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Michigan Sports

MHSAA approves plan for fall sports’ return amid pandemic

High school sports are on the horizon. Finally. The Michigan High School Athletic Association Representative Council approved a plan Wednesday for returning sports to member schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Spring sports came to a crashing halt in March as the virus swept across the ...

MSU suspends football workouts

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan State University football team suspended workouts Friday, and its players will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and a player tested positive for the coronavirus, the university said. "The university has designated areas available to house ...

Fall prep sports continuing as normal, MHSAA says

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Friday night the high school sports fall season will continue as traditionally scheduled. The MHSAA Representative Council, the Association’s 19-member legislative body, met virtually with MHSAA staff July 15 and ...

Harbaugh was close to new deal at Michigan before pandemic

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he was closing in on a contract extension before coping with the COVID-19 pandemic became a top priority for all involved in the discussions. “There’s bigger fish to fry for our athletic director, or our administration, me as a ...

Tigers’ top draft pick another chance to rebuild speed

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are rebuilding around an impressive group of minor league pitchers. Now, it might be time to add a star hitting prospect to the mix. Whether it’s Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson or somebody else, Detroit has a chance to add another potential ...

Michigan House passes bills to let college athletes be paid

LANSING (AP) — Colleges athletes could be paid for the use of their names, images or likeness rights under bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday by the Michigan House, which overwhelmingly sent the bills to the Senate for consideration. The measures would prohibit in-state schools, the ...

Michigan man builds Wiffle ball dream field in backyard

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — There is nothing quite like the experience of live baseball. The grass, the dirt, the sunshine and the chalk lines underneath abundant sunshine, sunsets or bright lights. Overpriced beers and the right mix of action and leisure — it is hard to imagine all of that ...

Lions take Ohio State CB Okudah at No. 3 overall

The Detroit Lions became the first team in more than two decades to take a cornerback in the first three picks in the NFL draft. Jeff Okudah seems to merit the faith. Detroit drafted the Ohio State standout with third overall pick Thursday night, making him the highest-drafted cornerback ...

Michigan State AD defends Izzo after witness report

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman defended basketball coach Tom Izzo on Thursday after Izzo was accused in an ESPN report of contacting a witness who was part of a 2017 criminal sexual conduct investigation involving one of his players. According to a police ...

Judge recommends dismissing lawsuit against former MSU coach

DETROIT — A federal judge has recommended that a former Michigan State football staff member’s claims against former Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former school President Lou Anna Simon should be dismissed. Curtis Blackwell filed a lawsuit ...

Lions deal Slay to Eagles for draft picks

DETROIT — Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the trade Thursday and that Slay ...

MTU: athletics continue as normal despite coronavirus concerns

HOUGHTON — Athletics at Michigan Tech University won’t be impacted by the school’s coronavirus response. At least not yet. A press release from the university said classes will transition to a “virtual instruction environment” from March 16 to April 17. Athletics operations will ...

Prep Basketball: Calumet girls beat IM 66-36 in semis; Bulldogs next

CALUMET — The Calumet girls basketball team is once again headed to the district championship game as they defeated the Iron Mountain Mountaineers 66-36 in semifinal action at home on Wednesday. The District 65 championship game between Calumet and Hancock starts at 7 p.m. Friday in ...

Prep Basketball: Ontonagon boys dismantle Nimrods

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon boys basketball team averaged 17 points a quarter in a 68-47 victory over the Watersmeet Nimrods. The Gladiators had three players in double figures. They included Austin Walters with 16 points. Luke Strasser and Logan Latvis both had 13. “It’s always a good ...

College Basketball: Tech women fall to Lakers

HOUGHTON — For one half Saturday afternoon, the Michigan Tech women’s basketball team gave nationally ranked Grand Valley State all it wanted. But the length and poise of the Lakers (25-2, 17-2 GLIAC) in the second half proved to be too much to overcome in the Huskies’ 70-49 ...

Michigan State hires Colorado’s Tucker as next football coach

EAST LANSING — Mel Tucker recalled making $400 a month when he began his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, sleeping under his desk hoping to be noticed when coach Nick Saban walked in or out of the building. Two-plus decades later, Tucker is back to lead the Spartans and he ...

Michigan State coach Dantonio retiring after 13 seasons

From “pride comes before the fall” to Little Giants, Mark Dantonio leaves Michigan State fans with an abundance of fond memories after bringing the Spartans to heights they hadn’t reached in decades. Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won ...

Boys Basketball: Jets fly back for OT win over LL-Hubbell, 81-71

PAINESDALE — Monday night’s contest between the Jeffers Jets and the Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes was the tale of two games. The Lakes (5-3) won the first two quarters as they outscored the Jets 40-26. However, the Jets came roaring back and outscored the Lakes 55-31 in the second half and ...

Girls Basketball: Calumet takes down Gremlins

CALUMET — The opening minutes of the Calumet Houghton girls basketball game on Tuesday were not pretty. Easy shots were missed and the ball was turned over at both ends of the court. It took a long 2:10 for either team to score. The first shot fell from Marybeth Halonen in the form of a ...

Prep Hockey: Gremlins hammer Miners, 6-2

HOUGHTON — It’s not often that when two teams play to a 6-2 score in a high school hockey game, both coaches feel the opposite way of how conventional wisdom says they should feel. But that’s exactly what happened Tuesday evening at Dee Stadium. The Division 3 No. 5 Houghton Gremlins ...