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Tuesday, December 4, 2012




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Deshaies named Cubs’ TV analyst CHICAGO — Jim Deshaies, who spent 12 seasons as a pitcher in the major leagues and has worked in the Houston Astros’ broadcast booth since 1997, has been named to replace Bob Brenly as the color analyst for Chicago Cubs games broadcast on WGN-TV, Comcast Sports Chicago and WCIU-TV. Deshaies agreed to a four-year deal to join play-by-play announcer Len Kasper in the Cubs’ TV booth. Deshaies, a left-hander, made his big league debut with the New York Yankees in 1984. He was traded to the Astros in 1985 and pitched for Houston from 1985 through 1991, when he signed as a free agent with San Diego. Deshaies also pitched for San Francisco, Minnesota and Philadelphia, compiling an 84-95 record with a 4.14 earned run average. His best season was 1989, when he went 15-10 with the Astros and had a 2.91 ERA. Brenly left the Cubs’ broadcast booth for a similar position on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ broadcast team.


Pistons topple Cavaliers By Noah Trister The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS — Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and the Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-79 on Monday night for their fifth straight home win. Detroit is 1-10 on the road but 5-3 at home, and the Pistons have recovered a bit after losing their first eight games of the season. They beat Phoenix by 40

last week in their previous home game, and the victory over Cleveland wasn't really as close as the score indicated. Detroit led 56-39 at halftime after holding the Cavaliers to 29 percent shooting. Cleveland was without guard Dion Waiters, who sat out with a sprained left ankle. Anderson Varejao had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Cavs. The Cavaliers had scored 113 and 117 points in their previous two games, but

the Pistons shut them down for the most part. Jason Maxiell and rookie Andre Drummond set the tone on a night Detroit would block 13 shots. The Cavs struggled to convert around the basket, and they went 3 of 20 from 3-point range. A dunk by Maxiell put the Pistons ahead 14-4, and it was 30-17 after the first quarter. Rodney Stuckey's layup off a nice pass from Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao defends SEE PISTONS, B2



Reading boys top Camden; seniors lead Lady Hornets By Gary Baker

HILLSDALE COUNTY — Two rivalry matchups went down on Monday night, with the 'Battle of 49' between Reading and Camden and a matchup between neighboring Hillsdale and Jonesville.

Te’o, Manziel, Klein finalists


Vandals hire Paul Petrino MOSCOW, Idaho — Former Illinois offensive coordinator Paul Petrino was hired Monday as the new head football coach at Idaho. Petrino, most recently the offensive coordinator at Arkansas, replaces interim coach Jason Gesser, who guided the Vandals during the final four games after Robb Akey was fired. Idaho finished 1-11 this season. Terms of Petrino’s contract were not disclosed. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was to be a head coach,’’ said the 45-yearold Petrino, who is the brother of former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. This year, Paul Petrino went through the firing of his brother, who was dismissed for hiring his mistress to a position in the athletic department and initially lying about her presence during an April 1 motorcycle accident, and the more recent departure of interim Arkansas coach John L. Smith, a long-time mentor.

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NEW YORK — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. The three players invited to attend the presentation ceremony in New York were announced Monday on ESPN. Manziel is the favorite to win college football’s most famous player of the year award on Saturday night in Manhattan. He would be the first freshman to win the Heisman and the first Texas A&M player since halfback John David Crow won the school’s only Heisman in 1957. The closest a freshman has come to winning the Heisman was Adrian Peterson of Oklahoma in 2004, when he finished second to Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart. Peterson was a true freshman. Manziel is a redshirt freshman, meaning he attended school last year and practiced with the team but did not play in a game.

Detroit Pistons forward Kyle Singler during the second half on Monday night. PAUL SANCYA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Reading 54, Camden 49

Hillsdale’s Jimmy Chase puts up an acrobatic shot as Quincy’s Michael Tesch defends. JIM DREWS PHOTO

Hornets finish strong By Gary Baker

QUINCY — A 16-2 fourth quarter run lifted Hillsdale to a 47-29 win over Quincy on Monday night. For three quarters of the game, Quincy was right there with Hillsdale, as their perimeter defense flustered the Hornets. But in the

fourth, Hillsdale began attacking the rim, and it more than opened things up for the visitors. “Thank God,” said Hillsdale coach Brad Felix. “They were pressuring us so hard on the perimeter, and in the fourth quarter, you saw what we like to do.” The entire night, Quincy was able to keep Hillsdale from attacking

the basket with their defensive pressure. It was a good night for a young Oriole squad, which has only a handful of players with varsity experience. In the end, Hillsdale had a bit more gas in the tank than the Orioles did. “I think we needed a little more at the end,” SEE HORNETS, B2

Dylan Ash hit a pair of free throws late to help Reading coach Brett Kerspilo get his first win on Monday night. After a 25-25 tie at the half, Reading went up by four after three quarters and outscored a scrappy Camden squad 13-12 to close the game. Cody Kafer had a huge game for Reading, scoring 21 points, grabbing 12 boards and adding three steals and three assists. "Cody led us offensively, but it was a good, gritty team win," said Kerspilo. "It was a back-and-forth game between us … a good battle of M-49." Dylan Ash added nine points; Brandon St. Claire had six points and three steals; Casey Donihue and Devin Higley added five points each; Dylan Martin added four; and Austin Coe and Jared May had two points each. Alec Dahlstrom led Camden with 10 points. Brent Champion added nine; Zac Malone had eight points and Ethan Riddle chipped in with seven. Reading (1-0) hosts Litchfield tonight at 7:30 p.m. Camden (0-1) is at Battle Creek St. Philip on Thursday night for a 5:30

Hillsdale 39, Jonesville 30 It was a close game between two Hillsdale County rivals, but Hillsdale seniors Maddy Eves and Hayley Maystead led the Lady Hornets in the first and second halves, respectively. Eves scored all 10 of her points in the opening half and Maystead scored all 14 in the second half — including 11 in the fourth quarter to carry the Hornets to a win. "It was an ugly game," said Hillsdale coach Nick Langston. "We had a lot of turnovers. Jonesville really pressured us and (Joneville coach Tom Dunn) wanted to speed things up. They took advantage of that." But a 15-5 fourth quarter proved to be the difference as Hillsdale improved to 2-0 on the young season. Jamee Thompson had seven points, 13 rebounds and four steals to help the Hornets; Kim Sanderson added four; Sarah Maple added three points and Whitney Hodge added a point and four steals. Jonesville (1-2) was led by Olivia Newell's 10 points. Kaylee Spencer added nine points; Hannah Smith had eight; Aubrey Wilson had two and Hannah Benn added a point. Hillsdale is at Dundee on Dec. 14 and Jonesville is at Union City on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

A Defensive Feel

TCU, Michigan State in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl By John Marshall AP College Football Writer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There might not be anything wild going on at the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Well, at least not on offense. In its first season with a new name, the bowl could have a decidedly defensive feel when TCU and Michigan State meet at Sun Devil Stadium on Dec. 29. "Both teams have outstanding defenses," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "But you never know how games are going to play out." Oklahoma and Iowa were locked in a defensive struggle in last year's

game, then known as the Insight Bowl, before the Sooners pulled away for a 31-14 victory. This one could be even lower-scoring. Playing the nation's fifth-toughest schedule, Michigan State (6-6) finished the regular season fourth in total defense, allowing 273.2 yards per game. The Spartans finished 10th in scoring defense, giving up 16.3 points per game. TCU (7-5) was 18th nationally in total defense, allowing 332 yards per game, and held six of its 12 opponents to season-low scoring while giving up 23.8 points per game. It has to keep up in the

bowl game, right? Well, not everyone agrees on that. "I've always said be careful what you wish for, what you talk about, because it usually changes when you give two teams a month to prepare for a ballgame," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. "They said when I played in the Rose Bowl it was going to be a scoring fest. It ended up 21-19. For us, we want to find a way to win the ballgame." TCU had an up-anddown first season in the Big 12. Playing more true freshmen (16) than seniors (11), the Horned Frogs won their first four games, then Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio watches from the SEE TCU, B2

sideline during the second half against Minnesota on Nov. 24. PAUL BATTAGLIA/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Quincy vs Hillsdale High School Boys Basketball  

Jim Drews Sports Photography