ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Reggie Bush has moved a big step closer to returning to play for the Detroit Lions. Bush practiced Wednesday, a few days after missing a game with a banged-up left knee. He would give the Lions a much-needed boost offensively Sunday against NFC North-leading Chicago because Nate Burleson, their No. 2 receiver, needs surgery after breaking his arm in a car accident. Bush didn't practice last week until Friday, when the team said he participated on a limited basis. He was inactive for Sunday's win at Washington. The speedy running back was hurt in a Week 2 loss against the Arizona Cardinals after accounting for 191 yards of offense in his Detroit debut to help the Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Doug Fister struck out seven and the Detroit Tigers homered three times in the fourth inning to clinch a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Victor Martinez and Omar Infante went back-to-back and Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer later in the fourth to put the Tigers in front. Fister gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to help Detroit secure at least an AL wild card. Cleveland rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning to prevent the Tigers from clinching their third straight AL Central title. One more Tigers win or Indians loss will lock it up for Detroit.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings seem to have set themselves up for success as they shift to the Eastern Conference. Detroit added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss to a roster that includes most of the key players from last year's team. The Red Wings extended the franchise's playoff streak to 22 last season and were a win away from eliminating Chicago and advancing to the conference finals. General manager Ken Holland accomplished his No. 1 goal of the offseason, re-signing superstar Pavel Datsyuk to prevent him from being a free agent next summer. Holland also boosted the team's ability to score with a surprising acquisition, adding Alfredsson after he spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke says there's no doubt his team got better last week. The Wolverines came back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to win 24-21 at Connecticut a week after barely holding on to beat Akron. Following the victory over the Mid-American Conference Zips, Hoke lamented that his team didn't improve. Hoke says he came away with a much different feeling from the closely contested win against the Huskies. No. 18 Michigan has slipped in The Associated Press college football poll the past two weeks despite staying undefeated. Clearly, the Wolverines have work to do and they've got time to do it. They don't play a game this week, giving them time to focus on fundamentals and to get some rest before hosting Minnesota in their Big Ten opener.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Josmil Pinto hit an RBI single in the 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins overcame 12 strikeouts by Justin Verlander to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Monday night. The Tigers led 3-0 in the eighth, but Jose Veras gave up RBI doubles to Eduardo Escobar and Ryan Doumit. Brian Dozier led off the ninth with a tying homer against previously perfect closer Joaquin Benoit. Dozier opened the 11th with a single off Luke Putkonen and advanced on a wild pitch. Pinto punched a single to right field to give manager Ron Gardenhire his 998th career victory. Verlander gave up six hits and walked three in six shutout innings for the Tigers, whose magic number remained two for clinching the AL Central.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions returned from their latest road trip with a bit more legitimacy. Not only did they win at Washington for the first time in franchise history, but they also set up an early showdown with unbeaten Chicago next weekend in the Motor City. Coach Jim Schwartz isn't all that concerned about standings or marquee matchups at this time of year, but he did concede that games within the NFC North are important. At 2-1, the Lions are one of only five teams in the NFC with a winning record, which is a step in the right direction for a team that lost eight games in a row to end last season. This Sunday, September 29 the Lions host the Chicago Bears at Ford Field with kick off at 1 p.m.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions say wide receiver Nate Burleson was in a one-car accident and needs surgery on a broken arm. The team said in a statement Tuesday morning that the police have confirmed alcohol was not involved. Burleson has made a team-high 19 catches and his 239 yards receiving trail only teammate Calvin Johnson this season. The 11-year veteran had six receptions for 116 yards Sunday - his highest total since 2007 - to help Detroit win in Washington for the first time in franchise history. The Lions likely will have to lean on other receivers, such as Ryan Broyles, this Sunday at home against the Chicago Bears in a matchup of the two NFC North teams off to the best start through three weeks.
Brown City at Memphis
Ubly at Marlette--6:30 p.m. on COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM
Bay City All Saints at Bad Axe
USA at Cass City
Reese at Vassar
Ecorse at Sandusky
Harbor Beach at Lakers
Bluewater Area Conference
Algonac at Cros-Lex
Yale at Almont
Richmond at Armada
Imlay City at Capac
North Branch at Essexville Garber
Caro at Bridgeport
Port Huron Northern at Port Huron
Millington at Birch Run
Marine City at East Detroit
Warren Woods Tower at St. Clair
Dryden at Deckerville
CPS at North Huron
Peck at Marine City Cardinal Mooney (Sat. Sept. 28)
Akron-Fairgrove at New Haven Merritt
Flint Michigan School for the Deaf at Owen-Gage
Harbor Beach 54, Memphis 14
Sandusky 36, Ubly 26
Cass City 42, Bad Axe 22
Elkton Pigeon Bay Port Lakers 27, USA 0
Vassar 49, Bay City All Saints 7
Reese 25, Brown City 7
Marlette 35, Melvindale Academy for Business & Tech 30
Bluewater Area Conference
Cros-Lex 31, Capac 14
Yale 44, Algonac 14
Armada 44, Imlay City 22
Richmond 42, Almont 35
Frankenmuth 27, North Branch 21
Caro 27, Otisville-Lakeville Memorial 18
Port Huron 40, Warren Cousino 14
McComb Dakota 47, Port Huron Northern 7
Millington 54, Bridgeport 13
Marine City 56, Clawson 21
St. Clair 56, New Haven 13
Deckerville 48, Marine City Cardinal Mooney 7
CPS 42, Kingston 14
Kinde North Huron 28, Dryden 14
Owen-Gage 30, Akron-Fairgrove 16
Peck 61, Lawrence 38
DETROIT (AP) - Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Chicago White Sox after leaving the previous night's game with groin soreness. Manager Jim Leyland says he's concerned about Cabrera, who is finishing up a spectacular season at the plate but has been bothered by a number of nagging injuries over the last couple months. Cabrera is hitting .349 with 44 home runs and 136 RBIs. Detroit can clinch its third straight AL Central title with a win Sunday and a loss by Cleveland. Cabrera had three hits and a walk Saturday, so he's still a threat at the plate, but he's labored quite a bit on the basepaths.