Michigan Sports

Ward puts name in draft, no agent

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is submitting his name for the NBA draft but hasn’t hired an agent. The school announced Ward’s decision Thursday, one day after classmate Miles Bridges announced he was turning pro .Ward can start attending workouts with teams April ...

MSU heads strong 2019 Maui field

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Final Four-bound Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA headline what will be another strong field at the 2019 Maui Invitational. The Maui field is annually one of the best among college basketball’s holiday tournaments and the 2019 bracket, announced on Tuesday, will ...

Red Wings snap 11-game road skid with 6-3 win over Sabres

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg isn't sure how many more milestones he has left as he prepares to complete his 15th season in Detroit. The 37-year-old is eager to find out. "I hope so," Zetterberg said after picking up his 954th ...

Drummond’s 20-20 game leads Pistons past Wizards

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons might have waited too long to start a serious push for the playoffs, though they are hoping to at least make things interesting for the Milwaukee Bucks. Andre Drummond scored 24 points and pulled down 23 rebounds, and the ...

Big men give Final Four teams spacing in positionless game

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A wave of positionless basketball has swept the nation. Coaches have loaded rosters with smaller, athletic players who shoot 3-pointers and beat defenders off the dribble. Three, sometimes four-guard lineups have become the norm, ...

Hero of most memorable Spartans’ football play to leave Michigan State

EAST LANSING (AP) — He scored one of the most memorable touchdowns in Michigan State history. Now Jalen Watts-Jackson appears ready to finish his college career elsewhere. Watts-Jackson, who etched his name into Michigan State lore by scoring the winning touchdown against Michigan in 2015 ...

Detroit Red Wings get rare victory in regulation, 5-2 over Pittsburgh

By BOB DUFF Associated Press DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are a team in transition, and that was evident Tuesday night. Veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall scored a goal for his 400th point, while rookie defenseman Joe Hicketts, playing his second NHL game, grabbed a pair of assists for ...

Expectations low for rebuilding Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers understand the challenge ahead. After about a decade of consistent contention, of high hopes and big payrolls, the Tigers finished tied for the worst record in baseball last year — and that was only the ...

NBA G League player under doctors’ care after collapse

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An NBA G League player for the Grand Rapids Drive who collapsed on the court near the end of a game with the Long Island Nets is currently under care by doctors. The Drive said in a news release Sunday that further updates on Zeke Upshaw's condition will be ...

Expectations low for rebuilding Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers understand the challenge ahead. After about a decade of consistent contention, of high hopes and big payrolls, the Tigers finished tied for the worst record in baseball last year — and that was only ...

Michigan heads to Final Four in role of upset stopper

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michigan is headed to its first Final Four in five years with another upset-minded opponent waiting. The Wolverines (32-7) have tamped down three consecutive teams with designs on pulling surprises — No. 6 seed Houston, No. 7 Texas ...

Open burning nixed in 15 counties

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has banned open burning in 15 mid-Michigan counties because of dry conditions. The ban prohibits the burning of leaves and debris and includes burn barrels and other types of open burning. The DNR says the likelihood of fire ...

Schuette lands Chamber backing, launches first TV ads

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette landed a major business endorsement Thursday and announced his campaign’s first TV ads —one that touts his support from President Donald Trump and another that criticizes GOP rival Brian ...

Detroit Red Wings blanked by Washington, 1-0

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Washington Capitals are in first place because of victories like this. Philipp Grubauer made 39 saves for his third shutout of the season, and Brett Connolly scored the game’s only goal on a third-period breakaway to lift the Capitals to a ...

James Harden leads Houston Rockets in overtime over Detroit Pistons, 100-96

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON — James Harden struggled to find his shot for four quarters before the NBA’s leading scorer mustered just enough offense in overtime to help the Houston Rockets to another win. Harden scored 21 points, including 10 of Houston’s 12 points in ...