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Wildcats shine on track

GRAND RAPIDS – Northern Michigan University’s Kameron Burmeister of Menominee broke her own school record Saturday and hit the NCAA provisional mark in the 5,000-meter run at the Al Owens Classic in downstate Grand Rapids.

Burmeister ran away from the field, posting a time of 17:20.57 to cross the line more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

The sophomore’s time was also nearly 19 seconds faster than her previous school record, set at the GLIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 1 of last year.

One week after setting a Wildcat record in the 400-meter dash at the Border Battle, Shayla Huebner of Marquette broke it en route to a first-place finish, clocking in at 56.61.

“The team had an awesome day today,” head coach Jenny Ryan said. “I couldn’t be more proud of how everyone performed at this meet.”

Michelle Juergen also captured a meet title, posting a height of 5-5.75 to win the high jump. Ine Mylle (triple jump, 38-3.25) and Shannon Flynn (3,000-meter steeplechase, 11:40.98) finished second in their respective events.

Samanthia Johnson improved her provisional mark in the discus throw to 156-0, taking third.

NMU women golfers 9th

ALLENDALE The Northern Michigan University women’s golf team shot a 350 in the second round of the GLIAC Championship Saturday to fall into a tie for ninth place at the Meadows Golf Course.

The Wildcats are tied with Lake Superior State with a two-round score of 681. In the first round Friday, NMU set a school record with a 331.

Northern’s Karissa Guthrie remains in the top 10, holding down ninth with a 153 (74-79). Baylee Dunmire Baylee Dunmire joins Guthrie in the top 30, sitting in a tie for 29th with a 167 (79-88).

Lillian Torres (t-51st, 91-89-180) and Alcye Krumm (t-53rd, 87-94-181) also competed.

The GLIAC Championship concludes today.

Conley wins Dumars award

NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

The NBA made the announcement on Saturday.

Conley previously won the award in 2013-14. He joins Grant Hill (3) and Jason Kidd (2) as the only multiple winners since the award’s inception in the 1995-96 season.

Conley received 58 of 327 first-place votes and 2,209 total points from NBA players, who voted among six finalists.

The annual award for ethical behavior and fair play is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars.

Thomas avoids suspension

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas says he hasn’t been suspended for taking a swing at Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Thomas scored a career-high 42 points in Boston’s 111-103 victory Friday night. He swung his arm at Schroder in the first quarter, hitting the Hawks point guard in the side of the head.

Thomas spent a restless night before getting the word from Celtics president Danny Ainge on Saturday afternoon that he wouldn’t be suspended.

Celtics’ Smart fined $5,000

NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA has fined Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart $5,000 for violating its anti-flopping rules during Game 3 of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

The NBA announced the fine on Saturday. The league says the flop occurred with 4:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 111-103 win on Friday night.

Smart was going for an offensive rebound and made contact with Hawks guard Kyle Korver.

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Pistorius family angry

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) – The family of Oscar Pistorius has condemned allegations made in a book that new evidence exists to show that he beat girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before fatally shooting her at his home in 2013.

The Pistorius family called the allegations “outrageous” and “absurd” in a statement Friday. They said there was an “often-vicious” media trial against the double-amputee Olympian since he was charged with murder in Steenkamp’s killing.

Pistorius appeared in court this week for the first time since his conviction for shooting Steenkamp was upgraded to murder following an appeal by prosecutors.

He faces 15 years in prison and will be sentenced in June.

Redskins, Norman agree

WASHINGTON (AP) – Josh Norman’s agent said the cornerback has agreed to terms on a contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday.

Agent Michael George confirmed the deal in an email to The Associated Press.

Norman, one of the NFL’s top corners, became a free agent Wednesday after the Carolina Panthers rescinded the franchise tag, which would have paid him $13.9 million next season. The 28-year-old was holding out for a long-term contract.

Norman had a career-high four interceptions, 16 passes defensed and 56 tackles last season for the NFC champion Panthers.

UNLV OK’s pact for Menzies

LAS VEGAS (AP) – UNLV has again approved a multimillion-dollar contract for a new men’s basketball coach after being jilted by the last hire.

The UNLV board of regents voted 12-1 on Friday to approve a five-year, $3.75 million deal for Marvin Menzies.

The former UNLV assistant has spent the last nine seasons as head coach at New Mexico State.

Menzies was one of the final candidates to replace Dave Rice, who was fired in January.

Menzies got the job offer last week after the sudden exit of Chris Beard.

Beard backed out of a nearly $5.8 million contract with UNLV to jump to Texas Tech.

Langer, Lehman card 60

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) – Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman teamed to shoot an 11-under 60 in better-ball play Friday to take the first-round lead in the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge.

Langer and Lehman had a 7-under 28 on the front nine on Buffalo Ridge’s Springs Course and added four

birdies on the back nine.

Defending champions Billy Andrade and Joe Durant were three strokes back along with the teams of Kenny Perry-Scott Hoch, Paul Goydos-Kevin Sutherland and Corey Pavin-Duffy Waldorf.

Larry Nelson and Bruce Fleisher led the Legends Division for players 65 and older, shooting a 9-under 45 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course.

They played nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball. Jim Thorpe and Doug Tewell were second at 47. Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were eighth at 53.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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C-N to host hoops tourneys

CARNEY – Carney-Nadeau Public Schools will host a pair of youth basketball tournaments during the next several weeks for students in grades 3 to 12.

A 3-on-3 event will be held on Saturday, April 23, while a 4-on-4 tourney takes place on Saturday, May 7 at the high school gym. Both are one-day tourneys with every game officiated, and entry deadlines are one week prior to each event.

Boys divisions and girls divisions will be offered for grades 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.

Rosters can include four players in the 3-on-3 tournament with an entry fee of $50 per team, while rosters can be up to five players in the 4-on-4 with a $60 fee for each squad.

At the 3-on-3 event, there will be boys’ and girls’ free throw contests for elementary ages and boys’ and girls’ 3-point contests for junior high- and for high school-aged players.

Rules are available upon request and will be posted the day of the tournament. Captains will be called two days before each event with the time of their team’s first game.

T-shirts will be awarded to winning teams and medals given to the top three teams.

For more information, email Paul Polfus at ppolfus@gmail or at, or call him at 639-2171 (school), 639-2866 (home) or 748-0184 (cell).

Pack, Lions’ preseason slates set

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – The Green Bay Packers will play exhibition home games this year against the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

The NFL announced the 2016 preseason matchups Thursday. The Packers were slated to face the Browns the weekend of Aug. 12-14 and the Raiders the weekend of Aug. 19-21 at Lambeau Field.

As previously announced by the league, the Packers will start the preseason on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio, against the Indianapolis Colts as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend featuring former quarterback Brett Favre.

The Packers will visit the San Francisco 49ers the weekend of Aug. 26-28 and the Kansas City Chiefs on either Sept. 1 or 2.

Detroit, meanwhile, opens the preseason at Pittsburgh from Aug. 11-15, then hosts Cincinnati between Aug. 18-22, plays at Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 27, and finishes at home against Buffalo on the weekend of Sept. 1-2.

The NFL will reveal the regular-season schedule later.

Belt gets $72.8M deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – First baseman Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants agreed Saturday to a $72.8 million, five-year contract that starts in 2017.

Belt reached a $6.2 million, one-year agreement in February, and general manager Bobby Evans remained optimistic the sides would reach a long-term deal.

The new contract calls for a $6 million signing bonus, payable next Jan. 15, a $2.8 million salary for 2017 and $16 million annually from 2018-21. Each Nov. 1 starting in 2017, Belt may designate 10 teams he cannot be traded to without his consent.

The 27-year-old batted .280 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs last year as the Giants missed the playoffs.

Jets get Clady from Broncos

DENVER (AP) – A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos have agreed to trade left tackle Ryan Clady to the New York Jets along with a seventh-round pick for a fifth-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the teams hadn’t announced the trade, which was first reported by ESPN.

The move frees up nearly $9 million in cap space for the Super Bowl champs who are searching for a quarterback to help them defend their title.

It gives the Jets a replacement for the retired D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who played 10 rugged seasons in the NFL and never missed a snap due to injury.

Clady played just 18 games the last three seasons.

Astros knock off Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Colby Rasmus had two home runs and a sacrifice fly to lead the Houston Astros to a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Doug Fister (1-0) won his Astros’ debut, allowing three runs and five hits with six strikeouts in five innings.

Rasmus, who hit a career-high 25 home runs last season, teed off on Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (0-2) with a solo shot in the third and a two-run blast in the fifth that landed near the top row of the second-tier bleachers in right.

Rasmus may have found some motivation after being called for interference under the new “Chase Utley rule,” resulting in a game-ending double play Friday night that halted Houston’s ninth-inning rally and gave the Brewers a 6-4 win.

Tyler White kept up his torrid start for Houston with a sacrifice fly in the first and followed Rasmus in the fifth with his third home run.

White is 10 for 15 (.667) so far in his rookie season.

It was the second time this season that the Astros had hit consecutive home runs. It helped snap a three-game losing streak.

Luke Gregerson pitched the ninth for his second save.

Fister signed a one-year contract with Houston as a free agent in the offseason after spending the last two years with Washington. The 6-foot-8 right-hander made 15 starts in 2015 before right forearm soreness landed him on the disabled list May 15. He transitioned to being a reliever in early August and finished 5-7 with 4.19 ERA in 25 appearances.

Peralta, who lost 12-3 to San Francisco in the season opener, allowed six runs and seven hits to the Astros with four walks and four strikeouts. He’s allowed 10 earned runs and 13 hits in 8 1/3 innings in his first two starts.

Scooter Gennett, who hit six home runs last year in a platoon role, hit his third this season, a two-run shot in the fifth. The Brewers are giving the left-handed batting infielder a chance to become the regular second baseman. So far, he’s made the most of it with a club-best .438 batting average.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit his first home run as a Brewer, connecting off Pat Neshek for a solo shot in the sixth.

Brewers scratched out a run in the third on a fielder’s choice.


Jason Castro snapped a 0-for-11 streak in the first when he dropped a bunt down the third-base line, beating the shift. Third baseman Aaron Hill, moved to the hole at short, never had a chance.


Astros: RHP Chris Devenski pitched three scoreless innings in his major-league debut Friday night. He allowed one hit and struck out four. “Devo’s established himself in his first outing as an option for us out of the pen,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re going to give him a day off,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s not going to used today, but he was so efficient, her probably only needs a day off.”

Brewers: After appearing in three games as a pinch-hitter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis made his Brewers’ debut in center. … No rest for 2B Scooter Gennett who has been given a chance to be an every-day player. “I think he’s improved defensively as a big leaguer,” manager Craig Counsell said. “As long as we keep that going and keep getting improvement, I think he’s in a good spot.”


Astros: LHP Dallas Kuechel (1-0, 2.57 ERA) looks to build off his opening-day 5-3 win over the New York Yankees on Monday. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-2 with an 11.68 ERA in three starts against the Brewers.

Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson (0-1, 2.45 ERA) starts against Houston, a team he’s never faced. He allowed two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss Tuesday to San Francisco.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Hockey coach positions available

MARQUETTE – The Marquette Junior Hockey Corporation is accepting applications for several head coaching positions.

They are for the girls 19-under AA travel team, the Midget split season 18U AA, Midget split season 16U AA, Bantam AA, Pee Wee AA and Squirt AA.

Application forms are available online at the website

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13.

For more information, email

Cubs’ Schwarber out for season

PHOENIX (AP) – The Chicago Cubs say slugger Kyle Schwarber is out for the season after tearing two knee ligaments in an outfield collision.

The Cubs made the startling announcement Friday, a day after he was injured in a game at Arizona. An MRI on Friday revealed the injuries to his left knee.

The 23-year-old Schwarber made his major league debut last year. He then hit a franchise-record five home runs in nine postseason games.

Schwarber was playing left field when he was hurt. He collided with center fielder Dexter Fowler and tumbled on a ball that became an inside-the-park home run for Jean Segura.