkey hunting licenses are for sale now through Feb. 1. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it's encouraging hunters to apply early. The application fee is $4, and applications and licenses are available from authorized license agents or online at www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings The 2014 spring turkey season is April 21 through May 31, with the time period varying by location. The department says 114,140 licenses are available in the drawing for quota hunts, including 49,140 general licenses and 65,000 private-land licenses.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:03

Michigan State No. 4 in Men's AP hoops poll

UNDATED (AP) - Michigan State has moved up one spot and is ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press college basketball poll. Arizona and Syracuse remain No. 1 and 2 for a sixth straight week and six newcomers joined the Top 25. Wisconsin moved up one spot to No. 3, replacing Ohio State which lost two games and dropped to 11th. Wichita State, Villanova, Florida, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and San Diego State round out the top 10. The Spartans (15-1) travel to Northwestern and Illinois this week. 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Annalise Pickrel had 16 points and eight assists, and Michigan State shut down Michigan in the final minutes for a 79-72 win Sunday. The Wolverines (11-5, 2-1 Big Ten) tied it at 65 on a layup by Cyesha Goree with 4:24 to play. Then Michigan didn't score again until the final minute. Michigan State (11-5, 3-0) scored the next six points and took over sole possession of first place in the conference. Siera Thompson led Michigan with 16 points. The Wolverines rallied to force a 28-all tie at halftime after trailing by as many as nine. The second half was tight almost the whole way. Michigan State has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Michigan.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in his 14th consecutive victory, and the steamrolling Anaheim Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Sunday night for their 17th victory in 18 games. Andrew Cogliano scored in the second period for the NHL-leading Ducks, who improved to 19-0-2 at home this season despite playing without injured scoring leader Ryan Getzlaf. Hiller was outstanding in the second game of back-to-back starts, earning his third shutout of the year and the 19th of his career. The Swiss Olympic team selection hasn't lost since Dec. 3, matching four other goalies for the second-longest winning streak in a single season in NHL history. Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for the Red Wings in a rematch of last season's first-round matchup in the Western Conference playoffs.

UNDATED (AP) - It will be the Denver Broncos hosting the New England Patriots in the AFC title game next Sunday before the San Francisco 49ers take on the Seahawks in Seattle for the NFC crown. The Broncos advanced by holding off a late San Diego rally after the Niners came back to beat the Panthers in Carolina.
 
     The Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead before holding on for a 24-17 win over the visiting Chargers. Peyton Manning tossed touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas in the first half and was 25 of 36 for 230 yards and one interception.
 
     Knowshown Moreno had a three-yard touchdown run to make it 24-7 with 8:12 remaining before Philip Rivers led the Chargers on back-to-back scoring drives to close the gap. Nick Novak hit a 30-yard field goal with 3:53 to play, less than two minutes after Rivers threw a 16-yard TD pass to Keenan Allen.
 
     But Rivers never got back on the field following Novak's kick as the Broncos picked up three first downs to run out the clock. Manning prolonged the game-ending drive by hitting Julius Thomas for a 21-yard gain on third-and-17.
 
     Rivers was 18 of 27 for 217 yards and no interceptions for the Chargers, who gained just 65 yards on 18 carries. Meanwhile, San Diego allowed Moreno and Montee Ball to combine for 134 rushing yards.
 
     The Niners advanced by scoring the last 17 points in a 23-10 triumph over the Panthers. The Panthers led 10-6 until Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nik) hit Vernon Davis with a five-yard touchdown pass with five seconds left in the first half. Kaepernick added a four-yard touchdown run and was 15 of 28 for 196 yards. Anquan Boldin had eight catches for 136 yards, and Frank Gore ran for 84 yards on 17 carries for the 49ers.
 
     The Niners held Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in check, intercepting him twice and sacking him five times. Newton also was stopped short on keepers from the San Francisco 1-yard line.
 
     The 49ers now prepare for their third meeting with the Seahawks this season. San Francisco absorbed a 29-3 beating in Seattle in Week 2 and pulled out a 19-17 win over the Seahawks in Week 14.

Friday, 10 January 2014 11:35

Verlander has core muscle repair surgery

DETROIT (AP) - Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning. Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia performed the operation on Verlander, who is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again. The first workout for Detroit's pitchers and catchers at spring training is scheduled for Feb. 14. The first spring training game is Feb. 25 against Florida Southern College. The team did not identify the "core muscle" that was repaired, but called the surgery successful. General manager Dave Dombrowski said he team expects Verlander to participate in spring training and "be in a position to compete" at the beginning of the 2014 season. Verlander went 13-12 last year with a 3.46 ERA for the AL Central champions.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Annalise Pickrel and Aerial Powers each scored 17 points as Michigan State opened its Big Ten Conference home schedule with a 70-57 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on Thursday night. Michigan State (10-5, 2-0) never trailed, and led by as many as 25 in the second half. The Spartans finished the first half on an 8-0 run, led by six straight points from Pickrel, to go up 37-24 at halftime. Powers had 15 rebounds in the game while Pickrel grabbed 10. Tori Jankoska and Becca Mills each added 10 points. Jordan Hooper led the Cornhuskers (11-3, 1-1) with 21 points. Emily Cady added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Rachel Theriot contributed 11 points and eight assists. Nebraska had its five-game winning streak snapped and was playing on the road for the first time since a loss at No. 18 North Carolina on Dec. 4.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Derrick Walton Jr. scored the go-ahead layup with 21.8 seconds left and Nebraska missed two inside shots during a scramble before the buzzer, giving Michigan a 71-70 victory on Thursday night. The Wolverines (11-4, 3-0 Big Ten) prevailed in a game that included 11 lead changes and 10 ties. The Cornhuskers (8-7, 0-3) lost for the first time in eight games at the new Pinnacle Bank Arena. Glen Robinson III scored 19 points to lead five Michigan players in double figures. Jordan Morgan had 15 points, Nik Stauskas added 12 and Walton and Caris LeVert had 10 apiece. Terran Petteway scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Huskers. Ray Gallegos and Deverell Biggs added 14 points and Walter Pitchford had 12.

Friday, 10 January 2014 11:33

Sharks beat Red Wings 4-1

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Dan Boyle and Andrew Desjardins also scored for the Sharks, who bounced back after losing two of three on a recent road trip. Antti Niemi made 24 saves to beat the Red Wings for the fourth straight time with just three goals allowed in that span. Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings, who began a tough three-game California swing with a loss. Detroit follows up this game with weekend visits to Los Angeles and Anaheim. The three California teams have just six regulation losses in 63 home games this season. Howard made 19 saves but allowed three goals in the second period to end his night.

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan officials are calling the 2013 elk hunting seasons successful because the targeted number of elk to be killed was met. The Detroit News reports that 171 elk were bagged during the two-part season. Seventy-eight elk were killed in the early season from late August to early September. Another 93 were killed in the late season in December. Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials say that 158 elk were killed in 2012. They say that more than 32,000 hunters apply each year for elk hunting licenses. A lottery was used to select 100 to hunt in each half of 2013. The DNR estimates the elk population at 800 to 1,400 in the state.