Michigan Sports

Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders enjoying new role with Detroit Lions

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Barry Sanders shook hands with fans, posed for pictures and engaged in small talk outside a suite at Ford Field before the Detroit Lions opened the season against the New York Jets. At halftime, the Hall of Fame running back was on the field to turn ...

Harold Castro hit starts Detroit Tigers’ winning rally vs. Minnesota Twins

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Harold Castro completed the minor league season and was home in Venezuela spending time with his son and focusing on the offseason when he got a surprise phone call to return and play with the Detroit Tigers. Castro’s first career hit started ...

Strong defensive effort carries Detroit Lions to 1st win by beating New England

By BOB DUFF Associated Press ALLEN PARK — A day after their first win of the season, the change in the mood of the previously winless Detroit Lions was evident. In one corner of the locker room, linebacker Marquis Flowers and running back LeGarrette Blount engaged in a heated debate over ...

Kansas City Royals win 3-2 to earn split with Detroit Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Rookie Brad Keller pitched seven strong innings, Cam Gallagher broke a sixth-inning tie with a two-run single and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Sunday. The teams split the four-game series that finished Detroit’s home season. The Royals won ...

Detroit Red Wings down Chicago 4-2 in NHL exhibition game

DETROIT (AP) — Evgeny Svechnikov broke a tie with 5:45 left to lift Detroit to a 4-2 victory over Chicago in the Red Wings’ second exhibition game of the season and second game in two nights. Gustav Nyqvist added an empty-net goal with 45 seconds left. Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou ...

Michigan State Spartans a huge test for Indiana football team

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Michigan State looks exactly the same to Indiana coach Tom Allen. The offense is big, strong and fast. The defense is tough and stout. And yes, the 24th-ranked Spartans again appear to be a legitimate Big Ten contender. To Allen, that makes Saturday’s Big ...

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson ready to begin Big 10 season

Saturday's game: Nebraska at Michigan, noon; TV: FS1 -------------- By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — It didn’t take long for Shea Patterson to get in a groove at Michigan. “I’ve never been as comfortable,” he said. The 19th-ranked Wolverines (2-1) averaged 47 ...

New England Patriots temper expectations for troubled receiver Josh Gordon

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Josh Gordon arrived at a Patriots’ team facility that was abuzz with excitement about what he could potentially bring to their depleted receiving group. There was also just as strong a sentiment in the building to keep any lofty ...

Minnesota Twins finish sweep of Detroit Tigers with 8-2 victory

By CHRIS NELSEN Associated Press DETROIT — Stephen Gonsalves is getting more comfortable running in from the bullpen to start a game. The Minnesota Twins, who have been experimenting with an “opening pitcher,” then bringing in a primary pitcher after an inning or two, got excellent ...

Fighting back not enough for Detroit Lions, now put themselves in 0-2 hole

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Lions now face a different set of questions. After a blowout loss in Week 1 raised concerns about the team’s tenacity and commitment level, the Lions rallied gamely Sunday at San Francisco. But a late penalty left Detroit a few ...

Indians rest several regulars after clinch, Tigers win 6-4

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians rested several of their regulars a day after clinching the AL Central and lost to the Detroit Tigers 6-4 Sunday as Jim Adduci homered and drove in a career-high four runs. The Indians rolled to a 15-0 win Saturday and ...

49ers hang on to beat Lions 30-27

By JOSH DUBOW AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Another miscommunication almost led to another game-altering interception for Jimmy Garoppolo. Only this time, the San Francisco 49ers got bailed out by a flag and held on to beat the Detroit Lions. Garoppolo threw two ...