With rejuvenated star pitcher, Mendon softball looking for revenge in regionals
Lauren Schabes was nothing short of a workhorse for last year’s Mendon softball team. “She has supported Ally every game, and every time she’s out there, she’s one of the girls encouraging her. That’s her family; that’s Mendon, in general. “We were looking at different lineups, and I said, ‘Next year, we’re probably going to move Lauren to the No. “Lauren came in last year’s game sick, and she threw up right before the game, and she didn’t have her A-game,” he said.mlive.com
How to Watch the NHL Western Conference Finals - Colorado Avalanche vs. Edmonton Oilers: Game 4 | Start Time, Preview
The first team to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals might be determined on Monday night in northern Alberta, as the Colorado Avalanche have placed the Edmonton Oilers on the brink of elimination. Watch the NHL Playoffs on DirecTV StreamCOLORADO AVALANCE vs. EDMONTON OILERSGAME 4 (Avalanche lead 3-0)When: Monday, June 6Time: 8 p.m. Compher snuck one through the five-hole of Mike Smith, giving Colorado the lead, one they would hold onto to take a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 4-2 victory. Watch the NHL Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)That goal was Compher’s fifth goal of the playoffs. The depth for Colorado has paid dividends in the conference finals, forcing the Oilers to chase the play.mlive.com
Francouz, Kadri lead Avs to 4-0 win over Oilers in Game 2
Nazem Kadri had three assists in a 2:04 span in the second period, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Utah County Gripped by Bizarre Accusations of Murder and Cannibalization of Kids
Utah County Sheriff, Utah County AttorneyA wild QAnon conspiracy theory that has followers convinced progressives rape and eat kids has bubbled into a small county in Utah.Utah County Attorney David Leavitt, who is running for re-election, is calling for the immediate removal of the county sheriff, Mike Smith, over a bizarre report implicating Leavitt in a “ritualistic” sex ring known for “cannibalizing young children.” The 151-page report, which was released by the sheriff Wednesday among law enews.yahoo.com
How to Watch the NHL Western Conference Finals Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche: Game 1 | Start Time, Preview
Watch the NHL Playoffs on DirecTV StreamEDMONTON OILERS vs. COLORADO AVALANCEGAME 1When: Tuesday, May 31Time: 8 p.m. Makar is second in defensemen scoring in these playoffs, tied with MacKinnon for the team lead with 13 points.\GOTTA SEE IT: HELM THE HERO! 🤯In the final seconds of the third period in Game 6, Darren Helm scores the series-clinching goal to send the Colorado Avalanche to the Conference Finals. Presented by @Charmin pic.twitter.com/gQkwlkuIjG — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 28, 2022Watch the NHL Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Like Colorado, the Edmonton Oilers are a team finally meeting expectations, after years of playoff disappointment as well. He has seemingly just stood pat in his own end, rarely having been called upon to steal a game for the Avalanche.mlive.com
Kane has hat trick, Oilers roll to 8-2 rout of Kings
Evander Kane picked up his first hat trick in a Stanley Cup playoff game, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zach Hyman each had two goals, and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the Los Angeles Kings for the second straight game, posting a 8-2 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.
Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6 - Maple Leafs vs. Lightning, Oilers vs. Kings and More | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
Jesper Fast opened the scoring later in the first period, before Sebastian Aho scored twice to give the Canes a 3-0 lead by the early stages of the second period. Nino Niederreiter also scored twice for Carolina, with defenseman Tony DeAngelo chiming in with three assists. Atlantic Division(2) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (3) Tampa Bay Lightning (Series tied 1-1)Time: 7:30 p.m. Watch the NHL Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division(2) Minnesota Wild vs. (3) St. Louis Blues (Series tied 1-1)Time: 9:30 p.m. They were not able to solve Kings’ netminder Jonathan Quick until the second period, when Leon Draisaitl fired in his second power play goal of the series.mlive.com
DeVante’ Jones knew he might struggle with Michigan transition, and that he’d turn it around
ANN ARBOR -- DeVante’ Jones has an explanation for his unsteady play earlier in the season, his first with Michigan. Jones transferred to Michigan this offseason after four seasons at Coastal Carolina. In Michigan’s ninth game, on Dec. 7 at Nebraska, Jones had eight assists and no turnovers in a blowout win. It’s all about me just shooting with confidence.”Southern Utah, like Minnesota, went under Jones’ ball screens, daring him to shoot. See also: The NBA showed up at Crisler Center for Juwan Howard, Michigan basketballJones said he recently reached out to Smith and Smith’s predecessor, Zavier Simpson, for advice.mlive.com
What to know as Michigan basketball starts practice for 2021-22 season
Michigan finished last season 23-5, winning the Big Ten regular-season title and coming up one game short of the Final Four. In what will almost certainly be his final college season, Dickinson plans to showcase a more diverse offensive game. Point guard Frankie Collins, wing Isaiah Barnes, and forward Will Tschetter will also fight for minutes. Another portal point guardFor the second year in a row, Howard turned to the transfer portal to find a veteran point guard to replace his outgoing veteran point guard. He’s never been the star, but Brooks has played a key part in Michigan’s success over the past four years (105-32 record, three banners).mlive.com
Tom Izzo, Juwan Howard navigate transfer portal in their own way
A year after it had launched, Tom Izzo had fully made up his mind about the transfer portal. For Izzo, the advent of the transfer portal means a significant shift in the sport he’s coached for decades. RELATED: Freedom and chaos: How the transfer portal is changing the sports landscape at Michigan and Michigan StateIn 2021, more than 1,500 college basketball players have entered the transfer portal in its third offseason of existence. Howard has espoused none of the same reservations while diving into the transfer portal waters. The state’s two Big Ten college basketball coaches have different outward attitudes regarding the NCAA transfer portal.mlive.com
Freedom and chaos: How the transfer portal is changing the sports landscape at Michigan and Michigan State
What is the portal and how it worksThe transfer portal streamlines the process and gives athletes more power. Michigan football: Mostly a one-way streetMore than three dozen Michigan football players have entered their name into the NCAA transfer portal since it launched. Is he learning anything from it?”Michigan State basketball: An offseason of changeThe effects of the transfer portal were slow to appear within Michigan State basketball. Michigan State football: A roster purgeAfter Dantonio retired following 13 seasons leading the program, Tucker was hired in Feb. 2020. That fresh start and immediate opportunity is thanks to the transfer portal, something that didn’t exist just a few years ago.mlive.com
Riddell fire leads to shortage of helmets for Michigan high school football teams
The early bird gets the worm, and the early coach gets the helmet. Michigan high school football coaches are facing a helmet shortage heading into the 2021 season, thanks to several factors that are limiting the production of Riddell helmets, especially the preferred SpeedFlex model. “Additionally, a supplier of Riddell football helmet components recently experienced a catastrophic fire. As a result, production of select Riddell football helmets is limited, and delivery timelines will be impacted.”According to the statement, Riddell expects helmets to arrive for use at some point before the end of the season. “We have a player who needs a 3xl helmet and shoulder pads,” St. Charles coach Aaron Gordon said.mlive.com
Lapeer counting on big O-line, All-SVL running back to bounce back from sub-par season
LAPEER, MI – Mike Smith knew his Lapeer football team wasn’t going to steamroll most opponents last season like it had done in the past. Lapeer won three of its first four games before hitting the road to play Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice. Finally, the season mercifully ended when Davison eliminated the Lighting from the playoffs one week later with a 47-6 victory. “He’s a really good receiver, he’s a really good running back, he’s a good defensive back (and) linebacker. MORE:2020 All-Saginaw Valley South football teamBrayden McKenna is vital cog for Lapeer football team2021 Flint-area high school football schedulesmlive.com
Michigan’s Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown find NBA homes as undrafted free agents
Michigan’s Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown didn’t get drafted Thursday, but it didn’t take the two guards long afterward to find NBA homes. The 6-foot-5 Brown signed an Exhibit-10 deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, while the 5-foot-11 Smith has agreed to play in the Summer League with the Milwaukee Bucks. “Let’s work,” Brown tweeted after signing the one-year deal that guarantees that he will receive a training-camp invitation. The pair won’t be the only rookies from Michigan competing in the Summer League. 42 overall pick by the Detroit Pistons.mlive.com
Bob Baffert horses go 1-2 in Los Alamitos Derby
Classier held off favored stablemate Defunded by a nose to win the $150,000 Los Alamitos Derby on Sunday, giving embattled trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish in a race he’s won five years in a row and six of the last seven. Classier broke sharply under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and dug in when challenged by 3-5 favorite Defunded at Los Alamitos in Orange County. Defunded returned $2.10.news.yahoo.com
‘It was so clear how much he cared:’ Legendary Saline cross-country coach, teacher remembered
SALINE, MI - Ask any of Mike Smith’s former runners what their biggest fear was while competing for the Saline High School cross country team and you’ll likely get the same answer: They never wanted to let the legendary coach down. “He gave away the most ridiculous amount of awards,” said Chelsie Noble, another member of the 2009 Saline girls’ cross country team. Although Smith was a successful athlete, participating in football, basketball and baseball, his true passion was running, both in track and field and cross country. Donations in Smith’s name can be made to the Coach Smith Scholarship Fund. READ MORE48 miles in 48 hours: Former Saline runners take on daunting task for charitySaline girls win Division 1 state cross country title; Pioneer and Dexter boys finish secondSaline coach matches his father’s state title 60 years latermlive.com
Mendon softball’s ‘bulldog in the circle’ voted Kalamazoo-area Athlete of the Week
The majority of the time, Mendon’s Lauren Schabes is a quiet, kind and easy-going kid not unlike many high school sophomores. “Off the field, she’s so quiet, but she’s a bulldog in the circle, and nothing phases her,” said Mendon softball coach Mike Smith, whose team is ranked eighth in the Division 4 coaches poll. Three of her nearly 200 strikeouts were used to send a message during a mid-May contest and exemplified the intensity Schabes brings to the circle. When you play travel, you play girls your same age, btu at the varsity level, you’re playing girls 17 and 18 years old that have been playing travel and high school ball for a while. She has drawn 18 walks against 21 strikeouts and has successfully stolen 32 of 36 bases.mlive.com
How to Watch the Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets (5/23/21) -- Stanley Cup Playoffs (Game 3) | Channel, Stream, Time
The pressure is on for the one of the most highly touted offenses in the NHL, as the Edmonton Oilers head to Winnipeg for game three against the Jets, down 2-0 in their best-of-seven series. After the Jets pulled out a 4-1 win in game one, the two teams tangled in a goaltending duel on Friday night. The Oilers’ Mike Smith and the Jets Connor Hellebuyck went save-for-save throughout the night, with the goaltenders combining for 74 saves, including 17 in the first period for Smith. Watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)The game went scoreless through regulation, meaning overtime was needed for the eighth time already this postseason. What: NHL North Division PlayoffsWho: (2) Edmonton Oilers vs. (3) Winnipeg Jets (Jets lead 2-0)When: Sunday, May 23Time: 7:00 p.m.mlive.com
Analysis: Picking Medina Spirit in Preakness is a shaky play
The conversation this week should be about how Medina Spirit ran a sensational race at the Kentucky Derby, raving about how the horse’s rags-to-riches story is just the type of feel-good tale that the world needs in some brutally difficult times.
Michigan’s Mike Smith to pursue NBA career
Smith, who arrived at Michigan last year as a graduate transfer from Columbia and started all 28 games at point guard this past season, announced on Wednesday he is pursuing an NBA career. “Next stop for me is the NBA Draft,” Smith wrote in a social media post. One, starting shooting guard Eli Brooks, played some point guard. Michigan brings in point guard Frankie Collins, ranked No. More Michigan basketball content:Michigan basketball recruits wrap impressive final high school seasonsJuwan Howard got his due as a player.mlive.com
The key offseason questions facing Michigan basketball
Juwan Howard, on Thursday, wasn’t ready to discuss the questions facing his Michigan men’s basketball program this offseason. There’s reason to believe Michigan can keep the momentum from a season in which it won the Big Ten regular-season title, earned a No. Michigan has five scholarship seniors: Eli Brooks, Chaundee Brown, Austin Davis, Isaiah Livers, and Mike Smith. The two Big Ten jobs, for which Michigan assistant Saddi Washington figured to be a candidate, have been filled. Even if only the seniors leave, Michigan will need contributions from its newcomers.mlive.com
Eligible to return, Michigan basketball seniors have decisions to make
In most years, Tuesday’s NCAA Tournament loss would have, definitively, been the final college game for Michigan’s men’s basketball seniors. Michigan has five scholarship seniors: Eli Brooks, Chaundee Brown, Austin Davis, Isaiah Livers, and Mike Smith, all of whom started at some point this past season. Whether any of Michigan’s seniors take advantage of this one-time rule remains to be seen. Michigan’s seniors, who, as of Tuesday, would have normally been a part of the program’s past, will be making decisions that influence the program’s future. More Michigan basketball content:Even without ultimate prize, Michigan basketball had a remarkable seasonWhat went wrong for Michigan, especially in crunch time, vs. UCLA‘We’re winning now’: Michigan’s transfers Smith and Brown have been the perfect additionsmlive.com
Juzang sends No. 11 seed UCLA past Michigan to Final Four
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS – UCLA has made more trips to the Final Four than any program but North Carolina. AdThey were clinging to a 50-49 lead when Michigan called a timeout with 19 seconds to go, intending to set up the game's final shot. The buzzer sounded and UCLA began to celebrate, only for the officials to put a half-second back on the clock. They were 3 of 11 beyond the arc, shot 39% overall and couldn't make one at the end. UCLA won a regional semifinal in 2006 and the Bulldogs returned the favor in the 2015 regional semifinals.
Inside the coaching, preparation that has Michigan rolling in the NCAA Tournament
Michigan dominated Florida State 76-58 on Sunday night to get within one game of the Final Four. The Wolverines beat LSU on Monday night, and coaches immediately went to work studying Florida State and assembling a game plan. (It appears most, if not all Sweet 16 teams did these activities, set up by the NCAA; Florida State certainly did). It had been two seasons since Florida State had lost by 18 points; three since it lost by more than that. “I thought they did an excellent job in their preparation and their execution,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said.mlive.com
Inside job: Michigan goes to the paint to top FSU 76-58
The evening's most telling stat was points in the paint: Michigan 50, Florida State 28. Other lowlights for the Seminoles:— 14 turnovers, including 10 in the first half that led to 16 Michigan points. Adding to the trouble, Walker, the team's leading scorer this season, rolled his ankle at the 14-minute mark of the second half. FSU went on a mini-tear when Osborne and Polite made back-to-back 3s to trim Michigan's lead to five early in the second half. Driving the lane and making the extra pass underneath, the Wolverines made 11 of their first 13 shots in the second half.
Senior savvy: Experience shines through in NCAA Tournament
Michigan guard Eli Brooks celebrates after making a 3-point basket during the second half of a second-round game against LSU in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium Monday, March 22, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Michigan's second-round game against LSU was intense from the start. One player for the Wolverines seemed calm and steady — guard Eli Brooks. In fact, Brooks' coach — Fab Five standout Juwan Howard — played a big role in setting that trend. Oregon's three senior starters — Chris Duarte, LJ Figueroa and Eugene Omoruyi — combined for 61 points in a second-round win over Iowa.
Michigan outlasts LSU 86-78 to advance to Sweet 16: Live updates recap
FINAL: Michigan 86, LSU 78The Wolverines outscored the Tigers 43-36 in the second half to advance to the Sweet 16. 0:44 – Michigan 84, LSU 78It isn’t over yet as Mike Smith airballed a triple and Cameron Thomas made a layup at the other end. Javonte Smart hit a mid-range jumper and Cameron Thomas drilled a 3 to extend the Tigers’ run to 12-3. HALFTIME: Michigan 43, LSU 42FIRST HALF0:00 – Michigan 43, LSU 42Michigan rallied from nine down to take a lead into halftime. 12:13 – LSU 19, Michigan 12Michigan has had no answer for Cameron Thomas, already is up to 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.mlive.com
No. 1 Michigan beats Texas Southern, moves on to play No. 8 LSU in second round of NCAA Tournament
16 seed Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 13 North Texas -- Michigan didn’t leave any doubt from the tip. The Wolverines scored the first seven points of the game and never let Texas Southern back within a possession. Zeb Jackson #3 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the first half against the Texas Southern Tigers in the first round game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Mackey Arena on March 20, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (2021 Getty Images)Michael Weathers scored 24 points for Texas Southern on 8-for-18 shooting.
Michigan downs Texas Southern 82-66 in NCAA Tournament opener: Live updates recap
3:27 – Michigan 73, Texas Southern 61The Tigers aren’t going away, using a 7-0 run to get back to within 12. 4:01 – Michigan 73, Texas Southern 57The fouls are mounting for Michigan, which now has 19. HALFTIME: Michigan 42, Texas Southern 24FIRST HALF0:00 – Michigan 42, Texas Southern 24Mike Smith heated up at the end of the half and made a layup late to extend the lead to 18. 11:44 – Michigan 17, Texas Southern 8After a hot start shooting, Michigan has gone cold. MORE: Get to know Texas Southern, Michigan’s opening opponent in NCAA TournamentMichigan basketball gameday: NCAA Tournament opener vs. Texas SouthernInside the NCAA Tournament bubble with Michigan basketballmlive.com
NCAA Tournament 2021 East Region Preview: Michigan Won’t Have Isaiah Livers, Can They Still Make A Final Four Run?
2 AlabamaThe Crimson Tide completed the double winning both the regular season and conference tournament titles in the SEC. 3 TexasThe Longhorns finished third in the Big 12 in the regular season before winning the conference tournament. 8 LSUThe Tigers finished third in the SEC and fell just short against Alabama in the conference tournament championship game. 12 GeorgetownThe Hoyas stunned the Big East, finishing eighth in the regular season before running through the conference tournament to win the automatic bid. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas SouthernMount St. Mary’s won the Northeast Conference tournament after finishing third in the regular season.detroit.cbslocal.com
Inside Michigan’s final play against Ohio State
The Wolverines rallied, with some help from Ohio State. Ohio State called timeout. Sure enough, an Ohio State player stepped out of bounds with 28 seconds left. Ohio State switched its defenders, putting its 6-foot-7 center E.J. The rebound was deflected to the ground, neither team gaining possession before the final buzzer sounded and the scoreboard read Ohio State 68, Michigan 67.mlive.com
Michigan loses heartbreaker to Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament semis
Mike Smith’s jumper misfired, and Ohio State escaped with a 68-67 win on Saturday. Ohio State made 3s and Michigan made free throws. Duane Washington Jr., a Grand Rapids native who scored 30 in the regular-season meeting with Michigan, scored 24 on Saturday. Michigan beat Ohio State on Feb. 21 in Columbus 92-87. Ohio State (21-8), the fifth seed, advanced to Sunday’s championship to play the winner of Illinois vs. Iowa.mlive.com
Michigan’s rally comes up short in 68-67 loss to Ohio State in Big Ten semis: Live updates recap
SECOND HALF0:00 – Ohio State 68, Michigan 67Duane Washington stepped out of bounds while driving baseline for another OSU turnovers. 3:40 – Ohio State 65, Michigan 55The Wolverines’ offense is starting to heat up but they can’t get a stop at the other end. 7:18 -- Ohio State 56, Michigan 45Duane Washington remains hot, scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half. 10:21 – Ohio State 47, Michigan 43The Buckeyes are back on top with a Duane Washington Jr. 3-pointer. 1:24 -- Michigan 25, Ohio State 21Despite hitting just one of its last 10 shots, Michigan is on a 7-0 run.mlive.com
Michigan’s Mike Smith waited 5 years to taste March Madness, brilliant in debut
The other, Mike Smith, had not played in a single postseason game before Friday. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon saw how important Smith was in two regular-season games against Michigan, so he had Darryl Morsell defend Smith on Friday. Smith still carved up Maryland, going one on one or using ball screens to score and facilitate. His 15 assists were not just a career high but the most in the history of the Big Ten Tournament, played since 1998. Ayala, a junior, said the only other team he’s faced in his career as good as this Michigan team is Virginia during the 2018-19 season.mlive.com
Michigan rallies to beat Maryland in Big Ten Tournament; Juwan Howard ejected
INDIANAPOLIS -- Exactly one year after Michigan’s postseason ended before it began, the Wolverines again took the court in Indianapolis to start the Big Ten Tournament. It appears his beef was with the referees and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon. Maryland scored the first five points after the incident, including one free throw for Howard’s technical, to cut Michigan’s lead to five. After Howard was ejected from his first postseason game as coach, associate head coach Phil Martelli acted as interim head coach. Smith, a transfer from Columbia, and Brown (from Wake Forest) had never won a postseason game in their college careers, spanning a combined seven seasons.mlive.com
Michigan advances to Big Ten semis with 79-66 win over Maryland: Live updates recap
7:21 -- Michigan 65, Maryland 52After Juwan Howard was ejected, Maryland responded with a 5-0 run, but Michigan answered with eight straight points, including 3-pointers from Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner. 16:20 -- Michigan 49, Maryland 42After playing just six minutes in the first half, Hunter Dickinson was back to start the second half. 20:00 -- Michigan 0, Maryland 0With shooting guard Eli Brooks back in the starting lineup, Michigan is back to full strength. ***PREGAME UPDATES- Eli Brooks is in the staring lineup for the Wolverines- Michigan starting shooting guard Eli Brooks is dressed and taking part in warmups. Pregame warmups featuring Eli Brooks pic.twitter.com/fk7uwHobGx — Andrew Kahn (@AndrewKahn) March 12, 2021****Michigan’s quest for a men’s basketball Big Ten Tournament title begins Friday.mlive.com
Michigan basketball’s Juwan Howard named Big Ten Coach of the Year
Michigan coach Juwan Howard holds a championship sign after after the team's win over Michigan State in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in just his second season leading the Wolverines. RELATED: Hunter Dickinson named Big Ten Freshman of the YearHoward was an easy choice for the award after leading Michigan to a surprising Big Ten regular season championship. Next Up ....Juwan Howard has been named the COACH OF THE YEAR by the Coaches & Media! Head coach Juwan Howard of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates his teams Big Ten championship after defeating the Michigan State Spartans 69-50 at Crisler Arena on March 04, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Despite having no COVID-19 cases, the basketball team was shut down for two weeks without any team practices or workouts.
From afterthought to champion: Despite dominance, Michigan’s Big Ten title is an underdog story
The Michigan Wolverines celebrate their 2021 Big Ten Championship after defeating the Michigan State Spartans 69-50 at Crisler Arena on March 04, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Head coach Juwan Howard of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates his teams Big Ten championship after defeating the Michigan State Spartans 69-50 at Crisler Arena on March 04, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Twenty sluggish minutes left Michigan with a 14-point deficit against Wisconsin in an arena Big Ten teams almost never escape with wins. Another matchup with rival Michigan State looms this weekend, and then they’ll be a No. “I want the natty, too.”There’s still a long way to go, but as we’ve learned, doubt this Michigan team at your own risk.
No. 2 Michigan clinches Big Ten, beats Michigan State 69-50
2 Michigan wrapped up the Big Ten title with a 69-50 victory over rival Michigan State on Thursday night. The Wolverines won it again in 2014. Aaron Henry scored 14 points for Michigan State (14-11, 8-11), which will finish with a losing conference record for the first time since 1993. Michigan State went 0 for 9 from 3-point range, its first game without a 3 since Nov. 15, 2013 against Columbia, according to Sportradar. MOTIVATIONAL VIDEOFormer Michigan State star Draymond Green made an appearance in a pregame video the Wolverines watched.
Michigan beats Michigan State, clinches Big Ten title
Michigan topped Michigan State 69-50 at Crisler Center to improve to 14-2 in the Big Ten, guaranteeing the program’s first regular-season championship since 2013-14. The Spartans, still looking to solidify their NCAA Tournament résumé, fell to 14-11 and 8-11 in the Big Ten, the first time Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will finish under .500 in the Big Ten. Michigan State was 0-for-9 from 3. Michigan State cut it to 18-16 -- Henry delivered his second emphatic dunk -- with 7:43 left, at which point the Wolverines had seven turnovers. With 2:43 left in the half, Wagner was whistled for a foul on Henry.mlive.com
It will be unique Senior Night for Michigan basketball’s massive, potentially record-breaking group
Michigan’s achievements will come as no surprise, however, during the Senior Night ceremony following Thursday’s home game against Michigan State. That’s fair, considering just two other Big Ten teams have more than four seniors, with Wisconsin having the second most, behind Michigan, with seven. The added wrinkle is that this season does not count towards eligibility, meaning any senior could return for another season. Late in a game early last season, Wilson threw a long-distance bounce pass to Ozuna-Harrison for a layup. Even with last season being cut short and this year’s abbreviated schedule, Michigan’s seniors have a chance to become the program’s all-time winningest players.mlive.com
On Michigan, everybody is a two-way player, even offensive-minded Isaiah Livers
Isaiah Livers is honest about the type of player he was earlier in his Michigan career. That approach was not going to land Livers his preferred job out of college, and he knew it. “He’s what a two-way player is all about,” Howard said after the Indiana win. As good of an outside shooter as he is, he realized he wasn’t going to get there on his shot alone. Over his career, he’s gradually increased how often he’s gotten to the free throw line.mlive.com
Iowa coach: Transfers key to Michigan basketball’s emergence this season
Michigan and Iowa’s basketball team split last season’s two-game series and combined to score more than 170 points in each. Several of the Wolverines’ top contributors this season, such as returning starters Isaiah Livers, Franz Wagner and Eli Brooks, are familiar to Hawkeyes coach Fran McCaffery. But others, like transfers Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown, have quickly garnered McCaffery’s attention ahead of Thursday’s top-10 matchup in Ann Arbor. “It is the grad transfers,” McCaffery said Tuesday of Michigan’s emergence this season. Eli Brooks is terrific and they are all veteran guys.mlive.com
Michigan takes Ohio State’s best punch, picks up best win of college basketball season
Michigan defeated Ohio State 92-87. 4 Ohio State -- it’s hard not to call it the best win of the entire college basketball season. The team Michigan met Sunday was on a seven-game winning streak and named a No. The actual committee members who decide the NCAA Tournament field said as of now, Ohio State is a No. Most importantly, Michigan beat Ohio State at its best.
‘We’re winning now’: Michigan’s transfers have been the perfect additions
Michigan is winning big, and the two transfers are a big reason why. Last season at Columbia, Smith took almost 2.5 times more shots than any of his teammates. In five games this season he’s made at least two 3s, and he brings an incredible defensive intensity. Brown’s win totals at Wake Forest were 11, 11, and 13. Wake Forest won at home on a jumper in the final seconds.mlive.com
Pick your poison against Michigan basketball
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan assistant Phil Martelli said that Minnesota provided a road map for how to beat the Wolverines. Michigan started its previous game without the focus or intensity needed to win in the Big Ten. Dickinson had the worst game of his young career against Minnesota’s double teams, scoring a season-low nine points and committing five turnovers. When the Terrapins deployed double teams, and they did often, Michigan had a plan. He’d chosen to play Dickinson straight up in the first meeting, only for the big man to score 26 points in a Michigan win.mlive.com
Michigan basketball is still undefeated through 10 games -- here’s how
Isaiah Livers #2 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Crisler Arena on January 06, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In its two first ranked matchups of the season, Michigan completely blasted No. Head coach Juwan Howard of the Michigan Wolverines yells during the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Crisler Arena on January 06, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a team, Michigan shoots 35.8%, which is tied for 100th in the nation. Chaundee Brown #15 of the Michigan Wolverines and Jaron Faulds #44 of the Michigan Wolverines talk after their win against the Ball State Cardinals at Crisler Arena on December 02, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Michigan basketball game postponed Saturday due to COVID-19 cases in Penn State program
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan basketball’s game against Penn State on Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Penn State program. Penn State men’s basketball has paused all team-related activities due to positive COVID-19 results among its Tier 1 personnel. Due to the pause, the Nittany Lions’ home games against Michigan (Jan. 9) and Rutgers (Jan. 12) have been postponed. https://t.co/x9vHy0jo4x — Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) January 6, 2021“The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options,” Penn State said in a release. In the first meeting against Penn State this season, Michigan survived, 62-58, after trailing in the final minutes at the Crisler Center.
Michigan basketball is humming right now. How can it get even better?
Dickinson turned and fired to Brown up top, and he popped it to Brooks on the right wing. The Dickinson dilemmaHunter Dickinson was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week on Monday for the fourth time. “I want to see us do a better job of taking care of the ball, making the simple plays,” Howard said after the Northwestern game. The 3-point defense hasn’t been nearly as good. Like turnovers, 3-point defense was something more than one Wolverine mentioned, including Howard.mlive.com
Mike Smith and Michigan basketball have been a win-win
His comfort level has risen with each game, and Michigan beat Maryland on Thursday to remain undefeated. “Mike is reinventing himself,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said after Thursday’s 84-73 victory. A few games into the season, a Michigan staff member admitted the coaching staff was unfairly comparing Smith to his predecessor, Zavier Simpson. A month later, Smith is helping Michigan find a new identity. Most games, Smith has had one or two pretty passes to Dickinson for an uncontested dunk.mlive.com
Detroit Mercy basketball team cancels next 2 games for mental health, well-being of players
Head coach Mike Davis of the Detroit Mercy Titans is seen during the game against the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse on November 12, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. DETROIT – The Detroit Mercy basketball team has canceled its next two games for the mental health and well-being of its players, according to the Horizon League. Detroit’s Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 games against the University of Illinois at Chicago have been canceled. “The pause for a week is only for the mental wellness and safety and not at all due to any positive tests in the Detroit Mercy program.”Detroit last took the court Saturday and Sunday in back-to-back losses against Oakland. “The health and safety of our student-athletes have always been and will continue to be our top priority.
Calif stewards dismiss complaint about Justify drug test
(AP Photo/Peter Morgan, FileARCADIA, Calif. – Stewards at Santa Anita have dismissed complaints filed by the California Horse Racing Board involving the post-race drug tests of Triple Crown winner Justify and another horse in 2018, both of whom were trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert. Stewards John Herbuveaux, Ron Church and Kim Sawyer issued their ruling on the combined cases late Wednesday after hearing evidence and testimony via video on Oct. 29. The CHRB had sought the disqualifications of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby and Hoppertunity from his win in the Tokyo City Cup the following day. Baffert has said that neither horse was administered scopolamine, which is sometimes used to treat mild colic and spasms. The racing board had filed the complaint against Justify as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Mick Ruis, the owner-trainer of Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bolt d'Oro.
From ‘silent assassin’ to ‘head of the snake,’ Eli Brooks’ role is whatever Michigan needs
Simpson is gone, and his replacement is calling Brooks “the head of the snake.” Brooks is among the louder Wolverines on the court, especially on defense. “If you do the little things right, you had a good game,” he said. “If you’re solid, you had a good game. Do the right things. The right things win games.”More Michigan basketball content:Michigan basketball mailbag: Hunter Dickinson’s ceiling, empty arenas, and the loaded Big TenTip times announced for Christmas, New Year’s Eve gamesMichigan recruits, already the No.mlive.com
The new guys have been good, but don’t forget about Michigan senior Isaiah Livers
On Wednesday, he proved his value, posting a game-high 21 points in Michigan’s 84-65 win over Ball State. Livers, for a second straight offseason, worked on his ball handling and vision. A Ball State guard was even with Livers when he grabbed the ball, yet Livers, dribbling, beat him down the court for an uncontested dunk. Livers and Michigan were off and running, and after a rough patch to end the first half, they took control and stayed in control for much of the second half. He ran the offense for a brief stretch in the second half, which included an assist out of a ball screen.mlive.com
Michigan basketball, thanks to a frosh, wins in OT to avoid huge upset vs. Oakland
ANN ARBOR -- Trailing late against a massive underdog, Michigan leaned on a freshman to avoid the upset Sunday night at Crisler Center. Michigan, plagued by foul trouble and turnovers, escaped with an overtime win over Oakland, 81-71. The Wolverines were 31-point favorites against an Oakland squad that entered 0-3 with an average margin of defeat of 31 points. Oakland was swept in tournament last week at Xavier, losing to the host, Toledo, and Bradley on consecutive days. Michigan went right back to Dickinson, who used his best skill -- passing -- to find a cutting Livers for a layup.mlive.com
Michigan basketball readies for 0-3 Oakland, rocked by COVID in preseason
Michigan and Michigan State, the two marquee men’s basketball programs in the state, have avoided COVID-19-related shutdowns. Central Michigan and Western Michigan both canceled games, though that appeared to be because of an issue with the opponent. And the Oakland basketball team, which visits Michigan on Sunday (6:00, BTN), ceased activities for more than two weeks this month due to an outbreak. Against an Oakland team that has struggled mightily defensively so far, Smith should have plenty of chances to get his teammates involved on Sunday. We just have to hope and pray they’re doing what they need to to stay safe.”More Michigan basketball content:Isaiah Livers, Michigan basketball co-captain, on why he knelt during national anthemInside Crisler Center for a strange, quiet Michigan basketball season openerTwo former Michigan basketball stars sign NBA dealsmlive.com
Isaiah Livers, Michigan basketball co-captain, on why he knelt during national anthem
ANN ARBOR -- There was Isaiah Livers before Michigan’s season opener on Wednesday, taking a knee during the pregame national anthem at Crisler Center. Livers, a senior forward, was the lone player in the game to take a knee. It was no surprise that Livers, along with redshirt senior Austin Davis, were named as Michigan’s captains for this season. Michigan publicly announced its captains the day of the game; the team was informed by head coach Juwan Howard about a month ago. More Michigan basketball content:Michigan transfers Chaundee Brown, Mike Smith make quite the first impressionInside Crisler Center for a strange, quiet Michigan basketball season openerTwo former Michigan basketball stars sign NBA dealsmlive.com
Michigan transfers Chaundee Brown, Mike Smith make quite the first impression
Michigan’s two veteran acquisitions, Chaundee Brown and Mike Smith, were Michigan’s top performers in Wednesday’s season-opening victory 96-82 over Bowling Green. Early on, Smith showed great vision and skill with a one-handed cross-court pass to Isaiah Livers for a 3. This past offseason, Howard knew he’d need to replace Simpson. Smith and Brown have played a combined seven college seasons and never come close to a winning season or reaching the NCAA Tournament. They chose Michigan for a variety of reasons, but the opportunity to play for a winner was chief among them.mlive.com
New faces shine as Michigan basketball opens season with win over Bowling Green
Michigan cruised past Bowling Green 96-82 at a mostly empty Crisler Center in the season opener for both teams. Mike Smith, a graduate transfer from Columbia who started at point guard, scored 16 and handed out a game-high eight assists. The Falcons kept it close; Michigan led 43-36 at half, with Livers and Smith combining for 25 points. Both teams returned three starters from last season, though there were questions as to how Michigan would replace point guard Zavier Simpson and center Jon Teske. Smith more than held his own in the opener at point guard; Davis and Dickinson fared well at the center spot.mlive.com
Michigan basketball has a plan to replace point guard Zavier Simpson
Michigan’s starting five this season could very well include two fifth-year seniors and two fourth-year seniors. That’s a luxury in this era of college basketball, and Michigan head coach Juwan Howard knows it. No Big Ten preseason honorsNo Wolverine was chosen for the 10-man preseason All-Big Ten team. Simpson accounted for good chunks of the dribbling and facilitating that happened for Michigan offensively last season. “It hasn’t been hard for me as a coach to get guys to buy into the culture,” Howard said.mlive.com
Zeta barrels northeast after battering storm-weary coast
A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS – A fast-moving Hurricane Zeta barreled northeast Thursday morning after ripping through Louisiana and Mississippi where storm-weary residents were advised to stay indoors overnight while officials assessed the havoc the storm had wrought. Signs outside bars and restaurants swayed back and forth in the wind and palm trees along Canal Street whipped furiously. On Tuesday, Zeta raked across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, toppling trees and briefly cutting power to more than 300,000 people but causing no deaths.
The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS – The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT):10:45 p.m.WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance be expedited to aid state, local and tribal efforts to recover from Hurricane Zeta. — In Bay St. Louis in Mississippi, former mayor Les Fillingame said Hurricane Zeta was “very intense” when it blew through. ____10 p.m.MIAMI — Hurricane Zeta is weakening further but remains a still-dangerous storm as it barrels across Mississippi into the U.S. Southeast. — Louisiana's governor says Hurricane Zeta has caused extensive structural damage to businesses and homes in hard-hit areas of the state's southeast. School officials are calling off school because of the fear of rain, wind and power outages from Hurricane Zeta as it makes its way inland.
End of the line: Coach Quinn, GM Dimitroff fired by Falcons
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stands with Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Quinn was hired by the Falcons in 2015 after a highly successful run as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, highlighted by two straight trips to the Super Bowl. After going 8-8 his first season, Quinn guided the Falcons to one of the greatest years in team history. The Falcons made the playoffs again the following year, losing to eventual Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, but never seemed to fully shake their Super Bowl debacle. Dimitroff kept his job when Smith was fired at the end of the 2014 season after two straight losing campaigns.
Australia minister warns foreign journalists amid China spat
SYDNEY – A senior Australian government minister on Sunday warned foreign journalists working in the country they might come under the scrutiny of federal agencies if they provide a “slanted view” of Australian affairs. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton made the comments during a television interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corp., referring to journalists reporting to “a particular community.”While he didn’t mention China, Dutton's comments come after the evacuation from China last week of Australian journalists Bill Birtles and Mike Smith, who sheltered in Australian diplomatic compounds after being questioned by police. Australian Cheng Lei, who works as a business anchor for CGTN, China’s English-language state broadcaster, earlier was taken into custody. “If people are here as journalists and they’re reporting fairly on the news, then that’s fine,” Dutton told ABC TV's Insiders program. “Australia’s actions in organizing the two journos to hide in the embassy completely exceeds the scope of consular protection and in fact is interference in a Chinese legal case,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other
Kentucky Derby entry Tiz the Law runs during a workout at Churchill Downs, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. The Kentucky Derby still has horses Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite in 31 years but just about everything else makes the 146th edition unlike any other. Quietude cant hurt, said Barclay Tagg, trainer of 3-5 favorite Tiz the Law. Tiz the Law won the Travers by 5 1/2 lengths over the same distance at Saratoga a month ago. A win by Tiz the Law would make Tagg the oldest trainer to win a Derby at age 82.
From Derby DQ to doping, a chaotic year in horse racing
What happened next set horse racing off on a year-long odyssey of chaos. From a historic DQ to doping, lawsuits to a global pandemic, and then a Triple Crown turned upside down. What happened next set horse racing off on a yearlong odyssey of chaos: from a historic DQ to doping, from lawsuits to a pandemic, and now a Triple Crown turned upside down. Instead of leading off on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby shifted to Labor Day weekend. Who would have ever thought youd run the Kentucky Derby with no fans? Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said.
Coronavirus forces changes for Kentucky Derby jockeys
(AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)Jockeys riding in the rescheduled 146th Kentucky Derby have to arrive by Monday and then quarantine upon returning to their home tracks, just one of many changes forced by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially, Churchill Downs had proposed an arrival date of Aug. 24 -- nearly two weeks before the Derby on Sept. 5. Smith will bolster his trip to the Derby with a riding assignment the following weekend at Kentucky Downs near the Tennessee border. Smith will be joined by some other Derby jockeys. Their coronavirus tests from Churchill Downs will be honored at the southern Kentucky track.
Bubble hockey begins: NHL playoff teams adjust to quarantine
When the Boston Bruins boarded their flight bound for Toronto, they thought of it as just another long road trip. NHL players from the 24 playoff teams woke up to their new reality Monday in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Columbus coach John Tortorella won't name his starting goaltender for Game 1 against Toronto until the day before. It's just the start, and it'll take almost a week of daily testing to be sure the NHL can pull this off. But getting into the Toronto and Edmonton bubbles represented an important stride toward playing during a pandemic.
NHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume season
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith warms up for the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton, Alberta. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The NHL and NHL Players' Association agreed Sunday on protocols to resume the season, a major step toward the return of hockey this summer. Assuming approval from owners and players, teams are expected to open training camps July 13 before traveling to two hub cities for games.
NHL, union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith warms up for the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton, Alberta. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The National Hockey League and NHL Players Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the leagues board of governors and players executive committee and full membership.
Report: Justify failed drug test before Kentucky Derby
(CNN) - Triple Crown winner Justify tested positive for drugs in California weeks before he won the Kentucky Derby last year, The New York Times reported. If the state's horse racing officials had followed the rules, the failed drug test would have disqualified the 3-year-old chestnut colt from the famous derby, the paper said in the explosive report Wednesday night. Justify won the Santa Anita Derby on April 7 last year, then failed the drug test after that race, according to the paper. Just over two weeks later, on May 5, Justify won the Kentucky Derby, the first of the three races that make up the Triple Crown. "In addition, I had no input into, or influence on, the decisions made by the California Horse Racing Board," Baffert said.