DETROIT (AP) - Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been more productive than Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg in their first-round series. That's a big reason Anaheim has a shot to eliminate the Red Wings in Game 6 on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena at 8 p.m. Getzlaf made it 2-2 with 31 seconds left in the second period of Wednesday night's 3-2 overtime victory. He is among NHL leaders with three goals in the playoffs and five points. Zetterberg, meanwhile, hasn't scored in the playoffs in nearly 13 months. He has gone a career-high seven postseason games without a goal dating to last year's first-round setback against Nashville. The Red Wings hope getting Justin Abdelkader back on Zetterberg's line will help him and their team that is on the brink of elimination. The Red Wings could force a Game 7 in Anaheim Sunday with a victory.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions. Adam LaRoche singled in the first and second innings for his first consecutive multihit games this season, helping the Nationals to their first four-game winning streak of the year. Ryan Zimmerman, in a 2-for-14 slide coming in, had three hits. Bryce Harper hit an RBI groundout in the first following Denard Span's leadoff double, and Harper came home from second when LaRoche singled and centerfielder Austin Jackson let the ball get past him for an error. Ian Desmond followed with a run-scoring single for a 3-1 lead.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have signed top draft pick Ezekiel Ansah to a five-year contract. Additional terms of the deal weren't disclosed Friday by the team. The 23-year-old defensive end from BYU was the fifth overall pick of last month's draft. The team earlier said it signed eight drafted players to four-year deals: Cornerback Darius Slay of Mississippi State, Kentucky guard Larry Warford, South Carolina defensive end Devin Taylor, Appalachian State punter Sam Martin, Virginia Tech wide receiver Corey Fuller, Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick, Alabama tight end Michael Williams and Florida A&M linebacker Brandon Hepburn.
Washington (AP) - Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Wednesday night. Denard Span added a triple and a single for Washington, which has won five of six. Zimmermann (6-1), whose scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings in the third, allowing a run on seven hits over seven innings. He fanned seven and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in winning his third straight start. Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save. Jhonny Peralta had two hits for the Tigers, who had won four straight and nine of 10. Detroit's Anibal Sanchez (3-3) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and struck out eight.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Nick Bonino scored 1:54 into overtime, and the Anaheim Ducks moved to the brink of the second round with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Wednesday night. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy took the puck behind the Detroit net and fed it in front. Bonino scored for the Ducks, who took a 3-2 series lead. Game 6 is Friday night at 8 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena, where the Ducks will attempt to close out just their second playoff series victory since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson scored for the Red Wings, who had two brief leads. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 shots. Captain Ryan Getzlaf tied it, Kyle Palmieri also scored, and Jonas Hiller made 29 saves in Anaheim's first victory in three overtime games in the series.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan punter Will Hagerup has been reinstated to the team after a suspension for violating team rules. However, coach Brady Hoke said Tuesday that Hagerup will sit for the entire 2013 season. He will be eligible to play as a fifth-year senior in 2014. Hoke says he has been pleased with Hagerup's progress so far, adding he must continue to move forward. Matt Wile will likely punt in place of Hagerup this year. Hagerup was suspended Dec. 16 for violating unspecified team rules. He was voted All-Big Ten punter by the media last season as a junior. The Milwaukee native says the past five months have been an incredible, humbling time for him.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he's looking forward to meeting and talking with Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock. No one, though, is sure when or if those face-to-face or telephone conversations will happen. On Wednesday, the school and the former basketball players can renew ties if they choose. The NCAA forced Michigan to dissociate from Webber, Taylor, Bullock and the late Robert Traylor for a decade - until May 8, 2013 - because a federal investigation revealed now-deceased booster Ed Martin gave them more than $600,000 when they were student athletes. Traylor died in 2011.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have claimed linebacker Cory Greenwood and offensive guard Derek Hardman off waivers. The team announced the moves Tuesday. Greenwood was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week after playing 48 games for them over the previous three seasons, primarily on special teams. Hardman started in four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 and played in three games for them in each of the last two years.
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence then arrested again the same day for trying to take his car from a tow yard. Riverside County sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa McConnell said Tuesday the 23-year-old Young was arrested early Sunday after police saw him drive his Ford Mustang toward oncoming traffic and make an illegal left turn. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, cited and released. About 14 hours later, police responded to a report of a man jumping over the fence of a tow company and arrested Young. He was booked on suspicion of burglary. The Lions drafted Young out of Boise State in 2011, but released him in February after a drop in productivity and disputes with teammates.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Ryan Getzlaf knows the Anaheim Ducks could be getting frustrated. Instead, he thinks they're just getting started. The Ducks have controlled long stretches of their first-round matchup with Detroit, yet the series is even heading into Game 5 on Wednesday night at Honda Center at 10 p.m. Anaheim's stellar regular-season play and formidable talent haven't mattered to the Red Wings, who sneaked out two overtime victories despite playing with a lead in just one of the series' four games. After the Red Wings peppered Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller with 49 shots in Game 4, the Ducks are hoping to increase their own offensive pressure on Jimmy Howard in Wednesday's pivotal matchup. Although it's getting tense, the Ducks say they're enjoying the pressure in just their second playoff series in four years.