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Friday, 06 December 2013 10:34

Tigers busy, but will they be better?

DETROIT (AP) - When the Detroit Tigers introduced new closer Joe Nathan this week, the news conference quickly became about a lot more than Joe Nathan. General manager Dave Dombrowski was asked how active the Tigers will be in free agency. And whether they got enough in return for Doug Fister. And if they might now be in a position to sign Max Scherzer to a long-term deal. And, more generally: Is this team in a better position to contend for a World Series than it was before? Dombrowski says he can't say the team is "better" but he can say it's "as good" - and it has a chance to win the title.

Thursday, 05 December 2013 11:07

Tigers finalize deal with Joe Nathan

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington. It's been a busy offseason already for Detroit, which traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler in a move that, coupled with the trade of Fister, gave the Tigers more financial flexibility. Detroit's bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. Nathan was with the Rangers last season.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:15

Lions sign LB Stanford after Lewis suspension

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions say they signed linebacker Julian Stanford to fill a spot left by the suspension of linebacker Travis Lewis for using of performance-enhancing drugs. The Lions announced the signing after Lewis's punishment became public Tuesday. Stanford was with the Jacksonville Jaguars last year and played college ball at Wagner. Lewis was suspended for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:15

Zetterberg out at least 2 weeks for Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) - Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a back injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings without their top two scorers for the time being. Fellow center Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. The Red Wings hope to know more about Datsyuk's status Wednesday. He was to be reevaluated Tuesday, but there's no timetable for his return. The Red Wings host Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Detroit recalled center Cory Emmerton from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:14

Dantonio familiar with this week's foe

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio wants to make it abundantly clear that there's no lingering animosity between him and the coaching staff at Ohio State. There have been occasional dustups between the schools over the last couple years, involving recruiting and even the quality of game film sent from Ohio State to Michigan State. Dantonio says there are no issues at this point. Dantonio's 10th-ranked Spartans take on the second-ranked Buckeyes on Saturday night in a Big Ten championship game that seems to become more intriguing with each passing day. Dantonio was an assistant at Ohio State when the Buckeyes had their national title season in 2002. Now he's standing in the way of a different Ohio State staff that is also on the verge of playing for a national championship.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Big Ten has publicly reprimanded Ohio State offensive lineman Marcus Hall and the Buckeyes' coaching staff for their actions in the wake of a fight during Saturday's game at Michigan. Hall was ejected from the game for coming onto the field to participate in the skirmish. As he was leaving the sideline, he angrily threw his helmet to the ground, kicked the team benches and then held up both hands in an obscene gesture. Coach Urban Meyer has said he will issue punishment within the team to Hall and kick returner Dontre Wilson, who was seen throwing a punch. Hall later apologized on his Twitter account. No. 2 Ohio State (12-0) takes on No. 10 Michigan State (11-1) in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday in Indianapolis with kick off at 8:17 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says he expects quarterback Devin Gardner to return next season and anticipates retaining all of his assistant coaches. Hoke spoke to reporters Monday at an event to promote the National Child Identification Program. Gardner was granted a fifth year of eligibility because of a back injury he had as a freshmen after he played sparingly. Hoke says he plans to evaluate the entire football program, including his staff, as he does after each season. The Wolverines closed the regular season with a 42-41 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, failing to convert a 2-point play with 32 seconds left. Michigan finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, and a fifth-place finish in the six-team Legends Division, after a 5-0 start.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players. The deal was announced Monday night. The Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to Detroit. The AL Central champion Tigers have been busy reshaping their roster this offseason. They traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas and also let All-Star shortstop Jhonny Peralta leave as a free agent for St. Louis. The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA last season. The righty was 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers and has pitched especially well in the postseason. Fister joins a talented Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers and utility player Don Kelly have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that avoids arbitration. The Tigers announced the agreement Monday. Kelly played six positions for the Tigers last season at all three spots in the outfield along with third, second and first base while hitting .222 with six homers and 23 RBIs. He has a career batting average of .229 with 23 homers and 88 RBIs in 475 games over five seasons with the Tigers and one with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Monday, 02 December 2013 12:38


Monday, Dec. 2
Armada 71, Memphis 9
Reese 47, Frankenmuth 37
Unionville-Sebewaing 47, Caro 40

Tuesday, Dec. 3
Vassar at Sandusky
Brown City at Almont
Bad Axe at Marlette
Kingston at Cros-Lex
CPS at Memphis
Cass City at Harbor Beach
All Saints at Ubly
Akron-Fairgrove at Mayville
Laker at North Huron
Richmond at Lakeview
Yale at Lapeer East
Marine City at Algonac
Imlay City at St. Clair
Peck at Capac

Thursday, Dec. 5
Cass City 38, Mayville 22
Marlette 38, Capac 31
Richmond 53, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 40
Yale 56, Lapeer East 36

Friday, Dec. 6
Armada 73, Brown City 33
Sandusky 31, USA 21
Lakers 60, Ubly 34
Harbor Beach 49, Bad Axe 27
Otisville Lakeville Memorial 57, Mayville 23
Owen-Gage 39, Caseville 20
Kingston 57, Akron Fairgrove 29
Yale 70, Marine City 52
Imlay City 53, North Branch 50
Vassar 35, Caro 30
Reese 62, Millington 28
Kinde North Huron 54, Peck 52
Marysville 59, Clinton Township Clintondale 22
Romeo 51, Port Huron 39
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 54, Algonac 47

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