Thursday, January 30, 2014

Detroit Grand Prix seeks volunteers for May-June event on Belle Isle

More than 1,200 volunteers are needed to help put on the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix May 30-June 1, event spokesman Merrill Cain said. Go to and click on the VOLUNTEER tab to learn more and sign up to be a Detroit Grand Prix Association volunteer.
In order to join the DGPA and volunteer, individuals must pay a $15 registration fee.  DGPA members have access to benefits including credentials for all three days of the Grand Prix, a volunteer uniform, a DGPA membership patch, a lapel pin, free off-island parking during race weekend, access to pre- and post-event parties and lunch provided all three days.  Volunteers are required to work a minimum of 25 hours during race weekend, with shifts set up depending on the volunteer area.
This year’s event will include concerts, BMX demonstrations, Monster Truck rides, displays featuring Detroit’s top sports teams and more. On the track, the weekend will once again include two IndyCar Series races – the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.  Along with the IndyCar races, the event will feature the new unified sports car series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, two Pirelli World Challenge Series races and for the first time in Detroit, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Michigan faces next Big Ten basketball test from Iowa

Michigan has had its way with Iowa in recent years.
That might not mean anything to the current Hawkeyes when they visit Ann Arbor for a key Big Ten basketball game Wednesday night.
Iowa, which is 4-1 in the Big Ten and 15-3 overall, has lost to Villanova, at Iowa State and at Wisconsin. All three of the teams that have beaten Iowa are in the current AP Top 25.
The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring with 86.8 points per game, and they have outscored opponents by an average of 20.2 ppg, second-best in the country to defending national champion Louisville.
Michigan has won 10 of its last 12 meetings with Iowa, including the last four at Crisler Center.
U-M and coach John Beilein defeated Iowa 95-67 last season.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Atlantic Coast Conference basketball powers Duke, North Carolina sluggish in start of league play

Quick, take a picture of the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball standings. We might not see this again for a long time.
North Carolina is last -- that's 15th place in the expanded ACC -- with an uncharacteristic 0-3 record.
Duke isn't much better. The Blue Devils are 1-2, one of eight ACC teams with that mark.
Of course, it is early in the conference season.
Don't forget, Duke is building around 6-foot-8 freshman Jabari Parker, who broke the heart of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo when he signed with the Blue Devils. Parker averages 19.5 points per game.
And those 0-3 Tar Heels are the same team that posted an impressive victory at MSU this season.

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