Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — Michael Fulmer earned his first win since 2018 and the Detroit Tigers built a big lead before holding off the short-handed Houston Astros 6-4 for a three-game sweep. The Astros put five players, including stars José Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yordan Álvarez, on the COVID-19 injured list before the game. Fulmer ended a nine-game skid dating to before he had Tommy John surgery. Detroit manager A.J. Hinch wrapped up a triumphant return to Houston, where he led the Astros to the 2017 title before being suspended and fired for their sign-stealing scandal.
DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team, giving the Los Angeles Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over the Detroit Pistons. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without several key players. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris were all out for Los Angeles. The Clippers trailed by five in the final minute. Jackson also tied the game with a 3-pointer with 19.0 seconds left.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan guard Eli Brooks is returning for a fifth season with the Wolverines. The team announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Brooks has accepted the chance to play an additional year, which the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brooks started 27 games this season and was one of the key players on a team that won the Big Ten title. Michigan reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA. Brooks averaged 9.5 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has a date and an opponent for her mixed martial arts debut with the Professional Fighters League. The promotion tells The Associated Press that Shields will fight Brittney Elkin on June 10. The bout in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will be the beginning of Shields’ daunting quest to add MMA success to her boxing championships, which include professional world titles in three weight classes. Shields announced her decision to take up MMA late last year, telling the AP she was determined to claim championship belts in both of the major combat sports.