Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Southeastern and Big Ten conferences have a series of matchups with ranked teams that will have a big impact atop the league standings. Those games include No. 1 Tennessee’s trip to No. 5 Kentucky as the headliner on the week’s AP Top 25 schedule as well as No. 11 Michigan State’s visit to No. 20 Wisconsin. The week also includes No. 2 Duke’s trip to No. 16 Louisville in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 32 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to four with a 121-112 victory over the Washington Wizards. Blake Griffin had 20 of his 31 points in the first half for the Pistons, who haven’t lost since blowing a 25-point lead in a home defeat against the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 2.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed linebacker Steve Longa and defensive end Mitchell Loewen. Detroit made the moves before coach Matt Patricia and team executives answered questions from season ticket holders at Ford Field. Longa had a season-ending knee injury last year during the preseason with the Lions after being a key player on special teams for them in 2017. Longa played in one game in Detroit in 2016 after being signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shay Colley scored a career-high 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting to help No. 23 Michigan State beat Indiana 77-61 and avenge a loss to the Hoosiers earlier this season. Taryn McCutcheon finished with 12 points and Nia Clouden scored 11 for Michigan State.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Plans are in the works for a universal-access canoe and kayak launch at Riverside Park in western Michigan. The project is supported by a $150,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport grant and $80,000 from Grand Rapids’ parks millage. The project is scheduled to begin in 2020. Renovations will include replacing an old dock with a universal-access canoe and kayak launch; replacing restrooms; and widening pathways.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — No. 2 Duke showed another gear by hitting from the outside to beat No. 3 Virginia and earn a regular-season sweep of the Cavaliers. Duke’s win headlined the week’s AP Top 25 schedule. That included No. 1 Tennessee pushing its winning streak to 18 games, No. 8 North Carolina reaching 9-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and No. 7 Michigan doing a better job against No. 19 Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.