State Sports Archive

Datsyuk may make season debut Tuesday

DETROIT — NHL road games don’t get any better than in Montreal, where the magnificence of hockey extends to one of the game’s most passionate fan bases. That alone makes the Detroit Red Wings look forward to Tuesday night, when they’ll make their first appearance of the season at the Bell Centre. Monday also brought […]

Loss to MSU in 2013 still lingering for U-M

ANN ARBOR — While Michigan has struggled and Michigan State has soared this year, the memory of last year’s game lingers with both teams. The Spartans’ 29-6 beatdown of the Wolverines, complete with seven sacks and a U-M historic low minus-48 rushing yards, still lingers even heading into Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. matchup at Spartan Stadium. […]

Lions coy on when Johnson will return

ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell has said that he would consider resting receiver Calvin Johnson’s high ankle injury through the team’s bye week, but Caldwell refused to say Monday whether Johnson was close to playing in Sunday’s 24-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Johnson was listed as questionable, which meant that […]

Gustav Nyquist off to strong start

DETROIT — Gustav Nyquist is flustering defenders like a grownup stealing candy from children. He makes it look that easy. Quelling concern he might not do as well this season as last season because he’s now playing with a bullseye as well as a winged wheel on his sweater, Nyquist isn’t just producing, he’s doing […]

ALBOM: Tigers’ wish list for 2015 must include better defense

Did you ever notice how words that begin with “D” are rarely sexy? Divorce. Disappointment. Disillusion. Death. On the other hand, words beginning with “O” have more appeal. Optimism. Opportunity. Opulent. Ooh-la-la. Still, when it comes to sports, a “D” word often is the difference between champions and runners-up. “Defense.” And while the glitzier “offense” […]