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Football: No. 2 Jets top No. 4 Lakes in wintry weather

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LAKE LINDEN — Luke Gorzinski and the North Central Jets simply don’t know how to slow down, even in a time when COVID-19 restrictions make it inevitable for idle times as games were postponed. In the Jets’ first game after a two-week hiatus because of COVID-19, Gorzinski and the Jets ...

Lions cruise past Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An elusive touchdown pass, a breakout performance, a defensive rebound and a reprieve for the head coach. This was a victory the Detroit Lions probably needed more than they would admit. It might even serve as a turning point for the season. Rookie D'Andre Swift ...

Buccaneers dominate Packers

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. A stingy Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense turned a rare meeting between the Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks into a mismatch on Sunday. Brady outplayed Rodgers, however a young Bucs secondary was equally impressive in setting the tone ...

Football: Calumet pulls away from Hancock for 34-18 win

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HANCOCK — With an early morning snow shower and a temperature below 40 degrees, Friday night’s football match up between the Hancock Bulldogs and the Calumet Copper Kings felt more like a mid-November battle as opposed to a mid-October one. The Copper Kings were anything but cold as they ...

Football: Gremlins top Miners 15-13 in OT

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HOUGHTON — A powerful Negaunee High football team got all it wanted from the Houghton Gremlins Friday night. And a little more. The little more came when Gremlins stunned the favored Miners in overtime, 15-13. An ecstatic first-year skipper Micah Stipech wasn’t sure if the win was the ...

Hancock announces LL-H hockey co-op

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HANCOCK — Hancock High School announced a new hockey co-op program with Lake Linden-Hubbell. LL-H previously had a co-op with Jeffers High School. Hancock and LL-H last had a co-op for the 2001-02 season. Hancock athletic director Chris Salani said the co-op helps solidify the program’s ...

Springer, Astros top Rays 7-4, force Game 7 in ALCS

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — George Springer and Jose Altuve keyed a four-run rally in the fifth inning, Framber Valdez pitched six brilliant innings and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays for the third straight game, 7-4 Friday to force a deciding Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. Houston ...

Volleyball: Baraga sweeps Lake Linden

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BARAGA — Despite being away from the volleyball court for two weeks due to a COVID-19 quarantine in the Baraga School District, the Vikings looked pretty good on Thursday night, said coach Corey Pietila. “It has been a struggle to get into a rhythm with the start of stop of this ...

Volleyball: Calumet sweeps Westwood, 3-0

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CALUMET — The Calumet girls' volleyball team came out firing Thursday evening, thoroughly dominating the visiting Westwood Patriots in a WestPAC conference matchup. The Copper Kings jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first set and never looked back, taking a straight-set victory (25-3, 25-9, ...

Dehority tabbed next FU men’s basketball coach

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HANCOCK — Allen Dehority has been named head coach of the Finlandia University men's basketball team. He is set to begin on Monday. "I'm pleased that we were able to get Allen as our men's basketball coach," said Finlandia athletic director Curtis Wittenberg. "I've seen the energy, passion ...

Team Copper Country sweeps through showcase tourney

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Team Copper Country swept all four games last weekend in Green Bay. The 18U AA hockey team beat the Chippewa Steel 3-2, Marquette 4-1, Chicago Bruins 7-3 and Green Bay 3-2 in a shootout during a showcase tournament. Team Copper Country coach Jeff Mikesch said Houghton ...

Skilled NHL teams adding grit

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A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss signed a forward with his name engraved on the trophy and a big defenseman hungry to win after years of not being in contention. Rewind to 2019 and early 2020 and ...

Volleyball: Chassell sweeps Jeffers, 3-0

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PAINESDALE — It was the second game in as many days for the Jeffers Jets volleyball team, and despite much better team play, they could not keep up with the Chassell Panthers. The Panthers swept the Jets 25-22, 25-22 and 25-17. “I thought we did pretty good,” said Chassell head coach ...

Prep football: No. 4 LL-H hosts No. 2 North Central

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LAKE LINDEN — After a schedule change this week, the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes will face North Central after all. Both schools were scheduled to play Oct. 10, but the game was rescheduled because of COVID-19 concerns. The Lakes (2-0), ranked No. 4 in this week’s UP Sportswriters and ...

GLSC visiting MTU for proposed lodge

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HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Sports Commission is visiting the Michigan Tech campus today to view a location for a proposed lodge. The GLSC approved a $225,000 investment to build a community lodge at the Michigan Tech Trails. The investment will be used to begin the first phase of the ...

Michigan expected to be good, not great, again with Harbaugh

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ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan has been good, not great, under coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s sixth season in charge of college football’s winningest program is expected to follow its recent form. The Wolverines are No. 19 in The Associated Press college poll, way behind rival and ...

Expectations tempered for Tucker’s 1st season at MSU

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Mel Tucker got a late start at Michigan State. Mark Dantonio's retirement didn't come until February, and Tucker was hired as the new coach shortly after that. Then Tucker had about a month of normalcy before the coronavirus pandemic made his transition period even harder. "I didn't know ...

Volleyball: L’Anse sweeps Jeffers

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L’ANSE — While the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has wreaked havoc on many facets of life, high school fall sports has not escaped its chaotic path. Teams have held fewer practices, with canceled games and players quit because they did not want to deal with all of the COVID-19 restrictions. ...

CCHA unveils logo

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The new Central Collegiate Hockey Association now has a new logo. The CCHA unveiled the logo Tuesday afternoon, featuring red and blue colors across the abbreviation. The league announced the logo will appear in member school’s colors on jerseys. The CCHA logo will be brandished with ...

Pietrangelo leaves Blues, signs with Vegas

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Alex Pietrangelo heard it can snow in Las Vegas and wasn’t worried about bundling up his four children if necessary. Maybe once in a blue moon. Pietrangelo won’t have to take a snow blower from his St. Louis home to the Nevada desert, though he hopes to bring the Stanley Cup there in the ...