Michigan Sports

Turnovers biggest concern for Michigan State Spartans football team

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — LJ Scott is an experienced running back, a player Michigan State is counting on to provide consistent production on offense. So far this season, he’s been anything but reliable. Scott already has lost three fumbles in 2017, two of which ...

Playoff-hungry Minnesota Twins finish off sweep of Detroit Tigers, 10-4

By BOB DUFF Associated Press DETROIT — Eduardo Escobar may be having the most unpredicted success on the surprising Minnesota Twins. Escobar hit his 20th home run, Jorge Polanco also went deep and Minnesota beat the Detroit Tigers 10-4 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep that moved the ...

Detroit Lions lose by just inches on last play of game to Atlanta

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The weekend’s only matchup of unbeaten teams lived up to expectations — and the Atlanta Falcons held on by inches. The Falcons beat the Detroit Lions 30-26 on Sunday when Golden Tate’s touchdown in the final seconds was overturned following ...

Wolverines lose QB, but still defeat Purdue

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — No. 8 Michigan lost its starting quarterback. Backup John O’Korn and a rock-solid defense made sure the bigger goals stayed intact. O’Korn led the offense on two time-consuming drives in the second half, Chris Evans ran for two ...

Finishing the job

By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Over the past few seasons, the Northern Michigan University football team had built a reputation for blowing leads or coming up short with the game on the line. But on Saturday, that status may have come to an end at the school’s Superior Dome ...

Twins pound Tigers again

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Minnesota’s postseason hopes may depend on how often the Twins can beat a rebuilding Detroit team. So far, they’ve had a pretty easy time of it this week. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and the playoff-chasing ...

Both Spartans, Irish hope for better this fall

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Last year’s Michigan State-Notre Dame game had all the trappings of a huge early matchup. Both teams were ranked, the game came down the wire and the victorious Spartans moved into the top 10 in the AP Top 25. Then Michigan State didn’t win another game for ...

Marquette overcomes adversity for 2nd win

By Journal Sports Staff PETOSKEY — There were a lot of reasons for Marquette Senior High School to lose its football game at Petoskey on Friday night. But none stopped the Redmen from instead pulling out a 27-26 victory against the Northmen in a nonconference game. MSHS had struggled at times ...

Patriots end 25 years of frustration against Iron Mountain

By ADAM NIEMI Iron Mountain Daily News IRON MOUNTAIN — It has been a long time coming for the Westwood football team, but they finally toppled the Mountaineers. The Patriots (4-1, 1-1 Mid-Peninsula Conference) ended their long losing streak to Iron Mountain with a 34-0 victory Friday night. ...

Williams runs Negaunee to victory at Gwinn

By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer GWINN — Robbie Williams had three rushing touchdowns and rushed for 140 yards to lead Negaunee to a 34-6 Mid-Peninsula Conference road victory at Gwinn on Friday night. Both teams now stand at 2-3 overall after the game played at McCormick Field. This is ...

Let one get away

Dominant with the stats, mistakes cost Hematites in 20-8 loss to Gladstone By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — During every football season, it seems like most teams will have a loss that got away. For Ishpeming, that game happened Friday night against Gladstone as the ...

Minnesota Twins rout Detroit Tigers, 12-1

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — With a postseason berth tantalizingly close, the Minnesota Twins snapped out of their mini-slump in emphatic fashion. Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco had three hits each, and the Twins extended their lead for the American League’s second wild card ...

Lions sign DE George Johnson going into game against Falcons

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed defensive end George Johnson. Detroit released defensive end Alex Barrett on Wednesday to make room for Johnson on the roster. Detroit (2-0) hosts the Atlanta Falcons (2-0) on Sunday. Johnson hasn't played in the NFL since 2015. He was ...

Left tackle Mason Cole adds to legacy for No. 8 Michigan

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mason Cole is up in the club. Cole has joined a long legacy at Michigan, where he has a shot to close his career with the most starts by an offensive lineman in school history after beginning it as the first true freshman to start at ...

Spartans showing signs of possible defensive rebound

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nobody has to tell Michigan State's Kenny Willekes how poor his team's pass rush was last year. After the Spartans had four sacks against Western Michigan last weekend — bringing their season total to five — the sophomore ...

Mengden throws 7 scoreless, A’s sweep Tigers with 3-2 win

By CHRIS NELSEN Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Now that he's healthy, Daniel Mengden is showing his potential. The Oakland right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading the Athletics to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of the ...

Detroit Lions stay grounded after big Monday night win vs. New York Giants

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Jim Caldwell’s demeanor doesn’t change much, even after a nationally televised victory on the road. Detroit’s famously even-keeled coach had a quick reply when asked about his team’s 2-0 start to the season. “Only thing it guarantees ...

Grand slam lifts A’s past Tigers

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Jed Lowrie was ready for Alex Wilson. “I’ve faced Alex before, and I know he’s got a good cutter,” Lowrie said. Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit ...

Nick Castellanos’ 3 hits not enough for Detroit Tigers to avoid another loss

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 on Monday night. Olson became the first A’s player to homer in four straight games since Coco Crisp in 2013, and now has 14 home runs in his ...