Michigan Sports

Good defense enables Houston Astros to edge Detroit Tigers again

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — George Springer understood the situation as he was about to dive for Dawel Lugo’s line drive in the eighth inning. “I could tell I was either going to get to it, or this is going to be a really bad play,” the Houston outfielder said. ...

Michigan again extends deadline for marijuana businesses

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Michigan regulators on Tuesday again extended the deadline for medical marijuana businesses to be licensed, allowing 108 facilities to continue operating while warning that 98 others will be issued cease-and-desist letters if they do not ...

Watchdog to lead review of Michigan’s child welfare system

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed the director of an agency that serves as a watchdog of the state's child welfare system to lead a review after a scathing audit of Children's Protective Services, the administration announced Tuesday. Snyder ...

No. 25 Michigan State struggling to find its stride

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer After a closer-than-expected win over Utah State in the season opener, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pointed out that this was nothing new for the Spartans. "You want to pound somebody 50 to nothing, that's not happening too often," he said. "It ...

Michigan’s big win quiets Harbaugh’s critics — for now

By CHRIS NELSEN Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan was eager for redemption after its loss to Notre Dame in the season opener. Leading up to last Saturday's home opener against Western Michigan, the Wolverines were criticized by fans, the media and even former receiver ...

Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the game's first pitch, and the Houston Astros powered their way past the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Tuesday night. Houston maintained a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. The Astros built a 5-0 lead on ...

Verlander saluted back at Comerica, Astros beat Tigers 3-2

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career. He still wasn't prepared. In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory ...

Darnold recovers from 1st-play pick-6, helps Jets rout Lions

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to ...

Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia debuts as a head coach tonight

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell. The Lions seemed to run more and hit more. And, they may have gotten yelled at more. On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn’t ...

Michigan State Spartans football team has to step up play at Arizona State

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. — Michigan State’s season opener was far from perfect. The 15th-ranked Spartans committed too many penalties, had a second-half interception returned for a touchdown and needed to score in the final two minutes to hold off Utah State. The ...

Priest enters no contest plea

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 71-year-old Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse charges involving three young men. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s office says Father Robert Deland’s plea to criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct, gross ...

Lions coach Matt Patricia unfazed by poor preseason

By BOB DUFF Associated Press. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions underwent a regime change in the offseason, and the early returns already have long-suffering fans of this team fearing the worst. A 1-3 record in the NFL preseason saw the Lions finish with a minus-34 point ...

Heyward looks ready to contribute more for No. 15 Spartans

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Heyward took the pitch from Brian Lewerke and had open field in front of him. Seconds later, he was in the end zone, having scored the biggest touchdown of his young college career. "It always feels good to contribute in ...

Fan injured by foul ball in Tigers’ 8-3 win over White Sox

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball and bled profusely before walking to the first aid station Tuesday night, briefly delaying the Detroit Tigers' 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. The middle-aged male fan was sitting in the first row ...

9th-inning homers send Chicago White Sox to 4-2 win over Detroit Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson, Daniel Palka and the Chicago White Sox struck late — and quickly — to pull out another victory. Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Monday for their eighth ...