Sports Shorts



PBR makes a stop in Detroit

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.

Alumni ice event open to all skaters

FLINT — On March 23-25 Flint Iceland Arena, 1160 S. Elms Rd., is offering a High School Alumni Hockey Tournament for $650 per team with age divisions that include 18-30 and 30 and over. Period length for this event will be 13, 13 and 14 minutes, players skating for a school they did not attend or coach will be disqualified without refund and each squad is guaranteed three games. There will also be T-shirts issued to the winning team and, because of USA Hockey rules, $100 of entry fee will go back to each school’s athletic department. Details: www.flinticeland.com. — M.S.

Have a say in new hunt/fish digests

GENESEE COUNTY — The Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources is asking for input from hunters and anglers on ways to improve its annual hunting digests and fishing guide. Over the next several months, feedback will be gathered from focus groups and surveys.

“We want our customers to clearly understand the information and regulations before they head out into Michigan’s woods and waters,” said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. “This project is about presenting the regulations so hunters and anglers can enjoy harvesting game and fish with less confusion and with confidence that they’re following the law.”

The DNR will conduct focus groups in late February and March.

“We’ll be talking in-depth with our customers about what they find helpful and problematic about the current guides and their suggestions for potential improvements, with the end goal of generating some ideas for new publications that work best for hunters and anglers,” Stokes added.

Stokes explained that input from the survey— which will be sent to thousands of people who have purchased a hunting or fishing license in the past and members of conservation organizations—will help inform decisions about revamping the guides. Improved digests and guides are slated to be available in 2013.

Anyone who has ever hunted, trapped or fished in Michigan is invited to complete a brief survey now through Feb. 3. The data received from this preliminary survey will help identify discussion topics for the focus groups.

To complete the Hunting and Trapping Digest survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/ s/ MichiganHuntTrapDigest To complete the Fishing Guide survey, visit: www.surveymonkey.com/ s/ MichiganFishingGuide Details: www.michigan. gov/ dnr — L.P.

Unpaid internships available for budding journalists

DAVISON — 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.

Hardwood action for the 30-and-over set

SWARTZ CREEK — 30 and over Basketball is being offered through the Swartz Creek Community Education Program. Anyone over age 30 is welcome and pre-registration is not required. Fee of $3 per person is required or a punch card can be bought for $20, good for 10 visits. Hoops runs Tuesday nights from 7-9 p.m. at Gaines Elementary in the gymnasium. — L.P.

Keeping pace during the winter months

SWARTZ CREEK — As part of the Swartz Creek Community Education Program, indoor walking at the Middle school and Cage Field house will continue through the winter months until the weather breaks in the spring. Walking hours are Monday–Thursday 8-10 a.m. at the Cage and 6-8 p.m. at the Middle school. Participants are asked to come into the community education office to register and pay the $20 registration fee. An ID badge will then be issued that walkers must wear at all times while paticipating. Walkers must sign in and out with the on-site supervisor. — L.P.

Senior Olympics hockey tournament

TROY—The Michgan Senior Olympics hockey tournament will be January 30-Februray 1, at the Troy Sports Center. Detroit Red Wings legend, Hockey Hall of Fame member, four-time Stanley Cup Champion, Ted Lindsay will be the honorary chairman and will present the winning team with its trophy.

The tournament will include six teams over the age of 50 competing to be called Michigan’s best hockey team. The public is invited to watch the championship game on Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m. at no charge.

The hockey tournament is a part of the winter games for Michigan Senior Olympics. Other games being played this winter include bocce, badminton, dancesport, pickleball, and weightlifting. The winter games and Summer Olympics are the largest events in the Michigan Senior Olympics program. This summer is a qualifying year to go to the National Games in 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be involved with Michigan Senior Olympics anyone can be an athlete, a member, sponsor, volunteer, or spectator. Details: Becky Ridky at 248- 608-0252 or email sponsorship@michiganseniorolympics.org. — L.P.


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