Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 18, 2014

Sports in Brief: 02/18/2014

Terrell Suggs signed a four-year contract extension Monday, a deal the Pro Bowl linebacker envisions will allow him to finish his career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs, 31, will receive $21 million over the first three years of the contract, which includes $16 million guaranteed. The Ravens also freed up $4 million in cap space.

A first-round pick in 2003, Suggs has been to six Pro Bowls and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He is the team’s all-time leader in sacks (94.5) and forced fumbles (29).


BEARS: Chicago has agreed to a one-year contract with former Detroit Lions defensive end Austen Lane. The 6-foot-6 Lane appeared in two games with Detroit last season after playing for Jacksonville from 2010 to 2012. He will be reunited with defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, who was in charge of the Jaguars defense when Lane played there. A fifth-round pick by Jacksonville, he has 64 tackles and three sacks in his career.


UTILITY HOUSES OSPREYS AT STADIUM: A utility is giving a new home to ospreys that nested on football stadium lights at a Michigan high school. Consumers Energy installed a platform for the birds at Montabella High School’s football field, the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun reported. The birds nested in recent years in one of the light towers at the school in Montcalm County, about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids. Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern says the birds have produced several chicks over the years. The birds currently are wintering in South America. Consumers Energy has installed several osprey nesting platforms across Michigan. Last year, the unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. worked with school and state officials in Osceola County to deal with a similar problem at Marion High School.


VINEYARD 25K: Early registration opens Feb. 24 for the inaugural Vineyard to Bay 25k benefitting the TART Trails. The race is Aug. 24, starting at Brengman Brothers at Crain Hill Vineyards and ending on the Suttons Bay Schools track. The entry fee is $50 for the full 25k or $70 for the two-person 15k/10k relay. Funds raised will help maintain the Leelanau Trail, which encompasses more than half the race course. Cash prizes totaling $1,000, age group and relay awards, and commemorative medals to all finishers will be given. For more information including volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, go to

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