Michigan Sports

Detroit Lions’ radio announcer Jim Brandstatter out after 31 years

DETROIT (AP) — Jim Brandstatter is out after 31 years as a radio broadcaster at Detroit Lions games. Brandstatter says he got the news Tuesday from radio station WJR, which carries the Lions. General manager Tom O’Brien says Brandstatter was “excellent,” but the station decided to hire ...

Downstate baseball league takes unusual step to limit length of games

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it. One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step. The United Shore Professional Baseball League says ...

Wilson Ramos’ 3-run homer powers Tampa Bay Rays past Detroit Tigers, 5-2

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wilson Ramos is on a roll lately, and so are the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramos hit a three-run homer, five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night. The Rays (47-44) moved three ...

Fans say goodbye to Michigan harness racing track

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of harness racing fans flocked to a southern Michigan track to bid farewell before the 70-year-old raceway is demolished. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Jackson Harness Raceway celebrated its final hurrah Sunday by hosting a dozen horse races. The ...

Ex-Detroit Lions tight end Pettigrew arrested in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a former Detroit Lions player has been arrested in Pittsburgh for punching an officer after refusing to pay a limo driver. NFL free agent Brandon Pettigrew is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness. Police say the ...

Ayton thriving with competition at Summer League; Pistons top Pelicans

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton is having no problem with the competition or the schedule at the NBA level. Ayton outplayed a fellow top rookie big man for the second time, keeping the Phoenix Suns undefeated in preliminary play in Las Vegas. Another full day of basketball Monday, ...

Robertson has RBI single in 10th, Rays beat Tigers 10-9

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — This time the Tampa Bay offense picked up the Rays pitchers. Daniel Robertson hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Rays won for the 12th time in their last 13 home games by beating the Detroit Tigers 10-9 Monday ...

Bulls match 4-year contract offer for Zach LaVine; Pistons land Pachulia

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zach LaVine is staying in Chicago, with one of the biggest deals of free agency this summer now complete. The Bulls on Sunday formally matched the four-year, $80 million offer sheet LaVine signed with the Sacramento Kings, a move that ...

Choo extends streak as Rangers blank Tigers 3-0

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — After grounding into a double play to end the top of the seventh inning, Shin-Soo Choo still held out hope that he'd have another chance to extend his on-base streak. "I still believed I'd get another at-bat," Choo said. Choo's Texas ...

Gallo, Guzman lead Rangers to win over Tigers, 7-5

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — The Texas Rangers were great until the rain showed up. After that, they were holding on. The Rangers led 5-0 when heavy showers forced a 29-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth inning Thursday night. The first batter after the delay hit a ...

Deal? No deal in cemetery sale

DETROIT (AP) — There’s a problem with a deal Michigan officials tentatively OK’d for a company to buy more than two dozen cemeteries in the state: None is for sale. The Detroit Free Press reports that the owner of 28 cemeteries allegedly involved in the proposed sale says he’s had no ...

Contreras HR, 3 RBIs lead Cubs past Tigers for 6th straight

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez flashed a little baserunning moxie. It paid off and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon loved it. Baez stole home and the Willson Contreras hit a tie-breaking homer to lead the Cubs past the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Wednesday for their ...

Tigers recover from blown save to beat Blue Jays 3-2

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO — After a rotten finish to June, the Detroit Tigers have started July with a modest winning streak. Jose Iglesias hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Tigers recovered from a blown save in the ninth to beat the Toronto Blue ...

Detroit Tigers drop 9th straight game as Oakland A’s complete sweep

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics left home as a .500 team, looking for a spark. They’re returning to the Coliseum looking very sharp. Jed Lowrie had two more hits, Sean Manaea pitched six strong innings and the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Thursday ...

Jed Lowrie hits game-winning RBI in A’s 3-0 win over Tigers

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Oakland Athletics leaned on pitching, defense and Jed Lorie's clutch hitting to overcome their lack of a long ball. Lowrie hit an RBI double in the fourth inning and Chris Bassitt pitched six innings to help Oakland beat the Detroit Tigers ...

Tigers fire pitching coach Bosio for insensitive comments

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, saying he made insensitive comments to another employee of the team. "I have to take seriously what the comments were," Tigers general manager Al Avila said, declining to give details. "And, the ...

Detroit Tigers blow 6-run lead in 9-7 loss to Oakland A’s

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Jed Lowrie didn’t need a home run this time. A single up the middle was plenty. Lowrie drove in the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth inning for a second straight game, and the Oakland Athletics rallied from six runs down to beat Detroit ...

Detroit Red Wings, Arizona Coyotes make NHL trade

GLENDALE, ARIZ. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Robbie Russo from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round pick next year. The 25-year-old former Notre Dame player had nine goals, 23 assists and 81 penalty minutes in 75 games last season for Grand Rapids ...

Detroit Red Wings re-sign forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Martin Frk

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with forwards Tyler Bertuzzi and Martin Frk on Monday. Detroit re-signed Bertuzzi with a $2.8 million, two-year deal and Frk with a $1.05 million, one-year contract. The 23-year-old Bertuzzi had 24 points in 48 games last season in ...