Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 10, 2013

Sports in Brief: 07/10/2013


Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — MWJHL adds new Grand Rapids team

TRAVERSE CITY — The Midwest Junior Hockey League has accepted the membership application of the West Michigan Freeze for the 2013-14 season.

The Freeze will play out of the Walker Ice & Fitness Center in Walker, a suburb of Grand Rapids.

The team has hired longtime local youth coach Keith Holmes as the t head coach.

Jaguars sign former U-M QB Robinson

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-round draft pick Denard Robinson to a contract.

According the league’s rookie slotting system, Robinson gets a signing bonus around $210,000 and counts about $450,000 against the salary cap.

A college quarterback at Michigan who is learning how to play running back in Jacksonville, Robinson is expected to see playing time as a rookie. The Jaguars list him as an “offensive weapon.”

Robinson finished his college career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA history (4,495). He ran for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He also threw for 1,319 yards and nine scores.

Boy beats cancer he named ‘Michigan’

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football fans always want to defeat what they call “That school up North.”

So when a 12-year-old Buckeyes fan was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago, he chose to name his disease Michigan.

He wanted to beat it — and he has.

The young fan, Grant Reed, was released from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Friday after receiving a final chemotherapy session.

“Our prognosis is very good,” Grant’s father, Troy Reed, said. “It shows that he has indeed beat Michigan.”

Cardinals trade Boggs to Rockies

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals have traded struggling reliever Mitchell Boggs to Colorado for the Rockies’ international signing bonus slot No. 4.

Boggs was 0-3 with an 11.05 ERA in 18 games for the Cardinals this season. He was demoted to Triple-A Memphis, where he went 0-2 with a 5.70 ERA in 18 games.

The 29-year-old right-hander was a member of the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series championship team and went 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances last year.

St. Louis also released veteran infielder Ty Wigginton.

2nd Broncos exec facing DUI charges

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A second Denver Broncos executive is facing drunken driving charges, The Associated Press has learned.

Tom Heckert, the Broncos’ recently hired director of pro personnel, was arrested in Parker on the night of June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

The news comes one day after Broncos director of player personnel and former Detroit Lions linebacker Matt Russell apologized for his arrest over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy applies to front office executives as well as players, and Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated he wants to stiffen the penalties for first-offense drunken driving cases. In 2010, Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand was suspended for a month and fined $100,000 by the league after he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired.