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2B ∫ THE ALPENA NEWS ∫ Friday, April 16, 2010

Two-minute drill

NBA stock seals Cousins’ decision

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins says coach John Calipari practically ordered him to head to the NBA rather than return for his sophomore season with the Wildcats. Cousins is one of five Kentucky underclassmen who have declared for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 center was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year and is projected to be a Top 10 pick in the draft. Cousins said he loved his one season with the Wildcats but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to turn professional. He averaged 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds for Kentucky, which went 35-3 while winning the SEC regular season and tournament titles.

The early commitment was a sign that Woods plans to be helpful to the promotion of tournaments. He had been criticized over the years for waiting until the last day to announce he was playing, except for tournaments to which he had a sponsorship connection. ‘‘It’s going to be a huge benefit for the people who have been waiting to buy tickets,’’ tournament director Kym Hougham said. ‘‘Ironically, our Saturday daily tickets sold out yesterday. Friday and Sunday are not far behind, so this will probably put us over the top, which we’re excited about. The economy has made people change their buying habits and people are waiting longer.’’ Woods has played the Quail Hollow Championship four times, winning in 2007. He finished fourth last year, two shots behind Sean O’Hair.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Out of golf for five months until the Masters, Tiger Woods is waiting only two weeks to tee it up again. Woods announced Thursday he will play the Quail Hollow Championship, which begins April 29. It will be his first time playing at a tournament where tickets are sold to the general public since his spectacular downfall from a sex scandal. Woods tied for fourth last week at the Masters, which has the most controlled gallery in golf. Weekly badges are secured months in advance, and fans fear losing them if caught showing poor etiquette. Woods received warm applause when he teed off in the first round, and the support was steady throughout the week.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has agreed to a new 3-year contract with the team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hollins made the announcement Thursday as the team met with reporters to wrap up the season. Hollins had been in negotiations with the team for weeks and said he talked to owner Michael Heisley earlier Thursday and finalized the deal. He took over in January 2009 after Marc Iavaroni was fired and led the Grizzlies to a 40-42 record this season, 16 more wins than last year. The formerly woeful Grizzlies were part of the playoff picture before folding down the stretch, falling just short of their first .500 season in several years.

Woods schedules Quail Hollow

HOCKEY

Dumars: Kuester coming back next year as Pistons’ head coach

Detroit Pistons head coach John Kuester gestures to his players during the first quarter of a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday. Kuester will be back next season as Detroit’s coach.

DETROIT (AP) — Joe Dumars is determined to make decisions this offseason that will help the Detroit Pistons bounce back. Firing and hiring a coach are not part of his plans. John Kuester will return to coach the Pistons next season, Dumars told The Associated Press. Detroit’s season ended Wednesday night with a 27-55 record in Kuester’s first year as an NBA head coach. ‘‘He’ll be back,’’ Dumars, the Pistons president of basketball operations, said. ‘‘We’ll keep rolling forward.’’ The Pistons have been in reverse since Dumars traded AllStar point guard Chauncey Billups two games into the 200809 season. He hoped making a major move early would be better than waiting until it was too late for a franchise that seemed to be fading from being a contender for an NBA title. So far, not so good. Detroit is 34 games under .500 in the regular season since dealing Billups. Dumars insisted starting next season with a fourth coach in four seasons and an eighth since 2000 won’t happen. Dumars also said he hopes to re-sign free agents Ben Wallace and Will Bynum. The Pistons were expected to endure a rebuilding season, regardless of the coach. No one, though, predicted it be their worst since the 1993-94 season. ‘‘It was definitely a tough year,’’ Dumars said. ‘‘We did not expect to have this and we’re disappointed. But we have every intention of bouncing back.’’ The Pistons cleared a lot of salary-cap space when Billups was traded and used most of it to sign Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva last summer. Early returns on the investments have not been positive. Gordon averaged a career-low 13.8 points a game, hobbling through much of the year with injuries. Villanueva averaged 11.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in the worst season he’s had statistically in his five-year career. Gordon and Villanueva were not the only banged-up Pistons, who were 7-4 the mere 11 times they had a healthy roster. Their injured players combined to miss 155 games. ‘‘Injuries affected everything else like chemistry you need to get established to get on a roll,’’ Dumars said. ‘‘We had a lot of new guys and a new coach, so we needed to stay healthy for all of those things to come together.’’ Detroit played its best at the worst time for the NBA draft lottery, winning four of their last six games. Teams with the fewest wins get the most ping pong balls for the lottery that determines draft order. The Pistons’ relative surge put them in a tie with Philadelphia for the sixth-worst record in the league instead of possibly having the second-most losses and a better chance to draft Kentucky’s John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins.

The Alpena High School baseball teams, along with Babe Ruth baseball are holding a community-wide bottle drive on Saturday from 10-3 p.m. Funds raised will be split between the Alpena High Line Drive Club and Babe Ruth baseball. Players will be going door-to-door or you can drop off bottles

or donations anytime at Jimmie Garant’s Party Store on Chisholm Street. Contact Nancy at 464-0319 with questions. Registration for Babe Ruth baseball also will be taken for 15-18 year olds at Jimmie Garant’s on Saturday from 10-3 p.m.

Hollins awarded three-year deal

AP Photo

Area Sports Briefs

The Scoreboard/Schedules

National Hockey League Playoff Glance By The Associated Press All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE Washington vs. Montreal Thursday, April 15: Montreal at Washington, (n) Saturday, April 17: Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m. Monday, April 19: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. x-Friday, April 23: Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Montreal at Washington, TBD Philadelphia 1, New Jersey 0 Wednesday, April 14: Philadelphia 2, New Jersey 1 Friday, April 16: Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18: New Jersey at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. x-Thursday, April 22: Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: New Jersey at Philadelphia, TBD x-Tuesday, April 27: Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo vs. Boston Thursday, April 15: Buffalo 2, Boston 1 Saturday, April 17: Boston at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Monday, April 19: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. x-Friday, April 23: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Ottawa 1, Pittsburgh 0 Wednesday, April 14: Ottawa 5, Pittsburgh 4 Friday, April 16: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m. x-Thursday, April 22: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, April 24: Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. WESTERN CONFERENCE Colorado 1, San Jose 0 Wednesday, April 14: Colorado 2, San Jose 1 Friday, April 16: Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18: San Jose at Colorado, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: San Jose at Colorado, 10 p.m. x-Thursday, April 22: Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 24: San Jose at Colorado, TBD x-Monday, April 26: Colorado at San Jose, TBD Chicago vs. Nashville Friday, April 16: Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18: Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Chicago at Nashville, 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22: Chicago at Nashville, 8:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 24: Nashville at Chicago, 3 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Chicago at Nashville, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Nashville at Chicago, TBD Vancouver vs. Los Angeles Thursday, April 15: Los Angeles at Vancouver, (n) Saturday, April 17: Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Monday, April 19: Vancouver at Los Angeles,

10 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. x-Friday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: Vancouver at Los Angeles, TBD x-Tuesday, April 27: Los Angeles at Vancouver, TBD Phoenix 1, Detroit 0 Wednesday, April 14: Phoenix 3, Detroit 2 Friday, April 16: Detroit at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Sunday, April 18: Phoenix at Detroit, 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Phoenix at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. x-Friday, April 23: Detroit at Phoenix, 10 p.m. x-Sunday, April 25: Phoenix at Detroit, 2 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Detroit at Phoenix, TBD

BASKETBALL

National Basketball Association Playoff Glance By The Associated Press All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE CLEVELAND vs. CHICAGO Saturday, April 17: Chicago at Cleveland, 3 p.m. Monday, April 19: Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22: Cleveland at Chicago, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Cleveland at Chicago, 3:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Cleveland at Chicago, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Chicago at Cleveland, TBD ORLANDO vs. CHARLOTTE Sunday, April 18: Charlotte at Orlando, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Orlando at Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday, April 26: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Orlando at Charlotte, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Charlotte at Orlando, TBD ATLANTA vs. MILWAUKEE Saturday, April 17: Milwaukee at Atlanta, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Monday, April 26: Atlanta at Milwaukee, TBD x-Wednesday, April 28: Milwaukee at Atlanta, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Atlanta at Milwaukee, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Milwaukee at Atlanta, TBD BOSTON vs. MIAMI Saturday, April 17: Miami at Boston, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Miami at Boston, 8 p.m. Friday, April 23: Boston at Miami, 7 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Boston at Miami, 1 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Miami at Boston, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Boston at Miami, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Miami at Boston, TBD WESTERN CONFERENCE L.A. LAKERS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY Sunday, April 18: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, TBD x-Friday, April 30: L.A. Lakers at Oklahoma City, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, TBD

Area Schedule

Friday, April 16 BASEBALL Cheboygan at Hillman, 4 p.m. SOFTBALL Cheboygan at Hillman, 4 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER

DALLAS vs. SAN ANTONIO Sunday, April 18: San Antonio at Dallas, 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 23: Dallas at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Dallas at San Antonio, 7 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 27: San Antonio at Dallas, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Dallas at San Antonio, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: San Antonio at Dallas, TBD PHOENIX vs. PORTLAND Sunday, April 18: Portland at Phoenix , 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20: Portland at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22: Phoenix at Portland, 10 p.m. Saturday, April 24: Phoenix at Portland, 4:30 p.m. x-Monday, April 26: Portland at Phoenix, TBD x-Thursday, April 29: Phoenix at Portland, TBD x-Saturday, May 1: Portland at Phoenix, TBD DENVER vs. UTAH Saturday, April 17: Utah at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 19: Utah at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Friday, April 23: Denver at Utah, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25: Denver at Utah, 9:30 p.m. x-Wednesday, April 28: Utah at Denver, TBD x-Friday, April 30: Denver at Utah, TBD x-Sunday, May 2: Utah at Denver, TBD

BASEBALL

American League The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Toronto 7 3 .700 — Tampa Bay 6 3 .667 1/2 New York 5 3 .625 ½ Boston 4 5 .444 2 Baltimore 1 8 .111 5 Central Division W L Pct GB Minnesota 7 3 .700 — Detroit 6 3 .667 ½ Kansas City 4 5 .444 2½ Chicago 4 6 .400 3 Cleveland 3 6 .333 3½ West Division W L Pct GB Oakland 6 4 .600 — Texas 5 4 .556 ½ Seattle 4 6 .400 2 Los Angeles 3 6 .333 2½ ——— Thursday's Games Cleveland 3, Texas 2 Minnesota 8, Boston 0 Toronto 7, Chicago White Sox 3 L.A. Angels at N.Y. Yankees,(n) Baltimore at Oakland, (n) Friday's Games Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 2-0) at Cleveland (Talbot 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Texas (C.Wilson 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 1-0), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 1-0) at Toronto (Marcum 0-0), 7:07 p.m. Tampa Bay (W.Davis 0-1) at Boston (Beckett

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.

1-0), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Greinke 0-1) at Minnesota (S.Baker 1-1), 8:10 p.m. Baltimore (Millwood 0-1) at Oakland (Braden 1-0), 10:05 p.m. Detroit (Bonderman 1-0) at Seattle (F.Hernandez 0-0), 10:10 p.m. Saturday's Games Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 4:10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Detroit at Seattle, 9:10 p.m. Sunday's Games Chicago White Sox at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. Texas at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Toronto, 1:07 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston, 1:35 p.m. Kansas City at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Detroit at Seattle, 4:10 p.m. ——— National League The Associated Press East Division W L Pct GB Philadelphia 7 2 .778 — Florida 5 4 .556 2 Atlanta 5 4 .556 2 Washington 4 5 .444 3 New York 3 6 .333 4 Central Division W L Pct GB St. Louis 6 3 .667 — Cincinnati 5 4 .556 1 Chicago 4 5 .444 2 Milwaukee 4 5 .444 2 Pittsburgh 4 5 .444 2 Houston 1 8 .111 5 West Division W L Pct GB San Francisco 7 2 .778 — Arizona 5 3 .625 1½ Colorado 5 4 .556 2 Los Angeles 3 5 .375 3½ San Diego 3 6 .333 4 ——— Thursday's Games Houston 5, St. Louis 1 Milwaukee 8, Chicago Cubs 6 Washington 7, Philadelphia 5 N.Y. Mets 5, Colorado 0 Atlanta 6, San Diego 2 Cincinnati at Florida, (n) Arizona at L.A. Dodgers, (n) Friday's Games Houston (F.Paulino 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Silva 0-0), 2:20 p.m. Cincinnati (Leake 0-0) at Pittsburgh (Duke 2-0), 7:05 p.m. Florida (A.Sanchez 0-0) at Philadelphia (Halladay 2-0), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 0-2) at Washington (Lannan 1-1), 7:05 p.m. Colorado (Hammel 0-0) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 2-0), 7:35 p.m. N.Y. Mets (O.Perez 0-1) at St. Louis (Carpenter 1-0), 8:15 p.m.

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