Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Brady Singer was stellar for a second straight start, allowing two hits in six innings, and the Kansas City Royals blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0. Singer pitched eight one-hit innings in his previous outing at Cleveland. The rookie right-hander struck out the first five Detroit hitters and retired the first 10. Singer struck out eight with one walk. Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who have won seven of eight. Tarik Skubal allowed two earned runs and four hits in six innings in this matchup of rookie starters. He struck out eight with no walks.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Now that the Big Ten has a rescheduled kickoff weekend, coaches and players can start the sprint to opening day. Expect a wild ride. After postponing the season in early August, the league’s 14 university presidents and chancellors have given teams five weeks to accomplish what typically takes months. Teams must be ready to kick off by Oct. 24 for the start of a most unusual season.
UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after postponing fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. The Big Ten plans to begin its season on Oct. 23 with an eight-game schedule for each team. The development of rapid daily testing for the coronavirus was a major factor in the decision.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman who accused former Badgers football player Quintez Cephus of sexual assault in 2018 is suing the University of Wisconsin-Madison over its decision to reverse Cephus’ expulsion and allow him back on the football team. Cephus was acquitted of sexual assault last year after a jury trial and he was soon re-admitted to the university and was once again catching passes for the Badgers. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison by “Jane Doe” accused the university and its chancellor of ignoring state and federal law by shutting her out of the process that allowed Cephus to be re-admitted and return to the team. Cephus was signed by the Detroit Lions earlier this year.
UNDATED (AP) — Maybe kickers needed preseason more than anyone else. After a virtual offseason and a lack of exhibition games, it was the kickers who looked most out of sorts on opening weekend in the NFL. The 19 missed field goals are the most on the opening week since kickers missed 20 in 1982. There were even five missed extra points, which was tied for the most in Week 1 since it was moved back to its current spot at the 15-yard line in 2015.