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Michigan Sports

Detroit Lions still looking for right personnel to anchor defense

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Two games into the season, Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is still trying to find a foundation for his struggling defense. After giving up 41 points in a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, the Lions allowed 35 in an 18-point loss on ...

Big 10 football features plenty of depth at running back

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer Michigan has begun a pivotal season for coach Jim Harbaugh with three decisive wins, fueled by that ground-oriented, weather-proof offense he and most northern teams prefer. Recruiting and developing the right running backs to carry it out remains a vital ...

Michigan State Spartans’ transfer Kenneth Walker III leads nation in rushing

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer The move to Michigan State has been a career booster for Kenneth Walker III, who leads the nation in rushing through his first three games with the Spartans. Walker has had his two highest rushing totals as a collegian since transferring from Wake ...

Western Michigan football team upsets Pittsburgh, 44-41

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kaleb Eleby threw for 336 yards and three touchdowns and Western Michigan stunned Pittsburgh 44-41 on Saturday. La’Darius Jefferson ran for 78 yards and two scores for the Broncos (2-1), who came into Heinz Field as a 15-point underdog and left it with their first victory ...

Michigan State Spartans grind out 38-17 upset win at No. 24 Miami, Florida

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan State spent the week preparing for a fight. That was the analogy that the Spartans used all week, telling each other that their game at Miami would be a grind-it-out bout decided in the later rounds. Sure enough, it ...

Detroit Tigers slow AL East leader Tampa Bay on Sunday, 2-0

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wily Peralta gave up three hits in seven innings, and Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau homered for the Detroit Tigers in a 2-0 win over the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Peralta (4-3) and three relievers limited the Rays to ...

Michigan State Spartans underdogs at No. 24 Miami

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan State’s offense has been a surprise this season. So has Miami’s, in a very different way. The Spartans (2-0) are moving the football more easily than they have in years, and they’ll look to keep that going on Saturday ...

Michigan Wolverines brings running game back to the forefront

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Jim Harbaugh seems to have his best running game in seven seasons at Michigan, rotating two speedy and powerful backs behind an offensive line that has been opening huge holes. The Wolverines were so effective at moving the ball on the ground in a ...

Detroit Lions have plenty of places to look when making fixes

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — The problem facing Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell isn’t finding things to fix. It is deciding where to start. The Lions trailed the San Francisco 49ers 31-10 at halftime and 41-17 with two minutes left before a late charge brought them within ...

Michigan State Spartans roll past Youngstown State, 42-14

EAST LANSING (AP) — Payton Thorne threw for four touchdowns, including two long strikes to Jayden Reed, and ran for another score as Michigan State rolled to a 42-14 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Thorne connected with Reed on Michigan State’s first play from scrimmage, the ...