Michigan Sports

Hunter-Reay races to 1st IndyCar win since 2015

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — After his first IndyCar victory since 2015, Ryan Hunter-Reay could look back on some of the most frustrating moments of the drought. "If you look at the past Indy 500s in '17 and '16, ones I think we could have won — both of those. Led the ...

Smoak, Sanchez help Blue Jays beat Tigers, 8-4

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are going to enjoy Monday's day off after all. Justin Smoak had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs to help the Blue Jays end a five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on ...

Fight brews with farmer who bars LGBT weddings at orchard

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A farmer wants the courts to step in after he was barred from a Michigan farmers market because he doesn’t allow gay couples to marry at his apple orchard. A conservative Christian nonprofit, Alliance Defending Freedom, is representing farmer Steve Tennes and ...

Michigan candidates for governor meet for only joint debate

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. — Michigan’s major-party gubernatorial candidates met Thursday night for their only joint debate, offering contrasting answers to questions about roads, education and other topics that fell largely along party lines two months before ...

Reyes’ 3-run triple helps Tigers beat Angels 6-2

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Ronny Rodriguez had a memorable major league debut, hitting singles, scoring a run and making plays at second and third base to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Thursday. "Amazing day," Rodriguez said in front of his ...

Mother files lawsuit in G League basketball death

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a G League player who died in March after collapsing on the court during a game has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NBA and the Detroit Pistons of negligence. Zeke Upshaw played for the Grand Rapids Drive, a G League affiliate of the Pistons. He collapsed ...

Man who set wife on fire sentenced

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP)  A suburban Detroit man has been sentenced to 11™ to 50 years in prison for dousing his wife with gasoline and setting her on fire. The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports 55-year-old David John Garnett learned his punishment Tuesday after entering a no contest plea to a ...

Ex-Tiger Ian Kinsler powers Los Angeles Angels past Detroit, 9-2

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Ian Kinsler has been working tirelessly in the batting cage, trying to turn around what has been his worst season offensively. For one game at least, it paid off. Kinsler hit a three-run homer in the second inning as part of a 3-for-3 performance ...

James McCann’s grand slam powers Detroit Tigers to win over Angels

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — James McCann hit a drive to left field and paused ever so slightly — not enough to cause any sort of incident, but enough to make it clear he realized how well he’d connected. “That was a good feeling, and a big spot in the game to open it ...

Census: Michigan population grows, Detroit sees decline

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit appears to continue its decades-long population loss while most Michigan communities gain residents, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. Census figures show that Michigan grew by 0.3 percent to more than 9,960,000 residents between 2016 and 2017. Detroit saw a drop ...

Schuette financial disclosure shows assets total $13M

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Thursday voluntarily issued a financial disclosure statement showing personal assets totaling more than $13 million — largely investments held in blind trusts or property he inherited in the ...

Club pro Stuart Smith leads PGA Seniors tourney in Benton Harbor

BENTON HARBOR (AP) — Nevada club professional Stuart Smith shot a 5-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship. Smith closed his morning round with a double bogey on the par-4 18th, and Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., Barry Lane and ...

4 share lead at LPGA tournament held in Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Moriya Jutanugarn, Caroline Masson, Danielle Kang and Amy Olson shot 6-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Volvik Championship. Jessica Korda, Minjee Lee, Nasa Hataoka, Lindy Duncan, Morgan Pressel, Megan Khang and Jodi Ewart Shadoff were ...

Michael Fulmer pitches Detroit Tigers out of funk of 5-game losing streak

By MIKE COOK Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Michael Fulmer is a bit confused. Fulmer felt good going into his previous outing yet allowed three runs in a no-decision during a loss at Seattle. “I come here today just not feeling well. The ball felt heavy,” he said Wednesday. Fulmer ...

Michigan Wolverines football team to visit South Africa

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says he is taking his team to South Africa in 2019. Harbaugh revealed the destination of next year’s trip on Monday during an interview with WTKA-AM. He says the Wolverines will visit Cape Town and Johannesburg and go on a safari. Harbaugh took ...

Minnesota Twins blank Detroit Tigers, 6-0

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — Lance Lynn walked off the mound in frustration Tuesday, despite his most efficient outing for the Minnesota Twins. After pitching well for a season-high 6 2/3 innings, hitting a batter and walking another to end his night left a sour taste in ...