Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Robbie Grossman and Eric Haase homered as the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five games with a rain-delayed 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have lost seven straight and been outscored 43-3 in five games since the All-Star break. They were shut out in the previous three before Tuesday. Tarik Skubal got the win, giving up one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Three relievers finished for the Tigers. Gregory Soto struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save. Dane Dunning took the loss. The game started 2 hours, 10 minutes late due to thunderstorms in the area.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this year. He could be sidelined next season, too. Turnbull threw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 18. He was 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts this season. The 28-year-old righty has been out since early June with what was called a strained forearm. Turnbull went 3-17 in 2019 as Detroit lost 114 games, but came back last season with a 4-4 record and 3.97 ERA in 11 starts.
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit, you are on the clock. The NBA offseason — if you can call it that — is here. The Milwaukee Bucks officially flipped the league calendar to summer on Tuesday night, capturing their first title in 50 years and turning out the lights on a season that navigated its way through a pandemic to crown a new champion. There isn’t much of a break, of course.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Small business owners in college towns across the country have new opportunities with athletes now allowed to profit from use of their name, image and likeness. Some businesses have already reached endorsement deals with athletes to promote their business. That includes a barbecue restaurant in Arkansas reaching deals with members of the Razorbacks offensive line from the football team. Other businesses are trying to get a better handle on the value of deals in a market that is less than a month old. Some are taking a wait-and-see approach and gathering details.
DETROIT (AP) — Ball State is the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference football title. The Cardinals were picked to defend their championship as the West Division winner in a MAC media poll. Kent State was selected as the favorite to claim the East Division title. Toledo finished second in voting among West Division teams and to win the conference championship. Kent State, Western Michigan, Buffalo and Miami of Ohio also received votes as preseason favorites to win MAC title on Dec. 4 in Detroit.