DENVER (AP) - Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher after being rammed into the boards on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. Kronwall was trying to gather the puck in the corner early in the opening period when he was hit by Avalanche forward Cody McLeod. Kronwall's helmet flew off as he fell to the ice. Several teammates gathered around Kronwall as the dependable defenseman was strapped to the stretcher. Kronwall tossed away one of his gloves. McLeod received a 5-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. Kronwall has one goal and five assists in seven games this season for the Red Wings.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan and UCLA will play a home-and-home football series next decade. Michigan school made the announcement on Thursday, saying the Wolverines and Bruins will face each other in 2022 and 2023. UCLA will travel to Michigan Stadium on Sept. 10, 2022, and Michigan will make the return trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2023. This will be the Wolverines' first scheduled home-and-home series with a Pac-12 school since they took on Washington and Oregon last decade. Michigan is scheduled to open the 2015 season at Utah, and played the Utes in Ann Arbor to open the 2008 season. The games against UCLA will be the 12th and 13th meetings between the schools. Michigan is 8-3 against the Bruins. The teams last met in 2000, when UCLA won 23-20 at the Rose Bowl.
DETROIT (AP) - The fifth game of the American League Championship series will take place this evening in Detroit. Last night in front of their fans the Tigers beat the Red Sox 7-3. That win evened up the best-of-seven series, which heads back to Boston for the sixth game on Saturday. Tonight's pitching matchup has a pair of 15-game winners on the mound. For the Tigers, it'll be Anibal Sanchez while the Sox counter with Jon Lester. Last night, Doug Fister got the win for the Motor City while the loser was Jake Peavy. Meanwhile, the National League Championship Series has the day off, following last night's 6-4 win for the Dodgers at home over the Cardinals. That best-of-seven series is now led by the Cards 3-2. They will attempt to wrap things up and earn a spot in the World Series when the two clubs square off Friday night once again in St. Louis. The Game 6 pitching matchup will have Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers against Michael Wacha (WAH'-kuh). It's a rematch of the Game 2 starters, which was won by the Cards 1-0. In taking that loss Kershaw allowed only two hits.
DETROIT (AP) - A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2. Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped Jackson to eighth in the order and moved everyone else up a place following the Tigers' 1-0 loss in Game 3. Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk off Jake Peavy for the first run of Detroit's five-run second inning. Doug Fister allowed a run in six innings, and after blowing a 5-0 lead in Game 2, Detroit kept the Red Sox at bay Wednesday. Game 5 is Thursday night in Detroit. The Tigers' Anibal Sanchez faces Boston's Jon Lester in a Game 1 rematch won by Detroit.
CHICAGO (AP) - Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The way Rose was dominating, it was hard to believe nearly 18 months had passed since he suited up for a game in this arena. The explosiveness was back after he spent last season recovering from knee surgery. The former MVP got a thunderous ovation during the pregame introductions and proceeded to put on a show, scoring 18 in the first half. Rose hit 6 of 9 shots and was 9 for 10 on free throws over 22 minutes after missing the previous game against Washington in Rio de Janeiro because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the NFL has fined Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $31,500 for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the fine had not been announced. Earlier in the day, Ndamukong Suh insisted he was unaware the NFL was reviewing his hit on Weeden on Sunday. Suh wasn't penalized for the play, but it was shown on a video posted on NFL.com as vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said he wanted to look at it more for "potential helmet to the body." Suh was fined $100,000 for an illegal block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in Week 1. The Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday with kick off at 1 p.m. Both teams enter the game at 4-2.
DETROIT (AP) - John Lackey edged Justin Verlander in the latest duel of these pitching-rich playoffs, and Boston's bullpen shut down Detroit's big boppers with the game on the line to lift the Red Sox over the Tigers 1-0 Tuesday for a 2-1 lead in the AL championship series. Mike Napoli homered in the seventh inning off Verlander, and Detroit's attempt at a rally fell short in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder both struck out with runners at the corners. Lackey allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight without a walk in a game that was delayed 17 minutes in the second inning because lights on the stadium towers went out. Detroit trails the series despite three straight gems by its starters. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
DETROIT (AP) - Jonas Gustavsson stopped 36 shots and the Detroit Red Wings held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Tuesday night. Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal as a Red Wing and Todd Bertuzzi got the game-winner. Henrik Zetterberg had two assists. Cam Atkinson scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrobsky made 30 saves. Bertuzzi's power-play goal gave the Red Wings a 2-1 with 8:46 left in the middle period. He scored from just outside the crease for his second goal. Atkinson put the Blue Jackets on the board and tied the game 7:48 into the second period with an unassisted power-play goal. It was a spectacular individual effort as Atkinson carried the puck the length of the ice, bulled past Detroit defenseman Dan DeKeyser, got off one shot and then jammed the rebound past Gustavsson. Thursday the Red Wings visit the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m.
DETROIT (AP) - A power outage interrupted Game 3 of the American League championship series for 17 minutes. The lights high atop Comerica Park went out and the videoboards were dark between the top and bottom of the second inning, delaying the Boston Red Sox-Detroit Tigers game. The Tigers were coming up to bat for a second time with two hits after Justin Verlander held Boston without a hit for the second straight inning when the game was stopped. Ten minutes into the stoppage, fans had not been informed how long the game would be delayed. Five minutes later, the Red Sox took their positions in the field and right-hander Jake Peavy began warming up on the mound.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Lions have announced a program to raise $15 million for cancer research. The NFL club said Tuesday that the "Game on Cancer" is a 3-year collaboration with the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute. The Lions say the campaign seeks to engage Detroit Lions fans in the fight against cancer through several initiatives. They include an interactive 3D website of Ford Field. The team says that all proceeds will go toward cancer research at Josephine Ford Cancer Institute, part of Henry Ford Health System.