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Christmas Bird Count lists 34 species

Outdoors

Unexpected raptors provided several highlights for local participants in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count that took place Dec. 19. A golden eagle, rough-legged hawk and sharp-shinned hawk were among the noteworthy sightings, said Phyllis Carlson, coordinator of ...

Trice’s big second half lifts No. 9 Wisconsin

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — D’Mitrik Trice had 13 points and five assists and turned in a strong second half to lead No. 9 Wisconsin past Rutgers 60-54 on Friday night. Trice scored eight points and assisted on another basket in a 12-0 run that gave Wisconsin a 54-44 lead with 4:19 to ...

Bucks survive Mavs

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton made a couple of huge 3-pointers and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame poor free-throw shooting to snap the Dallas Mavericks’ four-game winning streak. Middleton scored eight points of his 25 points in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the Bucks’ 112-109 victory ...

Brewers ink 1-year contracts

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers avoided going to arbitration with pitchers Josh Hader and Brandon Woodruff by agreeing to one-year contracts with the former All-Stars. Hader signed for $6,675,000 while Woodruff agreed to a $3,275,000 deal. The Brewers don’t have any arbitration ...

Free fishing in Wisconsin

Outdoors

IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Wisconsin, a great time to discover the fun of winter outings without needing a license. Anglers can fish any water bodies in the state where there is an open season. All other regulations apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish ...

DNR seeks to fill vacancies on UP advisory panels

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MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on both the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in ...

North Central carries strong resume into finals

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POWERS — After a football season that began Aug. 10, the North Central Jets will travel across the Mackinac Bridge today. They'll do so to complete their journey to the 8-player state championship game. North Central (10-0), will take on Portland St. Patrick (10-0) on Saturday afternoon ...

Millan cans 36 in Florence girls’ OT victory

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ELCHO, Wis. — Florence freshman point guard Isabella Millan canned a game-high and season-high 36 points and snared a team-high 13 rebounds as the LadyCats eked past Elcho 55-54 in overtime here Thursday night in Northern Lakes Conference action. “Elcho was double- teaming Bella (Millan) ...

MHSAA provides winter sports update

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EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Representative Council approved a plan on Thursday, for adjusting schedules for the five winter “contact” sports. Those sports may begin non-contact activities Saturday, but not full practice and competition until Feb. 1 ...

LA’s defense to test ‘lights out’ Rodgers

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No NFL team scored more points during the regular season than the Green Bay Packers. Nobody has played better defense than the Los Angeles Rams. That sets up an intriguing showdown of strength vs. strength when MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (13-3) host All-Pro defensive tackle ...

Flivvers set practice times

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KINGSFORD — Director of Athletics for Breitung Township Schools Chris Hartman announced on Thursday the winter sports practice schedules and practice locations. Winter sports are getting a late start due to coronavirus restrictions set forth by the governor. The starting dates are: ...

Calumet loses in state quarterfinal

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HOUGHTON LAKE — The Calumet girls’ volleyball perfect season came to an end on Tuesday night in Houghton Lake as they were defeated by the Beaverton Beavers in the MHSAA Division 3 state quarterfinal. The Copper Kings (19-1) lost in three sets 25-13, 25-18 and 25-14. Calumet had lost ...

MSU hoops postponed

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EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State is postponing a second straight men’s basketball game due to a COVID-19 outbreak within its basketball program. The school says it will not host Indiana on Sunday as scheduled. The Spartans previously postponed a game at No. 5 Iowa on Thursday night ...

Lions agree to deal with Rams executive as GM

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The Detroit Lions desperately need to figure out how to draft better players and they're leaning on Brad Holmes to lead the way, drawing on his expertise with the Los Angeles Rams. Holmes and the Lions agreed to terms Thursday on a deal Thursday that makes him their general manager. He led ...

Bears plan to keep Nagy, GM Pace for at least 1 more season

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chairman George McCaskey insisted the Chicago Bears have the right culture to become a winning franchise. So the team is sticking with general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy for at least another season. What helped convince him to stay the course rather than make ...

This too shall pass Sonny

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Sweet(s) Talk. ... As I write this column, we’re a week removed from the heinous and disgusting things that occurred at the Capitol building in Washington D.C. Actions that were so shocking and appalling, they will be remembered forever in our country’s history. Who is responsible for them ...

COVID postpones MSU hoops

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EAST LANSING – After a third positive COVID-19 case in the span of five days surfaced at Michigan State on Wednesday afternoon, the Spartans’ game against Iowa today has been postponed. “I’m really disappointed, but it just goes to prove that this can affect anyone,” Tom Izzo said ...

Antetokounmpo’s triple-double lifts Bucks over Pistons, 110-101

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DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks easily beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this month, 110-101 on Wednesday night. The Bucks built a commanding early lead with a barrage of 3-pointers. Brook Lopez connected ...

Harden to Nets in a 4-team deal

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James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers. The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for ...