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Beilein loses summer debut

John Beilein’s real NBA coaching debut comes in October. He probably knows a little bit more about what to expect now. Cleveland’s new coach got his first bit of practice for the real thing on Monday in the NBA’s first game of the summer — only to have San Antonio spoil his debut. ...

Kingsford Krush to host summer roller derby bouts

IRON MOUNTAIN — Kingsford Krush Roller Derby will host bouts at Mountain View Ice Arena in Iron Mountain on July 13, Aug. 17 and Sept. 7. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the competitions start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. Children 12 and younger are admitted ...

Varda pulls off upset to claim first feature

NORWAY — It was finally “Varda Time” for Vulcan late model racer Dean Varda. After years of plugging along in the Coca Cola late model class. the veteran racer led wire-to-wire and fought off defending track champion Dillion Kralovetz and Escanaba’s Robby Iverson to score the super ...

Defense lifts Red past Black

MARQUETTE — The 12th annual Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game was a booming success that sent 87 seniors from around the U.P. off on a high note. It was Travis Ojala who sent his team to victory as well, with the Calumet line-backer notching a fourth-quarter interception that he ...

UP bocce champs unbeaten

IRON RIVER — Joe Fittante, Mike Cimarelli and John Hanzik rolled to an unbeaten record Saturday in winning the UP Open three-player bocce tournament at City Park’s Ray Mariucci Bocce Complex. The Daily News plans to publish several pictures of the tournament later this week.

Michigan State clears ex-players in rape case

EAST LANSING (AP) — Three former Michigan State University men’s basketball players have been cleared of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that they sexually assaulted a female student in 2015, according to the school. A report from a school-launched Title IX investigation did not ...

ScuttleBu(r)t: Another Bortolini on the gridiron

ScuttleBu(r)t ... Keep an eye on Kewaunee High School offensive lineman Tanor Bortolini. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound senior recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin. He’s the cousin of Connor Bortolini, who helped Forest Park beat Portland St. Patrick 54-12 in the 2017 ...

Golf: Anderson-Shea win UP Dual, again

IRON MOUNTAIN — Lori Shea of Gladstone and Polly Anderson of Green Bay rallied to win a seventh UP Dual golf championship Tuesday at Pine Grove Country Club. Shea-Anderson and four-time champions Becky Cecconi of Iron Mountain and Karen Plaisier of Ishpeming shared the lead at 151 after 36 ...

Soccer: Northern Stars U19 gain revenge, claim Hurricane Cup tournament

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Northern Stars U19 avenged a loss to Sheboygan Lakeshore and captured the Hurricane Cup boys soccer tournament. Stars started the tournament with a 1-0 win over Wausau. The only goal came from Michael Halley, scoring from an assist by Jurgen Kleiman about 20 minutes into ...

NMU, Tech eye new conference

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan have joined five other NCAA Division I men’s hockey programs in the exploration of a new conference that would begin play with the 2021-2022 season. Bemidji State, Bowling Green State, Ferris State, Lake Superior State and Minnesota State ...

Al Unger reflects on ‘big challenge’ as athletic director

KINGSFORD — Al Unger is moving next door at Kingsford High School. Breitung Township Schools athletic director since 2004, Unger has been cleaning out his office and preparing for the new role of high school assistant principal. The retirement of principal Lyle Smithson and assistant ...

Little League baseball three-peat

NORWAY — Norway Peterson Electric held off the Kingsford Lions 2-1 to win a third straight Little League Major (age 11-12) baseball interleague championship. In the second inning, Norway tallied two runs when Cole Baij singled and scored and AJ Gallino also scored after drawing a walk. In ...

‘Run Your Bass Off’ set for July 7

CRYSTAL FALLS — Iron Endurance will host the 39th annual Run Your Bass Off on Sunday, July 7, at Runkle Lake Park. Distance runs — 5K, 10K and one for kids — will begin at 9 a.m. Runners can register ahead of time, and save money, at runsignup.com. Registration forms can also be ...

Solda, O’Connell shoot 34s to lead Oak Crest men’s league

NORWAY — Mike Solda and Ed O’Connell each shot two-under par 34 to lead Division A of the Forward Financial Monday Night Golf League at Oak Crest Golf Course. Brian Tirschel and Mark Zenko continue to top the Division A team standings. In Division B, Cory Allred, Jim Johnson and Dean ...

Chris Hartman named Flivv AD

KINGSFORD — Chris Hartman has been named the new Kingsford High School athletic director. Breitung Township Schools Board of Education announced the hiring during a special meeting Friday morning. Hartman served as Iron Mountain High School’s athletic director for eight years before ...

Football All-Stars compete in skills challenge

MARQUETTE — The main event may be a couple days away, but the U.P. Football All-Star Game players got a chance to strut their stuff during the Skills Challenge in the Superior Dome. Two Northern Michigan University recruits won their events, the first Ishpeming defensive lineman Logan ...

Richer named BR-H girls’ coach

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris girls’ varsity basketball team will be in experienced hands next year. After the departure of three-year coach Josh Eagle, who returned to Hannahville to take the boys’ varsity job, the Broncos will be helmed by seasoned coach Matt Richer. “I coached ...

Baseball: Mavericks beat Blagec Heating

GWINN — The Marquette County Mavericks kept its unbeaten streak going with an 8-0 Superiorland Baseball League win over Blagec Heating on Monday. The Mavericks (4-0) broke the game open with a five-run fifth. Steve Hintsala pitched 2 1/3 innings for Marquette. He gave up no hits with three ...

Michigan beats Vandy; 1 win from title

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michigan could sense the momentum slipping away. Jimmy Kerr got it back. Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, this time after Vanderbilt pulled within one in the sixth inning, and the Wolverines beat the Commodores 7-4 in Game 1 of the ...

Racing: Iverson gets late model win

NORWAY — Third-generation driver Robby Iverson played it safe, dodged several caution periods and went on to grab the lead on a restart with two laps to go to capture the Auto Value Round I super late model main event at Norway Speedway Friday night. With the win, Iverson captured the ...