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Lions deal Slay to Eagles for draft picks

Michigan Sports

DETROIT — Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday and that Slay ...

Saints coach Payton says he tested positive for coronavirus

National Sports

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says he has tested positive for the coronavirus, is resting comfortably at home and is making his test result public in hopes he can motivate people to do more to fight the pandemic. Payton learned Thursday that he has tested positive ...

Minnesota State’s Michaelis named WCHA Player of the Year

Local Sports

Minnesota State senior forward Marc Michaelis was named the 2019-20 WCHA Player of the Year on Wednesday. Michaelis is the second Minnesota State player ever to be awarded the honor. The other, C.J. Suess, was named Player of the Year in 2017-18. Michaelis led the WCHA with 20 goals and 44 ...

Tech to bid adieu to only baton twirler

Local Sports

HOUGHTON — At the University of Florida, more than 20 young ladies twirl the baton for the Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band. At the University of the Tennessee, their majorette line consists of eight twirlers. At Michigan Tech University, there is just one and she is just about to ...

Mattson a quiet force of U.P. athletic talent

Local Sports

He’s too modest to ever admit it, but Don Mattson helped set the tone for excellence in Upper Peninsula athletics. The former Chassell High basketball standout is best known for a couple of numbers: 65 and 3. Those numbers cover the number of consecutive victories the Panthers attained ...

Jurusik named to All-WCHA Third Team

Local Sports

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech senior goaltender Matt Jurusik was named to the All-WCHA Third Team, the conference announced Monday. Jurusik’s .924 save percentage, 2.06 goals-against average and 19 wins all ranked third in the conference this season. His wins total this season was also ninth ...

Brady leaving Patriots, Brees stays

National Sports

The unimaginable has happened to Patriots fans: Tom Brady is moving on. The predictable has occurred for Saints fans: Drew Brees is staying put. No matter what else happens in NFL free agency on Tuesday, decisions by those two iconic quarterbacks deserve headlines. And those decisions were ...

MTU SDC closes until March 30

Local Sports

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, Gates Tennis Center and Systems Control Nordic Waxing Center at the Recreation Trails closed at 3 p.m. Monday because of the coronavirus pandemic. A university press release said the closings came after Michigan governor Gretchen ...

WCHA announces individual awards

Local Sports

The WCHA’s best hockey team this season was unsurprisingly well represented in end-of-season accolades on Tuesday. Mavericks senior forward Marc Michaelis was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore Dryden McKay was named Goaltender of the Year, Lucas Sowder was Rookie of the ...

NASCAR suspends season until May

National Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has suspended its season until May as part of the CDC’s recommendation to postpone gatherings for the next eight weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic The decision came after at least two Monday conference calls between the sanctioning body and its team owners. ...

Packers sign LB Christian Kirksey

National Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Linebacker Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a deal with the Green Bay Packers less than a week after the Cleveland Browns released him. Kirksey’s agent, Brian Mackler, confirmed that Kirksey would be signing with the Packers but didn’t disclose terms. NFL ...

PGA Championship the 2nd major postponed

National Sports

First the Masters, now the PGA Championship. Two days after a federal recommendation to not hold events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks, the PGA of America decided to postpone the second major of the year, which was set for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The PGA ...

Peterson: Coffee break business closes

Sports columns

I believe it was late Marquette University basketball coach Al McGuire who once observed that “sports is the coffee break of life.” And just like that, the coffee break was suspended last week. With the spread of Coronavirus, just about every major sport in this country has postponed ...

Coronavirus putting damper on prep tourneys across nation

Local Sports

HARTFORD, Wis. — There were no pep bands, no cheerleaders and only about 200 fans as the high school rivals faced off in a playoff game that might have drawn close to 2,000 in just about any other circumstance. Instead, it was a small crowd that watched Brookfield Central and Brookfield ...

NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season

National Sports

By a close vote, with some 500 union members not participating, NFL players approved a new labor agreement with the league. It features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players. The deal, which runs through the 2030 ...

March Sadness: No brackets, no knowing what might have been

National Sports

For all those who dreamed the impossible — making it a whole month without getting a single game wrong in the bracket — this is your year. Everything else about the NCAA Tournament that won’t happen this season — from Selection Sunday, to the jaw-dropping bracket busters and buzzer ...

Monroe leaves indelible legacy at MTU

Local Sports

HOUGHTON — Despite an abrupt ending last week to Michigan Tech’s postseason basketball run, the name Kyle Monroe is one that will not soon be forgotten. The four-year starter etched his name in the program’s record books in a number of categories. On the same day the season stopped due ...

Prep Hockey: Loukus named GLHC’s top player

Local Sports

Calumet senior forward Scott Loukus was named the Great Lakes Hockey Conference Player of the Year in this season’s all-conference selections. Houghton head coach Corey Markham was named the conference’s Coach of the Year. Loukus scored 27 goals and 54 points for the Copper Kings, whose ...