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State of Michigan set to lift ban on ticket scalping

LANSING (AP) — The Michigan House on Tuesday was expected to vote to lift the state’s rarely enforced ban on ticket scalping, bringing the long-proposed bill closer to the governor’s desk. The legislation would end a prohibition on the resale of tickets for more than face value. ...

Cleveland Indians show postseason potential in 7-4 win at Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — With Carlos Carrasco looking sharp down the stretch, the Cleveland Indians could be a dangerous team in the postseason. Carrasco allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, and Jose Ramirez homered twice to lift the Indians to a 7-4 victory over ...

Detroit Tigers’ manager Ron Gardenhire announces immediate retirement

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Ron Gardenhire mostly maintained his jovial demeanor this season. As recently as Friday night, he was needling a reporter while discussing a strategic decision from the late innings. Less than 24 hours later, Gardenhire announced his retirement. ...

Big 10 releases football schedule

(AP) — The Big Ten’s third football schedule of the 2020 season is highlighted by Michigan-Ohio State on Dec. 12, the final day of the conference’s regular season and the latest date the rivals have ever played. The Big Ten released an eight-games-in-eight-weeks schedule on Saturday ...

NYC mayor ‘very confident’ in new school reopening timeline

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is confident that New York City will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks, following closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, he said Friday. "I feel very confident about that date," de ...

Green Bay Packers still wary despite sweeping Detroit Lions in 2019

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. — The past two games between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions exemplified the biggest difference between these two teams. Green Bay has an uncanny ability to win close games. Detroit keeps finding new ways to lose them. The Packers ...

Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions beset by injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay and Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark won’t be available Sunday for their NFC North matchup at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ injury report released Friday listed Golladay out for Sunday’s game as well as ...

Cleveland Indians blast past Detroit Tigers, 10-3

Tigers reliever Nick Ramirez pitches to the Cleveland Indians in the fourth inning in Detroit on Thursday night. Cleveland built a 10-0 lead before the Tigers’ Wil li Castro hit a three-run homer to right in the eighth inning as the Indians won 10-3. Cleveland starter Shane Bieber had ...

Pitcher Brady Singer, Kansas City Royals shut out Detroit Tigers, 4-0

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Wednesday night. Singer (3-4) pitched eight one-hit innings in his previous outing at ...

4th quarter letup sinks Detroit Lions again under head coach Matt Patricia

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Matt Patricia’s tenure in Detroit has been marked by fourth-quarter collapses. The Lions lost a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 27-23 season-opening setback against Chicago at Ford Field, where fans likely would have booed the home team if the ...

Detroit Lions’ secondary takes new hit

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions’ banged-up secondary will be without cornerback Justin Coleman against the Green Bay Packers. Detroit put Coleman on injured reserve on Tuesday, two days after injuring his hamstring during a loss to Chicago. The Lions also signed defensive end Kareem ...

Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize among top pitching prospects to struggle

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer Kansas City’s Brady Singer took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Thursday. Then, a night later, Casey Mize began a game with five hitless frames for Detroit. For fans of the Royals and Tigers, it was a welcome glimpse of what the future could ...

Roglic, Pogacar braced for Slovenian showdown on Tour finale

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer There is only one big question left to be answered at the Tour de France: Which Slovenian will stand on the top of the podium on Sunday on the Champs-Elysees? Baring a crash, or an unexpected event event like a positive COVID-19 test, the final week of ...

Analysis: Start of 2020 season floating on stranger tides

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer It's going to be that kind of season. It already is. The perceived worst teams in the NFL either won or challenged to on Sunday. A linebacker was ejected for demonstrating what happened on a play to a game official and making contact with him. A kicker ...

Sunday in the parks: The playoffs, NFL, a no-hitter and more

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — In a year where good days seem in short supply, sports delivered one. The NFL roared back to life, even if the roar was from fans who weren't in the stadiums. Baseball saw a no-hitter. The NBA and NHL playoffs continued. Men's ...

Djokovic says he learned a ‘big lesson’ from US Open default

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer ROME (AP) — Novak Djokovic learned "a big lesson" after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. The incident eight days ago marked a stunning end to Djokovic's 29-match winning streak and his ...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: When streaks end, but not really

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer For the first time since the end of the 2011 season, Ohio State is not ranked in the AP Top 25. The Buckeyes' streak of 132 straight poll appearances is the second-longest active streak in the country, behind Alabama's 198. Of course, in this ...