10.31.14:  Pistons fall to the Timberwolves


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.


Nikola Pekovic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Ricky Rubio added 11 points, eight assists and seven boards for the Timberwolves in their home opener.


Caron Butler scored 24 points and D.J. Augustin had 20 points and six assists for the Pistons, who have opened the season with two straight losses on the road under first-year coach Stan Van Gundy.


Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited in the second half by foul trouble and the Timberwolves held off a late charge from Butler and the Pistons.

10.30.14:   Giants beat Royals to win the series 


KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) — Very few players have dominated a World Series in the manner Madison Bumgarner just displayed in leading the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in five years.


Bumgarner capped his MVP performance by giving up just two hits over five shutout innings to close out the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Royals in Game 7 of the Fall Classic in Kansas City. He gave up a single to Omar Infante leading off the bottom of the fifth, then retired his next 14 batters to get within one out of the title.


Bumgarner’s streak ended when center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s single to put the potential tying run on third base with Salvador Perez coming up. Perez was hitting a team-high .348 in the series until Bumgarner got him to pop up in foul territory, where Pablo Sandoval grabbed it before falling backward onto the turf in celebration.


Sandoval was no slouch at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Michael Morse had two RBIs, including the tiebreaking single in the fourth inning. Hunter Pence had two hits to finish the series with a .444 average, slightly better than Sandoval’s .429.


But there was no denying who earned the MVP trophy. Bumgarner’s five shutout innings of relief came just three days after he tossed a four-hit shutout in the Giants’ 5-0 victory in Game 5. He went 2-0 with a save and a 0.43 ERA, allowing just nine hits in 21 innings against the Royals. The lefty is now 5-0 with a microscopic 0.25 ERA in five career appearances in World Series play, allowing a mere one run in 36 innings.


Winning pitcher Jeremy Affeldt tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Together, Affeldt and Bumgarner combined to limit the Royals to three hits in 7 1/3 innings. The win initially was credited to Bumgarner, but official scorers reversed that decision after the game and gave the win to Affeldt, who was still in the game when the Giants took the lead and had pitched effectively.


Both starting pitchers were lifted early. Giants starter Tim Hudson was yanked in the second, charged with two runs and three hits. The 39-year-old Hudson became the oldest pitcher to start a Game 7 of a World Series. Losing pitcher Jeremy Guthrie came out in the fourth, surrendering three runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings.


It marks the first time the road team has won Game 7 of a World Series since the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants had been 0-4 in deciding seventh games of Fall Classics, losing in 2002, 1962, 1924 and 1912.

10.29.14:  Royals force Game #7


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have stretched the World Series to the limit.

The Royals have forced a seventh game by erupting for seven runs in the second inning of a 10-0 rout of the San Francisco Giants. Eight Royals scored a run or drove in a run — or did both — during the rally. Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer added a two-run double before Billy Butler capped the barrage with an RBI double.

Cain went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Mike Moustakas was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Winning pitcher Yordano Ventura was outstanding over seven innings, giving up three hits and five walks with four strikeouts. Jason Frasor and Tim Collins each threw one inning of relief to complete the six-hitter.

Giants starter and loser Jake Peavy was chased in the second, charged with five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Jeremy Guthrie starts Wednesday night for Kansas City against Tim Hudson in a rematch of Game 3, won by Kansas City 3-2. The 39-year-old Hudson will become the oldest Game 7 starter in Series history.

10.28.14:  Surprise in Dallas


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys’ six-game winning streak has ended with a 20-17 loss to Washington. The Cowboys went four-and-out on their only overtime series after Kai Forbath hit a 40-yard field goal. Dallas fell to 6-2 despite DeMarco Murray, who ran for 141 yards and had four receptions for 80 yards.

10.28.14:  Boyne Mountain Resort to build sports complex


BOYNE FALLS, Mich. (AP) — Boyne Mountain Resort plans to build a sports complex that aims to make the site a Midwest hub for training grounds and competitions.


The complex initially will cater primarily to lacrosse, but long-term plans call for attracting soccer events and other field sports to Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.


This year, Boyne Mountain built a single field on resort property for lacrosse. The resort announced Monday it plans to add two additional fields as early as spring 2015 to cater to events and tournaments while the sports complex is being constructed.


Initial construction has begun on the sports complex site. The complex is expected to offer six grass fields and open in summer 2016. Up to nine fields could be created in all.



10.27.14:  Lions edge out the Falcons


LONDON (AP) — Matt Prater kicked a 48-yard field goal on the last play of the game Sunday, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 22-21 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons after trailing by 21 points.


Prater capped a second second straight late winning drive for the Lions, who also rallied to beat the Saints last week.


Matthew Stafford threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 120 TDs, breaking the Lions record of 118 held by Bobby Layne.


Matt Ryan led the Falcons with 228 yards passing and two touchdowns, but clock management problems, a penalty and a dropped pass doomed the Falcons at the end. The blown halftime lead was the biggest in Atlanta history.


Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley injured his right knee injury Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.


Fairley was injured as he hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on a 3rd-down pass play that was incomplete. Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh, rushing Ryan from the other side, crashed into Fairley.


Fairley clutched his right knee and was noticeably limping as he was helped off the field.

10.27.14:  Giants take lead in series


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner tossed the first World Series shutout in 11 years, allowing four hits while striking out eight in the San Francisco Giants’ 5-0 win over Kansas City. Bumgarner is the first pitcher to throw a shutout in a World Series game since Florida’s Josh Beckett beat the Yankees to win the 2003 championship. Brandon Crawford had three RBIs and Juan Perez laced a two-run double as the Giants grabbed a three-games-to-two lead in the series.


Game #6 will take place in Kansas City Tuesday night.

10.24.14:   Big weekend for football


In the NFL Thursday night, Denver beat San Diego: 35-21.

The Detroit Lions will take on Atlanta Sunday but will play the game in London.  The game will be aired at 9:30 a.m.


In Big Ten College Football on Saturday, Michigan State University will host Michigan in East Lansing.  The game gets underway at 3:30 p.m.


And this is the last weekend of the regular season for High School football.  There are still some unbeaten area teams and other that will be fighting for a win to make the playoffs.

10.24.14:  World Series tied 1-1


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have evened the World Series at a game apiece, thanks to a huge sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants.


The game was tied 2-2 until the Royals erupted for five runs in the sixth. Billy Butler broke the stalemate with his second RBI single of the night. Salvador Perez followed with a two-run double before Omar Infante smacked a two-run homer.


Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar had two hits and an RBI, and Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.


Gregor Blanco belted a leadoff homer for the Giants.


Kelvin Herrera picked up the victory by tossing shutout ball for 1 2/3 innings. He came in for starter Yordano Ventura, who gave up two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.


Losing pitcher Jake Peavy was reached for four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.


The series moves to San Francisco for Game 3 on Friday. Tim Hudson is scheduled to start for the Giants against Jeremy Guthrie.


Game 1 set a World Series record-low TV rating for the second time in three years. The fast national ratings by Nielsen Media Research say the game drew a 7.3 rating and 12.2 million viewers last night on Fox. That broke the previous low of a 7.6 rating and 12.2 million for the Giants’ 8-3 victory over Detroit in 2012.

10.22.14:  Giants take game #1


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was on top of his game, James Shields was not, and the San Francisco Giants cruised to an easy victory over the Royals in Game 1 of the “wild card” World Series in Kansas City.


Bumgarner was superb as the Giants earned a 7-1 victory, holding the Royals to a run and three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. The Giants ace was working on a two-hit shutout until Salvador Perez homered with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Before the blast, the Giants already had forged a 7-0 lead.


San Francisco got all the runs it needed during the first inning off Shields as Pablo Sandoval hit an RBI double before scoring on Hunter Pence’s two-run homer. Pence was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.


The Giants added two runs in the fourth before Joe Panik laced an RBI triple off Danny Duffy and came home on Sandoval’s run-scoring single in the seventh.


Gregor Blanco padded the Giants’ 10-hit attack by going 1-for-3 with bases-loaded walk and two runs scored.


It was a short evening for Shields, who was tagged for five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings. Although his nickname is “Big Game James,” Shields is 3-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 53 1/3 innings over 10 career postseason starts.