Michigan Sports

Milwaukee Bucks thump Detroit Pistons to open NBA playoffs

By CHARLES F. GARDNER Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground. The team with the NBA’s best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them ...

Twins postpone Tigers series opener due to wintry weather

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their series opener against the Detroit Tigers because of wintry weather, opting for a doubleheader next month. The Twins announced Thursday afternoon they were calling off Friday night's game, a decision made about 28 hours before the ...

Martin, Bieber lead Cleveland to 4-0 win over Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Leonys Martin capped a successful return to Detroit with another fine day at the plate. Martin had three hits, including a solo home run in the third inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Thursday. Shane Bieber ...

Detroit Lions sign quarterback Tom Savage as backup to Matthew Stafford

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Tom Savage. Detroit made the move Tuesday, giving the team another backup option behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also have quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Connor Cook on the roster. Savage was on rosters in Cincinnati and San ...

Michigan Wolverines’ trio declares for NBA draft, but could still return

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan’s Charles Matthews, Iggy Brazdeikis and Jordan Poole are declaring for the NBA draft, although they can still come back to the Wolverines. The school announced Tuesday that the three players intend to sign with agents, but under new NCAA rules, they are allowed to ...

New Jersey Devils draw top pick in NHL draft, Detroit Red Wings fall to 6th

TORONTO (AP) — The New Jersey Devils will have the No. 1 pick at this year’s NHL draft. The team was announced Tuesday night as the winner of the draft lottery. The Colorado Avalanche had the best odds of landing the first pick at 18.5 percent, but they drew the No. 4 selection. The New ...

Cleveland Indians’ hit 4 homers to down Detroit Tigers, 8-2

By MATT SCHOCH Associated Press DETROIT — Now down three key players in the season’s early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday. Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that ...

Michigan youth basketball coach charged with assaulting referee

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan youth basketball coach accused of punching a Kentucky referee, knocking him unconscious, has been charged with assault. News outlets cite a statement from the McCracken County sheriff’s office in Kentucky that says 40-year-old Keyon Menifield ...

Ex-Ironwood star Jim LaBlonde dies at age 40

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Former Ironwood star athlete Jim LaBlonde passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm at his home with his family in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on March 31. He was 40 years old. LaBlonde is one of Luther L. Wright High School’s all-time greats, recently being inducted into the ...

Detroit Pistons still have work to do to earn playoff spot

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with three days remaining in the regular season: EASTERN CONFERENCE Finally, a lot of clarity. On Sunday, two of the remaining three spots were grabbed. Three more seeds were locked in, as was the ...

Detroit Red Wings continue youth movement during rebuilding year

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings ended a third straight season without a postseason bid, counting on a core of players 24 years old and younger to end the postseason drought next year. Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tyler Bertuzzi each set career highs ...

Walker-led Hornets top Pistons 104-91, holding playoff hopes

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Kemba Walker is keeping the Charlotte Hornets in the postseason picture Walker scored 20 of his 31 points in the first half to help Charlotte build a big lead and they went on to beat the Detroit Pistons 104-91 Sunday in a possibly pivotal game ...

Ross sharp, Tigers win 5th straight; KC drops 6th in row

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Tyson Ross finally pitched at Comerica Park — and certainly enjoyed his new surroundings. Ross pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals ...

Detroit Edison player tops in Division 2 girls basketball

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Edison’s Rickea Jackson has been named The Associated Press Division 2 girls Player of the Year for 2019 in Michigan. The 6-foot-2 senior led Edison to a third straight state championship, earning the title of Miss Basketball. She then competed in the McDonald’s ...

Pittsburgh Penguins lock up playoff berth by beating Detroit Red Wings 4-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — So much for the slow start. The seemingly endless string of injuries to bold-faced names, to the ones that left the Pittsburgh Penguins drifting aimlessly for long stretches. Then March came. April, too. And the Penguins did what they always ...