Michigan Sports

Matt Patricia adjusts to scrutiny of being Detroit Lions head coach

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Matt Patricia worked in relative obscurity in New England. The burly man with a bushy beard, baseball cap on backward, with a pencil above his right ear was noticed only occasionally while coordinating the Patriots’ defense. As a first-year ...

Detroit Pistons hire ex-Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Dwane Casey lost his job in Toronto because the Raptors wanted to advance further in the playoffs. In Detroit, it would be an accomplishment if Casey can simply get the Pistons into the playoffs. The Pistons hired the NBA coach of the year finalist ...

Detroit’s ‘Dream Cafe’ recipe for local success

By MELODY BAETENS Detroit News AP Member Exchange DETROIT — When the Allied Media Conference returns to Detroit in June for its 20th year, a new dynamic will be in place to highlight Detroit-owned food businesses and connect global chefs to local farms who have community and social ...

Clint Bowyer wins rain-shortened race at Michigan

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — After 120 laps and two stages, the race could now be official. Any driver in the lead might conceivably win if rain intervened. Clint Bowyer had finished second to teammate Kevin Harvick in the second stage, and both came to pit road. ...

Indians’ Kluber continues dominance of Tigers, AL Central

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Corey Kluber continued his dominance of the American League Central, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Sunday. Kluber (10-2) is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals ...

Twins first baseman Mauer sent out for Triple-A rehab stint

By MIKE COOK, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have sent first baseman Joe Mauer to Triple-A Rochester for a rehab assignment as he works his way back from a cervical neck strain and concussion-like symptoms. Twins manager Paul Molitor said Mauer is expected to be the ...

Detroit Tigers jump out early to win, avoid sweep in Boston

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON — Detroit had trouble containing Boston’s offense during the first two games of their series. The Tigers took advantage of a first-time starter to find some of their own. Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the ...

Detroit Lions invest in free agency, draft to improve running game

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The Detroit Lions have desperately tried to improve what has been a weakness, signing and drafting players to improve their running game. Detroit ranked last in the NFL last season in rushing offense and has been among the league’s worst on the ...

Tempers flare before Detroit Tigers earn split with New York Yankees

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT — Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton left a doubleheader split in sour moods Monday night. Judge became the first player ever to record eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap, and Giancarlo Stanton ...

15 arrested in cock-fight raid

HART TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More than a dozen people have been arrested and 35 live roosters found after police broke up a cock-fighting ring in western Michigan's Oceana County. State police say Sunday that the bodies of 10 roosters also were found in a large pit during Saturday's raid in ...

Michigan trails decide whether to welcome electric bikes

DETROIT (AP) — Many Michigan residents are questioning whether electric bicycles should be allowed on woodland trails and urban bikeways as the motorized two-wheelers gain popularity. A new state law says trail managers and oversight boards can either allow electric bikes to glide alongside ...

Hunter-Reay races to 1st IndyCar win since 2015

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — After his first IndyCar victory since 2015, Ryan Hunter-Reay could look back on some of the most frustrating moments of the drought. "If you look at the past Indy 500s in '17 and '16, ones I think we could have won — both of those. Led the ...

Smoak, Sanchez help Blue Jays beat Tigers, 8-4

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are going to enjoy Monday's day off after all. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays end a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on ...

Fight brews with farmer who bars LGBT weddings at orchard

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A farmer wants the courts to step in after he was barred from a Michigan farmers market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to marry at his apple orchard. A conservative Christian nonprofit, Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing farmer Steve Tennes and ...