Opening Day temps in Detroit rise in recent decades due to global warming
DETROIT – Last year, Opening Day was sweltering in Detroit -- which probably has something to do with it being held in July because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, Opening Day is unfolding on time, but with much colder temperatures in addition to new health and safety restrictions. Related: Here’s the Detroit Tigers lineup for Opening Day vs. Cleveland IndiansDespite the frigid cold this Thursday, Opening Day temperatures have been steadily rising over the last few decades due to global warming. AdSince 1970, Opening Day temps have increased by an average 3.3 degrees -- a statistically significant upward trend. Opening Day in Detroit will look much different this year compared to other years due to the pandemic.
Detroit Grand Prix shifts back to one-weekend format for 2021
DETROIT – The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is shifting back to its one-weekend format for 2021. AdWe are excited to bring the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear back to Belle Isle in 2021 and return to a traditional one-weekend format June 11 through the 13, featuring five great races with three incredible racing series. All three series will host races on June 12, with the first Indy Lights racing action on Belle Isle since 2012. Tickets for the Grand Prix are expected to go on sale within the next few weeks. IMSA joins the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights for one amazing race weekend on Belle Isle... Posted by Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Thursday, March 25, 2021Learn more about the Grand Prix below:
Video helps Novi High School hockey team keep playing after opponent tests positive
NOVI – The Novi High School hockey team geared up for Tuesday’s quarterfinals but over the weekend, the season was in jeopardy. Novi played Livonia Stevenson Saturday in the regional final -- a game that ended in an overtime win for the Wildcats. The Wildcats were riding high until Novi’s athletic director received a call from a team they played Thursday in the regional semi-final. There was a positive COVID case on the opposing team, meaning the team would have to quarantine and the season would be over. “A high school hockey game will never be put in front of that, our kids safety or anybody’s safety...
MHSAA announces sites, schedule details for Michigan winter indoor sports finals
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) announced on Wednesday, March 10, the sites for indoor winter sports championship rounds. The Competitive Cheer Finals will move to Breslin Center to allow more fans to attend compared to other venues that were being considered. Girls BasketballWhere: Division 1 and 3 Semifinals at Breslin Center in East Lansing. All four Finals will be played at Breslin Center. All four Finals will be played at Breslin Center.
University of Michigan-Dearborn suspends 20 softball players after holding practice
DEARBORN, Mich. – Twenty members of University of Michigan-Dearborn’s softball team have been suspended after holding practice. The team was originally not allowed to practice for three weeks, but that changed to a two-game suspension for the players. This absolutely feels like retaliation against a young student athlete who called them on the carpet and they didn’t like it,” said Skene’s father, Doug Skene. Doug Skene said this type of first-time infraction should merit a warning as opposed to mass suspensions. Not only was it not allowed, now it’s being recognized as punished,” Doug Skene said.
How Spencer Haywood’s battle with NBA changed the game forever
DETROIT – Elite basketball players often turn pro right after high school, or after a few years of college. His brother signed Haywood up for a high school all-star basketball game in Detroit. He even won a state title at Pershing High School. Haywood wasn’t four years removed from high school, which at the time, was an NBA rule. Despite tensions with the NBA for decades, Haywood was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
University of Michigan-Dearborn athletes fighting to play this spring after season cancellation
DEARBORN – University of Michigan-Dearborn athletes made a plea Thursday after the university cancelled spring sports season for the second straight year. The decision was made Wednesday despite other schools in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference continuing on with their sports. When Skene and the rest of her softball teammates received an email Wednesday canceling the spring sports season again, she said it was heartbreaking. However, Skene started making calls of her own and shared her findings at Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting. “The biggest thing is that we are finally heard and actually being listened to this time, instead of just told to keep our mouth shut and do what we’re told to,” Skene said.
University of Michigan women’s soccer team prepares for first competition in more than a year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – In a usual February, the University of Michigan Women’s Soccer season would be over and done with but because of COVID-19, it’s just beginning. The team spoke with Local 4 about last year and their layoff from game competition. READ: COVID pandemic leads to shortage of referees for Michigan high school sportsThey ended last year on a high note. They had a Big 10 final appearance and they made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. They want to win the Big 10 and make it farther in the NCAA Tournament than they did last year.
COVID pandemic leads to shortage of referees for Michigan high school sports
The battle over high school sports may be settled for now in Michigan, but there’s a new issue emerging because of the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of referees are choosing to stay on the sidelines and sitting it out, at least for now, and the Michigan High School Athletic Association will have to work around it. He said that’s worst-case scenario because the MHSAA is determined to let student athletes play despite officials being down in Michigan by about 30%. Scott Waldendowski -- who officiates in the Macomb Area Conference -- said he sees firsthand there’s a lot of work for officials like himself. READ: Michigan high school basketball, hockey players have to wear masks during gamesDue to the shortage, MHSAA is currently hiring.
Curry scores 28, Warriors jump on Pistons to win 118-91
SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry scored 28 points, knocking down six 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors raced to an early lead on the way to a 118-91 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. AdThe Pistons, similar to Golden State, are trying to gain momentum but couldn’t build off a big win two nights earlier with a cold night shooting. ... Curry and Brad Wanamaker had seven assists apiece, and Draymond Green added six as Golden State finished with 34. 2 draft pick James Wiseman came off the bench for the fourth straight game and contributed 11 points and nine rebounds. ... Golden State is 2-2 at home vs. the East.
Michigan parents set to file lawsuit demanding restart of high school sports
LANSING, Mich. – A group of high school parents is preparing to sue the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director, demanding indoor sports be reinstated by next week. The health department has not indicated it’s interested in reinstating indoor sports. READ: Detroit schools superintendent urges Whitmer to resume high school contact sportsThe group, Let Them Play, Inc. sent a letter to new MDHHS director Elizabeth Hertel. It’s promising a lawsuit unless winter high school sports are reopened by next Monday. Kampe tweeted that he wanted to see high school sports opened back up.
University of Detroit Mercy women’s basketball team accuses coach of abuse
DETROIT – The University of Detroit Mercy has pulled the plug on the rest of the women’s basketball season amid complaints that the coach is abusing her players. The university announced Thursday night that the women’s basketball season is over, after some serious claims against the program. “Emotional abuse, physical abuse in terms of going way over the allotted hours the NCAA provides. The allegations were made by parents of the 14 players on the team, saying the problem is with first-year coach Ann Marie Gilbert. We have talked with all players and members of our women’s basketball program about their concerns.
University of Michigan Boxing Club fights to survive after university pulls sponsorship
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Last March, the University of Michigan informed the Boxing Club that they would no longer be a sponsored sport. Despite their efforts to appeal, it looks like boxing will cease to exist on campus. The boxing club dates back to the 1940s and the modern iteration started back up in 1983. It’s a club sport, not varsity -- meaning the university sponsors it and provides the space to train. The university said the boxing club can pursue status as a voluntary student organization, which would allow students to continue to box.
Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over Lions
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT – Kirk Cousins danced in the end zone after running for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Vikings went on to celebrate the end of a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the lowly Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Vikings (7-9) failed for the fourth time in a decade to make two straight trips to the playoffs. The Lions (5-11) lost their last four games eight of 10 after going into November with a .500 record under former coach Matt Patricia. In a matchup without postseason implications, the Vikings and Lions combined to play a closely contested game with a lot of highlights and lowlights. Alexander Mattison ran for 16 yards to convert a fourth-and-1 from the Lions 25 with 2:28 left, allowing the Vikings to run out the clock to seal the win.
Minnesota Vikings defeat Detroit Lions at Ford Field
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 23: Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball against Anthony Zettel #69 of the Detroit Lions and Tahir Whitehead #59 for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions during the first half at Ford Field on November 23, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)DETROIT – The Detroit Lions lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Ford Field in their last game of the season. Highlights: Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over LionsBefore the gameThis season will end like so many others for Matthew Stafford: His Detroit Lions have a losing record and won’t be in the postseason. What’s different now is that there are real questions about Stafford’s future with the Lions. “All I’m thinking about is the Vikings and trying to get myself healthy.
Lions activate Shelton, release Herron prior to finale
Detroit Lions head coach Darrell Bevell carries a game ball as he leaves the field following a 34-30 win over the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Tom Wilson retiring after spending decades at the center of live Detroit entertainment, sports
It was announced that Wilson is retiring at the end of 2020. His retirement is giving him some time to reflect on all that he helped achieve in Detroit sports over the course of four decades. He spent 32 years working for former Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson. First, with the Pistons and most notably as president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment. In February 2010, Wilson was hired by Olympia Entertainment to help develop a new home for the Red Wings.
Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell, 4 other coaches forced to sit out upcoming game due to COVID protocols
DETROIT – Detroit Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell and four assistants will be forced to sit out Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay after two individuals in the organization tested positive for COVID-19. After the Lions let go head of coach Matt Patricia, Bevell stepped in as interim coach for the team. Now the Lions will have an interim coach to replace their interim coach who has to sit out Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers due to the NFL’s COVID protocols. On game day, Bevell won’t be able to communicate with the interim coaches. NFL rules state that the coaches can’t have any contact, so the assistant coaches stepping in will be all on their own.
Detroit-built technology aims to change the game in sailboat racing
DETROIT – Racing sailboats is a niche sport, but it’s popular here in the Great Lakes state. A new technology -- developed locally in the Motor City -- is a finalist for the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award. Several local sailboat enthusiasts wanted to reduce the environmental impact of the sport and came up with a new technology that has them in the running for a big prize. “When we were selected, it was a pretty powerful moment for the whole team,” said Kevin Morin. Morin, along with 10 others, invented the MarkSetBot -- a done that hovers in the water and acts as a marker during sailboat races.
Michigan high school athletes, coaches anxious for game plan from state amid COVID restrictions
Michigan’s “three-week pause” is set to expire on Dec. 8, meaning fall high school sports could wrap up and make way for winter sports. High school coaches and teams are eager to get back to playing -- especially at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, where the football team was three wins away from a state title. The Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) recently released dates for regionals, semi finals and final competitions, and the MLK Crusaders are ready to compete. But coaches say that if restrictions affecting high school sports are extended further than Dec. 8, fall teams likely won’t be able to finish their seasons this year. “... for us at Martin Luther King, (we’d) have to move on to 2021.”As for high school winter sports, wresting hasn’t yet begun.
Former Detroit college basketball star Duerod dies at age 64
DETROIT – Terry Duerod, a college basketball standout who played for Dick Vitale at the University of Detroit Mercy in the 1970s before winning an NBA title with the Boston Celtics, has died. The school announced Duerod's death Friday and said he'd been fighting Leukemia. Vitale said in that news release that he'd found out from Duerod's wife about his death. In 1977 — Vitale's last year coaching at the school — the Titans won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time. He played two more at Detroit after that, averaging 23.3 points a game as a senior and helping the team to another NCAA Tournament appearance.
Michigan high school athletes adapt to COVID policies in preparation for winter season amid rising cases
GROSSE POINTE, Mich. – As COVID-19 cases rise throughout Michigan, high school sports teams must adapt to new policies and procedures. At Grosse Pointe South, the varsity girl’s basketball team has begun practicing for the winter season. Other high school winter sports are required to wear masks 100 percent of the time, like wrestling and competitive cheerleading. Geoff Kimmerly, a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) says the decision to play winter sports is left to each individual school district. Related: MHSAA confirms winter high school sports in Michigan will start on time
Detroit Lions staff member tests positive for COVID
DETROIT – A Detroit Lions staff member has tested positive for COVID-19, officials announced Friday. The Lions' communications department issued a statement Friday evening saying that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and the club is taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. “Our club was notified today that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The news comes just after Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday. Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise throughout the state of Michigan and the U.S.On Thursday, Michigan reported its single-highest increase in COVID-19 cases -- 5,170.
Unified sports gains Howell High School national recognition for inclusion
HOWELL, Mich. – Inclusion is a word that’s being used more often and it’s a concept that’s being put into action, especially in schools. One school is embracing inclusion to strongly that its getting national recognition for it. In Howell the Highlanders have a lot of school spirit and take a lot of pride in including everyone. Just this week, Howell was one of 36 high schools in the country -- and the only one from Michigan -- to be named to the 2020 ESPN Honor Roll. To be eligible the school has to demonstrate commitment to inclusion by meeting 10 national standards.
Detroit City FC men’s side claims NISA fall championship
DETROIT – In its first professional season, the Detroit City FC men’s side defeated the Oakland Roots, 2-1, to claim the Fall National Independent Soccer Association title under the lights at Keyworth Stadium on Friday night. City got off to a slow-paced start as Oakland was able to hold on to large amounts of possession in the first half hour. Le Rouge created a few opportunities as a Kevin Venegas cross whipped across the box in the 15th minute but missed the foot of three separate DCFC players. Le Rouge entered the final 45 minutes once again needing a spark. Carroll played every minute over the five matches in the 12-day span for Le Rouge.
Detroit Lions QB Stafford in blog: ‘Police brutality, white privilege, racism - it’s all real. It’s time we stop pretending'
DETROIT – Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is typically pretty quiet outside of the game of football. But when it comes to racism and police brutality, he feels the need to speak up. It’s time we stop pretending, or defending, or just closing our eyes to what’s right in front of us. “If you’re being silent, you’re OK with it,” Detroit safety Duron Harmon said. "You’re OK with what’s happening.
Dull ‘Dagger’: Another collapse costs Lions their opener
DETROIT – If the Detroit Lions' first game was any indication, their “Dagger Time” mantra could use some sharpening. For a second consecutive season, the Lions blew a big fourth-quarter lead in their opening game. On Sunday against Chicago, the Lions allowed the last 21 points in a 27-23 loss to the Bears. Rookie D'Andre Swift, who had scored the game's first touchdown in the second quarter, dropped what could have been the winning TD with 6 seconds left. Don't let this get you down,'” said Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 93 yards in his first game with the Lions.
From classroom to cage: Livingston County educator aims for MMA title
She not only dedicated her career to working with children with special needs, but when when she walks through the elementary school doors, she really mixes it up. Zappitella is small in stature at 4 feet, 11 inches -- not much taller than the elementary school students she worked with. “I knew I wanted to be a fighter.”As a professional MMA fighter, Zappitella is 7-2 -- a bulldog in the game. “If you were making assumptions about her stature, you would be wrong.”Like the assumption that a 4′11″ educator couldn’t also be an MMA World Champion. "I don’t like fighting, but when I get in that cage, I’m a warrior”Zappitella is the main event.
Franklin Football honors former coach Armand Vigna who died from COVID-19
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Livonia community is mourning the loss of a former Franklin High School football coach and his wife. Armand Vigna, 84, died Tuesday of coronavirus (COVID-19) -- and just 12 hours later his wife of 61 years, Ruth Vigna, died. Friday night almost felt like a game night -- but the people there were mostly former players and coaches. The school honored Vigna with the marquee lights, field lights and lit the scoreboard up with the final score from the 1975 championship game. One final Friday night lights for the former coach and his wife.