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Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. to Declare for NBA Draft, According to Reports

Not that this comes as a surprise (or that the Michigan Wolverines are all that concerned with it this week, as they prepare for the Final Four), but both Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft, according to Forbes’ Darren Heitner. Source: Trey Burke will leave MICH early. Will interview 5 agents: Jeff Schwartz, Arn Tellem, Henry Thomas, Bill Duffy...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Valverde Signs Minor-League Contract With Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers signed Jose Valverde to a minor-league contract on Thursday, one day after Phil Coke blew a save in a 3-2 loss to the Twins. Valverde’s contract includes an out-clause, which triggers on May 5 — if Valverde is not with the Tigers by then, he can void his deal and become a free agent again. But according to GM Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers will “figure out pretty...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Should Name Phil Coke Their Closer, Even After Wednesday’s Setback

Even though he blew a save Wednesday, Phil Coke should be the Tigers’ closer right now. Phil Coke should be given the Detroit Tigers’ closer role, for now, even after Wednesday’s blown save against the Twins. Coke proved himself on the biggest stage last postseason, when he stepped in for Jose Valverde to help lock down games. He also had an excellent opening day performance...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

After Detroit Red Wings Let Another Deadline Pass, Pressure is on Ken Holland to Perform Soon

After another trade deadline passed without a move getting done, Ken Holland needs to do more this offseason to shake up his roster and surround his stars like Henrik Zetterberg with more talent. (Tom Gromak, Flickr) “We like our team. There’s not a deal out there which can make us better. We’ll get a lot of guys back from injury, which should help us moving forward.” ...
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April 04, 2013  |  Discuss

TDSS Tigers Recap, Game 2: Phil Coke Unable to Match Opening Day Success

Your browser does not support iframes. Phil Coke is now 1-for-2 as the Detroit Tigers’ makeshift closer. After cruising to an easy save on opening day against the Minnesota Twins, Coke faltered Wednesday afternoon as the Twins rallied for a 3-2 victory. Just as he did in Monday’s 4-2 Detroit win, Joaquin Benoit opened the ninth inning on the mound, this time protecting a one...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, Final Play: Adreian Payne, Gary Harris and Keith Appling Not Ready for NBA

A bit unexpectedly, the Michigan State Spartans flamed out against the Duke Blue Devils last Friday night without much of a fight. Few things went right late and midway through the second half, and it was obvious the Spartans would be going home. Perhaps the best news from the defeat, though, was that Michigan State would only graduate one senior off a roster in transition which...
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April 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacob Trouba Signs With Winnipeg Jets

Standout defenseman Jacob Trouba will forego his final three years of eligibility with the University of Michigan and sign with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets announced Trouba’s decision on Tuesday night; Trouba later confirmed the news on Twitter. I’m proud to be signing with the @nhljets. Looking forward to starting my career with a great organization. #gojetsgo — Jacob Trouba...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Local Big Ten Hoops Review: Trey Burke’s Shot Could be Miracle Michigan Needs to Win Atlanta

Friday, Trey Burke hit the biggest shot of March Madness so far, and in doing so, gave his Michigan Wolverines a chance to win in Atlanta. (MGoBlog, Flickr) In order for a sports miracle to happen, typically, a number of separate things have align cosmically in the universe and go perfectly right. The result of that happening, though, often drives teams to bigger success. You’ve...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Trade Rumors: Derek Morris an Option With Jay Bouwmeester Gone?

The Detroit Red Wings may set their sights on Phoenix defenseman Derek Morris, following Jay Bouwmeester’s trade from Calgary to St. Louis. That’s what ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun speculated in his “Rumblings” blog on Tuesday morning, one day before the NHL’s trade deadline. According to LeBrun, the Wings were very much in the mix for Bouwmeester, “but, in the end, they didn’t...
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April 02, 2013  |  Discuss

John Beilein, Michigan Basketball Team Do the Harlem Shake: Video

John Beilein finally clinched his first Final Four berth on Sunday afternoon, as Michigan routed Florida in the South Regional final. Then, the calm and collected 60-year-old coach celebrated by joining the apparently never-ending Harlem Shake craze with his team. Courtesy of WDFN1130.com, the evidence of Beilein and the Wolverines — led by senior Corey Person — busting out the...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Michigan Wolverines Celebrate Final Four Berth With Fans: Videos

The Michigan Wolverines returned to Ann Arbor late Sunday night, following an emphatic Elite 8 win over the Florida Gators. They were greeted upon arrival by a throng of Michigan fans, who waited outside Crisler Arena to celebrate the team’s first Final Four berth since 1993. After the players and coaches spent a couple minutes high-fiving the fans, John Beilein grabbed a megaphone...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Rapping Red Wings: Easter Sunday Massacre Proves Detroit Must Shake Things Up Now

History has taught us about the St. Valentines Day Massacre, which saw seven mobsters murdered in Chicago, casting a pall over a day usually reserved for love. Though Easter is traditionally a time reserved to celebrate the virtues of rebirth, that was impossible for anyone watching a hockey game at Joe Louis Arena yesterday or tuned in live on television. Sunday, there was a holiday...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Season Preview, Part Two: Making Some Baseball Predictions for 2013

Will the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants happen to meet again for a World Series rematch? It’s just one of many baseball possibilities in 2013. (rbglasson, Flickr) —You can read part one of our preview here. As everyone can attest, the beginning of any new season just wouldn’t be exciting without offering some predictions. With that in mind, we put our prognosticator...
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April 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Dan DeKeyser Reportedly to Sign With Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings appear to be the big winners in the Dan DeKeyser sweepstakes: #NHL teams being told college prospect Dan Dekeyser has decided on the #Wings. #TradeTracker — Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) March 29, 2013 Can Confirm that Western Michigan D man Dan DeKeyser has agreed to terms with the Detroit Red Wings. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 29, 2013 The highly...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander Signs Extension to Stay With Detroit Tigers Through at Least 2019

Justin Verlander will be a part of the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff through at least the 2019 season. That much is certain after Verlander signed a five-year extension, with an option for a sixth season, that could keep Verlander in the Motor City through 2020. The deal reportedly is worth $140 million over those five extra years; the vesting-option year carries an additional...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Spartan Jump Shots, NCAA Tournament Edition: Michigan State vs. Duke Preview

This week, while many teams celebrated their appearances in the Sweet 16, the Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils were not throwing a party. Each school has some loftier goals in mind as the NCAA Tournament wears on, and will have to go through each other on Friday night to continue their march toward Atlanta. The teams haven’t played in the tournament since 2005, and...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Andre Drummond Will Make First Career Start Against Toronto Raptors

The Detroit Pistons’ season has flown off the rails, but the team should get a little bit of a late boost from the return of promising rookie Andre Drummond. The Pistons’ young center has not played since Feb. 6 because of a back injury. That streak will come to an end Friday night: UPDATE: Andre Drummond (@dre_drummond_) is back in the lineup and will make his first career start...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pavel Datsyuk Corkscrews Logan Couture With Sensational Stick Handling: Video

The Detroit Red Wings had little to get excited about during a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night, but Pavel Datsyuk’s incredible work on a first-period play against Logan Couture was an exception. Datsyuk took a pass off the boards from Johan Franzen deep in the San Jose zone, then proceeded to pull off a crossover move on Couture that looked more appropriate for...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 2013 Season Preview, Part I: Answering Questions About the Roster

Prince Fielder caught the last out as the Detroit Tigers swept the New York Yankees and advanced to the World Series last October. Might there be a repeat this year? (multimediaimpre, AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, Fickr) “This is gonna do it. Prince Fielder wants it. The Tigers are going to the World Series for the eleventh time in franchise history!” -Ernie Johnson of TBS, October...
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March 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Links: Darrius Heyward-Bey to Team Up With Calvin Johnson?

The latest on Darrius Heyward-Bey’s free agency, Amari Spievey’s arrest and other Detroit Lions news and notes for March 28, 2013 … • Darrius Heyward-Bey visited Detroit on Wednesday, 24 hours after he met with the Indianapolis Colts. Heyward-Bey said that the “sky’s the limit” for the Lions’ offense and expressed some excitement at the prospect of playing alongside...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Ramon Santiago Reportedly Put on Trade Block by Detroit Tigers

Ramon Santiago looks set to make the Detroit Tigers’ 25-man opening day roster … but only if the Tigers cannot find a team to trade him to first. Santiago has one year and $2.1 million left on the two-year contract Detroit handed him last offseason. He’s penciled in as the Tigers’ utility infielder behind SS Jhonny Peralta and 2B Omar Infante. However, ESPN’s Buster Olney...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jon Merrill Leaves Michigan, Signs With New Jersey Devils; Jacob Trouba Next?

Jon Merrill has opted to forego his final season at the University of Michigan to sign with the New Jersey Devils, the team that selected him No. 38 overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. This per TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Wednesday morning. Merrill will report to the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany for the remainder of the season, then presumably will have a shot to crack the NHL roster...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Fox Sports Detroit Missed the Boat With Their Firing of Fan Favorite Broadcaster Larry Murphy

Between bench commentator Larry Murphy was unexpectedly fired from Fox Sports Detroit, which was a huge disappointment for the network. (jpowers65, Flickr) Of all the strange things which happen in the middle of a hockey season, the firing of a popular commentator ranks high on the list, especially when the deed is done unexpectedly and in the name of ratings. Larry Murphy, a popular...
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March 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello Wins Spot in Detroit Tigers’ Rotation; Matt Tuiasosopo Makes 25-Man Roster

The Detroit Tigers will bring both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly north for the start of the 2013 regular season, with Porcello claiming the fifth spot in the team’s loaded rotation. That, plus another roster tidbit, came out of the Tigers’ camp on Tuesday: #Tigers announce Porcello will be the 5th starter, Smyly will be in the bullpen; Matt Tuiasosopo has made team, barring...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander Graces the Cover of Sports Illustrated’s Baseball Preview

Despite the presences of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and other stars, Justin Verlander remains the face of the Detroit Tigers franchise — and one of the most recognizable and popular players in baseball, period. To wit: The Tigers’ ace and opening-day starter landed on one of Sports Illustrated’s regional covers this week. Here’s what that cover looks like: Detroit Lions...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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