Michigan Sports

Feds: Michigan needs special education intervention

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is the only state in the U.S. that needs intervention after failing to meet federal special education requirements this year, according to federal education officials. The U.S. Department of Education determined the need for intervention after evaluating Michigan’s ...

Deal struck in rock throwing case

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Four Michigan teens charged with murder in a fatal rock-throwing incident have agreed to accept a lesser charge of manslaughter, an attorney said Monday. The plea deal was disclosed in court, although no guilty pleas were immediately made. Attorney Jim Gust, who ...

Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race going slowly

MACKINAC ISLAND (AP) — The annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron turned out to be a slow one. The Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday under light winds and the weather didn’t make for quick progress. Most years the first boats make it across the ...

Michigan State University introduces new athletic director

EAST LANSING (AP) — The new athletic director at Michigan State faces issues beyond just trying to win games and compete for championships. That much is obvious, and Bill Beekman acknowledged it. “The last several years have been among the darkest in our history,” Beekman said. “Among ...

5 years after declaring bankruptcy, Detroit reborn

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — It’s been five years since Detroit bottomed out after decades of decline, admitting in the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy filing ever that the country’s one-time industrial engine could no longer pay its bills. The turnaround since then ...

Los Angeles Lakers handle Detroit Pistons in NBA Summer League playoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers put on a good show for LeBron James. With James in attendance, the defending NBA Summer League champions cruised back into the semifinals, beating the Detroit Pistons 101-78 on Sunday. Second-round pick Svi Mykhailiuk scored 19 points and Josh Hart ...

Michigan State president to testify at Senate hearing

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University interim President John Engler will testify at a congressional hearing about changes since the Larry Nassar scandal. Engler will appear before a Senate subcommittee on July 24. His spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, says the hearing is titled, ...

Kim Barnes Arico receives extension through 2023 at Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan women's basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico has agreed to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. Athletic director Warde Manuel announced the deal on Thursday, saying he looks forward to her continued leadership. Barnes Arico is 134-73 at Michigan ...

Tampa Bay Rays finish sweep of Detroit Tigers, 4-2

By DICK SCANLON Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Even after his first three-hit game of the season and a home run, Kevin Kiermaier knew the focus deserved to be elsewhere Wednesday after the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 4-2 victory. C.J. ...

Ex-Michigan State, Detroit Lions football coach Darryl Rogers dies

DETROIT (AP) — Darryl Rogers, who coached Michigan State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1978 and later took the helm for the Detroit Lions, has died. He was 83. The Lions said Rogers’ family confirmed his death Wednesday. Rogers coached Michigan State from 1976-79, going 24-18-2. The ...

Detroit Red Wings re-sign winger Anthony Mantha

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with Anthony Mantha. The Red Wings announced the move with the restricted free agent Wednesday, keeping the 23-year-old wing after he led the team with 24 goals last season. Mantha had 48 points in 80 ...

Detroit Lions’ radio announcer Jim Brandstatter out after 31 years

DETROIT (AP) — Jim Brandstatter is out after 31 years as a radio broadcaster at Detroit Lions games. Brandstatter says he got the news Tuesday from radio station WJR, which carries the Lions. General manager Tom O’Brien says Brandstatter was “excellent,” but the station decided to hire ...

Downstate baseball league takes unusual step to limit length of games

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it. One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step. The United Shore Professional Baseball League says ...

Wilson Ramos’ 3-run homer powers Tampa Bay Rays past Detroit Tigers, 5-2

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Wilson Ramos is on a roll lately, and so are the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramos hit a three-run homer, five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Tuesday night. The Rays (47-44) moved three ...

Fans say goodbye to Michigan harness racing track

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of harness racing fans flocked to a southern Michigan track to bid farewell before the 70-year-old raceway is demolished. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Jackson Harness Raceway celebrated its final hurrah Sunday by hosting a dozen horse races. The ...

Ex-Detroit Lions tight end Pettigrew arrested in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say a former Detroit Lions player has been arrested in Pittsburgh for punching an officer after refusing to pay a limo driver. NFL free agent Brandon Pettigrew is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness. Police say the ...

Ayton thriving with competition at Summer League; Pistons top Pelicans

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deandre Ayton is having no problem with the competition or the schedule at the NBA level. Ayton outplayed a fellow top rookie big man for the second time, keeping the Phoenix Suns undefeated in preliminary play in Las Vegas. Another full day of basketball Monday, ...