Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 6, 2014

Sports in Brief: 01/06/2014


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — AUBURN HILLS — Kalkaska, down 14 at half, rallied to beat Oak Park 48-44 in a non-league girls basketball game at The Palace.

The games was played Saturday afternoon. The teams then had dinner together and Kalkaska finished off the trip Sunday by attending the Detroit Pistons game.

The Blazers (5-1) trailed early — 10-1 in the first quarter, 28-14 at half — before battling back. Freshman Michah Lajewski's 15 points and four rebounds paced the attack. Taylor Kibby contributed 11 points and Reyann Homan eight points and five rebounds.

The Blazers travel to Elk Rapids on Tuesday.

NFL

TENNESSEE: Ruston Webster is in charge of his first coaching search in the NFL and only the Titans' second since moving to Tennessee, and the general manager says his goal is finding the man who is the right fit for the franchise. Webster wants to start interviewing candidates as soon as possible to replace Mike Munchak, who was fired Saturday after three years as head coach and 31 seasons with the franchise overall.

ESPN.com reported Sunday that Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is a leading candidate. Quinn was assistant head coach in Seattle in 2009 when Webster was vice president of player personnel for the Seahawks.

WASHINGTON: Perry Fewell's interview for the Washington Redskins coaching job has been set for today. Fewell becomes the fifth known candidate to interview as the potential replacement for Mike Shanahan, who was fired last week.

SEATTLE: The NFL fined Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for violating the league's media policy. Lynch stepped in front of a camera Friday and spoke for less than 90 seconds. It was his first time taking questions from the media all season, having politely declined every previous time. The Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints in the divisional playoffs Saturday. Lynch finished the regular season with 1,257 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns.

NCAA FOOTBALL

CLEMSON: Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is off to the NFL. A person familiar with the wideout's decision said the record-setting Watkins would give up his final year with the Tigers to enter the NFL draft. The source also said two other Tigers in receiver Martavis Bryant and cornerback Bashaud Breeland were also giving up the rest of their college eligibility for the NFL.

SKIING

WORLD CUP: If this was a trial run for the Sochi Olympics, Mikaela Shiffrin passed with flying colors. The American teenager fought through soft snow, rain and deep ruts — exactly the type of conditions she could face in Sochi next month — to win her second World Cup slalom of the season Sunday.

"It's always a big confidence booster to have good skiing in different conditions," Shiffrin said. "I never wanted to be a racer who could only win on hard snow or just soft snow, or just a steep pitch or just a flat. I want to be really good in all-around conditions and getting a win today has given me a lot of confidence that I can ski out of ruts in the second run."

Located near the Black Sea, the Alpine resort of Rosa Khutor that will host the skiing races at the Olympics is known for varying weather conditions. The 18-year-old Shiffrin led by 0.03 seconds after the opening run and ending up winning by 0.13 ahead of Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden for the sixth victory of her career.

SCHUMACHER PROBE: A French state prosecutor said Sunday he wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher's fall at the Meribel ski resort in the French Alps eight days ago, in which he hit his head on a rock, has left the 45-year-old in a medically-induced coma for a severe brain trauma. Questions have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, and Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, announced Saturday that his family has given French authorities a camera affixed to his helmet to help elucidate the case.

Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy told The Associated Press by phone that French investigators are also taking steps to obtain a copy of a smartphone video cited in a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. Spiegel reported late Saturday that an unnamed 35-year-old man had contacted the magazine claiming to have captured the accident on video while filming his girlfriend on his smartphone just a few meters (yards) away. The unnamed witness, described only as a 35-year-old flight attendant from the western German city of Essen, claimed Schumacher had been skiing gently between two ski pistes at no more than 20 kilometers per hour (12 mph) before his fall.

HOCKEY

DETROIT: Jimmy Howard stopped 44 shots as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 Saturday night. Joakim Andersson and Drew Miller scored 14 seconds apart in the first period to get the Wings rolling. Henrick Zetterberg scored two goals in the win.

WORLD JUNIORS: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen scored at 9:42 of overtime to give Finland its third world junior hockey title, 3-2 over Sweden on Sunday. Ristolainen picked up the puck along the right boards, beat defenseman Robert Hagg as he cut in front of the goal and slid a backhander under goalie Oscar Dansk's right leg pad.

Finland also won the under-20 event in 1987 in Czechoslovakia and 1998 at home in Helsinki. Sweden lost after winning its first six games in the tournament.

NCAA BASKETBALL

UTAH STATE: A county prosecutor says he was appalled to learn Utah State center Jarred Shaw was reinstated to the team only hours after he pleaded guilty to a drug charge. Tony Baird, the county's chief criminal deputy attorney, stressed he was expressing his opinion not as a prosecutor, but rather as the father of young boys who look up to college athletes.

"It's a missed opportunity to teach youth that there are certain standards that are more important than winning the basketball game," he told The Herald Journal of Logan, Utah.

Coach Stew Morrill issued a statement explaining his decision to reinstate the 23-year-old Shaw.

"Jarred Shaw is a student-athlete who graduates this spring and who made a mistake," he said. "This was his first offense and he has served his penalty by missing five games."

Shaw, the Aggies' leading scorer and second leading rebounder, was reinstated Friday after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana. The 6-foot-10 senior originally faced a second-degree felony distribution charge. Misdemeanor charges of possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dismissed.