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Detroit Lions sign 1st-round draft pick Jeff Okudah, other later draft picks

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed first-round pick Jeff Okudah. The Lions also announced Monday that they signed second-round selection D’Andre Swift along with fifth-round picks Quintez Cephus and Jason Huntley. Detroit drafted Okudah, a former Ohio State standout, with ...

Another fast start could actually be meaningful for Detroit Tigers

By NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer DETROIT — On their way to 114 defeats last year, the Detroit Tigers actually won seven of their first 10 games, and they were still 12-10 in late April. A start like that this season could mean a lot more. With only 60 games on tap for 2020, the ...

Detroit Tigers release right-handed pitcher Zack Godley

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have cut ties with Zack Godley, giving the right-hander his unconditional release. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says the move was made Monday to give the 30-year-old Godley a chance to sign with another team. Godley is 37-30 with a 4.68 ERA in five major ...

In an instant, the Palace of Auburn Hills is no more

AUBURN HILLS (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock ...

Ex-Detroit Tiger, Milwaukee Brave Frank Bolling dies at age 88

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a posted by the funeral home handling ...

First domino to fall? Big 10 scraps nonconference football games this fall

By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making ...

Pirates’ Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020. The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA ...

Mahomes’ big bet on football pays off with $503 million deal

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Patrick Mahomes risked everything when he opted for football over baseball. Turns out, he got baseball money anyway. One day after the former two-sport star got a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, the richest contract in American sports history, the ...

More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB unease

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field. On Tuesday, one day after Major League ...

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson apologizes for anti-Semitic post

By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. Jackson initially posted a screenshot of a quote widely attributed to Adolf Hitler, saying ...

Yanks’ Cole learns safety-protocol lesson in 1st intrasquad

By JAKE SEINER AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole couldn't have expected the New York Yankees to take the ball away from him just one batter into his first home start in the Bronx. But the team's new $324 million ace learned the hard way about one of baseball's new coronavirus ...

NASCAR and IndyCar collide for racing extravaganza at Indy

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The once-frosty schism between the two biggest racing series in the United States has finally thawed and the result is a blockbuster event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — even without fans. NASCAR's elite Cup Series will share a ...

Ski worlds to be held in 2021 despite request to delay

By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — A request by the organizers of next year's skiing world championships in Italy to postpone the event by one year was rejected Thursday by the International Ski Federation. FIS ruled that the event will go ahead from Feb. 9-21, 2021, in Cortina ...

French Open to allow fans in stands at the tournament

PARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year's postponed tournament. The French Tennis Federation said Thursday up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. ...

After renovation, Hoops Hall ready to show off its new look

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Workers wearing black masks and white gloves move through the corridors of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, pushing a cart loaded with high-top sneakers from some of the sport's biggest stars. The gloves are to protect ...

Cubs’ Quintana cuts thumb washing dishes, undergoes surgery

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Already concerned about the depth of their rotation, the Chicago Cubs will have to get by for at least a little while without one starter because of a freak injury. Left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his ...