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It’s time for football, ready or not Despite Thursday’s summer-like temperatures, autumn is here. You know it because the days are getting shorter. The Lions are looking to go 4-0 in the preseason. Magglio Ordonez is on a salary drive. And there’s college football. Here in this space, we deal with the TV aspect of the experience. These days, with flat screen TVs the size of screen doors, you don’t have Tim to endure of Robinson hours traffic, SPORTS EDITOR drunks in the stadium or elements like rain, sun or snow. You can enjoy college football in the safety of your own home. Your own fridge. Your own snacks. Your own bathroom. Your own clicker. Be it ever so humble .... But it takes dedication. It takes heart. It takes an iron butt and a strong right arm to operate the recliner. You have to take care of the little things, like making sure you have enough batteries to operate the clicker. Otherwise, you have to get up out of the chair to change the channels. There has been an explosion in TV coverage, thanks to ESPNU and other outlets carrying games. Counting Thursday night, there were nearly two dozen games on tap for this weekend, and most of them, frankly, aren’t going into any archive except for parents of players on the scout team who play the final minutes of their team’s lopsided win/loss. So we won’t be going over every single game in our recommendations. Half of the fun of college football is watching your favorite team play, even if it’s a hopeless cause. And if it is, a better game is only a click away. And now, the picks (Times are for Saturday unless noted): BEST BETS WMU at MICHIGAN — A big test for the U-M defense, which did a fine impression of toilet paper last season. The real test comes next week under the lights. 3:30 p.m., Ch. 7, 12, 53 OREGON at LSU — It’s deja-Tiger all over again for the Ducks, who lost to Auburn in the national title game in January. 8 p.m., Ch. 7, 12, 53 BOISE STATE at GEORGIA — When Georgia scheduled this game, the coach thought Boise State’s quarterback would have been graduated by now. Sometimes, it pays to buy a program. 8 p.m., ESPN2. WORTH A LOOK YOUNGSTOWN STATE at MICHIGAN STATE — A first look at the Spartans. 7:30 p.m. tonight, Big Ten. SOUTH FLORIDA at NOTRE DAME — Good scouting material for Wolverines and Spartys alike. 3:30 p.m., Ch. 4, 10. BRIGHAM YOUNG AT MISSISSIPPI — BYU plays its first game as an independent, and Ole Miss should be a challenge. 4:45, ESPN. DON’T MISS IT IF YOU CAN AKRON at OHIO STATE — Seeing how many people show up in sweater vests will be interesting, but not interesting enough. Noon, ESPN. TULSA at OKLAHOMA — A lot of people will tune in to hear Gus Johnson in his new gig. Not me. 8 p.m. FX. Call sports editor Tim Robinson at (517) 552-2863.

Lions finish perfect 4-0 Schwartz knows it doesn’t mean a thing By John Wawrow

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Running back Jerome Harrison isn’t making any predictions whether did enough in the final preseason game to win a job with the Detroit Lions. And Lions coach Jim Schwartz is not about to start celebrating over how the Lions capped a perfect preseason with a 16-6 win over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. “You don’t get any points for that,” Schwartz said. “Why don’t we just wait and

see once we get to the regular season before we start giving them too many pats on the back and start puffing our chests up at all.” It’s a good reminder, given the last time the Lions went 4-0 at this time of year. It Continued on page 6

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MSU ready for ‘fun’ Getting out of gates fast is key against Youngstown State By Brian Beaupied DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

Highlanders quarterback Greg Cauley had some success carrying the ball, but the Plymouth Wildcats proved too much for Howell. PHOTO BY GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

Pinned back Howell can’t get out of hole vs. Plymouth By Tim Robinson DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

HOWELL — First, Plymouth got on top of Howell with a quickstrike, short-field offense. Then the Wildcats held the ball for half of the third quarter, punching in a final touchdown to seal a 35-14 victory at Howell High School. “They’re good,” Howell football coach Aaron Metz said. “I give them a heck of a lot of credit. They’re strong up front and they probably taught us some lessons today.” Lesson 1: A strong kicker is a potent weapon. Brenton Zuzo, who kicked off for the Wildcats, put five kick-

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offs into the end zone for touchbacks. The sixth was fielded at the 1, but the coverage was good enough that T.J. Walker could only get to the 13-yard line. Lesson 2: So, too, are special teams. Howell’s field-position woes, in turn, led to Plymouth starting in

excellent field position throughout. In the second quarter, the Wildcats’ drives started at the Howell 38, the Howell 16, the Howell 37 and the Plymouth 38. The Wildcats scored on the first three and had a fourth drive stopped when running back Donte Fox was tackled at the 1 as time ran out in the half. “We stopped them and that showed our kids won’t quit,” Metz said. “We weren’t going to let him get in there. We got a stop. That’s a credit to our kids.” Meanwhile, the Highlanders struggled. An interception by Jon Melanson was negated by a

EAST LANSING — What set the tone for the Spartans’ school record 11-win season and co-Big Ten Championship in 2010? Well, according to senior quarterback Kirk Cousins, it was the opening kickoff in Michigan State’s season opener against Western Michigan. “Every time you line up for the first time you can MSU WATCH set a tone. • TODAY: Vs. I rememYoungstown State ber last at East Lansing year, the • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. first play • TV: Big Ten Network of the year was a kickoff and Kyler Elsworth, who was a redshirt the year before, came down and blew up the Western Michigan kick returner,” he said. “I think that set the tone for the entire season.” The 17th-ranked Spartans will hope to set a similar tone in their season opener against Youngstown State, a Football Championship Subdivision program out of the Missouri Valley Conference, at 7:30 tonight at Spartan Stadium. And after nearly a month of pads and practices, it’s about time. Senior offensive lineman Joel Foreman said he’s pining to hit someone other than his Spartans teammates. Continued on page 4

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Hartland grinds out first win of season By Brian Beaupied DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

HARTLAND — It was your quintessential blue-collar win for the blue and gold in Hartland on Thursday night. The Eagles returned to playing a physical brand of defense, forcing three turnovers which in turn led to nine Hartland points, to earn the first win of the season, 15-6, over Livonia Franklin. “We talked this week about doing your job and when you have an opportunity to make a

play, make a play,” Hartland coach Marcus Dukes said. “Tonight guys did that. When they had an opportunity to do that, whether it be make an interception, get a fumble recovery or get a sack, they made plays at critical times in the game that really shifted momentum in our favor.” Junior cornerback Anthony Villar made several sparkling plays on defense, including a pair of fumble recoveries. His first recovery lead to the Eagles’ Continued on page 2

Hartland’s Stephen Milarch intercepts a pass during the first half.

ANN ARBOR — It’s finally here. Nearly eight months after Brady Hoke was introduced as Michigan’s football coach, his first Wolverines team will take the field Saturday against Western Michigan. “I think we are excited to get going, and have U-M WATCH that first • SATURDAY: Vs. opportuWestern Michigan at n i t y, ” Ann Arbor H o k e • WHEN: 3:30 p.m. said dur• TV: ABC (Ch. 7,12,53) i n g Monday’s weekly press conference. “We have 12 opportunities and we have made that known to our players. We want to play, obviously, 14 (games). But the 12 opportunities we have, we start with the first test this weekend.” That will come against a Broncos

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Glads edged by Jackson; Brighton rolls

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first score of the night, while his second scoop up, with just 2:04 remaining on a muffed punt return, sealed the Hartland win. Franklin looked comfortable early, however, taking an early 6-0 lead by scoring on its first possession. But a missed extra point would be just the first of several special teams miscues to come back and bite the Patriots. No sooner than Franklin got the ball back after a Hartland three-and-out, the Patriots coughed it back up on the first of its five fumbles on the night. Villar was there to fall on the loose ball, giving the Eagles possession at the Franklin 39. Junior quarterback Stephen Milarch led the Eagles down a short field, completing four of his five passes, before capping the drive by scoring on a 2-yard keeper. Hartland, too, missed the extra point, but the score was tied 6-all late in the first quarter. Milarch, who’s also a starting safety for the Eagles, then intercepted Franklin quarterback Justin Forrestall on the first play of the ensuing drive. The pick set up a 33yard field goal by junior Alec Bain and Hartland would take a 9-6 lead into the half. A resilient bend-but-don’t-break Hartland defense held Franklin off the board the opening possession of the second half despite the Patriots putting together a 12-play drive. The teams took turns punting the ball back-and-forth to each other until the fourth quarter. After forcing the Patriots three-and-out, Hartland took the ball, and behind running back Travis Spears, got down to the Franklin goal line on a 14-yard run. On the next play, Milarch took the snap, rolled to his right, and found senior tight end Trey Conner in the corner of the end zone to give the Eagles some insurance and a 15-6 lead with 6:30 to play. Milarch completed 11-of-22 passes for 117 yards with a touchdown, interception and a rushing touchdown. “Last week he played his first varsity game as a starting quarterback.

FOWLERVILLE — The Fowlerville football team, which played from behind most of the night, overcame adversity on several fronts, only to fall 35-34 when the last play of the game, a two-point conversion pass, fell incomplete in the end zone. “I’m proud of the effort,” first-year Fowlerville coach Bret Shrader said. “Our juniors and seniors have had a lot to deal with this week. I talk about life lessons all of the time and how they’re going face adversity in life as well as football.” The Glads were rocked by the news early in the week that starting running back Josh Sefton’s knee injury would end his season. Then, before the game, left tackle Zach Peterson was involved in an auto accident and was unable to play, Shrader said. Once the game began, the Glads (0-2) found themselves down 28-14 in the third quarter before Dan Pringle recovered a fumble in the Jackson end zone for a touchdown and Chad Soja scored on a 7-yard pass from Nick Ross with 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. “I figured we were going to overtime for sure at that point,” Shrader said. But Jackson’s Mike Funkhouser rumbled for 36 yards on one carry and scored from 9 yards out to give the Vikings a 35-34 lead with less than 30 seconds to go. The Glads then pulled out a trick play. Chad Soja, playing wide receiver, took an overhand lateral from Ross, then hit Travis Smith for a 44-yard gain. Kevin Campbell then scored from 6 yards out as time expired. Rather than kick the extra point and send it to overtime, Shrader went for the win. “We had had a lot going our way,” he said. “We had the momentum and we had hit the big pass and made a big play to score the touchdown. We thought the momentum was with us.” But Ross’s pass fell incomplete in the end zone as the Vikings celebrated the win. Jordan Jabara replaced Sefton and rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Ross threw two touchdown passes, one to Garrett Pilachowski and the other to Soja, and

Hartland’s Austin Pierce (7) and Trey Conner (45) stop a Franklin runner from getting a first down. PHOTO BY MARK A. DULL guard Korey Boutell, who tore his ACL in the first quarter of last week’s season-opening loss to Ann Arbor Skyline. The Eagles’ backup right guard came down with pneumonia before the game, putting the pressure on third-string junior Phil Rowland. “Phil came in and worked his butt off,” Spears said. “He was staying on his blocks and I was running to his side most of the night.” “That was a big blow,” Dukes said of losing Boutell. “So yeah, we made some adjustments right before we went on the field tonight and those guys obviously played very well tonight. They got the job done and Phil Rowland is one of them and he stepped in and played great on both sides of the ball for us.” Needing a score, Franklin was held to three-and-out again. And when it looked like the Patriots would get the ball back with just over 2 minutes to play, Villar recovered his second fumble. “The second one the kid muffed the punt and I just went for it,” Villar said. “I did everything I could to get it.” Hartland (1-1) will host Howell (1-1) next week in both teams’ KLAA West opener.

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roughing-the-passer penalty. Another possible pickoff bounced off a Plymouth player, hit a Howell player and bounced back to the Plymouth player, who held on for a big gain. The Highlanders tied the game in the first quarter on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Greg Cauley, and scored just before the final defensive stand on a 53yard bomb from Cauley to Pete Cender. “I thought their coverage deep was weak, so we were trying to exploit that over and over,” he said. “The (previous series), I should have ran deep but I ran a hitch.” After Cauley and Cender discussed it, Cender broke free and ran unimpeded to the end zone. “We have an offense that can get going, unfortunately we didn’t click that much,” he said. “We had too many mistakes. I made too many mistakes to even mention, too many that shouldn’t happen at all. Just one of those days.” Plymouth had a lot to do with that, with a strong defense and an line that was bigger than Howell’s

Howell’s Pete Cender, center, is congratulated by Cody Wiggins, left, and Cameron Englund on Cender’s touchdown. PHOTO BY GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS on both sides of the ball. “They punched it down our throats,” Cender said, “They did the play-action well and beat us deep because we were expecting the run over and over again.” Meanwhile, the deep pass didn’t work often enough in part because Cauley was running for his life and because the Highlanders couldn’t establish their running attack. Lesson 3: A big, fast running back is a weapon, too. Fox was the reason why

the Wildcats wer able to beat Howell at its own game to start the second half. The Wildcats scored their final touchdown after an 11-play drive that ate up more than six minutes of the clock. Fox carried the ball five times for 46 yards. He finished with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. “He’s a load,” Metz said. “He’s a big kid and he’s a good runner. He’ll be a college player for a reason. They played the game we like to try and play. I give

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BRIGHTON — The Howell boys tennis team defeated Brighton on Thursday for the first time in what is believed to be about 25 years. The Highlanders won 6-3 as Connor Kurtz won at No. 2 doubles, and all ENNIS f i v e Howell doubles teams were victorious. Mark Oglesby has been coaching at Howell for 12 years and Jeff Miner has been at Brighton for 15 years, but neither had been involved in a Howell decision over Brighton. Oglesby said they estimated that it had been since the 1980s that the Highlanders had won in the rivalry. “The kids were excited, but they kept it contained,”

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Oglesby said. “They didn’t react like they just won the U.S. Open. I really appreciated the way they handled it. I was impressed with how they respected the game and their opponents.” Four Howell seniors — Kurtz, Nick Barnowski, Henry Palmer and Tim Langford — have been on the varsity for four years and had gone 0-3 as a team against Brighton. They finally got a victory over the Bulldogs, but also won their individual matches Thursday. “We talked about staying

focused and believing in yourself and playing hard throughout,” said Oglesby, whose team suffered to of the three flight losses in third sets. “Our players did that today. They battled throughout.” Pinckney 9, Milford 0 PINCKNEY — Kyle Jurczek won his match at No. 1 singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of Cameron Hein and Jordan Jones came from behind to win their flight to lead the Pirates (1-0 KLAA West). “It was a balanced performance between doubles and singles courts,” Pinckney coach Ben Tasich said. “There were some tough matches. The score is not indicative of the way the match was played. A point here and a point there, and they take three or four courts.”

them all the credit in the world. They’re a good football team. Plymouth quarterback Shaun Austin was 18-for-28 for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Cauley was 12-for-21 for 181 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The players have an extra day off this weekend before returning to practice on Monday. “It’s a little welcome and a little not welcome,” Cauley said, asked about the break. “Very welcome if we win. You have to go in and have a good weekend, then come back ready to go. You can’t take any more days off.” Bumper to Bumper Repairs. We do it all. Foreign & Domestic!

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ROUNDUP Campbell kicked four extra points to go with his score. “Our run game was there most of the night,” Shrader said. “We ran the ball pretty well, and I was pleased to see that. We stayed with it and had some big plays go for us.” The Glads will begin CAAC Red Division play next week with a home contest against Ionia. Brighton 48, Westland John Glenn 0 BRIGHTON — The Bulldogs smothered the Rockets offense and took a 35-0 halftime lead in the rout at Brighton High School. “The kids practiced extremely well all week,” Brighton coach Cliff Kiefer said. “They worked very hard, and our coaches did a great job preparing them. Our kids executed the game plan flawlessly, and the reason why is they worked their butts off during the week.” The Bulldogs (2-0) allowed just 79 yards and five first downs to Glenn’s offense. Shane Dokey rushed for 101 yards on eight carries and three touchdowns and caught a 15yard pass for a score. Quarterback John Oberpeul was 4-for-6 for 103 yards passing. The Bulldogs finished with 270 yards rushing as a team. “Everything fed off each other,” Kiefer said. “The defense did a great job getting three-and-outs, and we were able to get on them early and everything clicked from there.” The Bulldogs will begin division play next week at Pinckney. With the long weekend, the players will get an extra day off. Asked if the coaches, specifically the head coach, get a day off, Kiefer chuckled. “I don’t think any coaches get a weekend off,” he said. “Not when you start division play next week. We’ll enjoy tonight, then get ready for Pinckney.”

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The year before that, he played three games or two games as the starting quarterback in JV and didn’t play there again the rest of the year because he came up and played defense for us,” Dukes said. “He was really almost a year removed from taking snaps. ... Last week in the first half he struggled a little bit but played great in the second half. Tonight I thought he was on target: The balls were where they needed to be and he made good decisions with the ball and he didn’t turn it over, so that was huge for us.” His numbers likely suffered from several dropped passes, however. “Some of those tonight, you know as humid as it is and everyone is sweating, those are going to happen,” Dukes said. “We talk about being a wide receiver the number one job is catching the ball when it’s thrown to you, whatever you do after that is gravy. It’s a focus issue and we’ll work on that. I know our wide receivers coach was pulling his hair out.” Spears, behind an ailing offensive line, rushed 19 times for a game-high 120 yards. He also hauled in two passes for 23 yards. Hartland lost one of just its two returners on offense in senior right

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Every MLB team is No. 1 at something Remember summer camp, where everyone gets an award at the end? Same for baseball, now that September is here. The mission is to prove that all 30 major league teams are No. 1 — in something. • Arizona: Who needs the DH? The Diamondback pitchers have 30 RBI and 51 hits. • Atlanta: Nobody works overtime better than the Braves, with 14 extra-inning wins. • Baltimore: The Orioles’ pinch-hitters are batting .327. • Boston: Boston has issued only eight intentional walks all season, fewest in GNS COLUMNIST the majors. • Chicago Cubs: The lovable losers lead the majors with 114 errors, and are the only team in baseball without a grand slam. • Chicago White Sox: Their batters are bluer than Ozzie Guillen’s language. They’ve been hit by a pitch 71 times. • Cincinnati: Be honest, have you ever truly seen a balk? Your best odds are at a Reds game. They’ve committed 12. • Cleveland: Only three triple plays this season, and the Indians have one of them. So they’re tied for first. • Colorado: Maybe line drives just get lost in the open spaces of Coors Field, but this team has given up 40 triples. • Detroit: The Tigers are the best at tagging up, with 51 sacrifice flies. • Florida: When it comes to leading in empty seats, the Marlins are a dynasty. The average home attendance this year is 18,305. • Houston: First team to 90 losses — and probably 100, too — lead in pinch hits with 53. • Kansas City: The Royals are the kings of almost, with 30 onerun defeats. • Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers have lost only one extra-inning game all season. • Los Angeles Angels: World leader in small ball — with 139 infield hits and 34 bunt hits. • Milwaukee: Brewers’ pitchers have thrown the most wild pitches (60) but tied for hitting the fewest batters (31). • Minnesota: How are the Twins like a pickup bar? Hardly anyone strikes out against Minnesota’s pitchers, who have only 5.92 Ks per nine innings. • New York Mets: Cincinnati and Baltimore each have but three passed balls. But turn that list around and there are the Mets at the top with 24. • New York Yankees: Bring an umbrella to the Bronx. The Yankees not only are their usual leader in home runs with 188 but also in weather postponements with eight. • Oakland: The A’s pitchers are tied for the lead in grand slams allowed with six, having stormed to the top by coughing up three in one game against the Yankees. • Philadelphia: Several distinguished pitching numbers but none more than this — 19 shutouts. • Pittsburgh: Alas, there’s the obvious. No. 1 in losing seasons. As of Thursday morning, the magic number for an unprecedented 19th straight was eight. • St. Louis: A lot of rallies killed, grounding into 145 double plays. • San Diego: One team in baseball has no complete games. Guess which. • San Francisco: Not that it’s done much in catching Arizona, but the Giants pitchers have more quality starts (90) than anyone else. • Seattle: The Mariners have played 16 rookies. Ichiro must feel like a daycare worker. • Tampa Bay: All 135 games have been started by a pitcher drafted and developed by the Rays. Don’t bother asking if anyone else can say that. • Texas: How this relates to leading the American League West is unclear, but the Rangers are the finest in series openers, going 31-13, but are 46-47 the rest of the time. • Toronto: The Blue Jays have hit 2,180 fly balls, but not all of them by Jose Bautista. • Washington: Good news and bad news. Stephen Strasburg is supposed to be back next week. The bullpen has blown 25 saves. Mike Lopresti is a columnist for Gannett News Service.

Friday September 2, 2011

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Roger, Serena move ahead

Detroit splits series with Kansas City

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Royal pains Tigers struggle with last-place K.C. By Noah Trister ASSOCIATE PRESS

DETROIT — In his office before the final game of a tough series with Kansas City, Detroit manager Jim Leyland talked about the strides the Royals have made. The Tigers are in first place, but the young Royals looked every bit their equals this week. “I’ll be glad when they’re gone,” Leyland said. “They’re a really good team right now, in my opinion.” Before the Royals could leave, the Tigers had to play them one more time. Jeff Francoeur homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in three runs, and Kansas City outlasted Detroit 11-8 on Thursday. The teams split the

style. His first hit as a major leaguer was also a homer, back in 2005 with the Atlanta Braves. “To do it on a home run — even more special,” he said. “My mom texted me, reminding me that my first in the big leagues was a home run and my 1,000th.” Magglio Ordonez homered, doubled twice and stole a base for the Tigers, who lead Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox by 5 1/2 games in the AL Central. Detroit took an 8-6 lead on a tworun homer by Austin Jackson. Aaron Crow (4-4) allowed three runs in the sixth, his only inning of work, but was credited with the win after the Royals reclaimed the lead in the seventh. Phil Coke (2-9) came in with a

TIGERS WATCH • THURSDAY: Kansas City 11, Tigers 8

• TODAY: Vs. Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park • WHEN: 7 p.m. • TV: Fox Sports Detroit four-game set — and the Tigers needed late-inning rallies to win the middle two games. Kansas City’s Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking tworun single in the seventh inning Thursday against Luis Marte, who was making his major league debut. Eric Hosmer added a solo shot in the eighth. Hosmer also had two singles and two walks. Francoeur opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, reaching his milestone in

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Ex-MSU star facing prison Magic trying to keep friend Vincent from getting time By Ed White ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT — Former NBA star Magic Johnson is asking a judge for “mercy” and no prison for college teammate Jay Vincent, who is facing years behind bars for fraud. Like Johnson, Vincent played in the NBA after the pair led Michigan State to the 1979 national championship. He pleaded guilty in a case involving thousands of people who paid to become certified home inspectors. “I know what he did was wrong and I hope in time he will be able to repay all the people who lost money in this situation,” Johnson said this week in a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker. “I believe he got involved with the wrong people and made some really bad decisions.” Vincent, 52, returns to federal court in Grand Rapids for sentencing today, nearly a year after pleading guilty to fraud and tax charges.

Prosecutors say he and an associate defrauded 20,000 people out of more than $1 million by charging them to become certified home inspectors through a business called Foreclosure Bank Inspection. No inspectors were hired, and the business had no conVincent tracts with banks, according to the government. The U.S. attorney’s office is recommending nine years in prison, the low end of the sentencing guidelines. Vincent has been in jail since late July after prosecutors accused him of writing, or causing others to write, bad checks in a different scheme while free on bond. He denies the allegations but could face more charges in Indiana. Johnson and Vincent have known each other since childhood in Lansing and were roommates at

Michigan State. “With all due respect to the parties involved, and my heart goes out to them, I ask again that you consider his time served and have mercy on him and not allow this one incident of bad decision-making to change the course of his life,” Johnson told the judge. Vincent is “incredibly remorseful and I believe he has learned his lesson and in time will regain the trust of his community again,” Johnson said. Vincent is asking for probation so he can start repaying the victims. “Mr. Vincent remains employable both locally and abroad. His successful basketball career continues to present him with opportunities coaching, instructing basketball camps and speaking,” attorney Thomas Clement said. Vincent spent the 1980s in the NBA with Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Antonio, Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 15 points a game.

NEW YORK — After putting on a clinic during the match, Roger Federer gave another one afterward. Prompted in the on-court interview after his 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 U.S. Open victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Thursday to give the tennis players in the stands a few quick pointers about how to dial in their serve, Federer offered this advice. “It all starts with a good ball toss,” he said after moving easily to the third round. “Sometime, people think it’s just the swing, but I think the ball toss creates your motion after that. You should keep your elbow high on the serve, then the better you get, the more you can use rotation and legs.” It worked great against Sela. Federer finished with six aces and maxed out at 128 mph in what looked very much like a tuneup — a second-round win that took only 1 hour, 17 minutes. Federer came into the U.S. Open as the third seed and is trying to avoid going an entire year without a major victory for the first time since 2002. He turned 30 on Aug. 8, prompting questions on how long he can play at an elite level. Against the 93rd-ranked Sela, though, none of this was an issue. Federer improved to 58-6 for his career at the U.S. Open. “It’s tough to play him, especially when you’re not at your best and on center court,” Sela said. “On Court 25, maybe I’d have a bigger chance. I had no chance against his serve.” After the Federer match, No. 28 Serena Williams took the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium and had an equally easy time. She beat Michaella Krajicek 6-0, 6-1 in 49 minutes to end the day session before 4 p.m. — about three hours earlier than normal. The other day match in Ashe was No. 7 Francesca Schiavone’s 61, 6-1 victory over Mirjana Lucic. Williams, who pulled out of a tuneup match in Cincinnati last month, hasn’t lost a match in which she’s actually taken the court since the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

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Brandon Mulnix is shown after the North Country Run in Manistee on Aug. 27. PHOTO BY EMILY MULNIX

LOWELL — A 50-mile run is an incredible challenge. Try it with your jaw wired shut. Brandon Mulnix of Lowell in western Michigan accomplished the feat last weekend when he competed in the North Country Trail Run in the Manistee National Forest. He said he consumed only liquid nutrition while running for more than 12 hours. “As an experienced ultramarathon runner I wanted to challenge the community by doing something extreme,” Mulnix said. “Last year at this race I had to quit at 25 miles into the race due to overheating. The chances of me

‘I like a challenge.” BRANDON MULNIX Ultra-marathoner from Lowell

finishing this year were even less, but I like a challenge.” Mulnix, 32, still is recovering from a car wreck in February. A major fracture on the right side of his jaw didn’t heal, and a plate holding the jaw together broke. Doctors wired his jaw 10 days before the race. Race director Chris Nicholas said last Saturday’s race had more than 500 runners from 29 states and Canada.

“The wired jaw certainly posed a lot of challenges for Brandon,” Nicholas said. “When you are out running a race, anything above a marathon, you’ve got to make sure you are eating substance.” Mulnix said dozens of people had pledged to give food to food pantries for his effort. “We raised one food item for every mile so more than 3,000 non-perishable food items will be donated to communities across Michigan and as far away as Texas. I couldn’t let people go hungry just because I was hurting,” he said. He didn’t even take the rest of the weekend off: Mulnix ran a 5K last Sunday in Grand Rapids.


DAILY PRESS & ARGUS-Friday, September 2, 2011

Hoke puts sizzle in U-M steak The stadium was empty and the gate was unlocked. Brady Hoke and his wife, Laura, slipped inside and walked down the tunnel. He had never seen the inside of the Big House before. Didn’t matter. When he put his feet on that field, he turned and said, “This is where I want to be.” That was 28 years ago. Saturday, Hoke will come through that tunnel again — only this time he’ll be running, he’ll have 100 or so players alongside him, the stands will be packed, and it’s no drive-by. He plans on stayGNS COLUMNIST ing. Welcome to the perfect match of man and mold. Michigan fans desperately wanted a coach like Hoke, and Hoke desperately wanted Michigan. The three-year Rich Rodriguez experiment was like an avowed meat-lover going vegan because everyone says he should, until he finally spits out the bean curd and says, “Gimme a steak!” “You a vegan by any chance?” I ask Hoke. “No, sir!” he barks. Hoke is a steak. He’s a porterhouse. A former linebacker, he is beefy in stature, beefy in voice (he does sound like that Chris Farley motivational speaker guy) and beefy in Michigan tradition. He loved Bo Schembechler, who used to call him “Hokey.” He worked for Gary Moeller, who made him an assistant. He rose up under Lloyd Carr, who thought so much of Hoke he appointed him associate head coach. The pedigree is there. The history is there. Hoke makes Wolverines fans feel like lost kids who have found their way home. Perfect match. Now all he has to do is win. Of course, winning is a lot harder than bleeding maize-and-blue, or a few million fans would be coaching this team. The fact is, it’s darn hard to stay on top in college football. The only thing I can assure you is that if Hoke fails, it won’t be for lack of sweat. This is a guy who was in perpetual motion as a kid, a guy who wrestled his friends, pummeled a speed bag in his garage, banged loudly on a used drum set and even learned the solo to “In-A-Godda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly. If Hoke, 52, didn’t go into football, he wanted to be a Secret Service agent “and protect the president.” He even worked as a federal probation officer briefly, while still coaching high school football. So energy will not be an issue. Neither will loyalty. This is a guy who left U-M only for his alma mater, Ball State. (“Otherwise, I’d have stayed here,” he admits.) This is also a guy who met his future wife when he was in seventh grade. “Disney World. Both of our families were on vacation. I still remember what she had on. A white shirt with purple polka dots.” Did you have a crush? “Oh, yeah, no question.” Perfect match. An afternoon to relish this weekend Now, normally, you give a new coach the benefit of the doubt — even if you have doubts. In Hoke’s case, you want to caution the other way. Don’t expect miracles. Feelings are not victories. Players still win games. There is such a rush to embrace this loyal, likable bear of a guy, we need to remember he isn’t blocking, he isn’t throwing or catching the ball. Can he live up to such lofty expectations? He’s a steak man. I like his chances. Mitch Albom is a columnist for Gannett News Service.

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“We’re excited. It’s kind of getting old hitting each other every single day and seeing the same people and the same colored jerseys,” Foreman said. “But we’re crunching at the bit to get out there and hit some other people and have some fun.” “Joel Foreman was just commenting on the practice field today in between plays just how excited he is to go play,” Cousins said. “He was saying, ‘I’m tired of practicing against our own guys, I’m tired of 25 straight practices, I’m ready to go play,’ and we were all saying, ‘Amen.’” Though it’s not a marquee matchup by any stretch for just the 10th night game in Spartan Stadium history, the Penguins, who return 15 starters from last year’s team, have a winning tradition and are not being taken lightly. Despite having just three wins a season ago, Youngstown State led in every game it played, which includes a game against Penn State. “We’ll take it one play at a time,” Cousins said. “Youngstown State is very, very talented and from what we’ve watched on film, we think they’re well-coached and pretty disciplined players.” On the other side of the ball, and as it usually is the first game of the season, MSU coach Mark Dantonio

Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and his teammates are excited to get on the football field, although he says the Spartans will take it ‘one play at a time.’ PHOTO BY RASHAUN RUCKER/DETROIT FREE PRESS expects his team to make their fair share of miscues. “There's going to be mistakes out there,” he conceded. “I just want them to be made 100 percent full-

go and we want to put a premium on toughness and effort. If we do that, know what to do, then we've got a chance to win the football game.”

But if all goes according to plan for Dantonio, who released his first depth chart on Tuesday, it should also be an opportunity to get his second and third teams some game reps and continue evaluating several position battles which are yet to be set in stone. It’ll be the first meeting between the two teams, though Dantonio and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi are more than familiar with the Penguins. Dantonio spent five years as an assistant at Youngstown State under former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. There, Dantonio helped the Penguins make three trips to the then NCAA I-AA playoffs. As defensive coordinator in 1990, he helped lead Youngstown State to a perfect 11-0 regular season. Narduzzi is a native of Youngstown, Ohio and playted for his father, Bill, who was the Penguins’ head coach for more than a decade before Tressel’s arrival. “They’re a football team that’s got a lot of tradition, so I’m sure they’ll be very excited to come up here and play on Friday night,” Dantonio said. “I have a lot of great memories of Youngstown State ... So this is a little bit of a homecoming, I guess — even though they’re coming up here — for not only myself but coach Narduzzi as well.”

Spotlight to be on U-M’s suspect defense Continued from page 1

team featuring quarterback Alex Carder, who threw for 3,324 yards a year ago and 30 touchdowns. “When I say he’s a great quarterback, I do mean it,” Hoke said. “He's as impressive as anybody that you'll turn tape on the entire year; with what he did a year ago and 30 touchdowns, over 63 percent in completions. I think their offense starts with him, as most offenses do, but they are really a very, very good football team when you look at them. Jordan White, the wide receiver, has a sixth year of eligibility, he caught 94 balls a year ago. So he'll be something for our secondary to contend with, obviously.” The Michigan defense will be in the spotlight, not just because Western has weapons, but because it was one of the nation’s worst a year ago. But Mike Martin, a senior captain who returns at nose tackle, believes the defense will be better despite little change from last year, personnel wise. “I’ve seen it,” he said.” I’ve been there very day. We’ve gotten better. It’s something you can’t hide. Every day we’re getting butter, but we have a lot more improvement to go. “Coach talks about

Mike Martin, a senior captain who returns at nose guard, believes the Wolverines will be better on the defensive side this season. PHOTO BY TONY DING/ASSOCIATED PRESS

accountability and the details and all the things it takes to be successful defensively,” he continued, “and that’s what we’ve been focusing on this entire camp. Since Coach Hoke and his staff have gotten here, I’m very sure our defense has done a great job of doing that, and that we will have no regrets going into Sept. 3 and the rest of the season. We’ve

done what we can do to make sure we’re in the best position.” On the other hand, Michigan has Denard Robinson firmly established as quarterback, although it’s likely that backup Devin Gardner will see some action. Michigan will run a prostyle offense most of the time, with Robinson under center. Robinson had a fantastic season last year in the spread, and some have wondered if that might curtail his role as an offensive weapon. Center David Molk, however, isn’t one of them. “Anyone who’s that good will be good in any offense,” Molk said. “He’s going to do his thing.” "I think Denard Robinson's knowledge of what we are trying to do as a whole package,” has been key, Hoke said. :”I know there's still some things (offensive coordinator) Al Borges has not added to the mix, but I think him and his grasp of it is at a higher level than it was in the spring. I think when you put that together where he doesn't have to think as much and now can be settled in his fundamentals and techniques, I think that's where the growth has come.” It’s the second time in three years Western Michigan has opened at

Michigan, and a regional audience will see for itself what and where Michigan has improved for 2011. "So we are excited,” Hoke said. “We are not near ready to play, and I'll probably say that on Friday. We are not near ready to play. But we get to play and that's a good thing. We get to see that first test where we are at as a team and as a program and to get out there and I guess not beat on each other, but you get to play with somebody else." Tight end Kevin Koger

says there’s a buzz about Saturday’s opener, too. “Everyone’s back at campus this week and a lot of students are excited,” he said. “You can see it on Twitter. You can see it on Facebook. You can see a lot of people who come to the stadium early in the home opener.” “It’s great,” Molk said, referring to Saturday’s opener. “It’s been a long time since I played a game and I’m loving every single first game. It’s an experience that’s unmatched.”

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SPORTS BRIEFS Howard Jr. leaving WMU KALAMAZOO — Juwan Howard Jr. is leaving the Western Michigan basketball team. The school’s athletic department says the sophomore forward will not return for the fall semester because of personal reasons. Coach Steve Hawkins says the program stands “100 percent” behind the decision Howard and his family made. Last season, and the 6-foot-6 Howard averaged 9.3 points.

More violations at Ohio State COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State reported that running back Jordan Hall, defensive back Corey Brown and defensive back Travis Howard each received impermissible benefits of $300 or less this year — after several players were suspended for accepting cash and free tattoos from the subject of a federal drug-trafficking probe.

Earnhardt Jr. signs extension CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has signed a five-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports. The extension keeps NASCAR’s most popular driver with Hendrick through 2017. The deal had been in the works most of this season, with both sides in agreement they wanted to continue the relationship.

Ex-NHL player hanged himself TORONTO — Former NHL player Wade Belak hanged himself, according to a person familiar with the case. Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35. Belak hanged himself at a downtown luxury hotel and condo building.

Ex-Viking’s SUV in hit-and-run MINNEAPOLIS — An SUV owned by a former Minnesota Vikings player Joe Senser has been linked to a hit-and-run that left a pedestrian dead. Police say they haven’t determined who was driving. Joe Senser’s attorney confirms Senser owns the Mercedes SUV investigators think was involved in an Aug. 23 crash. Officers said no one has been ruled out as a suspect.

Braves’ Jurrjens has bone bruise ATLANTA — Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens said he plans to see a specialist after an MRI on his ailing right knee showed a bone bruise. Jurrjens spent two weeks on the DL last month with a right knee strain. He said the knee felt fine after his game Tuesday night.

Gasol leads Spain squad SIAULIAI, Lithuania — Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol scored 20 points, leading defending champion Spain past Portugal 8773 Thursday for its second victory in two days at the European Championship. Juan Carlos Navarro had 19 points for Spain, and Pau’s brother, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Pistorius out of 1,600 relay final DAEGU, South Korea — South African team manager Magda Botha says double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius has been left out of the lineup for the 1,600-meter relay final at the world championships. Pistorius made a historic breakthrough for Paralympic athletes by reaching the semifinals of the 400 this week.

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KLAA WEST Conference Overall W L PF PA W L PF PA Brighton . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 92 0 Milford . . . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 97 17 Grand Blanc . .0 0 0 0 1 1 52 49 Hartland . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 40 34 Howell . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 35 41 Pinckney . . . .0 0 0 0 0 1 7 20 Thursday’s Games Brighton 48, Westland John Glenn 0 Canton 35, Grand Blanc 31 Hartland 15, Livonia Franklin 6 Milford 42, Wayne 14 Plymouth 35, Howell 21 Today’s Game Livonia Churchill at Pinckney, 7 p.m.

CAAC RED Conference Overall W L PF PA W L PF PA DeWitt . . . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 90 27 St. Johns . . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 72 36 Fowlerville . . .0 0 0 0 0 2 48 62 Haslett . . . . . .0 0 0 0 0 2 37 64 Ionia . . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 0 2 48 86 Owosso . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 62 41 Thursday’s Games Jackson 35, Fowlerville 34 Charlotte 37, Ionia 28 DeWitt 48, Lansing Everett 14 Okemos 29, Haslett 27 Portland 20, Owosso 13 St. Johns 37, Corunna 10

FOOTBALL SUMMARIES HARTLAND 15, LIVONIA FRANKLIN 6 Liv. Franklin . .6 0 0 0 — 6 Hartland . . . . .6 3 0 6 — 15 First Quarter LF — McRobb19 run (kick failed), 7:42 H — Milarch 2 run (kick failed), 0:57 Second Quarter H — Bain 33 field goal, 10:37 Fourth Quarter H — Conner 4 pass from Milarch (kick failed), 4:36. LF H First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 16 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .36-107 39-150 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . . .5-17-111-22-1 Passing yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 117 Punts-avg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-41 4-33 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-2 1-0 Penalties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-45 3-38 Individual Statistics RUSHING — Livonia Franklin: Tennant 12-50, Marazis 13-40, McRobb 7-35, Forrestall 3-(-11). Hartland: Spears 19120, Milarch 13-22, Ridley 2-8, Hill 2-4, Pierce 2-4. PASSING — Livonia Franklin: Forrestall 5-16-1-62, Marazis 0-1-0-0. Hartland: Milarch 11-22-1-117. RECEIVING — Livonia Franklin: Johnson 3-37, Marazis 1-23, McRobb 1-2. Hartland: Pierce 5-56, Villar 2-26, Spears 2-23, Gigliotti 1-8, Conner 1-4.

PLYMOUTH 35, HOWELL 14 Plymouth . . . .7 21 7 0 — 35 Howell . . . . . .7 7 0 0 — 14 First Quarter P — Fox 1 run (Deeg kick), 7:27. H — Cauley 1 run (Holmes kick), 1:28. Second Quarter P — Fox 9 runs (Deeg kick), 10:02. P — Eiland 2 pass from Austin (Deeg kick), 6:51. P — McMillan 9 pass from Austin (Deeg kick), 4:24. H — Cender 53 pass from Cauley (Holmes kick), 1:19. Third Quarter P — Eiland 7 pass from Austin (Deeg kick), 5:48. P H First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 13 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .30-140 27-39 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . .18-28-012-21-1 Passing Yards . . . . . . . . . . . .213 181 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1 301 Punts-avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 3-36 Penalties-yards . . . . . . . . . . .5-58 2-30 Individual Statistics RUSHING — Plymouth, Fox 17-134, Dunbar 4-7, Askew 2-6, Eiland 1-2, Turrentine 1-1, Austin 2-(minus-3), Team 3-(minus-7). Howell, Patritto 4-19, Blankenship 3-26, St.Bennett 1-4, Melanson 5-(minus-3), Cauley 12(minus7). PASSING — Plymouth, Austin 18-28-0213. Howell, Cauley 12-21-1-181. RECEIVING — Plymouth, Eiland 5-60, Emminger 5-53, McMillan 3-32, Abraham 2-32, Fox 2-24, Youssef 1-12. Howell, Cender 3-68, Wetzel 2-38, Melanson 2-25, Walker 2-24, Wiggins 114, Douglas 1-9, St.Bennett 1-3.

BRIGHTON 48, WESTLAND JOHN GLENN 0 John Glenn . .0 0 0 0 — 0 Brighton . . . . .14 21 6 7 — 48 First Quarter B — Dokey 65 run (Barribeau kick), 9:16 B — Calderon 2 run (Barribeau kick), 5:12 Second Quarter B — Dokey 5 run (Barribeau kick), 9:37. B — Dokey 15 run (Barribeau kick), 2:22 B — Dokey 15 pass from Oberpeul (Barribeau kick), :16. Third Quarter B — Leitch 2 run (kick failed), 4:57. Fourth Quarter B — Bravata 10 run (Rada kick), 2:13. JG B First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 18 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . . .26-73 34-270 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . . . .5-6-0 4-6-0 Passing Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 103 Punts-avg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-31 1-14 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1 0-0 Penalties-yard . . . . . . . . . . .4-21 1-5 Individual Statisitics RUSHING — John Glenn, James 8-38, Kuhary 7-15, Walker 3-12, Govantes 2-6, Carter 1-4, McCord 1-0, Jones 4-(minus2). Brighton, Dokey 8-101, Calderon 866, Todd 5-38, Vorias 5-23, Winders 3-18, Bravata 2-16, Salmon 1-3, Patterson 1-3, Leitch 1-2. PASSING — John Glenn, Kuhary 5-6-06. Brighton, Oberpeul 4-6-0-103. RECEIVING — John Glenn, DeMoss 1-4, James 1-4, Jones 2-0, Williams 1-(minus2). Brighton, Vorias 2-59, Schmanske 129, Dokey 1-15.

JACKSON 35, FOWLERVILLE 34 Jackson . . . . .7 13 8 7 — 35 Fowlerville . . .7 7 7 13 — 34 First Quarter F — Jabara 4 run (Campbell kick) J — Hayward 1 run (Seppa kick) Second Quarter J — Cochrane 6 runs (Seppa kick) J — Carroll 5 pass from McDonald (kick failed) F — Pilachowski 14 pass from Ross (Campbell kick) Third Quarter J — Funkhouser 2 run (Funkhouser run) F — Pringle fumble recovery in end zone (Campbell kick) Fourth Quarter F — Soja 7 pass from Ross (Campbell kick), 1:30 J — Funkhouser 9 run (Seppa kick), F — Campbell 6 run (pass failed) J F First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 16 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .45-217 27-189 Comp-Att.Int . . . . . . . . . . .4-6-011-16-0 Passing yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 143 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1 2-1 Punts-avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-26 1-34 Penalties-yards . . . . . . . . . .6-30 9-57 Individual Statistics RUSHING — Jackson, Funkhouser 1688, Davenport 7-46, Cochrane 7-25, Seppa 4-30, Moss 6-16, McDonald 2-9, Hayward 2-5, Vidro 1-(minus-2). Fowlerville, Jabara 16-122, Love 6-41, Wietecha 4-31, Smith 1 (minus-5). PASSING — Jackson, Vidro 2-2-0-43, McDonald 2-418-0. Fowlerville, Ross 1015-0-99, Soja 1-1-44-0. RECEIVING — Jackson, Snellenberger 221, Moss 1-35, Carroll 1-5. Fowlerville, Soja 5-33, Moran 2-29, Campbell 2-23, Smith 1-44, Pilachowski 1-14.

TENNIS PINCKNEY 9, MILFORD 0 At Pinckney SINGLES — Kyle Jurczek d. Connor Walters 6-3, 6-0; Nick Romano d. Evan Gordan 6-3, 6-1; Trevor Hutchins d. Mitch Thome 6-0, 60; Ryan Fuller d. Zack Wilkins 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; DOUBLES — Cameron Hein-Jordan Jones d. Chris Curel-Dylan Boscny 2-6, 7-5, 6-2; Drew Henderson-Andrew Graves d. Jesse M.-Nick Skarritt 7-5, 6-4; Matt Vasher-Ben Schmitter d. Ramsey Sueed-Charles Wolfe 6-1, 6-1; Nate Yenor-Tanner Barnes d. Luke S.Kyle Niffin 6-1, 6-3; Wayne Switzer-Brent Patterson d. Bryan T.-Scott Varinone 6-3, 6-3. RECORD — Pinckney 1-0

Cedar Rds (Angels) .28 38 .424 11 1/2 Wisconsin (Brewers) .28 38 .424 11 1/2 Peoria (Cubs) . . . . . .25 40 .385 14 x-clinched first half y-clinched division (refers to second half) z-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Games West Michigan 7, Lake County 2 Lansing 8, Great Lakes 1 Fort Wayne 7, South Bend 6, 11 innings Burlington 6, Wisconsin 3 Bowling Green 7, Dayton 5 Cedar Rapids 9, Kane County 6 Quad Cities 8, Clinton 5 Peoria at Beloit, (n) Today’s Games West Michigan at Lake County, 7 p.m. South Bend at Fort Wayne, 7:05 p.m. Great Lakes at Lansing, 7:05 p.m. Wisconsin at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Kane County at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m. Clinton at Quad Cities, 8 p.m. Peoria at Beloit, 8 p.m. Dayton at Bowling Green, 8:05 p.m. Saturday’s Games Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 7 p.m. Clinton at Kane County, 7 p.m. Lansing at Dayton, 7 p.m. Bowling Green at Lake County, 7 p.m. South Bend at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Quad Cities at Peoria, 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin at Beloit, 8 p.m. Sunday’s Games Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 1 p.m. Bowling Green at Lake County, 1 p.m. Quad Cities at Peoria, 2 p.m. South Bend at Great Lakes, 2:05 p.m. Wisconsin at Beloit, 3 p.m. Cedar Rapids at Burlington, 3 p.m. Lansing at Dayton, 4 p.m. Clinton at Kane County, 7 p.m.

BASEBALL 7 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Detroit FSD 7 p.m. Texas at Boston MLB 10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco MLB

COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m. Youngstown St. at Michigan State BIG TEN 8 p.m. Texas Christian at Baylor ESPN

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 8 p.m. Evangel Christian (La.) vs. Union (Okla.) ESPNU

PRO FOOTBALL 10:30 p.m. Oakland at Seattle NFL

GOLF 9 a.m. European Masters GOLF 3 p.m. Deutsche Bank Championship GOLF

SOCCER

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE

7:30 p.m. College: Stanford at Maryland FOX SOCCER

North Division

11 p.m. U.S. vs. Costa Rica ESPN2

W L Pct GB Pawtucket (R.Sox) 77 61 .558 — Lehigh Valley (Phils) 76 64 .543 2 Scranton (Yanks) .71 66 .518 5 1/2 Syracuse (Nats) . . .65 71 .478 11 Buffalo (Mets) . . .60 78 .435 17 Rochester (Twins) .52 88 .371 26 South Division W L Pct GB Durham (Rays) . . .78 60 .565 — Gwinnett (Braves) 76 64 .543 3 Charlotte (W. Sox) 68 72 .486 11 Norfolk (Orioles) .54 85 .388 24 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB z-Columbus (Ind) .86 54 .614 — Indy (Pirates) . . . .74 66 .529 12 Louisville (Reds) . .71 69 .507 15 Toledo (Tigers) . . .65 75 .464 21 z-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Games Syracuse 6, Buffalo 2 Charlotte 2, Durham 0 Norfolk 9, Gwinnett 4 Today’s Games Scranton/WB at Pawtucket, 7:05 p.m. Buffalo at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Toledo at Columbus, 7:05 p.m. Durham at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Gwinnett at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Louisville at Indianapolis, 7:15 p.m. Saturday’s Games Scranton/WB at Pawtucket, 6:05 p.m. Louisville at Indianapolis, 6:05 p.m. Buffalo at Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m. Syracuse at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Toledo at Columbus, 7:05 p.m. Durham at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m. Gwinnett at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Sunday’s Games Buffalo at Scranton/WB, (2), 4:05 p.m. Charlotte at Gwinnett, 5:05 p.m. Columbus at Toledo, 6 p.m. Rochester at Pawtucket, 6:05 p.m. Indianapolis at Louisville, 6:05 p.m. Durham at Norfolk, 6:15 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Syracuse, 6:30 p.m.

TENNIS 1 p.m. U.S. Open, Second Round ESPN2

SATURDAY AUTO RACING 7:30 p.m. Nationwide: Great Clips 300 ESPN2

BASEBALL 4 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Detroit Cp FOX 9 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco MLB

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon Akron at Ohio State ESPN Noon Utah State at Auburn ESPN2 Noon Miami (Ohio) at Houston FSD Noon Indiana State at Penn State BIG TEN Noon Northwestern at Boston College ESPNU 3:30 p.m. Chattanooga at Nebraska BIG TEN 3:30 p.m. W. Michigan at Michigan HMv ABC 3:30 p.m. S. Florida at Notre Dame EK NBC 3:30 p.m. UCLA at Houston FSD 3:30 p.m. Minnesota at USC ESPN2 3:30 p.m. La.-Monroe at Florida State ESPNU 4:45 p.m. Brigham Young at Mississippi ESPN 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Florida ESPNU

FRONTIER LEAGUE

7:30 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Iowa BIG TEN 8 p.m. Oregon at LSU HMv ABC 8 p.m. Boise State at Georgia ESPN 8 p.m. Tulsa at Oklahoma FX 10 p.m. Louisiana Tech at S. Mississippi FSD 10:15 p.m. Colorado at Hawaii ESPN2 10:30 p.m. Grambling State at Alcorn State ESPNU

GOLF 7 a.m. European Masters GOLF 3 p.m. Deutsche Bank Championship GOLF

SOCCER 7:30 p.m. USL: Orlando vs. Harrisburg FOX SOCCER

TENNIS 11 a.m. U.S. Open G• CBS

TRACK 3 p.m. IAAF World Championships JCBC

HOWELL 6, BRIGHTON 3 At Brighton SINGLES — Matt Kempf (B) d. Mason Wenzel 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; Connor Kurtz (H) d. Mike Babiarz 6-4, 6-3; Aden Kuehnl (B) d. Jake Lachowicz 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; Andrew Vailliencourt (B) d. Nate Garrison 6-1, 6-1. DOUBLES — Nick Barnowski-Nick Grifka (H) d. Seth Thomsen-Jeff Walker 6-1, 7-5; Ryan Muliett-Austin Schippers (H) d. Jordan Viaches-Harrison Kelbert 64, 6-2; Trevor Hirzel-Henry Palmer (H) d. Paul Bennett-Austin Smith 6-3, 7-6 (7-4); Matt Seifert-Dan Swanson (H) d. Barrett Campbell-Jacob Curtis 6-2, 6-1; Tim Langford-Kenny Sell (H) d. Phil BennettEvan Smith 6-1, 6-3. RECORDS — Howell 1-1, Brighton 1-1

NFL PRESEASON Thursday’s Games Detroit 16, Buffalo 6 Indianapolis 17, Cincinnati 13 Baltimore 21, Atlanta 7 N.Y. Giants 18, New England 17 Miami 17, Dallas 3 Washington 29, Tampa Bay 24 St. Louis 24, Jacksonville 17 Philadelphia 24, N.Y. Jets 14 Chicago 24, Cleveland 14 Green Bay 20, Kansas City 19 Minnesota 28, Houston 0 Tennessee 32, New Orleans 9 Pittsburgh 33, Carolina 17 Denver at Arizona, (n) San Francisco at San Diego, (n) Today’s Game Oakland at Seattle, 10:30 p.m.

LIONS 16, BILLS 6 Detroit . . . . . .7 3 3 3 — 16 Buffalo . . . . . .0 0 0 6 — 6 First Quarter Det—Stovall 16 pass from Sh.Hill (Hanson kick), 5:16. Second Quarter Det—FG Hanson 44, 3:15. Third Quarter Det—FG Hanson 46, 2:01. Fourth Quarter Det—FG Hanson 35, 8:14. Buf—Hall 1 run (pass failed), 4:05. A—40,047. Det Buf FIRST DOWNS . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 15 Rushing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 6 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 8 Penalty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 1 THIRD DOWN EFF . . . . . . . .4-14 4-14 FOURTH DOWN EFF . . . . . . .1-1 0-1 TOTAL NET YARDS . . . . . . . .318 217 Total Plays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 62 Avg Gain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.6 3.5 NET YARDS RUSHING . . . . . .176 90 Rushes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 22 Avg per rush . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.2 4.1 NET YARDS PASSING . . . . . .142 127 Sacked-Yds lost . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 5-47 Gross-Yds passing . . . . . . . .142 174 Completed-Att. . . . . . . . .13-23 19-35 Had Intercepted . . . . . . . . . . .0 0 Yards-Pass Play . . . . . . . . . . .6.2 3.2 KICKOFFS-EndZone-TB . . . .5-5-2 2-2-1 PUNTS-Avg. . . . . . . . . . . . .6-46.5 8-49.6 Punts blocked . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 0 FGs-PATs blocked . . . . . . . . . .0-0 0-0 TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE . . .67 148 Punt Returns . . . . . . . . . . . .5-46 3-53 Kickoff Returns . . . . . . . . . .1-21 3-95 Interceptions . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 0-0 PENALTIES-Yds . . . . . . . . . . .5-37 2-10 FUMBLES-Lost . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1 0-0 TIME OF POSSESSION . . . .30:28 29:32 Individual statistics RUSHING—Detroit, Harrison 7-72, I.Johnson 9-43, Clapp 7-26, Z.Robinson 3-13, D.Williams 1-11, Stanton 1-7, Brown 4-2, Best 2-2. Buffalo, Spiller 2-29, Hall 4-25, J.White 14-21, L.Brown 2-15. PASSING—Detroit, Stafford 1-2-0-39, Z.Robinson 5-9-0-38, Sh.Hill 4-5-0-34, Stanton 3-7-0-31. Buffalo, Thigpen 1221-0-92, L.Brown 5-9-0-83, Fitzpatrick 25-0-(minus 1). RECEIVING—Detroit, Finley 2-20, T.Young 2-17, Brown 2-9, C.Johnson 1-

39, Scheffler 1-16, Stovall 1-16, Barnes 114, Toone 1-8, Hughes 1-7, I.Johnson 1(minus 4). Buffalo, B.Davis 6-38, Caussin 4-32, K.Aiken 2-37, R.Martin 2-31, Pianalto 2-31, Spiller 2-(minus 1), J.White 1-6. PUNT RETURNS—Detroit, Hughes 4-34, Toone 1-12. Buffalo, Rogers 3-53. KICKOFF RETURNS—Detroit, Hughes 121. Buffalo, Easley 2-70, Rogers 1-25. TACKLES-ASSISTS-SACKS—Detroit, Pratt 6-1-1, Silva 6-0-0, Campbell 4-0-0, Francisco 4-0-0, Mixon 4-0-0, Carpenter 3-1-0, W.Young 2-2-1, Fluellen 2-1-0, N.Williams 2-0-1, Pitcock 2-0-1, Coleman 2-0-0, Dawson 2-0-0, Callaway 1-0-1, Clapp 1-0-0, Delmas 1-0-0, Hanson 1-0-0, Hogue 1-0-0, Jackson 1-0-0, McDonald 10-0, Miller 1-0-0, Palmer 1-0-0, Stovall 10-0, Wright 1-0-0, Berry 0-1-0, C.Williams 0-1-0. Buffalo, Coleman 5-0-0, Sheppard 4-2-0, Corner 4-0-0, Batten 3-0-0, Merriman 3-0-0, Searcy 3-0-0, A.Williams 3-0-0, Hicks 2-1-0, Jasper 2-1-0, C.White 2-1-0, Corto 2-0-0, Dotson 2-0-0, Nesbitt 2-0-0, Eddins 1-2-0, Kelsay 1-1-0, Troup 1-1-0, D.Aiken 1-0-0, Carrington 1-0-0, Easley 1-0-0, McGee 1-0-0, McKelvin 1-00, Miller 1-0-0, Morrison 1-0-0, Sanborn 1-0-0, Scott 1-0-0, Glover 0-2-0. INTERCEPTIONS—None. MISSED FIELD GOALS—Buffalo, Lindell 48 (WR). OFFICIALS—Referee Clete Blakeman, Ump Garth DeFelice, HL Tony Veteri, LJ Jeff Seeman, FJ Buddy Horton, SJ Greg Meyer, BJ Terrence Miles, Replay Dick Creed. Time: 2:47.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL EAST East Stroudsburg 56, Pace 14 Fordham at UConn, ppd. Rutgers 48, NC Central 0 Temple 42, Villanova 7 SOUTH Campbellsville 30, Union (Ky.) 14 FIU 41, North Texas 16 Georgia Tech 63, W. Carolina 21 Jacksonville St. 24, UT-Martin 23 Livingstone 43, Chowan 7 Louisville 21, Murray St. 9 Morehead St. 67, Kentucky Christian 0 Nicholls St. 42, Evangel 0 Northwestern St. 24, Delta St. 23 South Alabama 20, West Alabama 10 MIDWEST Bloomsburg 27, Ashland 20 Cent. Michigan 21, SC State 6 Dubuque 18, Augustana (Ill.) 13 E. Illinois 33, Illinois St. 26 Grand Valley St. 44, W. Oregon 20 Indianapolis 41, Kentucky Wesleyan 0 Lake Erie 13, Gannon 10 N. Michigan 31, Minn. St.-Mankato 24 Nebraska-Kearney 41, Wayne (Neb.) 20 North Dakota 16, Drake 0 Northern St. (SD) 30, SW Minn. St. 17 St. Cloud St. 26, California (Pa.) 3 Toledo 58, New Hampshire 22 Trine 24, Manchester 13 SOUTHWEST Cent. Arkansas 38, Henderson St. 14 Sam Houston St. 20, W. Illinois 6 Stephen F. Austin 82, McMurry 6

BASEBALL

TENNIS U.S. OPEN At New York Men’s Second Round Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 6-0, 6-0, 6-2. Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, def. Dudi Sela, Israel, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Gael Monfils (7), France, lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spain, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4. Mardy Fish (8), United States, def. Malek Jaziri, Tunisia, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. Tomas Berdych (9), Czech Republic, def. Fabio Fognini, Italy, 7-5, 6-0, 6-0. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11), France, def. Sergei Bubka, Ukraine, 6-3, 7-5, 6-2. Richard Gasquet (13), France, lost to Ivo Karlovic, Croatia, 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4). Fernando Verdasco (19), Spain, def. Marsel Ilhan, Turkey, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Janko Tipsarevic (20), Serbia, def. Philipp Petzschner, Germany, 6-0, 6-3, 36, 6-3. Alexandr Dolgopolov (22), Ukraine, def. Flavio Cipolla, Italy, 6-0, 7-5, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4. Radek Stepanek (23), Czech Republic, lost to Juan Monaco, Argentina, 6-4, 61, 2-0, retired. Marin Cilic (27), Croatia, def. Bernard Tomic, Australia, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2. Michael Llodra (29), France, lost to Kevin Anderson, South Africa, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. Marcel Granollers (31), Spain, def. Mikhail Kukushkin, Kazakhstan, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Women’s Second Round Caroline Wozniacki (1), Denmark, def. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 6-2, 6-0. Victoria Azarenka (4), Belarus, def. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, 6-4, 6-3. Francesca Schiavone (7), Italy, def. Mirjana Lucic, Croatia, 6-1, 6-1. Andrea Petkovic (10), Germany, def. Zheng Jie, China, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Jelena Jankovic (11), Serbia, def. Jelena Dokic, Australia, 6-3, 6-4. Svetlana Kuznetsova (15), Russia, def. Elena Baltacha, Britain, 6-4, 6-3. Ana Ivanovic (16), Serbia, def. Petra Cetkovska, Czech Republic, walkover. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (17), Russia, def. Petra Martic, Croatia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Roberta Vinci (18), Italy, def. Alize Cornet, France, 6-2, 6-3. Shahar Peer (23), Israel, lost to Sloane Stephens, United States, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Serena Williams (28), United States, def. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, 60, 6-1. Jarmila Gajdosova (29), Australia, lost to Vania King, United States, 6-2, 6-0. Kaia Kanepi (31), Estonia, lost to Silvia Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 6-4, 6-2.

WNBA

MIDWEST LEAGUE Eastern Division W yz-Dayton (Reds) .45 Lansing (Blue Jays)37 x-B. Green (Rays) .36 Ft Wayne (Padres) 36 West Mich. (Tigers) 36 S. Bend (D’backs) .32 Gr.Lakes (Dodgers) 31 Lake Co. (Indians) 22 Western Division W Quad Cities (Cards) .39 z-Clinton (Mariners) 37 Kane Co. (Royals) . .35 Beloit (Twins) . . . . .29 x-Burlington (A’s) . .29

East Division W L Pct GB Joliet . . . . . . . . . . .54 39 .581 — Lake Erie . . . . . . . .49 43 .533 4 1/2 Traverse City . . . . .49 43 .533 4 1/2 Windy City . . . . . .47 46 .505 7 Washington . . . . .40 52 .435 13 1/2 Rockford . . . . . . . .36 56 .391 17 1/2 West Division W L Pct GB z-River City . . . . . .65 26 .714 — z-Southern Illinois 57 35 .620 8 1/2 Normal . . . . . . . . .43 50 .462 23 Gateway . . . . . . . .39 53 .424 26 1/2 Florence . . . . . . . .39 54 .419 27 Evansville . . . . . . .36 57 .387 30 z-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Games Gateway 8, Florence 5 Washington 1, Lake Erie 0 Normal 16, Evansville 5 Windy City 14, Joliet 5 Traverse City at Rockford, (n) Southern Illinois at River City, (n) Today’s Games Lake Erie at Traverse City, 7:05 p.m. Florence at Normal, 8 p.m. Washington at Windy City, 8:05 p.m. River City at Gateway, 8:05 p.m. Joliet at Rockford, 8:05 p.m. Evansville at Southern Illinois, 8:05 p.m. Saturday’s Games Joliet at Rockford, 7:05 p.m. Lake Erie at Traverse City, 7:05 p.m. Florence at Normal, 8 p.m. Washington at Windy City, 8:05 p.m. River City at Gateway, 8:05 p.m. Evansville at Southern Illinois, 8:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Lake Erie at Traverse City, 5:05 p.m. Evansville at Southern Illinois, 6:05 p.m. Florence at Normal, 7 p.m. Joliet at Rockford, 7:05 p.m. River City at Gateway, 7:05 p.m. Washington at Windy City, 7:05 p.m.

L 21 29 30 30 30 34 35 44

Pct .682 .561 .545 .545 .545 .485 .470 .333

GB — 8 9 9 9 13 14 23

L 26 28 31 35 36

Pct .600 .569 .530 .453 .446

GB — 2 4 1/2 9 1/2 10

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB x-Indiana . . . . . . .19 10 .655 — x-Connecticut . . . .18 12 .600 1 1/2 New York . . . . . . .17 13 .567 2 1/2 Atlanta . . . . . . . . .16 14 .533 3 1/2 Chicago . . . . . . . .14 16 .467 5 1/2 Washington . . . . . .6 24 .200 13 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB z-Minnesota . . . . .24 6 .800 — Phoenix . . . . . . . .17 13 .567 7 Seattle . . . . . . . . .17 13 .567 7 San Antonio . . . . .15 15 .500 9 Los Angeles . . . . .13 17 .433 11 Tulsa . . . . . . . . . . . .3 26 .103 20 1/2 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference

Thursday’s Games Washington 85, Atlanta 81 San Antonio 86, Phoenix 68 Today’s Games Washington at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Connecticut, 7:30 p.m. New York at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Seattle at Tulsa, 8 p.m. Saturday’s Games Seattle at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

MLS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA Columbus . . . . . .11 8 7 Kansas City . . . . . .9 8 9 Houston . . . . . . . .8 8 11 Philadelphia . . . . .8 6 10 New York . . . . . . .6 6 14 D.C. . . . . . . . . . . . .7 7 10 Chicago . . . . . . . . .4 7 15 Toronto FC . . . . . .4 12 12 New England . . . .4 11 11 WESTERN CONFERENCE

40 36 35 34 32 31 27 24 23

31 38 34 30 41 34 30 26 26

30 34 33 24 37 35 33 49 39

W L T Pts GF GA Los Angeles . . . .14 3 9 51 37 20 Seattle . . . . . . . .13 5 9 48 42 29 FC Dallas . . . . . . .13 7 7 46 36 29 Colorado . . . . . . .10 7 11 41 39 36 Real Salt Lake . . .11 7 6 39 33 20 Portland . . . . . . . .9 12 5 32 33 41 Chivas USA . . . . . .7 10 10 31 32 30 San Jose . . . . . . . .5 10 11 26 27 35 Vancouver . . . . . .4 13 9 21 27 42 Three points for win, one point for tie. Saturday’s Game Philadelphia at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Monday’s Game Los Angeles at Kansas City, 6 p.m.

GLANTZ-CULVER

National League FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Chicago -175 Pittsburgh +165 at Washington -115 New York +105 Philadelphia -160 at Florida +150 at Atlanta -155 Los Angeles +145 Milwaukee -210 at Houston +190 at St. Louis -140 Cincinnati +130 at San Diego -115 Colorado +105 at San Francisco-165 Arizona +155 American League at Detroit -190 Chicago +180 at New York -175 Toronto +165 at Tampa Bay -210 Baltimore +190 at Boston -135 Texas +125 Cleveland -120 at Kansas City +110 at Oakland -145 Seattle +135 at Los Angeles -230 Minnesota +210 NCAA Football FAVORITE Pts O/U UNDERDOG TCU 4.5 (54.5) at Baylor Saturday at Boston Coll. 3 (45) N’western at Auburn 23 (57) Utah St. at Ohio St. 34 (48) Akron at Missouri 20.5 (48) Miami (O) at Alabama 38 (46.5) Kent St. at Houston 3 (61) UCLA at Michigan 14 (61) W. Michigan at Southern Cal 23.5 (51.5) Minnesota at Notre Dame 10.5 (47) South Florida BYU 3 (57) at Mississippi at Stanford 30 (54) San Jose St. Colorado St. 6 (51.5) at New Mex. at Pittsburgh 31 (54) Buffalo S. Carolina-b 20.5 (63) East Carolina California-c 10 (48.5) Fresno St. at N. Illinois 10.5 (55.5) Army at Texas 24 (55.5) Rice Indiana-d 6 (55.5) Ball St. at Oklahoma 25 (64.5) Tulsa Ohio 7 (52) at N.M St. Boise St.-e 3.5 (51) Georgia Oregon-f 3.5 (54.5) LSU at So. Miss. 13 (59) La Tech at Hawaii 7 (55.5) Colorado at Purdue 17 (49.5) Mid Tenn. at Illinois 21 (57.5) Arkansas St. at Florida St. 29.5 (55.5) La-Monroe at Clemson 16 (55.5) Troy at Florida 35 (47) FAU at Okla. St. 37 (64.5) La.-Lafayette Preseason NFL FAVORITE Pts O/U UNDERDOG at Seattle 3.5 (38) Oakland

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BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Selected the contracts of RHP Rick Vandenhurk and OF Kyle Hudson from Norfolk (IL). Claimed RHP Pedro Strop off waivers from Texas. BOSTON RED SOX—Activated 1B-OF Conor Jackson. Recalled LHP Felix Doubront from Pawtucket (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS—Recalled RHP Corey Kluber and LHP Nick Hagadone from Columbus (IL). Placed OF Shin-Soo Choo on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 28. DETROIT TIGERS—Activated 2B Carlos Guillen from the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Jacob Turner, 2B Will Rhymes and OF Andy Dirks from Toledo (IL). Purchased the contract of RHP Luis Marte from Erie (EL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Recalled RHP Jesse Chavez from Omaha (PCL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Called up 1B Efren Navarro from Salt Lake (PCL). Recalled OF Jeremy Moore, INF Andrew Romine and LHP Horacio Ramirez from Salt Lake. NEW YORK YANKEES—Recalled RHP Lance Pendleton, INF Brandon Laird and OF Chris Dickerson from Scranton/Wilkes Barre (IL) and LHP Raul Valdes from Trenton (EL). Purchased the contracts of RHP Scott Proctor and C-DH Jesus Montero from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 15-day DL. Recalled OF Brandon Guyer from Durham (IL). TEXAS RANGERS—Activated 3B Adrian Beltre and INF Andres Blanco from the 15-day DL. Activated C Matt Treanor, LHP Michael Gonzalez. Purchased the contracts of INF Esteban German and RHP Merkin Valdez from Round Rock (PCL). Assigned INF Omar Quintanilla outright to Round Rock. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Activated INF Geoff Blum and LHP Alberto Castillo from the 15-day DL. Recalled RHP Ryan Cook and RHP Sam Demel from Reno (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS—Activated OF Chris Heisey from the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Juan Francisco, INF Chris Valaika, RHP Jared Burton, RHP Carlos Fisher, LHP Jeremy Horst and LHP Matt Maloney Louisville (IL). Selected the contract of C Devin Mesoraco from Louisville. Announced OF Fred Lewis cleared waivers and was sent outright to Louisville. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Activated SS Dee Gordon from the 15-day DL. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Promoted Roger Caplinger to director of medical operations and Dan Wright to athletic trainer. NEW YORK METS—Recalled RHP Josh Stinson from Binghamton (EL). Purchased the contract of INF Josh Satin from Buffalo (IL). Acquired LHP Daniel Herrera and RHP Adrian Rosario from Milwaukee to complete an earlier trade. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Recalled C Jason Jaramillo from Indianapolis (IL). Selected the contract of LHP Brian Burres from Indianapolis. SAN DIEGO PADRES—Claimed RHP Jeff Fulchino off waivers from Houston. Designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Activated LHP Doug Slaten from the 15-Day DL. BASKETBALL WNBA MINNESOTA LYNX—Signed F Rebekkah Brunson to a multiyear contract extension. FOOTBALL National Football League ATLANTA FALCONS—Signed CB Kelvin Hayden and S James Sanders. Waived QB Adam Froman and OL Matt Murphy. Promoted president Rich McKay to president and CEO. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Waived DT Kentwan Balmer and FB Rashawn Jackson. Claimed FB Jerome Felton off waivers from Detroit. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Announced the retirement of RB Fred Taylor. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Claimed CB Antwaun Molden off waivers. NEW YORK JETS—Signed CB Isaiah Trufant. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Released G Brent Osborne. Signed WR Owen Spencer. TENNESSEE TITANS—Agreed to terms with RB Chris Johnson on a four-year contract extension through 2016. HOCKEY National Hockey League CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Agreed to terms with RW Brandon Segal on a oneyear contract. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW—Signed coach Robert Warzycha to a multiyear contract. SPORTING KANSAS CITY—Signed MF Peterson Joseph. COLLEGE WESTERN MICHIGAN—Announced sophomore F Juwan Howard Jr. will not return for the fall semester. WISCONSIN-OSHKOSH—Named Jessie Wilcox women’s golf coach.


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Mickelson leaning toward a belly putter By Doug Ferguson ASSOCIATED PRESS

NORTON, Mass. — Two drivers at the Masters. No drivers at the U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson threw in yet another surprise Thursday at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a belly putter in his golf bag, saying he was likely to become the next in a growing list of players to see if it will help make more putts. “It’s awkward to me,” Mickelson said after his pro-am round at the TPC Boston. “But so many guys have had success with

it that I thought I’d give it a try.” The longer putters have been getting more attention this year, especially after Keegan Bradley became the first player to win a major with one at the PGA Championship. Mickelson, once renowned for a Mickelson silky putting stroke, has been struggling the past several years on shorter distances. Not only has he been a mentor to Bradley this year, Mickelson played with the 25-year-old rookie

last week at The Barclays and began grilling him about a putter in which the end of the grip anchors into the stomach. Mickelson had one built to similar specifications as Bradley and received his new toy Monday. Then, he called Bradley over the last few days to ask questions how to use it. “You can always learn, and he putts it extremely well, and it rolls so nicely off the face,” Mickelson said. It didn’t work out for him during the pro-am when Mickelson took 34 putts, including 18 on his opening nine.

“I was a little shady with it on the front nine, but a little bit better with it on the back,” he said. “I don’t mind trying new things.” The timing is peculiar. Only last week, Mickelson said he had grabbed a belly putter off the rack and tried it out, and that he would not “rule it out.” He also said, however, that a player has to understand the technique of using a longer putter because the motion is different from a conventional size. “I don’t know those little secrets ... and so I don’t really putt very effectively with it,” he said. One week later, he is willing to

try it in the second FedEx Cup playoff event. Mickelson dropped five spots to No. 11 in the standings. The idea is to at least get into the top five before the Tour Championship at the end of the month as he tries to win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize for the first time. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship in 2007 and considers the TPC Boston “one of my favorite courses we play all year.” Only the top 100 players advanced to the second playoff event at Boston. The top 70 move on after this week.

Ordonez still strong with pride Aging Tiger handles new role with head up By Shawn Windsor GANNETT NEWS SERVICE

Lions running back Ian Johnson, left, is tackled by the Bills’ Aaron Williams during the third quarter. PHOTO BY DEREK GEE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Harrison shines in Lions’ victory Continued from page 1

was 2008, and they proceeded to become the NFL’s first team to lose all 16 regular season games. Harrison had the most notable performance in a final bid to secure a roster spot once final cuts are made by Saturday. The six-year NFL veteran ran for 72 yards and set up the Lions’ two first-half scoring drives. His 47-yard run led to Maurice Stovall’s 16-yard touchdown catch from Shaun Hill. Harrison’s 17-yard run off right tackle set up Jason Hanson’s 44-yard field goal that put the Lions up 10-0 with 3:15 left in the half. Signed on Aug. 9 after rookie second-round pick Mikel Leshoure tore his left Achilles tendon, Harrison is competing with Aaron Brown to make the roster behind Jahvid Best and Maurice Morris, who sat out

with a hand injury. He’s not sure whether it was enough. “In this business, you shouldn’t feel no way because you never know what’s going to happen,” Harrison said. “I just go out there and play hard and try to put myself in a good situation. ... Whatever happens is going to happen.” Hanson added 46- and 35yard field goals in the second half. The Bills (1-3) produced mostly a dud in a game in which their starters played only two series. With his team trailing 16-0, Bruce Hall scored on a 1-yard plunge with 4:05 left, but Buffalo failed on 2-point conversion when Craig Davis bobbled Levi Brown’s pass in the end zone. Coach Chan Gailey was unhappy with his offense, which produced 43 yards in the first half, and 217 overall. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

went 2 of 5 for minus 1-yard passing. Two of the incompletions were drops — one by Marcus Easley, who’s attempting to beat out Donald Jones for the No. 2 spot. “Yes, it was a mess to be honest with you,” Gailey said. He was particularly unhappy with backup Tyler Thigpen, who finished 12 of 21 for 92 yards, while getting sacked five times. The new-look Lions, who open at Tampa Bay on Sept. 11, are seeking to turn around the woeful fortunes of a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 11 years — tied with Buffalo as the NFL’s longest current drought. They’re coming off a 6-10 finish, in which they won their final four games. Schwartz took no chances, pulling his starters after each played one series. Matthew Stafford opened the game completing a 39-yard pass up the

right sideline to Calvin Johnson, before the drive stalled at the Bills 39. Coming off right shoulder surgery, the 2009 No. 1 draft pick closed a solid preseason in which he went 25 of 33 for 395 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Schwartz was cautious in touting Stafford, noting his quarterback had a solid preseason last year before hurting his shoulder in Week 3. “He’s got great command, but he was in that same position last year,” Schwartz said. “We have to prove it in the 16 games.” Notes: Schwartz hasn’t ruled out having Lions cornerback Alphonso Smith open the season on the physically-unable-toplay list after missing the preseason with a foot injury. ... The Lions failed to score 30 points for a fourth straight game. Detroit has gone unbeaten six times in the preseason.

Lions’ WR Davis a team player

DETROIT — Sparky Anderson used to say that handling an aging star was the toughest part of managing a clubhouse. Sometimes, though, that job isn’t as difficult. This is the case with Magglio Ordonez, a longtime All-Star slugger who doesn’t quite possess the bat speed he once had but who has handled the transition with nobility. Ordonez’s equanimity isn’t lost on his manager or his teammates. Said Ramon Santiago, a sharp observer of club- Ordonez house politics: “This is something very important (in a pennant race). Magglio has been a star player for a long time. He’s pretty much used to having good years. But he still comes with a positive attitude. He doesn’t try and transfer any negativity to nobody.” Santiago said that star players in their twilight can often hurt a team. “Most of the guys like that ... they don’t adjust very good,” he said. “But he is being very professional about it.” Manager Jim Leyland said Ordonez has accepted his part-time role and is thriving in it. His eighth-inning RBI single Tuesday night to tie the game against the Royals was a crucial hit. Without it, the Tigers would’ve faced Kansas City closer Joakim Soria in the ninth and likely lost their third in a row with the White Sox and Indians on their tails. On Thursday, Ordonez had two doubles and a homer in the Tigers’ 11-8 loss. Leyland said he thinks Ordonez has more clutch hits in him. “He’s been a champion,” Leyland said. “I can’t tell him how much I appreciate that, because that can be real tough for a guy. ... I think (his) respect for Mr. (Mike) Ilitch and what he’s done is probably the reason it’s a little easier for (him) to handle.” After all, said Santiago, “When somebody tells you, you are getting old, you don’t want to hear it. That’s natural. But you also don’t (want to) create any conflict in the team.”

He’ll do what it takes to play

Tigers lose to Royals

By Dave Birkett

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ALLEN PARK — Rashied Davis was wasting away on the San Jose State bench, a forgotten part of his new coach Fitz Hill’s offense, when defensive coordinator Ronnie Lee flung open the door to the receivers room and made a decision that changed Davis’ life. San Jose State was playing Nevada, it was halftime, and Nate Burleson was torching the Spartans on his way to a schoolrecord 326 receiving yards. Lee needed someone — anyone — man enough to stand in his way. “He took me into the defensive meeting room and drew on the board a C and said, ‘That’s you,’ “ recalled Davis, now a Lions receiver. “Drew a W and an R and said, ‘That’s him.’ I was on the left side and he said, ‘Whoever the receiver is, you got him. Everywhere he goes.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ I was happy to just be on the field.” San Jose State’s leading receiver as a junior, Davis played the final 31⁄2 games of his senior season on defense. He made 26 tackles, intercepted two passes, and felt rejuvenated enough that, a decade later and after several twists and turns, football is his unexpected career. “There’s a guy who, I can’t say enough about him,” Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “That’s the kind

of pro you want to have and I’m able to show the young guys this is a 32-year old veteran, special teamer. He’s been in this league for X amount of years because he just does everything 100 percent right. I think that’s just been a great example for those guys.” Davis recovered a fumbled kick in his Lions debut last month but has just one catch and, as is his custom, has flown mostly under the radar. He barely played football in high school, tried out for the West Los Angeles College team only after his cousin dragged him to practice, and spent four seasons playing for the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League before the Bears gave him a chance as a defensive back. “This is a guy who truly appreciates the opportunity to be a professional athlete and knows what doors it’s opened for him,” said former SaberCats coach Terry Malley, now an assistant at San Jose State. “He’s like all of us. He would like to be the No. 1 receiver on a team and he’s had that mindset all his life. And at different times he’s had to deal with, ‘Hey, I’m the No. 3 or 4 receiver on a team. I better do the best job I can at that and in order to make myself really valuable I’ve got to be a great special-teams player, too.’ “From my perspective that’s

Detroit’s Rashied Davis, right, is expected to be the team’s No. 4 or 5 receiver this season and should be a valuable contributor on special teams. PHOTO BY GARY WIEPERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS what throws some people out of the league because they don’t have that thought process and don’t appreciate the game that much and don’t realize what a great opportunity it is.” Davis, who grew up in ganginfested South Central Los Angeles and was 8 when his father was murdered, has never had that problem. He was nearly laughed off the field when he first showed up at West L.A. for being too scrawny — “I was tiny, about 140 pounds. Looked like a baby, probably talked like a baby,” he said — but blossomed under the tutelage of receivers coach Antonio Wilson. He caught 40 passes for 785 yards as a junior at San Jose State, but he lost his starting job and confidence when the

Spartans changed coaches. In the Arena League, Davis emerged from the SaberCats’ practice squad to become a twoway starter, then the team’s offensive specialist and one of the league’s best return men. Still, he nearly gave up the game to become a policeman when the NFL was slow to take notice. “One day (Coach Malley) said something that clicked in my head that I’ve never forgotten,” Davis said. “He said, ‘Never let me believe in you more than you believe in yourself.’ And when he said that, my mentality began to change. “I just started focusing on those words and I’m here today because of that. I keep my head down, I keep working, I work on being confident and knowing that I’m capable of doing it.”

man on second and one out and allowed a walk to Hosmer, an RBI double to Francoeur and an RBI single by Mike Moustakas. Coke hadn’t allowed a run in his previous 13 outings. He was charged with three Thursday. “The walk to Hosmer wasn’t necessary, but Francoeur broke his bat on a ball off the plate, so you just have to tip your hat,” Coke said. “I jammed the next guy, and he dropped one in. What can you do about that? No one is more irritated at the outcome than I am — I hate performances like that — but I can’t control everything.” Giavotella’s soft single to left off Marte put Kansas City ahead to stay. Marte was brought up from Double-A earlier in the day as part of Detroit’s expanded September roster. “I don’t know a thing about him, so I don’t know if that’s Marte nervous or Marte at his best or Marte at his worst,” Leyland said. “That’s why I went with him, because they had never seen him, and I wanted to see how he handled it. He did fine — he just got one pitch up.” Joakim Soria earned his 25th save. Detroit rookie Jacob Turner struggled in his second career start, allowing six runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. Kansas City’s Danny Duffy had problems of his own, allowing five runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four, walked three and overthrew his catcher on an intentional walk in the third inning for a bizarre wild pitch. In other news, Brandon Inge played his 979th game at third base for the Tigers, tying Tom Brookens for third at that position on the team’s career list.


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