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Joakim Soria came to Tigers with strong character references

Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler drives in a run on a groundout Thursday. Chris Carlson / Associated Press

Joe Nathan, who had worked with Soria during their days with the Rangers, testified to the general citizenship Soria is reputed to bring to a big league team, a sentiment shared by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. More

Thursday's Tigers-Angels live tweets: Ian Kinsler puts Detroit up early

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera reacts after striking out in the first inning of Thursday night's game in Anaheim, Calif. Chris Carlson / Associated Press

Thursday marks the start of a four-game series against the powerful Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Follow the game with live tweets from our Tigers team: More

Red Wings forwards: Health should bring happiness to team, its fans

Pavel Datsyuk, the team's talisman, played in 45 games but none in the postseason. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Luke Glendening all either made their NHL debuts — or earned their first consistent playing time — and all were impressive. More

Report: Five-star basketball player Josh Jackson to transfer from Detroit Consortium

Josh Jackson was named to The Detroit News Dream Team last season. The Detroit News / David Guralnick

Jackson, 6-foot-7, averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks last season as a sophomore at Consortium. He was named to The Detroit News Dream Team. More

Video: Lions' Joseph Fauria performs touchdown dances throughout history

Lions tight end Joseph Fauria became nationally known for his touchdown dances last season. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Fauria, who became a favorite on the national highlight reels with his varied touchdown dances last season, has now become a historian of end-zone expressionism. More

Ohio State fires its marching band director for permitting 'sexualized' culture

Ohio State's band performs before the Orange Bowl game against Clemson on Jan. 3. Associated Press / Lynne Sladky

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what's known to fans as 'The Best Damn Band in the Land' were considered revolutionary. More

Former Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, Titans agree on four-year contract

Taylor Lewan, above, will be competing with right tackle Michael Oher and veteran left tackle Michael Roos. Mark Humphrey / Associated Press

The Titans announced the deal Thursday, the day before players report for training camp. The team did not release terms. Lewan reportedly received a four-year deal worth $11.5 million with a signing bonus of $6.7 million. More

The News' Top 20 preseason football teams: Clarkston poised to repeat as champion

D.J. Zezula, shown throwing during a 7-on-7 tournament at Eastern Michigan, is back for a third season as Clarkston's starting quarterback. He threw for 1,500 yards last year. Mark Bialek / Special to The Detroit News

Clarkston coach Kurt Richardson was worried his players might think highly of themselves and gloat after going 13-1 and winning Clarkston's first state championship (Division 1). More

More tickets available for Michigan Stadium soccer match

Wayne Rooney is on Manchester United's roster for the match against Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium. Associated Press / Matt Dunham

The Michigan Athletics ticket office announced additional tickets are now available for the Aug. 2 soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid. More

Suspended Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon arrested for marijuana possession

Justin Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft. Getty Images / Doug Pensinger

Blackmon, a former standout at Oklahoma State, was arrested Wednesday evening in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond. Police said they noticed his sedan go around stopped traffic in an attempt to get into a turn lane. More

Ravens RB Ray Rice suspended two games for domestic violence incident

Ray Rice rushed for 660 yards last season following four consecutive years of 1,000-plus yards. Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel

Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. More

USC joins Michigan, Michigan State in top five of Cass Tech star Mike Weber

Detroit Cass Tech star Mike Weber has been timed at 4.47 seconds in the 40. Special to The Detroit News / Bryan Mitchell

Cass Tech's senior runnin gback has a new top-five list of favorite colleges that now includes Southern Cal, where he visited this week. He is rated a four-star prospect. More

Thursday's golf roundup: Wyandotte's Justin Hicks starts strong in Canadian Open

Wyandotte's Justin Hicks hits his approach on the eighth hole during the first round of the Canadian Open in Montreal on Thursday. Sam Greenwood / Getty Images

Petrovic, 47, and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. More

Thursday's NHL roundup: Canadiens, Lars Eller agree on four-year contract

Detroit's Riley Sheahan and Montreal's Lars Eller battle for the puck in the first period of a March game at Joe Louis Arena. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Eller was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Friday. He reportedly asked for $3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million. More

Big Ten football championship game tickets on sale Aug. 2

Connor Cook and Michigan State defeated Ohio State 34-24 in last year's Big Ten championship game. Detroit News / Dale G. Young

The game, matching the winners of the East and West divisions, will be Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Michigan State won the game last year, against Ohio State. More

Dale Jarrett reminisces about starting kissing tradition at the Brickyard

Dale Jarrett, right, won the Sprint Cup race in 1996 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, then started a tradition with his impromptu kiss of the bricks. Tom Pennington / Getty Images

Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss. His impromptu smooch with the bricks in 1996 has blossomed into a tradition for drivers of all series when they win at the famed Brickyard. More

Thursday's NBA roundup: Cavaliers sign No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, putting on hold any possible trade

No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins signed with the Cavaliers on Thursday, putting on hold any possible trade discussions. Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days. There has been a lot of talk about Wiggins going to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. More

Vincenzo Nibali wins 18th stage, closes in on Tour de France triumph

Vincenzo Nibali celebrates winning the 18th stage on Thursday. Getty Images / Bryn Lennon

Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days. More

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