DETROIT -- The Big Ten and the Detroit Lions have announced a six-year agreement to play a bowl game at Ford Field, and a person familiar with the situation says the Atlantic Coast Conference is expected to provide the opponent. The new bowl will start in 2014 and it has not been named or sponsored. The person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the new Detroit postseason game is expected to be a matchup of Big Ten and ACC teams. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal announcement had not been made. The new game could spell the end for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which has been played in Detroit and matched the Big Ten and Mid-American Conference.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith. The 24-year-old Smith, a former first-round draft pick, played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes. Smith also appeared in all 14 postseason games for Detroit this season, scoring two goals with three assists. Smith spent parts of the last three seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. In 152 career AHL games, he has 27 goals and 59 assists. The Red Wings announced the deal on Tuesday.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Chauncey Billups is excited for his return to the Detroit Pistons backcourt. The team formally reintroduced Billups at a news conference Tuesday. The 36-year-old Billups said he's "still got some good years of basketball left." Since being traded in 2008, the Pistons have a 148-244 record and are in a four-year postseason drought. Billups signed a two-year deal for $2.5 million a year after playing in just 22 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season.
UNDATED (AP) - Andretti Autosport says it has signed on as the third team to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship, which will feature electric cars racing in 10 cities around the world beginning in 2014. Michael Andretti's two-car operation will join China Racing and British-based Drayson Racing as organizations already committed to a field that will have 10 two-car teams competing in each e-Prix. The races will be held September 2014 to June 2015 for a "winter season" on street courses that run through the heart of major cities around the world, including Miami and Los Angeles.
UNDATED (AP) - The Major League Baseball season is in a holding pattern as the four-day All-Star break continues. Following last night's 3-0 win by the American League, the second-half of the season won't start until Friday. In case you missed the action last night, the AL stars blanked the National League as Mariano Rivera was named the game's MVP. He pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning. The American League got runs batted in from Toronto's Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy of the Orioles and Cleveland's Jason Kipnis. The National League tops the series 43-39-2 and the win means the American League champion will have home field advantage in this fall's World Series.
Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein has signed a new deal that keeps him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season. Athletic director Dave Brandon told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Beilein signed a three-year extension that replaces his previous contract. The 60-year-old Beilein will make $2.45 million a year in total compensation. Michigan hired Beilein in March 2007, a week after he led West Virginia to the NIT championship. Last year, the Wolverines tied a school record with 31 wins and lost in the NCAA championship game to Louisville.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons have officially announced the signings of Italian forward Luigi Datome and guard Will Bynum. The Pistons agreed about a week ago to a $3.5 million, two-year contract with Datome, who has played professionally in Italy since 2003. The 25-year-old Datome is 6-foot-8 and has been a member of the Italian national team since 2007. Datome was named Italian League MVP with Roma in 2013, averaging 16.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. He shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range. Datome hopes he can provide steady outside shooting for a Detroit team that already has promising big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, and signed free agent forward Josh Smith last week. Bynum appeared in a career-high 65 games for Detroit last season.
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - The British Open starts in two days and this morning Tiger Woods met reporters at Muirfield in Gullane, Scotland. The former Open champ says his injured elbow is doing just fine and that he is ready to contend for another major. Woods made note that although he has not won a major title in five years, he has been close and that he expects to be back in the winner's circle.
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's Mid-Summer Classic is just hours away as the best of the National League square off against the best of the American League. The rules of the game were changed a few years ago so the contest now means that the winning team secures home field advantage during the World Series for that league. On the mound this evening will be Matt Harvey of the Mets for the National League and Detroit's Max Scherzer for the American League. Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and leads the league with 147 strikeouts. He becomes the first pitcher from the host team to start an All-Star game since Houston's Roger Clemens in 2004 and just the 11th overall. Scherzer is 13-1 and suffered his first loss of the season Saturday against Texas. He has a 3.10 ERA and his 152 strikeouts are second in the majors to the Rangers' Yu Darvish. The annual Home Run Derby took place last night and the winner was Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes. He edged by Washington's Bryce Harper 9-8 in the final round of the eight-player competition. Cespedes is the first player left out of the All-Star game to win the Home Run Derby.
DETROIT (AP) - A baseball bat given by Tigers legend Ty Cobb to Detroit's postmaster will be auctioned off during All-Star week. The century-old, 34.5-inch bat used by "The Georgia Peach" is available to the highest bidder through Hunt Auctions. It belongs to a descendant of William Nagel, who was a friend of Cobb's. Nagel also sometimes threw batting practice to Cobb. Nagel's great-grandson, Duffy Ross, is the one who's selling off the bat through the auction at MLB All-Star FanFest in New York. The auction ends on Tuesday. The estimated price range for the bat is $75,000 to $125,000. Ross says "it's nice to know" his great-grandfather "played even a small role in the success of one of baseball's all-time greats."