Michigan Sports

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 ...

L’Anse jumps out early in win over Lake Linden Thursday

By PAUL PETERSON Houghton Daily Mining Gazette L’ANSE — Playing a near-perfect first half Thursday night, the L’Anse Purple Hornets had little trouble carving out a 32-16 high school football win over the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes. LL-H coach Andy Crouch was wary of the explosive ...

Michigan St, Bowling Green had much in common in 2016 slides

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Michigan State endured one of college football’s most surprising falls last season. Bowling Green, the Spartans’ opponent in this weekend’s season opener, can relate. After three straight trips to the Mid-American Conference title game ...

Unknowns offer intrigue for No. 11 Michigan, No. 17 Florida

By MARK LONG AP Sports Writer When Michigan released its roster earlier this week and Florida announced its starting quarterback hours later, two of the big mysteries heading into the teams’ season opener were revealed. Many more remain. The No. 11 Wolverines and the 17th-ranked ...

Stopped by a Trojan wall

Marquette gridders fall to 2-0 after loss to Traverse City Central By RYAN SPITZA Journal Sports Writer MARQUETTE — Noah Norton had three touchdowns on the day including an 85-yard pick-six as the Marquette Redmen football team fell to Traverse City Central by a score of 42-14 at William ...

Detroit Lions trade offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson to San Francisco 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have acquired offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson from the Detroit Lions in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick. The 49ers announced the deal on Thursday and say Tomlinson still must pass a physical to make it official. Tomlinson was ...