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U.P. 200 Dryland Dash in October

MARQUETTE – Dogs can try out their paws in the fall equivalent of a sled-dog event at the Marquette Fairgrounds in the middle of October.

The inaugural U.P. 200 Dryland Dash will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16, at the Sands Township site. It is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association and the Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club.

Spectators can park and watch for free as single dogs and teams of two, four and six canines pull people, wheeled rigs, bicycles and scooters, expected to last from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

A $1,500 purse is expected to be available with winners determined by the two days’ total time.

For more information or for entry forms, visit the U.P. 200 website at

NMU cheerleaders hold flash store

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University cheerleading team will host an online flash store until Sept. 29 with proceeds benefitting the team.

To purchase clothing items, go to

CMU?comeback goes for naught

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Kurt Benkert threw five touchdown passes, the last three after Virginia had squandered all of a 28-0 lead, and the Cavaliers gave coach Bronco Mendenhall his 100th career victory, 49-35 over Central Michigan on Saturday.

Benkert hit Olamide Zaccheaus with a go-ahead 82-yard pass after the Cavaliers defense forced its first punt since the opening quarter. Virginia (1-3) forced another punt, and Benkert hit Albert Reid for a 5-yard touchdown, capping a 73-yard drive. Taquan Mizzell also scored twice for Virginia on runs of 4 and 53 yards.

The Chippewas (3-1), seeking their first 4-0 start since 1985, scored on four of five possessions after falling behind 28-0 less than 20 minutes into the game.

Cooper Rush for 402 yards and two touchdown passes to Corey Willis, including an 85-yarder, and Amari Coleman read a screen pass perfectly and scored on a 47-yard interception return.

Students protest shooting at field

YPSILANTI (AP) – Eastern Michigan University strongly supports the right of students to peacefully demonstrate about issues that are important to them, the school’s president said Saturday, a day after students took to the field after a football game to protest racist graffiti that showed up on campus earlier in the week.

The student protest on the Rynearson Stadium field after Eastern Michigan’s 27-24 victory over Wyoming on Friday night was peaceful. During the game, students sat peacefully and talked to President James Smith. They moved outside the end zone area in the closing moments before walking onto the field chanting, “No justice! No peace!”

Spray-painted graffiti that included the letters “KKK” and a racial epithet was found Tuesday on the exterior wall of a building on the Ypsilanti campus. Another racial slur was found Wednesday.

Matthews out for Packers today

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – Pass-rushing linebacker Clay Matthews will miss the Green Bay Packers’ game today against Detroit because of ankle and hamstring injuries.

The Packers downgraded Matthews’ status for the home opener from questionable to out after practice Saturday. Matthews has not practiced all week.

Green Bay also will be without Morgan Burnett after the starting safety was ruled out on Saturday with a groin injury. Two other key defensive players with knee injuries were downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Saturday: defensive tackle Letroy Guion and defensive end/linebacker Datone Jones.

Top cornerback Sam Shields (concussion) has already been ruled out for a second straight game.

Lions’ Levy out for today’s game

ALLEN PARK (AP) – Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy will the Lions’ game today at Green Bay because of a quadriceps injury.

The Lions downgraded Levy, linebacker Antwione Williams (hamstring) and cornerback Adairius Barnes (ankle) to out. They also announced Saturday that they signed linebacker Zaviar Gooden to the active roster from the practice squad and waived wide receiver Aaron Dobson.

Gooden was signed to Detroit’s practice squad this week. He played in 2013 and 2014 with the Tennessee Titans, appearing in 24 games and making three starts.

Levy also missed Detroit’s loss to Tennessee last weekend.

Penguins’ goalie out 3-6 weeks

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced the injury Saturday on the second day of training camp.

Murray broke his right hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Murray said he jammed his thumb in North America’s loss to Russia on Monday and was held out of its game on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs last spring as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.

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NMU men hands Tiffin 1st loss

TIFFIN, Ohio – Five days earlier, the Northern Michigan University men’s soccer team won its first game ever.

Now the Wildcats have started their first winning streak after handing nationally ranked Tiffin its only loss of the season Friday afternoon in Ohio.

Thanks to a late goal by Edgar Astorga, NMU downed the No. 12 Dragons 2-1 to improve to 2-4 overall and 2-3 in the GLIAC. Tiffin slipped to 6-1 and 4-1.

Northern jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute when Ivar Arnason found Sveinn Karlsson on the left side of the field with a cross. Karlsson beat TU goalie Cary Wilson cleanly to extend his point streak to two games.

The Dragons evened the score early in the second half. After a Dragon shot was blocked in front, Michael McPeek collected the ball and sent a shot past NMU netminder Brin Lapuh from about 35 yards out.

The rest of the match was fast and physical. Overall, the teams combined to take 22 shots, eight on target, and rack up nine yellow cards and 28 fouls.

Astorga broke through in the 87th minute after the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on three straight corner kicks. Awarded a free kick deep in Dragon territory, Nic Harenda fed Astorga in the middle of the box for the game-winner.

Northern held a 6-2 advantage in shots on goal, with Astorga and Karlsson getting two each. Filippo Torelli, who came on in relief of Lapuh after Tiffin’s goal, picked up his first victory.

In the past two games, Karlsson has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists.

The Wildcats are back in action in Ohio with a game at Findlay at noon Sunday.

Wildcats’ win streak comes to end

TIFFIN, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team’s four-match winning streak came to an end Friday as it fell to Tiffin in four sets (17-25, 25-21, 24-26, 20-25).

Madison Whitehead led the Wildcats (8-5, 2-1 GLIAC) with 17 kills, while Megan Dahl had 21 digs.

In the first set, Tiffin broke an 8-8 tie with three unanswered points and used a 12-6 run to take the frame.

Northern bounced back in the second set. The teams were deadlocked eight times in the frame before the Wildcats built a 15-11 lead and kept the Dragons at bay for the remainder of the set.

Tiffin came back from two points down to help send the third set into extra points and then won three of the final four points to take a 2-1 set lead in the match.

The Wildcats fell behind early in the third set and even though they mounted a rally, they couldn’t close the gap enough to tie it up and lost both the set and the match.

NMU continues its road trip against Ashland at 2 p.m. today.

NMU women fall to No. 1 GVSU

MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University fell to the No. 1 team in the country in NCAA Division II at home on Friday.

Grand Valley State dealt the Wildcats a 3-0 shutout at the NMU Soccer Field after Northern (1-6 overall) kept their opening GLIAC game of the season scoreless at halftime.

But the defending national champions, now 6-0-1, scored in the 50th minute when Gabriella Mencotti netted her first goal of the game by threading a shot into the right corner of the goalmouth.

Mencotti found the back of the net again just six minutes later, taking a pass from Kendra Stauffer and again sending a shot into the right corner. Mia Gale completed the scoring in the 70th minute.

Goalkeeper Caroline Glantz made six saves for NMU, while teammate Gabriella Garza had a shot on goal.

The Wildcats return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday when they host another GLIAC foe, Ferris State.

Lions to hold out injured Ansah

ALLEN PARK (AP) – The Detroit Lions have decided defensive end Ezekiel Ansah will not play against the Green Bay Packers because of an injured left ankle.

The Lions listed Ansah as out on their injury report Friday.

Ansah was hurt early in Sunday’s loss to Tennessee and didn’t return to play in the game.

Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy is doubtful with a quadriceps injury, leaving the team with only a little hope he will be cleared to play Sunday at Green Bay after he was inactive against the Titans. Levy missed much of last season with a hip injury.

Levy and linebacker Antwione Williams, who has a hamstring injury, didn’t practice Friday. Williams is also doubtful to face the Packers.

Pistons promote in front office

AUBURN HILLS (AP) – The Detroit Pistons have promoted Pat Garrity, Adam Glessner and J.R. Holden to senior leadership positions.

Garrity is now an associate general manager, Glessner is director of player personnel and Holden is director of international scouting. Detroit also announced other promotions Friday, including Jorge Costa to director of research and technology, Aaron Gray to assistant coach, Ryan Winters to scout, Jordan Sabourin to head strength coach, T.J. Saint to head video coordinator and Jordan Brink to assistant video coordinator.

Detroit also hired Aaron Blackshear as analytics systems coordinator and Louis Thompson as assistant strength and conditioning coach. Quentin Richardson transitions from director of player development to pro scout.

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NMU loses inaugural GLIAC game

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland scored twice in the first half to take a 2-0 victory over Northern Michigan University in the first GLIAC game ever played in the young NMU men’s soccer program history.

The Eagles’s scores came less than 10 minutes apart as the Wildcats fell to 0-2 overall.

Clemente Gomez-Morey opened the scoring in the 14th minute, heading a long Darren Burns strike past Northern netminder Filippo Torelli.

Andrew Pearson extended Ashland’s advantage in the 22nd minute, sending a low, bouncing shot out of Torelli’s reach.

Goalie Nick Ciraldo stymied the NMU offense, making 10 saves.

He came up big at the end of the first half, stopping tries by Tristan Reagan, Nic Harenda, Ivar Arnason and Colton Becker in the final seven minutes.

Harenda led the Wildcats with four shots, all of which were on goal. Torelli finished his first game with three saves.

The Wildcats continue their Ohio league road trip when they travel to play Ohio Dominican at noon Sunday in Columbus.

NMU women’s soccer blanked

BEMIDJI, Minnesota – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team fell behind quickly and lost to Bemidji State, 4-0, Friday night at the BSU Soccer Complex.

The Beavers scored the game’s first goal less than three minutes in when Sarah Stram blasted the ball off the post and Rachel Norton sent the rebound just past Northern netminder Caroline Glantz.

In the 32nd minute, Miranda Famestad found the back of the net with help from Stram and Raquel Thelen to make it 2-0.

The Wildcats held off the Beavers for another 15 minutes to start the second half, but Famestad and Stram each added their second goals after the break for the final margin.

Glantz made eight saves as teammates Casey Durand, Paula Hafner, Allyssa Milam, Madison Hamilla and Aimee Colla all attempted shots.

The Wildcats continue their Minnesota road trip with a game at Minnesota-Duluth at 2 p.m. EDT today.

NFL?to commemorate 9/11 today

NEW YORK (AP) – NFL teams will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with special tributes before Sunday’s season openers.

Before each of the 13 games, video messages from President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, will be shown. Each club will have special guests on the field, including first responders, community volunteers, hometown heroes and military members, for pregame activities and the playing of the national anthem.

Vice President Joe Biden will join 120 first responders in holding the American flag during the anthem at Philadelphia.

Bush will toss the coin in Dallas, accompanied on the field by Laura Bush and two NYPD officers who responded to the attacks.

All coaching staffs will be given 9/11 lapel pins, and a special 9/11 decal will be placed on players’ helmets.

The salutes will be synchronized during afternoon games Sunday.

Lions’ Riddick, Martin re-sign

ALLEN PARK (AP) – The Detroit Lions have agreed to contract extensions for running back Theo Riddick and punter Sam Martin.

The team announced the deals Friday but did not provide terms. General manager Bob Quinn said in a statement that he’s glad the extensions have been completed before the start of the season. Detroit opens Sunday at Indianapolis.

Riddick averaged only 3.1 yards per carry last season on 43 attempts, but he caught 80 passes for 697 yards. Martin averaged 46 yards a punt.

The Lions drafted both players in 2013.

Jeter, Modano at hall ceremony

DETROIT (AP) – Derek Jeter and Mike Modano were in Detroit for Friday night’s induction ceremony for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Jeter and Modano were part of last year’s class but were unable to attend their ceremony, so they came this year.

The 2016 class includes former Detroit Pistons star Ben Wallace, former Detroit Red Wings Brendan Shanahan and Chris Osgood, former University of Detroit and Detroit Pistons standout John Long, former Detroit Lion Robert “Bob” Mann, former Flint Powers High School basketball coach Kathy McGee, Oakland University swimming coach Pete Hovland and baseball writer Tom Gage.

Jeter went to high school in Kalamazoo before becoming a star for the New York Yankees. Modano was born in Livonia and went on to a Hall of Fame hockey career.

MSU?LB gets more eligibility

EAST LANSING (AP) – The NCAA has granted Michigan State linebacker Ed Davis an extra year of eligibility to play this season.

Davis missed the entire 2015 season following a knee injury. The 12th-ranked Spartans had been hopeful he would be able to play this year but were waiting on the official word. Davis earned a degree in sociology last month.

He has played in 40 games for Michigan State, starting 12. He has 11 sacks.

Coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement Friday that it’s good to see Davis rewarded after missing last season.

The Spartans are off this weekend before playing at Notre Dame on Sept. 17.

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Sheldon nets first career ace

MARQUETTE – Bruce Sheldon of Ishpeming kept it all in the family when he pocketed his first career hole-in-one at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course on Friday.

With his son Shane Sheldon and grandson Reese Sheldon as witnesses, Bruce used a 7-iron to hole out his tee shot on the 160-yard second hole.

Wildcats split at volleyball invite

KENOSHA, Wisconsin – Northern Michigan University split a pair of volleyball matches in the first day of Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational on Friday.

The Wildcats pulled out a five-set win over St. Cloud State in the morning, winning 17-25, 25-21, 25-27, 26-24, 15-10. They then fell to No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth, 25-13, 27-25, 29-27.

Against St. Cloud, NMU pulled off its second comeback of the match with a 6-1 run at the end of the fourth set.

“It was a gritty win for us,” Northern head coach Dominic Yoder said. “We didn’t have our best serve receive, but we were able to piece together a strong serve receive run when it mattered.”

Cheyanna Pyka served the Wildcats to four straight points in the middle of the second set as Northern won the final three points to put it away. The third set was tied 11 times before the Huskies prevailed, then NMU won four straight points on Bridget Bussell’s serve in the fourth set. In the final set, the Wildcats put together a decisive 7-2 run.

Bussell and teammate Kayla Chosa each had 11 kills, while Jami Hogeboom totaled 39 assists and Megan Dahl 14 digs.

After a slow start, NMU extended the elite Bulldogs in the latter match in the final two sets.

“We took the No. 4 team in the country to extra points twice and had opportunities to close it out,” Yoder said.

In the second set, the teams were tied 15 times, while in the third there were 14 ties.

Madison Whitehead had 11 kills to lead Northern, while Hogeboom added 23 assists and Dahl 15 digs.

Today’s matches at the event include Upper Iowa at 10:30 a.m. EDT and Minnesota State-Moorhead at 3 p.m.