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Michigan Sports

Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Nilas Kronwall hangs up skates after 15 years

DETROIT (AP) — Niklas Kronwall is retiring after 15 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. The hard-hitting defenseman announced his retirement in a video Tuesday on the team’s Twitter account. He will remain with the Red Wings as an adviser to the general manager. Kronwall played in 953 ...

Kepler’s 8th-inning single leads Twins over Tigers 4-3

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' path to the playoffs is getting a boost on the road. Max Kepler hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning and the AL Central-leading Twins topped the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday. The Twins have gone 6-1 in the ...

Freshman Charbonnet helps No. 7 Michigan clean up mistakes

By MATT SCHOCH Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — With Michigan debuting its high-tempo, no-huddle "size in space" offense, a freshman helped bail the Wolverines out of an uneven performance. No. 7 Michigan was sloppy Saturday during a 40-21 victory over Middle Tennessee in the ...

Lions seeking better start after messing up 2018 opener

By PAULA PASCHE Associated Press ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — A better start is on everyone's mind in Detroit. The Lions open the season at Arizona, hoping to perform far better than they did last year when the New York Jets won big in Matt Patricia's debut as head coach. The roster and ...

Michigan State, Tulsa tangle on college gridiron tonight

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Part of the reason the Michigan State offense is under so much scrutiny is because it is much easier to predict what the Spartans will do on defense. “You’re going to have to earn every yard, as I’ve seen a ton of tape against them at ...

Much-penalized Detroit Lions fall to Cleveland Browns, 20-16, to end preseason

CLEVELAND — Once Austin Seibert straightened himself out, the Browns’ kicking competition got on target. Seibert appeared to lock up Cleveland’s kicking job after a summer-long battle with Greg Joseph, and the Browns ended the preseason with a 20-16 win Thursday night over the Detroit ...

Detroit Tigers blanked 2-0 to finish Cleveland Indians’ series sweep

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Every win feels big for the Cleveland Indians at the moment, so a visit to play the last-place Tigers was an important opportunity. And the Indians drubbed Detroit again. Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in eight sparkling innings, and Francisco ...

Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions end preseason schedules tonight

The Indianapolis Colts launch into the post-Luck era with his successor on the bench. Coach Frank Reich plans to sit Jacoby Brissett against the Cincinnati Bengals tonight, the Colts’ first game since Andrew Luck announced his retirement. Either Phillip Walker or Chad Kelly will start, ...

Manager Ron Gardenhire wants to return, but that’s up to Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire doesn’t seem terribly stressed about his future. The Detroit manager said Wednesday he’d like to return next season, but he’ll understand whatever decision the Tigers make. Gardenhire is in his second season at the helm, and ...

NFL tight ends evolve into pass-catching threats

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK — The day before Tony Gonzalez was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month, he was asked about being a something of a pioneer at tight end. A guy who changed his position — and the game itself. Gonzalez sort of ...

Michigan State Spartans tight-lipped about revamping offense

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Later this week, the mystery surrounding Michigan State’s offense will finally end. Until then, the Spartans aren’t revealing much. “Friday night, after the game, we’ll be able to brag about it a little bit,” quarterback Brian ...

Detroit Lions sign quarterback, release running back Zach Zenner

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Luis Perez and cut quarterback David Fales, giving them another option behind Matthew Stafford. Detroit made the move Tuesday, two days before playing its final preseason game at Cleveland. Later in the day, the Lions released ...

Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions playing catch-up in NFC North

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer The hit HBO show “Game of Thrones” that racked up a record 32 Emmy nominations became such a cultural force that it even unintentionally spawned a slogan for one of the NFL’s most tradition-rich divisions. “Defend the North” was a familiar ...