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Howell’s Jonathan Melanson (2) breaks up a pass intended for Hartland’s Anthony Villar. PHOTO BY MARK A. DULL
DETROIT — Brandon Inge might be struggling through the worst season of his 11-year career, but he does have a flair for the dramatic. Saturday, Inge hit his second gameending homer of the season, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. His only other homer this season came in his first at-bat with the Tigers after an month-long exile to Triple-A Toledo. “I love situations like that, where
• FRIDAY: Tigers 8, Minnesota 4 • SATURDAY: Tigers 3, Minnesota 2 • TODAY: Vs. Minnesota at Detroit • WHEN: 1 p.m. • TV: Fox Sports Detroit you know that if you get the right result, it is going to be spectacular, especially with these fans in Detroit,” Inge said. “But trust me, if I could do that on command, I wouldn’t be hitting .194.” With two out in the bottom of the
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EAST LANSING — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said his team executed pretty well in a 44-0 drubbing of Florida Atlantic on Saturday. That’s an understatement. The Spartans held the Owls to just one first down and 48 yards of total offense while amassing a total of 434 yards of their own and scored on their first five possessions in the rout. It was just the second time Michigan State (2-0, No. 17 in The Associated Press poll) held an opponent to just one first down. The other was against Maryland in 1944. “I’m very proud of our football team. I thought we responded,” said Dantonio in regards to a sluggish start in the Spartans’ 28-6 season-opening win over Youngstown State. “Anytime you throw a shutout in 2011, I think you get a phenomenal performance by your defense. I thought our players executed the defense very, very well.” Senior receiver B.J. Cunningham set the
Florida Atlantic quarterback Graham Wilbert, left, is sacked by Michigan State’s Jerel Worthy. PHOTO BY AL GOLDIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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school’s career receiving record on Michigan State’s opening drive, making an acrobatic 7-yard catch in coverage on third down to keep the drive alive. It was Cunningham’s 149th career grab, moving him out of a Continued on page 2
The Lions’ chances at success this season could correlate with the health of often-injured quarterback Matthew Stafford. PHOTO BY DEREK GEE/AP Wright and Chris Houston were slowed by pulled groins; offensive tackles Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus are recovering from injuries. Stafford, though, looks ready to roll in the Motor City. He was sharp in preseason practices and games, showing his passes haven’t lost any zip from surgery and his confidence hasn’t been stunted by stand-
ing on the sideline for much of his brief career. Johnson is his top target, coming off a season in which he broke through with a Pro Bowl selection. Nate Burleson is a solid No. 2 receiver and the team’s tandem of tight ends, Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler, is formidable. Continued on page 7
Lions fall between Super Bowl and 0-16 Lockout, schmockout. The NFL kicks it into full gear today, and to hear fans and talk show hosts talk about it, it’s almost a crime that tickets for the Super Bowl aren’t already preprinted with “Detroit Lions” on one side and “Designated AFC Chumps” on the other. After all, the Lions have all the weapons. Your Ndomukong Suhs, your Nick Fairleys, your Calvin Johnsons, your If-He-StaysHealthy-Matthew Staffords. It’s a lock, right? Not hardly. This is the NFL, which stands for “Not For Long” when it comes to phenoms and pre-
Continued on page 5
Spartans hold Owls to one first down
By Larry Lage ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions haven’t been good since the turn of the century. They’re saying this will be their year. For a change, some people outside their organization seem to agree. “There’s a lot of hype around this team,” defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch said. “The guys believe and they’re buying into what we’re doing. I think we’re on track.” Detroit’s last winning season was in 2000, a year after its most recent postseason appearance. Since former general manager Matt Millen was hired in 2001, the Lions have largely been in an abyss, with losses in more than three-fourths of their games and avoiding double-digit defeats in only one season. The Lions hope they can pick up where they left off last season when they closed on a four-game winning streak, including victories over Green Bay and Chicago, with backup quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton. Matthew Stafford’s health will probably be the pivotal factor this season for a franchise with one playoff victory and one Pro Bowl QB since winning the 1957 NFL title. Stafford, the No. 1 pick from the 2009 draft, played a mere three games last year because of an injured right shoulder that was surgically repaired in January. He was on the field for just 10 games as a rookie because of a sore shoulder and right knee. “If we can keep everybody on the field healthy, I don’t have any doubt we’ll be successful,” star receiver Calvin Johnson said. That has already been a problem. The team’s top three picks — defensive tackle Nick Fairley (left foot), receiver Titus Young (left hamstring), running back Mikel Leshoure (left Achilles tendon) — are already banged-up rookies. Leshoure is out for the season while Fairley and Young might be able to play early in the regular season. Running back Jahvid Best had a concussion in the second preseason game; starting cornerbacks Eric
ninth, Inge hit a 2-1 pitch into the left-field stands off Glen Perkins (4-4) to give Detroit its eighth straight win. He also hit a game-ending homer on April 13 against Texas’ Darren Inge Oliver. “I was just looking for something up in the zone that I could drive,” he said. “Ever since I’ve gotten back from Toledo, my swing might look a
season favorites. Last year the Lions went 6-10. There was the Bears game they lost on that abominable rule call. There was the debacle in Buffalo and another at home against the Jets. They were 2-10 on Thanksgiving SPORTS EDITOR before pulling out a win against Green Bay and then running the table. So were they the 2-10 team or
the 4-0 team? Are they going to be better this season? Well, I would be supremely shocked, barring injuries to all of the players above (except Stafford) if the Lions had another repeat of the 2008 horror show that wound up 0-16. I still think the Lions have a hard time managing the clock in tight games, which means they’ll have to score a lot of points to avoid those situations or get a little big smarter on the sidelines. The call for a pass late in the Continued on page 7
Jeremy Delor of Hartland and Samantha Brish of Brighton tailgate in Ann Arbor an hour before kickoff. PHOTO BY TIM ROBINSON/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
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ANN ARBOR — Football Saturdays are always festive in Ann Arbor, but Saturday’s first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium added an extra level of excitement to the MichiganNotre Dame game. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Dave Beauchamp of Ann Arbor, who owns Champ’s Pub in Brighton. “We have a group of people we get together with, and it’s more than that now.” Unlike many fans, who started partying before noon, Beauchamp said his group was a little more sedate.
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“We started at about 3:30, 4 p.m.,” he said, chuckling. “We’re getting older. We have to set limits.” At the tailgate, located less than a block from Michigan Stadium, longtime attendees mingled with ex-Michigan standouts like Tshimanga Biakabutuka and Shontee Continued on page 2
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MSU drills FAU
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Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell, right, tries to escape the grasp of Florida Atlantic’s Jarvis Givens in the fourth quarter. PHOTO BY AL GOLDIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS Saturday. “This was a very disappointing thing for us,” Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger said. “We thought we’d come up and play more consistently than we have in the past. We didn’t. We played absolutely inconsistent and horrible.” Schnellenberger, the longtime college and professional coach who won a national championship with Miami 1983, is set to retire at the end of what could be a very long 2011 season. So far, the Owls have been outscored 85-3 to begin the year. Le’Veon Bell scampered in from 2 yards out the next Spartans drive and Dan Conroy hit a pair of field goals from 50 and 41 yards out as Michigan State built a 20--0 cushion late in the first half.
Another FAU three-andout gave the Spartans the ball with 35 seconds left on the clock, which was more than enough time for Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins to engineer a scoring drive. Cousins connected with Cunningham for 23 yards and tight end Dion Sims for 19 on the next play to put the Spartans on the Florida Atlantic goal line. Cousins then went back to Sims, hitting him on a fade in the right corner of the end zone to put MSU up 27-0 going into the half. Cousins finished finished 16-of-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns with backup Andrew Maxwell sharing snaps. Keshawn Martin had seven catches to lead all receivers and had 72 yards, while four different backs
contributed in the run game. Bell finished with 69 yards and a score on 14 carries while Nick Hill had 56 yards of his own also on 14 carries. Baker had 50 yards and a score on nine rushes and Larry Caper chipped in 27 yards. The Owls managed more yards in penalties than in offense, including a roughing the kicker penalty on an MSU punt which gave the Spartans a first down. And in addition to a slew of missed tackles, it would get worse. Trailing 37-0 in the fourth quarter, Florida Atlantic’s longest play of the day — a 14-yard rush by Xavier Stinson — was jarred loose by safety Kurtis Drummond and returned by nickelback Jeremy Langford 37 yards for a touchdown.
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Orr, who both played at UM long before the stadium’s renovations. “It’s always exciting,” said Rick Glazer of Pinckney, who was attending the same tailgate. “Michigan games are always exciting, but our first night game is wonderful.” Interviewed before the game, Glazer said he expected the night to be much like The Big Chill, the hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State last year that was the first event held under the lights used for Saturday’s game. “That was fantastic,” he said. Besides being the first game to begin and end under the lights at Michigan Stadium, both teams wore uniforms different from what they normally have. Michigan had its blue uniforms with a large block ‘M’ on the chest, a number on the left shoulder and stripes on each arm. In addition, the players had their numbers on their helmets. The uniform was a grouping of different styles over the history of Michigan football. Notre Dame, for its part,
Michigan fans wave pom-poms just as the game starts between Michigan and Notre Dame on Saturday night. PHOTO BY TONY DING/ASSOCIATED PRESS
had white jerseys with green numbers and stripes on the shoulder to go with shamrocks on the helmet, a look last seen in the early 1960s. Before the game, Desmond Howard, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1991, was honored as a Michigan football legend. A video tribute to him earned a thunderous roar when a clip of the punt return for a touchdown against Ohio State in which he struck the now-famous Heisnman pose was shown. Michigan’s new scoreboard had a different look, too, with the score more prominent in the upper left corner rather than along the bottom, as was the case last week when U-M played
Western Michigan. But all that came after Michigan fans milled about on lawns and driveways throughout the residential area to the west of the stadium, and the tailgaters at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. Students were busy, too. “I went to (the ESPN broadcast of) College Game Day at 7 a.m.,” U-M sophomore Samantha Brish of Brighton said. “It was really cool. It’s realy exciting, the first game under the lights, and it looks like the rain is going to hold off. So we’re really excited.” Jeremy Delor of Hartland, a sophomore in his first year at Michigan, had a unique perspective when asked about a predic-
tion of the outcome. “I used to go to USF,” he said. USF, the University of South Florida, beat Notre Dame in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 3. “They’re definitely not as good as Michigan,” Delor added. “I think we have this one in the bag.” Classes at Michigan began last week, and Brish joked that the game was a needed break. Even after just four days of class? “Shhhhh,” she said, laughing. “We can all use the break.” As it turned out, she spent most of the eight hours between the end of “GameDay” and game time the same place where many students who didn’t have tickets spent the day. “I studied,” she said. “I went to class. Surprising? A little bit.” And then she was off with more than 110,000 others, finding her seat to witness history under the lights. Bumper to Bumper Repairs. We do it all. Foreign & Domestic!
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SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOLS MONDAY’S SCHEDULE Golf Hartland at Milford, 3 p.m. Howell at Brighton, 3 p.m. Pinckney at Grand Blanc, 3 p.m. Tennis Fowlerville at Corunna, 4 p.m. Howell at Novi (scrimmage), 4 p.m.
SATURDAY’S RESULTS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY Corunna Invitational TEAM SCORES — 1. Ionia 20, 2. Brighton 35 (10 teams). BRIGHTON — 4. Tim Jurick 16:29; 6. Nick Costello 16:36; 7. Tyler Partridge 16:45; 8. Jack Kosain 16:49; 10. Eric Evans 17:06. KLAA Association Meet At Willow Park Boys TEAM SCORES — 1. Hartland 28; 5. Pinckney 148 (11 teams). HARTLAND — 1. Ian McGinn 16:18; 3. Alex Gietek 16:32; 6. Sean Pengelly 16:49; 7. Jareb Duggan 17:00; 11. Brendan Gavitt 17:18; 23. Grant Hamilton 17:46; 25. Patrick Gavitt 17:48. PINCKNEY — 4. Michael Cox 16:46; 24. Davis Smith 17:48; 32. John Niska 18:02; 46. Kallan Herbert 18:24. 52. Cale Schafer 18:32. Girls Team scores: 1. Northville 41, 2. Brighton 72. 3. Churchill 124. 5. Hartland 151. 6. Pinckney 172 (13 teams). HARTLAND — 3. Avery Evenson 19:31; 13. Natalie Halonen 20:27; 26. Megan Skinner 20:57; 63. Anna Hense 22:13. 69. Denise Grezeszak 22:29. BRIGHTON — 8. Hayley Williamson 19:45; 11. Elizabeth Kingshott 20:05; 15. Emily Wilks 20:28; 17. Lydia Bumann 20:30. 21. Natalie Monroe 20:49. PINCKNEY — 16. Miranda Haas 20:30; 35. Andrea Cerullo 21:16; 39. Darby Meinecke
TENNIS Hartland 8, Brighton 1 SINGLES — Grant Comly (H) d. Matt Kempf 6-0, 6-0; Ben Johnson (H) d. Mike Babiarz, 6-1, 6-2; Julian Cafmeyer (H) d. Aden Kuehnl, 6-2, 6-4; Corey Lewandowski (H) d. Andrew Valliencourt, 6-4, 6-4. DOUBLES — Cameron Sloan-Derek Andreen (H) d. Seth Thomsen-Jeff Walker 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; Harrison KelbertJordan Viaches (B) d. Andy CabushAdam Derubies 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3; Dennis Gess-Nathan Retich (H) d. Austin SmithPaul Bennett 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-2); Maveriack Tessler-Steven Knudson (H) d. Jacob Curtis-Barrett Campbell 5-7, 6-4, 61; Kyle Classen-Cas Distelrath (H) d. Phil Bennett-Evan Smith 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
FOOTBALL STANDINGS KLAA West Conference W L PF PA W Brighton . . . .1 0 29 0 3 Grand Blanc . .1 0 50 21 2 Howell . . . . . .1 0 20 13 2 Milford . . . . . .0 1 0 0 2 Hartland . . . .0 1 13 20 1 Pinckney . . . .0 1 10 29 0 Friday’s Games Brighton 29, Pinckney 10 Grand Blanc 50, Milford 21 Howell 20, Hartland 13 CAAC Red Conference W L PF PA W DeWitt . . . . . .1 0 28 0 2 St. Johns . . . . .1 0 36 13 3 Haslett . . . . . .1 0 16 13 1 Owosso . . . . .0 1 13 16 1 Fowlerville . . .0 1 13 36 0 Ionia . . . . . . . .0 1 0 28 0 Friday’s Games DeWitt 28, Ionia 0 Haslett 16, Owosso 13 St. Johns 36, Fowlerville 13
Overall L PF PA 0 121 10 1 102 70 1 55 54 1 118 67 2 53 54 3 31 70
Overall L PF PA 0 118 20 0 108 49 2 53 77 2 82 76 3 61 98 3 48 114
FOOTBALL SUMMARIES Brighton 29, Pinckney 10 Brighton . . . . .7 7 8 7 — 29 Pinckney . . . .7 3 0 0 — 10 First Quarter B — Dokey 18 run (Barribeau kick), 8:12. P — Bona 1 run (Amat kick), :01. Second Quarter B — Dokey 80 run (Barribeau kick), 8:38. P — FG Amat 29, :19. Third Quarter B — A,White 21 pass from Oberpeul (pass failed), 2:02. Fourth Quarter B — A.White 85 run (Rada kick), 2:10. B P First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 15 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .30-284 45-135 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . . . .4-9-1 8-18-0 Passing Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 71 Punts-Avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-39 3-42 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2 3-1 Penalties-yards . . . . . . . . . . .3-40 3-28 Individual Statistics RUSHING — Brighton, Dokey 17-161, A,White 2-90, Calderon 4-24, Patterson 2-9, Leek 1-5, Oberpeul 1-3, Woods 1(minus-5), Team 2-(minus-2). Pinckney, Stephens 13-58, R.Haney 14-30, Bona 1025, Slotnick 2-18, Chapman 2-6, Rose 23, West 2-(minus-5). PASSING — Brighton, Oberpeui 4-9-145. Pinckney, Bona 8-18-0-71. RECEIVING — Brighton, A,White 1-21, Woods 1-18, Patterson 1-4, Dokey 1-1. Pinckney, Slotnick 3-14, Dickinson 2-34, J.White 1-13, Groen 1-10, Blackstone 12. Howell 20, Hartland 13 Howell . . . . . . 6 6 0 7 — 20 Hartland . . . . . 0 7 0 6 — 13 First quarter How — Melanson 18 run (conversion failed), 9:46 Second quarter How — Cauley 10 run (run failed), 11:23 Hart — Spears 34 run (Bain kick), 6:29 Fourth quarter Hart — Spears 6 run (pass failed), 11:54 How — Cender 26 pass from Cauley (Cender pass from Cauley), 10:56 How Hart First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 12 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .36-133 29-108 Passing yards . . . . . . . . . . . .131 186 Comp-att-int . . . . . . . . . . 6-14-0 14-25-0 Return yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 101 Punts-avg . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-36.3 6-28.7 Fumbles-lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-0 1-0 Penalties-yds . . . . . . . . . . . .3-25 8-51 Individual statistics RUSHING — Howell, Melanson 17-70, Cauley 12-50, Blankenship 4-11, Garza 23, Walker 1-(minus-1); Hartland, Spears 17-85, Pierce 3-18, Milarch 8-4, Fritts 1-1. PASSING — Howell, Cauley 6-14-0-131; Hartland, Milarch 14-25-0-186. RECEIVING — Howell, Cender 4-114, Wetzel 1-9, Blankenship 1-8; Hartland, Pierce 5-62, Villar 3-79, Gigliotti 2-20, Spears 1-19, Conner 1-6, Wright 1-3, Ridley 1-(minus-3). St. Johns 36, Fowlerville 13 St. Johns . . . .0 13 15 8 — 36 Fowlerville . .0 7 0 6 — 13 Second quarter SJ — Lindquist 69 pass from Cordes (kick failed) F — Jabara 2 run (Campbell kick) SJ — Sauls 21 run (kick good) Third quarter SJ —Koneval 34 pass from Cordes (run good) SJ — Sauls run (kick good) Fourth quarter F — Soja 7 pass from Ross SJ — Sauls run (pass good) Fow SJ First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 12 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .41-162 35-140 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . . . 5-13-0 9-11-0 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 228 Fumbles-Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 0-0 Individual statistics RUSHING — St. Johns, Mullikin 17-81, Sauls 9-51, Cordes 4-22, Spiece 1-19, Lawless 2-6. Hafner 1-3, Koneval 1-2. Fowlerville, Jabara 24-98, Love 10-42, Soja 3-9, Smith 1-8, Ross 3-5. PASSING — St. Johns, Cordes 9-11-0228. Fowlerville, Ross 5-13-0-67. RECEIVING St, Johns, Lindquist 3-79, Sauls 2-61, Koneval 2-59, Bierstetel 114, Andrew Mullikin 1-7. Fowlerville, Soja 2-39, Moran 1-19, Jabara 1-5, Smith 1-4.
Thursday’s Game Green Bay 42, New Orleans 34 Today’s Games Detroit at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Houston, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. Carolina at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Jets, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Games New England at Miami, 7 p.m. Oakland at Denver, 10:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sep. 18 Chicago at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Oakland at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m. Seattle at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Dallas at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Houston at Miami, 4:15 p.m. San Diego at New England, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Sep. 19 St. Louis at N.Y. Giants, 8:30 p.m.
TV Sports Listings ACTION SPORTS 4:30 p.m. Toyota Challenge, Part 2 EK NBC
AUTO RACING 7:30 a.m. Formula One: Italian Grand Prix SPEED
BASEBALL 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit FSD 2 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee TBS
CFL STANDINGS EAST DIVISION W L T PF Winnipeg . . . . . . . .7 2 0 219 Hamilton . . . . . . . .5 4 0 260 Montreal . . . . . . . .5 4 0 274 Toronto . . . . . . . . . .2 8 0 206 WEST DIVISION W L T PF Calgary . . . . . . . . . .7 3 0 269 Edmonton . . . . . . .6 4 0 239 B.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 6 0 260 Saskatchewan . . . .2 7 0 192 Friday’s Game Calgary 30, Edmonton 20 Saturday’s Game B.C. 28 Toronto 6 Today’s Games Hamilton at Montreal, 1 p.m. Saskatchewan at Winnipeg, 4 p.m.
8 p.m. Chicago Cubs at New York Mets ESPN
PA 184 227 238 290
1 p.m. WNBA: New York at Connecticut NBA 5 p.m. WNBA: Atlanta at Indiana NBA
PA 258 227 225 260
7 p.m. WNBA: San Antonio at Tulsa NBA 8 p.m. FIBA: Gold Medal Game ESPN2
EQUESTRIAN 3 p.m. CN International J CBC
FOOTBALL 1 p.m. Detroit at Tampa Bay Cp FOX
1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Baltimore G• CBS
4 p.m. Minnesota at San Diego Cp FOX
Catholic U. 45, Gallaudet 41 FIU 24, Louisville 17 Arizona St. 37, Missouri 30, OT
8 p.m. Dallas at New York Jets EK NBC
SATURDAY’S GAMES EAST Alabama 27, Penn St. 11 Bryant 27, American International 16 Bucknell 28, Marist 14 Buffalo 35, Stony Brook 7 California (Pa.) 41, CW Post 13 College of NJ 24, William Paterson 6 Delaware 28, West Chester 17 Delaware Valley 20, Wash. & Jeff. 19 Edinboro 49, Merrimack 19 Georgetown 14, Lafayette 13 Gettysburg 40, Ursinus 34 Holy Cross 37, Colgate 7 Johns Hopkins 56, Susquehanna 7 King’s (NY) 35, Coast Guard 28 Lycoming 41, Westminster (Pa.) 3 Montclair St. 18, Salve Regina 7 New Hampshire 48, Lehigh 41, OT New Haven 50, St. Augustine’s 14 Pace 23, Stonehill 20, OT Pittsburgh 35, Maine 29 San Diego St. 23, Army 20 Syracuse 21, Rhode Island 14 Towson 31, Villanova 10 Wayne (Mich.) 55, Tiffin 0 West Virginia 55, Norfolk St. 12 SOUTH Appalachian St. 58, NC A&T 6 Auburn 41, Mississippi St. 34 Campbell 76, Apprentice 0 Chattanooga 38, Jacksonville St. 17 Clark Atlanta 21, Lane 3 Clemson 35, Wofford 27 Coastal Carolina 20, Catawba 3 Cumberlands 42, Virginia-Wise 13 Davidson 28, Lenoir-Rhyne 10 Delaware St. 31, Shaw 27 E. Kentucky 28, Missouri St. 24 Edward Waters 29, Va. Lynchburg 21 Florida 39, UAB 0 Florida St. 62, Charleston Southern 10 Furman 16, The Citadel 6 Georgia Southern 62, Tusculum 21 Georgia Tech 49, Middle Tennessee 21 Howard 30, Morehouse 27 James Madison 14, CCSU 9 Kentucky 27, Cent. Michigan 13 Langston 33, Tuskegee 19 Liberty 38, Robert Morris 7 Lincoln (Pa.) 43, Kentucky St. 27 Louisiana-Monroe 35, Grambling St. 7 Marshall 26, Southern Miss. 20 Methodist 40, Guilford 22 Mississippi 42, S. Illinois 24 Murray St. 39, MVSU 0 NC Central 42, Central St., Ohio 3 Navy 40, W. Kentucky 14 North Carolina 24, Rutgers 22 Old Dominion 40, Georgia St. 17 Pikeville 24, Kentucky Wesleyan 17 Presbyterian 38, North Greenville 21 Richmond 21, Wagner 6 SC State 26, Bethune-Cookman 18 Samford 48, Stillman 6 South Alabama 30, Lamar 8 South Carolina 45, Georgia 42 South Florida 37, Ball St. 7 Southern U. 21, Alabama A&M 6 Stanford 44, Duke 14 Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23 Thomas More 44, Hanover 13 Tulsa 31, Tulane 3 Union (Ky.) 27, Kentucky Christian 0 Virginia Tech 17, East Carolina 10 W. Carolina 52, Mars Hill 31 Wake Forest 34, NC State 27 William & Mary 24, VMI 7 MIDWEST Adrian 27, Defiance 6 Aurora 56, Mac Murray 0 Bemidji St. 30, Augustana (SD) 27, OT Bethel (Minn.) 48, Concordia (Wis.) 0 Central 31, Augustana (Ill.) 23 Concordia (Ill.) 28, Chicago 10 Concordia (Moor.) 35, Buena Vista 14 Cornell (Iowa) 22, Macalester 14 Drake 28, Grand View 21, OT Duquesne 22, Dayton 13 E. Michigan 14, Alabama St. 7 Elmhurst 64, Olivet 14 Henderson St. 35, Harding 21 Hillsdale 34, Grand Valley St. 31 Hope 28, Wis. Lutheran 14 Illinois 56, S. Dakota St. 3 Illinois College 34, Carroll (Wis.) 27 Illinois Wesleyan 17, Alma 9 Indiana St. 48, Butler 34 Iowa St. 44, Iowa 41, 3OT Lawrence 62, Knox 42 Loras 48, Rockford 17 Malone 30, McKendree 27 Manchester 26, Kalamazoo 17 Maranatha Bapt. 33, Crown (Minn.) 19 Michigan St. 44, FAU 0 Michigan Tech 41, Lake Erie 10 Millikin 51, Greenville 13 Minn. Duluth 49, Upper Iowa 22 Minn. St.-Mankato 32, Northern St. 10 Minn.-Morris 44, Martin Luther 40 Monmouth (Ill.) 61, Grinnell 20 Mount Union 41, Wis.-Oshkosh 17 N. Dakota St. 56, St. Francis (Pa.) 3 N. Michigan 30, Findlay 23, OT Neb.-Kearney 65, Northeastern St. 10 New Mexico St. 28, Minnesota 21 Northwestern 42, E. Illinois 21 Ohio 30, Gardner-Webb 3 Ohio Dominican 44, Northwood 30 Ohio St. 27, Toledo 22 Olivet Nazarene 16, Coe 10, OT Pacific Lutheran 27, Hamline 0 Ripon 29, Lake Forest 24 SW Minnesota St. 48, Mary 45 Saginaw Valley St. 30, Ferris St. 27 South Dakota 30, E. Washington 17 St. Cloud St. 41, Concordia (St.P.) 13 St. Francis (Ind.) 34, St. Ambrose 33 St. Norbert 30, Beloit 14 St. Olaf 31, Simpson (Iowa) 23 St. Thomas (Minn.) 45, Wis.-River Falls 22 Trine 41, Bluffton 27 Valley City St. 28, Dickinson St. 26 W. Illinois 35, Jacksonville 21 W. Michigan 38, Nicholls St. 7 Wabash 19, Wooster 7 Wayne (Neb.) 34, Minn.-Crookston 24 Westminster (Mo.) 36, NW (Minn.) 26 Widener 44, Thiel 14 William Penn 24, Luther 13 Winona St. 48, Minn. St.-Moorhead 10 Wis.-Eau Claire 47, St. John’s (Minn.) 19 Wis.-Platteville 26, Wis.-Stevens Pt. 3 Wis.-Stout 20, Jamestown 17 Wis.-Whitewater 45, Franklin 0 Wisconsin 35, Oregon St. 0 Youngstown St. 77, Valparaiso 13 SOUTHWEST Ark.-Pine Bluff 27, Alcorn St. 20 Arkansas 52, New Mexico 3 Arkansas St. 47, Memphis 3 Houston 48, North Texas 23 McMurry 24, UTSA 21 N. Iowa 34, Stephen F. Austin 23 Rice 24, Purdue 22 Texas 17, BYU 16 FAR WEST California 36, Colorado 33, OT Colorado St. 33, N. Colorado 14 Idaho 44, North Dakota 14 Idaho St. 44, Western St. (Col.) 7 Montana 37, Cal Poly 23 Montana St. 38, UC Davis 14 N. Arizona 58, Fort Lewis 13 Oregon 69, Nevada 20 S. Utah 35, Sacramento St. 14 TCU 35, Air Force 19 Washington 40, Hawaii 32 Washington St. 59, UNLV 7 Wyoming 45, Texas St. 10
BIG TEN STANDINGS Legends Conference W L PF PA W Michigan St. .0 0 0 0 2 Michigan . . . .0 0 0 0 1 Nebraska . . . .0 0 0 0 1 Northwestern 0 0 0 0 2 Iowa . . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 Minnesota . . .0 0 0 0 0
Overall L PF PA 0 72 6 0 34 10 0 40 7 0 66 38 1 75 51 2 38 47
7 a.m. European: KLM Open GOLF 3 p.m. LPGA: NW Arkansas Championship GOLF
HOCKEY 6 p.m. Prospect Tourney: Rangers vs. Stars J CBC
SOCCER 9 a.m. Italian: Roma vs. Cagliari FOX SOCCER 11 a.m. English: Fulham vs. Blackburn FOX SOCCER 2:30 p.m. Italian: Palermo vs. Inter Milan FOX SOCCER 5 p.m. Mexican: America vs. Atlante UNI
TENNIS 1 p.m. U.S. Open, Women’s Doubles Final ESPN2 4:30 p.m. U.S. Open, Women’s Final G• CBS
Leaders Conference Overall W L PF PA W L PF PA Illinois . . . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 89 18 Ohio St. . . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 69 22 Wisconsin . . . .0 0 0 0 2 0 86 17 Penn St. . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 52 34 Purdue . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 49 48 Indiana . . . . . .0 0 0 0 0 1 20 27 Saturday’s Games Iowa St. 44, Iowa 41, 3OT Michigan St. 44, FAU 0 Ohio St. 27, Toledo 22 Illinois 56, S. Dakota St. 3 Wisconsin 35, Oregon St. 0 Rice 24, Purdue 22 Northwestern 42, Eastern Illinois 21 Alabama 27, Penn State 11 New Mexico State 28, Minnesota 21 Fresno St. at Nebraska, (n) Virginia at Indiana, (n) Notre Dame at Michigan, (n) Saturday, Sept. 17 Games Pittsburgh at Iowa, Noon SE Missouri at Purdue, Noon Penn St. at Temple, Noon E. Michigan at Michigan, Noon Wisconsin vs. N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. SC State at Indiana, 3:30 p.m. Washington at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. Northwestern at Army, 3:30 p.m. Michigan St. at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Arizona St. at Illinois, 7 p.m. Ohio St. at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
MAC STANDINGS East Conference Overall W L PF PA W L PF PA Bowl. Green . .0 0 0 0 1 0 32 15 Ohio . . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 0 44 24 Temple . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 0 42 7 Akron . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 0 1 0 42 Buffalo . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 51 42 Kent St. . . . . .0 0 0 0 0 1 7 48 Miami (Ohio) .0 0 0 0 0 1 6 17 West Conference Overall W L PF PA W L PF PA E. Michigan . .0 0 0 0 2 0 55 16 Ball St. . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 0 27 20 N. Illinois . . . .0 0 0 0 1 0 49 26 Cent. Michigan0 0 0 0 1 1 34 33 Toledo . . . . . .0 0 0 0 1 1 80 49 W. Michigan .0 0 0 0 0 1 10 34 Saturday’s Games Ohio St. 27, Toledo 22 Kentucky 27, Cent. Michigan 13 E. Michigan 14, Alabama St. 7 Buffalo 35, Stony Brook 7 Temple at Akron, (n) Gardner-Webb at Ohio, (n) N. Illinois at Kansas, (n) Nicholls St. at W. Michigan, (n) Ball St. at South Florida, (n) Louisiana-Lafayette at Kent St., (n) Morgan St. at Bowling Green, (n) Friday’s Game Boise St. at Toledo, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 Games Penn St. at Temple, Noon E. Michigan at Michigan, Noon Wyoming at Bowling Green, Noon Cent. Michigan at W. Michigan, Noon Akron at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin vs. N. Illinois, 3:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Marshall at Ohio, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ball St., 7 p.m. Kent St. at Kansas St., 7 p.m.
SUMMARIES No. 17 MICHIGAN ST. 44, FAU 0 FAU . . . . . . . . .0 0 0 0 — 0 MSU . . . . . . . .14 13 7 10 — 44 First Quarter MSU—Baker 9 run (Conroy kick), 10:43. MSU—Bell 2 run (Conroy kick), 1:44. Second Quarter MSU—FG Conroy 50, 10:44. MSU—FG Conroy 41, 3:43. MSU—D.Sims 1 pass from Cousins (Conroy kick), :12. Third Quarter MSU—Celek 8 pass from Cousins (Conroy kick), 2:42. Fourth Quarter MSU—FG Muma 28, 9:57. MSU—Langford 37 fumble return (Conroy kick), 8:22. A—70,249. FAU MSU First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 27 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . . .20-22 51-188 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 246 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . . .6-13-022-32-0 Return Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 40 Punts-Avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-40.3 1-36.0 Fumbles-Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1 3-0 Penalties-Yards . . . . . . . . . .5-55 3-20 Time of Possession . . . . . . .17:34 42:26 Individual statistics RUSHING—FAU, Al.Morris 10-21, Stinson 2-15, Floyd 2-6, T.Moore 1-3, White 1-1, Wilbert 1-(minus 10), Kooi 3-(minus 14). Michigan St., Bell 14-69, Hill 14-56, Baker 9-50, Caper 9-27, Team 1-(minus 1), Lippett 1-(minus 3), Maxwell 2-(minus 4), Cousins 1-(minus 6). PASSING—FAU, Wilbert 4-10-0-15, Kooi 2-3-0-11. Michigan St., Cousins 16-21-0183, Maxwell 6-9-0-63, Badovinac 0-1-00, Team 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—FAU, Richardson 2-16, Clark 1-3, Al.Morris 1-3, Dorvilus 1-2, Da.Williams 1-2. Michigan St., Martin 772, Cunningham 5-73, D.Sims 4-27, Ke.Nichol 2-40, Baker 1-9, Sonntag 1-9, Celek 1-8, Mumphery 1-8. KENTUCKY 27, CENT. MICHIGAN 13 CMU . . . . . . . .10 3 0 0 — 13 Kentucky . . . .3 3 14 7 — 27 First Quarter CMU—FG Harman 19, 8:04. Ky—FG McIntosh 41, 5:11. CMU—Harris 24 pass from Radcliff (Harman kick), 1:19. Second Quarter CMU—FG Harman 30, 10:20. Ky—FG McIntosh 45, 6:19. Third Quarter Ky—King 34 pass from Newton (McIntosh kick), 4:07. Ky—Clemons 87 run (McIntosh kick), :23. Fourth Quarter Ky—Newton 1 run (McIntosh kick), 5:35. A—58,022.
CMU Ky First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 14 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . . .32-88 37-230 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .295 114 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . .24-45-2 9-18-1 Return Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 71 Punts-Avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-33.4 3-49.3 Fumbles-Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards . . . . . . . . . .3-34 1-15 Time of Possession . . . . . . .34:38 25:22 Individual statistics RUSHING—Cent. Michigan, Tipton 1642, T.Phillips 15-41, B.Brown 1-5. Kentucky, Clemons 14-126, Sanders 8-62, Newton 13-43, D.Robinson 1-0, Warren 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Cent. Michigan, Radcliff 2445-2-295. Kentucky, Newton 9-18-1-114. RECEIVING—Cent. Michigan, C.Wilson 7-71, Harris 6-91, Davis 3-55, Tipton 3-52, T.Phillips 2-9, Blackburn 1-12, Odykirk 13, Lombardo 1-2. Kentucky, King 5-100, McCaskill 2-9, Boyd 1-5, Sanders 1-0. EMU 14, ALABAMA STATE 7 Alabama St. . .0 0 7 0 — 7 E. Michigan . .7 0 7 0 — 14 First Quarter EMU—Olds 13 pass from Gillett (Fulkerson kick), 2:47. Third Quarter EMU—Sherrer 6 run (Fulkerson kick), 11:42. AlSt—McWilliams 22 pass from Dominguez (Wenzig kick), 5:18. A—4,771. AlSt EMU First downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 20 Rushes-yards . . . . . . . . . .30-(-13) 47-336 Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236 61 Comp-Att-Int . . . . . . . . .21-34-0 7-19-1 Return Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . .(-1) 32 Punts-Avg. . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-38.4 7-33.3 Fumbles-Lost . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards . . . . . . . . . .3-20 12-135 Time of Possession . . . . . . .28:15 31:45 Individual statistics RUSHING—Alabama St., McKibbens 812, Clark 4-4, Dominguez 10-(minus 12), Jenkins 8-(minus 17). E. Michigan, Greene 22-146, Sherrer 16-111, Gillett 874, White 1-5. PASSING—Alabama St., Dominguez 1119-0-136, Jenkins 10-15-0-100. E. Michigan, Gillett 7-19-1-61. RECEIVING—Alabama St., N.Andrews 962, McWilliams 5-73, Henry 3-78, J.Andrews 2-14, Clark 1-5, McKibbens 14. E. Michigan, Olds 3-37, Hoskins 2-19, Shelby 1-8, Welch 1-(minus 3).
BASEBALL TIGERS 8, TWINS 4 Friday’s late box score Minnesota AB R H BIBBSOAvg. Revere cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .251 Plouffe 2b 3 1 0 0 1 0 .238 Mauer c 4 1 1 0 0 0 .288 Kubel dh 2 1 1 1 2 1 .282 1-Tolbert pr-dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202 Valencia 3b 4 1 1 2 0 0 .249 Parmelee 1b 3 0 1 1 1 0 .364 Benson rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Tosoni lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .172 Nishioka ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 .226 Totals 31 4 6 4 5 5 Detroit AB R H BIBBSOAvg. A.Jackson cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .255 Ordonez rf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .243 Kelly rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 D.Young lf 4 1 1 1 0 0 .276 Mi.Cabrera 1b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .332 V.Martinez dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 .326 Avila c 3 3 2 3 0 0 .303 Jh.Peralta ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 .307 Betemit 3b 3 1 1 1 0 0 .285 Inge 3b 0 0 0 1 0 0 .190 R.Santiago 2b 4 1 1 2 0 0 .256 Totals 31 8 9 8 2 2 Minnesota 400 000 000 — 4 6 1 Detroit 030 310 01x — 8 9 0 1-ran for Kubel in the 8th. E—Nishioka (12). LOB—Minnesota 6, Detroit 4. 2B—Avila (30). 3B—Valencia (2), Betemit (2). HR—Avila (18), off Slowey; R.Santiago (5), off Slowey; D.Young (8), off Waldrop. RBIs—Kubel (56), Valencia 2 (67), Parmelee (3), D.Young (50), Avila 3 (72), Betemit (43), Inge (21), R.Santiago 2 (26). SB—Tolbert (3). S—Kelly. SF—Inge. Runners left in scoring position— Minnesota 4 (Tosoni, Mauer, Plouffe, Benson); Detroit 1 (V.Martinez). Runners moved up—Benson. GIDP— Mauer, Valencia. DP—Minnesota 1 (Parmelee); Detroit 2 (R.Santiago, Jh.Peralta, Mi.Cabrera), (Jh.Peralta, Mi.Cabrera). Minnesota IP H R ERBBSO NP ERA Slowey L, 0-5 4 7 6 6 0 2 59 6.07 Waldrop 3 1 1 1 1 0 38 5.79 Mijares 0 1 1 0 1 0 11 4.34 Oliveros 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 5.19 Detroit IP H R ERBBSO NP ERA Penny W, 10-10 5 5 4 4 3 1 96 5.19 Schlereth H, 7 1 2-3 1 0 0 0 2 21 3.55 Perry H, 3 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 2 5.58 Benoit H, 26 1 0 0 0 2 0 19 3.23 Valverde 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 2.45 Mijares pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored—Oliveros 2-1, Perry 2-0. IBB—off Waldrop (Mi.Cabrera). HBP—by Slowey (Avila), by Schlereth (Revere). PB—Mauer. Umpires—Home, Brian Knight; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Bob Davidson; Third, Mike Muchlinski. T—2:46. A—35,996 (41,255).
MIDWEST PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND Fort Wayne vs. Bowling Green (Fort Wayne wins 2-0) Fort Wayne 6, Bowling Green 3 Fort Wayne 5, Bowling Green 1 Quad Cities vs. Clinton (Quad Cities wins 2-0) Quad Cities 9, Clinton 5 Quad Cities 5, Clinton 3 Dayton vs. Lansing (Lansing wins 2-1) Thursday: Dayton 7, Lansing 3 Friday: Lansing 3, Dayton 2 Saturday: Lansing 4, Dayton 3 Kane County vs. Burlington (Kane County wins 2-1) Kane County 4, Burlington 0 Burlington 5, Kane County 1 Kane County 3, Burlington 2
TODAY IN SPORTS
Quad Cities vs. Kane County Saturday: at Kane County, (n) Today: at Quad Cities, 3 p.m. x-Monday: at Quad Cities, 8 p.m. Lansing vs. Fort Wayne To be announced
INTERNATIONAL PLAYOFFS Lehigh Valley vs. Pawtucket (Lehigh Valley wins 3-0) Lehigh Valley 4, Pawtucket 2 Lehigh Valley 3, Pawtucket 2 Lehigh Valley 3, Pawtucket 1 Columbus vs. Durham (Columbus wins 3-0) Columbus 3, Durham 0 Columbus 8, Durham 3 Columbus 5, Durham 2 Championship (Best-of-5) Lehigh Valley vs. Columbus Tuesday, Sep. 13: Lehigh Valley at Columbus, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sep. 14: Lehigh Valley at Columbus, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 15: Columbus at Lehigh Valley, 12 p.m. x-Friday, Sep. 16: Columbus at Lehigh Valley, 12 p.m. (Game 5 to be announced)
FRONTIER PLAYOFFS Joliet vs. Lake Erie (Joliet leads 2-0) Joliet 5, Lake Erie 2 Joliet 3, Lake Erie 1 Saturday: at Lake Erie, (n) x-Today: at Lake Erie, 5:35 p.m. x-Monday: at Joliet, 8:05 p.m. River City vs. Southern Illinois (Series tied 1-1) Southern Illinois 9, River City 7 River City 3, Southern Illinois 2 Saturday: at Southern Illinois, (n) Today: at Southern Illinois, 6:05 p.m. x-Monday: at River City, 8:05 p.m.
TENNIS U.S. OPEN At New York Men’s Semifinals Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, def. Roger Federer (3), Switzerland, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Rafael Nadal (2), Spain, def. Andy Murray (4), Britain, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Women’s Semifinals Sam Stosur (9), Australia, def. Angelique Kerber, Germany, 6-3, 2-6, 62.
W L T Pts GF GA Columbus . . . . . .11 9 7 Kansas City10 . . . .8 10 40 Philadelphia . . . . .8 7 12 Houston . . . . . . . .8 9 11 New York . . . . . . .6 6 15 D.C. . . . . . . . . . . . .7 7 10 Chicago . . . . . . . . .4 7 15 New England . . . .5 11 12 Toronto FC . . . . . .5 12 12 WESTERN CONFERENCE
40 43 36 35 33 31 27 27 27
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W L T Pts GF GA x-Los Angeles . . .15 3 10 55 40 Seattle . . . . . . . .13 6 9 48 43 FC Dallas . . . . . . .13 8 7 46 36 Real Salt Lake . . .13 7 6 45 37 Colorado . . . . . . .10 8 11 41 39 Portland . . . . . . . .9 12 6 33 33 Chivas USA . . . . . .7 10 10 31 32 San Jose . . . . . . . .5 10 11 26 27 Vancouver . . . . . .4 13 10 22 28 NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. x- clinched playoff berth Friday’s Game Los Angeles 1, Colorado 0 Saturday’s Games Sporting Kansas City 3, Houston 0 Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle FC 1 New England 2, FC Dallas 0 Philadelphia 0, Portland 0, tie Toronto FC 4, Columbus 2 New York 1, Vancouver 1, tie Chicago at San Jose, (n) D.C. United at Chivas USA, (n) Wednesday’s Game Houston at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Friday’s Game New England at Portland, 11 p.m.
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EASTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB z-Indiana . . . . . . .21 12 .636 — x-Connecticut . . . .20 13 .606 1 x-Atlanta . . . . . . .19 14 .576 2 x-New York . . . . . .19 14 .576 2 Chicago . . . . . . . .14 18 .438 6 1/2 Washington . . . . . .6 27 .182 15 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L Pct GB z-Minnesota . . . . .26 7 .788 — x-Seattle . . . . . . . .20 13 .606 6 x-Phoenix . . . . . . .19 14 .576 7 x-San Antonio . . .16 16 .500 9 1/2 Los Angeles . . . . .14 19 .424 12 Tulsa . . . . . . . . . . . .3 30 .091 23 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched conference Friday’s Games New York 83, Indiana 75 Seattle 85, Phoenix 70 Los Angeles 84, Tulsa 73 Saturday’s Games Washington at San Antonio, (n) Chicago at Los Angeles, (n) Today’s Games New York at Connecticut, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Indiana, 5 p.m. Minnesota at Phoenix, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Tulsa, 7 p.m. Chicago at Seattle, 9 p.m.
GOLF EUROPEAN: KLM OPEN At Hilversum, Netherlands James Kingston 66-68-66 Gary Orr 68-66-66 David Lynn 67-66-68 Alexandre Kaleka 70-68-64 Paul McGinley 70-68-64 Niklas Fasth 70-67-65 Simon Dyson 65-66-71 Rory McIlroy 70-65-68 David Horsey 69-69-66 Robert Rock 70-66-68 Joost Luiten 73-67-64 Richie Ramsay 70-65-69 Benjamin Herbert 70-67-68 Steve Webster 70-67-68 Jose Manuel Lara 68-69-68 Marcel Siem 65-67-73
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LPGA: NW ARKANSAS At Rogers, Ark. Amy Yang Yani Tseng Taylor Leon Inbee Park Cristie Kerr Jin Young Pak Stacy Lewis Belen Mozo Ai Miyazato Paula Creamer Morgan Pressel Sara Brown Azahara Munoz Brittany Lincicome Haru Nomura Mina Harigae Chella Choi Karen Stupples Hee-Won Han Amy Hung Beatriz Recari Christel Boeljon Stacy Prammanasudh Kris Tamulis Amanda Blumenherst Na Yeon Choi Suzann Pettersen Jessica Shepley Cindy LaCrosse Tiffany Joh Mi Hyun Kim Ilhee Lee Mika Miyazato Pernilla Lindberg Brittany Lang Leta Lindley Jimin Kang Christine Song Dewi Claire Schreefel Sandra Gal Reilley Rankin Adrienne White I.K. Kim Na On Min Ashli Bunch Pat Hurst Meena Lee Jennifer Song Anna Nordqvist Kristy McPherson a-Emily Tubert Wendy Ward Dina Ammaccapane Dori Carter Minea Blomqvist Jeehae Lee Candie Kung Angela Stanford Karin Sjodin Eun-Hee Ji Catriona Matthew Silvia Cavalleri Katie Futcher Sophie Gustafson Jennifer Rosales Song-Hee Kim
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1886 — The Mayflower defends the America’s Cup by beating Britain’s Galatea in two straight heats. 1926 — The United States captures the Davis Cup for the seventh straight year as it beats France 4-1. 1935 — Helen Hull Jacobs wins the U.S. Lawn Tennis Association championships for the fourth straight year. 1976 — In the third race at Latonia, jockey John Oldham and his wife, Suzanne Picou, became the first husband and wife riding team to compete in a parimutuel race. Oldham finished second aboard Harvey’s Hope and Picou rode My Girl Carla to an 11th-place finish. 1982 — In a 23-16 loss to Illinois, Rolf Mojsiejunko of Michigan State kicks a 61-yard field goal in his first collegiate attempt. 1985 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the all-time hits leader with his 4,192nd hit, breaking Ty Cobb’s record. Rose lines a 2-1 pitch off San Diego’s Eric Show to left-center field for a single in the first inning. It’s the 57th anniversary of Ty Cobb’s last game in the majors. 1994 — Andre Agassi wins the U.S. Open with a three-set victory over Michael Stich and becomes the first unseeded player to beat five seeded players in a Grand Slam and the first unseeded champion since Fred Stolle in 1966. 2001 — Sports come to a standstill in the wake of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, with Major League Baseball postponing a full schedule of regular-season games for the first time since D-Day in 1944. 2005 — Drew Bledsoe becomes the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards in a career, leading Dallas to a 28-24 win over San Diego in his debut with the team. 2008 — Joan Higgins becomes the oldest winner in U.S. Women’s MidAmateur history at age 52. Higgins beats Lynn Simmons 1-up at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. to break the age mark of 48 set by Carol Semple Thompson in 1997. 2010 — Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, stops former titleholder Samuel Peter in the 10th round, an emphatic victory that came after getting knocked down three times and squeaking by Peter in their first meeting nearly five years ago. 2010 — James Madison, a top team in the Football Championship Subdivision, beats No. 13 Virginia Tech 21-16. The last time Virginia Tech lost to a I-AA team was 1985, when Richmond beat the Hokies 24-14 at Lane Stadium. 2010 — Kim Clijsters wins a second consecutive U.S. Open championship and third overall, easily beating Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-1 in a final that lasts exactly one hour. 2010 — The Penn State women’s volleyball team has its record winning streak snapped at 109 matches with a 28-26, 25-12, 25-18 loss to Stanford in a tournament at Florida. Penn State’s streak is the second-longest in Division I team sports, behind the 137 straight wins by the Miami men’s tennis program from 1957-1964.
National League FAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE Florida -115 at Pittsburgh +105 at Washington -210 Houston +190 at Milwaukee -115 Philadelphia +105 Atlanta -115 at St. Louis +105 at Colorado -130 Cincinnati +120 at San Francisco-130 Los Angeles +120 at Arizona -190 San Diego +180 Chicago -110 at New York +100 American League at Detroit -230 Minnesota +210 at Toronto -170 Baltimore +160 Boston -115 at Tampa Bay +105 at Chicago -105 Cleveland -105 at Texas -230 Oakland +210 at Los Angeles -120 New York +110 Kansas City -110 at Seattle +100 NFL FAVORITE OP T O/U UNDERDOG at Baltimore 2.5 1.5 (36) Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay 3 1.5 (41) Detroit Atlanta Pk 2.5 (40.5) at Chicago at Kansas City 6.5 5.5 (40) Buffalo at Houston 2 8.5 (43.5) Indy Philadelphia 4 4 (44) at St. Louis at Cleveland 3 6.5 (35.5) Cincinnati at Jacksonville 2.5 2 (37) Tennessee N.Y. Giants 3 3 (38) at Wash. at Arizona 3 7 (37) Carolina at San Fran 6 5.5 (37.5) Seattle at San Diego 9.5 8.5 (41.5) Minnesota at N.Y. Jets 4 5.5 (40.5) Dallas Monday New England 4 7 (45.5) at Miami at Denver Pk 3 (40) Oakland
BASEBALL MLB—Suspended Toronto Blue Jays minor league OF Melvin Garcia for 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League BOSTON RED SOX—Recalled RHP Scott Atchison from Pawtucket (IL). CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Placed INF-OF Brent Lillibridge on the 15-day DL. CLEVELAND INDIANS—Recalled INF Matt LaPorta from Columbus (IL). MINNESOTA TWINS—Fired Rochester (IL) manager Tom Nieto and hitting coach Floyd Rayford. OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Recalled C Landon Powell from Sacramento (PCL). National League COLORADO ROCLIES—Recalled INF Chris Nelson from Colorado Springs (PCL). Activated RHP Edgmer Escalona from the 15-day DL. NEW YORK METS—Recalled RHP Dale Thayer from Buffalo (IL). BASKETBALL National Basketball Association PHOENIX SUNS—Announced the resignation of president and chief executive Rick Welts, effective Sept. 15. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL—Suspended Baltimore offensive line coach Andy Moeller for two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. CAROLINA PANTHERS—Agreed to terms with S Charles Godfrey on a fiveyear contact extension. DALLAS COWBOYS—Agreed to terms with NT Jay Ratliff on a five-year contract extension through the 2017 season. MINNESOTA VIKINGS—Agreed to terms with RB Adrian Peterson on a long-term contract extension. NEW YORK GIANTS—Placed LB Jonathan Goff on injured reserve. Signed DE Justin Trattou from their practice squad. NEW YORK JETS—Signed CB Isaiah Trufant from the practice squad. Waived WR Mardy Gilyard. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Agreed to terms with S Troy Polamalu to a contract extension through 2014. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed DT Anthony Hargrove. Released DT Landon Cohen. HOCKEY National Hockey League BOSTON BRUINS—Signed D Andrew Bodnarchuk to a one-year contract extension. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Acquired F David Toews from the New York Islanders for future considerations. FLORIDA PANTHERS—Agreed to terms with C Shawn Matthias on a two-year contract. SAN JOSE SHARKS—Promoted Joe Will to assistant general manager. WINNIPEG JETS—Agreed to terms with F Kyle Wellwood. LACROSSE National Lacrosse League COLORADO MAMMOTH—Acquired D John Orsen from Philadelphia for T Ned Crotty. TORONTO ROCK—Acquired F Josh Sanderson and D Nick Inch from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for D Jeff Gilbert, the ninth pick in the Blazers dispersal draft, the 12th pick in the 2011 entry draft and a 2012 conditional first round pick. SOCCER Major League Soccer SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC—Placed G Terry Boss on the disabled list. COLLEGE NCAA—Announced the resignation of Dennis Thomas, chairman of the NCAA Division I infractions committee. CAMPBELL—Named Norbert Elliott track and field coach. CLEMSON—Suspended CB Xavier Brewer and S Carlton Lewis one game for violating team rules. COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY—Named Kirsten Clark senior associate director and senior women’s administrator. JOHN JAY—Named Otis Fenn men’s basketball coach.
DAILY PRESS & ARGUS-Sunday, September 11, 2011
Golf Britain takes Walker Cup lead
Aussies on fringe of Cup team
By Doug Ferguson ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jim Paradise won his flight championship earlier this month at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. He also had his first hole-in-one at the event. PHOTO BY JIM JAGDFELD
Golf paradise Pinckney’s Paradise wins amateur title By Brian Beaupied DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
Pinckney native Jim Paradise is infamous at the World Amateur Handicap Championship for disqualifying himself several years back on a rules violation. “They called me ‘Jimmy DQ,’” Paradise, 52, said. “Everyone thought I was nuts. But it was one of the best things I ever did. The word began to spread and now everyone knows me.” People know Paradise for a different reason these days. And as far as nicknames go, “Champ” has a nicer ring to it, no? Paradise won his flight’s championship at the 27th annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this month. Paradise played in the men’s 50-59 division at 17.3 handicap. “It’s great,” he said. “Telling everyone I’m No. 1 in the world at my age and handicap.” Paradise won a trophy and a $600 gift card. He also had his first hole-inone in the process, shooting that on Day 2 of the five-day competition featuring about 3,000 golfers from across the world competing in different flights based on their handicaps. The tournament ran from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. So for a popular guy like Paradise, you’d think that has to be the world’s largest holein-one tab. “Well, at the convention cen-
Jim Paradise re-enacts his hole-in-one at Chemung Hills Golf and Country Club. PHOTO BY JIM JAGDFELD
ter — which I think they call the World’s Largest 19th Hole — they had all the food, beer and drinks which came included,” he said. “So I got away pretty easy.” Paradise shot 88 and finished tied for second through Day 1 and was still in the top five after a rollercoaster of a 90 on Day 2. After taking quadruple bogey, Paradise stepped up to a 174-yard par 3. “I was frustrated because I knew I had to golf well to stay
in it and have a chance,” he said. “But I was fuming.” He teed his ball up and smacked it with a 4-iron. It landed 25-30 feet in front of the pin. “The two other guys in my group and I were like, ‘That looks pretty good,’” Paradise said. “It hit, curved right, still looked good, rolled close to the pin and sure enough was in the hole. So it was like, ‘Oh, that evens it out.’” The ace, his first in 25 years playing the game, will get Paradise a commemorative brick and his name enshrined in the Golf Hall of Fame. He was one of three competitors to record a hole-in-one during the competition. “People asked if it was luck,” Paradise said. “Well, I wasn’t aiming to miss.” The next day Paradise said he “blew up” with a 92, including taking another 8 — but this time on a par 3. But he came back with an 85 his fourth day to take the lead and a flight championship. His previous best in six times playing the tournament was 30th in his flight. “The whole idea is to stay consistent, and that’s what I did,” he said. “I stayed at my handicap — maybe a stroke or two below. I came in really wanting to do well.” Winning his flight qualified Paradise for the finals at the TPC Myrtle Beach, won by Tennessee’s Bobby Perkinson for the second straight year. Anyone can compete in the event. For more information go to www.worldamgolf.com.
NORTON, Mass. — Robert Allenby was more dejected than angry after the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He finished out of the top 50 for the second straight playoff event. Time is running out for him. Only this had nothing to do with the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize. “It’s about a tournament that doesn’t pay a dime,” Allenby said. Allenby is among three Australians — Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley are the others — who care more about going to Royal Melbourne for the Presidents Cup than to East Lake for the Tour Championship and a shot at golf’s biggest payoff. U.S. captain Fred Couples made it hard on himself for promising a pick to Tiger Woods, who has gone two years without a win and has played only two tournaments the last five months. That leaves Couples only one more pick, with complaints sure to follow that someone was unfairly left out. International captain Greg Norman might have it tougher. He has two picks, and three Aussies who might need them. Making it even more compelling is that all three grew up in Melbourne, where the Presidents Cup will be played Nov. 17-20. And all three of them were in the gallery in 1998, when the matches were last held at Royal Melbourne. With two weeks left to qualify, one could get left out. The Presidents Cup might not mean much to everyone, but it does to them. It means everything. That’s why Allenby was so melancholy after he finished at the TPC Boston, and the normally cheerful Baddeley barely cracked a smile when he shot his second straight 75 and tied for last. “Definitely a big goal,” Baddeley said. “It was a disappointing week.” Baddeley, who won this year at Riviera and has revived his game since returning to swing coach Dale Lynch, has done well enough that he is No. 25 and comfortably made it to the third playoff event next week outside Chicago — the final event before the Presidents Cup teams are determined. That wasn’t the case for Ogilvy, whose year has been bizarre since slicing open his finger on a piece of coral in the Pacific Ocean two days before the season opener in Hawaii. He was No. 91 in the FedEx Cup standings, and only the top 70 moved on to Chicago. Ogilvy had to birdie one of the last two holes at the TPC Boston to advance, and it didn’t look good when he hit his tee shot on the 17th behind a rock, leading to a oneshot penalty. He made a 20-foot putt to escape with par, and then made a 6-foot birdie on the last hole. That gave him one more week, either to move into the top 10 in the team standings, or to audition for Norman. Ogilvy is likely to be a pick. He doesn’t want it come down to that. “Obviously, you would want as many Australians on the team as you could. That’s only natural,” said Ogilvy, who has a house off the fairway at Royal Melbourne. “But you also have to balance that with the 12 best players to give you a chance to win. If there was an obvious great player — Ernie Els or somebody who was out — it would be hard to pick two Australians ahead of that. If everything else is equal, you’d pick the Australians. “But,” he added, “nothing is ever equal.” Ogilvy was a 21-year-old who had just turned pro when the Presidents Cup first came to Australia. He remembers missing the cut in New Zealand and flying home to watch Australia’s biggest golfing event ever at the time. “I never had seen anything like that,” he said. “I had never heard noise like that. It was an amazing affair.” Ogilvy is only a fraction of a world ranking point behind Louis Oosthuizen, who didn’t qualify for the playoffs. That’s why it was so important to get to Chicago, giving him another shot at making the team. Even so, he still can’t believe he’s in this position. The notion of missing the Presidents Cup never crossed his mind in January. “I never felt better about my golf game — ever,” he said.
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ABERDEEN, Scotland — Rhys Pugh, Steven Brown, James Byrne and Paul Cutler helped Britain and Ireland take a 7-5 lead over the United States in the Walker Cup, winning consecutive matches Saturday. Britain and Ireland took a 3-1 lead in the morning foursomes in the two-day amateur competition, but the Americans went ahead 4-3 when Peter Uihlein, Jordan Spieth and Harris English won the first three singles matches in the afternoon. After heavy rain, the 17year-old Pugh, from Wales, started the rally. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in these boys,” Britain a n d Ireland OUNDUP captain Nigel Edwards said. “They’re a great bunch of lads and they’ve proved it this afternoon. They’ve knuckled down and done the job.” Top-ranked Patrick Cantlay earned the last point for the Americans, beating Michael Stewart on Royal Aberdeen’s Balgownie Course The competition will conclude today with four foursomes and 10 singles matches. There was a bit of controversy after the morning session, when Jack Senior used his brother, Joe, as his caddie in teaming up with fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan to beat American Kelly Kraft and Russell Henley. Joe Senior is a professional golfer and is therefore not allowed to partake in the event, but organizers allowed the result to stand because the infraction wasn’t brought to their attention until after the match. Edwards called it “a bit of a mishap” and praised his U.S. captain Jim Holtgrieve for not making it an issue. “We chatted about it. Jim was great about it,” Edwards said. “It was a mistake, and I can assure you, from my point of view, that it was never intended. It was one of those things.” Senior then used a different caddie for the singles, losing to Spieth. Holtgrieve said he never considered lodging a protest over the illegal caddie. “When they approached me and told me about it, it was not an issue for me at all,” he said. “That gentleman did not hit any golf shots. He did not affect the outcome of the match. Common sense says that it was the right thing for us to do.” Cantlay also earned a point for the United States in the alternate-shot matches, teaming with Chris Williams to beat Steven Brown and Stiggy Hodgson 5 and 3. In singles, Uihlein topped Tom Lewis 2 and 1, Spieth edged Jack Senior 3 and 2, English beat Sullivan 2 and 1 and Cantlay topped Stewart 2 and 1. For Britain and Ireland, Pugh beat Patrick Rodgers 2 and 1, Brown topped Henley 1-up, Byrne stopped Nathan Smith 2 and 1 and Cutler edged Kraft 2 and 1. The United States has won three straight times to take a 34-7-1 series lead. LPGA Tour ROGERS, Ark. — Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng shot 5-under 66s on Friday and were tied for the first-round lead at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship. European Tour H I L V E R S U M , Netherlands — Stephen Dodd of Wales was 6 under through first 13 holes and 8 under for the tournament when darkness forced 78 players to abandon their rounds at the KLM Open.
Sunday, September 11, 2011-DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
SPORTS BRIEFS Haslem wants to save season NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Udonis Haslem hopes to be ready — and able — to play soon. The Miami Heat forward says he believes the NBA’s players and owners will come to terms on a new labor deal in time to save the season. Haslem says players have been told “both sides want to get a deal done.”
Vettel gets pole for Italian GP MONZA, Italy — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has earned the pole position for the Italian Grand Prix. Extending Red Bull’s perfect streak of poles in all 13 races this season, Vettel’s time was 1 minute, 22.275 seconds around the high-speed Monza circuit. Lewis Hamilton qualified second for today’s race.
Klitschko keeps WBC belt WROCLAW, Poland — Vitali Klitschko defeated Polish challenger Tomasz Adamek by technical knockout to retain his WBC heavyweight title Saturday. Italian referee Massimo Barrovecchio stepped in 2 minutes, 20 seconds into the 10th round to stop Klitschko, 40, after an utterly dominant performance by the Ukrainian.
Victims of plane crash mourned YAROSLAVL, Russia — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has joined tens of thousands of people attending a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Russian plane crash that devastated a top ice hockey team. The crash that killed 43 people was one of the worst aviation disasters ever in sports, shocking Russia and the entire world of hockey.
Fundraiser cash might be gone FENNVILLE, Mich. — Authorities are investigating claims that thousands of dollars are missing from T-shirt sales to benefit a foundation that was created to honor a Michigan basketball player who died in March. More than 1,000 Tshirts were sold with assurances that money would go to Wes Leonard’s family or the Wes Leonard Heart Team foundation.
Sullen N.J. team loses first game LINWOOD, N.J. — Playing its first game since four players were killed in a car crash last month, Mainland Regional High School lost to Hammonton 23-7 Friday night. Three teenagers died Aug. 20 when the SUV they were in overturned on the Garden State Parkway just north of Atlantic City.
Prep player had heart failure OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — A Mississippi coroner says the death of a high school football player on the field during a game was caused by a form of heart failure. Latrell Dunbar of D’Iberville High School suffered what was listed as “an acute cardiac event.” What triggered it was not known. The coroner said there was no sign of an injury on the field that led to his death.
White loses in skateboard final SALT LAKE CITY — Pierre-Luc Gagnon denied Shaun White a victory on his birthday, using a strong late run to beat the twotime Olympic gold medalist in the Skateboard Vert finals. The 31-year-old Canadian scored 94.00 points. White, who turned 25 on Saturday, claimed second place with 89.75 points. Veteran skateboarder Bucky Lasek finished third.
TENNIS: U.S. OPEN
Djoko, Nadal in final Federer loses two-set lead
Detroit’s Brandon Inge is hugged by teammate Miguel Cabrera after hitting a walk-off solo home run Saturday. PHOTO BY
By Eddie Pells ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Facing two match points against a beloved player whose name is already in the history books, Novak Djokovic clenched his jaw, nodded his head and flashed an ever-so-slight glimpse of a smile. “I would lie if I say I didn’t think I’m going to lose,” Djokovic said. Might as well go down swinging then, right? He turned violently on a wide, 108 mph serve from Roger Federer for a cross-court, forehand winner that barely nicked the line. The fans in Arthur Ashe Stadium, ready to explode for a Federer victory, instead found themselves taking a cue from Djokovic — who raised his hands, asking them to pump up the volume, and give him a little more love. About 10 minutes later, those same fans were dancing with Djoko as he boogied at center court to celebrate an epic U.S. Open semifinal win — one in which he dug out of a two-set hole, then saved two match points to beat Federer for the second straight year. Top-seeded Djokovic won 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to improve to 63-2 on the year. This was only his second career comeback from two sets down, while Federer lost a two-set lead for the second time in three months after going 178-0 lifetime before this year’s Wimbledon quarterfinals. Next, Djokovic will face defending champion Rafael Nadal in a rematch of last year’s final. No. 2 Nadal beat No. 4 Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the later semifinal. Djokovic is 5-0 against Nadal this year. All the meetings have been in tournament finals, including Wimbledon. “I didn’t find the solution yet. I will try my best,” Nadal said. “I play last year’s final against him. I think I played a fantastic match. I will try the same.” Nadal’s four-set win over Djokovic last year made him the fourth man to win three Grand Slam titles in a year since the start of the Open era. Djokovic could become the fifth, though he said regardless of what happens, the
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Roger Federer, left, and Novak Djokovic leave the court after their semifinal match at the U.S. Open on Saturday. PHOTO BAY ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
comeback win over Federer will always stand out. “It was definitely the biggest win of this year, one of the biggest wins of the career under the circumstances,” Djokovic said. “Roger was in control, playing better. I switched gears and played much better over three sets.” So much better, in fact, that after the fourth set, the prospect of thirdseeded Federer ever getting a match point seemed bleak.
Djokovic, who spent the first two sets shaking his head, commiserating with the folks in his players box, even folding his hands in mock prayer, turned things around suddenly and unexpectedly. He got an early break in the third to capture the momentum. After winning that one, he placed 16 of 20 of his first serves in during the fourth set and tore off his first 15 service points to easily push the match to the distance.
Australian in women’s final By Rachel Cohen ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Sam Stosur reached her second Grand Slam final, her experience showing in a three-set victory over 92nd-ranked Angelique Kerber at the U.S. Open on Saturday night The ninth-seeded Australian won 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in a semifinal that would have seemed overshadowed by the upcoming Serena WilliamsCaroline Wozniacki tilt even if it weren’t relegated to the Grandstand. The 2010 French Open runner-up, Stosur had two record-setting three-set wins earlier in the tournament, so this 1-hour, 46-minute match seemed like a breeze in comparison. She went up 5-0 in the final set, then was broken when she first tried to serve out the match. The second time, Stosur had to save four break points before finally clinching victory with an emphatic backhand volley. “That third set, I just tried to settle down and remember what my game plan was,” she said. Kerber had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam before this tournament. The German still hasn’t beaten a top-10 opponent —
Samantha Stosur reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber in the semifinals at the U.S. Open on Saturday. PHOTO BY MIKE GROLL/ ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. OPEN WATCH • LATE MATCH: The other women’s semifinal match between Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki was incomplete at press time Saturday night. she hadn’t faced any player ranked better than No. 13 in her run at the Open. Stosur needed 3 hours, 16 minutes to win in the third round against Nadia Petrova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-5 — the longest women’s match at the Open since the advent of the tiebreaker in 1970. Two days later, she was part of the longest
tiebreaker in a women’s Grand Slam, beating Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-7 (15), 6-3. This semifinal wasn’t on the center court of Arthur Ashe Stadium because rain delays meant there were four singles matches Saturday instead of the normal three. It had to be played on Flushing Meadows’ third-largest venue because of water on the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Kerber was making only her fourth semifinal appearance at any tour event. She’s projected to rise to a career-high No. 34 after her Open breakthrough.
Busch wins Nationwide race at Richmond By Hank Kurz Jr. ASSOCIATED PRESS
RICHMOND, Va. — Kyle Busch took the lead from Carl Edwards during pit stops with just over 30 laps to go and won his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series race of the season Friday night. “That final pit stop, my guys really put the pressure on them knowing how good they’d been on pit road all night,” Busch said after his fourth career victory at Richmond International Raceway. Edwards came back out fourth, and while he and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. battled for position, Busch was able to pull away and win by 0.696 seconds. Busch’s victory was his 51st in the series, the most in history, and came in a race he and Edwards dominated on the 0.75-mile oval. Edwards led 160 laps, Busch 74, including the last 34.
NASCAR WATCH • LATE RACE: The Sprint Cup series race at Richmond, Va., was incomplete at press time Saturday night. The two Sprint Cup Series regulars have won 14 of the 27 races in the series this year. While Busch thanked his pit crew for a “flawless job,” Edwards refused to blame his for the issue that caused him to lose three spots after heading for pit road with the lead. Stenhouse finished third and padded his points lead over Elliott Sadler from 13 to 16 with seven races remaining. Reed Sorenson is third, 29 points back. Ryan Truex was fourth, followed by Kenny Wallace. The second five was Sadler, Aric Almirola, Sorenson, Justin Allgaier and Joe Nemechek.
Stenhouse, who was running second when the race went back to green with 30 laps to go, thought he could have made a better challenge to Busch, but fell short. “I thought we had a little bit for Kyle there at the end. It started off really good. We were kind of running him down and then just lost forward grip,” Stenhouse said. That allowed Edwards to pass Stenhouse, but he, too, ran out of time. “I wish we had one more caution, got another shot at him,” Edwards said, while also crediting Stenhouse for letting him make a run at the leader. Danica Patrick, making her eighth start of the season, finished 18th. She clipped Brad Keselowski while passing him on the inside, sending Keselowski into the wall late in the race. Keselowski, the pole-sitter, was already out of contention and finished 19th.
little weird, but I’m just trying to hit everything hard. As soon as I got that one, I knew it was gone. That’s a great feeling.” Perkins thought his pitch selection was his biggest mistake. “I should have thrown him another slider,” he said. “Drew (Butera) called for a fastball, but I should have shaken him off. The pitch I threw him was the only one he could have hit out.” Inge had only entered the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement for Wilson Betemit. Al Alburquerque (6-1) picked up the victory with a perfect ninth inning, but sustained an injury to his upper right leg. “He said it was nothing, but I told him that this isn’t the time of year to be a hero,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “He looked okay, so we left him in, but I’m not sure what the injury is — he’s being looked at right now.” The win lowered Detroit’s magic number for clinching the AL Central to nine over Chicago and eight over Cleveland. “Everyone here that was here in 2009 — and that’s most of us — learned our lesson that year,” Inge said. “If we could have found a way to win one more game in that season, we would have never had to play Game 163 in Minnesota. This year, we want to take care of business as quickly as possible.” Neither starting pitcher was involved in the decision. Detroit’s Max Scherzer allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings, while Anthony Swarzak gave up a pair of runs on four hits in six innings. “That was a battle, because I didn’t have any command on my fastball,” Scherzer said. “They got a couple off me, but I made a few big pitches and I got some big help from my defense.” The Tigers took a thirdinning lead on Betemit’s seventh homer, but the Twins tied it 1-1 in the fourth on Joe Mauer’s third home run of the season. Detroit went back in front in the fourth when Andy Dirks led off with a double, took third on Miguel Cabrera’s one-out groundout and scored on Victor Martinez’s RBI single. Scherzer held the onerun lead until the sixth, when Trevor Plouffe drew a walk, moved to third on Mauer’s base hit. Austin Jackson then made a spectacular leaping catch of Danny Valencia’s drive to deep center, but Plouffe easily scored from third on the play. The game, which drew 38,567 fans, was Star Wars Night at Comerica Park. Before the game, with numerous costumed characters on the field, Plouffe came out of the Minnesota dugout and rubbed his bat on Darth Vader’s helmet. The apparent attempt at good luck didn’t work though, as Plouffe struck out in his first two at-bats.
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Young Bucs improved Tampa Bay, Detroit getting similar comparisons By Fred Goodall
TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been careful to say all the right things, resisting any temptation to utter words that might wind up on a bulletin board in the Detroit Lions locker room. A new season starts today, and coach Raheem Morris and his players are looking ahead with expectations of building on their surprising success of a year ago rather than dwelling on an overtime loss to Ndamukong Suh and Co. that dealt a crushing blow to their playoff hopes. So they’ve shrugged off questions about payback and shunned comparing Suh with Gerald McCoy — the defensive tackle Tampa Bay selected third overall in the 2010 draft. Questions about the development of third-year quarterbacks Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman have received with disinterest, too. “It’s not my job to compare those two,” Morris said of two of the first three quarterbacks selected in the 2009 draft. Stafford was the No. 1 overall pick by the Lions. The Bucs took Freeman with 17th pick in that draft, and the former Kansas State star made it clear from day one that he didn’t consider himself the thirdbest quarterback prospect available behind Stafford and the New York Jets’ Mark Sanchez. “The only people who can compare those two are Stafford and Free, and that’s with their play. ... The only thing that will judge each one of them will be the number of championships they have the ability to win if they get that opportunity,” Morris added. “I know Free’s goals, I know his plan, I know his objectives. I don’t know anyone else’s.” Injuries limited Stafford
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Tampa Bay drafted quarterback Josh Freeman three years ago – only 16 picks behind Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. Freeman helped lead the Buccaneers from three wins two years ago to 10 last season. PHOTO BY MARGARET BOWLES/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CB Smith to miss Lions’ opener ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have ruled cornerback Alphonso Smith out for today’s season opener at Tampa Bay. Smith has been recovering from a broken left foot. He’s practiced some this week, but on Monday coach Jim Schwartz said he wasn’t “game ready” yet. That
hasn’t changed. Detroit also listed defensive tackle Nick Fairley and offensive lineman Jason Fox as out with foot injuries. Defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and running back Maurice Morris are probable as they recover from right hand injuries. Smith started 10 games for the Lions last season and had five interceptions.
to appearing in only 13 games over his first two seasons — three in 2010, when he hurt his throwing shoulder in the season opener and remained sidelined much of the rest of the year. He’s shown flashes of having the ability to be a
productive player when healthy, though, and enters today coming off a solid preseason in which he was the NFL’s top-rated passer and Detroit scored a league-best 114 points. Freeman, meanwhile, didn’t make his first start until the eighth game of his rook-
ie season. He threw for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions in his first year as a full-time starter, helping Tampa Bay go from three wins two years ago to a 10-6 finish in 2010. The stunning turnaround didn’t produce a playoff berth, though, and stumbling against Detroit in December was one of the reasons. The fact that the Lions had dropped an NFLrecord 26 consecutive road games before rallying behind third-string quarterback Drew Stanton to win 23-20 in overtime made the loss even more difficult to swallow. “It was a steppingstone for this organization and our team being able to get a win on the road. ... I think we feel we can go into any place and come out with a win as long as we execute,” said Suh, the second player selected in last year’s draft and the first Lions rookie chosen to play in the Pro Bowl since Barry Sanders in 1990. Comparisons between the 6-foot-4, 304-pound tackle who had 10 sacks as a rookie and McCoy are inevitable. The Bucs are retooling their defense around their second-year tackle, who didn’t get his first pro sack until his 10th game. Suh and McCoy know a lot about each other from their days in the Big 12 at Nebraska and Oklahoma, respectively. Still, the Lions’ tackle stressed there’s no rivalry between them. “I really don’t care about the comparisons between me and Gerald,” Suh said. “I’ve approached it just the way I approached the draft — that we can’t do anything for each other and there’s no reason to have a competition between each other.”
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“I was optimistic last year because I saw the talent, but we’d show flashes and go in and out like an on-off switch,” Burleson said. “This year, I still see the talent and we’re showing it on a daily basis.” The offensive line hopes to benefit from continuity, returning all five starters. “I think we can beat anybody,” guard Rob Sims said. “I think making the playoffs is realistic — we shouldn’t just aim for being .500 — but there’s a lot we have to do between now and the playoff time.” The Lions’ back seven needs to improve and Stafford did his part to help. Stafford, whose six-year contract is worth up to $78 million, and Vanden Bosch agreed to reshape their deals to free up cap space for the Lions to add much-needed players on defense. The Lions attempted to address their glaring weaknesses after the lockout was lifted by signing Wright and linebackers Stephen Tulloch and Justin Durant. “If I can restructure a deal to help our team bring guys in here to help us win, I’m all for it,” Stafford said. Detroit’s ‘D’ was led by its front, with Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh leading the way. The All-Pro defensive tackle was fined
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will target opposing quarterbacks and try to avoid league fines this season. PHOTO BY TONY DING/ASSOCIATED PRESS
during the preseason for a third time in less than a year for roughing up a quarterback, but he and his coaches made no apologies. “There’s no one that’s ever played like this at defensive tackle,” Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. Suh has plenty of help on the line from unsung tackle Corey Williams, Vanden Bosch and end Cliff Avril.
If opposing running backs get past the line, the Lions’ linebackers are more equipped to make plays than they were a year ago thanks to veterans Tulloch and Durant. “We’ve got some thumpers behind us,” Vanden Bosch said. “When teams run the ball, they’re going to feel it.” If teams have time to pass, they might find some holes in Detroit’s secondary. The starting cornerbacks, discarded by other teams, have potentially nagging injuries; safety Louis Delmas hasn’t proven he can stay healthy; and safety Amari Spievey appears to miss as many plays as he makes. Delmas isn’t daunted by the doubters who point to the team’s past when predicting they’re at least another year away from postseason play. “We’re definitely a playoff team,” Delmas said. “If we don’t make the playoffs this year, I think people will be highly disappointed in us.” Lions coach Jim Schwartz insisted the team had high hopes last year, coming off a 2-14 mark in his debut as a head coach, and is aiming high again in his third season in charge. “Expectations are good and having the confidence and things like that to do it is good,” Schwartz said. “But also knowing that the only thing we can do today is have a good day at practice.”
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game on third down against the Jets, which fell incomplete in the final minute and allowed New York time enough to kick an overtime-forcing field goal, is still a sore spot. But it’s a new season. Last year was last year, or so we’ve been told every year until this year looks like last year. So we’ll give the Lions the benefit of the doubt. And remember, 52 weeks ago today you read that the Lions would run the table to end the season 8-8. Okay, so it was 6-10. And it was only three games, not four. You don’t like the picks? Enjoy the flight to Vegas. In the meantime, here goes: • Today at Tampa Bay:
Big test. The Lions ended a long losing streak on the road here last year. A reprise would be nice. Win. • Week 2 vs. Kansas City: Hard knocks, baby. The Chiefs will take plenty of them. Win. • Week 3 at Minnesota: New dome, new times. The Lions win for the first time at the Metrodome for the first time since Barry Sanders was on the team. Win. • Week 4 at Dallas: Last year, another stupefying loss. This year, one of the regular kind. Loss. • Week 5 vs. Chicago: Monday Night Football. A rocking Ford Field. Win. • Week 6 vs. San Francisco: Niners are more like Yosemite Sam. Win. • Week 7 vs. Atlanta: This should be a shootout, but the Falcons have one
more elite receiver. Loss. • Week 8 at Denver: Alex Karras once promised to walk home if the Lions lost to Denver. He didn’t then (despite the loss), and the Lions won’t this year. Win. • Week 9: Halftime, of sorts. The Lions have a bye. • Week 10 at Chicago: The Bears are tough at home. Watch Calvin Johnson catch every single ball and run it back to the bench. Loss. • Week 11 vs. Carolina: The Panthers will be easy prey. Win • Week 12 vs. Green Bay: This could be a close one, but if the Pack pulls it out, it will mark the first decent performance on Thanksgiving since, well, a good long time. Loss. Week 13 at New Orleans: Another tough road game.
Loss. • Week 14 vs. Minnesota: Will Donovan McNabb get benched in Detroit for the second straight year? Win. • Week 15 at Oakland: The most fearsome part of the Raiders is in the stands, not on the field. Win. • Week 16 vs. San Diego: Philip Rivers should be a lot of fun to watch, even if you don’t like the result. Loss. • Week 17 at Green Bay: Happy New Year on the Frozen Tundra! But the losing streak there hits 20 years. Loss. So I have them at 9-7. A few breaks and the Lions could be in the playoffs. This year they have brought their fans hope. Heaven help them if they squander it. Call sports editor Tim Robinson at (517) 552-2863.
Brighton’s Will Clark, front, battles for the ball with Okemos’ Scott Hughes in the second half of their game Saturday. PHOTO BY JIM JAGDFELD
Hartland boys runners win KLAA meet DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
NEW BOSTON — On a wet, sloppy course, the Hartland boys cross country team nonetheless showed great form in winning the KLAA Association meet at Willow Metro Park on Saturday. Ian McGinn finished in a blazing 16 minutes, 18 seconds, leading a contingent of Eagles who all finished in the top 25. “It was exciting,” Hartland coach Matt Gutteridge said. “We knew we were bringing everyone back and we were happy to get this race under our belts. We’ve got a tough week ahead.” Other top-10 finishers for Hartland included Alex Gietek (third, 16;32), Sean Pengelly (sixth, 16:49), and Jareb Duggan (17:00). Pinckney, running without some lead runners because of ACT testing, finished fifth overall out of 11 teams. Michael Cox (4th, 16:46), paced the Pirates. On the girls side, Brighton took second with 72 points, followed by Hartland (fifth, 151) and Pinckney (sixth, 172). Hartland’s Avery Evenson (third, 19:31) and Brighton’s Hayley Williamson (8th, 19:45) had top-10 finishes among county runners. “A lot of our girls finished better last year than this year,” Hartland girls coach Mary Rinkus said. “It’s amazing considering how sloppy the course was. Emily Braid, a freshman, finished 8th in the JV race, and that was a pleasant surprise. I was happy to see that. We’re pretty pleased with how everyone did today. I thought they did a nice job.” Boys Cross country Corunna Invitational CORUNNA — Brighton finished second in the 10team meet, which was won by Ionia. All five Bulldogs who scored finished in the top 10, led by Tim Jurick’s 16:29. “It was our second meet of the season, and we had some improvements,” Brighton coach Bob Ritsema said. Brighton plays host to Hartland at Huron Meadows on Tuesday “it’s going to be a good meet,” Ritsema said “They’ve got a good team.” Soccer Okemos 2, Brighton 0 BRIGHTON — Missed opportunities again haunted the Bulldogs (2-2-2), who outshot the Chieftains 17-7 but couldn’t score. “We missed three or five shots from inside the 6,” Brighton coach Rob Williams said. “We conceded two goals that were both preventable. We met the first challenge and did well, but not after that.” Williams said several players had an impact, none more than Shane Hessling, who missed the first half while taking the ACT and playing a strong second half. “Chad Wiltzey did a really nice job on defense, too,” Williams said. “So did
PREP ROUNDUP Jordan Messick, Will Clark, Will Frasier and Alex Chwalibog.” The Bulldogs travel to Hartland on Tuesday. Tennis Hartland 8, Brighton 1 BRIGHTON — The Eagles swept all four flights at singles with all matches ending quick in two sets. Hartland went 4-1 in the doubles by going the other route as all five flights there went the maximum three sets. Grant Comly won at No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-0, while the Eagles’ No. 1 doubles team of Cameron Sloan and Derek Andreen won 6-2, 36, 6-2. Volleyball Brighton takes second GRAND BLANC — Brighton finished second at the 12-team Grand Blanc Invitational on Saturday, falling in the final to stateranked Clarkston 25-19, 2516. The Bulldogs (13-6) dropped their first match of pool play to DeltonKellogg 25-20, 25-23, before coming back to beat Almont 25-12, 25-22 and Flint Kearsley 25-8, 25-8. Brighton then beat Grand Blanc in the quarterfinals 25-20, 15-25, 17-15 and came back to thump Delton-Kellogg 25-19, 25-7. “We started off slow, but we finally woke up,” Brighton coach Shelley Fix said. “We cranked through the quarterfinals and semifinals, but we fell prey to serve-receive errors (against Clarkston). We didn’t have our A game against them.” Setter Brittany Jandasek led the Bulldogs with 91 assists, 17 digs and 16 aces. Sam Siddall added 29 kills, Cayla Watkins 29 kills and 29 digs, Rachel Raneses 10 kills and eight blocks, Marie Holper 33 digs and Julia Peterson 16 kills. Fowlerville is runner-up CORUNNA — Fowlerville made a run to the championship match of the 12-team Corunna Invitational before falling in the final to Holt, 25-19, 25-17. The Gladiators (7-6-1) started pool play by beating Lansing Sexton 25-13, 25-16, losing to Bay City Western 25-18, 28-26, and splitting with Corunna 2517, 18-25. Fowlerville then won in the quarterfinals over Alma 25-18, 25-19, and won in the semis against Lansing Everett 25-20, 2523. “We’ve been improving every game and every tournament,” Fowlerville coach Michelle Hardenbrook said. “There was really good competition here, and we play a different kind of game than many teams here. We were pretty scrappy out there.” Angela Williams led the way with 103 assists, 32 points and 12 aces. Lauren Dotts added 29 kills, 36 digs and 18 points, while Kailey Roberts had 62 digs, 19 points and five aces, and Morgan Hudson 14 points and 28 digs.
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Howell holds off Hartland Highlanders strike in air and ground By Mark Csapo DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
HARTLAND — Beating Hartland means a lot to Greg Cauley. “Ever since I was a little kid, Hartland was our rival,” said Cauley, the Howell quarterback whose team lost to the Eagles last season on Highlanders’ soil. “Hartland is the team to beat for us. Last year was just extra incentive to add on to the pile.” Howell came out strong Friday night, built an early lead, weathered two storms — a lightning delay and a Hartland comeback — and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to beat Hartland 20-13. “Last year we spoiled an opportunity and we didn’t want to do the same thing this year,” said Howell coach Aaron Metz, referring to Hartland’s 26-21 victory last season. “We talked about concentrating on every play and taking it one play at a time.” “Last year we came in way overconfident,” Howell junior receiver Pete Cender said. “This is a little bit of a payback.” The Highlanders (2-1, 1-0 KLAA West) quickly went up 12-0 by early in the second quarter. Jonathan Melanson scored on an 18yard touchdown run only 2:14 into the game, and Cauley added a 10-yard TD run just 37 seconds into the second quarter. Both scoring drives were
Howell’s Pete Cender goes up and over Hartland’s Mark Boratynski to make a catch. Cender caught four passes for a career-high 114 yards. PHOTO BY MARK A. DULL set up by key completions to the 6-foot-4 Cender of 46 and 23 yards. Cender ended the game with four catches for a career-high 114 yards, including the eventual game-winning touchdown catch of 26 yards early in the fourth quarter after Hartland had taken the lead. Cender also made a catch on a two-point conversion, and had five other
passes come to him that were knocked away or just out of reach. “Pete came up big,” Cauley said. “It seemed like every time we ran a pass, he was the open one. We don’t look for him every time, it just seems like he can get himself open.” Cender was being covered one-on-one for nearly the entire game by defend-
ers who gave up about 8 inches on him. “Honestly, I thought they would double-team me more,” Cender said. “I was surprised they left me isolated, because I had the height advantage.” “We were in position on him, but they just made the plays,” Hartland coach Marcus Dukes said. “(Cender) made some nice catches. We just can’t give up those big plays.” Cauley finished with only six completions on 14 attempts, but for 131 yards. He also ran 12 times for 50 yards. Melanson did the bulk of the hauling, carrying 17 times for 70 yards. Twelve of those carries came in the trenches for 3 yards or less at a time. “It all depended on the push my line got,” Melanson said about the offensive line, led by juniors Cameron Englund and Nate Hughes. “One time I had an open end zone and I slipped. That was kind of embarrassing.” Hartland (1-2, 0-1 KLAA West) got on the board midway through the second quarter when Travis Spears scored on a 34-yard touchdown run. Soon after, lightning moved into the area and caused a 48-minute delay in the game, sending players to the locker room and fans to their cars and the school for shelter. The Eagles got the goahead touchdown when Spears scored on a 6-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. But their lead lasted only 58 seconds before Howell marched back down the field. Hartland quarterback Stephen Milarch had a solid game despite the wet conditions, completing 14-of-25 passes for 186 yards.
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Brighton shakes off Pinckney Improved Pirates give ’Dogs a run
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Pinckney running back Drew Stephens (20) is swarmed by Brighton’s defense, including, Andy White (42), Zack Patterson (24) and Billy Albert (right). PHOTO
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In the second half, the Pirates had only three first downs and 60 yards of offense “Again, we played well in the first half,” Pinckney coach Dan Burkholder said. “We executed our game plan. We unfortunately gave up 14 points on 11 plays. The long TD was a breakdown in responsibilities, and you can’t break down like that against a team like that. We went right at them on offense. “In the second half, they brought everyone and their brother (on defense),” he said, “and we were unable to capitalize on them.” The game was delayed nearly an hour at halftime due to lightning, which brought heavy rains that soaked the field. It might have made a difference on Pinckney’s first possession, when punter Buck West couldn’t get a grip on a high snap that bounced off his hands and went into the end zone. He chased it down and kicked it through the back of the end zone for a Brighton safety. “The kid made a smart play,” Burkholder said, “kicking it out of the end zone and not trying to make a play or do something to give them seven.”
Another Pinckney fumble, this time on a Brighton punt, led to the Bulldogs’ next score, a 21-yard pass from John Oberpeul to Andy White. White put the game out of reach late in the fourth quarter, when he found a hole in the left side of the Pinckney defense, burst through and rambled 85 yards for the score that made the final 29-10. “The offensive line and the defense did amazing the second half,” Oberpeul said. “The offensive line carried us the whole game and the backs made their cuts. That last play (by White) was crucial.” Dokey finished with a game-high 161 yards on 17 carries for two touchdowns, while White had 90 yards on two carries. Pinckney, meanwhile, showed some versatility on offense, with Drew Stephens pounding into the Brighton defense for a team-high 58 yards. But the Bulldogs secondary was tough, holding Bona to just 8-of-18 passing for 71 yards. “I think that was the best we came out all year,” Bona said. “We came out strong and ready to play. We keep making progress.”
Fowlerville stalls out against St. Johns DAILY PRESS & ARGUS
FOWLERVILLE — Firstyear coach Bret Shrader liked his team’s chances late in the first half of Friday’s game against St. Johns. After all, his team had just scored after a long drive and had taken a 7-6 lead. But the Redwings came storming back, with Mason Sauls scoring the first of his three touchdowns in the final seconds of the second quarter to give St. Johns the lead. The Redwings (3-0, 1-0 CAAC Red) never looked back, adding a pair of
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scores in the third quarter en route to a 36-13 win in the first game in memory between the two schools. “We had the momentum at 7-6 and thought we would go in with a lead and ended up being down,” Shrader said. “They got the ball to start the second half and kept scoring.” The Gladiators had trouble with big plays, too,
Shrader said. St. Johns’ first touchdown came on a 69-yard pass from Brad Cordes to Kris Lindquist, and the Glads had trouble with those plays throughout the evening. Jordan Jabara had given Fowlerville a 7-6 lead with a 2-yard scoring run. With the score 29-7, Chad Soja scored on a 7-yard scoring
pass from Nick Ross for the Glads. Fowlerville (0-3, 0-1), is off to its worst start in 27 years, since the 1984 team went 0-3 to start that season. “I told the kids it’s soulsearching and gut-check time at 0-3,” Shrader said. “Some may want to throw in the towel but we still have six games left. Our choice how we deal with it. I told them I personally will coach them as hard as I’ve ever coached. I think our seniors will make the right choice and try to rally the troops and right the ship.” Jabara rushed for 98 yards for the Gladiators.
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PINCKNEY — Brighton football coach Cliff Kiefer told everyone who would listen that, despite his team’s 46-points-per-game average, Friday’s contest at Pinckney wasn’t going to be anything like that. The Pirates proved him a prophet, but the Bulldogs put together a strong second half and took a 29-10 victory in the KLAA West Division opener for both teams. “Pinckney is a good ballclub,” he said afterward. “They’re big up front and they’ve got half a dozen good skill kids who can move the football. They’ve done it to us in the first half. I’m proud of our kids for responding. They came out fired up for the second half and wanted to get after it. Credit to Pinckney. They’ve got a good squad there.” The Bulldogs made a couple of dramatic plays to take away the Pirates momentum on Friday. The first came seconds after Pinckney had scored the first touchdown of the season against the Brighton defense on Dominic Bona’s 1-yard quarterback sneak to tie the game at 7. On the next play, Shane Dokey went around right end and outran the Pinckney defenders to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a lead they would not relinquish. But the Pirates controlled the ball for most of the half, amassing 141 yards of total offense and 12 first downs. However, the same problem arose again for the Pirates, who again had trouble in the red zone. Two drives ended in field goal attempts by Brianna Amat (one successful) and the last, after a Brighton fumble, ended when the Pirates turned the ball over on downs
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