Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brett Phillips hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays came back from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4. Taylor Walls drew a leadoff walk in the 10th from Bryan Garcia before Phillips sent a 3-1 pitch into the right-field seats. Gregory Soto, the fifth Detroit reliever, got his pitching hand on Manuel Margot’s head-high line drive leading off the ninth that went for an infield single. He stayed in with the Tigers ahead 4-1 and walked Francisco Mejía before Brandon Lowe singled. Michael Fulmer replaced Soto and gave up a two-run single to pinch-hitter Yandy Díaz. Randy Arozarena tied it at 4 on a sacrifice fly.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Brown, a College Football Hall of Famer and six-time Pro Bowl selection with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams, has died. He was 84. The Lions and College Football Hall of Fame announced his death on Friday. The Lions said a member of Brown’s family confirmed the death. No cause was given. Brown played 10 years in the NFL. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1960 draft by Detroit. Brown was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in 1967 and joined the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line alongside Deacon Jones, Lamar Lundy and Merlin Olsen for three seasons.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers don’t believe a lopsided loss to start the season should impact their sky-high expectations for what they can accomplish this year. But it sure raises the stakes as they prepare to face the Detroit Lions in a Monday night home opener. Green Bay’s string of six straight season-opening victories ended with a thud when the Packers fell 38-3 to the New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville, Florida. The Packers now will try to win their home opener for a ninth consecutive season. The Lions opened their season by losing 41-33 to the San Francisco 49ers.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Michigan State’s offense has been a surprise this season. So has Miami’s, in a very different way. The Spartans are moving the football more easily than they have in years, and they’ll look to keep that going on Saturday when they visit No. 24 Miami in the first matchup between the schools since 1989. Michigan State has put up at least 38 points in back-to-back regular season games for the first time since 2015 and has topped the 500-yard mark in consecutive games for the first time since 2014. Miami is struggling, averaging 4.6 yards per play in a serious dip from last season.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh is off to a 2-0 start for the second straight season. The Panthers are wary as Western Michigan visits this weeknd. Pitt pulled out an emotional win on the road at Tennessee last week and has a shot to put together the program’s best start in more than 20 years. Coach Pat Narduzzi says his senior-laden unit will be careful not to take the Broncos for granted. Western Michigan was blown out in its opener against Michigan but responded by beating Illinois State.