Michigan Sports

Colin Kaepernick protests held in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Colin Kaepernick’s protest movement rolled on without him Sunday, as his fraternity marched in Detroit and players around the NFL sat or knelt during the national anthem. Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers. His supporters believe ...

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 ...