Michigan Sports

Spartans, Wildcats have plenty of room for improvement

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two years ago, Michigan State and Northwestern combined for 94 points. Last season, they threw for over 800 yards. Their next meeting is this weekend, but both teams have issues that could prevent another shootout. "I think, for ...

No. 15 Michigan aims for tuneup versus Maryland before tests

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's offensive line has been much maligned in recent years, getting the brunt of criticism for an offense without a consistent running or passing game. "The narrative has been going on ever since I've been here that the Michigan ...

Panarin scores, lifts Blue Jackets to 3-2 OT win over Wings

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of the best NHL teams in overtime last year. With a talented player like Artemi Panarin, they may be tough to beat in 3-on-3 hockey again this season. Panarin scored midway through overtime, lifting Columbus ...

Pistons upend Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Andre Drummond had 31 points and 16 rebounds, breaking a 91-91 tie on a three-point play  with 1:37 left, as Detroit scored a 97-91 NBA exhibition victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. Ish Smith’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left capped the scoring. Stanley Johnson ...

Detroit Lions waive cornerback Dee Virgin

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have waived cornerback Dee Virgin. The Lions announced the move Tuesday. Virgin has played in three games for the Lions this season and has been credited with one tackle. Virgin entered the NFL last season as an undrafted free agent out of West Alabama. ...

Detroit Red Wings assign players to minors

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have assigned right wing Luke Witkowski and defensemen Joe Hicketts and Filip Hronek to Grand Rapids of the AHL. The Red Wings announced the moves Tuesday. Detroit’s active roster is now down to 22 players, and the Red Wings open the regular season ...

Michigan State Spartans again strong vs. run

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — One thing Mark Dantonio can often count on is that Michigan State will be able to stop the run. It’s been an uneven start to the season for the 20th-ranked Spartans, but their defensive front has made its presence felt. Michigan State ranks ...

Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Mike Green put on injury list

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have put defenseman Mike Green on injured reserve. The Red Wings also announced Monday that they assigned left wing Matt Puempel and defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Grand Rapids of the AHL, and assigned right wing Lane Zablocki to Kelowna of the WHL. Detroit ...

Last-place Detroit Lions miss opportunity in Dallas

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Last year, the Detroit Lions started 3-1 and didn’t make the playoffs — so what happens in September doesn’t have to define the season. The Lions better hope that’s the case, because a loss at Dallas on Sunday has them in a ...

Detroit Tigers well into rebuilding mode

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers avoided some of their worst-case scenarios this season. They didn’t finish last, or all that close to it. In the end, however, they had the same record as in 2017, and the franchise still seems a long way from contention. “Not everything is going to go ...

Dylan Larkin looked on to step up in Detroit Red Wings’ new era

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — Dylan Larkin has suddenly become a veteran at the age of 22 for the Detroit Red Wings. “It could be the first time I’m not the youngest guy on the team,” Larkin said. “That’s why I’m growing out this beard.” The rebuilding Red Wings ...

Michigan State Spartans football team struggles to finish out games

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — For a third straight game, Michigan State was outscored in the fourth quarter. If that worries coach Mark Dantonio, he did a pretty good job hiding it. Dantonio was generally unruffled after the Spartans beat Central Michigan 31-20 on ...

Yelich, Brewers top Tigers; Central tiebreaker vs Cubs next

By JOE TOTORAITIS Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs, putting themselves in that position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers. The Brewers will play ...

Prescott, Elliott set up winning FG, Cowboys top Lions 26-24

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott saw single coverage by a linebacker on Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys trying to get in position for a winning field goal against the Detroit Lions. So did the 2016 NFL rushing leader. "I lined up in the ...

No. 14 Michigan LB Devin Bush has always had father at side

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Nebraska set up what seemed like a perfectly timed play, allowing Michigan's hard-charging defense to rush up the field just before completing a screen pass. There was one problem: Devin Bush Jr. The star linebacker for the ...

Field’s 2 HRs lead Twins past Tigers, 11-4

By PATRICK DONNELLY Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It looked like a sure triple play. A double play, at least. In the end, the Detroit Tigers got just one out from it, and the Minnesota Twins made them pay. Johnny Field homered twice, Jorge Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple and the ...

Detroit Red Wings outscore Chicago Blackhawks 8-6 in NHL exhibition game

CHICAGO (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou had two goals and two assists as Detroit prevailed in a high-scoring 8-6 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL preseason game played Tuesday. Athanasiou’s four points led the Red Wings as 10 players earned at least a point. Thomas Vanek finished with ...