Sports: Lions pull out a win!
The Detroit Lions stormed back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to edge the Atlanta Falcons 22-21 at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Matt Prater booted a 48-yard field goal as time expired to give Detroit the victory. Prater had missed a 43-yard try seconds earlier, but was given another chance when his team was penalized five yards for delay of game. Matthew Stafford threw for 325 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Golden Tate stepped up for the Lions in the absence of Calvin Johnson. He caught seven balls for 151 yards including a 59-yard TD grab in the third quarter to pull Detroit within 21-10. Stafford is now the Lions' all-time touchdown pass leader. He threw a pair of TD passes against the Falcons to reach 120 for his career, two more than Hall of Famer Bobby Layne.
"Monday Night Football"
The Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins.
Houston Hurts Knee-celebrating
Another NFL player blew his knee out while celebrating a sack yesterday. This time it was Lamarr Houston of the Bears. But it was worse this time, because his team was down 25 points in the fourth quarter and the Patriots had already put in their backup quarterback.
Lions' defensive tackle C.J. Mosley is serving a two-week team suspension. He was sent home from London Saturday for conduct detrimental to the team and an unspecified violation of team rules. Mosley is on the reserve/suspended list until after this weekend's bye.
Madison Bumgarner kept the Royals quiet as the Giants rolled to a 5-0 win in Game Five of the World Series from AT&T Park. Bumgarner threw the first complete-game shutout in the Fall Classic since 2003. He struck out eight and allowed four hits to pick up his second win. Brandon Crawford knocked in three runs for San Francisco, which is up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence each scored twice in the win. James Shields allowed two runs in six innings for the loss. He also lost to Bumgarner in Game One of the World Series. Game Six is Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.
Michigan State is still 5th in this week's top-25 football coach’s poll after Saturday's 35-11 win over rival Michigan in East Lansing.
Hoke Apologizes for Stake Thing
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke is apologizing and taking responsibility for his players planting a tent stake in the ground before the Michigan-Michigan State football game in East Lansing on Saturday. Hoke called it "poor sportsmanship". He said, "The stake was brought into our locker room as a visual reminder," Hoke said, "and one of our team leaders chose to take it out on the field.
Michigan State noticed and took umbrage at the stake-planting. Rather than take a knee with a 17-point lead in the final minute, the Spartans tacked on another touchdown on a Jeremy Langford run.
The Detroit Red Wings wrap up a two-game road trip Wednesday night against Washington. Detroit lost 4-2 at Philadelphia on Saturday.
The Pistons will open up the NBA season on the road for two games, starting Wednesday at Denver. Detroit plays the Timberwolves in Minnesota the next night. The home opener is Saturday against the Brooklyn Nets.
High School Football Pairings
7-1 Lakeview will host Mattawan (6-3) in the first round at 7 p.m. Friday. Lakeview defeated Mattawan 38-12 in the regular season. A bonus for Lakeview is that it is the top seed in the district so it would host the first two rounds if the Spartans continue to win.
Harper Creek (5-4) at Plainwell (8-1).
Pittsford (7-2) at Climax-Scotts (8-1). Climax-Scotts beat Pittsford 44-14 in a regular season game.
St. Philip (8-1) will host Waldron (7-2) in the first round. The Tigers defeated Waldron three weeks ago.
Stockbridge (6-3) at Olivet (7-2).
Homer (7-2) at Hudson (8-1).
Pewamo-Westphalia (7-2) at Union City (8-1).
Colon (5-3) at Mendon (8-1).
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is out of the Chase but did capture his fourth win of the season with his first career victory at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday. Jeff Gordon was second after leading a race-high 130 laps. The Chase heads to Texas next weekend for the second of three races in the Eliminator Round.
Cards’ Taveras Dead
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras is dead at 22. Authorities say he was heading to his hometown in the Dominican Republic with his girlfriend, who was also killed in the crash. The 22-year old was once considered one of the top prospects in baseball, and finally made his major league debut back in May. He played 80 regular season games and hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBI. Taveras had a homer and hit .429 in the postseason.
Athlete of the Week
Go on line today to nominate our WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week! We want to salute local kids who are working hard both on and off the field, and it’s easy to nominate someone you think is deserving of an award. The winner will get mentioned on WBCK and at wbckfm.com and also get a trophy from Recognition Inc. in Battle Creek. We’ll announce a new WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week each Wednesday.
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