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2B ∫ THE ALPENA NEWS ∫ Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Two-minute drill NCAA investigators visit W. Vir-

Lautner, Reed lead ACC golf

ADA — Jesse Reed and Cameron Lautner each shot an 86 to lead the Alpena Community College golf team at Monday’s Grand Rapids Junior College Invitational at Egypt Valley Country Club. Reed and Lautner opened with a pair of 44s, then followed with 42s on the back nine for the Lumberjacks. Rounding out Alpena’s scores were: Gary Pikula (45-44 —89), Alex Benson (46-51 — 97), Matt Adams (46-51 —97), Jordan Woodruff (48-51 — 99) and Scott Brock (74-71 — 145). Oakland and Grand Rapids shared top team honors with each having a 317. Alex Cummins was meet medalist with a 74. On Sunday ACC competed in a shootout at the Grayling Country Club. Benson carded the low round with a 79, aided by his putting and short iron play. Alpena returns to action on Friday for a tournament at Kalamazoo Valley.

Zeigler signs new contract

MOUNT PLEASANT, (AP) — Ernie Zeigler, who coached Central Michigan to its first backto-back Mid-American Conference West Division basketball championships this season, has agreed to a new four-year contract with the university. The agreement replaces the final year of Zeigler’s current contract. It will keep him with the Chippewas through the 2013-14 season. Tuesday’s announcement comes the day before Zeigler’s son, Trey, plans to disclose where he will attend college next season. The 6-foot-6 senior at Mount Pleasant High School was the runner-up

for this year’s Mr. Basketball award honoring Michigan’s top high school player. Ernie Zeigler has led Central Michigan to a 5469 record over four seasons. The Chippewas have reached the quarterfinal round of the MAC Tournament each of those years. Zeigler will earn a base salary of $175,446 per year.

Big Ben, Goodell meet in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is weighing possible disciplinary action against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who met with league commissioner Roger Goodell one day after learning he won't be charged in the alleged sexual assault of a Georgia college student. Roethlisberger described the Tuesday afternoon meeting in Manhattan as "very productive," but gave no hint whether he expects to be suspended or fined for several off-field incidents that damaged his reputation and angered the franchise he's led to two Super Bowl championships. "It's a very serious matter, one we take serious," Roethlisberger told ESPN as he and his representatives left the meeting with Goodell. While Roethlisberger faces no criminal charges after being accused of assaulting the 20-year-old student in a nightclub bathroom, in a separate case he also is being sued in civil court by a former Nevada hotel employee for an alleged sexual assault in 2008. No criminal charges were filed in that case. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the league will review the facts and will follow up with Roethlisberger and the Steelers. He gave no timeline. Possible options include a suspension, fine or having the $102 million quarterback undergo counseling.

West Virginia head football coach in 2007, taking over for Rich Rodriguez, who left for Michigan after that season. Under Rodriguez, the Wolverines are being investigated by the NCAA for five potentially major rules violations, including those limiting the time spent on practice and football-related activities. A reporter attempted to ask Rodriguez for comment on the report Tuesday at his weekly news conference, and was cut off by director of media relations Dave Ablauf before the question was finished. ‘‘We’re going to pass on that,’’ Ablauf said. Rodriguez did not re-

spond. Michigan officials have steadfastly stuck by the school’s policy to not answer NCAA-related questions until its ongoing investigation is completed. ‘‘There is no new NCAA investigation involving the University of Michigan,’’ athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement released by the school Tuesday night. ‘‘Any question regarding an NCAA query should be directed to the NCAA. There is nothing new that would cause me to change my position. Rich will coach our team this fall.’’ A message seeking comment was left with Ro-

driguez’s agent, Mike Brown. Rodriguez led West Virginia, his alma mater, to two Bowl Championship Series berths and a 60-26 record in seven seasons. The gradual disintegration of the relationship between Rodriguez and the WVU Athletic Department was documented in a series of e-mails written over a five-month period. They showed that Rodriguez’s relationship with the school was on a downhill slide months before he resigned, in part because of his failed attempts to gain total control over the football program. He left for Michigan two weeks after West Virginia lost to Pittsburgh in the 2007 regular-season finale and failed to secure a spot in the championship national game.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving fans extra incentives to support the struggling franchise. Team owner Wayne Weaver and Jacksonville mayor John Peyton unveiled a new rewards program for season-ticket buyers Tuesday, with

Weaver calling it a ‘‘one-off no-brainer’’ that could save the team. The ‘‘Teal Deal’’ gives season-ticket holders coupon books offering more than $2,000 in discounts from local businesses. The books also could pump millions into the Jacksonville economy. ‘‘It’s the finest rewards program in the major

leagues — in any sport,’’ said Tim Connolly, Jaguars senior vice president of business development. The incentive package, which is being offered through May, could boost ticket sales and help the Jaguars avoid television blackouts in 2010. Jacksonville had seven of the

NFL’s 20 blackouts in 2009, the kind of attendance figures that embarrassed Weaver, concerned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and had several cities making preparation for a potential relocation. Weaver has made it clear he doesn’t intend to sell or move the franchise.

Jaguars unveil another plan to boost sales

Area Sports Briefs

The Alpena Hockey Association is holding its final tryout for the AA hockey team at Northern Lights Arena on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. All positions are available and final cuts will be made after the tryouts. ——— Two USTA tennis tournaments are being held at Thunder Bay Recreation Center in Alpena. The tournaments are: A women’s 4.0 USTA League tennis tournament is on Saturday and Sunday. Women from Alpena, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Traverse City will compete. A men’s 3.5 and Women’s 2.5 USTA League tennis tournament is April 24-25. Players from Alpena, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Traverse City will compete.

There is no admission fee for either tournament. Call the rec center at 3546164 for more information. ——— The Early Birdies Golf League general membership meeting is set for Wednesday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at the Alpena Golf Club dining room. League dues may be paid at that time. ——— The Alcona 3-on-3 basketball tournament is being held on Saturday at Alcona High School. There are two registration times for the event. First registration time is 7:45-8:15 a.m. for the following divisions: boys and girls ages 10 and under, and boys and girls ages 11-12. Games start at 9 a.m. The second registration time is from 12:30-1 p.m. for the following

The Scoreboard/Schedules

BASEBALL

National League Glance National League At A Glance All Times EDT By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 6 1 .857 — Florida 4 3 .571 2 Atlanta 3 4 .429 3 Washington 3 4 .429 3 NewYork 2 4 .333 3¢ Central Division W L Pct GB St.Louis 5 2 .714 — Cincinnati 4 3 .571 1 Chicago 3 4 .429 2 Milwaukee 3 4 .429 2 Pittsburgh 3 4 .429 2 Houston 0 7 .000 5 West Division W L Pct GB SanFrancisco 6 1 .857 — Arizona 4 2 .667 1¢ Colorado 3 3 .500 2¢ SanDiego 3 4 .429 3 LosAngeles 2 4 .333 3¢ ——— Monday’s Games Chicago Cubs 9, Milwaukee 5 Philadelphia 7, Washington 4 St. Louis 5, Houston 0 San Diego 17, Atlanta 2 Cincinnati 6, Florida 5, 10 innings San Francisco 9, Pittsburgh 3 Tuesday’s Games L.A. Dodgers 9, Arizona 5 Cincinnati at Florida, (n) N.Y. Mets at Colorado, (n) Pittsburgh at San Francisco, (n) Wednesday’s Games Milwaukee (Bush 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (R.Wells 1-0), 2:20 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 0-1) at San Francisco (J.Sanchez 0-0), 3:45 p.m. Washington (Stammen 0-0) at Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 0-0), 7:05 p.m. Cincinnati (H.Bailey 0-0) at Florida (Volstad 01), 7:10 p.m. Houston (Myers 0-0) at St. Louis (Penny 0-0), 8:15 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-1) at Colorado (Cook 0-1), 8:40 p.m. Atlanta (Hanson 0-1) at San Diego (Richard 01), 10:05 p.m. Arizona (R.Lopez 1-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Billingsley 1-0), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Houston at St. Louis, 1:40 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Washington at Philadelphia, 3:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets at Colorado, 3:10 p.m. Atlanta at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. Cincinnati at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ——— American League Glance American League At A Glance All Times EDT By The Associated Press East Division W L Pct NewYork 5 2 .714 Toronto 5 2 .714 TampaBay 4 3 .571 Boston 3 4 .429 Baltimore 1 6 .143 Central Division W L Pct Detroit 6 2 .750 Minnesota 6 2 .750 Chicago 3 4 .429 KansasCity 3 5 .375 Cleveland 2 5 .286 West Division W L Pct

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — NCAA investigators have met with West Virginia officials regarding possible rules violations within the football program. WVU athletics spokesman Michael Fragale said Tuesday the university is cooperating with the NCAA during the investigation. He declined to say what prompted the investigators’ visit or when it took place. ‘‘West Virginia University and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to operating its athletic program in conformance with the legislation and policy of the NCAA and the Big East conference,’’ Fragale said. ‘‘No additional comments will be made regarding the matter at this time.’’ Bill Stewart became the

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6 2 .750 — 4 3 .571 1¢ 2 6 .250 4 2 6 .250 4 ——— Monday’s Games Kansas City 10, Detroit 5 Texas 4, Cleveland 2, 10 innings Minnesota 5, Boston 2 Oakland 4, Seattle 0 Tampa Bay 5, Baltimore 1 Chicago White Sox 8, Toronto 7, 11 innings Tuesday’s Games Detroit 6, Kansas City 5 N.Y. Yankees 7, L.A. Angels 5 Tampa Bay at Baltimore, (n) Toronto 4, Chicago White Sox 2m. Oakland at Seattle, (n) Wednesday’s Games Kansas City (Davies 0-0) at Detroit (Porcello 1-0), 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Pineiro 0-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Vazquez 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Boston (Lackey 0-0) at Minnesota (Slowey 10), 1:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Price 1-0) at Baltimore (Bergesen 0-0), 1:35 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 0-0) at Cleveland (Masterson 0-0), 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Danks 0-0) at Toronto (Morrow 0-0), 7:07 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 1-0) at Seattle (J.Vargas 0-1), 10:10 p.m. Thursday’s Games Texas at Cleveland, 12:05 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. ———

TODAY’S MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS By The Associated Press NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING—Prado, Atlanta, .519; Polanco, Philadelphia, .484; Francoeur, New York, .476; Headley, San Diego, .448; Renteria, San Francisco, .440; Sandoval, San Francisco, .414; Pujols, St. Louis, .407. RUNS—Polanco, Philadelphia, 10; Holliday, St. Louis, 8; Maybin, Florida, 8; Pujols, St. Louis, 8; Rollins, Philadelphia, 8; Utley, Philadelphia, 8; Venable, San Diego, 8. RBI—Pujols, St. Louis, 14; Cantu, Florida, 12; Howard, Philadelphia, 11; CYoung, Arizona, 11; Polanco, Philadelphia, 10; Heyward, Atlanta, 9; Braun, Milwaukee, 8; Willingham, Washington, 8. HITS—Polanco, Philadelphia, 15; Prado, Atlanta, 14; Headley, San Diego, 13; Howard, Philadelphia, 12; Sandoval, San Francisco, 12; CGonzalez, Colorado, 11; Holliday, St. Louis, 11; Pujols, St. Louis, 11; Renteria, San Francisco, 11. DOUBLES—Cantu, Florida, 5; Furcal, Los Angeles, 4; AdGonzalez, San Diego, 4; Howard, Philadelphia, 4; Werth, Philadelphia, 4; 16 tied at 3. TRIPLES—Morgan, Washington, 2; Venable, San Diego, 2; 23 tied at 1. HOME RUNS—Pujols, St. Louis, 5; Heyward, Atlanta, 3; Holliday, St. Louis, 3; Howard, Philadelphia, 3; KJohnson, Arizona, 3; GJones, Pittsburgh, 3; Rolen, Cincinnati, 3; CYoung, Arizona, 3. STOLEN BASES—Furcal, Los Angeles, 3; AMcCutchen, Pittsburgh, 3; 9 tied at 2. PITCHING —Duke, Pittsburgh, 2-0; Masset, Cincinnati, 2-0; Hamels, Philadelphia, 2-0; Zito, San Francisco, 2-0; Halladay, Philadelphia, 2-0; Jimenez, Colorado, 2-0; Wainwright, St. Louis, 20. STRIKEOUTS—Lincecum, San Francisco, 17; Halladay, Philadelphia, 17; Dempster, Chicago, 14; Haren, Arizona, 13; Jimenez, Colorado, 13; Wainwright, St. Louis, 13; Haeger, Los Angeles, 12. SAVES—Capps, Washington, 3; Cordero, Cincinnati, 3; FMorales, Colorado, 2; Franklin, St. Louis, 2; Marmol, Chicago, 2; Bell, San Diego, 2; Hoffman, Milwaukee, 2; BrWilson, San Francisco, 2; Nunez, Florida, 2; Madson, Philadelphia, 2.

boys and girls divisions: 13-14, 1718, and open division. The entry fee is $50 before date of tournament and $60 day of tournament. For information call 736-7204. The tournament is coordinated by Alcona Athletic Association. ——— The Central Michigan University men’s basketball program is hosting team and individual camps this summer. There is a high school team camp scheduled for June 18-20, A position skill development camp is on June 2830, day camp is Aug. 1-3 and the individual skills camp is from Aug. 1-3. For more information or to enroll call 1-800-CMU-4-FUN or visit the sports camps link at www.cmuchippewas.com.

Area Schedule

Wednesday, April 14 GIRLS SOCCER Cheboygan at Alpena, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15 BASEBALL Gaylord at Rogers City, 4:15 p.m. SOFTBALL Gaylord at Rogers City, 4:15 p.m. Hillman at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. TRACK Rogers City Quad, 4 p.m. Friday, April 16 BASEBALL Cheboygan at Hillman, 4 p.m.

——— TODAY’S MAJOR LEAGUE LEADERS By The Associated Press AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING—MiCabrera, Detroit, .481; Guerrero, Texas, .464; NCruz, Texas, .458; Podsednik, Kansas City, .444; Mauer, Minnesota, .423; FGutierrez, Seattle, .419; Wieters, Baltimore, .400. RUNS—RDavis, Oakland, 8; MEllis, Oakland, 8; VWells, Toronto, 8; MiCabrera, Detroit, 7; Choo, Cleveland, 7; NCruz, Texas, 7; Morneau, Minnesota, 7; Quentin, Chicago, 7; Youkilis, Boston, 7. RBI—NCruz, Texas, 11; VWells, Toronto, 9; MiCabrera, Detroit, 8; Pedroia, Boston, 8; Barton, Oakland, 7; Crawford, Tampa Bay, 7; JGuillen, Kansas City, 7; Konerko, Chicago, 7; Ordonez, Detroit, 7; DelmYoung, Minnesota, 7. HITS—MiCabrera, Detroit, 13; Guerrero, Texas, 13; FGutierrez, Seattle, 13; Ordonez, Detroit, 12; Podsednik, Kansas City, 12; NCruz, Texas, 11; Mauer, Minnesota, 11. DOUBLES—Inge, Detroit, 5; Mauer, Minnesota, 5; Ellsbury, Boston, 4; AleGonzalez, Toronto, 4; ARodriguez, New York, 4; 13 tied at 3. TRIPLES—Zobrist, Tampa Bay, 2; 12 tied at 1. HOME RUNS—NCruz, Texas, 5; VWells, Toronto, 5; AleGonzalez, Toronto, 4; JGuillen, Kansas City, 3; Konerko, Chicago, 3; Pedroia, Boston, 3; 16 tied at 2. STOLEN BASES—RDavis, Oakland, 5; Podsednik, Kansas City, 5; Choo, Cleveland, 3; Gardner, New York, 3; Getz, Kansas City, 3; Granderson, New York, 3; Pierre, Chicago, 3; Span, Minnesota, 3. PITCHING —Janssen, Toronto, 3-0; Garza, Tampa Bay, 2-0; Buehrle, Chicago, 2-0; Pavano, Minnesota, 2-0; FFrancisco, Texas, 2-2; Porcello, Detroit, 1-0; Bonderman, Detroit, 1-0. STRIKEOUTS—Garza, Tampa Bay, 14; JerWeaver, Los Angeles, 13; Braden, Oakland, 12; Millwood, Baltimore, 11; Guthrie, Baltimore, 11; JShields, Tampa Bay, 11; Marcum, Toronto, 11. SAVES—Rauch, Minnesota, 5; Frasor, Toronto, 3; Jenks, Chicago, 2; Aardsma, Seattle, 2; Papelbon, Boston, 2; MRivera, New York, 2; CPerez, Cleveland, 2; Gregg, Toronto, 2.

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association At A Glance By The Associated Press All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB y-Boston 50 30 .625 —

SOFTBALL Cheboygan at Hillman, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Alpena at Tawas, 4 p.m. TRACK Alpena at SVSU Outdoor Invitational, 9 a.m. Hillman at Posen Kof C, 2 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Alpena at Oakland, 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17 BASEBALL Escanaba at Rogers City, noon Alcona at Quincy Invitational, TBA Toronto NewYork Philadelphia NewJersey

39 42 .481 29 52 .358 27 54 .333 12 69 .148 Southeast Division W L Pct y-Orlando 58 23 .716 x-Atlanta 52 29 .642 x-Miami 46 35 .568 x-Charlotte 44 37 .543 Washington 25 56 .309 Central Division W L Pct z-Cleveland 61 20 .753 x-Milwaukee 45 36 .556 Chicago 39 41 .488 Indiana 32 49 .395 Detroit 26 55 .321 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct y-Dallas 54 27 .667 x-SanAntonio 50 31 .617 Houston 42 39 .519 Memphis 40 41 .494 NewOrleans 36 45 .444 Northwest Division W L Pct x-Denver 53 28 .654 x-Utah 52 28 .650 x-Portland 50 31 .617 x-OklahomaCity 49 32 .605 Minnesota 15 66 .185 Pacific Division W L Pct z-L.A.Lakers 56 24 .700 x-Phoenix 52 28 .650 L.A.Clippers 28 53 .346 GoldenState 25 55 .313 Sacramento 25 56 .309 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference ——— Monday’s Games Orlando 118, Indiana 98 Miami 107, Philadelphia 105 Toronto 111, Detroit 97 Charlotte 105, New Jersey 95 New York 114, Washington 103 Atlanta 104, Milwaukee 96 San Antonio 133, Minnesota 111 Denver 123, Memphis 101 Houston 117, Sacramento 107 Portland 103, Oklahoma City 95 Dallas 117, L.A. Clippers 94 Tuesday’s Games Boston at Chicago, (n) Utah at Golden State, (n) Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, (n) Denver at Phoenix, (n) Wednesday’s Games San Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Atlanta, 8 p.m.

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