DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of dollars have been raised for funerals for two men who were well-known outside Comerica Park during Detroit Tigers games. Police believe James Van Horn and Michael Alston were killed by a hit-and-run driver early Saturday. The 66-year-old Van Horn would chant "Eat 'em up, Tigers" and collect spare change from baseball fans. The 55-year-old Alston was known as "Dreadlock Mike" because of his hair. He moved around downtown in a wheelchair. Paulette Van Horn-Shreve tells the Detroit Free Press that the public's reaction to her father's death is a "true blessing." A shop has raised about $6,000 through the sale of a special shirt that says "Eat 'Em Up Forever." Other efforts have raised thousands more.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah has learned a lesson early in his NFL career. If you make a mistake, move on and don't repeat the miscue. Ansah has been doing just that so far during training camp. Detroit drafted Ansah fifth overall, counting on the former Brigham Young standout developing into a star despite limited experience. He grew up in Ghana, playing soccer and basketball, before putting football pads on for the first time in 2010. While Ansah has shown flashes of promise, it's also clear he has work to do. Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek put his hands on Ansah during Monday's practice, shifting his hips and moving his left foot to adjust an awkward stance during a drill.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan and Michigan State under the lights? Probably not at kickoff. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says a night game between the Spartans and Wolverines is unlikely in the near future, at least not at Michigan Stadium. Brandon says the annual game already is intense, on and off the sidelines. He says giving "everybody all day long to gear up for it" could detract from the game itself. Brandon and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis spoke to reporters Monday before a golf match in Lansing. Hollis didn't seem as strongly opposed as his Michigan counterpart. Both schools will play at least one home game at night this season
(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- The Croswell-Lexington 10 and under Boys Little League team continued their winning streak Monday, coming from behind to beat Midland 9-7. Hunter Soper cracked a three-run homer in the bottom of the 5th to secure the win. Issac Lerma also hit a home run and Joey Noel picked up the win in relief. The Cros-Lex little 10 and under Little League team now moves on to the quarterfinals, where they play West PortageTuesday, July 30 at Noon.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Newman snapped a 49-race winless drought by capturing the Brickyard 400 in his home state of Indiana. The pole sitter and South Bend native took over the lead late in the race and rolled across the finish line comfortably in front of points-leader Jimmie Johnson. It's Newman's first win since taking the checkered flag at Martinsville in March last year. Johnson was dominating until a slow pit stop with 27 laps to go put him too far back to catch Newman. Johnson led 73 of the 160 laps.
DETROIT (AP) - Jhonny Peralta's grand slam capped an eight-run sixth inning for Detroit, and the Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera's ejection in a 12-4 win over the collapsing Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Cabrera was tossed while batting with the bases loaded in the third and manager Jim Leyland was ejected, too. Detroit still got plenty of additional chances against a Philadelphia team that stumbled to its eighth straight loss. In the sixth, the Tigers scored eight runs on only two hits. The Phillies made three errors and walked three batters in the inning. Rick Porcello allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win his fourth straight start. Reliever Jake Diekman took the loss, but he was hardly the only culprit for Philadelphia.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera was ejected while batting with the bases loaded in the third inning of Sunday's game against Philadelphia after he appeared to say something to home plate umpire Chad Fairchild. Manager Jim Leyland was also ejected in the ensuing argument. Cabrera was batting with one out when he took two called strikes. He appeared to say something to Fairchild, although not in a demonstrative fashion. After Cabrera was tossed, Leyland came out of the dugout and was also thrown out. Leyland continued to argue for a while before leaving the field. Fairchild was also the plate umpire in Detroit's July 11 game against the Chicago White Sox, when Leyland and Detroit reliever Luke Putkonen were ejected amid a bench-clearing incident.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Reggie Bush has been staying after practice to run sprints, catch passes and hit blocking sleds during training camp. The Detroit Lions running back says he's putting in the extra work to help him over the long haul of the season and to extend his career. Bush's new team hopes his plan pays dividends. The Lions signed the former Miami Dolphin and New Orleans Saint in March to a $16 million, four-year contract. They're banking on him giving them what Jahvid Best did before concussions cut short his career. Bush says he has a lot to give and much to prove this year during his eighth season in the NFL, and he hopes over the following three years in Detroit.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State is adding five more Spartans to its sports hall of fame. They are football player Henry Bullough, hockey players Kip Miller and Ryan Miller, basketball player Morris Peterson and volleyball player Jenna Wrobel. They will be inducted on Sept. 12. The inductees will also be recognized at the Michigan State-Youngstown State football game two days later. Bullough played football in the 1950s and later served as an assistant coach. Peterson was on the 2000 national championship basketball team. Kip Miller played hockey in the late '80s. Ryan Miller followed in 1999. Wrobel was a volleyball star in the mid '90s.
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers Monday announced that the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Jose Veras from the Houston Astros in exchange for outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named later on or before September 15. Veras, 32, has compiled an 0-4 record, 2.93 ERA amd 44 strikeouts in 42 relief outings with the Astros this season. Originally signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent on January 19, 1998, Veras has seen action at the major league level with the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates, Brewers, and Astros. Vasquez hit .281 with 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs, and 39 RBI's in 96 games with Single A West Michigan.