Michigan Sports

Defense turned up a notch in Detroit Pistons’ 118-98 win at Phoenix

By JOSE M. ROMERO Associated Press PHOENIX — The Detroit Pistons turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and turned away the Phoenix Suns. Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and the Pistons made 17 3-pointers in a 118-98 victory on Thursday night. Detroit held the Suns to 38 ...

Detroit Pistons assign pair of players to Grand Rapids G League affiliate

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have assigned Khyri Thomas and Svi Mykhailiuk to Grand Rapids, the team’s G League affiliate. Mykhailiuk was acquired from the Lakers on Feb. 6 in the deal that sent Reggie Bullock to Los Angeles. He has played in three games with the Pistons and appeared ...

Detroit Red Wings extend goalie Jimmy Howard’s contract

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed goalie Jimmy Howard to a $4 million, one-year contract extension. The deal keeps Howard in the fold for next season. The 34-year-old Howard has played for the Red Wings his whole NHL career. He’s third on the franchise’s career list in ...

Today the big day for NCAA tourney — the start of games in the main bracket

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament today as trendy upset picks. There’s Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood ...

Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer looks at Tommy John surgery

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer may need Tommy John surgery. The Tigers said Tuesday that surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow has been recommended following an MRI exam and a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Fulmer, who ...

Pair of Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball seniors developed well

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Kenny Goins walked on at Michigan State, turning down scholarship offers from Mid-American Conference schools. Matt McQuaid signed with the Spartans, changing his mind after committing to play for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown at SMU. For ...

Top squads in NCAA Tournament men’s basketball tough to beat

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. — This year’s NCAA Tournament features a top tier of teams that are heavy Final Four favorites, starting with No. 1 overall seed Duke and star freshman Zion Williamson. Figuring out how to stop them won’t be easy. Gonzaga joined the ...

Michigan Wolverines in tough West bracket in NCAA tournament

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS — Gonzaga had its 21-game winning streak end in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. The loss to Saint Mary’s was not enough to make the NCAA Tournament selection committee move the top-ranked Bulldogs off the No. 1 ...

Court: Middle finger protected

TAYLOR, Mich. (AP) — When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin. A federal appeals court says a Michigan woman's constitutional rights were violated when she was handed a speeding ticket after giving the finger to a suburban Detroit officer in 2017. The decision ...

Tampa Bay Lightning rally from 3 goals down to defeat Detroit Red Wings 5-4

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning turned a three-goal deficit into a milestone night. Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier for Tampa Bay’s career lead in goals, Nikita Kucherov scored twice in the third period and the Lightning rallied to ...

Detroit Red Wings re-sign top minor-league defenseman Brian Lashoff

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Brian Lashoff to a two-year contract extension. Detroit made the move Wednesday, keeping a key player from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. The 28-year-old Lashoff had 11 assists in 44 games for the Griffins this year. Lashoff ...

Detroit Pistons go stone cold during 3rd quarter in 108-74 loss at Miami

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI — The outcome was in doubt at halftime. It didn’t stay that way for long. And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the ...