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Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:32

Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Iglesias

DETROIT (AP) - The Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Jose Iglesias that pays him at an annual rate of $1.65 million while in the major leagues and $1,237,500 while in the minors. Iglesias, who is not yet eligible for salary arbitration, received the maximum 20 percent cut from his previous contract, an $8.5 million, four-year agreement. Iglesias finished second in last year's AL Rookie of the Year vote, hitting .303 in 109 games with Boston and the Tigers. Detroit acquired him from the Red Sox in a three-way deal shortly before the trade deadline. Iglesias replaced Jhonny Peralta at shortstop for Detroit while Peralta was serving a drug suspension last season. Peralta signed with St. Louis during the offseason. Iglesias is part of an infield the Tigers hope will be improved defensively in 2014. Miguel Cabrera is moving from third base back to first to replace Prince Fielder, who was traded to the Texas Rangers.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:31

Lowry scores 21 as Raptors beat Pistons 112-91

TORONTO (AP) - Kyle Lowry had 21 points and nine assists, Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat Detroit 112-91 Wednesday night to hand the slumping Pistons their sixth consecutive loss. DeMar DeRozan shook off a slow start to finish with 19 points and Terrence Ross had 17 for the Raptors, who went 31 for 34 from the free throw line to snap a two-game skid and win for the sixth time in eight games. Amir Johnson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which leads the Atlantic Division. Brandon Jennings had 22 points and Rodney Stuckey returned after missing the previous three games with a sore right shoulder to score 14 for Detroit, which has not won since a 115-92 victory at Cleveland on Dec. 23. The Pistons have dropped eight of nine overall.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A person familiar with the process says the University of Michigan is hiring Doug Nussmeier to be Brady Hoke's offensive coordinator. The person spoke Thursday morning to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. Alabama hired Nussmeier nearly two years ago to be Nick Saban's offensive coordinator after he directed the Washington Huskies' offense the previous three seasons. Nussmeier also spent one season as offensive coordinator at Fresno State and had stints as quarterbacks coach with Michigan State and the St. Louis Rams. Michigan fired offensive coordinator Al Borges on Wednesday after the Wolverines ranked 86th in the nation in total offense. Borges was one of several assistants who came with Hoke in 2011 from his staff at San Diego State.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:29

Buck replaces Darby as Cup director

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - NASCAR is replacing longtime Sprint Cup Series director John Darby with Richard Buck. The move comes four years after NASCAR first announced it was seeking a successor to Darby so he could take a managerial role. Buck spent last year as vice president of racing operations for the International Motor Sports Association and managing director of NASCAR's Touring Series. He worked from 1980 to 2000 as a crew chief, team manager and director of operations with Champ Car teams, and won five Indianapolis 500s as a crew chief. He worked with teams in all three NASCAR national series before joining NASCAR in 2005. Darby was named Sprint Cup director in 2002. A no-nonsense official, he oversaw the implementation of the "Car of Tomorrow" in 2007 and the "Gen-6" car last season. 

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:47

H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL Jan. 3-10

Friday, January 3
Cass City 42, Brown City 39
Deckerville 48, Sandusky 45  (OT)
Harbor Beach 73, Capac 57

Saturday, Jan. 4
Richmond 61, Parkway Christian 39
North Branch 71, Caro 62
Saginaw Valley Lutheran 56, USA 50

Monday, Jan. 6--all games cancelled due to weather
CPS at Deckerville
North Huron at Caseville
Mayville at Kingston
Harbor Beach at Cros-Lex
Peck at Almont

Tuesday, Jan. 7--all games cancelled due to weather
Armada at Memphis
Caro at Frankenmuth

Wednesday, Jan. 8--most cancelled due to weather
Marlette 67, Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 42
Millington 82, Bridgeport 33
Akron-Fairgrove 64, Caseville 23
Grosse Pointe South 64, Port Huron Northern 51
Reese 61, Bay City All Saints 44
Frankenmuth 53, Caro 46
Imlay City at Almont
Bad Axe at Sandusky
Cass City at Ubly
Vassar at Harbor Beach

Thursday, Jan. 9
Deckerville 58, Caseville 34
Cass City 36, Bridgman 18
Owendale-Gagetown 50, Merritt Academy 46

Friday, Jan. 10
Algonac at Yale
Armada at Imlay City
Capac at Richmond
Almont at Cros-Lex--cancelled
Sandusky at Reese
CPS at Akron-Fairgrove--cancelled

Saturday, Jan. 11
Peck at Kingston 2 p.m.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 09:44

H.S. GIRLS BASKETBALL Jan. 3-10

Friday, Jan. 3 
Tournament at Cros-Lex
Cros-Lex beat Port Huron Northern 54 to 45
Marysville beat Port Huron 53 to 46

Championship--Cros-Lex 47, Marysville 36
Consolation--Port Huron vs. Port Huron Northern

Sandusky 54, Deckerville 37
Capac 62, Highland Park 27
Essexville Garber 36, Bay City All Saints 8
Caro 44, North Branch 30

Tuesday, Jan. 7--all games cancelled due to weather
North Huron at Deckerville
Caseville at Kingston
CPS at Port Hope
Armada at Algonac
Capac at Almont
Richmond at Cros-Lex
Bad Axe at Sandusky
Lakers at Marlette
Brown City at Yale
Cass City at Ubly
Vassar at Harbor Beach

Wednesday, Jan. 8
Marlette 49, Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 40
Millington 61, Bridgeport 29
Frankenmuth 44, Caro 24

Thursday, Jan. 9
Marlette 52, Memphis 11
Bad Axe 48, Cass City 31
Lakers 43, Vassar 34
USA 61, All Saints 21
Reese 58, Harbor Beach 26
Millington 47, Caro 37
North Branch 42, Bridgeport 26
Owendale-Gagetown 33, Merritt Academy 28

Friday, Jan. 10
Algonac at Yale 
Armada at Imlay City
Capac at Richmond 
Almont at Cros-Lex--cancelled
Kingston at North Huron
Caseville at Mayville
Port Hope at Deckerville
Peck at CPS 
Brown City at Ubly

UNDATED (AP) - Jack Morris has reached the final year of his Hall of Fame eligibility, and his candidacy has been threatened by a crowded ballot. Morris received 67.7 percent of votes cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 2013, short of the three-quarters required. This time, a group of premier starting pitchers has debuted on the ballot with Tom Glavine, Mike Mussina and Greg Maddux. Nobody was elected last year, so there's a backlog of candidates in 2014. That could wind up keeping Morris out when results are revealed on Wednesday. His former teammate Alan Trammell says he's hoping Morris will get in, calling the right-hander "as good as there was" for the 14 years they played together in Detroit.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says the program has closed the gap with college football's elite. The Spartans beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl last Wednesday for a school-record 13th win in their first trip to Pasadena, Calif., since 1988. Michigan State finished No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll for its highest ranking since being No. 2 in 1966. Dantonio and members of his team were honored with a standing ovation and roaring crowd Tuesday night as the fifth-ranked Spartans basketball team hosted No. 3 Ohio State. Dantonio told the fans: "We haven't been in this situation since '66. We will be back." Spartans offensive lineman Travis Jackson led the fans in what was a postgame ritual, asking them all to squat and to scream "YES!" as they stood up.

NEW YORK (AP) - Carmelo Anthony scored 13 of his 34 points in the pivotal third quarter, then made the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left as the New York Knicks handed the Detroit Pistons a season-high fifth straight loss with an 89-85 victory on Tuesday night. Raymond Felton finished with 12 points and six assists in his return from injury for the Knicks, who came home from a 2-1 Texas swing and held on after blowing most of the 17-point lead they built while outscoring the Pistons 32-17 in the third quarter. Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks overcome the absence of an ill Tyson Chandler to beat the Pistons at Madison Square Garden for the eighth straight time. Josh Smith had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, while Andre Drummond finished with 12 points and 17 boards. 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 29 seconds left and finished with 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help No. 5 Michigan State beat No. 3 Ohio State 72-68 in overtime Tuesday night after blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. The Spartans (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) led 55-38 and the Buckeyes (15-1, 2-1) forced overtime with a 20-3 run to close regulation. Ohio State entered the day as one of six unbeaten teams in Division I. Aaron Craft's three-point play with 2:02 left in the second half and his layup, after throwing an inbounds pass off Adreian Payne's backside, with a minute left pulled Ohio State within one. Payne made one of two free throws on the ensuing possession, allowing Amir Williams' putback dunk with 19 seconds left to tie the game and send it to overtime.