Michigan Sports

Michigan NASCAR race postponed until today

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The break in NASCAR’s Cup Series schedule will have to wait at least an extra day. Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway was postponed because of rain. It was rescheduled for 5 p.m. today, the second time in just over a month that a Cup race has been ...

Michigan Wolverines advance to College World Series by beating No. 1 UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michigan is headed to the College World Series for the first time in 35 years after eliminating the nation’s top program. Ako Thomas drove in two runs with a single and Tommy Henry pitched seven solid innings to propel the Wolverines to a 4-2 victory over UCLA on Sunday ...

Heat takes Michigan State University mascot Sparty out of parades

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State University says the school’s Sparty mascot will no longer participate in most parades due to concerns about heat stroke or other health issues for those wearing the costume. School spokeswoman Emily Guerrant says in an email the MSU Alumni Office made the ...

D’Arnaud homers twice in Tampa Bay Rays’ 6-1 win over Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Travis d’Arnaud has been with the Tampa Bay Rays for almost a month, and the veteran catcher sounds very comfortable in his new surroundings. “It hasn’t been tough,” d’Arnaud said. “We’ve been playing winning baseball here, and ...

Pavel Datsyuk staying in Russia with hometown club

MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk has signed for his hometown Russian club in the Kontinental Hockey League, ending speculation of a possible return to the NHL. The 40-year-old center has signed a one-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, the successor to the team where he began his pro ...

Lions hoping investments in TEs Hockenson and James pay off

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have invested a lot in tight ends, desperately hoping to turn a weakness into a strength. Detroit drafted Iowa star T.J. Hockenson early in the first round of the NFL draft in April a month after signing veteran ...

Morton’s unbeaten streak at 20 after Rays blank Tigers 4-0

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Charlie Morton describes himself as a pessimist — even after 20 consecutive starts without a loss. "It's never hard for me to be pessimistic," Morton said. "I just know how it can turn sour quick." At some point, another team will ...

Lions start minicamp with Slay, Harrison staying away

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions started their mandatory minicamp without two standouts on defense. Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison were not with their teammates Tuesday. Lions coach Matt ...

Cabrera reluctantly becomes full-time DH to protect knee

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera is reluctantly moving into a full-time role as designated hitter for the Detroit Tigers as he tries to avoid losing a second straight season to injury. The longtime corner infielder only played 38 games in 2018 because of a ruptured biceps tendon. This season, ...

NCAA sets baseball tournament super regional sites

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA announced the schedule for the eight super regionals in the baseball tournament Tuesday, with overall No. 1 seed UCLA set to open at home against Michigan on Friday night. The best-of-three super regionals begin either Friday or Saturday. The winners advance to ...

Big 10 taps Vikings’ Kevin Warren as new commissioner

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten hired Minnesota Vikings executive Kevin Warren as its new commissioner Tuesday, bringing on a former college basketball player and sports agent with a law degree from Notre Dame to replace Jim Delany and become the first ...

Cabrera drives in 5 runs, Tigers end home losing streak

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — In a perfect world, Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire would have a healthy Miguel Cabrera at first base every game. Until that day comes, however, Gardenhire's happy with whatever production he can get out of Cabrera. After missing the ...

Michigan Wolverines advance to NCAA baseball super regional

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer After barely making the NCAA Tournament, Michigan is now a regional champion and on its way to the next round. The Wolverines beat Creighton 17-6 in Corvallis, Oregon, on Monday night, rebounding from 24 hours earlier when they gave up seven runs in the ninth ...

Bullpen collapses late in Detroit Tigers’ 7-4 loss at Atlanta

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — Don’t ask Dansby Swanson how many homers he can hit this season. The Braves shortstop insists he isn’t keeping count. Swanson homered, drove in three runs and scored the tiebreaker on Freddie Freeman’s double in the eighth inning as Atlanta ...

Central Michigan beats Miami Friday night in College World Series regional

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — David Cole singled home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Central Michigan over Miami 6-5 on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Cole singled up the middle to score Zach Gilles for the deciding run. Zach Cohn (5-3) pitched 2 ...