Michigan Sports

Altuve hits leadoff homer, Astros power past Tigers 5-4

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Jose Altuve homered on the game's first pitch, and the Houston Astros powered their way past the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Tuesday night. Houston maintained a three-game lead over the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. The Astros built a 5-0 lead on ...

Verlander saluted back at Comerica, Astros beat Tigers 3-2

By DAVE HOGG Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander knew this would be one of the most emotional games of his major league career. He still wasn't prepared. In his return to Detroit, Verlander received three standing ovations while pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory ...

Darnold recovers from 1st-play pick-6, helps Jets rout Lions

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Sam Darnold made a stellar debut despite throwing a pick-6 on his first NFL snap and the New York Jets intercepted five passes while routing the Detroit Lions 48-17 on Monday night. The 21-year-old Darnold became the youngest quarterback to ...

Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia debuts as a head coach tonight

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Matt Patricia has appeared to push the Detroit Lions more than they ever were under Jim Caldwell. The Lions seemed to run more and hit more. And, they may have gotten yelled at more. On the practice field over the last several weeks, it wasn’t ...

Michigan State Spartans football team has to step up play at Arizona State

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. — Michigan State’s season opener was far from perfect. The 15th-ranked Spartans committed too many penalties, had a second-half interception returned for a touchdown and needed to score in the final two minutes to hold off Utah State. The ...

Priest enters no contest plea

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 71-year-old Catholic priest in the Saginaw area has pleaded no contest to sexual abuse charges involving three young men. The Saginaw County prosecutor’s office says Father Robert Deland’s plea to criminal sexual conduct, attempted criminal sexual conduct, gross ...

Lions coach Matt Patricia unfazed by poor preseason

By BOB DUFF Associated Press. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions underwent a regime change in the offseason, and the early returns already have long-suffering fans of this team fearing the worst. A 1-3 record in the NFL preseason saw the Lions finish with a minus-34 point ...

Heyward looks ready to contribute more for No. 15 Spartans

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Heyward took the pitch from Brian Lewerke and had open field in front of him. Seconds later, he was in the end zone, having scored the biggest touchdown of his young college career. "It always feels good to contribute in ...

Fan injured by foul ball in Tigers’ 8-3 win over White Sox

By MATT CARLSON Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A fan was hit in the face by a foul ball and bled profusely before walking to the first aid station Tuesday night, briefly delaying the Detroit Tigers' 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. The middle-aged male fan was sitting in the first row ...

9th-inning homers send Chicago White Sox to 4-2 win over Detroit Tigers

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson, Daniel Palka and the Chicago White Sox struck late — and quickly — to pull out another victory. Davidson hit a two-run, game-ending homer as the White Sox scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Monday for their eighth ...

Michigan State football team opens season tonight at home vs. Utah State

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — They will take the field at Spartan Stadium with a talented quarterback, a wealth of returning starters and high hopes for the season to come. The Utah State Aggies, of course. And yes, all of the above applies to No. 11 Michigan State as ...

Michigan Wolverines’ defense a stern football test for Notre Dame

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — With all due respect to new Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, the Wolverines may have the advantage without the ball in the season-opening showdown at No. 12 Notre Dame. With NFL-hopeful players up front, at linebacker and in the secondary, the ...