Sports Shorts



Co-ed adult race league hits the slopes

BRIGHTON — Mt. Brighton’s guys and gals seven-week racing season begins Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with opening night on January 4. The team racing is for seven-member teams, but people can enter individually or as a team. Open to all levels, the format is a dual course format with runs taking place between 7 and 9 .m. each Wednesday. Participants receive a reduced lift ticket rate when presenting their racing bib at the ticket window. Weekly parties and drawings are all part of the fun. Details: Mt. Brighton ski school at 810-229-9581 ext. 220. — L.P.

Adult race league at Apple Mountain

FREELAND — Skiers and snowboarders have many choices, including the adult race league at Apple Mountain, just five minutes from MBS airport. The league runs Thursdays, January 5 to February 28, 2012. Sign up takes place at the snack bar starting at 6:30 p.m. through 8 p.m. Races take place on a Giant Slalom course and everyone must be 18 years or older. Cost is $12 and includes lift ticket and registration fee. — L.P.

Carr, Chiefs shock previously unbeaten Packers

KANSAS CITY, MO— Carman-Ainsworth graduate Brandon Carr and his Kansas City Chiefs are currently 6-8 overall, which has them sitting in last place in the four-team American Football Conference-West, behind the 8-6 Denver Broncos, 7-7 Oakland Raiders, and the 7-7 San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs turned their fortunes around on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, as they shocked the football world by being the first team to knock off the Green Bay Packers since the New England Patriots defeated the Pack in Week 15 of last season. Kansas City snuck away with a 19-14 victory, which was led by superb defensive play. Green Bay is depleted on the offensive line, and the Chiefs took advantage of the opportunity by putting constant pressure on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Through 14 games, Carr has started every game, amassing 35 solo tackles, with six assisted tackles. He also has 12 pass deflections, and three interceptions, which he returned for a combined 16 yards. The Chiefs look to ride some of that momentum into this week, as they host the division-rival Oakland Raiders at 1 p.m. on Sunday. — B.P.

Bull riding makes stop in Motor City

DETROIT — The “Toughest Sport on Earth” comes to Detroit for the first time as the Top 40 bull riders and the fiercest bucking bulls in the world will compete at Ford Field Saturday, March 10, 2012 for the Detroit Invitational Championship. The total purse of more than $100,000, including $30,000 to the winner is up for grabs. Points and money earned are also used to qualify the riders—who hail from Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Australia and across the U.S.—for the

world finals, which is the richest bull riding event on the planet with a total purse of $2.2 million, including a bonus of $1 million to the PBR World Champion, who also receives the coveted World Championship buckle. Organizers say this is the first of a new annual event in Detroit. Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked two-hour performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds, said promoters. Tickets for the event are available from PBR at www.pbr.com, 800-745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. — L.P.

Monday night Coors Light race league set to begin

HOLLY — The seven-week race program begins Monday, Jan. 3, 2012. This is team headto head racing with each team consists of 3-6 racers. Those who don’t have a team can be placed on one. No race experience is necessary. The league includes two divisions, handicap and straight time; racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each Monday night; Apres’ Ski Race party takes place each race night; Trophies are awarded to the top teams with giveaways each week. Discounted lift tickets are available, cost is $55.00 for seven weeks of racing (plus lift ticket). To preregister, download a 2011 registration form or sign up the 1st night of racing. Details: Mt. Holly Ski School at 248- 634- 3249. — L.P.

Charity show to feature all levels of skating

FLINT — On Saturday, the Iceland Competitive Edge Figure Skating Club is hosting a fundraiser for the Eastern Michigan Food Bank at Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elm Rd., from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m., which will be followed by a family open skate from 12-1:50 p.m. “The food bank would not be able to provide food to the nearly 50,000 individuals each week that we do without the help from so many generous individuals, organizations and business’s that hep us in our mission to ‘Change the Face of Hunger,’” said agency development manager Tracy Folwer Johnston. Cost of admission for the event is a canned food item or a monetary donation to the food bank and the format will feature about 20 solo performers from the approximately 80-person program. “It will be great fun and great skating, all for a great cause,” said ICEFSC Figure Skating Director Brandon Forsyth. “There will also be a special surprise guest appearance.” Details: 810-824-8535. — M.S.

Unpaid internships available for budding journalists

LAPEER — The VIEW Newspapers now have opportunities available for unpaid internships in the sports department for the fall and winter semesters. Applicants should be at least 18- years old and attached to a college internship program, length of commitment negotiable based on credit requirements and those interested must be available during standard business hours. Details: Lisa Paine at 810-452-2626 or lpaine@mihomepaper.com. — M.S.


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