Michigan Sports

Kansas City Royals celebrate not playing in cold Detroit against Tigers

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals celebrated as if they had won. They cheered Wednesday morning when their scheduled game against the Detroit Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather. “It’s perfect news,” Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said. ...

Big Ten hockey finally making national impact at NCAA Frozen Four

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. — Considering the force of the impact it made on the sport, the Big Ten hockey conference sure started with a soft launch. Five years in, its presence has finally been felt. Three teams have reached the Frozen Four after four members ...

Detroit Tigers left out in cold in 1-0 home loss to Kansas City

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — With another postponement looming as a possibility, Jakob Junis and the Kansas City Royals breezed to their first victory of the season. Junis took a shutout into the eighth inning, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday. On a ...

Detroit Red Wings blow 3-goal lead in 5-4 loss at Columbus

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Detroit in overtime and move within a point of clinching a playoff spot with two games left. Artemi Panarin put back his own rebound late in the game to tie it, setting up ...

Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson jumps to NBA draft

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Jaren Jackson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a freshman for Michigan State, is leaving early for the NBA. "Spartans, this was not an automatic decision," he tweeted Monday. "And honestly, thank you for making it one of the toughest decisions I've ...

Michigan’s Beilein: ‘Don’t worry about me’ after title miss

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The somber mood in Michigan's locker room after the NCAA Tournament championship game had no outward effect on John Beilein. When the smiling 65-year-old coach stepped into the Alamodome hallway, he looked nothing like a man who had just ...

Liriano pitches Tigers to 1st win of season, 6-1 over Royals

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire's first win with the Detroit Tigers came courtesy of a couple other grizzled veterans. Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning in his Detroit debut and Victor Martinez drove in three runs to give the Tigers a 6-1 ...

Michigan can’t counter Villanova in rough title game defeat

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michigan's starters trudged to the bench in weary succession, watching with towel-covered heads in their hands while the waning minutes of the NCAA Tournament championship game dropped away. After finding answers to every problem during ...

Jackson, Johnson lead Pistons to 108-96 win over Nets

By ADRY TORRES Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — With one All-Star out injured and another banished to the locker room, the Detroit Pistons pulled it together to preserve their slim playoff hopes for at least another day. Reggie Jackson scored 29 points, Stanley Johnson had 17 and the ...

Pirates beat Tigers 8-6 to sweep doubleheader, series

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Felipe Rivero rebounded from a terrible season opener by working double duty for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The left-handed closer saved both games of Sunday's doubleheader, helping the Pirates complete a sweep of their three-game series ...

Michigan faces tall order against ‘Nova in NCAA title game

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Michigan's game plan used to revolve around offense, hitting enough shots to outscore teams. Sometimes it worked. Many times, often on the biggest stages, it didn't. The Wolverines have made a shift in recent years, transforming into ...

Lions sign C Wesley Johnson, TE Levine Toilolo

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed center Wesley Johnson and tight end Levine Toilolo. The team announced the moves Thursday. Johnson started 15 games last season with the New York Jets. He was drafted in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but did not appear in any games ...

Pistons honor Upshaw with call-up

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons made an honorary call-up Thursday of G-League guard Zeke Upshaw, who died on Monday. "As we look to memorialize Zeke's basketball career and continue to support his family during this tragically difficult time, executing an ...

Michigan cancels home-and-home

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has cancelled a home-and-home football series with Virginia Tech in 2020 and 2021. Michigan announced Thursday it will pay a $375,000 cancellation fee to Virginia Tech. The Wolverines were supposed to host the Hokies on Sept. 19, 2020, and play at Virginia ...

Ward puts name in draft, no agent

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is submitting his name for the NBA draft but hasn’t hired an agent. The school announced Ward’s decision Thursday, one day after classmate Miles Bridges announced he was turning pro .Ward can start attending workouts with teams April ...

MSU heads strong 2019 Maui field

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Final Four-bound Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA headline what will be another strong field at the 2019 Maui Invitational. The Maui field is annually one of the best among college basketball’s holiday tournaments and the 2019 bracket, announced on Tuesday, will ...