ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Jake Ryan is still recovering from a spring practice knee injury that required surgery, and although his rehab is going well, the Michigan linebacker needs to be patient. The Wolverines are preparing to start the season without him. An October return is the most plausible scenario and, at this point, Ryan is trying to work his way through treatment and therapy so he can remain on schedule. Ryan had a team-high 88 tackles last season as a redshirt sophomore, along with 4 1/2 sacks and four forced fumbles. He went down March 19 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
(ANN ARBOR) -- Frank Beckmann, the radio voice of Michigan football who began calling play-by-play for the Wolverines in 1981, is retiring at the end of this season. The school announced Beckmann's retirement Friday. Athletic director Dave Brandon says Beckmann's voice has become synonymous with some of the great calls in Michigan football history. Beckmann succeeded Bob Ufer as the play-by-play announcer for Michigan football in 1981. Beckmann is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
(DETROIT) -- Mark Sanchez had an interception returned for a touchdown, and Geno Smith left with an apparent ankle injury in the New York Jets' 26-17 loss to the Detroit Lions in an exhibition game Friday night. Lions rookie Ziggy Ansah made an immediate impression, intercepting Sanchez's pass and returning it 14 yards for a touchdown. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Ghana put his hands up just in time to pick off Sanchez's screen pass in the first quarter. He had an easy return to the end zone for the game's first TD. Sanchez played three series, going 10 of 13 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Smith was 6 of 7 for 47 yards but left shortly after halftime. The Lions next preseason game is Thursday, August 15 in Cleveland with the Browns at 7:30 p.m. Detroit's regular season starts Sunday, Sept. 8 at Ford Field with the Minnesota Vikings.
(NEW YORK) -- Alex Rodriguez drew loud boos in his return home and the New York Yankees overcame Miguel Cabrera's crushing home run off Mariano Rivera, beating Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night and snapping the Tigers' 12-game winning streak. Cabrera temporarily saved the Tigers by hitting a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth off Rivera that made it 3-all. The reigning Triple Crown winner connected while still hobbling after apparently fouling a ball off himself earlier in the at-bat. Brett Gardner grounded an RBI single with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th to end New York's four-game losing streak. Al Alburquerque (2-2) took the loss and Shawn Kelley (3-1) got the win.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Max Scherzer became baseball's first 17-game winner and the Detroit Tigers posted their 12th straight victory, routing the Cleveland Indians 10-3 Thursday night. Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs as the AL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep and opened a seven-game lead over the second-place Indians. Scherzer allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. He helped the Tigers beat Cleveland for the 12th time in their last 13 meetings. Cleveland's futility for the series was summed up when manager Terry Francona let utilityman Ryan Raburn pitch the ninth inning. Raburn retired three straight hitters, striking out Matt Tuiasosopo, in his professional pitching debut and drew a standing ovation.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Detroit catcher Alex Avila has been taken to a hospital and is being tested for a possible concussion after leaving the Tigers' game against Cleveland on Thursday. Avila was struck in the mask when Nick Swisher fouled off a pitch in the fourth inning. He appeared to be bleeding from his left ear but remained in the game after being treated by a team trainer. Avila was removed in the bottom of the fifth and replaced by Brayan Pena. Detroit manager Jim Leyland didn't have the results of the tests being done on Avila and didn't know whether his catcher, who made the All-Star team in 2011, would be on the flight to New York, where the Tigers begin a series Friday. Avila is batting .198 but hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Indians closer Chris Perez in Monday's 4-2 win.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An autopsy shows a former Division II college football star who disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during a late-evening fishing trip died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his own vomit. The report released Thursday also suggests Cullen Finnerty's disorientation and paranoia in the woods May 26 may have been exacerbated by a combination of the painkiller oxycodone and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The degenerative brain disease has been found in a number of ex-football players. Chief Medical Examiner Stephen Cohle reports Finnerty, 30, became incapacitated before inhaling his vomit 65 miles north of Grand Rapids. Though relatives reported Finnerty had a number of alcoholic drinks the day he died, Cohle says his blood-alcohol level was negligible and didn't contribute to Finnerty's incapacitation.
DETROIT (AP) - Even in the preseason, Calvin Johnson is a marked man. It's hard to say how much the Detroit wide receiver will play in Friday night's exhibition game against the New York Jets. But when he's lined up, fans should enjoy at least a brief glimpse of a one-on-one matchup between Johnson and defensive back Antonio Cromartie. Johnson was one of few bright spots for the Lions last season, when they lost their final eight games to finish 4-12. He broke Jerry Rice's single-season record with 1,964 yards receiving, despite defenses that could gear up against him because of injuries to other Detroit receivers. Cromartie became his team's undisputed No. 1 cornerback when the Jets traded Darrelle Revis in April.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Stewart-Haas Racing does not know how many races driver Tony Stewart will miss with a broken right leg he sustained in a sprint car race in Iowa. The three-time NASCAR champion remains in an Iowa hospital recovering from surgery to stabilize and clean a Grade 2 break to his tibia and fibula in the leg. He broke both bones when his sprint car flipped while leading late in a race Monday night. Stewart's streak of 521 consecutive NASCAR starts will end Sunday at Watkins Glen.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Prince Fielder hit a two-run double in the 14th inning as the Detroit Tigers won their 11th straight, 6-5 on Wednesday night over the Cleveland Indians, who fell six games out of first place in the AL Central and maybe left rookie Danny Salazar in for one too many pitches. After the Tigers put two on against Bryan Shaw, Fielder lined his double off Marc Rzepczynski into the gap as the Tigers beat the Indians for the 11th time in 12 games and improved to 12-3 against their nearest division rival. Jeremy Bonderman pitched three innings in his first appearance for the Tigers since Oct. 1, 2010. Joaquin Benoit gave up a two-out RBI double to Michael Bourn and wild pitch before striking out Drew Stubbs with the tying run at third for his 14th save.