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UCLA gets chance to stop undefeated Gonzaga

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Next up on the long list of wannabes eager to stop, or even slow, the undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs is a team basketball fans might have heard of: UCLA. In a strange twist that typifies a strange year, the legacy program with more national championships than anyone is a ...

Brewers come from behind to beat Twins 6-5 in 10 innings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw began his second stint in Milwaukee eager to play in front of Brewers fans again, particularly because he knew how much they missed going to games last season. Shaw made sure those fans went home happy by sparking a rally that marked the latest chapter in his ...

Cabrera homers off Bieber in snow, Tigers beat Indians 3-2

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a drive to right field, and on a snowy day at Comerica Park, it was anyone's guess where the ball would end up. Terry Francona lost sight of it, and Cabrera was so uncertain he went sliding into second base, in case there was a play there. "It was a good ...

Virus testing of teen athletes challenged

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A high school sports advocacy group and some parents sued Michigan on Thursday, seeking to stop a new requirement that all teen athletes be regularly tested for the coronavirus. The lawsuit, filed in the state Court of Claims, came on the eve of the mandate's Friday ...

Hayes homers, Pirates 2-hit Cubs 5-3 on chilly opening day

CHICAGO (AP) — It was breezy and chilly — but not nearly cold enough to contain Ke'Bryan Hayes. The rookie slugger hit a two-run homer and Pittsburgh's relievers dominated in a two-hitter, helping the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 Thursday on opening day. The gametime temperature at ...

Cretton to play at Bay

Niagara’s Alyssa Cretton has signed to play basketball at Bay College. “Alyssa is a gifted athlete who excels at multiple sports,” said Niagara girls basketball coach Karl Lamoreaux. “Over the last couple years, she worked extremely hard to develop her skills on the basketball court. I ...

Mountaineers capture Regional championship over Oscoda, 63-52

SAULT STE. MARIE —— The undefeated Iron Mountain Mountaineers boys basketball team captured the MHSAA Division 3 Regional 17 championship, by defeating previously unbeaten Oscoda, 63-52 Thursday night at Sault High. Also in the come from behind Mountaineers win, IM senior Foster Wonders ...

Bay women cagers suffer playoff setback, 64-46, to end their season

ESCANABA — Nobody can say they didn’t try. Try as the might, however, the Bay College women couldn’t prevent their basketball season from ending here Wednesday night as they fell to 11th-ranked Rochester (Minn.) Community & Technical College 64-46 in a sub-regional opener. Bay was ...

Yelich, Brewers optimistic after spring bounce backs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers showed signs this spring that they'll bounce back from the slump that engulfed virtually their entire lineup last year. Of course, they aren't taking anything for granted until they perform when the games matter. They'll get their ...

Welcome back, fans! MLB openers bring stars, hope and limited crowds

Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat. From Comerica Park to Coors Field to the Coliseum, Major League Baseball is set to roll out a big welcome mat Thursday. Most of all, this opening ...

Mountaineers sink Jets

GLADSTONE — Iron Mountain built a 20-point lead by halftime and cruised past Jeffers 71-50 in an MHSAA Division 3 boys basketball regional semifinal Tuesday at Gladstone High School. Foster Wonders, with a game-high 34 points, and fellow senior Bryce Pietrantonio, 15 points, led the ...

NFL approves 17-game season

The NFL is increasing the regular season to 17 games and planning to have full stadiums for those games. While reducing the preseason to three games the league will be able to generate additional revenue, of course. America’s most popular sport also will provide more content for the ...

Zags stay undefeated; Wolverines out

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Can anybody stop these guys? For the 30th straight time this season, Gonzaga answered that question with a resounding “No.” The Bulldogs got on a roll and put on a show, cruising into the Final Four with an 85-66 beatdown of a Southern California team that was ...

Packers keep Lewis, Lancaster

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is staying with the Green Bay Packers. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst announced Tuesday the team has re-signed both Lewis and defensive end Tyler Lancaster. The 36-year-old Lewis has spent the last three seasons in Green Bay ...

NMU remembers famed basketball coach Albeck

MARQUETTE — Stan Albeck, one of the most successful men’s basketball coaches in Northern Michigan University history, passed away Thursday at the age of 89. Albeck was the head coach of the Wildcats from 1957-68 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics era of the men’s ...

Bay teams enter tourneys

ESCANABA — Bay College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 13 Division 2 men’s basketball tournament this weekend. There will be a play-in game Friday night, and the Norse (8-14) will play in the semifinals against that winner at 3 p.m. Eastern time ...

State wrestling finals to feature 31 UP grapplers

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula will be sending a bevy of wrestlers downstate after the individual regionals took place over the weekend. With the top four wrestlers in each weight division getting a ticket to the finals, the U.P. will have 31 representatives in Kalamazoo and Grand ...

Mountaineers advance to boys basketball regional final

GLADSTONE — Iron Mountain defeated Painesdale Jeffers 71-50 in an MHSAA regional semifinal game Tuesday. The Mountaineers will face Oscoda for the regional championship Thursday in Sault Ste. Marie. In other regional semifinals, Escanaba defeated Boyne City 59-56 in Division 2; Marquette ...

UP prep hoops scores, schedule

Boys basketball Tuesday’s games MHSAA Regional semifinals Division 1 Marquette vs. Midland at Traverse City Central High School Division 2 Boyne City at Escanaba Division 3 Iron Mountain vs. Jeffers at Gladstone, 6 p.m. CST Oscoda vs. Charlevoix at ...