Michigan Sports

Detroit Tigers have 3rd-highest Major League Baseball payroll

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay baseball’s highest luxury tax for the fourth straight year and the New York Yankees owe a penalty for a 15th consecutive season, streaks that could end as the sport’s biggest spenders slash payroll for ...

Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay good-natured touting his accomplishments

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Darius Slay’s cockiness comes with a good-natured touch. Detroit’s fast-talking cornerback can rattle off his skills and accomplishments — but he never seems to be taking himself all that seriously. Witness this comment about his growing ...

Detroit Pistons hang on for win over Orlando, 114-110

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons tied a franchise record for 3-pointers — and they needed almost all of them to avoid a bad home loss. Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 20 points, and the Pistons made 17 shots from beyond the arc in a 114-110 victory over ...

Even with win, Detroit Lions face uphill climb to NFL playoffs

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Lions could enjoy the rest of their weekend, knowing their playoff hopes were still very much intact after a victory over Chicago on Saturday. On Sunday, however, the scores from around the league gave the Lions little reason for ...

Detroit Pistons convincingly snap losing streak, beating Atlanta 105-91

By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA — Leading the NBA’s worst club by 21 points midway through the fourth quarter, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy took no chances. He sent his starters back in. “It’s been two weeks of hell,” Van Gundy said. “I said, ‘We’re going to make ...

Detroit Lions’ Haloti Ngata NFL sportsmanship finalist

NEW YORK (AP) — Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Also announced Monday as finalists are Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith. Ngata, 33, is in his third year with the ...

Chicago Bears defense gets healthier for Saturday’s game vs. Detroit Lions

By GENE CHAMBERLAIN Associated Press LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio thinks the end this season can look different, even if the circumstances seem very familiar. The Bears’ defense has fought through an injury epidemic during a second straight difficult ...

Tigers deal Ian Kinsler to Angels for 2 minor leaguers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The busy Los Angeles Angels filled a big hole at second base, acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers for two minor leaguers Wednesday night. Detroit received 18-year-old right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and 23-year-old outfielder Troy ...

Bruins tie it late, beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT behind Marchand

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — In just over two minutes, Brad Marchand stole another victory for the Boston Bruins. Marchand assisted on the tying goal late in regulation and scored the game-winner 35 seconds into overtime to give the Bruins a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red ...

Denver Nuggets rout slumping Detroit Pistons, 103-84

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — The Denver Nuggets decided before Tuesday’s game in Detroit that the safest approach was to give Nikola Jokic at least one more night off before bringing him back from injury. It turned out to be a wise decision. Without Jokic and Paul Millsap, ...

Michigan Wolverines football team look to get transfer quarterback

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will transfer to Michigan, where coach Jim Harbaugh has gone through three starting QBs this season. Patterson made his commitment in a tweet on Monday after visiting the campus last weekend. Patterson is recovering from a ...

Detroit Lions keep playoff hopes alive with another late win

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have earned the right to keep their hopes of making the playoffs for at least another week. Perhaps fittingly, they did it by making enough plays late in a game to win. Detroit ended its second losing streak this season, going ...

Detroit Red Wings fall to Florida Panthers 2-1 in overtime

By BOB DUFF Associated Press DETROIT — It was a night for ending droughts for the Florida Panthers. They hadn’t won in overtime all season. Defenseman Mike Matheson hadn’t scored a goal all season. But in one quick shot, both slumps came to a halt. Matheson scored his first goal since ...

Boston Celtics get payback on Detroit Pistons, 91-81

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Boston Celtics prevented Andre Drummond from scoring in the paint and quieted Reggie Jackson on the perimeter. That helped Boston get revenge from a rare loss in a 91-81 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. When Detroit beat the Celtics last ...

Ex-Detroit Tigers Jack Morris, Alan Trammell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with former Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown ...

No. 3 Notre Dame blitzes Michigan State women, 90-59

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Muffet McGraw got exactly what she wanted from third-ranked Notre Dame in its first home game in 25 days with a quick start on the way to a 90-59 victory over Michigan State on Wednesday. “I was a little worried — we’re coming into final ...