Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 44 points in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team and the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Clippers 109-104 to snap a four-game skid. Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi had his first career hat trick and the Detroit Red Wings ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Thomas Vanek had two goals for the Red Wings, winners for the second time in 11 games.
DETROIT (AP) — Antoine Davis scored 32 points, 21 in the second half, and Detroit Mercy beat Milwaukee 93-84 to improve to 5-1 in the Horizon League, the Titans’ best conference start since an 8-1 beginning in 1998-99. The freshman Davis, who made five 3-pointers and had seven assists, scored all 11 of his first-half points in the final 4:24 with the Titans leading 42-35 at the break and remaining ahead the entire second half.
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — Sophomore Karmari Newman came off the bench to score a career-high 33 points, 14 better than his previous high, and Oakland rolled to a 90-78 victory over Green Bay. Newman sank 10 of 13 shots, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, and hit 7 of 8 free throws for the Golden Grizzlies (8-11, 4-2 Horizon League), who shot 56 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from distance.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Taylor Mikesell scored 17 points, Shakira Austin had 13 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 9 Maryland used a strong finish to get past Michigan 83-69. The Terrapins led 55-54 before five different players scored in a 13-4 run that made it 68-58 with 5 minutes left, part of a 30-point fourth quarter for Maryland.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has hired former USA Gymnastics executive Rhonda Faehn as a women’s gymnastics coaching consultant. The move was announced after The Michigan Daily reported the hire. USA Gymnastics parted ways with Faehn as senior vice president in May after she was criticized by victims of Larry Nassar. The former national team doctor is now serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.