Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Andre Curbelo scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half, and No. 4 Illinois dismantled No. 2 Michigan with a smothering defensive performance, routing the Wolverines 76-53. Playing again without injured star Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini kept Michigan from clinching the Big Ten title and boosted their own chances at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Trent Frazier led Illinois with 22 points, and Kofi Cockburn added 12. Eli Brooks scored 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Michigan.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Aaron Henry had 18 of his 22 points in the second half, leading Michigan State to a 64-58 win over Indiana in a matchup of teams on the bubble to play in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans broke a ninth-place tie in the conference with the Hoosiers. Michigan State’s Joshua Langford scored 13 points for a team that has won four of its last five games. Indiana’s Rob Phinisee scored 16 points. Trayce Jackson-Davis was held to a season-low nine points for the Hoosiers, who have lost four in a row and five of six.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus scored three second-period goals, Joonas Korpisalo made 19 saves and the Blue Jackets won their first game played in front of home fans in more than a year, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-1. Cam Atkinson had a short-handed goal and an assist, and Riley Nash, Jack Roslovic and Boone Jenner also scored for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a five-game losing streak with their most dominating game in weeks. The state loosened COVID-19 restrictions to allow 1,953 fans. It was the first time the Blue Jackets have played a home game with spectators since March 1, 2020.
UNDATED (AP) — College basketball’s postseason has already turned wild — in the Horizon League, at least. All four quarterfinals in the Horizon Tournament came down to the wire Tuesday night, with three of them going to at least one overtime. Cleveland State, the top seed in the tournament, outlasted Purdue Fort Wayne 108-104 in triple overtime. Second-seeded Wright State wasn’t as fortunate. The Raiders led by 24 with under 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation but eventually lost 94-92 to Milwaukee in overtime. Third-seeded Oakland beat Youngstown State 87-83 in OT. Northern Kentucky didn’t need overtime but beat Detroit Mercy 70-69 on a buzzer-beater.
UNDATED (AP) — When Sam Rapoport envisioned conducting virtually the NFL’s fifth annual Women’s Career in Football Forum, she shuddered. How could the networking, hands-on communications and camaraderie the event has encompassed occur during the COVID-19 pandemic? Yet it did. The 2021 group of 40 women aspiring to NFL jobs as coaches, scouts and front office personnel spent two days last week remotely commingling with Commissioner Roger Goodell and his wife Jane; team owners Sheila Ford Hamp of the Lions and Dee Haslam of the Browns; a variety of general managers and coaches; and several women currently employed by teams.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Big Ten has confirmed that its regular-season basketball championship will be determined based on winning percentage. Michigan, at 13-1 in conference play, is the current leader on the men’s side. Second-place Illinois, which is 14-4, played at Michigan on Tuesday night. The clarification from the league was needed because Michigan is on track to play just 17 conference games, while Illinois is set to play the full 20. On the women’s side, Maryland is 15-1 and Indiana is 14-2.