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Detroit utilizes backup plan Lions starters beaten for ﬁrst time, though
ond touchdown, a 2-yard run with 4:55 left in the game. “That’s what they brought me Preseason ﬁnale: Buffalo Bills here for,” said Young, a seventhat Detroit Lions, 6:30 p.m. round draft pick. “I hope I can TV: Tape-delayed, keep it going.” 10 p.m., WNEM-5 While the backups got the job done, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and the rest of Detroit’s at Ford Field. The Lions are now 2-1 in preseason while the Browns starters played into the third quarter and they trailed 27-21 when fall to 1-2. they left the game. Rookie defensive end Willie The Lions did not commit a Young — for the second straight week — got a sack/fumble to help single penalty in the first quarter, but then loaded up in the second — secure the Lions victory. Young’s play came with 6:57 remaining in the game and led to Brown’s secSee LIONS, B7
Lions 35, Browns 27
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DETROIT — The Detroit Lions won the game but, for the first time in three preseason games, the starters were beaten during their time on the field. Backup running back Aaron Brown scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Lions beat the Cleveland Browns 35-27 Saturday
Playing it safe MHSAA toughens requirements to get back on the ﬁeld after a concussion
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Flushing’s Brett Brindley had the type of football game he should remember. He doesn’t. At least, not all of it. Brindley, then a junior, set single-game program records for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a 57-50 loss to Grand Blanc on Oct. 3, 2008. Brindley also suffered Brett three concusBrindley sions in that game, he said. In the first quarter, he jumped for an overthrown pass and the defender threw his head to the ground. In the second quarter, a screen pass led him into a big hit. Brindley doesn’t remember how he suffered the third concussion — or the second half, for that matter. “It wasn’t until after I got my concussion until I started going crazy and getting all these touchdowns and stuff,” Brindley said. “And people were just yelling at me, like hooting and hollering, ‘Yeah, you scored,’ hitting me in the helmet. I didn’t really even care, know, what they were talking about. I just kept doing it.” Brindley told about six or seven teammates, close friends whom he trusted not to tell the coaches, about his concussions. He didn’t want to leave the game. One of those teammates, Jamie Grainger, helped the receiver know when to go on and off the field. Brindley was in a laughing mood, according to Grainger, and didn’t take anything seriously. At one point, Flushing threw an interception, and Brindley walked off the field laughing, unsure what had happened. Brindley, Grainger and then-Flushing coach Bob Buckel all said they didn’t believe any of Flushing’s coaches knew about Brindley’s concussions. In fact, Brindley has never been diagnosed with a concussion. But he said he’s suffered several, dating back to youth football, and knows when he’s suffered one. “You just don’t get the feeling out of nowhere,” Brindley said. “The lights are brighter. The screaming sensation is louder. You don’t want anyone to talk around you. You want to be in dark places. You don’t want people banging your head after you score a touchdown.” Brindley believes he had one or two more concus-
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Grand Blanc overcomes slow start
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Flushing’s Brett Brindley, seen here making a catch against Saginaw High, believes he had three concussions in one game and one or two more the next week. If he could do it over again, he said he would handle the situation “the same exact way.”
How a concussion occurs
Football players can suffer traumatic brain injuries from high-impact, head-to-head collisions on the field. 1
After a blow to the head, energy is transmitted from the helmet to the brain The brain moves freely inside the skull, banging against the bone and bruising the brain The brain’s soft tissue swells but lacks room to expand, causing pressure in the skull
much worse, exponentially worse, or can be exponentially worse than the first concussion and can lead to very serious consequences,” Podell said. “Some players have died from secondimpact syndrome. They’re always teenage players. This does not happen in adult brains. It’s usually in immature brains that it happens.”
The Flint Journal interviewed 28 area coaches about how they handle conSymptoms Second impact syndrome cussion-related issues. Headache, dizziness, This can occur when a player sustains There were a few absoconfusion, nausea, difficulty a second blow to the head within hours, hearing and seeing, lack days or weeks of the initial concussion, lutes. of concentration before swelling has a chance Every coach said he’d pull to heal; the second blow can be fatal © 2010 MCT a player from a game or Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WebMD, Dr. Michael Terry practice if the player showed Graphic: Chicago Tribune signs of a concussion. Every coach asked named multiple concussion sympThursday, no longer includes toms. sions in the next game or Every coach said the safetwo, leaving him with four or a loss of consciousness in ty of his players is a priority. five concussions in a a two- its definition of a concussion. More than 90 percent Some cited liability conor three-week span — or cerns. Some cited a respon“something stupid like that,” of sports concussions don’t include a loss of conscioussibility to protect the youth, as he puts it. None of those many saying they’d want concussions caused Brindley ness, according to Ken Podell, Ph.D., director, Divi- their own son or daughter to miss playing time. sion of Neuropsychology to be safe in the event of a Brindley said he hasn’t and co-director of the Henry concussion. suffered any concussions Ford Sports Concussion Buckel had that experisince and doesn’t feel any ence. His son played through long-term effects. If he could Clinic Podell said the clinic a concussion as a junior at do it over again, he said he typically requires concussed Flushing in 2007. Buckel, would handle the situation players to complete an often who earned his 100th victory “the same exact way.” week-long process before at the school that game, said “If you want to win, I clearing them for game play he didn’t find out about the guess it’s worth the risk,” or full-contact practice. He concussion until after the Brindley said. said such a stringent progame — when his son said, Protocols tocol is necessary for high “Congratulations. What hapThat type of thinking has school athletes, in part, pened?” spurred the Michigan High because of second-impact “Because he’s the coach’s School Athletic Association syndrome. The syndrome, son, he didn’t want to say to adopt a more stringent for which people under 21 anything,” Buckel said. protocol for handling conare most susceptible, can Buckel said his son cussions. occur when someone suffers appeared fine the next day A key change this year is a second concussion before and didn’t miss any practice. the MHSAA, which began the first has healed. playing football games “The second concussion is See CONCUSSIONS, B2
This wasn’t the start Grand Blanc’s Justice Hayes envisioned for his senior season of football. Throwing the first touchdown pass of his career was a pleasant surprise for the two-time 1,000-yard rusher, but things quickly got worse before they got better for the Notre Dame recruit. Hayes’ fumble while playing quarterback in a Wildcat formation gave Carman-Ainsworth its only touchdown in a 21-7 season-opening loss Friday night before 7,123 fans at Grand Blanc. The fumble recovery in the end zone by Jesse Johnson put the Cavaliers ahead 7-6 with 6:19 left in the first half. It also lit a fire under Hayes, who had only seven yards on six carries until that point, and had already lost a fumble in the first quarter. “That was tough for me,” Hayes said. “I really haven’t been in that situation before, where I played so poorly. I picked it up in the second half and didn’t disappoint my team. That first quarter wasn’t me. I’m going to pick it up in practice this week and correct that.” Hayes ran with a purpose the next time the Bobcats got the ball, breaking off runs of 16 and 33 yards on a drive that put Grand Blanc ahead 12-6 on defensive tackle Nick Koutouzos’ 1-yard plunge. Hayes then ran three times for 21 yards on the next drive, putting the Bobcats up 18-7 with a 5-yard run with 2:37 left in the first half. Hayes finished with 149 yards on 18 carries. He also threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Ryan Morley, who began the play by tossing a lateral to Hayes. Hayes attracted a pass rush, then threw to his left to Morley, who had plenty of room down the left sideline with 8:20 left in the first quarter. “There were guys in my area, so I had to hurry up and get if off quick,” Hayes said. “It was a very difficult throw for me.” The next time Hayes was involved in some trickery, it backfired, as he bobbled a snap from the 5-yard line in the shotgun. He tried to pick up the ball, but couldn’t grab the handle. Johnson fell on it for a touchdown. Grand Blanc coach Joe Delaney said: See FOOTBALL, B4
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Grand Blanc’s Justice Hayes makes a cut against visiting Carman-Ainsworth during their game Friday. The Bobcats won, 21-7.
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Top golfers improving their game at Mott C.C. Jared was a key component in Davison’s run in 2010 — it was ranked as high as No. 6 in the state last spring, and Walraven holds several all-time FLINT — Rick Austin is well aware Kearsley records. of Flint’s basketball tradition. With Davison’s Tony Campbell and Travis the likes of, but not limited to, The Carto, and Burton St. Thomas More’s Flintstones, who won a national title Mark Foster are primed to make at Michigan State in 2000, Glen Rice and Terry Furlow, the city has come to Austin’s roster for the upcoming fall be recognized as a basketball breeding season. However, Foster didn’t play golf in high school. St. Thomas More ground. doesn’t offer the sport. But Foster does But basketball isn’t the only sport have plenty of AJGA experience, and that Flint-area athletes excel at. The Austin said he city is becoming was a “tournaknown as an area ment player,” and he Bears have qualiﬁed for that produces topthinks Foster will tier golf talent, too. the National Junior College adapt quickly. “I can’t deny Athletic Association’s “The six incomthat Flint has ing freshman been, and will national championship alone would continue to be, seven times, won four state constitute an a basketball hotextremely formititles and ﬁnished second bed,” Austin said dable team,” he Tuesday. “I would or better in regionals in the said. argue that the 14 years Austin has been at And the guys rich history of the coming back next Flint-area golf the helm. year aren’t too community may bad, either. be even greater The Bears than the rich hisreturn Saginaw Heritage’s Bruce Eccletory of the basketball community.” ton, and Clarkston’s Tommy Ronk as One of the reasons why Flint has sophomores. Both were all-state in earned a great reputation in golf is 2010, and had top-10 finishes at the because of the job Austin has done coaching at Mott Community College. MCCAA state tournament — both are guaranteed roster spots. Grand Blanc’s He continues to produce quality Jake Worthington won the team’s golfers that in turn, transfer to fourspring trip tournament in 2010, and year schools and have success. looks to secure a spot for 2010-11. The Bears have qualified for the Austin is proud of his program, and National Junior College Athletic said being a Bear is a great way to purAssociation’s national championship sue a golf career — whether playing or seven times, won four state titles and working in the industry. Chesaning’s finished second or better in regionals Zach Redburn transferred to Saginaw in the 14 years Austin has been at the Valley State from Mott and is pursuing helm. Grand Blanc’s Billy Teer ended out- a degree in Professional Golf Management. standing prep and junior golf careers Austin said Redburn likely will in 2010. He won the FJGA’s Mancour become a club pro in the future. Cup in 2009, and is considered one Former NJCAA All-Americans, Joel the best golfers to come from Grand Hoffman and Joey Stimac advanced Blanc. their careers as well. Stimac played at He is one of three Austin signed to National Letters of Intent this summer. Eastern Michigan, and Hoffman is a teaching pro at King Par in Flushing. Davison’s Andrew Jared and Flint Kearsley’s Jon Walraven are the other And former Davison standout, Tommy Thompson, will play for Oakland Unitwo, and both were all-state at one point during their high school tenures. versity this fall. ADAM BIGGERS
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Davison High School football coach Jake Emmendorfer says it’s often difﬁcult to assess concussion symptoms because they are not so obvious as other injuries.
From B1 — MHSAA sets stricter guidelines The new guidelines don’t regulate with what they know. And I don’t think handling concussion-like symptoms every single play in football, you can go up to every single player after every outside a game. Every coach said he would immediately remove a player single play and say, ‘Do you think you have a concussion.’ So, that limits how from practice if he shows signs of a concussion, but they differed on their you can deal with that issue.” clearance requirements. Assessment Forty-three percent of coaches said Last season, a Davison football play- they would require a doctor’s clearance after a player exhibited signs of a coner came to the sideline after taking a big hit. He appeared fine to coach Jake cussion at any time. Another 43 percent said they would Emmendorfer, but Emmendorfer asked the player how he felt. When the player allow a doctor or their trainer to clear a player. responded, “Why am I dressed like The remaining 14 percent said they this? What are we doing?” Emmendorwould rely on the player’s parents, but fer sent him to the trainer. those coaches expressed a belief the That example illustrates the difficulparents would involve a doctor when ties in assessing concussions — which necessary. according to a study published in the Six area schools — including January 2004 edition of the Clinical Durand, which was a pilot school for Journal of Sports Medicine, occurred in 15.3 percent of the 1,532 high school the program about a decade ago — use baseline testing, which compares football players surveyed in the Mila player’s cognitive abilities before waukee, Wis., area. and after potential concussions, when “It’s a tough call with concussions,” determining whether he’s fit to return Emmendorfer said. “Other injuries, to play. you can see. The bone’s broken, or it’s Other coaches go to further a severe cut, or it sticks out in some way. Swelling ankle injury, you can see extremes. Before he became Byron’s coach, Dave Richardson saw a player that. With a concussion, it’s very hard, diagnosed with a concussion. Doctors because it’s not a visual thing.” sat the player for a week of practice, Podell provided common symptoms then cleared him to play the next game. for coaches to use when assessing The player took one hit and couldn’t whether players may have suffered a remember anything he’d done that day. concussion: odd behavior, loss of con“That kind of scared me to death,” sciousness, inability to follow a huddle, Richardson said. forgetting a play, delayed reaction, Now, Richardson would prefer to headache, sensitivity to light and/or balhold a player out a week after a doctor ance problems. Podell said the best way to determine cleared any athlete diagnosed with a whether a player has suffered a concus- concussion. “There’s no scientific basis behind sion is by talking to him. Ask simple questions: Where are you? Who are we it,” Richardson said. “It just worries me. … I’m just not messing with that. These playing? What was the last play? Sixty-three percent of the area coach- are young men that have a whole lot of life in front of them.” es asked about determining whether a player may have suffered a concusEducation sion explicitly mentioned talking to the Every coach interviewed said he player as a way of doing that. spends a significant amount of time Although schools are required to have medical personnel at games, that’s teaching tactics to prevent concussions. Sixty-three percent of local coaches not a requirement for practices. Several sampled said they teach, or have their area schools have lost trainers during trainer teach, players about the longrecent budget cuts. term effects of concussions. Clearance “We don’t want heroes,” Goodrich The new MHSAA guidelines that coach Tom Alward said. “We don’t specify who can clear athletes for play expect martyrs.” after suffering concussion-like sympSixty-four percent taught their playtoms depend on when the warning ers, or had a trainer teach players, signs occur. about the symptoms of concussions. After a player shows symptoms of a But two coaches, Kearsley’s Rod concussion during a game, any mediSchuch and Mt. Morris’ Robert Ogincal personnel designated by the school sky, thought that can go too far. can clear a player. If that clearance isn’t “As fragile as we have to be with that give immediately, a doctor’s written as coaches, I also think that sometimes clearance is required. you can scare a kid,” Oginsky said.
Powers wins ‘Muth Cure girls golf invite
• Birch Run Invitational: Byron claimed two top-10 times to finish fifth. Joe Whaley came in sixth (17:06) and his brother, David Whaley, came The Powers Catholic girls golf team in eighth (17:30.4) to lead the Eagles, (333) won the team portion of the who finished with 135 points. Clio Eagles for Cure Girls Golf Invitational finished in seventh place (194 points), at Frankenmuth on Friday at The For- New Lothrop came in ninth (204), tress. Birch Run finished 11th (223), MonPowers Catholic’s Chloe Lawrie, trose came in 13th (300) and Mt. Morwho recorded a hole-in-one on No. 17, ris took 14th (306). finished second. Lawrie’s teammate, Girls cross country Alexa Mattis, carded an 80 to tie for third with Davison’s Emily Lindsey. • Birch Run Invitational: Clio’s LindDavison (338) finished second, say Taylor finished sixth (21:02.6) to Swartz Creek (362) placed third, and lead the Mustangs to sixth place (153 Clio (401) was fitfh. points). Byron came in seventh (165 Boys tennis points), Birch Run came in eighth (175) and New Lothrop took ninth POWERS CATHOLIC 5, LAPEER EAST 3 Singles: 1 — Chris Tippett (FPC) d. Henry Peabody 6-0, 6-1; 2 (178). — Alex Mikhail (FPC) d. Tony Wagner 6-1, 6-0; 3 — Adam Rahman (FPC) d. Matt Wagner 7-5, 6-1; 4 — Aaron Marietta (LE) d. Cal Somers 6-1, 6-3; doubles: 1 — Andrew Dunkel-Josh Fisher (FPC) d. Ryan Herderich-Justin Townsend 7-6, 1-6, 6-2; 2 — Tyler McCleeryBrad McCully (LE) d. Branden Jones-Joe Rahman 6-2, 6-3; 3 — Sean Murphy-Thad Kunkel (FPC) d. Brad Bessette-Brandon Kelts 0-6, 6-1, 7-5; 4 — James Apfel-Alex Apfel (LE) by default
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• Hartland triangular: Laruen Fenton recorded 34 assists to lead Flushing to a 1-1 mark. The Raiders beat Hartland (25-22, 25-16) and lost to FrankenThursday’s results muth (25-21, 12-25, 25-16). For the Boys soccer Raiders (3-4-2), Jennifer Hurand had • Grand Blanc 2, Troy Athens 1: Grand 25 digs. Ally Harvey had 15 digs, and Emily Wendling had 19 kills. Blanc’s Zach Carroll scored with six • Vassar 3, LakeVille 0: Vassar won minutes left to break a tie. Tyler Jane(25-15, 25-21, 25-13). way assisted the game winner. Bryce Dellamielleure also scored for Grand Girls golf Blanc (2-0), and Kevin Pugh assisted. • Farmington Invitational: Laura • Davison 3, Swartz Creek 1: Brennan Simerau had a goal and an assist and Farah (81) and Emily Lindsay (83) led Davison to second place. Brandon Gonzalez made eight saves • CAAC Preseason Meet: Owosso finfor Davison (1-0). • Birch Run won its first tournament ished sixth of six teams. in program history Saturday. The Pan- Boys tennis thers defeated Laker, 4-0, and Yale, CARMAN-AINSWORTH 5, FENTON 3 5-0, to reach the finals. Kevin Abdella, Singles — Erick Skaff, Carman-Ainsworth, d. Kyle Jenkins 6-3, 6-1; Cameron Simmington, Carman-Ainsworth, d. Hiraish Kilaru 6-2, 6-2; Korey Cuthberston and Matt Grim Darrius Jones, Carman-Ainsworth, d. Mazzen Saab 6-0, 6-3; Matt each scored in the title game, as they Nagey, Carman-Ainsworth, d. Jake Foguth 6-0, 1-6, 6-4. led the Panthers (7-0) to a 3-1 victory Doubles — Bijan Torfeh-Mujtaba Syed, Carman-Ainsworth, d. Brendon Kruzen-Alex Gerber 6-4, 6-4; Tyler Frey-David Congdon, over Oscoda. Fenton, d. Ricky Frazier-Dijuan Dompreh 6-2, 6-4; Ray Wilson-Bailey • Durand 8, Laingsburg 0: Niclaf Gauss, Fenton, d. Omed Hekmati-Erick VanDyne 6-3, 6-1; Jack Pooler-Mitch Campbell, Fenton, d. Tyler Field-Noah Reed 6-2, 6-1. Hamann scored four goals to lead Records: Carman-Ainsworth 3-0. Fenton 1-1. Durand. Tyler Combs had two goals, GOODRICH 6, ATHERTON 2 Singles — Dusty Ward, Goodrich, d. Josh Korpi 6-2, 5-7, 7-5; R.J. Glen Hitchcock and Phil Telford had Lawler, Goodrich, d. Coty Anderson 6-4, 6-2; Traepon Eberheart, one goal each, and Travis Karhoff Goodrich, d. Logan Oliver 6-4, 6-2; Isaiah Diafora, Atherton, won on forfeit. made six saves for the Railroaders Doubles — Andrew Tallman-Trenton Benedict, Goodrich, d. (3-0). Joel Kulcher-Nick Tromenchenkel 6-0, 6-0; Mike Brelinski-Adam McCormick, Goodrich, d. Griffin Stegall-Donovan Price 6-0, 6-0; Asia • Detroit Country Day 3, Flushing Haro-Brandon Bryant, Atherton, d. Cameron Thompson-Jacob Lawler 1: Jamie Robinson scored Flushing’s 7-6 (7-3), 6-4; Ethan Maki-Jarrod Zuwala, Goodrich, won on forfeit. Records: Goodrich 1-0. Burton Atherton 0-1. only goal in the loss. • Troy 2, Holly 1: Devin Papuga Girls swimming scored for the Bronchos. • Kearsley/Clio 100, Powers Catholic 85 • Birch Run 4, Montrose 0
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Rawls goes two ways to lead Vikings
each of those three touchdowns — two of which As one of the top runwere over 50 ning backs in the state, it’s yards — by obviously imperative that running back Flint Northern gets Thomas out on the Rawls as many touches as field to play possible. defense. “It takes two or three Thomas Although guys to bring him down,” Rawls he finished said Bay City Western coach with more Bruce Mann. “He’s a great than 1,000 yards rushing player.” Rawls, who had 222 total last season, Rawls was not yards and three touchdowns the team’s full-time running back the entire season, in Northern’s season-openand as valuable as he is to ing 53-30 loss to Western the offense, he’s also a key on Thursday, celebrated
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member of the defense, something Northern coach Fred Jackson tries to carefully balance. “We’re a tougher team when he’s on defense,” Jackson said. “We have to get him his carries, but I have to find a way to keep him fresh and on the field defensively more.” Rawls is not the only offensive player who pulls double duty for the Vikings. With a small roster, many guys play on both sides of the ball. Rawls, however, started out as primarily a defensive player, and as
much as his big-play potential is a boost to the offense, the defense needs his leadership. “We’re a different defense when he’s out there,” Jackson said. Rawls, known for his toughness, admits that having a large workload on offense while still playing defense can be tough, but he’s focused on leading by example and doing what is asked of him by the coaches. “It’s kind of tough, but all of my coaches push us in practice,” Rawls said.
“As a senior, I have to be a leader on this team and sometimes I’m gonna have to play both ways. I just try to suck it up and go ahead and play.” If Rawls felt any fatigue during the game, it certainly didn’t show — his two longest plays, a 72yard touchdown run and a 50-yard touchdown catch — both came in the second half. “He plays both sides of the football and we came in hoping we could wear him down,” Mann said. “But he wore us down.”
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• Birch Run 28, Chesaning 21: In a game marred by 11 turnovers, Chesaning was up 13-6 after one quarter before Birch Run scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter, taking the lead for good. James Hartley shredded Chesaning’s defense for 266 yards rushing on 43 carries and three touchdowns. The Panthers rolled up 378 rushing yards in all. • Genesee 43, Dryden 0: Brandon Small ran 10 times for 171 yards and a touchdown. Donnovan Aleman scored three touchdowns, two rushings and another on a 60-yard punt return. Carl Youry also returned a kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. • Atherton 13, Webberville 7: Tim Simmons’ 60yard scoring run with 4:10 remaining made Ed Stermer a winner in his coaching debut. The Wolverines won their season-opener for the first time since 2004. Atherton scored first on Caleb Embury’s 4-yard run before Webberville tied the score just before halftime. Simmons finished with 122 yards on seven carries and also blocked a punt. • Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 26, Lake Fenton 24: A 20-point second quarter was the difference as Lake
Fenton fell to Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard. The Blue Devils held an 8-6 lead after the opening quarter, but two touchdowns, a field goal and a safety in the second from Gabriel Richard was too much for Lake Fenton to overcome. Mitch Kirk was 10-of-20 passing for 141 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 88 yards and another touchdown. • Rockford 27, Davison 10: The loss overshadowed Jake Thompson’s smashing start to his senior season. Thompson completed 11 of 22 passes for 243 yards. Jacob Jacobs caught four passes for 127 yards. Nick Perry-Heddy finished with 15 tackles for Davison and Ryan Thick added 10. • Linden 26, Swartz Creek 0: New Linden quarterback Thad Kenney accounted for 304 yards and four touchdowns. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 122 yards and three scores. Tim Cook caught four passes for 104 yards. Swartz Creek’s Mason McGuff passed for 105 yards while Nicholas Webb totaled 13 tackles and Thomas Bentley 11. • Bentley 35, Morrice 13:
Rushing 266 — James Hartley, Birch Run 197 — Zane Brugger, Byron 176 — Thomas Rawls, Northern 171 — Brandon Small, Genesee 149 — Justice Hayes, Grand Blanc 127 — Nick Huckabay, Montrose 124 — Jesse Stewart, Millington 122 — Tim Simmons, Atherton 122 — Thad Kenney, Linden 120 — Mike Schutt, Owosso 117 — Carlos Lymon, Hamady 114 — Jameson Campbell, Montrose 105 — Mason McGuff, Swartz Creek 103 — Mike Sawchuk, Lapeer East Receiving 140 — Kendrick Roberts, Southwestern 136 — Matt Webster, Flushing 104 — Tim Cook, Linden 99 — Josh Johnson, LakeVille 99 — Mike Schutt, Owosso 86 — Forrest Lansky, Flushing
Birch Run High School student Amanda Sivak, 17, watches as her school plays against Chesaning in the Red Feather football game at Arthur Hill on Friday night.
• LakeVille 35, Marlette 0: Nick Streichert had 139 total yards — 70 rushing (seven carries), 49 on two punt returns and 20 on an interception return. He also made nine tackles. Josh Johnson caught three passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also kicked a 29-yard field goal. LakeVille quarterback Trevor Komar went 9-of-12 for 193 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. • Millington 30, Mt. Morris 12: Millington overcame a 12-point halftime decifit. The Cardinals started the second half scoring with a Jesse Stewart run from 16 yards. Stewart added another touchdown later in the quarter to give Millington the lead for good. Millington did most of its damage on the ground, running the ball 48 times for 205 yards. Stewart led the way, with 24 touches for 124 yards. • Ithaca 69, Durand 8: This matchup of 2009 playoff teams was a mismatch as Ithaca, which reached the state semifinals a year ago, rolled. Durand, 74 last season, avoided a shutout thanks to Riley Warren’s 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Durand’s Ian McKay rushed for 86 yards.
Passing 318 — Sal Ausiell, Flushing 243 — Jake Thompson, Davison 184 — David Price, Lapeer West 182 — Thad Kenney, Linden 181 — Dequante Walker, Southwestern 176 — Garrett Barnes, Owosso 151 — Alex Caron, Byron
Birch Run senior James Hartley is brought down during Friday’s game against Chesaning at Arthur Hill High School.
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Bentley had little trouble in its season-opener.
Thursday’s games • Goodrich 48, Warren Lincoln 40: Nick Sweet (128 yards and two touchdowns on four carries) and Wade Wood (109 yards on 13 carries) helped Goodrich coach Tom Alward earn his 100th victory. Connor Wood made 12 tackles, including three sacks, and recovered a fumble. • Montrose 28, Remus Chippewa Hills 7: Montrose junior quarterback Nick Huckabay rushed for 127 yards and four scores on 19 carries and was 4-of-6 passing for 87 yards. He also made nine tackles. Montrose’s Jameson Campbell added 114 yards on 17 carries.
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Byron rolled to a 28-0 lead with 6:12 remaining in the first half en route to a 42-28 win Friday over Hamady. Zane Brugger rushed for 197 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns, and Alex Caron passed for 151 yards and two scores in his varsity debut. Brugger also had eight tackles, and T.J. Tabor had nine. Jordan Coffey caught two passes for 75 yards. Carlos Lymon led Hamady, which scored only 48 points all of last season, with 117 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also returned an interception 60 yards for a score. • Owosso 24, Corunna 21: Owosso quarterback Garrett Barnes went 13-of-25 for 176 yards and three touchdowns — 99 of the yards and all three of the touchdowns to Mike Schutt. Owosso’s Tyler Jones ran six times for 120 yards. Codie Naylor led Corunna with 97 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. • Flushing 45, Kearsley 6: Sal Ausiello went 17-of24 for 318 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Webster caught six passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Forrest Lansky made five catches for 86 yards and three touchdowns. • Lapeer East 44, Holly 6: Lapeer East’s Isaac Joseph kicked a school-record 52yard field goal, and Mike Sawchuk ran 10 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Monta Stangler added 95 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. • Brandon 62, Clio 6: Brandon’s Dan Grost ran six times for 62 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 55 yards. Andra’ Mitchell had three carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. Shane Mahaffy rushed seven times for 40 yards and a touchdown. Julius Combs returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. • North Branch 35, Imlay City 22: Danny Jacobson led North Branch in passing yards (57 with one touchdown) and rushing yards (88 with one touchdown). The touchdown pass went to Joe Raymond, who also returned a kickoff 85 yards for another touchdown. North Branch’s Ethan Deshetsky made 11 tackles, including four for a loss and a sack. John Loveless led Imlay City with 94 yards on 26 carries, and A.J. Caldwell ran for two touchdowns. • New Lothrop 42, Bendle 0: New Lothrop churned out 361 rushing yards to control the contest, its first shutout since 2006. Cody Peterman scored on runs of 45 and 11 yards to stake the Hornets to a 140 first-quarter lead, which ballooned to 35-0 by halftime as Peterman hauled in a 62-yard TD toss from Tyler Bennett. Bennett also scored on a 2-yard run while Austin Severn scored from 6 yards out in the second quarter and on a 25yard run in the third.
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Saginaw Valley League considers new schools PATRICK HAYES
News recently that a committee will be formed to determine whether each school should be admitted. He said that each While it’s not the county-wide school’s admission will be determega-sports-league that some are pushing for, there’s a possible mined on an individual basis. If all five were admitted, it’s solution being mulled over by the Saginaw Valley League that would possible that the Valley could go to a division system, with enough potentially find a new home for North and South region teams to remaining Big Nine teams Davisuccessfully split into two divison, Flushing, Powers Catholic sions. and Carman-Ainsworth and also “It’s in the discussion and get Flint Northwestern back into a review phase among the current conference again. Valley schools as far as I know,” All five teams have applied for said Northwestern athletic direcadmission into the Valley. Pete tor Jeff Whitely. Ryan, executive director of the Northwestern was a member of league, told the Midland Daily
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We just couldn’t compete with Class A schools (when the enrollment went down so drastically).” Jeff Whitely
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the Valley until the early 2000s, but became an independent when the school’s enrollment dipped, taking the school from a Class A status to Class C. The school’s
enrollment since has gone back up. “We just couldn’t compete with Class A schools (when the enrollment went down so drastically),” Whitely said. “The intention was to always try and get back into a league when our enrollment went back up.” The most obvious advantage to being a member of a league is it’s easier for schools to fill out schedules and not go searching for opponents. But Whitely also mentioned that it gives the teams and athletes a chance to get more recognition for their accomplishments
and form rivalries with league opponents. “It just gives you more identity,” Whitely said. “It gives kids a chance to get all-league awards, to form relationships and play against kids (regularly) from other schools and earn league championships. Right now, all we can play for is district, regional and state titles.” There is currently no timetable for the Valley League schools to make a decision, but if any teams are going to be allowed to join for the 2011-12 school year, the league principals would have to vote to admit them by Nov. 1.
Defense leads way for Fenton
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Grand Blanc’s Terrance Stocker celebrates with fans after beating Carman-Ainsworth on Friday at Grand Blanc High School. Friday night. The Bobcats went on to win the game, 21-7.
From B1 — “Ryan came over to me and said, ‘Coach, he’s got that look in his eye. He knows he screwed up. Let’s try to get him the ball.’ We put two drives together to close the half. We needed those drives.” The Bobcats got three more points with one second left in the half on a 35-yard field goal by Zach Carroll. It was a scoreless second half, as both teams had more than their share of opening-night mistakes. Carman-Ainsworth had 10 penalties for 75 yards, lost two fumbles
and threw two interceptions. Grand Blanc was only a little better, serving up two interceptions to Carman-Ainsworth’s Shane Barron, fumbling twice and committing six penalties for 50 yards. The Cavaliers’ penalties nullified two long pass plays and a long run. “The defense did an excellent job,” Carman-Ainsworth coach Nate Williams said. “We put them in a bad sitiuation with all the turnovers. They gave us a chance to still win. We had some big plays called back. I was a little disappointed in that.”
Carman-Ainsworth quarterback Nick Hill recovers a fumble after a snap as Grand Blanc defenders swarm to the ball at Grand Blanc High School. Grand Blanc students pack in student section to help ﬁll out a crowd of over 7,000 to see the Bobcats on Friday.
Turnovers costly as Nouvel shuts out Powers, 28-0 BRUCE GUNTHER
And, with a road game beckoning next week against defending state champ Traverse City St. Francis, the Panthers SAGINAW — What the Powers Catholic couldn’t afford to stumble. Moreover, an early special teams breakdown that nearly football team needed most Thursday was put the Panthers in a quick hole swung a delete button. momentum in the other direction. The Chargers certainly would have The Chargers blocked a Nouvel punt folerased a stunning turn of events which lowing the Panthers’ first possession, thus saw a scoreless game become a potential setting up its first drive of the season at the rout in less than two minutes of the secNouvel 11. But a fumble two plays later, ond quarter. which was recovered by Nouvel’s Logan Nouvel took advantage of nearly all of Schultz, just as quickly ended the threat. Powers’ five turnovers and cruised to a “Coming off of what we’ve been 28-0 win in the season opener for both through in the last year and to have our teams. “They’re young men and they panicked first punt blocked — that could’ve been huge,” Boyd said. “But our defense made a little tonight,” said Powers coach Jim Neumann. “We turned the ball over a cou- a great play and we got through it.” As it turned out, the Panthers defense ple of times and it led to a couple of quick would continue to make plays, especially scores and we never really recovered.” On the flip side, Nouvel took a big first in the second quarter when it helped account for three quick scores. step forward from last season, when it An interception set up Nouvel’s first missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 TD, a 14-yard pass from Bradley Joynt seasons.
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to Nick Hammis, and then defensive end Jack Snyder intercepted a pass just over a minute later, returning it 45 yards for a touchdown. Another turnover just over 30 seconds later set up another TD, this time a 3-yard run by Bennett Lewis. Powers struggled most of the night to get its offensive untracked, unofficially finishing with 160 total yards. The Chargers also failed to capitalize on two possessions inside the Nouvel 10 in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Dan Meissner was Powers’ primary source of offense as he passed for 110 yards. Drew Fortier had a teamhigh 22 yards rushing. Nouvel added an insurance touchdown in the third quarter on a 14-yard pass from Joynt to Ty Jacobs. “We’ll be fine,” Neumann said. “I like this group of kids and I’ve really enjoyed coaching them. We’re going to be a good football team before it’s all over.”
Defenses are usually more polished during the first few games of a football season than offenses. Such was the case for Fenton during its season-opening Metro League clash Friday against visiting Lapeer West. The Tigers offense had several newcomers at key positions, including quarterback, and it struggled at times. Fenton’s defense, on the other hand, was stingy throughout the contest in leading the Tigers to a 24-6 victory over the Panthers in front a crowd of 1,619. The Tigers, who subbed liberally in the second half, held West to 283 total yards — 74 in the first half. “We expected that,” Fenton coach Jeff Setzke said of his defensive play. “We run well, we’re fast. Our No. 1’s were dominant in the first half and in the first series of the second half. We controlled the game.” When you consider the Tigers returned eight starters from last year’s defense that finished fourth in the Metro in scoring defense (17.8 points per game), Fenton’s performance Friday should not come as a surprise. Fenton put the clamps down on West’s run-oriented offense, holding the Panthers to 99 yards rushing on 37 carries (2.7 yards per carry). The Tigers’ defensive line manhandled West’s offensive line, recording a whopping six sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Fenton was particularly stout against the run in the first half, limiting West to only 10 yards on 19 carries. “I don’t think our offensive line is real sure of themselves yet,” West coach Mike Smith said. “There are confidence issues. Give a lot of credit to Fenton. They get after it up front.” Because of the effectiveness of its defense, Fenton’s offense was given the opportunity to mature throughout Friday’s game. The Tigers’ spread offense made strides, finishing with 256 total yards — 183 rushing and 73 passing. Junior Joe DeLavergne, making his first start at quarterback, finished with 114 total yards and three touchdowns. He was 6-for-10 passing for 57 yards and three scores and rushed eight times for 57 yards. With DeLavergne leading the way, Fenton led 17-0 at halftime and 24-0 with 10:15 left in the third quarter. He completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jake Georgakopoulos in the first quarter, a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dan Tousley in the second quarter and a 12yard touchdown pass to Quinton Mandle in third quarter. He left the game late in the third quarter because of a leg cramp. He said he felt fine at the end of the game and he will be ready for next week’s game at Linden. Georgakopoulos rushed eight times for a game-high 90 yards and Kenny Allen booted a 30-yard field goal and three extra points for Fenton. “We’re strong all the way around,” said DeLavergne, who also plays linebacker. “Defense, on any team, brings the hype. We have a lot of returners. We’re real comfortable.”
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EAST LANSING — As the family story goes, Greg Jones, the father, and Greg, the son, took baseball mitts and went to a neighborhood park in Cincinnati one day when Michigan State’s future All-American linebacker was 5. A stranger approached with a camera and asked if he could take a picture. “Greg, my husband, picked Greg up and put him on the limb of a tree for a picture,” Beverly Jones, the mother of the future Spartan star, recalled. “While Greg was putting his son in the tree, he told him ‘you are going to be famous.’ Not knowing the capacity, whether he would be famous in music, sports, whatever it might be, Greg’s father just made the comment because a stranger, this photographer, wanted a picture. “It seems like Greg was destined to be famous when we think about it now.” Thousands of pictures later, Greg Jones, the son, is famous. He’s Michigan State’s best player, last year’s Big Ten Conference defensive player of the year, and one of the best players in the country. “God has done a great thing in Greg’s life,” said Beverly, who regularly wakes early in the morning for a prayer ritual that includes her son, his teammates, his coaches and their families. “He has been blessed.” At Michigan State, it’s the football team, coaches and fans who feel blessed. Jones turned down entering the NFL draft despite projections as high as the second round. “There were more right reasons to be here,” Jones said. “It was a family decision. We laid everything out. We talked about everything. We prayed about it. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life.” His mother believes MSU is where her son should be at this moment. “Coming out early was not the right move for Greg,” she said. “Greg needed to mature off the field and on the field. He needed time. His coaches needed time with him. Going to the NFL is serious. I was stern with him. I asked him what he really wanted to do. “I told him to make certain it was what God had for him at that moment.” Mark Dantonio, Michigan State’s head coach, was elated with the decision. He had made a trip to Cincinnati to visit with Jones and his parents, and to give them the results of research he and staff members had put together. “It wasn’t an effort to sway Greg, but to educate him and his family so he could make the best decision,” Dantonio said. “Obviously, we’re pleased he came back. His commitment to our program says a lot of things about the quality of our program, and about him. He is the kind of player you build teams around.” Pat Narduzzi, the Spartans’ defensive coordinator, had a feeling Jones would return. Still, he felt like jumping up and down when it was confirmed.
Michigan State All-American linebacker Greg Jones
The Greg Jones File Born: Oct. 5, 1988 Class standing: Senior Position: Inside linebacker Number: 53 Size: 6-foot-1, 240 pounds Hometown: Cincinnati High School: Archbishop Moeller “He’s a tackling machine, tenacious, and even better, he’s a player that goes full speed every time,” Narduzzi said. “Even in practice, he’s going 100 miles an hour. Other guys of his stature might save it for games. Not him. All you have to do is point at him, and say to the others, ‘be that guy.’ ”
Jones’ teammates are among his biggest fans. They like the mild, friendly linebacker who on the field switches to a mix of technician and unbridled tenacity. They watch him. “I want to be him,” Trenton Robinson, the Spartans’ free safety from Bay City Central, said. “Greg Jones is that guy. He is where he is because he Room to improve works so hard. How he plays Mike Tressel, his position in games on Saturday, that’s coach at linebacker, felt like a what we see in practice every Spartans fan when he heard. day. He’s always going hard. It “I was fired up,” he said. inspires me. It makes me want “Fans, coaches, we all want to to go hard, too.” be successful, and having Greg, Jones is elated his teammates that helps us.” see his efforts. He put 15 more Tressel said perhaps the best pounds of muscle on his body thing about Jones is that he in the offseason, and feels he understands he has room for is just as fast as last year while improvement. playing now at 240 pounds. He “He can be the best blitzing also has made an effort since linebacker in the country right spring to be a more vocal leader, now,” he said. “Now, if he wants but is most comfortable setting to be the best middle linebacker an example. in the country, he has some His example: hard work. He steps he needs to take in that learned it from his parents. position in terms of reads and “My parents have always technique. The great part is he worked, and worked hard, and recognizes it and is taking those we are a very close family,” he steps. With those things, he said. “Part of the reason I came could be the best linebacker in to Michigan State is Coach the country.” Dantonio talked about family
tackles at MSU with 359 career stops, could become the record holder. He is 102 tackles behind No. 1, Dan Bass, a linebacker from 1976-79. Last season, Jones had 154 tackles, the seventh best single-season total by a Spartan. His Website: Check out gregjones53.com, a site created to promote him and MSU football. and hard work.” Jones is an only child. His father has worked long hours and sometimes multiple jobs in the food and beverage industry, primarily for country clubs, and currently is a manager at Clovernook Country Club. His mother is a nurse. “He had the right example at home,” Beverly said. “I knew he would be a worker. He played the flute for a while when he was younger, and he worked so hard to learn it and play it, and learn about music.” Jones is majoring in media arts and technology. In addition to a love for music, he has a passion for movies and the film industry. “If I wasn’t playing football, I’d be doing something where I could be creative,” he said. But Jones is playing football. For the Spartans one last season. “I wasn’t done,” he said. “A big part of the reason I came back is because I thought this team could be special, that we still had things we wanted to do as a team. “We want to win the Big Ten championship and go to the Rose Bowl.”
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quarterback’s blind side. Joel Foreman is back for a third year as a starter, and will be solid at left guard. Center John Stipek was a Resolution: More 3-4 (three down good backup, and has improved. lineman, four linebackers) defense Probable starting right guard Chris McDonald has no game experience, instead of the base 4-3 is in the but the coaches love his effort and plans to help get a linebacker improvement. Probable starting on the ﬁeld for better passing right tackle J’Michael Deane is matchups. The Spartans also are focusing on forcing turnovers and a ﬁfth-year senior, but still is an unknown. The best part of spring a better pass rush so the team doesn’t have to depend heavily on and fall camps has been the blitzing in the red zone. competition for the spots. Coaches claim the players have improved. The offensive line, which lost three starters from Team chemistry after last season. last November’s ﬁght at Rather Hall. Resolution: D.J. Young, solid at right tackle last year, moved Resolution: Transfers and to left tackle to help protect the dismissals of a few players Poor red zone defense (the Spartans were last in the Big Ten in 2009) and breakdowns in the secondary.
All-American: Jones in 2009 became the sixth All-American linebacker in Michigan State’s history. The others: George Webster (1965 and ‘66), Ron Goovert (1965), Carl Banks (1983), Percy Snow (1988 and ‘89), Julian Peterson (1999). Tackling machine: Jones, currently eighth in career total
helped. The coaching staff also implemented a “unity council” of players and coaches to discuss with the team members their role as public ﬁgures and to learn from the mistakes of last season. Head coach Mark Dantonio said team unity and togetherness was urged, talked about and encouraged. The players said they responded. Several of the veteran players have called this the best team, chemistry-wise, of their careers, and Dantonio said at this point it is among the best of teams he has coached. Quarterback Kirk Cousins and linebacker Greg Jones are older, wiser and focused on being better leaders. The jury is sure to be out on the Spartans until the team faces some adversity, however.
The kicking game, which saw All-Big Ten pick and team MVP Brett Swenson graduate. Repair method: Dan Conroy, a sophomore, and Kevin Muma, a redshirt freshman, battled through spring. Dantonio said last week that the battle could last into the regular season. Both have kicked well in practice, and both have had some issues when game-like situations were added to the mix. Freshman Mike Sadler, recruited primarily as a punter, was added to the competition recently. Dantonio said the best kicker would win the job. He just can’t determine who that kicker is at that point. — Greg Johnson
EAST LANSING — Call it the Michigan State promise, or more precisely, the Mark Dantonio promise. The Michigan State coach enters his fourth year, and fans are still waiting for that swarming green and white defense that will terrorize the Big Ten Conference. When Dantonio arrived from being head coach at Cincinnati, where the program took a turn for the better because it started GREG stopping people, he Johnson talked about how his teams would play strong defense. He had the credentials to convince the believers. He was the defensive coordinator for that 2002 unit at Ohio State that helped win the national championship by allowing just 13.1 points per game (second in the nation) and 77.7 rushing yards per game (third). Michigan State fans couldn’t help but envision such numbers for the Spartans. The 2007 group, his first at MSU, wasn’t bad for starters. That unit finished fourth in the Big Ten in total defense. The 2008 defense had its moments, especially when it helped push the 9-3 regular season to the final day with a chance to tie for the conference title. Still, it was the seventh best in total defense in the conference. The 2009 unit, well, it was hit or miss. That group hit folks. That group played great often for extended periods of time, and even for a few games in the middle of the season. But that group also had gameturning breakdowns while giving up big plays, and those losses, as in 29-27 to Central Michigan, 33-30 to Notre Dame, 38-30 to Wisconsin, 42-34 to Minnesota and 42-14 to Penn State, were dismal. Then there was the day they played magnificently against Iowa, only to give up a final 70-yard, 10play drive of doom. Sometimes, it appeared superb middle linebacker Greg Jones was making up the highlight package and everybody else was making mistakes. The upside for 2010: Jones decided to hold off on the NFL and return. “I wasn’t finished yet,” he said. “I want to leave a champion. I know that looks like a tough goal at this point, but I think we can do it.” Jones likes the team, but most of all, he thinks the defense has the parts to excel. “We have the athletes,” he said. “We have to put it all together. We have to do our jobs, swarm all over the field, make the plays in the moment. So many times last year the moment came, and we didn’t make the plays, me included.” Pat Narduzzi, MSU’s defensive coordinator, won’t accept talk of poor defense the past three years. He said the team has had a good defense in each of the three years, and that statistics are for losers. He’s an excitable, aggressive sort, so few will argue with him. And at times in the past three years, Michigan State has had a good defense. “What we’re looking for is consistency,” Dantonio said. “I don’t get hung up on yardage, or even points, but we have to be consistent at getting off the field on third downs, and we have to be tougher in the red zone.” When teams crossed the 20-yard line last year, the scoreboard keeper could start putting up points. The Spartans were last in red zone defense in the conference — dead last, as in the other team scored 39-of-41 trips. Even the best teams, as in Ohio State last year, stop teams in the red zone only 30 percent of the time or so. But that can mean a few wins. Note, the Spartans lost four games in which they led after three quarters. And note that haunting Iowa game that soured a season and left the Spartans to drag in at 6-7 after an Alamo Bowl loss. Dantonio, for certain, deserves credit for taking the Spartans to three consecutive bowl games and consecutive wins over rival Michigan. At 22-17, he deserves credit for his team being competitive on most Saturdays in the fall.
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Michigan’s Obi Ezeh breaks up a pass intended for Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins in the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Oct. 4, 2008.
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ANN ARBOR — Obi Ezeh had time to ponder the fallout of losing his starting job last season, such that the University of Michigan linebacker knows two things unconditionally: One, he can justify it because of a bad back that limited his mobility; and two, he doesn’t want it to happen again. “Obviously, I was having some issues, some injury issues that I was dealing with that were kind of limiting me physically,” Ezeh said. “A lot of people didn’t really know. We didn’t really talk about it a lot. But that’s just what it was.” The fifth-year senior from Grand Rapids Catholic Central enters his final season much like he entered his 2007 redshirt freshman year, in competition for his job and uncertain exactly which linebacker position, or positions, he will play. Michigan’s active career leader in tackles, with 235, led the Wolverines in tackles in a sophomore season when he appeared destined for National Football League riches. He hit a wall in 2009. Michigan’s coy approach to injuries left plenty of people wondering exactly what went wrong, while Ezeh remained mute about the strained back that made him play “stiff” and too upright. “I’ve been just working on staying healthy, just so I’m able to move, I’m able to bend,” he said. Ezeh had started 29 consecutive games before he was replaced for three of the last four games. It was a surprise development considering Ezeh’s penchant for gravitating to the ball. He has nine games with double-digit tackles with a career-high 15 against Wisconsin two years
Age: 22 Hometown: Grand Rapids High school: Catholic Central Position: Linebacker Number: 45 Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 250 pounds Year: Senior Major: General studies Notable: The active leader in career tackles for the Wolverines, with 235, also played on a state championship rugby team at Catholic Central High School. He has played 37 games at U-M, with 31 starts at inside linebacker, and was a 2007 Freshman All-America and 2008 honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. Quotable: “Since I got here, I’ve always had to compete for my position. It’s never really been given to me. I always had to earn it. So that’s what it is and that’s what it’s going to be.”
ago, and a knack for demonEzeh played two linebacker izing Michigan State (14 tackles positions in a scrimmage eight and a fumble recovery last year; days ago and probably could 13 tackles, two sacks in 2007). play all three, head coach Rich Rodriguez said. Back in the mix Ezeh most commonly plays To Ezeh’s benefit, defensive inside, so some of that could coordinator Greg Robinson also be Rodriguez’s typical coyness is his position coach. about naming starters. “I know Obi has worked real “I don’t want our guys to get hard to kind of challenge himhung up on who’s the starter, self to physically become the who’s the first guy,” Rodriguez best athlete he can be,” Robsaid. “We want our guys to be inson said. “I’m glad I’ve been focused on what we have to do able to work with him, specifito help our team win. If everycally, because I think he absorbs body takes that attitude, we’ll be the information. all right. And Obi has, so far.” “He’s very intent on competEzeh, who in 2007 won a ing very hard to get back in three-way battle to replace David there and feel good about the Harris, said he is “not afraid of way he can play.” competing” for his position.
Four Downs 1 2 Uncertainty in the defensive transition this season. Resolution: Rich Rodriguez wants to run a 3-3-5 defense, which is what he used to great success at West Virginia. Problem is, the Wolverines’ languid implementation of the scheme, which was the focus of spring ball defensively, took a major hit when cornerback Troy Woolfolk suffered what may be a season-ending injury in summer camp. As difﬁcult as it may be to initiate a young secondary as the focal point of the defense, it may be an even greater imperative now that the Wolverines commit to ﬁve defensive backs, given their ongoing problems in pass defense.
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Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh,left, and safety Troy Woolfolk, center, talk with head coach Rich Rodriguez as they wait for a team photo. Woolfolk suffered a lower leg injury during fall camp and will miss the season, putting even more pressure on Ezeh to lead the Wolverines’ defense this season.
He acknowledged he wasn’t the same player last year as his first two seasons, which isn’t to say he embraced his benching. “Coach Rod made the decision and that’s what you have to live with,” he said. “Obviously, you don’t want that to happen again, so you kind of use that to motivate you.” Ezeh enters 2010 “able to move and that’s a major part of my game, just getting to places where other people can’t get.” Soon, the question becomes whether he can get to the NFL. “I’m not really too much worried about that right now,” he said. “If this team does what it’s supposed to do, everything will work out in the end.”
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Ball protection and turnover production. Resolution: Tate Forcier simply must cut down on the poor decisions that plagued him during the second half of last season. One staple of the Lloyd Carr coaching era that hasn’t translated since the Rodriguez transition is turnover ratio. Michigan was minus-12 in turnover ratio in 2009 and minus-10 in 2008. Before that, the Wolverines hadn’t had a negative turnover ratio since 2001, when they were minus6 but had negative single-game ratios only ﬁve times, including in all of their losses during an 8-4 season. Last year, the Wolverines started 4-0, and during that run they were plus-1. They were minus13 the rest of the way.
Settle the quarterback position. Resolution: More of Forcier, less of the multiheaded quarterback rotation the Wolverines used last year. Denard Robinson, a run-oriented quarterback, has drawn favorable comparisons to Pat White, the quarterback who helped turn Rodriguez’s West Virginia teams into a big winner. But White also had the beneﬁt of running back Steve Slaton, whose presence in the backﬁeld prohibited opposing defenses from focusing on one or the other. The past two years, Brandon Minor led U-M in rushing with 533 and 502 yards, the two lowest totals to lead the Wolverines since 1963. They’re even less
experienced at running back this year. But they do have experienced wideouts. Robinson is a perfect quarterback for the spread offense if he has help at running back. Absent that, it’s Forcier or bust. Shore up the kicking game. Resolution: As much as it can determine the difference between victory and defeat, this is something largely beyond the bounds of a coaching staff’s control. The punting duties almost certainly will fall to true freshman Will Hagerup. And the front-runner for the place-kicking duties is Brendan Gibbons, a redshirt freshman who likewise never has kicked in a college game. — David Mayo
ANN ARBOR — Television analyst Kirk Herbstreit covered a University of Michigan football game last year at Iowa, an offensive shootout that might have turned around the Wolverines’ season. Instead, they lost by two points, finished 5-7 while Iowa went on to the Orange Bowl, and left Herbstreit with one overriding thought as he watched Michigan’s defensive backs get diced. “It didn’t look like a Michigan football team to me,” he said. A lot of things don’t look like Michigan football around here anymore, and people wonder when they will again. Some change is permanent, most notably a $226 million stadium renovation that took more than six years to plan and execute. As for the Wolverines’ regression into a sub-.500 program with two consecutive years excluded from postseason bowls, a continuation of that trend almost certainly translates to temporary status for the Rich Rodriguez coaching regime. And the first major sanctions to befall the program have yet to reach final resolution, with selfimposed penalties in place and the NCAA Committee on Infractions in deliberation whether to accept the two-year probation or tack on a bowl ban. Rodriguez admitted the question fans ask him most is “Hey, coach, when are we going to win more?” “The last two years have, there have been quite a lot of experiences, a lot of drama, so to speak,” he said. “But I think our guys have stayed focused. It’s fun to be around them, watching them grow up, see our young guys get some experience, take their lumps a little bit. “I am really proud of our staff and our players for staying focused through all the things that have been going on. I think we’ve been able to stay focused and get some things accomplished the way we wanted in building our program.” Undoubtedly, tolerance is low at the winningest program in college football history. Other big-time programs fell on hard times and bounced back. Alabama, three years after a losing season, was the undefeated national champion last year. Penn State, after a pair of losing seasons that led to calls for head coach Joe Paterno’s job, has 51 wins the past five years, exceeded only by Boise State and Texas (58), Florida (57), Ohio State (54), Texas Christian (53) and Virginia Tech (52). But at erstwhile national powers such as Florida State, Miami, Tennessee and Washington, fans openly wonder when the glory days will return. Add Michigan to that list. The massive stadium overhaul came against the protests of traditionalists who may consider their position buoyed by the fact that some of the stadium’s most expensive seating, the 82 suites and 3,000 club seats, remain available for purchase. And the NCAA’s final ruling on the first major sanctions in school history almost certainly will come down during the season, after the university pleaded its case before the infractions committee earlier this month in Seattle. Athletic director David Brandon has maintained a silent stance pending that ruling, confining his comments to one public statement in which he said the Wolverines “own the mistakes we have made, we fixed some process and communication problems that caused them, and we’re keeping a close eye on this so it doesn’t happen again,” and until then will prepare for “what we expect will be a great football season.” Clearly, it had better be. The question is how can it be with quarterback questions, an iffy secondary, a recruiting deficit and the specter of sanctions hanging over it all. “The success we had last year was minimal,” sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier said. “Our success has to increase just for a lot of people to back off. If we have more success, everything will calm down.”
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Federer conﬁdent entering U.S. Open
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Tiger Woods chips out of a bunker to the ﬁfth green during the third round of The Barclays golf tournament Saturday in Paramus, N.J.
Triple bogey ruins day for Tiger
Woods, who rallied to get to 3-under 210. “But I’m pleased how I sucked it up and got it back the rest of the day, when it easily could have gone the other way. PARAMUS, N.J. — One swing cost Hitting a ball like that, it can derail you. Tiger Woods any chance of winning And it didn’t. I got it right back.” The Barclays. It was hard to believe the swing Now he can only hope get gets to came from someone who had only keep playing after Sunday. missed two fairways over the first 36 Four shots out of the lead to start the third round, Woods hit a shocking holes. Woods attributed it to having 3-wood off the first tee — part pop-up, too many swing thoughts swirling part duck-hook — that sailed over the between the ears. “I got caught between two swings,” trees and off the property at Ridgehe said. “And I wasn’t committed to wood Country Club. It led to a triple what I was doing. I wasn’t focused bogey, and he never got those three on exactly what I should have been shots back. doing, what I’ve been doing on the Woods finished with back-to-back range, what I’ve been doing the last birdies for a 1-over 72 that put him couple of weeks. And it backfired.” well behind the leaders. The top 100 in the FedEx Cup “In the end, it probably cost me a standings advance to the second chance to win the tournament,” said
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round next week in the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston. Woods started the playoffs at No. 112, and he seemed safe after opening with a 65 to share the lead. At one point, after a bogey from a fairway bunker on the ninth hole, Woods was projected outside the top 100. But that was his last big mistake. Woods hit to the front of the green in two on the 616-yard 13th hole for an easy up-and-down for birdie, and his 3-wood on the 587-yard 17th stopped 20 feet from the pin for a twoputt birdie. He finished with a 7-iron to 8 feet for birdie on the 18th. Martin Laird ran off four birdies early in his round and kept bogeys off his card Saturday for a 6-under 65 to build a three-shot lead over Dustin Johnson and Jason Day.
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TORONTO — It wasn’t shaping up to be a ninth-inning thriller. Detroit Tigers rookie Alfredo Figaro gave up three runs in the first inning, and Toronto Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow was cruising with his fastball-slider combination. Detroit was down by four runs entering the ninth, but would make a game of it before losing, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. Reliever Scott Downs got wild and one thing led to another. Casper Wells greeted closer Kevin Gregg by drilling a two-out, tworun double that made it a one-run game. Wells stood on second, representing the tying run as Ramon Santiago strode to the plate. It had been a bad game for Santiago, but he had a chance to go from goat to hero with one clean hit. Instead, he struck out swinging. It was the third time he fanned on a hitless day, and made his double play bunt in the first inning hurt even more. Santiago took off his helmet and made the long walk back to the dugout, head down, as the Rogers Centre got noisy with blaring sirens and 27,119 fans shouting after exhaling. “He got me on a back-door slider,” Santiago said. “I was looking for a slider. After Casper got that big hit with two out, I wanted to tie it. Maybe I was too anxious. “I have to have a short memory and come back tomorrow.” Santiago took Morrow off the hook in the first inning. Will Rhymes led off by slapping an opposite-field double, and then Santiago popped up a bunt that Morrow fielded to his right before beginning the run-down of Rhymes. Santiago tried taking second on the play and also was thrown out sliding into the bag. “You can’t make mistakes like that in the first inning—bunting a ball in the air,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “That’s poor concentration; it’s not acceptable. And then you get
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Detroit’s Will Rhymes avoids Toronto’s Jose Bautista while turning a double play Saturday in Toronto. doubled up going to second. “It didn’t look like much of a play for eight innings, but it looked like a pretty important play in the ninth.” Santiago knew that all too well. “The pitch was high and I just didn’t take a good angle on it,” he said. “I practice that play every day and make no excuses. And then I’ve got to take that extra base with the run-down going on, but I didn’t.” Santiago prides himself on doing the little things right as a utility infielder, and entered the game batting .277. But this was a game that got away from him. And it was a game that almost got away from Figaro early. He gave up three runs in the first, and it could have been worst had third baseman Brandon Inge not taken a slicing double away from Adam Lind for the third out. “He made too many bad pitches,” Leyland said. “He left his fastballs over the middle and up. He didn’t embarrass himself, but he’s got to
get the ball down. His mistakes were hit hard, and he needs to improve his breaking ball.” Figaro didn’t learn until Friday that he was starting. Jeremy Bonderman wasn’t able to go with inflammation in his right rib cage, and he got the call. “It was no nerves, really,” Figaro said. “You just come in so excited that you have to calm down. You have to calm down and not be so quick. My fastball and breaking ball were up, but it wasn’t mechanics. “In the second inning, I calmed down. I wasn’t so excited. And I got my pitches down.” Meanwhile, Morrow was rolling. Miguel Cabrera’s second-inning solo shot was all he allowed in six innings. Cabrera’s 33rd of the season landed in the second deck and pushed his major league-leading RBI total to 106. Morrow (10-6) struck out nine — getting Brennan Boesch to go down swinging three times.
NEW YORK — Riding in a car a few days before the start of the 2010 U.S. Open, Roger Federer was discussing the state of his game during a telephone interview when he suddenly interjected a warning. “Just so you know, I’m going through the Midtown Tunnel here,” Federer said, “so if we get cut off, I’ll call you back, OK?” Which illustrated two traits: The guy is exceedingly polite — and he knows his way around New York quite well. The latter quality might result from so many extended stays in the Big Apple over the years, sticking around long enough to reach every men’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2004. If there have been questions raised in recent months about where Federer’s career is headed, there is at least one person who is adamant that it’s far too soon to write him off. You guessed it: Federer himself. “As high as my confidence has been the last few years,” Federer said in an interview with The Associated Press, “I don’t feel like I’m any less confident.” When the U.S. Open begins Monday, Rafael Nadal will try to complete a career Grand Slam, Andy Murray will seek his first major title and Novak Djokovic his second, and Andy Roddick will aim to end an American drought. And Federer? He gets a chance to show that reports of his demise are premature, that he still possesses the on-court qualities that let him lord over tennis for so long: the slick movement, the sublime forehand, and the pinpoint serve on display in that popular is-it-real-or-fake? video catching millions of clicks on YouTube. “Rafa, Murray and Djokovic are all looking good, too, so I think it’s going to be a U.S. Open with multiple favorites,” said Federer, who announced Saturday that he’s hiring Pete Sampras’ former coach, Paul Annacone. “But I guess I’m one of the big ones or bigger ones — if not the biggest one — because of my history here over the last six years, making the final each year.” That run includes five U.S. Open championships, part of his record haul of 16 Grand Slam titles. It also helped Federer accumulate semifinals-or-better showings at a record 23 consecutive major tournaments, a streak that ended with a quarterfinal loss at this year’s French Open. Another quarterfinal exit followed a month later at Wimbledon, where Federer has won six titles. “I’m sure he’s highly motivated to kind of get it right after what, for him, are disappointing Grand Slam results — and for other people are very good Grand Slam results,” said Roddick, whose 2003 U.S. Open victory was the last major title for a U.S. man.
From B1 — Detroit loses another linebacker to injury “We didn’t give up too getting flagged six times for 60 yards. One of those penal- many big plays. We just ties wiped out a 50-yard pass stayed alive, stayed alive, stayed alive and held them completion for Detroit. to a field goal,” Lions head Those mistakes, includcoach Jim Schwartz said. ing many others including “The defense found a way fumbles, blown coverages and missed tackles, resulted to rise up — it wasn’t a good in Cleveland’s 24-14 lead at first drive for us. There were a couple of things, we halftime. didn’t give up big plays and “We just shot ourselves we were able to hold them in the foot,” Stafford said. in the red zone and hold “An offensive pass interferthem to a three right there. ence penalty hurt us and You give yourself a chance we had a holding penalty to win if you don’t give up on the long play to Nate. touchdowns.” If we eliminate those two On the first play of the — and the fumble return for opening drive, middle linethe touchdown — we had a really good day. I told the backer DeAndre Levy sufguys at halftime that we had fered a groin injury and did not return to the game. His to put together a drive for backup, Jordon Dizon, has a touchdown — you’ve got already been lost for the to be able to do that when season with a knee injury you’re down at the half so Vinny Ciurciu played the — and they had their firststringers still in there so we middle. “We’ll see where that is,” played well.” Schwartz said. “I don’t know Stafford had a decent how long that’ll be until showing, completing 13 passes in 17 attempts for we get some tests on it. He wasn’t able to play after that.” 141 yards, one touchdown Running back Jahvid Best and a passer efficiency rating took a pitch from Stafford of 120. The Lions have one and weaved in and out of more preseason game to go — Thursday at home against traffic for a 51-yard gain. the Buffalo Bills — and Staf- After Stafford hit Best on ford said the Lions are ready a 10-yard completion, Stafford threw a corner route for the regular season. “jump ball” to receiver Bry“I feel great and I feel ant Johnson for a 7-yard we’ve done a good job in preseason as a unit, execut- touchdown pass. After holding the Browns ing and playing fast. That’s the one thing we wanted to on their second drive, the Lions offense was on the do and we’ve done a really move again, but Kevin good job of that,” he said. Smith was stripped by “We’ll get some tune-up time in the fourth preseason defensive lineman Brian game and we’ll get out there Schaefering and cornerback Eric Wright scooped up the and ready to go.” fumble and ran 44 yards for Jake Delhomme, Cleveland’s veteran quarterback, the touchdown. The Browns went on was even stronger, completing 20 passes in 25 attempts another long drive in their next series, going 71 yards for 152 yards. Delhomme got things started quickly on on 10 plays. They capped the first drive of the game the drive with a 5-yard scoras the Browns moved down- ing pass to Lawrence Vickers. The score made it 17-7 field with relative ease. with 8:09 left in the first The Browns faced a fourth-and-2 situation at the half. The Browns fumbled on Detroit 42-yard line but easily converted when Delhom- the first play of their next drive and Lions cornerback me hit receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on a 7-yard curl Chris Houston scooped it route in front of cornerback up and ran 14 yards for the touchdown to cut CleveDre Bly. land’s lead to 17-14 with The Browns couldn’t punch it in, though, and set- 3:40 left in the first half. A 1-yard run by Peyton tled for a 35-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 7:11 in Hillis with 24 seconds left in the half. the first quarter.
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Baseball Ryo Motegi hit a two-out grounder through the infield to send Tokyo, Japan, to the Little League World Series title game with a dramatic 3-2 victory in seven innings Saturday over Kaoshiung, Taiwan. Masaya Ishii singled to left and a wild pitch sent the runner to second. After moving to third on a groundout, pinch runner Ryusuke Ikeda scored the winning run after Motegi’s hit slipped just past shortstop Chen-Wei Chen into center. Japan advanced to its first title game since 2007, and will play Hawaii, a 10-0 winner over Texas, today.
Basketball • 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) FIBA World Championship: Brazil vs. United States. Soccer • 2 p.m. (FSD) English Premier League Manchester United vs. West Ham. (Taped) Tennis • 1 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, First Round. • 7 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, First Round.
East Division W L Pct 78 50 .609 78 50 .609 74 55 .574 68 61 .527 46 83 .357 Central Division W L Pct Minnesota 75 55 .577 Chicago 70 58 .547 Detroit 64 66 .492 Kansas City 54 74 .422 Cleveland 52 76 .406 West Division W L Pct Texas 73 55 .570 Oakland 63 64 .496 Los Angeles 63 66 .488 Seattle 50 79 .388 New York Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Baltimore
First David Chung ousted the NCAA individual champion. Then he sent the defending U.S. Amateur champion packing. Next on Chung’s agenda: 36 holes with the top amateur player in the world. The Stanford junior survived an early run of birdies and eagles from 2009 amateur champ Byeong-Hun An, rallying on the back nine for a 1 up victory over An on Saturday in the semifinals of the 110th championship. His reward for reaching today’s 36-hole final — other than a trip to next year’s U.S. Open and an invitation to the Masters — is a match with Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, the top ranked amateur in the world. Uihlein beat 18-year-old Patrick Cantlay 4 and 3.
BLUE JAYS 5, TIGERS 4
GB — — 41 2 1012 1 32 2 GB — 4 11 20 22 GB — 91 2 1012 2312
Friday’s Games Cleveland 15, Kansas City 4 Toronto 3, Detroit 2, 11 innings Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 Texas 7, Oakland 3 Chicago White Sox 9, N.Y. Yankees 4 Baltimore 3, L.A. Angels 1 Minnesota 6, Seattle 3 Saturday’s Games Toronto 5, Detroit 4 Minnesota 1, Seattle 0 Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Baltimore at L.A. Angels, 9:05 p.m. Sunday’s Games Kansas City (Chen 8-7) at Cleveland (Carmona 11-12), 1:05 p.m. Detroit (Porcello 6-11) at Toronto (Rzepczynski 1-2), 1:07 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Nova 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Floyd 9-10), 2:05 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 11-8) at Texas (C.Lewis 9-10), 3:05 p.m. Baltimore (Guthrie 7-13) at L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 11-9), 3:35 p.m. Minnesota (Pavano 15-9) at Seattle (French 2-4), 4:10 p.m. Boston (Lackey 12-7) at Tampa Bay (J.Shields 12-11), 8:05 p.m.
ab r Rhyms 2b 3 0 C.Wells ph-lf 2 Santiag ss 4 0 Damon dh 4 0 MiCarr 1b 4 1 Boesch rf 3 0 AJcksn ph 0 1 Raburn lf-2b4 1 Inge 3b 4 0 Kelly cf 3 0 JhPerlt ph 0 1 Avila c 3 0 Totals 34 4
h 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 8
bi 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
ab FLewis dh 3 2 YEscor ss JBautst rf 3 V.Wells cf 4 Lind 1b 4 A.Hill 2b 4 Snider lf 4 Encrnc 3b 3 JMcDnl 3b 1 JMolin c 4 Totals
r 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
h 0 2 2 0 2 1 3 1 1 0
bi 0 20 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
34 5 12 5
010 000 003 — 301 001 00x —
E—Boesch (8), Encarnacion (15). DP— Detroit 1, Toronto 2. LOB—Detroit 7, Toronto 7. 2B—Rhymes (7), C.Wells (2), Raburn (18), J.Bautista (29), Lind (22), A.Hill (19), Snider 2 (15). 3B—J.Bautista (3). HR— Mi.Cabrera (33). SB—F.Lewis (15). IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Figaro L,0-2 5 8 5 5 2 1 B.Thomas 1 1 0 0 0 2 Schlereth 2 3 0 0 0 2 Toronto Morrow W,10-6 6 5 1 1 1 9 Frasor 1 0 0 0 0 2 Tallet 1 1 0 0 1 2 S.Downs 2-3 1 3 3 1 1 Gregg S,30-35 1-3 1 0 0 0 1 Figaro pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. HBP—by S.Downs (A.Jackson). T—2:51. A—27,119 (49,539).
FRIDAY’S TIGERS BOX SCORE BLUE JAYS 3, TIGERS 2, 11 INNINGS
ab r h AJcksn cf 6 1 2 Rhyms 2b 3 0 1 Raburn ph-rf-lf2 0 Damon dh 6 0 2 MiCarr 1b 4 1 2 Boesch rf 3 0 0 Santiag ph-2b 3 0 JhPerlt ss 6 0 2 Kelly lf 3 0 1 C.Wells ph-rf 1 0 Inge 3b 4 0 1 Avila c 5 0 1 Totals 46 213
bi 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
ab r Snider lf-rf 5 0 YEscor ss 3 0 0JBautst rf-1b 3 V.Wells cf 5 0 Lind dh 5 1 J.Buck c 5 0 0 JMcDnl pr 0 Overay 1b 2 0 FLewis lf 2 0 0 A.Hill 2b 5 Encrnc 3b 4 0 Totals
San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin ended his lengthy holdout Saturday by signing a $7.003 million franchise tag tender. Franklin passed a physical and officially signed the deal before the Niners played the Oakland Raiders in an exhibition game Saturday night. Franklin was going to watch that game before rejoining his teammates for practice next week. He has a little more than two weeks to get ready for the season opener Sept. 12 against Seattle.
Georgia tailback suspended after arrest
Georgia tailback Washaun Ealey has been suspended for at least one game by coach Mark Richt following the sophomore’s arrest. Ealey, the team’s leading rusher last season, was arrested early Friday and charged with hit and run and driving on a suspended license. Wie on top at Canadian Open Richt says he is extremely disappointed Michelle Wie’s second round didn’t have with Ealey’s poor judgment. the wow factor of a hole-in-one, but a 3UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson under 69 on Friday was enough to keep said Ealey was driving his roommate’s her the American atop the leaderboard Chevrolet Impala when he hit a parked late in the second round of the Canadian truck in a school parking deck at 3:19 a.m. Women’s Open. on Friday.
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WASHINGTON — All the protective bubble wrap in the baseball world couldn’t protect Stephen Strasburg from the devastating setback known as Tommy John surgery. The Washington Nationals did all they could to slowly bring along their prized rookie and his invaluable right arm — limiting his pitch count and removing him from games at the merest sign of trouble — but that didn’t stop the 22-yearold from tearing a ligament in his right elbow, bringing an end to a sensational rookie season. The Nationals announced the sobering news Friday. They said Strasburg would travel Saturday to the West Coast for a second opinion, but everyone in the organization has essentially accepted the fact that he will need the ligament replacement operation that requires 12 to 18 months of rehabilitation. “I don’t know if we could have been any more conservative with him,” Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. It’s a setback for Strasburg, of course, and for a baseball world that has spent the summer gasping in awe at his 100 mph fastball, bending curves and wicked batter-freezing changeups.
49ers nose tackle ends holdout
Defending champ out at US Amateur
WEDNESDAY Baseball • 2 p.m. (WGN-A) Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs. • 8 p.m. (FSD) DETROIT TIGERS at Minnesota Twins. Basketball • 12 p.m. (ESPN) FIBA World Championship: Iran vs. United States. From Istanbul, Turkey. Tennis • 1 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, Men’s First Round and Women’s Second Round. From the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. • 7 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, Men’s First Round and Women’s Second Round. From the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
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TUESDAY Baseball • 8 p.m. (FSD) DETROIT TIGERS at Minnesota Twins. Tennis • 1 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, First Round. From the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. • 7 p.m. (ESPN2) U.S. Open, First Round. From the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
The Hawaii native posted a two-round total of 10-under 134, three strokes ahead of Jiyai Shin of South Korea, who had a second-round 67. Morgan Pressel had a 66 at the St. Charles Country Club to move into a tie at 138 with defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway. Sarah Jane Smith of Australia also had a 66 and was in a group at 3 under in the tournament with a $2.25 million purse. Wie, 20, had her ace on the par-3 11th during her first-round 65, a course record for a women’s competition.
Japan, Hawaii to play for LLWS title
MONDAY MLB Baseball • 7 p.m. (ESPN) Teams TBA. • 7 p.m. (WGN-A) Chicago White Sox at Cleveland.
Strasburg appears headed to surgery
SUNDAY Auto Racing • 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2) NASCAR Nationwide Series: NAPA Auto Parts 200. Baseball • 11 a.m. (ESPN) Little League World Series, Consolation Game. • 3 p.m. (12) Little League World Series, Championship. MLB Baseball • 1 p.m. (FSD) DETROIT at Toronto. • 1 p.m. (WGN-A) Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati. • 2 p.m. (WTBS) New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox. • 8 p.m. (ESPN) Boston at Tampa Bay. Basketball • 9:30 a.m. (ESPN2) FIBA World Championship: Slovenia vs. United States. WNBA Basketball • 8 p.m. (ESPN2) New York at Indiana. Conference Semifinal, Game 2. NFL Football • 8 p.m. (66) Preseason Pittsburgh at Denver. Golf • 9 a.m. (GOLF) European PGA Tour Johnnie Walker Championship. • 12 p.m. (GOLF) PGA Tour The Barclays. • 2 p.m. (5) PGA Tour Golf The Barclays. • 4 p.m. (25) U.S. Amateur, Final Day. • 7 p.m. (GOLF) PGA Tour Champions: Boeing Classic.
SPORTS THE FLINT JOURNAL
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bi 0 0 21 0 1 0 00 0 0 21 0
39 3 8 3
000 001 001 00 — 2 000 100 100 01 — 3
One out when winning run scored. E—Y.Escobar (5). DP—Toronto 1. LOB— Detroit 16, Toronto 10. 2B—Jh.Peralta (27), J.Bautista (28), A.Hill (18). 3B—A.Jackson (8), Inge (5). HR—Mi.Cabrera (32), J.Bautista (42), Lind (18). SB—Kelly (3), J.Bautista (6). IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Verlander 8 5 2 2 2 8 B.Thomas 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 Perry 1 2-3 1 0 0 2 3 Coke L,7-3 1-3 2 1 1 1 1 Toronto Marcum 6 8 1 1 2 4 Carlson 2-3 1 0 0 1 0 Frasor 2-3 0 0 0 0 1 S.Downs H,22 2-3 1 0 0 0 0 Gregg BS,5-34 1 3 1 1 0 1 Camp W,4-2 2 0 0 0 2 0 T—3:32. A—20,298 (49,539).
Sunday’s Games Chicago Cubs (Coleman 1-1) at Cincinnati (Volquez 3-2), 1:10 p.m. Houston (Norris 6-7) at N.Y. Mets (Dickey 8-5), 1:10 p.m. Florida (Jo.Johnson 11-5) at Atlanta (D.Lowe 11-12), 1:35 p.m. St. Louis (Wainwright 17-8) at Washington (Lannan 5-6), 1:35 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 1-9) at Milwaukee (Bush 6-11), 2:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Lilly 8-8) at Colorado (Hammel 8-7), 3:10 p.m. Arizona (R.Lopez 5-12) at San Francisco (M.Cain 10-10), 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia (Hamels 7-10) at San Diego (Richard 12-5), 4:05 p.m.
FOOTBALL NFL PRESEASON
NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 73 55 .570 — Philadelphia 72 57 .558 11 2 Florida 65 62 .512 71 2 1 New York 64 65 .496 92 Washington 54 75 .419 1912 Central Division W L Pct GB Cincinnati 74 55 .574 — 1 St. Louis 69 57 .548 32 Milwaukee 60 68 .469 1312 Houston 59 70 .457 15 Chicago 55 75 .423 1912 Pittsburgh 43 85 .336 3012 West Division W L Pct GB San Diego 76 52 .594 — San Francisco 71 58 .550 51 2 Colorado 66 61 .520 91 2 1 Los Angeles 67 62 .519 92 Arizona 51 78 .395 2512 Friday’s Games St. Louis 4, Washington 2 Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 1 N.Y. Mets 2, Houston 1 Florida 7, Atlanta 1 Milwaukee 7, Pittsburgh 2 L.A. Dodgers 6, Colorado 2 Philadelphia 3, San Diego 2, 12 innings Arizona 6, San Francisco 0 Saturday’s Games Philadelphia 3, San Diego 1 St. Louis at Washington, 7:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 2 Houston 4, N.Y. Mets 1 Florida at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 9:05 p.m.
Buffalo Miami New England N.Y. Jets South Tennessee Houston Jacksonville Indianapolis North
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L 1 1 1 2
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .667 .667 .667 .333
PF 86 43 90 36
PA 83 49 70 50
W 1 0 0 0
L 1 2 2 3
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .500 .000 .000 .000
PF PA 42 30 36 57 53 55 62 130
W 2 2 2 1
L 0 0 2 2
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 1.000 .500 .333
PF 40 47 82 71
PA 15 24 84 78
W L T Pct PF Oakland 2 0 0 1.000 49 San Diego 1 2 0 .333 60 Denver 0 2 0 .000 44 Kansas City 0 3 0 .000 42 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East W L T Pct PF Dallas 2 1 0 .667 41 Philadelphia 2 1 0 .667 57 Washington 2 1 0 .667 61 N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500 48 South W L T Pct PF Atlanta 2 1 0 .667 46 New Orleans 2 1 0 .667 98 Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 27 Carolina 0 2 0 .000 15
PA 26 62 58 60
Baltimore Pittsburgh Cincinnati Cleveland West
PA 38 66 51 40 PA 44 68 25 26
North Detroit Green Bay Minnesota Chicago West
W 2 2 1 0
L 1 1 1 2
T 0 0 0 0
Pct PF .667 67 .667 110 .500 38 .000 27
W L T Pct PF San Francisco 2 0 0 1.000 52 St. Louis 2 1 0 .667 62 Seattle 1 1 0 .500 44 Arizona 1 1 0 .500 29 Thursday’s Games St. Louis 36, New England 35 Green Bay 59, Indianapolis 24 Friday’s Games Atlanta 16, Miami 6 Washington 16, N.Y. Jets 11 New Orleans 36, San Diego 21 Philadelphia 20, Kansas City 17 Saturday’s Games Detroit 35, Cleveland 27 Buffalo 35, Cincinnati 20 N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m. Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Dallas at Houston, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Carolina, 8 p.m. Seattle at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Arizona at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. San Francisco at Oakland, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games Pittsburgh at Denver, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2 Buffalo at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Indianapolis, 7 p.m. New England at N.Y. Giants, 7 p.m. Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Atlanta at Jacksonville, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Tennessee, 8 p.m. Baltimore at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston, 8 p.m. Chicago at Cleveland, 8 p.m. Green Bay at Kansas City, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. San Diego at San Francisco, 10 p.m. Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m. Washington at Arizona, 10 p.m.
PA 70 75 22 57 PA 27 80 45 40
LIONS SUMMARY LIONS 35, BROWNS 27 Cleveland Detroit
10 14 3 0 — 27 7 7 7 14 — 35
First Quarter Cle—FG Dawson 35, 7:11.
Det—B.Johnson 7 pass from Stafford (Hauschka kick), 5:43. Cle—Wright 44 fumble return (Dawson kick), :05. Second Quarter Cle—Vickers 5 pass from Delhomme (Dawson kick), 8:09. Det—Houston 14 fumble return (Hauschka kick), 3:40. Cle—Hillis 1 run (Dawson kick), :24. Third Quarter Det—Smith 2 run (Hauschka kick), 10:39. Cle—FG Dawson 45, 5:11. Fourth Quarter Det—A.Brown 4 run (Hauschka kick), 9:38. Det—A.Brown 2 run (Hauschka kick), 4:55. A—36,444. Cle Det First downs 26 22 Total Net Yards 414 347 Rushes-yards 26-109 26-154 Passing 305 193 Punt Returns 3-29 0-0 Kickoff Returns 6-141 4-95 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 34-48-0 19-27-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-14 0-0 Punts 1-29.0 4-43.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-3 2-1 Penalties-Yards 7-45 7-62 Time of Possession 34:31 25:29 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Cleveland, Harrison 11-34, Hillis 7-26, Mitchell 1-26, Wallace 1-15, Jennings 3-3, Davis 1-3, Delhomme 2-2. Detroit, Best 1-51, Felton 6-37, A.Brown 5-34, Smith 8-20, Dorsey 2-9, Morris 2-4, Stanton 1-0, Stafford 1-(minus 1). PASSING—Cleveland, Delhomme 20-250-152, Wallace 4-9-0-91, McCoy 10-14-076. Detroit, Stafford 13-17-0-141, Sh.Hill 6-10-0-52. RECEIVING—Cleveland, Hillis 4-40, Davis 4-35, Cribbs 3-47, Moore 3-36, Jennings 3-33, Robiskie 3-30, Engram 3-22, Harrison 3-(minus 3), Massaquoi 2-36, Watson 2-14, Johnson 1-16, Mitchell 1-5, Vickers 1-5, Stuckey 1-3. Detroit, C.Johnson 2-42, Gronkowski 2-22, Burleson 2-21, Scheffler 2-19, Heller 2-12, Smith 2-9, A.Brown 1-16, Pettigrew 1-16, Best 1-10, D.Williams 1-8, B.Johnson 1-7, Nordin 1-6, Morris 1-5. MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
MICHIGAN SCHEDULE Sep. 4 Connecticut, 3:30 Sep. 11 at Notre Dame, 3:30 Sep. 18 Mass., Noon Sep. 25 Bo. Green, TBA Oct. 2 at Indiana, TBA Oct. 9 Michigan St., TBA Oct. 16 Iowa, 3:30 Oct. 30 at Penn St., 8 Nov. 6 Illinois, TBA Nov. 13 at Purdue, TBA Nov. 20 Wisconsin, TBA Nov. 27 at Ohio St., TBA
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SPRINT CUP SCHEDULE, STANDINGS Aug. 21 — Irwin Tools Night Race, Bristol, Tenn. (Kyle Busch) Sep. 5 — Emory Healthcare 500, Hampton, Ga. Sep. 11 — Richmond 400, Richmond, Va. Sep. 19 — Sylvania 300, Loudon, N.H. Sep. 26 — AAA 400, Dover, Del. Oct. 3 — Price Chopper 400, Kansas City. Oct. 10 — Pepsi Max 400, Fontana, Calif. Oct. 16 — NASCAR Banking 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 24 — TUMS Fast Relief 500, Martinsville, Va. Oct. 31 — AMP Energy 500, Talladega, Ala. Nov. 7 — Lone Star 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 14 — Arizona 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 21 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla. 2010 Driver Standings 1. Kevin Harvick, 3,521 2. Jeff Gordon, 3,242 3. Kyle Busch, 3,170 4. Carl Edwards, 3,113 5. Denny Hamlin, 3,108 6. Tony Stewart, 3,107 7. Jeff Burton, 3,101 8. Matt Kenseth, 3,095 9. Jimmie Johnson, 3,077 10. Kurt Busch, 3,073 11. Greg Biffle, 3,055 12. Clint Bowyer, 2,920
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