Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston shook off a slow start and finished with 23 points to help No. 6 Michigan State beat Purdue 77-59. The Spartans have won nine straight. The Boilermakers had won their previous three games by a combined total of 55 points. Purdue’s Carsen Edwards had a season-low 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, including 2-of-13 from the 3-point line. He entered the game averaging 25.5 points to rank among the nation’s leading scorers.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes says he’s returning for his senior season. Willekes, who broke his leg in the Spartans’ Redbox Bowl loss to Oregon, said on Twitter that he doesn’t want his career at Michigan State to end that way.
DETROIT (AP) — Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia scored 66 seconds apart early in the second period, and the Montreal Canadiens edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for the Red Wings, but Jeff Petry added a goal 19 seconds into the third for Montreal.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — New Ohio State coach Ryan Day has raided rival Michigan for a second assistant coach. The university says Day has hired Michigan linebackers coach Al Washington for the same position on the Ohio State staff. The move comes a day after Day added Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison as co-defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes. The hiring of Washington means Day is parting ways with Bill Davis, who coached linebackers this past season.
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Jaylin Walker scored 23 points and handed out five assists and Philip Whittington added 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead Kent State to an 88-73 victory over Western Michigan. Walker, who came in averaging 22.6 points per game, hit 8 of 19 shots including three from beyond the arc for the Golden Flashes (12-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference).
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired Mike Disner as vice president of football administration. The Lions made the move Tuesday to replace Matt Harriss, who helped them negotiate contracts and manage the salary cap. Disner has ties to the New England Patriots, as do a lot of people who work for the Lions, including general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia. Since 2013, he had handled contract negotiations and managed the cap for the Arizona Cardinals.