Michigan Sports

Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A letter signed by at least 130 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at ...

Votto breaks drought with grand slam as Reds beat Tigers 9-5

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a grand slam and celebrated with a flap, honoring the bird that prolonged his at-bat. Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam Tuesday night, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-5 victory that ended the ...

Jones homers in 7th to lead Tigers over Twins, 3-1

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — When Detroit outfielder JaCoby Jones came to the plate in the seventh inning of a tie game Thursday afternoon, he was well aware he was struggling at the plate after striking out in his first two at-bats against the Twins. He chose to focus on ...

Detroit Tigers rally for victory over Minnesota Twins, 5-2

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire didn’t mind getting a beer shower from his players Wednesday night. He just didn’t know why it was happening. “They ambushed me, and they really got me,” he said after his Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2. “I ...

Legislature OKs private industry panel in environment branch

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — The Michigan Legislature narrowly passed a bill to create a private industry panel within the state Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday, closing the curtain on months of resistance from Democrats and environmentalists who fear further ...

Tigers lose injured Cabrera for season in 6-4 loss to Twins

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers lost much more than a game on Tuesday night. Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon in the third inning of a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins and will have season-ending surgery later this week. "This is obviously a ...

Matt Patricia adjusts to scrutiny of being Detroit Lions head coach

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Matt Patricia worked in relative obscurity in New England. The burly man with a bushy beard, baseball cap on backward, with a pencil above his right ear was noticed only occasionally while coordinating the Patriots’ defense. As a first-year ...

Detroit Pistons hire ex-Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Dwane Casey lost his job in Toronto because the Raptors wanted to advance further in the playoffs. In Detroit, it would be an accomplishment if Casey can simply get the Pistons into the playoffs. The Pistons hired the NBA coach of the year finalist ...

Detroit’s ‘Dream Cafe’ recipe for local success

By MELODY BAETENS Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — When the Allied Media Conference returns to Detroit in June for its 20th year, a new dynamic will be in place to highlight Detroit-owned food businesses and connect global chefs to local farms who have community and social ...

Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — After 120 laps and two stages, the race could now be official. Any driver in the lead might conceivably win if rain intervened. Clint Bowyer had finished second to teammate Kevin Harvick in the second stage, and both came to pit road. ...

Indians’ Kluber continues dominance of Tigers, AL Central

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Corey Kluber continued his dominance of the American League Central, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday. Kluber (10-2) is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals ...

Twins first baseman Mauer sent out for Triple-A rehab stint

By MIKE COOK, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent first baseman Joe Mauer to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a cervical neck strain and concussion-like symptoms. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer is expected to be the ...

Detroit Tigers jump out early to win, avoid sweep in Boston

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Detroit had trouble containing Boston’s offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own. Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the ...

Detroit Lions invest in free agency, draft to improve running game

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have desperately tried to improve what has been a weakness, signing and drafting players to improve their running game. Detroit ranked last in the NFL last season in rushing offense and has been among the league’s worst on the ...