Michigan Sports

Priest enters no contest plea

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 71-year-old Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse charges involving three young men. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s office says Father Robert Deland’s plea to criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct, gross ...

Lions coach Matt Patricia unfazed by poor preseason

By BOB DUFF Associated Press. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions underwent a regime change in the offseason, and the early returns already have long-suffering fans of this team fearing the worst. A 1-3 record in the NFL preseason saw the Lions finish with a minus-34 point ...

Heyward looks ready to contribute more for No. 15 Spartans

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Heyward took the pitch from Brian Lewerke and had open field in front of him. Seconds later, he was in the end zone, having scored the biggest touchdown of his young college career. "It always feels good to contribute in ...

Fan injured by foul ball in Tigers’ 8-3 win over White Sox

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball and bled profusely before walking to the first aid station Tuesday night, briefly delaying the Detroit Tigers' 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. The middle-aged male fan was sitting in the first row ...

9th-inning homers send Chicago White Sox to 4-2 win over Detroit Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson, Daniel Palka and the Chicago White Sox struck late — and quickly — to pull out another victory. Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Monday for their eighth ...

Michigan State football team opens season tonight at home vs. Utah State

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — They will take the field at Spartan Stadium with a talented quarterback, a wealth of returning starters and high hopes for the season to come. The Utah State Aggies, of course. And yes, all of the above applies to No. 11 Michigan State as ...

Michigan Wolverines’ defense a stern football test for Notre Dame

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — With all due respect to new Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, the Wolverines may have the advantage without the ball in the season-opening showdown at No. 12 Notre Dame. With NFL-hopeful players up front, at linebacker and in the secondary, the ...

Kansas City humbles Detroit Tigers, 9-2

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adalberto Mondesi was identified as the Kansas City Royals’ top prospect several years ago based primarily on his blazing speed, advanced defense and raw athleticism. The youngster is starting to flash some power, too. Mondesi homered ...

No-holds Bars when No. 14 Michigan visits No. 12 Notre Dame

By JOHN FINERAN Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Blake Bars walks every day to law school past the house that Rockne built, where on Saturday night his former team, No. 14 Michigan, will visit No. 12 Notre Dame to kick off their seasons. At night, he heads to his off-campus ...

Lions change course, release Ayers

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Robert Ayers' stint with the Detroit Lions was a short one. The Lions have the released the veteran defensive end, and their announcement Tuesday of Ayers' departure came about 28 hours after the team said it had signed him. Earlier on Tuesday, coach Matt Patricia ...

Junis dominates Tigers again as Royals roll, 6-2

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jakob Junis had just served up a home run to JaCoby Jones and a base hit to Jeimer Candelario, and the Royals' young right-hander could feel the inning starting to get away from him. So when he turned around to watch his infield turn ...

Michigan State’s Scott eagerly eyes big senior season

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The NFL can wait for now. LJ Scott is back at Michigan State with a list of areas he'd like to shore up. "Improving on my yards after contact, my speed as well," the senior running back said. "I feel like I haven't did enough of ...

US-born NHL players gather to honor late USA Hockey exec Jim Johannson

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer PLYMOUTH — Dozens of U.S.-born NHL players paid tribute to longtime USA Hockey executive Jim Johannson and raised funds for two of his favorite causes, his 2-year-old daughter and grassroots hockey. Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane were among the American ...

Detroit Lions sign free agent pass rusher Robert Ayers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — When healthy, Robert Ayers has been a pretty productive pass rusher. The Detroit Lions could use some help in that area, and now the veteran defensive end has a chance to provide it. The Lions signed Ayers in their latest attempt to bolster ...

Michigan WR Tarik Black out indefinitely with foot injury

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black is out indefinitely with an injured right foot. Football program spokesman Dave Ablauf says Black was hurt during practice Saturday and is still being evaluated. A timeframe for his return has not been determined. The 14th-ranked ...