Michigan Sports

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 ...

Trammell has number retired, lobbies for Whitaker

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — On the day his No. 3 was retired by the Detroit Tigers, Hall of Famer Alan Trammell did some campaigning for his longtime keystone partner. Now that Trammell is in the Hall and has been honored by the Tigers, does Lou Whitaker have a chance ...

Kopech earns first MLB win as White Sox beat Tigers 7-2

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — With his major league debut out of the way, Michael Kopech was able to take the mound with a little less fanfare the second time around. "I felt calm," the Chicago rookie said. "I felt comfortable. I felt relaxed. It was still a great ...

Detroit Lions trade for San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions bolstered their depth at linebacker by acquiring Eli Harold in a trade with San Francisco on Thursday. Detroit gave the 49ers a draft pick, which was not disclosed, in exchange for Harold. The Lions made room for him by waiving defensive lineman JoJo ...

University of Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson not sharing much on strategy

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s offense is expected to be different with Shea Patterson at quarterback, taking advantage of his mobility and ability to throw on the move. Patterson, though, was not interested in sharing too much about how the 14th-ranked Wolverines ...

Detroit Tigers show life against Chicago White Sox

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers held a players’ meeting recently to talk about the importance of competing down the stretch. “From the beginning of the season, people have been counting us out. We’ve played pretty well this year, given the ...

Cubs break out of offensive funk in 8-2 win over Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — When David Bote's two-run homer cleared the fence in the fifth inning, it felt almost like a milestone for the Chicago Cubs — the first time in six games they'd scored more than one run. "Whatever it was, was broken at that point," ...

Little Leaguers get less pop in their bats

By TOMMY BUTLER Associated Press SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — New bat rules aimed at keeping the ball in play and pitchers safer are having another effect at the Little League World Series: fewer home runs. Until this season, bats were often made from reinforced carbon fiber polymer. The ...

Detroit Tigers keep suddenly anemic Chicago Cubs cold in 2-1 win

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — It didn’t look or sound like a rebuilding team, holding on for a win against a contender. Shane Greene had a game-ending strikeout against Jason Heyward — with fans roaring on their feet — to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 ...

Shea Patterson to start as University of Michigan quarterback

ANN ARBOR (AP) — No. 14 Michigan will start quarterback Shea Patterson in the season opener at No. 12 Notre Dame. Coach Jim Harbaugh made the announcement Monday. He had earlier said Patterson was simply one of four quarterbacks competing to take the first snap, along with Brandon Peters, ...

Michigan Little League team’s walk-off winner at World Series

Grosse Pointe Woods’ Reggie Sharpe, left, rounds first and begins to celebrate with his dad, coach Reggie Sharpe, after hitting a walk off single off Des Moines, Iowa, pitcher Connor Duong in the bottom of the sixth inning of an elimination baseball game in United States pool play at the ...