Michigan Sports

Detroit Pistons put top draft pick in D-League

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have assigned first-round draft pick Henry Ellenson to their Grand Rapids affiliate in the D-League. Ellenson has appeared in only 14 games this season for the Pistons, averaging 1.5 points and 0.9 rebounds in 4.0 minutes per game. He’s ...

Kirk Gibson to speak to Michigan State grads

EAST LANSING (AP) — Former Detroit Tigers star and Michigan State All-American football player Kirk Gibson will speak to graduates at the East Lansing school. Gibson is scheduled to speak May 5 at the undergraduate convocation in the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. He’s set to receive ...

Isaiah Livers of Kalamazoo Central named Mr. Basketball

DETROIT (AP) — Isaiah Livers of Kalamazoo Central has been named Mr. Basketball for the state of Michigan. Livers, who has signed to play at Michigan for the Wolverines next season, edged Xavier Tillman of Grand Rapids Christian in voting by members of the Basketball Coaches Association of ...

Red-hot Jack Eichel helps Buffalo Sabres edge Detroit Red Wings, 2-1

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — Jack Eichel is making up for lost time, closing his injury-shortened season strong. Eichel scored on a power play in the first period, giving him a team-high 50 points in 52 games, to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Monday ...

Michigan Tech, Western Michigan qualify for NCAA hockey tourney

By TONY PAUL The Detroit News DETROIT (AP) — Two hockey teams from Michigan learned their path in the NCAA Tournament. In pairings announced Sunday, Western Michigan was paired with Air Force for a Friday game in Providence, Rhode Island, and Michigan Tech got No. 1 seed Denver for a ...

US national women’s team hockey players call negotiations productive

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer USA Hockey and the women’s national team say their marathon meeting Monday was productive and they hope to have an agreement this week that will end their ongoing wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the upcoming world championships. The sides met for more ...

Pistons finish strong, beat short-handed Suns

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stan Van Gundy wants his Detroit Pistons to play with energy in the middle of a playoff race. The problem is that sometimes urgency leads to frustration — especially if a game against a weaker opponent becomes more difficult ...

Jackson’s strong second half lifts Kansas past Spartans

By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Everything about Josh Jackson's demeanor screamed this game was personal, from the back-and-forth chirping with childhood friend Miles Bridges to his emphatic late-game dunk and celebration. Playing against the school he grew up cheering ...

Wagner’s big game sends Michigan past Louisville, 73-69

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd’s delight Sunday. A few minutes later, the tough German took a couple more bows — first on the baseline in front of Michigan’s bench, then with ...

JD Martinez sprains foot, Tigers pick up two wins

By The Associated Press Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers’ complex in Lakeland, Florida, in a protective boot for precautionary ...

Tatar scores 2, stakes Wings to 5-1 win over Avalanche

DETROIT (AP) — As the clock wound down on the final game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena, the video board at center ice wound the clock back in time. It showed the wild brawls that erupted between the teams on the night of March 26, 1997, when what ...

Spartans bring reputation as giant killers against Kansas

By KURT VOIGT AP Sports Writer TULSA, Okla. — There are records in Tom Izzo’s career he’s proud of, and then there are those the Michigan State coach would prefer to distance himself from. The Spartans’ remarkable record as an underdog in the NCAA Tournament is one of those Izzo ...

Excellent and efficient

NMU ski team continues to find success nationally By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team has been achieving high levels of success for many years and both hard work and excellence is expected. You’ll see the skiers on sunny ...

Shockers clamp down on Dayton 64-58 in NCAA Tournament

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Tournament flash: Wichita State can play a little defense, too. Just ask the stunned Flyers. The Shockers’ powerful offense stalled out until the closing minutes, but their defense carried them through to a 64-58 victory over Dayton on Friday ...

Michigan delivers 3-point punch to knock out Okla. St.

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Walton Jr. stuck to the plan Friday. He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place. Again. Walton scored 26 points and had 11 assists as the ...

Redmen icers earn awards

By STEVE BROWNLEE Journal Sports Editor MARQUETTE — A pair of Marquette Senior High School hockey players received Division 2 Second Team all-state recognition recently. Joey Phillips made the forwards category while Tyler Bergwall was named among goalies. The list is compiled by the ...

Detroit Red Wings show signs of life in 5-4 shootout win at Arizona Coyotes

By JOSE M. ROMERO Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Detroit Red Wings’ streak of 25 straight postseason appearances is in serious jeopardy. If only the Atlantic Division’s last-place team could have more games like Thursday night against Arizona. Gustav Nyquist’s shootout goal ...

US national women’s hockey team players stand firm in wage fight

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer U.S. women’s hockey players let a deadline to decide on whether they’ll boycott the world championships pass Thursday without any indication they’ve changed their minds in a standoff with USA Hockey over wages. “We are focused on the issue of ...

Not-ready-for-prime-time Detroit Pistons bounced by Utah Jazz, 97-83

DETROIT (AP) — It appeared that the Detroit Pistons weren’t fully ready to play Wednesday night — and the Utah Jazz took advantage. The Jazz held Detroit to 35 points in the first half and went on to a 97-83 victory in their final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills. “We were really ...