Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
UNDATED (AP) — Dontay Demus and Ronnie Bell, two of the top receivers in the Big Ten, are out for the season after getting injured on special teams. Bell was hurt in Michigan’s season opener returning a punt, and Maryland lost Demus while he was running back a kickoff in a game earlier this month. As much as teams want to have their most dynamic players return kicks, there is obviously some risk. Still, many teams put top playmakers in return roles. Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson did it for Michigan in the past. Jayden Reed has been a big part of Michigan State’s resurgence this year, both at receiver and as a punt returner.
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Detroit Lions standout center Frank Ragnow has a season-ending toe injury that requires surgery. The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not provided an update on Ragnow’s condition. Ragnow was hurt earlier this month at Chicago after he snapped the ball off quarterback Jared Goff and into the hands of Bears defensive lineman Bilal Nichols. Ragnow went on injured reserve last week and center Evan Brown made the first start of his three-year, four-team NFL career last Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons open the season at home Oct. 20 against Chicago. They hope No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham is the superstar they’ve been searching for. The 6-foot-8 guard has a solid surrounding cast. They include forward Jerami Grant, who averaged a team-high 22.3 points last season, and and a pair of 2021 All-Rookie selections in Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart.
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — A school board in northern Michigan plans to send a protest over sportsmanship following a soccer player’s 16-goal record-setting game against a winless team. The backlash over Kevin Hubbell’s performance continued Monday night at a meeting of the Kingsley board. There’s support for sending a protest to the Benzie Central school board. Hubbell is one of the best players in Michigan. He scored 16 goals in a 17-0 victory by Benzie Central over Kingsley, setting state and national records for most goals. Kingsley Superintendent Keith Smith says it was a “cheap shot” against a young team. The Benzie Central coach says he wasn’t trying to humiliate an opponent by keeping Hubbell on offense.
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Campbell wasn’t nearly as emotional Monday afternoon as he had been after his Detroit Lions lost 19-17 to the Minnesota Vikings on another last-second field goal. He still wasn’t happy. The Lions coach choked up repeatedly during his postgame news conference, moments after the Lions had become the first team in NFL history to lose two games on last-play field goals of 50 yards or more in the same season.