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Burmeister makes all-GLIAC

MILFORD – Five runners finished in the top 20 for the Northern Michigan University women’s cross country team at the GLIAC Championships on Saturday.

Kameron Burmeister made the all-GLIAC first team thanks to a 10th-place finish in 22 minutes, 19.6 seconds, while Sophie McDonald finished one place short as she took 11th in 22:30.6.

Megan Edic (13th), Vivian Hett (15th) and Caroline Brisbois (20th) also joined McDonald on the all-GLIAC second team.

NMU finished third in the team standings with 67 points. Grand Valley State won the meet with 30.

The Wildcats will take part in the NCAA regionals on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Evansville, Indiana.

NMU volleyball bounces back

TIFFIN, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University volleyball team bounced back after a tough loss with a three-set sweep of Tiffin on Saturday.

A night after losing in five sets at Ohio Dominican, the Wildcats defeated Tiffin 25-19, 25-16, 25-7.

Madison Whitehead led NMU with 11 kills, while Alex Berger had 19 digs and Jami Hogeboom 37 assists.

Northern (16-7, 5-6 GLIAC) hosts Grand Valley State at 5 p.m. Friday.

Royals clinch AL pennant

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Royals earned another champagne shower at Kauffman Stadium.

Lorenzo Cain sprinted home from first base on Eric Hosmer’s single in the eighth inning, Wade Davis weathered a 45-minute rain delay and a white-knuckle ninth, and Kansas City beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 late Friday night to earn its second straight trip to the World Series.

Davis retired Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson on a grounder with runners on second and third to end Game 6 of the AL Championship Series.

The Royals open the World Series on Tuesday night at home against the New York Mets. A year ago, they lost in Game 7 to San Francisco.

Backup QB?leads Badgers

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Bart Houston came off the bench to throw for 232 yards and two touchdowns, and Wisconsin beat Illinois 24-13 on Saturday.

Wisconsin starting quarterback Joel Stave left the game late in the first quarter with a head injury. But the Badgers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) didn’t miss a beat with Houston.

The junior found his favorite target, Alex Erickson, for a 9-yard touchdown with 9:42 left to give Wisconsin a 24-13 lead and effectively put the game away.

Erickson led the Badgers in receiving with 10 catches for 96 yards and had four rushes for 81 yards.

Fantasy operators criticize Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Casinos and sports books, the only companies that can legally offer daily fantasy sports sites in Nevada, are instead watching and waiting.

It has been more than a week since Nevada regulators told the daily fantasy sports industry to get a gambling license or get out, and before they made their exits, the top two companies inferred regulators were playing favorites to protect Nevada’s golden ticket: casinos and sports books.

On Friday, DraftKings reiterated in an emailed statement, “we understand that the gaming industry is important to Nevada and, for that reason, Nevada is taking this exclusionary approach against the increasingly popular fantasy sports industry.”

There was no playing favorites, say state regulators and casino operators.

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NMU soccer back to winning ways

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University women’s soccer team got back to its winning ways after shutting out Saginaw Valley State, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at the NMU Soccer Field.

Paula Hafner scored both goals, finding the back of the net off a corner kick in the sixth minute and then springing free in the 71st minute for an insurance marker.

NMU held the edge in both shots, 10-8, and corner kicks, 4-1. Alexandra Simmons continued her solid play in the net for the Wildcats, posting four saves.

After an 0-7 start to the season, the Wildcats had won five games in a row until nationally ranked Grand Valley State snapped their string on Sunday.

NMU is now 6-8 overall and 6-4 in the GLIAC with two home games left in the regular season, both against league opponents – at noon Sunday against Northwood and noon next Saturday vs. Michigan Tech.

Levy, Pettigrew out for Lions

ALLEN PARK (AP) – Linebacker DeAndre Levy and tight end Brandon Pettigrew will miss Detroit’s game against Minnesota on Sunday.

Cornerback Josh Wilson is questionable.

Levy has a hip injury. Pettigrew has injuries to a knee and elbow. Neither practiced Wednesday through Friday. Wilson’s injury is listed as a concussion and he remains in the NFL’s protocol program. He had a limited practice Friday.

Detroit also released defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen.

Both the Vikings (3-2) and Detroit (1-5) are trying to win a second straight game in the NFC North.

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Newberry squashes Emeralds Fri.

MANISTIQUE – The Newberry Indians rode into Manistique and took care of business, dispatching the Emeralds 65-28.

Newberry used a punishing rushing attack led by quarterback John Paramski (17 carries for 108 yards) to pile up the points.

The Indians scored three touchdowns, all of them on the ground, in the first quarter and held a commanding 39-8 lead at the half. Newberry continued to roll in the second half, picking up an additional 26 points in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we looked very good offensively,” Newberry head coach Fred Bryant said. “We were bit by the turnover bug though, so we have them more opportunities than we should have. Overall though, it was a good win. We’re 5-2, and we have a chance to clinch a playoff berth next week, which was one of our goals at the start of the season.”

The Indians host Rudyard Friday at 7 p.m.

NMU runners take second place

CHICAGO – The Northern Michigan University cross country team took second place Saturday at the Lewis Conference Crossover with four runners placing in the top 15.

The Wildcats finished with 69 points with Grand Valley State winning the meet with 26.

Kameron Burmeister led the Wildcats with a fifth place finish (22:01.7), while Vivian Hett took 10th (22:23.7), Megan Edic finished 12th (22:31.4) and Sophie McDonald took 15th (22:34.8).

NMU heads to Detroit Oct 24 for the GLIAC Championships.

Cliffs Autumn names winners

ISHPEMING – Seven champions were crowned at the seventh annual Cliffs Autumn Classic trail race held Saturday on the recently reopened Norman Juhola Trail System at Suicide Hill.

Proceeds from the event support youth ski jumping and cross country ski programs.

In the category with the most entrants, Felicia Gesor of Marquette won the 10-kilometer women’s race in 39 minutes, 52 seconds. The next two finishers were Kristen Bourne of Marquette in 41:50 and Lea Buenter of Marquette in 42:59.

Here are other winners with hometowns and times – 10K female-18 & under, Nicole Schneider, Marquette, 39:46; 10K male, 18 & under, Timothy Ziegler, Negaunee, 48:43; 10K men, Tom Aufrance, Marquette, 57:07; 5K women, Donna Marlor, Marquette, 27:34; 5K men, Tyler Gauthier, Ishpeming, 28:25; 5K women, 18 & under, Meg Harmon, Ishpeming, 33:32.

Toronto reliever Cecil done out

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The season is over for reliever Brett Cecil, who has a torn left calf muscle and has been replaced on Toronto’s postseason roster.

Rookie right-hander Ryan Tepera was added to Toronto’s roster on Saturday. Tepera had a 3.27 ERA in 32 appearances over three stints with the Blue Jays this season.

Cecil said Saturday that he won’t need surgery and will be ready for spring training. He got hurt while tagging out Mike Napoli in a rundown than ended the eighth inning of the Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss to Texas on Friday that gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

While Cecil initially thought he only had a cramp, he said the “pain took over” once the adrenaline quickly wore off after the inning-ending play.

WMU outlasts Central Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) – Zach Terrell threw four touchdown passes and Western Michigan outlasted Central Michigan 41-39 on Saturday.

Central Michigan scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns, the last a 15-yard run by Jahray Hayes with 8:24 left, to get within two, but the Broncos (2-3, 1-0 Mid-American) were able to run out the clock on a 15-play, 66-yard drive to seal the win.

Terrell was 15 of 22 for 262 yards. Daniel Braverman had six catches for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Jarvion Franklin added 127 yards on 22 carries and an 11-yard touchdown on the ground for Western Michigan.