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Michigan Sports

Teen baseball player dies after collision at second base

BATH, Mich. (AP) — A teenage baseball player has died nearly two weeks after he was knocked unconscious during a collision at second base. Cooper Gardner, a junior at Bath High School, died Sunday at home, the Lansing State Journal reported. “I never would have thought it would lead to ...

Muskegon’s Barnes named AP Division 2 Player of the Year

MUSKEGON (AP) — Life has not been easy for Ke'Ontae Barnes, but the 18-year-old senior at Muskegon Orchard View has learned some virtues along such as diligence and patience. These days, he's full of gratitude. The 6-foot shooting guard has been voted The Associated Press Division 2 Player ...

Brooks II named AP D4’s top player

DETROIT (AP) — Pierre Brooks II will enter Michigan State this fall as a state champion, a Mr. Basketball award winner and The Associated Press Division 4 Player of the Year. It would be safe to say Brooks II has been successful in every way possible his senior year, leading Detroit ...

Newly acquired Jakub Vrana scores 4, Red Wings top Stars 7-3

DETROIT — Jakub Vrana scored four goals in a game for the first time to help the Detroit Red Wings rout the Dallas Stars 7-3 Thursday night and match their total number of wins from last season. Detroit picked up its 17th victory in its 49th game, a year after winning 17 of 71 games in the ...

GM Brad Holmes has 1st shot to help Lions improve via draft

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions’ best and perhaps only chance to turn around their franchise is to finally figure out how to hit more than miss on NFL draft picks. The Lions have tried and failed to find a general manager with the ability to project if prospects have what it takes on and off ...

Evans denies Baddoo, Pirates beat Tigers 4-2

DETROIT (AP) — Phillip Evans reached his glove above the fence in left field, and the ball bounced off it and back into the field of play. Not a catch — but not a home run either. “Maybe the play of the game,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “He brought back a homer, and it ...

Tiny school, big feat: First playoff win for Alba since 1955

ALBA (AP) — A boys basketball team in northern Michigan has won its first state playoff game — since 1955. Alba defeated Central Lake, 43-39, in a district game Tuesday night. “Due to COVID, we didn’t pour anything on anybody,” coach Nathan Bootz said Wednesday when asked if he ...

Michigan: Contact sports can resume Monday, with masks

LANSING (AP) — A ban on popular high school winter sports was lifted Thursday by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration, days after frustrated parents and anxious teens rallied at the Capitol to try to persuade officials that basketball, wrestling and hockey could safely take place during the ...

Lawsuit seeks reversal of Michigan’s ban on high school contact sports

LANSING — A high school sports advocacy group, hockey league and parents of athletes sued Michigan’s health director on Tuesday, seeking a reversal of a 2 1/2-month state ban on contact sports that was issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Let Them Play Michigan, a group of ...

Kiwanis Ski Club cancels ski jumping competition at Pine Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — The annual Pine Mountain Continental Cup competition originally set for Feb. 12 through 14 has been canceled due to limits on social gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kiwanis Ski Club announced Friday. It’s the first time since World War II that the event, a ...

MHSAA: Football, volleyball, swimming tourneys will resume

EAST LANSING (AP) — The Michigan high school fall sports season is stretching into January, but no spectators will be allowed. Football playoffs will resume Jan. 2. The eight-player championship games will be played Jan. 9, followed by the 11-player finals on Jan. 15-16, the Michigan High ...

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 ...