Sports Shorts

Winter races on the horizon

GENESEE COUNTY — Area runners will want to mark their calendars for the first races of the New Year. Those looking to get started in running can join the Crim Training Program. Details: February 16 in a new race, the Hot Chocolate 5K run at Bentley High School in Burton. Noon start. First 150 to register get commemorative race mug. Details: January 12 features the Poho HOt Cocoa 8k/5k races that start in Port Huron at 8:30 a.m. Details: hotcocoa. Closer to home in Linden on January 12 is the Ididarun 8-miler or 2-person relay at the high school It’s a night run on two-mile loops on the school grounds. 6:30 p.m. start, $20 to register. Details or to register: — L.P.

Sessions only about a month away for Nike Combine

BLOOMFIELD — Nike Combine Training for high school football players to prepare for the 2013 season and preparation for SPARQ, Michigan Preps, and NUC testing protocols is on tap once again this year. Players will be taught drills and techniques used to prepare college seniors for the NFL Combine. This training session will be on Sundays beginning January 27 at D1 Sports in Bloomfield. To register go to or for more information contact Coach Jackson at (248)535-7404. — L.P.

Area athletic options for adults

FLINT — The Recreation Center at the University of Michigan-Flint has a class schedule that includes Fitness izza Ball from 11 a.m.-noon starting Jan 14-April 8, Spinning is offered on Mondays or Wednesdays from Jan. 14- April 10 at 6:30-7:15 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 15- April 11 from 7-8:15 a.m. and from Jan. 15- April 9 Tai Chi takes place on Tuesdays from 12-12:45 p.m. and Yoga H2O is also on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

The Recreation Center also has Fitness Fusion on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:30-6:15 p.m. commencing Jan. 15-April 12, on Jan. 16- April 10 on Wednesdays Sunrise Yoga H2O takes place from 6:30-7:15 a.m., Zumba Sentao is at 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Rock’ n Core takes place from 12:15-12:45 p.m. and starting Jan. 17-April 11 on Thursdays Zumba runs from 12:15-1 p.m. and Meditation Exploration is offered at 5:30 p.m.

Other classes include Resist-A-Ball from 12:15-1 p.m. and Zumba Toning from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Fridays from Jan.18- April 12. Details: 810-762-3441. — M.S.

Come out and get involved

FLINT — The University of Michigan-Flint has several events coming up that include the Women’s Lacrosse Club taking on Wayne State University from 8-10:30 p.m. on March 21 and earlier that afternoon at 4 p.m. the Recreation Center is hosting a Women’s Night Out that features a sampling of fitness classes such as Zumba, Yoga, Tai Chi, TRX, Resist-A-Ball, Pilates, Kettlebells, Drums Alive, Cardio Interval Step and Aqua Fitness. The Recreation Center will also host a Ping Pong tournament on March 17 for the first 32 students, faculty/staff or community members with a valid Mcard or day pass to register and on April 13 the U-M Flint Women’s Lacrosse Club faces Central Michigan University from 1-4 p.m. Details: 810-762-6706. — M.S.

Help on how to avoid hockey injuries

ROCHESTER, MN. — USA Hockey and the Mayo Clinic have released a video titled, Heads Up, Don’t Duck that demonstraties why players should not duck their heads when they are about to crash into the boards, as well as what the right stance to take is.

“If you are going to collide with the boards, try to take the impact with any part of your body other than your head,” says orthopedic surgeon, co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center and chief medical officer for USA Hockey Michael Stuart, M.D.. “If you can’t avoid head contact, always keep your head up and don’t duck. When the head is up, the normal curvature of the spine has more shock-absorbing ability. When the head is down, the spine is straight, which makes it more susceptible to fracture that can damage the spinal cord. Improved neck flexibility and strength may help you better absorb forces, protect the neck, and possibly even protect the brain from concussion,” says Dr. Stuart. “The bottom line is: Avoiding contact to the head is the most effective strategy.”

Details: http:// News/ HeadsUpDontDu ck. aspx, http:// newsnetwork. or http:// sportsmedcenter- rst/. — M.S.

Local icers drop road matchups

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League were at the Soo Eagles on Dec. 22 in former Carman- Ainsworth varsity hockey coach John Jepson’s first season with the organization as an assistant coach, losing 2-1. The previous evening, Dec. 21, Michigan played Soo just as close, only to end up falling 3-2. — M.S.

It’s that time of year

STATEWIDE — The next Michigan High School Power Lifting Association exhibition events will be at Ionia on Jan. 19 and Shepard on Jan. 26.

What all of this is leading up to are four East regional and four Central/West regional meets designed to allow teams to qualify for the men’s and women’s finals on March 9 at Traverse City West. Details: and click on activities. — M.S.

Carr tuned up for last contest

WASHINGTON D.C. — Heading into the Cowboys final game of the 2012 National Football League regular season at NFC-East division rival Washington on Dec. 29, Carman- Ainsworth grad. and current Dallas defensive back Brandon Carr had started all 15 of the teams games, making 47 solo tackles with three assists. Even more impressive was the three interceptions the former Cavalier had made for 120 total return yards and a touchdown.

Prior to this year Carr had played the past four season for the Kansas City Chiefs after the squad drafted him with the fifth pick of the fifth round at the 2008 NFL player entry draft out of Grand Valley State. — M.S.

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