Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Hernandez pitched five shutout innings and Whit Merrifield drove in a pair of runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1. The win clinched the season series for the Royals, who lead 10-7 with two games remaining. Hernandez allowed two hits, walked three and hit a batter, one start after allowing seven runs in four innings against the Oakland A’s. Four relievers finished, with Scott Barlow pitching the ninth for his 15th save. Detroit’s Casey Mize gave up one run on two hits in three innings. Detroit’s best young pitcher is working as an opener to reduce his innings.
DETROIT (AP) — Lamar Jackson makes dynamic plays with his speedy legs and powerful right arm, lifting the Baltimore Ravens to impressive wins such as their latest one over Kansas City. Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell says Jackson’s skill set compares to Michael Vick Jackson is also close to the former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in the NFL record books. He ran for 100 yards for the ninth time in the regular season to pull within one of Vick’s league record in the win over the Chiefs.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — No. 19 Michigan enters Big Ten play focusing only on Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are off to their best start since 2012, a year after Greg Schiano’s final season of his first stint at the school. Rutgers has not beaten a ranked team since knocking off No. 23 South Florida in 2009. Both teams are 3-0 going into the game in Ann Arbor on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 20 Michigan State is the only Power Five football program with a pair of road upsets this season. Michigan State is off to a 3-0 start that includes a Big Ten win and a No. 20 ranking. The Spartans host Nebraska on Saturday night. The Huskers nearly upset Oklahoma last week, losing by seven points with botched kicks that cost them eight points. Nebraska coach Scott Frost is predicting a “fistfight” of a game.
CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney who represents a former Chicago Blackhawks player who alleges he was sexually assaulted by a then-assistant coach in 2010 says her client has been interviewed for the team’s review of the accusations. A former federal prosecutor has been hired by the Blackhawks to conduct what the team says is an independent investigative review of the allegations in a pair of lawsuits filed against the franchise. In an internal memo sent on June 28, CEO Danny Wirtz said Reid Schar and Jenner & Block LLP “have been directed to follow the facts wherever they lead.”