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Tigers release Alex Gonzalez

Detroit — The injury to Jose Iglesias continues to take its toll on the Tigers. Following the season-ending injury to the starting shortstop in the offseason, the Tigers have struggled to fill the position. More

Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

Toronto — Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. More

Dan Dierdorf and Jim Brandstatter weigh in on their history at Michigan

Jim Brandstatter, left, and Dan Dierdorf, here flanking ex-Michigan coach Lloyd Carr at Michigan Stadium, will be reunited as teammates, this time on the radio instead of the field. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

The stories the two share aren't about the grueling nature of playing in the trenches or the demands of their coach, Bo Schembechler. No, they talk about their weight and how they outsmarted Schembechler and their position coach, Jerry Hanlon. More

Bruins' focus for Game 2 against Red Wings: Create more scoring opportunities

Boston's Carl Soderberg tries to get the puck past Detroit's (from left) Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, and Drew Miller in the third period of Game 1. David Guralnick / Detroit News

The Bruins were satisfied with their physical game, and felt they were fine defensively, limiting the Red Wings' scoring chances. But it was their own lack of scoring opportunities that the Bruins feel they need to improve upon heading into Game 2. More

Why do you care how much money Matthew Stafford makes?

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will be one of the highest-paid athletes in the world this season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Stafford ranked sixth among the magazine's list of the 50 top-paid athletes in the world. His listed salary of $31.5 million was topped only by Floyd Mayweather ($73.5 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($50.176 million), Lionel Messi ($50. More

Saturday's golf roundup: Michelle Wie wins LOTTE Championship in her old stomping grounds

Michelle Wie reacts after making a putt for birdie on the 16th hole. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

The 24-year-old American finished at 14-under 274 after coming into the final round trailing third-round leader Angela Stanford by four shots after Friday's play. It was Wie's third career victory on the LPGA Tour, and first since taking the CN Canadian Women's Open in 2010. More

Bruins' Milan Lucic sorry for dirty play to Wings' Danny DeKeyser, fined $5K

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Lucic was apologetic for his spear to the groin area of Danny DeKeyser in the second period of Friday's Game 1. The Red Wings won the game 1-0, with Game 2 on Sunday. Lucic was fined $5,000 for the incident. More

Oklahoma, Florida share NCAA women's gymnastics title

Oklahoma coach KJ Kindler, right, celebrates with her team after their its routine. Butch Dill / Associated Press

Oklahoma and Florida waited uncertainly before both could begin celebrating. The defending champion Gators and first-time winner Oklahoma became the first co-champions in NCAA women's gymnastics, with scores of 198.175 in the Super Six on Saturday night. More

Saturday's high schools roundup: Grosse Pointe South hangs a pair of shutouts on Lakeview

Grosse Pointe South used a strong offense and pinpoint pitching to defeat St. Clair Shores Lakeview 10-0 and 8-0 in a baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. More

Sebastian Vettel finding success more difficult to come by

Infiniti Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany at a pit stop during the qualifying session for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Srdjan Suki / Getty Images

The switch to six-cylinder turbo engines and the introduction of new fuel-saving regulations in the offseason have brought a sudden halt to Vettel's stunning dominance of the sport. In the first three races of this season, he's managed a single podium finish — third place in Malaysia. More

Michigan State hopes for same old results from new defense

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi on what's pleased him most from spring practice: 'The best thing is everybody's been on time for meetings, OK?' Dale G. Young / Detroit News

It doesn't hurt to have defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Pat Narduzzi running the show. He is rarely satisfied and had a tough time early this week coming up with what he is most happy about with just one week left in the spring. More

Friday's golf roundup: K.J. Choi leads rain-delayed RBC Heritage

K.J. Choi reacts after sinking a putt for par on No. 16. Theophil Syslo / Associated Press

K.J. Choi's early tee time and quick start moved him to the top of the rain-delayed RBC Heritage on Friday. Choi shot a 67 to get to 5-under 137, one stroke ahead of Robert Allenby and two in front of a group led by former world No. More

Tigers unlock their own power against homer-happy Angels

Victor Martinez gets a fist bump from third-base coach Dave Clark after his home run in the fifth inning. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels at their own game Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park, slugging a pair of home runs in a 5-2 win to keep them over the .500 mark. It was the Angels who entered the game with an MLB-best 27 homers, including 21 in their previous 10 games. More

Michigan adds recruit Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman to 2014 class

Earlier this week, Michigan announced that it would be losing two of its leading scorers, as Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III were entering the NBA draft after their sophomore seasons. More

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still has replay system under his review

The Tigers had one succesful challenge on Saturday, when Miguel Cabrera was initially called out while trying to advance to third on a fly ball. Third-base umpire Gerry Davis' call was overturned after a 75-second video review. Cabrera scored on a sacrifice fly, helping the Tigers build their lead. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Though he's only lost one challenge — the infamous 'involuntary release' play on Andrew Romine's release of the ball on an attenpted double play — some of the calls still are head-scratchers. More

Long wait, quick end to Hank Aaron's chase of Babe Ruth

Hank Aaron, left, broke Babe Ruth's career major-league home run record 40 years ago this month. Associated Press

The gray finger twisted and spun downward outside the airplane window. This was the start of the second part of a two-season segment of baseball history. More

Overturned challenge helps give Tigers lead over Angels

In the first two weeks of the season, the Tigers have had their share of ups and downs with the new replay rule, getting the benefit of some calls and losing out on others. More

Nationals star Bryce Harper benched for poor hustle in loss to Cardinals

Bryce Harper sits on the bench during the fourth inning. Harper was pulled early from the game after Washington manager Matt Williams said the young outfielder didn't hustle. Harper was taken out after six innings. Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. That would be his final play in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. More

Saturday's NHL playoffs roundup: Blackhawks cheap shot puts Blues in the driver's seat

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) continues to battle for the puck after slipping to the ice against Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell in the second period. Chris Lee / Associated Press

Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. That little crack was all St. Louis needed to put another dent in the Blackhawks' bid for a second straight Stanley Cup title. More

Former Piston Adrian Dantley calls Isiah Thomas 'con man' in radio interview

Adrian Dantley is pictured in 2012 during a ceremony in which he was inducted into Notre Dame's Ring of Honor. Associated Press

Dantley began the call to Dery's show by revealing he refused to watch the ESPN '30 for 30' series documentary on the Bad Boys that premiered Thursday night. 'I'm not gonna watch that; you think I'm gonna listen to Isiah talk?' Dantley said, chuckling. More

Schedule could prevent Tigers from attracting 3 million fans

After this full house on Opening Day, Comerica Park's turnstiles have been a bit bogged down by an April schedule loaded with 16 home games and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. David Coates / Detroit News

Baseball's schedule-maker appears to have issues with the 2014 Tigers. Heading into Friday evening's tussle against the Angels, on a day when the sun mercifully shined and temperatures pushed 60, the Tigers were in the middle of a 10-game homestand that was not exactly in the box office's interests. More

Saturday's NBA playoffs roundup: Hawks stun struggling Pacers in series opener

Pero Antic of the Hawks and Paul George of the Pacers battle for a loose ball. Andy Lyons / Getty Images

Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points, Paul Millsap added 25 and the eighth-seeded Hawks won their first road playoff game in three years, shocking top-seeded Indiana 101-93 to take a 1-0 lead in the first-round series. More

Saturday's lineup: Tigers look to end slide, get Cabrera going vs. Angels

Tigers' Miguel Cabrera walks back to the dugout after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning of Friday's game. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The Tigers are trying to break out of a couple of slumps in Saturday's game against the Angels. They've lost three of their last four overall, but also 10 straight against Los Angeles. More

Brady Hoke: Michigan has shown great chemistry during offseason

A headset with the iconic "BO" label is at the new museum inside the renovated Schembechler Hall. Max Ortiz / Detroit News

The way Brady Hoke looks at it, nothing is different this offseason in terms of pressure and urgency coming off a 7-6 season than it was after an 11-win record and Sugar Bowl victory his first year as Michigan's head coach. More

Pistons hire search firm to help find new general manager

Joe Dumars stepped down as Pistons president on Monday. Carlos Osorio / Associated Press

The Pistons have used consulting firms in the Tom Gores regime, and will use Korn Ferry in their search for a new general manager. Jed Hughes will be the point man in the search to replace Joe Dumars, who stepped down as president Monday after 14 years in the front office. More

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