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Wolverines clinch 17th GLI title by beating MTU

DETROIT - The University of Michigan clinched its record 17th Great Lakes Invitational title with a 4-2 win over Michigan Tech on Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.A gritty defensive effort by the Wolverines and timely scoring helped Michigan rally from a 2-0 first-period deficit as U-M used a ...

Huskies pull off comeback victory in OT vs. Spartans

DETROIT - Brent Baltus scored the game-winning goal 3:58 into overtime to give Michigan Tech a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational semifinals on Tuesday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.Alex Gillies and Jake Lucchini also scored for Tech, which advances ...

Legion baseball meeting set

MARQUETTE - The board of directors for Marquette American Legion baseball program will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Post 44, located at 700 W. Bluff St. in Marquette.This will be an open meeting and all are invited to attend.

Back to Ford Field

MOUNT PLEASANT - About a month ago, former Ishpeming quarterback Alex Briones stood on the sidelines at Ford Field and watched his alma mater, Ishpeming High School, win its third state title in four years.Now a linebacker at Central Michigan University, Briones will return to the Detroit ...

Coach leads CMU to bowl after fighting cancer

DETROIT - John Bonamego's first season as Central Michigan's coach was quite a success.Especially considering what he had to deal with off the field.Bonamego announced in June that he had cancer in his left tonsil, but he was able to keep coaching his team, and the Chippewas tied for first ...

Playoff positioning at stake today for Packers, Cardinals

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Leave it to Arizona cornerback Jerraud Powers to succinctly explain the playoff significance of today's Packers-Cardinals game."It's either do you want Green Bay to come back here and play (in the playoffs) or - I think today it was 17 degrees up there - do you want to go up ...

MSU overcomes loss to reach playoff

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Only two years ago, Michigan State lost a close early season game to Notre Dame and was effectively out of the national championship chase right when that game ended.The Spartans won all 10 of their remaining games and finished 13-1.Still, that single loss - and it wasn't ...

Seniors lead nation’s top teams

The old guys are back in charge in college basketball this season.After recent years with the focus locked on one-and-done talent, it's the seniors - guys like No. 1 Michigan State's Denzel Valentine, No. 3 Oklahoma's Buddy Hield and No. 5 Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon - leading some of the ...

Westwood launches new site

ISHPEMING - Westwood High School has partnered with the Varsity News Network to launch a new athletics website touted as user friendly and informative.To see the site, visit patriotsathletics.com or go to www.nice.k12.mi.us and click on the Athletics tab.

NMU game at GLI not shown live

MARQUETTE - The Northern Michigan University hockey game against the University of Michigan on Tuesday at the Great Lakes Invitational will not be televised live, apparently due to simultaneous games also being played by the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons.The 7 p.m. game, one of two ...

US beats Canada 4-2 in World Jrs.

HELSINKI (AP) - Louis Belpedio and Auston Matthews scored in a 41-second span late in the third period to give the United States a 4-2 victory over Canada 4-2 on Saturday in their first round-robin game in the world junior hockey championship.Belpedio, a defenseman from Miami of Ohio, broke a ...

A good workout in the holiday spirit

The Muffin Runners informal running group held its fifth annual Santa Run with members dressed in Christmas-themed costumes on Wednesday morning. The group ran a seven-mile loop on the multiuse path around the city of Marquette, starting and ending near the Marquette Commons, and sang Christmas ...

Elliss ministers to pros

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - When Gary Kubiak was hired to coach the Denver Broncos, he wanted a full-time chaplain.Kubiak went looking for someone players could really relate to, someone who had played the game and "had some stories to tell."That led him to Luther Elliss, once the highest-paid defensive ...

Offensive stars may be playing last home game for Lions Sunday

DETROIT - Matthew Stafford may drop back and loft a pass to Calvin Johnson for the last time on Sunday afternoon at Ford Field against the San Francisco 49ers.The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in Stafford and Johnson, banking on them being a winning combination. The floundering franchise ...

Newest Packer goes from salami-on-wheat to long snaps

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Rick Lovato's journey to becoming a member of the Green Bay Packers sounds like it is straight out of a movie script.Not many sub shop workers get to earn an NFL paycheck a few days later.It takes patience, perseverance and the right timing to break in. Lovato has done so as a ...

Spartans relish role of underdog in national semifinal

EAST LANSING - Perhaps it's appropriate that Michigan State's opponent in a playoff semifinal will be Alabama - the one program that makes pretty much everyone look like an underdog.Throughout the Spartans' rise under coach Mark Dantonio, they have been fueled by an unyielding sense that no ...

Rules changes harken basketball back to glory days

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Shorter shot clocks and fewer timeouts. Less hand-checking and physical play. All designed to speed up the game of college basketball, encourage scoring and make it more aesthetically pleasing.The rule changes implemented earlier this season were the most dramatic to hit the ...

Kentucky, Louisville still searching

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Identity-building seems more important right now for No. 12 Kentucky and 16th-ranked archrival Louisville than claiming Bluegrass bragging rights.The winner of today's annual basketball showdown at Rupp Arena can take a big step in that process, along with giving their fan ...

2nd Hernandez trial delayed

BOSTON (AP) - A judge has agreed to a postponement in the next murder trial for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.Hernandez is charged with killing two men in Boston in 2012. Jury selection for the trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 19, but Suffolk Superior Court Judge ...

‘New’ ‘Huskers season to begin

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - With four losses in the final 10 seconds of regulation or overtime sending Nebraska to a losing record, Mike Riley's first year as the Cornhuskers' coach didn't quite go as planned.But with Nebraska (5-7) getting a chance to play in a bowl despite winning just five ...