Michigan Sports

Detroit Tigers guaranteed a losing season

By IAN HARRISON Associated Press TORONTO — Teoscar Hernandez homered in consecutive at bats to give the Toronto Blue Jays back-to-back wins for the first time in three weeks. Hernandez hit his first two home runs of the season, Darwin Barney had four hits and the Blue Jays beat Detroit ...

New home for Red Wings, Pistons raises a city’s hopes

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Chris Ilitch sounded like an excited tour guide. He was showing off Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons and the gem of a 55-block development dubbed The District Detroit. The project has already cost $1.2 ...

Lions and Cardinals look to bounce back from disappointment

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Lions finally get a chance to bounce back from a year they would like to forget. The Arizona Cardinals , likewise, are looking forward to moving on from a disappointing year. Detroit closed the 2016 regular season with three ...

Michigan State defense strong again in 28-14 win over WMU

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Brian Lewerke faked a handoff and the middle of the field opened up, so when the Michigan State quarterback took off running, it was clearly going to be a nice gain. The question was whether he could reach the end zone. “I thought I ...

No. 8 Michigan looks sluggish in 36-14 win over Cincinnati

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR— Jim Harbaugh’s emotions are hardened from experiencing it all as a college star, NFL quarterback and coach before coming back to campus to lead Michigan. “I’m dead in here,” he said, gesturing toward his stomach. “I’m burnt ...

Battle of unbeatens

Patriots roll past L’Anse, 38-10, to stay undefeated By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — It was a battle of the unbeatens Friday night at Westwood, but the outcome ended up being pretty one-sided. In the end, Westwood used its power running game and a stout defense to ...

Artist selected for Father Marquette Park

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — An Escanaba architect and sculpture artist has been selected by the city of Marquette to design and build seating and an entranceway for the Father Marquette Park overlooking Lake Superior on South Front Street. The public art initiative ...

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has high expectations

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions avoided a potential distraction recently by agreeing on a deal that gives him the NFL’s richest contract. He and the team still have a lot of work to do. Detroit selected Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 ...

Western Michigan looks dangerous to Michigan State Spartans football team

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer In its first game after losing P.J. Fleck, Zach Terrell and Corey Davis, Western Michigan still looked plenty capable of competing against top competition. That adds a bit of buzz to this weekend’s game at Michigan State. WMU went unbeaten in the ...

Kid Rock criticized for appearing in Detroit arena debut

DETROIT (AP) — The choice of Kid Rock as the opening act for a new sports arena in mostly black Detroit has injected the musician into the national debate over race and culture because of his embrace of the Confederate flag, an expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...

Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team to wear Jud Heathcote patch

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State’s basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor the Spartans former coach, the late Jud Heathcote. The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game. Michigan State says that date ...

Green Bay Packers remain team to beat in NFC North Division

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Minnesota Vikings renovated an offensive line that sputtered through last season, seeking better balance with their potentially dominant defense. The Detroit Lions brought in new blockers, too, aiming to revive a dormant ground game and give ...

USC transfer pays dividends for Wolverines

By BOB DUFF Associated Press ANN ARBOR — Michigan waited many weeks for Ty Isaac to become a player. One week into the season, he took care of that. He ran for 114 yards on 11 carries Saturday in No. 11 Michigan’s 33-17 season-opening victory over Florida. “He had a terrific ...

Bullpen comes through in Detroit Tigers’ rout of Kansas City

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers had to make an unexpected pitching change just minutes into Tuesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. But that didn’t phase the Tigers, who got two home runs apiece from JaCoby Jones and John Hicks in a 13-2 victory. Detroit hit six homers in all, ...

Ex-Detroit Tiger J.D. Martinez homers 4 times in 1 game vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges. Add J.D. Martinez’s name to the list of players with four home runs in a game. The former Detroit Tigers player’s power show tied a ...

Homers, defense lead Kansas City Royals past Detroit Tigers, 7-6

DETROIT (AP) — Since joining the Kansas City Royals in 2007, Alex Gordon has made a practice of coming to Comerica Park and robbing the Tigers of hits and runs. Monday’s 7-6 victory might have been his best defensive effort yet in the Detroit outfield. Gordon ran down James McCann’s ...

Detroit Lions look to break jinx against Arizona Cardinals to open season

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Detroit cornerback Darius Slay recalls a time earlier in his career when he went up against Larry Fitzgerald, and the star receiver was able to beat the coverage. Fitzgerald immediately explained why to his vanquished opponent. “He kind ...