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Michigan Sports

1968 Detroit Tigers’ World Series champion catcher Bill Freehan dies at 79

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — Bill Freehan, an 11-time All-Star catcher with the Detroit Tigers and key player on the 1968 World Series championship team, died Thursday at age 79. The Tigers honored Freehan with a moment of silence and photos and video on the Comerica Park ...

Detroit Pistons close Summer League with 79-78 win over Orlando

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Luka Garza had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held on to beat the Orlando Magic 79-78 on Monday night in the NBA Summer League. Top draft pick Cade Cunningham did not play for Detroit, nor did Orlando’s Jalen Suggs, the No. 5 choice. Garza, the college ...

20 transfers can help Michigan State Spartans football team turn it around

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Mel Tucker is entering his second season at Michigan State. Even though Tucker is not a rookie with the Spartans, it seems as if he’s starting over. Tucker was hired away from Colorado 18 months ago and endured a pandemic-shortened season ...

Detroit Lions’ rookie tackle Penei Sewell handling transition to NFL

By STEVE KORNACKI Associated Press ALLEN PARK — Penei Sewell knows that scrutiny is part of what comes with being a top-10 NFL draft pick. So, when the rookie starting right tackle allowed a sack on third-and-10 in the first series of his first exhibition game Friday against the Buffalo ...

Detroit Pistons sign Luka Garza, Chris Smith

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons signed Luka Garza and Chris Smith to two-way contracts on Tuesday. Detroit selected Garza, the AP national player of the year, with the No. 52 overall pick in the draft. The 6-foot-11, 235-pound center played well for the Pistons during the NBA Summer ...