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Palm Beach Gardens Poised to win Cal Ripken State Title

By John Evenson

The Palm Beach Gardens eight and under All-Stars are poised to win another State Championship as they host the Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament this weekend.

A win in tomorrow's semifinal would also earn them a trip to Alabama to take part in the Southeast Regional Championships.

Click on the video tab to hear from the players about their team packed with All-Stars.

Palm Beach Gardens Poised to win Cal Ripken State Title

Wednesday, July 9 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

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UNDATED (AP) -- Calvin Johnson's big day was exactly what Detroit's dormant offense needed.

Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns, and the Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears in the traditional Turkey Day game in Detroit.

After losing at Arizona and New England and falling out of first place in the NFC North, the 8-4Lions spotted Chicago a 14-3 first-quarter lead before rallying with relative ease in the second. Johnson had perhaps his best game of the season, and Detroit finally showed a bit of life offensively.

Joique (JOYK) Bell ran for two touchdowns for the Lions, and Jay Cutler threw two TD passes for Chicago (5-7). Detroit's Matthew Stafford went 34 of 45 for 390 yards with the two touchdown passes to Johnson.

Detroit had not scored this many points since a 35-14 win over the New York Giants in the season opener.

The Lions have now won back-to-back games on Thanksgiving after losing their previous nine.

Joique (JOYK) Bell ran for two touchdowns and Detroit's Matthew Stafford went 34 of 45 for 390 yards with two touchdown passes.

Jay Cutler threw two TD passes for the 5-7 Bears, who saw their bleak playoff chances damaged by the loss.

At AT&T Stadium, the Philadelphia Eagles are leading the Cowboys 23-7 at the start of the second half. Mark Sanchez is 17 of 24 for 202 yards and one TD pass in the first half. The winner gets sole possession of first in the NFC East. Both teams entered play with an 8-3 record.

Not only does the game feature two of the league's top teams, but also two of the best runners.

The Cowboys' DeMarco Murray has put together ten 100-yard games this season and leads the league with 1,354 yards. Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy has rushed for 859 yards, fourth best in the league.

It'll be the first of two games between the division rivals in the next 18 days.

The Seahawks and 49ers go into tonight's game with 7-4 marks and trailing NFC West leader Arizona by two games. It's the first of two meetings between the two in the next three weeks. Seattle is looking for banged-up running back Marshawn Lynch to bounce back after rushing for just 39 yards in 15 carries in the win over the Cardinals Sunday. He averaged 131 yards in the previous two games.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick (KAH'-lihn KAP'-ur-nihk) has zeroed in on receiver Anquan (AN'-kwahn) Boldin recently. He's made at least five catches in each of the last six games, including nine for 137 yards in last week's win over Washington.


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald said it's "highly likely" he will be able to play Sunday against Atlanta, then backtracked and said it's not his call whether his sprained right knee will be sufficiently heal. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver has not practiced for two weeks and sat out last week's loss at Dallas, snapping a streak of 110 consecutive games played.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- No. 5 TCU is 9-1 but still on the outside looking in, in the College Football Playoff picture. The Horned Frogs hope to do no worse than hold their position when they visit Texas tonight. TCU is currently fifth in the CFP rankings, one spot out of the top four that will get an invitation to the national championship tourney. Coach Gary Patterson's crew didn't help itself by struggling to hold off lightly-regarded Kansas two weeks ago.

Texas is on a roll, having won three in a row under first-year coach Charlie Strong to improve to 6-5.


UNDATED (AP) -- -- Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes' acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and No. 2 Wisconsin needed to rally from nine points down in the second half to beat previously unbeaten Georgetown 68-65 in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. The Badgers hadn't trailed in the second half this season, but improved to 5-0.

In other Top-25:

Perry Ellis scored 17 points and No. 11 Kansas beat Rhode Island 76-60 in the opening round of the Orlando Classic. Ellis had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes to help Kansas cruise to a 43-25 halftime lead. The Jayhawks went ahead 31-11 with just over 6 minutes in the first half, and cruised from there.

No. 5 North Carolina and No. 22 UCLA had expected to be in the tournament semifinals as well, but were upset yesterday. They'll meet today in the consolation round. The same with Florida, which faces UAB.

The Orlando Classic has No. 20 Michigan State against Rider.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Nashville is thriving under new coach Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-oh-LEHT') and looks to keep its early season success going when the Predators host Edmonton tonight.

The Predators have yet to lose consecutive games and have 30 points through 21 games. Nashville is 8-1-1 at home this season. The Predators are tied for second in the NHL in goals-against average allowing 2.10 goals per game.

The Oilers have plunged to the bottom of the Western Conference going 0-6-1 in their last seven games. The last time they had a lead was against the Rangers Nov. 8.

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