Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 12, 2014

Sports in Brief: YMCA Pop Warner football registration set

TRAVERSE CITY — The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA and Traverse City Youth Football are holding walk-in Pop Warner football player registration on June 26, July 16, and July 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the old YMCA, located at 3000 Racquet Club Drive.

Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and most recent physical exam with them. Players must be between 8-13 years of age. For more information call the YMCA at 933-9622 or visit the Traverse City Youth Football website at

LIONS: Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL.

Scheffler told The Associated Press on Wednesday that having three concussions over the past four years had “a lot” to do with his choice.

He had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns in his eight-year career. The Detroit Lions released Scheffler in October. He later had workouts with Chicago and Kansas City and says there was “moderate” interest in him as a free agent this offseason.

Denver drafted him in the second round in 2006 out of Western Michigan and traded him four years later to Detroit.

Scheffler says his plans include becoming a real estate agent and assistant football coach at the high school in his hometown of Chelsea.

RED RIVER RIVALRY: Texas and Oklahoma will play annually at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas until 2025.

The schools have agreed to a five-year extension at the historic stadium in the city’s Fair Park neighborhood.

The annual “Red River Showdown” draws tens of thousands of fans during the State Fair of Texas, with Sooner red and Longhorn burnt orange split at the 50-yard line.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said the Sooners were “thrilled about preserving the rich tradition of this game.” Texas athletic director Steve Patterson told The Dallas Morning News that the Cotton Bowl has a “tradition and feeling to playing.”

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