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Detroit Lions sign 1st-round draft pick Jeff Okudah, other later draft picks

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Jeff Okudah. The Lions also announced Monday that they signed second-round selection D’Andre Swift along with fifth-round picks Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley. Detroit drafted Okudah, a former Ohio State standout, with ...

Another fast start could actually be meaningful for Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — On their way to 114 defeats last year, the Detroit Tigers actually won seven of their first 10 games, and they were still 12-10 in late April. A start like that this season could mean a lot more. With only 60 games on tap for 2020, the ...

Detroit Tigers release right-handed pitcher Zack Godley

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have cut ties with Zack Godley, giving the right-hander his unconditional release. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says the move was made Monday to give the 30-year-old Godley a chance to sign with another team. Godley is 37-30 with a 4.68 ERA in five major ...

In an instant, the Palace of Auburn Hills is no more

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock ...

Ex-Detroit Tiger, Milwaukee Brave Frank Bolling dies at age 88

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a posted by the funeral home handling ...

First domino to fall? Big 10 scraps nonconference football games this fall

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making ...

Pirates’ Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA ...