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Top 10 girls basketball games of the year

HARRIS — The Mid Peninsula girls had just come off their third loss — a hard one against North Dickinson, 66-30, Jan. 17 — and Bark River-Harris was looking to break out of its funk after a crushing 46-45 home loss to Gwinn. When this one was all said and done, it was the Wolverines that ...

LaFord leads boys area scoring leaders

ESCANABA — Despite unknown status of whether or not boys basketball postseason tournaments will resume at any point due to the coronavirus outbreak, this season individually belonged to Carney-Nadeau senior point guard Brett LaFord. The Skyline Central Conference Player of the Year led a ...

Brady, Tampa Bay finalize two-year deal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A new look for the NFL: Tom Brady in Tampa Bay pewter and red rather than Patriots red, white and blue. The six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback signed a two-year contract in free agency on Friday, embarking on a “new football journey” with the Buccaneers. The ...

Lions trade CB Slay to Philadelphia

DETROIT (AP) — Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday and that ...

Gladstone BMXer takes first

USABMX racer Fred Minor, of Gladstone, passes on the inside of Tom Fennessy, right, of Crystal Lake, Ill. during the Gold Cup Qualifier at Walworth County BMX, an indoor bmx track in Elkhorn, Wis., on March 8. Minor — who took home second place in last year’s Gold Cup Championship Final, ...

Rams release Gurley as NFL moves continue

Todd Gurley has gone from the NFL’s top running back to looking for a job. In a move designed to save the Los Angeles Rams about $10 million that would have become guaranteed Thursday, they said goodbye to Gurley. Perhaps the game’s best rusher in 2017 and ‘18 but plagued by knee ...

UPSHF banquet postponed

HARRIS - The Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame banquet has been postponed until Aug. 21 due to increasing concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled May 11. The banquet will be held at the Island Resort & Casino, starting at 6 p.m. (EDT). Tickets are $30 and must ...

XFL cancels last half of season

NEW YORK (AP) — The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the new coronavirus pandemic. The league played five games of a 10-game regular season in eight cities. It was a revival of the XFL that played one season in 2001. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a ...

Column – Looking back on the experiences of a first-year sportswriter

ESCANABA — With the cancellation and/or suspension of pretty much all sports, it seems like the perfect time for some retrospective bloviating about my experience cataloging local sports and putting out the sports section in hopes of our area readers getting some entertainment value from it ...

Esky’s Kamin leads area scoring leaders

ESCANABA — Girls basketball was extremely competitive across the U.P. this past season, and numerous area players flourished. Led by Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin, 16 local players averaged in double figures in scoring. Kamin, a junior forward and a Grand Valley State commit, averaged 19.2 ...

Kansas finishes No. 1 in AP poll; Michigan State No. 9

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school’s proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to count and ended in the unprecedented ...

Lions add two more former Patriots

DETROIT (AP) — Add a couple more names to the parade of ex-Patriots joining the Detroit Lions. And one of the top players on Detroit’s current roster is apparently ready to leave. The Lions agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Agent Drew ...

Norse forced into an early offseason

ESCANABA — When the Bay College baseball and softball teams made their trip to Florida on March 6, they had no idea their seasons would end in the same place they started. After each team wrapped up its road trip with a win last Friday, the National Junior College Athletic Association ...

Brady leaving Patriots, says ‘football journey’ is elsewhere

For two decades, Tom Brady was the face of the Patriots, and even of the NFL. When he turns 43 in August, his home address no longer will be in New England. The six-time Super Bowl champion plans to keep playing. But the centerpiece of the Patriots’ dynasty, the most successful quarterback ...

Lions are in win-now mode

By The Associated Press DETROIT LIONS (3-12-1) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DT Damon Harrison, OT Rick Wagner, DT Mike Daniels, S Tavon Wilson, P Sam Martin, CB Rashaan Melvin, WR Jermaine Kearse, DT A’Shawn Robinson, OT Oday Aboushi, TE Logan Thomas, S Miles Killebrew, RB J.D. McKissic, QB ...

Packers need ‘D’ in free agency

By The Associated Press GREEN BAY PACKERS (14-4) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Geronimo Allison, OT Bryan Bulaga, S Ibraheim Campbell, RB Tyler Ervin, OLB Kyler Fackrell, LB B.J. Goodson, WR Ryan Grant, TE Marcedes Lewis, LB Blake Martinez, S Will Redmond, OT Jason Spriggs, OT Jared ...

Esky, Gladstone earn recognition in GNC

WELLS — Escanaba’s Nicole Kamin and Gladstone’s Megan Crow will be teammates on the basketball court at Grand Valley State University in a couple years, but for now, they’re teammates on the Great Northern Conference first team. The pair was selected to the first team by the league’s ...

Star players on the move

Things just got hotter on offense in the desert. The first day that players’ representatives could talk with teams wound up being more about trades than free agents — with one of the NFL’s biggest stars, DeAndre Hopkins, headed to Arizona. In a stunner that overshadowed several other ...

Packers reach deal with linebacker

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linebacker Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a deal with the Green Bay Packers less than a week after the Cleveland Browns released him. Kirksey’s agent, Brian Mackler, confirmed that Kirksey would be signing with the Packers but didn’t disclose terms. NFL ...

Cousins, Vikings agree to 2-year extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and Kirk Cousins agreed on Monday to a two-year, $66 million contract extension, giving the quarterback another eight-figure influx of guaranteed money and providing the team some immediate salary-cap relief. Cousins was entering the final season of ...