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Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:05

Tigers announce deals with 7 players

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms Monday with seven players on contracts for the 2014 season. Detroit announced agreements with right-handers Jose Ortega, Luke Putkonen and Evan Reed, left-handers Kyle Lobstein and Drew Smyly, infielder Nick Castellanos and outfielder Steven Moya. Smyly is expected to move into the rotation after an impressive 2013 showing in the bullpen. Castellanos has been considered one of the organization's top prospects and will likely play third base this year in the majors. The Tigers now have 32 players on the club's 40-man roster under contract for 2014. Listen to Detroit Tigers preseason baseball LIVE on 97.7 WTGV-FM starting Wednesday, February 26 at 1 p.m. when they take on the Atlanta Braves.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota 75-61 on Monday. Michigan State got out to a 16-point first half lead, after making 6 of 9 3-pointers, and led by double-digits for the first 16 minutes of the second half. The Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten) are now tied in the conference loss column with No. 16 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State. Michigan State's leading scorer, freshman Aerial Powers, fouled out with 8:59 left in the second half, and finished with seven points. The Big Ten scoring leader, Rachel Banham, scored 31 points, on 11-of-29 shooting, for Minnesota (17-11, 6-8). Jankoska's first 3-pointer gave MSU a 16-7 lead. Later, Branndais Agee made Michigan State's sixth 3-pointer to open up a 34-18 advantage. Michigan State has now won seven of the last eight meetings with Minnesota.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:03

Michigan has inside track to Big Ten title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan has taken on its in-state rival with first place on the line on two occasions this season - and both times, the Wolverines earned the Big Ten lead by outlasting Michigan State in the second half. On Sunday, it was Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert leading the charge in a 79-70 victory, which was Michigan's sixth in the last eight meetings with the Spartans. Michigan moved up four spots to No. 16 in the AP poll Monday. Michigan State dropped five spots to No. 18. The Big Ten title race often turns into a battle of attrition - and this year, Michigan is holding up just fine.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 11:03

Warriors clamp down on Pistons in 104-96 win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 19 points, nine assists and eight rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors clamped down on the Detroit Pistons in the second half of a 104-96 victory Monday night. Klay Thompson scored 19 points for Golden State, which has won four in a row. The Pistons have lost five of seven since firing Maurice Cheeks and replacing him with interim coach John Loyer. The Warriors were still without David Lee, who has been dealing with a stomach flu. Andrew Bogut returned from a left shoulder injury and played 29 minutes before fouling out. Gerg Monroe had 23 points for the Pistons, who scored only 13 points in the fourth quarter. The Pistons were only down 63-62 at halftime but couldn't replicate that offensive success.  

Class A at L'anse Creuse North
Anchor Bay 46, Port Huron 44
Port Huron Northern 46, L'Anse Creuse North 44

Class B at Imlay City
Cros-Lex 60, North Branch 22  (Sadi Overland 19)
Yale 48, Imlay City 40 

Class B at Caro
Flint Powers Catholic 70, Mt. Morris 25
Frankenmuth 47, Millington 40

Class B at Armada
Richmond 42, Armada 28
Macomb Lutheran North 46, St. Clair 19

Class C at Ubly
Lakers 37, USA 29 (Kayla Deering 18) 
Sandusky 48, Harbor Beach 35 (Audrey Bracken 12, Alyssa Webb & Brooke Krueger 10)

Class C at Brown City
Dryden 56, Landmark Academy 13 
Brown City 50, Marlette 43 (Kaila Ellis 12, Skye Willer & Kara Muxlow 9 for BC, Keara Wilson 16 for Marlette)

Class C at New Lothrop
New Lothrop 41, Michigan Lutheran 27    
Reese 45, Vassar 19

Class D at Kingston
Kingston 44, Peck 22  
CPS 59, Port Hope 24

Class D at Kinde-North Huron
Kinde North Huron 56, Akron-Fairgrove 37   
Bay City All Saints 43, Caseville 25

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Nik Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 20 Michigan beat No. 13 Michigan State 79-70 on Sunday to take over first place in the Big Ten. Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3), who won both regular-season meetings against their in-state rivals. Michigan has now won six of its last eight against Michigan State. The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Michigan State was only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge. The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a decisive 17-4 run that sent the Crisler Center crowd into delirium.

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:57

Sochi Games end

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The Olympic cauldron has been extinguished, the last of the 99 gold medals have been handed out and the 2,856 athletes are heading home following the closing of the Sochi Games. The last premier event was the men's gold medal hockey game and the defending champion Canadians beat Sweden 3-0. The gold is Canada's third in the last four Olympics in men's hockey. Chicago's Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby notched his first goal of the tournament in the second. Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz also tallied and Montreal's Carey Price made 24 saves for Canada. Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers stopped 33 shots for the Swedes. The final medal for the U.S. came in four-man bobsled as the sled piloted by Stephen Holcomb came in third. The bronze by the 2010 Olympic champ gave the U.S. seven sliding medals in Sochi, tops among all countries. He also finished third in the two-man. A check of the final medal tally shows the host nation on top with 33 and the U.S. second with 28. Broken down, the Americans had nine gold, seven silver and 12 bronze. The 2018 Winter Games will take place in South Korea.

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:57

Rain hits the 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. waited through a lengthy rain delay before ending a pair of droughts. NASCAR's most popular driver won the Daytona 500 for the second time, a decade after his first victory in the "Great American Race." Earnhardt also snapped a 55-race winless streak that dated to 2012. Earnhardt led for 54 laps and finished 0.092 seconds ahead of Denny Hamlin. Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. Rain stopped the race about 45 minutes after it began for a delay of more than six hours. When it resumed, Earnhardt dominated at the track where his father was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 race.

Monday, 24 February 2014 11:56

NHL may not return to the Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - The end may be in sight for NHL players competing in the Olympics. It all began in 1998 when, for the first time, players from the world's top professional league took part in the Winter Olympics. For several years, the NHL has been thinking seriously about abandoning the Olympics because several owners are upset at seeing their multimillion-dollar investments playing for free, and sometimes getting injured, while their arenas sit empty for three weeks in February. The league and players' union are working to stage a hockey World Cup in 2015, possibly lessening the impact. From all indication however most players believe nothing can replace the Olympics.

Class A at L'Anse Creuse North
PH Northern 42, Macomb Dakota 32

Class B at Imlay City
Cros-Lex 51, Capac 40 (Megan Guitar 13, Sadi Overland 11)
Yale 49, Almont 19

Class B at Armada
Armada 38, Marysville 35
Macomb Lutheran North 47, Algonac 18
St. Clair 41, Marine City 28

Class B at Caro
Flint Powers Cath. 62, Caro 15
Millington 51, Otisville-Lakeville 32
Frankenmuth 50, Flint Northwestern 29

Class C at Brown City
Dryden 59, Memphis 19
Marlette 61, Mayville 16

Class C at Ubly
USA 44, Ubly 12
Lakers 64, Cass City 24
Sandusky 45, Bad Axe 29 (Sandusky is 18 and 1. Audrey Bracken had 11, Alyssa Webb 10)

Class C at New Lothrop
New Lothrop 43, Montrose Hill-McCoy 17
Vassar 45, Sag. Arts & Science 25

Class D at Kingston
Kingston 43, Deckerville 40 (Sarah Savage led Kingston with 11. For Deckerville, Sara Inbody 11, Jenna Genoff 10. Jenna Boyl sank a 3 pointer with 2 seconds to go to for Kingston to win the game)
Class D at Kinde North Huron
Kinde North Huron 56, Owen-Gage 31

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