Carr, Cowboys can’t hold on
DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys, which feature Carman-Ainsworth grad and former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr, lost at home on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers, 37-36. Even though the Cowboys had leads of 26-3 at the end of the second quarter and 29-10 in the third, Matt Flynn led Green Bay’s comeback in place of injured starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers with four second-half touchdown passes to Jordy Nelson, Andrew Quarless, James Stark and James Jones.
For the game, Carr had four tackles and two assists for the Cowboys. As for 2013-14, the Grand Valley State University product has 56 solo tackles with eight assists and three interceptions. Dallas, 7-7 overall, is at Washington on Saturday before ending the regular season by hosting division rival Philadelphia on Dec. 29. — M.S.
Entering troubled waters
FENTON — On Feb. 8, 2014, at 1 p.m. the Flint City Derby Girls roller derby team will be participating in the Fenton Polar Plunge, 2245 Senora Drive. In 2013, the team raised over $1,000 for the Michigan Special Olympics. The FCDG will also be facing Oakland County Roller Derby that same day, Feb. 8, at Rolladium, 4475 Highland Rd., Waterford, prior to traveling to take on the Downriver Roller Dollz on Feb. 22. Details: www.flintcityderbygirls.org. — M.S.
Junior Gens chop down Lumberjacks
FLINT TWP. — In North American Tier III Hockey League competition, the Flint Junior Generals defeated the Cleveland Lumberjacks on Sunday at Iceland Arena, 5-2, on goals by Mark McGee, Trevor Benaglio, Austin Fletcher and Jacob Lainesse on the power play. The Junior generals also got assists from Justin Fisher (2), Caleb Ganelli, Lainesse, Anders Franke, Nicholas Gnagni (2), Fletcher, Benaglio and Brett Lepek. In net, Franke made 19 saves to earn the decision.
Flint beat Cleveland, 5-2, last Saturday, as Fisher began the game with man-advantage goals at 8:40 of the first on passes by Fletcher and Benaglio and at 12:22 with help from McGee and Benaglio. Connor Durgan then gave the Junior Gens a three-goal lead three minutes later on assists by Jordy Makranyi and Ganelli before Lainesse connected at 8:56 of the second on passes from Lepek and Gnagni. Flint’s final goal came at 13:55 of the second off the stick of Zach Koonce with help from Oliver Lindstrom and Fletcher. That was followed by a pair of Lumberjack’s goals at 19:52 of the second and 9:57 of the third on the power play.
The Junior Generals, 27-1-2, are at Pittsburgh on Saturday and Sunday. — M.S.
Flint hockey team loses twice
SAULT SAINT MARIE — The Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League lost, 4-3 in overtime, at the Soo Eagles last Saturday at Pullar Stadium after falling last Friday, 3-2 to the same team. With these losses, Michigan is now 14-8-7, placing third in the NAHL-North Division behind Port Huron, 17-6-6, and Johnstown, 17-11-2, but ahead of Springfield, 13-12-4, Janesville, 14-14-1, and Soo, 11-14-5. The Warriors host Soo today and Johstown comes to the Perani Arena and Event Center in Genesee County on Friday and Saturday. — M.S.