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Michigan Sports

MHSAA makes plans for fall championships in December

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school football championship games would be played after Christmas if the state allows fall sports to resume, officials said Wednesday. Sports and in-person classes are on a three-week break in an effort to control the spread of the coronavirus. Football ...

MHSAA suspends fall sports tournaments, start of winter sports

For the second time this year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended championship tournaments because of an emergency order to limit the spread of COVID-19. The start of high school winter sports was also suspended, the MHSAA said. The MHSAA’s decision was announced ...

MHSAA says winter sports will start on time

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school winter sports will start on time in November. Face coverings are required for athletes practicing and competing in basketball, competitive cheer, ice hockey and wrestling, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said Friday. They are not ...

No. 18 Michigan faces difficult opener at No. 21 Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan hasn't left Minnesota with a loss since 1977. This time, the only fans in the seats will be family members of the players, drastically reducing the disadvantage for the visitors. This is a much different Gophers team than most of those that wilted in the past ...

Michigan deer herd in good shape for fall hunting season

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — A mild winter and plentiful food have put Michigan’s deer herd in good shape, making for what wildlife officials expect will be a promising fall hunting season. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its annual forecast that conditions across the state ...

Whitmer: Gyms, sports decision coming ‘very soon’

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will make an announcement “very soon” on the reopening of gyms and clarifying the standing of high school and other youth sports, noting that she is aware many are anxious about their status amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

Giolito fans 13, White Sox tame Tigers 9-0 to complete sweep

CHICAGO — Lucas Giolito matched his career high of 13 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, hot-hitting Tim Anderson stroked his fourth home run of the series, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit 9-0 Thursday to complete their first four-game sweep of the Tigers in 15 years. Giolito ...

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 ...