Michigan Sports

Battle of unbeatens

Patriots roll past L’Anse, 38-10, to stay undefeated By RYAN STIEG Journal Sports Writer ISHPEMING — It was a battle of the unbeatens Friday night at Westwood, but the outcome ended up being pretty one-sided. In the end, Westwood used its power running game and a stout defense to ...

Artist selected for Father Marquette Park

By MARY WARDELL Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — An Escanaba architect and sculpture artist has been selected by the city of Marquette to design and build seating and an entranceway for the Father Marquette Park overlooking Lake Superior on South Front Street. The public art initiative ...

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has high expectations

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions avoided a potential distraction recently by agreeing on a deal that gives him the NFL’s richest contract. He and the team still have a lot of work to do. Detroit selected Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 ...

Western Michigan looks dangerous to Michigan State Spartans football team

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer In its first game after losing P.J. Fleck, Zach Terrell and Corey Davis, Western Michigan still looked plenty capable of competing against top competition. That adds a bit of buzz to this weekend’s game at Michigan State. WMU went unbeaten in the ...

Kid Rock criticized for appearing in Detroit arena debut

DETROIT (AP) — The choice of Kid Rock as the opening act for a new sports arena in mostly black Detroit has injected the musician into the national debate over race and culture because of his embrace of the Confederate flag, an expletive-laced criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ...

Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team to wear Jud Heathcote patch

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State’s basketball team will wear patches throughout the upcoming season to honor the Spartans former coach, the late Jud Heathcote. The Feb. 10 home game against Purdue also has been named the Jud Heathcote Tribute Game. Michigan State says that date ...

Green Bay Packers remain team to beat in NFC North Division

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The Minnesota Vikings renovated an offensive line that sputtered through last season, seeking better balance with their potentially dominant defense. The Detroit Lions brought in new blockers, too, aiming to revive a dormant ground game and give ...

USC transfer pays dividends for Wolverines

By BOB DUFF Associated Press ANN ARBOR — Michigan waited many weeks for Ty Isaac to become a player. One week into the season, he took care of that. He ran for 114 yards on 11 carries Saturday in No. 11 Michigan’s 33-17 season-opening victory over Florida. “He had a terrific ...

Bullpen comes through in Detroit Tigers’ rout of Kansas City

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers had to make an unexpected pitching change just minutes into Tuesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals. But that didn’t phase the Tigers, who got two home runs apiece from JaCoby Jones and John Hicks in a 13-2 victory. Detroit hit six homers in all, ...

Ex-Detroit Tiger J.D. Martinez homers 4 times in 1 game vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Lou Gehrig and Mike Schmidt did it. So did All-Star sluggers Josh Hamilton, Carlos Delgado and Gil Hodges. Add J.D. Martinez’s name to the list of players with four home runs in a game. The former Detroit Tigers player’s power show tied a ...

Homers, defense lead Kansas City Royals past Detroit Tigers, 7-6

DETROIT (AP) — Since joining the Kansas City Royals in 2007, Alex Gordon has made a practice of coming to Comerica Park and robbing the Tigers of hits and runs. Monday’s 7-6 victory might have been his best defensive effort yet in the Detroit outfield. Gordon ran down James McCann’s ...

Detroit Lions look to break jinx against Arizona Cardinals to open season

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — Detroit cornerback Darius Slay recalls a time earlier in his career when he went up against Larry Fitzgerald, and the star receiver was able to beat the coverage. Fitzgerald immediately explained why to his vanquished opponent. “He kind ...

No. 4 USC holds off W Michigan 49-31 with big 4th quarter

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES — Ronald Jones II ran 37 yards for the tiebreaking touchdown with 6:57 to play, and No. 4 Southern California rallied from a second-half deficit for a 49-31 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday. Jones rushed for 159 yards and three ...

Lewerke, Smith lead Michigan State over Bowling Green 35-10

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Brian Lewerke threw three touchdown passes, and Tyson Smith capped his heartwarming comeback with an interception return for a touchdown in Michigan State’s 35-10 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Lewerke, who has taken over as the ...

Munising gridders top St. Ignace for first win of season

By Journal Sports Staff ST. IGNACE — After coming up short in its season opener last week, the Munising football team broke through Saturday afternoon against St. Ignace. The Mustangs broke an 8-8 tie with a touchdown late in the second quarter and used a second half touchdown run from ...

No. 11 Michigan rolls late, beats No. 17 Florida

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas — The message for all those young Michigan players was clear in the letter from a 13-year combat veteran that coach Jim Harbaugh read to them the night before the first game. “Just to hear that letter and say, OK, there’s 18- ...

Good times in poor conditions

Ann Arbor resident wins Marquette Marathon By Journal Sports Staff MARQUETTE — Saturday morning was filled with rain, but the poor weather didn’t stop the runners at the Marquette Marathon. In the end, Alex Prasad of Ann Arbor crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:43.07. In ...