State Sports Archive

Robbie Ray solid in fall league

DETROIT — After a regular season of unsuccessful starts in the major leagues, Detroit Tigers left-hander Robbie Ray is off to a successful start in the Arizona Fall League. Ray made his second appearance Wednesday, allowing one run in four innings in the Glendale Desert Dogs’ win over Peoria. Ray allowed three hits, walked two […]

U-M’s Funchess keeps cool for MSU game

ANN ARBOR — Devin Funchess did not flinch or grin or smile. Facing the biggest game of Michigan’s season in East Lansing against the nation’s No. 8 team, one that dominated the Wolverines last year, is just the next one up. “It’s a ballgame,” Funchess, U-M’s best receiver, said Tuesday after practice. “They’re the defending […]

Canadiens top Red Wings in OT, 2-1

MONTREAL — Henrik Zetterberg ensured the Detroit Red Wings got at least one point as they took on the hottest team in the East. The Montreal Canadiens didn’t solve Jimmy Howard until three minutes left in regulation, setting up a second-straight overtime game for the Wings. David Desharnais settled matters after 56 more seconds, connecting […]

Lions’ Stafford relishes comeback moments

GUILDFORD, England – Matthew Stafford won’t get full credit for his latest fourth-quarter comeback, and understandably so. Stafford was in the middle of another uninspiring performance Sunday against the New Orleans Saints when Golden Tate sparked the Detroit Lions offense with a 73-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and Glover Quin gave Stafford the short field he needed […]

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 […]