Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions are in unfamiliar territory. New Orleans has lost consecutive games for the first time in three years. Detroit just ended an 11-game, 11-month losing streak. The matchup of teams with 1-2 records on Sunday at Ford Field may prove to be pivotal. A win would help the Saints stay within at least a game of NFC South-leading Tampa Bay. Detroit is in relatively desperate need to earn two straight victories going into its bye week in part because Green Bay and Chicago are undefeated atop the NFC North.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill that would give Congress the power to dissolve the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of directors and would more than double the federation’s funding for the U.S. Center for SafeSport is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed the House unanimously on Thursday. It was written in response to the sex abuse scandal involving Larry Nassar, the longtime team doctor for USA Gymnastics. Nassar abused more than 300 athletes, according to a congressional report, and is serving decades in prison. Congress concluded that USA Gymnastics and the USOPC “knowingly concealed abuse by Larry Nassar” and enhanced oversight of those organizations was necessary to protect athletes.

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions activated safety Jayron Kearse after he served a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse. Detroit released running back Ty Johnson on Thursday to clear a roster spot for Kearse. Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent. He spent four seasons with Minnesota after being selected in the seventh round in 2016. Kearse was mostly a backup, who played regularly on special teams for the Vikings. Detroit drafted Johnson out of Maryland in the sixth round last year and he had 273 yards rushing as a rookie. 

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. General manager James Click announced Thursday that Verlander had the procedure and said his recovery time is expected to be about 12-14 months. That means the earliest he could pitch again would be in the 2022 season, and it might not be for the Astros. A right-hander who turns 38 in February, Verlander has a $33 million salary next year, then is eligible for free agency.