Michigan Sports

DE Ezekiel Ansah signs franchise tag with Detroit Lions

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Ezekiel Ansah signed his franchise tag Tuesday, signaling his return to the Detroit Lions . "That's a pretty big guy to have returning," Lions coach Matt Patricia said recently. "If he was out there in the free agent market with some other team ...

Michigan organizers to unveil Titanic memorial in May

MARINE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan organizers are set to unveil a Titanic memorial in May honoring the nearly 70 Michigan-bound passengers who died when the ship sank more than a century ago. The Great Lakes Titanic Connection will reveal the Michigan Titanic Memorial in Marine City on May ...

Frankenmuth’s $1 million welcome archway nears its completion

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — A Bavarian-themed city in Michigan will soon welcome its visitors with a nearly $1 million archway. A new steel and concrete archway crossing M-83 will welcome people to Frankenmuth, a city northwest of Detroit that serves as a popular tourist destination, the ...

Michigan Democrats back Nessel for attorney general

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press DETROIT — Thousands of fired-up Michigan Democrats endorsed Dana Nessel on Sunday in a hotly contested race for state attorney general, backing the former prosecutor-turned-civil rights lawyer to wrest back control of an office the party last held 16 years ...

Red flag laws may prevent more suicides than mass shootings

By ALICE YIN Associated Press LANSING — Before her brother took his own life, Mary Miller-Strobel said she and her father begged every store in town that sold firearms to turn him away. “‘If he comes, call me,’” Miller-Strobel said her dad pleaded while waving her brother’s ...

Nassar scandal an issue in attorney general race

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Two victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar criticized Michigan attorney general candidate Dana Nessel on Thursday for expressing concerns about Nassar-inspired bills under consideration in the Legislature, lending support to her opponent Pat ...

Ex-Michigan Wolverines football quarterback Wilton Speight to transfer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has indicated on social media that he is transferring to UCLA. Speight posted a short video on his Instagram account Thursday night showing the Rose Bowl and the UCLA logo, along with the words: “new chapter.” Speight could ...

Cleveland Indians rip Detroit Tigers’ pitching early in 9-3 victory

By BRIAN DULIK Associated Press CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor sparked Cleveland’s slumbering offense with one big swing. Then he kept going. Lindor hit his fourth career leadoff homer, drove in three runs and scored three times, and the Indians beat Detroit 9-3 on Thursday night for their ...

Michigan Wolverines cancel spring football game due to weather

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan has canceled its spring football game Saturday because of concerns about the weather. The school says there’s a good chance of rain and thunderstorms Saturday, and the game will not be rescheduled. Coach Jim Harbaugh says the decision is in the best interest of ...

Detroit Pistons’ 2nd line stars in season finale win over Chicago Bulls

By MATT SCHOCH Associated Press CHICAGO — Eric Moreland got the most playing time of his career — and he delivered with peak production. The center, starting in place of the injured Andre Drummond and without Blake Griffin in the front court, helped the Detroit Pistons end a ...

Detroit Red Wings bringing head coach Jeff Blashill back

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth season, sticking with him while they rebuild after missing the postseason for the second year in a row. “I’m big on experience,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said ...

8th-inning homer propels Cleveland Indians past Detroit Tigers, 2-1

By STEVE HERRICK Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Indians’ pitching is helping its all-or-nothing offense get by in the early part of the season. Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, Josh Tomlin bounced back from a rocky outing and ...

Michigan State University accused of abetting sexual assault

EAST LANSING (AP) — A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school Monday alleging that three former men’s basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened. The ...

Detroit Lions signs backups at quarterback, wide receiver

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions bolstered their backup options at quarterback and wide receiver. Detroit signed Matt Cassel on Monday, adding depth behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also re-signed restricted free agent TJ Jones, giving Stafford another target in the passing ...

Detroit Pistons blow big lead to coasting Toronto Raptors in 108-98 loss

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — On the second night of a back-to-back — with first place in the Eastern Conference already wrapped up — the Toronto Raptors easily could have packed it in after falling behind by 17 points. That’s not what coach Dwane Casey wanted. “We ...

Detroit Red Wings fall short of even lowest expectations in 2017-18 season

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings’ debut season at Little Caesars Arena fell short, even of low expectations. Detroit was not projected by many to make the playoffs but the Red Wings didn’t come close. Detroit won just 30 games and finished 24 points ...