Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Matt Patricia got an early taste of what Jimmy Garoppolo was capable of doing as an NFL quarterback. Garoppolo got the chance to match wits with Patricia almost every day in practice as Tom Brady’s backup in New England. Patricia served as defensive coordinator for the Patriots. Now they will face off in a real game when Patricia’s Lions visit San Francisco.
UNDATED (AP) — As much as Big Ten fans and players look forward to marquee matchups early in the season, big nonconference games present a risk for any program with national title aspirations. If No. 25 Michigan State wants to be in the playoff hunt, its margin for error is slim after a loss at Arizona State. The same is true for No. 19 Michigan, which dropped its opener at Notre Dame. This week, the pressure is on No. 4 Ohio State, which faces a tough test against No. 15 TCU.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The son of a former Michigan State University athletic director said it’s a “fabrication” that his father would have covered up a rape allegation made against Larry Nassar in 1992. Pat Perles told ESPN that allegations in a lawsuit Monday against MSU seem to be aimed at getting a “quick payday.” George Perles is an elected member of MSU’s governing board and a former football coach. He also was athletic director until spring 1992.