Sports briefs: Michigan drops out of poll

As if the noose wasn’t already moving into position, now Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr needs some work just to recoup the Wolverines’ luster. After its stunning 34-32 loss, Michigan fell from No. 5 to completely out of the Top 25 poll. Meanwhile, Cal moved from No. 12 to No. 10 after its win over Tennesse, which dropped from No. 15 to No. 23.

Sharks bring J.R. aboard

While the Sharks have locked up their younger players with contract extensions — Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleauand Milan Michalek, for starters — they have now added a fiery veteran influence. Jeremy Roenick, 37, who talked about retiring this summer, has signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Sharks. Roenick, who has 1,170 points, is the No. 3 American-born goal scorer in NHL history, racking up 495 goals in his 18-year career with Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Phoenix. He trails just Mike Modano (507) and the retired Joey Mullen (502). “I’m very thankful for this opportunity to play for the San Jose Sharks,” Roenick said. “They have a great team and I look forward to helping this group compete for the Stanley Cup.” The nine-time All-Star had just 28 points in 70 games with the Coyotes last season.

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