Antler point restrictions OK’d
LANSING — Deer hunters in 12 northwest Lower Peninsula counties will have to count antler points before they shoot a buck this fall, as the Natural Resources Commission enacted antler point restrictions (APRs) at its June 13 meeting in Lansing.
The regulation requires hunters to ensure antlered deer have at least one antler with a minimum of three points, with each point at least 1 inch long. A similar rule has been in effect in Leelanau County the last 10 seasons.
The counties added under this restriction include Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola and Wexford.
More information can be found on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.
Federer could face Nadal at Wimbledon
LONDON — Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Friday’s draw for the grass-court Grand Slam placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal.
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in the top half and could face No. 4 David Ferrer in the other semifinal.
Wimbledon’s seeding order is determined using the ATP rankings and points are added for achievements in grass-court tournaments in the past 12 months.
Goodell: NFL is leading on safety
CINCINNATI — The NFL commissioner says the league accepts and is taking a leadership role in improving sports safety at all levels.
Roger Goodell spoke Friday morning to the National PTA convention in Cincinnati. The Parent Teacher Association has urged its members to seek improved head-injury reporting and training in schools.
The National Football League is facing a federal lawsuit over concussion-related injuries by thousands of former players. Goodell says the NFL has taken action to improve the safety of its players.
He says the league also is supporting initiatives to make youth football safer, such as one called Heads Up Football that teaches techniques for young players to avoid head contact.
Goodell urges the school activists to push for children to have properly trained coaches and safe equipment.
Lindy Ruff hired to coach Dallas Stars
DALLAS — Lindy Ruff had one stipulation when he agreed to meet with the Dallas Stars about their coaching vacancy.
”We can’t meet in the crease,” Ruff said about his joking conversation with new Stars general manager Jim Nill.
Ruff was hired Friday the new coach of the Stars, 14 years after Dallas clinched its only Stanley Cup championship on a goal he has always questioned — Brett Hull’s shot with his skate in the crease late in the third overtime of Game 6 that beat the Ruff-coached Buffalo Sabres.
”It’s a long time ago,” Ruff said after his introduction. “I’ve had some great memories. I’ve gotten past that. I’m a coach, I want to coach, and this is an unbelievable opportunity. ... It all worked out great for Dallas.
The Stars, who have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, gave the 53-year-old Ruff a four-year contract. Before being fired by Buffalo in February, Ruff had been the Sabres coach for 15 seasons and was the NHL’s longest active-serving coach with one team.