Michigan Sports

Detroit Tigers show life against Chicago White Sox

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers held a players’ meeting recently to talk about the importance of competing down the stretch. “From the beginning of the season, people have been counting us out. We’ve played pretty well this year, given the ...

Cubs break out of offensive funk in 8-2 win over Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — When David Bote's two-run homer cleared the fence in the fifth inning, it felt almost like a milestone for the Chicago Cubs — the first time in six games they'd scored more than one run. "Whatever it was, was broken at that point," ...

Little Leaguers get less pop in their bats

By TOMMY BUTLER Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — New bat rules aimed at keeping the ball in play and pitchers safer are having another effect at the Little League World Series: fewer home runs. Until this season, bats were often made from reinforced carbon fiber polymer. The ...

Detroit Tigers keep suddenly anemic Chicago Cubs cold in 2-1 win

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — It didn’t look or sound like a rebuilding team, holding on for a win against a contender. Shane Greene had a game-ending strikeout against Jason Heyward — with fans roaring on their feet — to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 ...

Shea Patterson to start as University of Michigan quarterback

ANN ARBOR (AP) — No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame. Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, ...

Michigan Little League team’s walk-off winner at World Series

Grosse Pointe Woods’ Reggie Sharpe, left, rounds first and begins to celebrate with his dad, coach Reggie Sharpe, after hitting a walk off single off Des Moines, Iowa, pitcher Connor Duong in the bottom of the sixth inning of an elimination baseball game in United States pool play at the ...

Loss of Steve Longa hurts Detroit Lions’ linebacker depth

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa’s season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area. Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in ...

Ex-sports doctor Nassar moved to another prison facility

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to another federal prison facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Sunday shows the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor is at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer ...

USA Gymnastics president: mediation with Nassar survivors

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says the embattled organization is in the midst of "productive" mediation talks with athletes who were sexually abused by a disgraced former national team doctor. USA Gymnastics is facing civil lawsuits ...

Lions sign safety Marcus Cromartie

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Marcus Cromartie. The Lions also announced Sunday that they have waived-injured safety Stefan McClure. Cromartie appeared in one game for the Houston Texans last season. Over the previous three seasons, he appeared in ...

Rosario’s HR in 8th leads Twins past Tigers 5-4

By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While Minnesota's pitchers were struggling with the strike zone, the Twins' hitters were teeing off. Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for Minnesota's third homer of the day, helping the Twins top the Detroit ...

Spartans could be a force in rugged Big Ten race

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's a familiar story at Michigan State: The Spartans are talented, tenacious — and a bit under the radar in the Big Ten. After a 10-win season in 2017, coach Mark Dantonio's team returns quarterback Brian Lewerke, running back ...

Detroit Lions, New York Giants coaches could’ve switched

DETROIT (AP) — Both first-year coaches holding camp at Ford Field could have been leading the other team. Pat Shurmur interviewed with his hometown Lions before New York hired him, and Matt Patricia was in talks with the Giants and ended up in Detroit. “I felt like if it had worked ...

Minnesota Twins blitz Detroit Tigers’ pitching in 15-8 win

By TYLER MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — All that Logan Forsythe has done since arriving in Minnesota is get hits. The veteran infielder joined the Twins at the beginning of August in a trade that sent popular second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Thursday night was ...

Upbringing toughened up Detroit Lions’ new running back Kerryon Johnson

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Kerryon Johnson was just a kid when his older siblings hit him with elbows while playing hoops. And his parents, both of whom played college basketball, did not swoop in to save their young son from the physical games. Sure, playing at Auburn ...

Chicago White Sox build rare win streak vs. Detroit Tigers

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — The Chicago White Sox haven’t had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season. It isn’t because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson. On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of ...

Chicago White Sox hold on for 6-3 win over Detroit Tigers

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — When a major league player hits his first home run, his team usually needs to negotiate with a fan to get the ball. The Chicago White Sox didn’t have that problem Tuesday. Ryan LaMarre’s line drive to left field bounced off the top of the ...

Wisconsin carries the weight in Big 10 West football race

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division’s conference dominance. Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers ...