Michigan Sports

Detroit Tigers well into rebuilding mode

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers avoided some of their worst-case scenarios this season. They didn’t finish last, or all that close to it. In the end, however, they had the same record as in 2017, and the franchise still seems a long way from contention. “Not everything is going to go ...

Dylan Larkin looked on to step up in Detroit Red Wings’ new era

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — Dylan Larkin has suddenly become a veteran at the age of 22 for the Detroit Red Wings. “It could be the first time I’m not the youngest guy on the team,” Larkin said. “That’s why I’m growing out this beard.” The rebuilding Red Wings ...

Michigan State Spartans football team struggles to finish out games

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — For a third straight game, Michigan State was outscored in the fourth quarter. If that worries coach Mark Dantonio, he did a pretty good job hiding it. Dantonio was generally unruffled after the Spartans beat Central Michigan 31-20 on ...

Yelich, Brewers top Tigers; Central tiebreaker vs Cubs next

By JOE TOTORAITIS Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs, putting themselves in that position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers. The Brewers will play ...

Prescott, Elliott set up winning FG, Cowboys top Lions 26-24

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions. So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader. "I lined up in the ...

No. 14 Michigan LB Devin Bush has always had father at side

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Nebraska set up what seemed like a perfectly timed play, allowing Michigan's hard-charging defense to rush up the field just before completing a screen pass. There was one problem: Devin Bush Jr. The star linebacker for the ...

Field’s 2 HRs lead Twins past Tigers, 11-4

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It looked like a sure triple play. A double play, at least. In the end, the Detroit Tigers got just one out from it, and the Minnesota Twins made them pay. Johnny Field homered twice, Jorge Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple and the ...

Detroit Red Wings outscore Chicago Blackhawks 8-6 in NHL exhibition game

CHICAGO (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou had two goals and two assists as Detroit prevailed in a high-scoring 8-6 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL preseason game played Tuesday. Athanasiou’s four points led the Red Wings as 10 players earned at least a point. Thomas Vanek finished with ...

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders enjoying new role with Detroit Lions

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Barry Sanders shook hands with fans, posed for pictures and engaged in small talk outside a suite at Ford Field before the Detroit Lions opened the season against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Hall of Fame running back was on the field to turn ...

Harold Castro hit starts Detroit Tigers’ winning rally vs. Minnesota Twins

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Harold Castro completed the minor league season and was home in Venezuela spending time with his son and focusing on the offseason when he got a surprise phone call to return and play with the Detroit Tigers. Castro’s first career hit started ...

Strong defensive effort carries Detroit Lions to 1st win by beating New England

By BOB DUFF Associated Press ALLEN PARK — A day after their first win of the season, the change in the mood of the previously winless Detroit Lions was evident. In one corner of the locker room, linebacker Marquis Flowers and running back LeGarrette Blount engaged in a heated debate over ...

Kansas City Royals win 3-2 to earn split with Detroit Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Brad Keller pitched seven strong innings, Cam Gallagher broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-run single and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Sunday. The teams split the four-game series that finished Detroit’s home season. The Royals won ...

Detroit Red Wings down Chicago 4-2 in NHL exhibition game

DETROIT (AP) — Evgeny Svechnikov broke a tie with 5:45 left to lift Detroit to a 4-2 victory over Chicago in the Red Wings’ second exhibition game of the season and second game in two nights. Gustav Nyqvist added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left. Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou ...

Michigan State Spartans a huge test for Indiana football team

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Michigan State looks exactly the same to Indiana coach Tom Allen. The offense is big, strong and fast. The defense is tough and stout. And yes, the 24th-ranked Spartans again appear to be a legitimate Big Ten contender. To Allen, that makes Saturday’s Big ...

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson ready to begin Big 10 season

Saturday's game: Nebraska at Michigan, noon; TV: FS1 -------------- By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — It didn’t take long for Shea Patterson to get in a groove at Michigan. “I’ve never been as comfortable,” he said. The 19th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) averaged 47 ...