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Michigan Sports

Detroit Lions re-sign cornerbacks Mike Ford, Dee Virgin

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions re-signed cornerbacks Mike Ford and Dee Virgin. The team announced the moves Tuesday. Ford and Virgin were exclusive rights free agents. Ford has played 22 games for the Lions and made six starts in two seasons. Virgin also has played two seasons for ...

NFL general managers see trades few and far between during draft

By TOM CANAVAN AP Sports Writer To trade or not to trade? An especially difficult question in this year’s NFL draft? The coronavirus pandemic has forced the NFL to conduct its annual draft remotely, which might reduce the number of times Commissioner Roger Goodell or anyone else announces ...

Detroit Lions part of NFL practice for unique remote draft

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The NFL will hold a practice remote draft Monday, three days before the real thing is done in the same way. Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn on Friday did not provide details on the proceedings — except what his team has planned. “We’re ...

Michigan Tech great Tony Esposito nominated for Michigan Sports Hall of Fame

By Journal Sports Staff HOUGHTON — Former Michigan Tech goaltender Tony Esposito is on the 2020 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ballot as one of 10 finalists in the amateur category. The ballot was unveiled Monday and allows for online fan voting through April 30. The 2020 induction is ...

Detroit Lions draft preview at a glance

By The Associated Press 3rd pick — DETROIT (3-12-1) LAST SEASON: Lions lost last nine games and 12 of 13 to finish with their worst record in decade. Ownership gave general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia chance to come back, telling them contending for playoffs in 2020 is ...

Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s basketball team adds Western Michigan player

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has added two accomplished frontcourt players to its roster, bringing in Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The Gophers announced the signings of both big men on Wednesday. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Johnson is a graduate transfer ...

College basketball coaching carousel slows with shutdown

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer On March 11, Western Michigan announced it was changing coaches in men’s basketball. The following day, the NCAA Tournament was canceled, and the enormity of the coronavirus crisis started to hit home throughout college sports. Before long, WMU athletic ...

Ypsilanti sophomore wins national Gatorade high school boys basketball award

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Emoni Bates of Michigan was awakened with good news on Tuesday. Bates was named Gatorade’s national player of the year in high school basketball, becoming the first sophomore to win the award, and was informed during a FaceTime call with Boston Celtics ...

Detroit Lions, offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins agree to terms

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Kenny Wiggins. The Lions did not release terms of the contract Tuesday. Wiggins joined Detroit as a free agent in 2018. He started 13 games over the past two seasons for the Lions. Before that, Wiggins played ...

Ex-Detroit Red Wing Tom Webster dies at age 71

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tom Webster, the former NHL and WHA forward who went on to coach the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings, died Friday. He was 71. The Carolina Hurricanes announced Webster’s death. Webster scored 53 goals and helped the franchise — then the New England Whalers ...

Changes in baseball draft to up talent in college game

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer As disappointing as it’s been to have the college baseball season shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan coach Erik Bakich sees a silver lining. “I do think the coming years will be the deepest college baseball has ever been,” he ...