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Michigan Sports

Detroit Pistons sign injury-plagued 6-foot-11 center Justin Patton

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons signed center Justin Patton on Friday, hoping the 2017 first-round pick can stay healthy to help the franchise’s turnaround. Patton had surgery for a broken foot in 2018 for the second straight year. The 6-foot-11 player was selected No. 16 overall three ...

Michigan Wolverines get pair of transfer men’s basketball players

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan officially announced Wednesday that Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown are joining the basketball program as transfers. The school says both players have been admitted. Smith has immediate eligibility, and Michigan is assessing the potential for an NCAA waiver for ...

Detroit Red Wings look for win in drawing to pick at front of NHL Draft

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer The once-proud Detroit Red Wings hope to win the NHL draft lottery, giving them a shot to select Canadian Alexis Lafreniere. Detroit desperately needs a boost after easily being the worst team in the league during the pandemic-shortened season that was put on ...

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer OKs return of pro sports without fans

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday allowed for the return of pro sports in Michigan as long as fans aren’t in attendance. The move followed Major League Baseball’s decision this week to set a 60-game schedule to start July 23 or July 24 in ...

Judge rejects University of Michigan’s broad outreach in doctor abuse case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A judge said Tuesday that she would order the University of Michigan to stop reaching out to alumni as part of its investigation of a doctor who is accused of molesting athletes and students for decades before his death in 2008. U.S. District Judge ...

Detroit Pistons hire Oklahoma City Thunder executive as general manager

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons hired former Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver as their new general manager Thursday. The 52-year-old Weaver spent the past 12 seasons with the Thunder, including three-plus years as vice president of basketball ...

NFL coaches, general managers strive for more balance in work, life

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer First in, last out. NFL general managers and coaches, and those who assist them, work within a highly competitive culture. Putting in extremely long hours is simply understood as part of the job. They show up early in the morning and often leave late at night ...

University of Michigan welcomes back football, basketball players this week

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan’s athletic department says football and basketball players are welcome back on campus starting this week if they choose to take part in voluntary strength and conditioning work. Michigan says its process for reopening the athletic campus includes a 14-day ...

Ex-University of Michigan gymnast details sexual assaults by doctor

DETROIT (AP) — A former gymnast at the University of Michigan said he tried to talk to his coach about being assaulted by a campus doctor during a routine physical in 1969 but was brushed off with a sneering smile that signaled “we’re changing the subject.” Ward Black, a member of the ...