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MSU football recruit recalls journey from war-torn Iraq
Growing up in Iraq, senior lineman knew soccer and war. Now, after only two years of football, he’s heading to MSU        
807 points by Detroit Free Press | American football Super Bowl High school Play from scrimmage Play Football National Football League Educational years
Khaleefah's journey: From Iraqi refugee to Dearborn to MSU football
Growing up in Iraq, senior lineman knew soccer and war. Now, after only two years of football, he’s heading to MSU        
807 points by Detroit Free Press | American football Super Bowl High school Play from scrimmage Play Football Michigan State University Educational years
Dearborn’s Mustafa Khaleefah a quick study in football
Growing up in Iraq, senior lineman knew soccer and war. Now, after only two years of football, he’s heading to MSU.        
807 points by Detroit Free Press | American football Super Bowl High school Play from scrimmage Play Football Michigan State University Educational years
Defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga brings impact to UNLV’s pass rush
Jeremiah Valoaga could impact UNLV’s game against heavily favored UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl if he’s able to put pressure on Bruins sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen.
818 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Play Game The Sims Toy Dice Rose Bowl Game Better Dwayne Johnson
Defensive end Jeremiah Valoaga brings impact UNLV pass rush
Jeremiah Valoaga could impact UNLV’s game against heavily favored UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl if he’s able to put pressure on Bruins sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Play Game The Sims Toy Dice Rose Bowl Game Better Dwayne Johnson
Ailing Rob Gronkowski: Week 1 status 'a coach's decision'
FOXBORO — Three days out from the season opener, Rob Gronkowski admitted he’s not 100 percent healthy and isn't 100 percent certain he'll play Sunday in Arizona.The Patriots tight end appeared on the injury report Wednesday as a limited participant in practice with a hamstring injury, an injury he said was nagging him since hurting it in a joint practice with the Bears last month.Gronkowski said he was "feeling better every day," but was non-committal when asked if he'd be playing Sunday.
34 points by Boston Herald | New England Patriots American football Tight end Patriot Play
Chat transcript with Wolverines writer Mark Snyder
Mark answered your questions about the Michigan football and basketball teams for an hour this morning.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Game Play Tight end American football positions American football Rotation Walker Island
Jim Harbaugh says he's 'good' with Ed Cunningham; no one is suspended
Apparently, Harbaugh has received an apology from Ed Cunningham. 'We're good,' Harbaugh said.        
1 points by Detroit Free Press | English-language films Game Peyton Manning Play Tom Brady American football positions Quarterback American films
Tom Stoppard on life on the stage
When he was an unknown, and his “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” was first being performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Stoppard stopped by during rehearsals.
-1 points by New York Post | Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Theatre Edinburgh Festival Performance Edinburgh Festival Fringe Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Rehearsal Play
Toys 'R' Us names the hot toys for the holidays
Playsets and a kit to build your own computer are some of the top holiday picks, says Toys R Us.         
4899 points by Arizona Republic | Nintendo Entertainment System Doll Toy Play Nintendo Game Play Atari 2600
UM's grape-eating, 375-pound Onwenu unleashes wrath
Cass Tech product is biggest Wolverines player who eats fruit -- not junk food.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Cass Technical High School Jim Harbaugh Play Play High school Defense United States Department of Defense
Toys 'R' Us puts Pokemon on 'Hot Toy List' for holidays
Playsets and a kit to build your own computer are some of the top holiday picks, says Toys R Us.         
4899 points by Arizona Republic | Nintendo Entertainment System Doll Toy Play Nintendo Game Play Atari 2600
Toys 'R' Us: These will be the hot toys for the holidays
Playsets and a kit to build your own computer are some of the top holiday picks, says Toys R Us.         
4899 points by Arizona Republic | Nintendo Entertainment System Doll Toy Play Nintendo Game Play Atari 2600
Former UMBC student prepares to defend her national chess title
For weeks, she has sat hunched over a chess board for up to eight hours a day, mulling tactics and playing out a myriad of moves in her mind. Pawn to Queen's Bishop 6 ... Queen to King's Rook 5. Ten minutes of this would fry your brain. Yet this is how Nazi Paikidze, 23, prepares for the $100,000...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Chess Women's World Chess Championship Chess piece Queen Woman Pawn Play U.S. Women's Chess Championship
Ex-Knick Brandon Jennings thrives as Wizards wallop Nets
WASHINGTON — John Wall scored 22 points despite dealing with migraine headache symptoms earlier in the day, Bradley Beal added 19 points and the Wizards cruised past the Brooklyn Nets 129-108 on Friday night. Brandon Jennings had 18 points, one of three bench players to score in double-figures as the third-place Wizards moved a game...
-1 points by New York Post | Game Milwaukee Bucks National Basketball Association American film actors Point guards Play Bench Migraine
Wings’ Zetterberg, 36, not thinking retirement
On Friday, the captain was nominated as Detroit’s representative for the Masterson Trophy.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Detroit Red Wings National Hockey League Henrik Zetterberg Ice hockey Play Debut albums Streak The Streak
Tigers’ Kinsler: No disrespect to foreign players
In a New York Times article this week, Kinsler’s quotes were viewed by many as a dig at international players.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Game Play Baseball Major League Baseball World Baseball Classic Puerto Rico Play Dominican Republic
UNH turns down postseason tournament invites
After capping its second 20-win season in a row for the first time in program history, the UNH men’s basketball team didn’t feel like dancing this season.The Wildcats, who fell to eventual NCAA Tournament participant Vermont in the America East semifinals, were reportedly invited to the CBI and CIT...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Ice hockey Basketball National Collegiate Athletic Association English-language films United States Play Focus 2000 singles
Thomas scores 25; Celtics stay hot at home with over Pacers
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics just needed a little reminder to focus on playing instead of worrying about where they were in the Eastern Conference playoff chase.A loss on Sunday was perfect for that.Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 with eight rebounds and the Celtics beat the Indi...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Boston Celtics National Basketball Association Game Indiana Pacers Portland Trail Blazers Atlanta Hawks Play 2007–08 NBA season
Michigan woman wins lottery twice in three months
A lucky Michigan woman claimed her second prize from the state lottery in three months on Wednesday.
-1 points by UPI | United Press International Play Game Michigan State University
Kinsler’s intense offseason workout slows aging process
At 34, Tigers second baseman is fit and ready to snag another Gold Glove.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Jim Leyland Catcher Iván Rodríguez Brad Ausmus Range factor Ian Kinsler Major League Baseball Play
Father's death, mother's strength inspire Tigers CF Mikie Mahtook
Mahtook, who is competing to be the Tigers' starting CF, lost his father to heart disease when he was 4 years old.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball Play 2007 albums Debut singles A Good Day Face Father
Vegas and Johnson sit atop the leaderboard at Genesis Open
As a steady rain slowly turned to flashes of sunshine at the waterlogged Riviera Country Club, the Genesis Open slogged its way through its second round Saturday morning, leaving open the possibility the final holes will be played on Monday. Play was supposed to start at 7 a.m., but many of the...
16 points by Los Angeles Times | Week-day names Riviera Country Club Hole Play TheStart Saturday morning cartoon A Steady Rain A Little Bit
Bobby Portis comes up big in Bulls' dramatic victory over Celtics
With the NBA's All-Star Game break officially on, Bulls players scattered for parts mostly unknown after their dramatic 104-103 victory over the Celtics on Thursday night at the United Center. If Bobby Portis had his druthers, the Bulls would be right back in action Friday. That will happen when...
4 points by Chicago Tribune | English-language films Play Game National Basketball Association American films Chicago Bulls Player 2004 albums
Northeastern rally falls short in loss to NC-Wilmington
 With conference leader UNC-Wilmington in its building, Northeastern couldn't afford to have a slow start Thursday night. The core of a Seahawks squad that made the NCAA Tournament last season was hard enough to match, let alone catch from behind.The Huskies learned that the hard way.T.J. Williams scored 27 of his career-high 33 points in the second half as Northeastern nearly overcame a seemingly insurmountable halftime deficit, but the Huskies couldn't complete the comeback in a 66-65 loss at Matthews Arena.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Warren Moon Colonial Athletic Association Play
Libertyville native Phillipa Soo prepares for Broadway's 'Amelie'
Libertyville native Phillipa Soo is set to take on her next Broadway role in the premiere of "Amelie, A New Musical." Soo, 26, skyrocketed to fame after her Tony-nominated turn as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton in "Hamilton." She will play the title role in the musical inspired by the 2005 Oscar-nominated...
36 points by Chicago Tribune | Alexander Hamilton Super Bowl Play Philip Schuyler Schuyler family American people of Dutch descent Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Super Bowl XXXVI
CYO basketball team in N.J. forfeits season after refusing to remove girls from roster (video)
The nine boys and two girls on a CYO team in Clark, N.J., voted unanimously to stick together. Watch video CLARK, New Jersey -- A fifth-grade CYO basketball team is making national news after it refused an order from an archdiocese to kick two girls off the roster, instead forfeiting its season. According to, the team at St. John the Apostle, which consisted of nine boys and two girls, had played together for four years. Two weeks ago they were told by the league's director that it was illegal for the girls to be on the roster and that they must be removed or the team would forfeit its remaining games and the season as a whole. So the team was given a choice before a game Friday night: "Is your decision to play the game without the two young ladies on the team, or do you want to stay as a team as you have all year?" Matthew Dohn, a parent of one of the players, asked the team. "Show of hands for play as a team?" The vote was unanimous to keep the girls on the roster and forfeit, reports. The show of unity has brought plenty of positive attention to the team. But when the two girls on the team volunteered to sit out the final game on Saturday so the boys could play, the league's athletic director rejected the gesture, reports. "The AD said that the league director called Friday's game a 'stunt,' and because of it, the game had been canceled and the season forfeited," Keisha Martel, an assistant coach, tells St. John's was scheduled to play Saturday at Aquinas Academy in Livingston, N.J. Leslie Thomas, the athletic director for Aquinas, tells its team was willing to play St. John's with or without girls on the roster. "I'm sick and tired of this," she said. "It's not necessary. This league is about teaching our kids sportsmanship and this is definitely not sportsmanship. If they didn't realize the girls were on the team over the years, then that's their fault, and the season should continue. At the end of the day it's not about the officials or coaches or parents - it's about the kids." Officials with the league and the archdiocese of Newark declined to comment to on the issue. A girl on the St. John's team, Kayla Martel, tells she appreciated the vote from her teammates despite the consequences. "It has a big impact on me because it shows that they care. I'm part of them just as they're part of me and they don't want to break that bond just like I don't want to break that bond," Kayla said. "I think the rules are ridiculous."
216 points by The Plain Dealer | Game Play Forfeit Saturday The League
Sloppiness down the stretch costs USC in 81-70 loss to Oregon
Fans in the lower bowl of Galen Center were on their feet, screaming and clapping. Fans in the upper level waved and roared as USC, which had trailed No. 5 Oregon by 11 points late in the first half Saturday, pulled two points ahead early in the second half. The Trojans would expand their lead...
12 points by Los Angeles Times | Three-point field goal Game Play
Bruins defensemen in a rush to get involved
One of the early hallmarks of the Bruce Cassidy era in Boston has been a more aggressive style of play from the Bruins’ defensemen.While former coach Claude Julien preached a defense-first mentality, Cassidy has taken the restrictor plates off, encouraging his defensemen to take more chances jumping into rushes to throttle up the offense.
6 points by Boston Herald | National Hockey League Brad Marchand Play Play from scrimmage Offensive tackle Rush Limbaugh Mindset The Play
Pistons’ Johnson making halting but definite progress
It’s a constant work in progress for Johnson, reaching for the must-have next level of his offense.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Play Game Stan Van Gundy Orlando Magic Work in progress Miami Heat Play National Basketball Association
Clippers' Jamal Crawford provides huge boost off bench vs. Hornets
He started to dance with the basketball again, the joy of playing returning to the face of Clippers supersub Jamal Crawford. He led the Clippers in scoring with 22 points off the bench against Charlotte, but it was the way Crawford performed that was most telling. It was like he was a magician...
30 points by Los Angeles Times | Game Basketball National Basketball Association Thought Mind Play New York Knicks Boston Celtics
Chara back, Khudobin starts, Cehlarik in for Beleskey
Just because he won his first game as Bruins head coach doesn't mean Bruce Cassidy will stand pat with his lineup today against the Vancouver Canucks.Not only are Zdeno Chara and Anton Khudobin playing today – both moves were pretty much expected – but he's also sitting Matt Beleskey in favor of rookie Peter Cehlarik, who will make his NHL debut today at the Garden.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Game 2006 NHL Entry Draft National Hockey League 2008–09 NHL season 2003–04 NHL season Vancouver Canucks Boston Bruins Play
Nick Young sends sharp-shooting Los Angeles Lakers past the Milwaukee Bucks
By Andrew Wagner, The Sports Xchange MILWAUKEE -- On the final night of a five-game road swing, the Los Angeles Lakers played their best basketball of the season for three full quarters.
1 points by UPI | Los Angeles Lakers Milwaukee Bucks National Basketball Association Game Sacramento Kings Philadelphia 76ers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Play
New Albany's jazz master brings music to his community
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - In the basement of a ranch home in New Albany is the heart of an international operation. In this basement, shelves and shelves are stacked with music books that are shipped to eager students every day. You might find the mastermind behind it all in ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Jazz Saxophone Piano Jamey Aebersold Play Summer camp Record shop Spillers Records
Iona’s biggest scoring threat can’t stay on court long enough
The season was so young and so fresh then, snow was somebody else’s problem. Former Iona standout Mike Glover had visited the New Rochelle campus in mid-November to work out with his old team, and as practice wrapped up a few days before the Gaels’ second game, a one-on-one battle was set up for him...
49 points by New York Post | Game Play Player Seton Hall University Big East Conference
Rangers get solid contribution from little-used defenseman
Every team in the NHL has players like Adam Clendening, whose sporadic playing time and extended periods out of the lineup drive fans nuts. And now, in this age of advanced statistical analysis, those fans are loaded with ammo. The Rangers righty defenseman got back into the lineup in Thursday night’s 4-3 win over the...
159 points by New York Post | National Hockey League Ankle Play Game Canadian ice hockey defencemen 2006–07 NHL season New York Rangers Marc Staal
John Larroquette of TNT’s ‘The Librarians’ Didn’t Start Out as an Actor
Actor John Larroquette didn’t start out in the acting business . In fact, he was a DJ in New Orleans in the 1960s, then worked at a San Diego record label, and it was there that acting drew his passion. He moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and has been steadily employed by the theater,... Read more »
5085 points by Variety | Actor John Larroquette Theatre Los Angeles Comedy Play Carl Reiner Santa Monica California
Van Gundy takes ‘careful’ approach to emptying bench
Van Gundy isn’t one to just throw players in the final minutes of lopsided games just to soak up the final minutes.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | National Basketball Association Orlando Magic Game Miami Heat Play Los Angeles Lakers Stan Van Gundy Detroit Pistons
Enjoy the Rangers at their most powerful while it lasts
Once again, for at least another brief moment, Alain Vigneault is set to have his full lineup intact. But the Rangers coach was not holding his breath as integral third-line center Kevin Hayes prepared to make his return in Tuesday’s Garden match against the Ducks from a five-game absence due to a presumed left-knee injury. Vigneault has...
72 points by New York Post | Manitoba Moose Play Game Michael Grabner A Good Year Alain Vigneault
Catch shows for less during Chicago Theatre Week
Chicago is a fantastic theater town. You can discover how fantastic during the 5th annual Chicago Theatre Week, Feb. 9-19.Area theater companies will offer more than 100 productions at bargain rates, with tickets selling for $15 or $30, and in some cases even less for everything from events at...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Theatre Musical theatre Performing arts Play Street theatre West End theatre Theatre director Broadway theatre
Baseball: City Section is preparing for a Friday night championship game at Dodger Stadium
The City Section usually plays its championship baseball game on a Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. This season, the City Section has agreed to allow the Southern Section to play its finals all day on Saturday, June 3, with the City Section playing two night championship games on Friday, June...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Game Play San Francisco Giants Play High school Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Dodgers
For U-M's Derrick Walton, facing MSU last chance for in-state impact
Senior guard's matchup with MSU's Winston, a fellow Detroiter, will be key to Tuesday's game        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | John Beilein Michigan Wolverines men's basketball Big Ten Conference Play Michigan State University Game Play 2009–10 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
Frank Mason's toughness leads No. 3 Kansas past Kansas State
By David Smale, The Sports Xchange MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Rarely is the term "tough" the first word used to describe the smallest player on the floor, but for Kansas' Frank Mason, it fits.
-2 points by UPI | Kansas State Wildcats Kansas State University Big 12 Conference Kansas Bill Self Kansas State Wildcats men's basketball Play Kansas Jayhawks
Al Pacino and the role that pulled him to the Pasadena Playhouse stage
Al Pacino stumbles onstage during rehearsals at the Pasadena Playhouse, his rumpled suit too loose, his hair disheveled, his eyes buggy. The set of playwright Dotson Rader’s “God Looked Away,” which begins performances Wednesday, is a lavish Chicago hotel in 1981, the evening before Tennessee Williams’...
4379 points by Los Angeles Times | Theatre Play Pasadena Playhouse The Play Play Al Pacino Pasadena California
Pistons' Gbinije puts positive spin on Grand Rapids shuttle
Rookie guard maintains he merely wants to play — be it with the parent team or the D-League Drive.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Game National Basketball Association Play Stan Van Gundy Cat Orlando Magic Miami Heat Auburn Hills Michigan
Staff picks: Michigan hoops will edge Michigan State in rematch
Our staff writers make their predictions for Tuesday's Michigan-Michigan State basketball game at Crisler Center        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Michigan Michigan State University Play Game Lansing Michigan Big Ten Conference University of Michigan Detroit
Paul Zipser doesn't look to be coming out of Bulls rotation anytime soon
Paul Zipser has started games, served as the sixth man in others and closed several recent ones. However you slice it, the second-round draft pick is a big part of Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's rotation, a look that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon. "He's been playing at a very high level...
7 points by Chicago Tribune | Play Boston Celtics 2006–07 NBA season Play 2006 NBA Draft NBA All-Rookie Team 2009 NBA Playoffs FC Bayern Munich
No. 13 Texas women hold on for rare win at No. 2 Baylor
No. 2-rated Baylor had its 21-game win streak snapped after falling to No. 13 Texas.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Big 12 Conference Texas Game Baylor Lady Bears basketball Baylor University Texas Longhorns Kansas Play
Clippers' Raymond Felton keeps battling through aches and pain
His body is beat up from top to bottom, but Raymond Felton has refused to sit out a game for the Clippers. Felton has a sore right shoulder that he wears a small pad on for protection. He has a sore thigh that has forced him to wear extra padding beneath his game shorts for body protection. Felton...
18 points by Los Angeles Times | 2005–06 NBA season 2005 NBA Draft New York Knicks Game Play Point guards Chauncey Billups 2008–09 NBA season
Mark Barberio, newest Avalanche defenseman, faces his former Canadiens teammates Tuesday
The defenseman claimed on waivers from Montreal on Thursday logged 20:31 of ice time in Colorado's 5-2 win over Winnipeg. Colorado had 2:10 of power play time, and Barberio was on for all but 28 seconds of that.
7 points by The Denver Post | Play Game Colorado Avalanche Pepsi Center Ice hockey National Hockey League Quebec Play