Thursday Afternoon State Sports
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:22:54 EDT
         --Sports Headlines--

The Tigers and A's will play a decisive fifth game of their American League
Division Series tonight in Oakland. The A's earned a 4-3 win last night with a
Coco Crisp ninth-inning RBI single. Justin Verlander will get the start tonight
for Detroit, while Oakland counters with rookie Jarrod Parker. Verlander has
allowed just three earned runs over his last 35 innings. Parker was charged
with the loss in Saturday's Game One in Detroit.

The Lions are getting healthier. With defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and
receiver Titus Young returning to practice today, defensive tackle Corey
Williams was the only player watching from the sidelines. Williams, who had
knee surgery in September, has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
Safety Louis Delmas is expected to play against the Eagles after practicing
again today. Delmas has been out since early August because of knee surgery.

Lions runningback Jahvid Best took his latest battery of concussion tests on
Monday, and Friday he is expected to learn his fate. Best, who has been
sidelined with the brain injury since last October, is eligible to come off the
physically unable to perform list next week. If he passed this latest round of
tests and he's cleared for physical contact, he could be ready to play against
the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, October 22.

The NHL lockout continues. Although little progress was reported following
labor talks on Wednesday, the league and the Players' Association gathered once
again this morning. The NHL has cancelled all games through October 24th, which
were scheduled to begin tonight with contests in Philadelphia, Colorado,
Montreal and Calgary. The Detroit Red Wings were scheduled to open the regular
season tomorrow night at home against Nashville.

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