Michigan Sports

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 ...

Loss of Steve Longa hurts Detroit Lions’ linebacker depth

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions linebacker Steve Longa’s season-ending knee injury represents a setback for a position group that already is a potential problem area. Detroit used a first-round pick on Jarrad Davis last season and he appears to be a liability in ...

Ex-sports doctor Nassar moved to another prison facility

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to another federal prison facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Sunday shows the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor is at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer ...

USA Gymnastics president: mediation with Nassar survivors

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — USA Gymnastics President Kerry Perry says the embattled organization is in the midst of "productive" mediation talks with athletes who were sexually abused by a disgraced former national team doctor. USA Gymnastics is facing civil lawsuits ...

Lions sign safety Marcus Cromartie

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Marcus Cromartie. The Lions also announced Sunday that they have waived-injured safety Stefan McClure. Cromartie appeared in one game for the Houston Texans last season. Over the previous three seasons, he appeared in ...

Rosario’s HR in 8th leads Twins past Tigers 5-4

By ANDRES YBARRA Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — While Minnesota's pitchers were struggling with the strike zone, the Twins' hitters were teeing off. Eddie Rosario hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning for Minnesota's third homer of the day, helping the Twins top the Detroit ...