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Solid core ready to help Bay in baseball

ESCANABA — A solid group of athletes are ready to help Bay College launch a baseball program in spring. Manager Mike Pankow counts 27 players who participated in some fall games and are working out inside for the upcoming campaign. The majority are freshmen at the two-year school. The ...

Can Harbaugh win the Big One?

Tom Osborne began one of the great coaching careers in college football history with five straight losses in the most important game on Nebraska’s schedule. From 1973-77, Osborne’s Cornhuskers went 46-13 overall but 0-5 against Oklahoma. “It was probably getting to the point where it ...

Phil spills Tiger in big match

Phil Mickelson beat Tiger Woods in overtime Friday in their $9 million pay-per-view match in Las Vegas that ended up free for many viewers because of technical problems. Mickelson won on the 22nd hole, making a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3. The match at Shadow Creek ...

Historic regional grid clash

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Barry Alvarez was pacing the sideline as coach the last time that Wisconsin lost Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Minnesota. It was 2003, but the empty feeling that comes with losing the rivalry game remains fresh. Losing stings. It’s all the education that younger fans and ...

Spartans dig hole, then dig out victory

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Michigan State dug itself a deep hole early against Texas. But Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston and the rest of the Spartans did not panic. Trailing by 19 points eight minutes into the Las Vegas Invitational championship game, the 11th-ranked Spartans (5-1) took the lead in ...

UCF spikers win title

ORLANDO — The University of Central Florida concluded an unbeaten season in the American Athletic Conference and will host a first-round game in the NCAA volleyball tournament. The Knights swept University of South Florida 3-0 Wednesday for their 24th straight win in a 27-3 season. They ...

North Central grad Bilski keys Tech

ERIE, Pa. - The Michigan Tech men’s basketball team will play for the championship of the 35th annual Gary Miller Classic after beating Alderson Broaddus 78-69 here Friday night. The Huskies (2-2) buried 13 triples and never trailed over the game’s final 12:50. Sophomore Dawson Bilski ...

Prep football

By The Associated Press Championship Division 2 Warren De La Salle 29, Muskegon Mona Shores 16 Division 4 Edwardsburg 28, Chelsea 7 Division 6 Jackson Lumen Christi 42, Montague 28 Division 8 Reading 39, Breckenridge 20

Very gruelling race

ESCANABA — Imagine being out in the wilderness at midnight and into the wee hours of the morning. That was the situation facing runners in the Marji Gesick Ultra-marathon Sept. 22-23 in Marquette County. Tiffany Molinari of Gladstone, who placed fourth overall in the women’s division, ...

Johnson’s injury to impact Lions

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson has been a bright spot for Detroit in a season with plenty of struggles. Now the Lions are finally coming off a win — but Johnson exited that victory with a left knee injury. Detroit’s rookie running back went down in the second half of ...

Improving Bears roll into Motown

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — With a tighter grip on the NFC North, the Chicago Bears are in unfamiliar territory and facing a different kind of challenge as the season heads toward its final stretch. Learning to handle success. “We have to make sure that we just continue to keep those ...

Pistons sizzle quickly

DETROIT (AP) — Before Detroit’s matchup with Cleveland, Pistons coach Dwane Casey stressed the importance of a good start. “When the bell rings, we’ve got to be ready to run and play fast, and play together,” Casey said. “I’ve had it before and somehow, there’s some reason we ...

Taylor keeps pounding

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All the carries were starting to get to Wisconsin’s’ Jonathan Taylor. By his own admission, he wasn’t at full speed late in a marathon game against Purdue, though it sure didn’t look like it in triple overtime. Add last week’s performance in a thrilling win ...

Fading Packers keep holding on to sinking playoff chances

GREEN BAY (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are winless on the road and there are questions about coach Mike McCarthy’s job security. However they enter Sunday night’s game at Minnesota trailing the Vikings by just one game for the final NFC wild-card spot. “We fully understand where we ...

Brewers add two coaches

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers have rounded out manager Craig Counsell’s staff, bringing in Steve Karsay as bullpen coach to work with new pitching coach Chris Hook. Hook was promoted from pitching coordinator following 11 seasons in Milwaukee’s minor league system. He’ll be joined by ...

UM ace up for Butkus Award

By The Associated Press Josh Allen of Kentucky and Devin Bush of Michigan are among the five finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s best linebacker. The other finalists announced Monday were Tre Lamar of Clemson, Dylan Moses of Alabama and Devin White of LSU. The ...

YMCA swimmers set three records

MARQUETTE — Three new team records were established here Saturday as the Northern Lights YMCA swim team competed in the Deer Camp Invite. Irene Neumeier led the NL team with seven first-place finishes in girls age 9-10. She set a team record of 1:05.79 in the 100 freestyle and also ...

Rockets have a blast at Dome

MARQUETTE — For the first time in school history, Rapid River is a state champion. The Rockets knocked off Onekama 30-18 in an eight-player Division 2 state championship game here Saturday in the Superior Dome behind a dominant rushing attack from Gunner Larson and Tyler ...

Lions get escape win

DETROIT (AP) — Cam Newton took a shotgun snap and set up in a clean pocket, surveying the field from sideline to sideline. The star quarterback had time and an open receiver in the end zone, giving the Carolina Panthers a chance to convert a go-ahead, 2-point conversion against the Detroit ...

Norse block Cavaliers

ESCANABA - Three blocked shots on one possession by Bay College center Kobi Lumsden-Barnes at the end of the first half spurred on the Norse in a hard-fought 71-63 win here Saturday over Western Tech College. Lumsden-Barnes’ big defensive plays and a key offensive spurt from guard Alfonso ...