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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (The News-Herald, Dearborn Press & Guide).

WATCH: Bruce Rondon plunks Mike Moustakas in blowout game, benches clear

Wednesday night capped off what was a dreadful series for the Detroit Tigers at home against division rival Kansas City. The Royals hung 16 on the scoreboard en route to a sweep and winning their eighth straight overall to keep pace with the first-place Cleveland...

5 Teams that make the best trade partners for the Tigers right now

The Detroit Tigers have a number of opposing clubs lined up to make potential deals regarding various players. However, nothing has really come to fruition yet since the team traded J.D. Martinez last week. The team, however, is reportedly trying to package players together in...

RUMOR: Rockies scouting Alex Avila and Justin Wilson

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Multiple teams have thrown their name into the hat when it comes to various assets the Detroit Tigers have, as the team looks to sell and rebuild what they can in the coming days before the MLB non-waiver trade deadline. We can add the Colorado...

RUMOR: Dodgers reportedly no longer interested in Justin Verlander

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
Among the teams that have been closely pursuing Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander over the last few weeks have been the Los Angeles Dodgers. That, however, no longer seems to be the case. The Dodgers are "out of the Justin Verlander sweepstakes," as Ken Rosenthal reports....

Former Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis acquitted of domestic violence charges

Following his playing career at the University of Michigan and before getting his named called in the 2017 NFL Draft, news broke in March that former Wolverines defensive back Jourdan Lewis was facing charges of domestic violence. The charges stemmed from a March 15 in...

REPORT: Brewers engaged in trade talks with Tigers for Ian Kinsler, Justin Wilson

With each passing day, hour, minute and second as we inch closer towards Monday's MLB trade deadline, the trade rumors will continue to ramp up. Expect the Detroit Tigers to be involved in said rumors at least once a day. The latest surround the 'selling'...

Red Wings looking for Jimmy Howard to regain starting role in net

NHL: Jimmy Howard 2
The good news for the Detroit Red Wings is that they have a trio of goaltenders they can play whenever, which is a growing trend for many teams around the NHL these days, particularly due to the chances of injuries. The bad news is that...

Draymond Green being sued by former MSU player for alleged assault

It was around this time a year ago when there was misunderstanding of sorts in East Lansing between two Spartans. Former basketball star and current Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and former football player Jermaine Edmondson were involved in an incident in which...

LOOK: Chesterfield store mistakenly sells Lions “2016 NFC North Division champs” shirts

NFL: Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts
And in the latest edition of "C'mon man!" in sports, one local department store dropped the ball by some apparel that recently hit their shelves. A T.J. Maxx department store in Chesterfield Township was caught red-handed (credit to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press)...

Judge permits former MSU DE Auston Robertson to play JuCo football in Kansas

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Illinois
Among the many notable departures from the Michigan State football program this offseason included defensive end Auston Robertson. The former 4-star prospect was dismissed from the team followed charges of criminal sexual conduct brought against him. The charges stemmed from an incident separate from the...

Jim Harbaugh says starting quarterback will be named some time in fall camp

In the most Jim Harbaugh way imaginable, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh made his presence at Big Ten Media Day on Tuesday dressed as if he was getting ready to coach on a Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. He was also prepared to answer any...

Mark Dantonio compares this year’s Spartans to Rose Bowl team from 2013

NCAA Football: Michigan at Michigan State
The annual preseason media circus for the Big Ten took place these last couple days in Chicago, where coaches and players from all 14 conference programs took time to handicap their respective teams for the upcoming season. The Michigan State Spartans will undoubtedly be a...

LOOK: MLB Pipeline updates list of top 30 prospects for Tigers

As the inevitable selling of assets and restocking of the farm system continues for the Detroit Tigers, chatter about prospects is buzzing more than ever. MLB Pipeline updated its list of prospects across the minor leagues on Tuesday. In doing so, they shuffled around the...

Michigan State picks up commit from 3-star LB Chase Kline for 2018

Michigan State's latest football commit from the Class of 2018 comes from a state where they have made a field day plucking talent: Ohio. Another Buckeye State-made prospect announced his pledge to the Spartans for next season on Tuesday, 3-star inside linebacker Chase Kline (Chardon,...

Western Michigan QB Tom Flacco granted scholarship release and will transfer

Western Michigan will enter the 2017 season having lost a ton of big names across the board from their program-best 2016 season, but there is still plenty of talent spread out around the field to perhaps repeat as MAC champions. They entered their spring practices...

Spartans land commit from 3-star DE Parks Gissinger for 2018

It had been largely quiet on the recruiting front for the majority of college football programs this month, after all the summer camps in June that allowed them to rake in prospects left and right. That included Michigan State, who landed half of their then...

Michigan’s Gary, WMU’s Franklin tabbed to Walter Camp Award watch list

The preseason watch list finale is for the Walter Camp 'Player of the Year' Award. This year's list features 40 players in total, spanning 30 different FBS schools. Among the 40 are two players from Michigan-based schools. https://twitter.com/detnews_sports/status/888440143677448192 RASHAN GARY, DE | MICHIGAN This is the third preseason...

4 Running backs from Michigan schools named to Doak Walker Award watch list

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State
When it comes to hardware for running backs in college football, none are more coveted that the Doak Walker Award, named after former SMU and Detroit Lions tailback and three-time All-American Doak Walker. This year's preseason watch list of running backs is a loaded bunch,...

Wilton Speight named to Davey O’Brien Award watch list

The Davey O'Brien Award is one that is always looked at a bit more than others come postseason. The honor is given annually to the nation's top quarterback. Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight was a semifinalist for the award a season ago. He finds himself on...

LOOK: Former MSU wide reciever pleads for NFL gig with cardboard sign

A rare down year in East Lansing influenced seeing only two former Michigan State Spartans hear their names called in the 2017 NFL Draft: defensive lineman Malik McDowell (2nd Round, Seattle Seahawks) and defensive back Montae Nicholson (4th Round, Washington Redskins) But as is the...

3 Players from Michigan schools named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

The Wuerffel Trophy is one of the more highly-coveted and humbling awards any college football player can receive. The award is named after former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel and it is given annually to the player that "best combines exemplary community service with...

CMU’s Willis, EMU’s Bailey named to Biletnikoff Award watch list

The Fred Biletnikoff Award is given out every year in college football to the most outstanding receiver in the country. Any player catches passes with regularity is deemed eligible for the honor, the majority being wide receivers or tight ends. This year's preseason watch list...

WATCH: Bat dog goes and retrieves baseball instead of bat

Hard to find something more fan-friendly in sports than a baseball team who has a dog as their bat boy. That is the case for the Trenton Thunder, Double-A minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees, who have had a generation of golden...

Return package from Arizona in J.D. Martinez trade makes sense for Tigers

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
NOTE: The views expressed in this EDITORIAL do not necessarily reflect the views of Detroit Sports Nation or a majority of its writers and should not be misconstrued as such. The views contained within are the views of the author and the author alone. Tuesday...

Ian Kinsler voted the Tigers ‘Heart and Hustle Award’ winner

Baseball: World Baseball Classic-USA at Japan
There's certain players in every sport that seem to just stick about above the rest when it comes to their work ethic and the way they carry themselves both on and off the field. Here in Detroit, it's hard to find a player that...

LOOK: Bovada updates over/under on wins for Michigan and Michigan State

The DSN staff here recently laid out game-by-game predictions for both Michigan and Michigan State in the upcoming 2017 season. One writer who broke down the Wolverines' schedule has them pegged for another 10-win season in Ann Arbor. Yours truly, meanwhile, thinks the Spartans...

LOOK: Michigan hoops finalizes non-conference slate for upcoming season

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Minnesota
The Michigan Wolverines men's hoops team will open their 2017-18 season on Saturday, November 11 at home against North Florida. The game will be a 'mainland' game to kickstart the Maui Invitational before the Wolverines head for islands later that month. In that 11/11 game,...

Western Michigan WR/DB Darius Phillips named to Paul Hornung Award watch list

The Paul Hornung Award in college football is always a special one, it is award to the sport's "most versatile player" every season. Last year, it was former Michigan 'Swiss Army Knife' Jabrill Peppers taking home the honors after playing 15 different positions on...

Michigan LB Mike McCray tabbed to Butkus Award watch list

The Butkus Award is one of those unique honors that is given at all three major levels of football: professional, collegiate and high school. Named after an all-time great in Dick Butkus, this year's preseason list for college tabs 51 players. Among the 51 is...

Central Michigan DB Amari Coleman named to Jim Thorpe Award watch list

The Jim Thorpe Award is handed out every year to the best defensive back in college football. Recipients are graded "based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character." This year's list features Central Michigan senior DB Amari Coleman. https://twitter.com/CMU_Football/status/885876766757326848 Coleman, born and raised in Flint...

Rashan Gary, Maurice Hurst named to Nagurski Trophy watch list

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Both sophomore Rashan Gary and Maurice Hurst are expected to be the leaders on defense both on and off the fields for Michigan in 2017. This tandem has already been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list for the upcoming season, and now...

Michigan RB Drake Johnson to leave football program, instead will run track

The Michigan Wolverines will be minus one tailback come the fall. Redshirt senior Drake Johnson has announced that he will not play football this season and instead will pursue running track in the spring at the school. https://twitter.com/nickbaumgardner/status/887029589838573573 Johnson had been with the football program since...

WATCH: Tom Izzo acts on 5-second rule of eating after dropping popcorn

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Michigan State
Basketball coaches know all about the 5-second rule in their sport. If they cannot inbound the ball within five seconds, it's a violation and the ball is turned over. One can certainly imagine that they are big enforcers of the 5-second rule when it...

WATCH: Tennis star Kim Clijsters invites Wimbledon heckler to play in skirt

The latest chapter in the Wimbledon tennis tournament at the All England Club across the pond is drawing to a close, just a couple matches remain on Sunday. But the multi-week long event doesn't conclude without a bit of fun. Female tennis star and champion Kim...

3 Biggest questions for Michigan heading into the 2017 season

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
Consecutive 10-win seasons for virtually any program in college football is deemed a big success. That has been the case for Michigan who, despite also finishing third place in their division each of the last two seasons as well, has been back in the...

RUMOR: J.D. Martinez drawing interest from Diamondbacks

The trade winds have been swirling around the Detroit Tigers for a few weeks now, but with just a little more than two weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline, expect those to ramp up even more. The latest Tigers trade rumor involves outfielder J.D. Martinez,...

6 Lineman from Michigan schools named to Outland Trophy watch list

The latest preseason award watch list featuring players from Michigan-based programs is the Outland Trophy, given to the country's most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America. In total, 81 players across the nation have been named to the list. Of the...

LOOK: Michigan Hockey finalizes non-conference schedule for next season

The 2017-18 schedule for the Michigan Wolverines on the ice is just about complete. Times and dates for all games have not been finalized, but we know who will be on the Wolverines' schedule. https://twitter.com/umichhockey/status/885586290686795777 It all begins on the final day of September with an...

MSU Hockey forward Mason Appleton inks contract with Winnipeg Jets

Michigan State will head into the 2017-18 hockey season without their leading point-getter. It was announced that sophomore forward Mason Appleton signed a pro contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. https://twitter.com/NHLJets/status/885516125949349889 https://twitter.com/MTAppleton/status/885510613014900736 The Green Bay-native Appleton was a former sixth-round draft pick of the Jets in...

4 Michigan-based centers named to Rimington Trophy watch list

The Rimington Trophy is award every year in college football to the nation's top center. The committee for the award allows for three groups to vote on who is the most deserving of the award. This year, among the 70+ players named to the preseason...

3 Tight ends from Michigan schools named to Mackey Award watch list

The third preseason watch list for college football that was made public was the John Mackey Award watch list. The Mackey Award is given to the nation's best tight end. This year's crop of players features three players from Michigan-based programs in Division I. https://twitter.com/UMichFootball/status/884857160852787200 https://twitter.com/CMU_Football/status/884810352382418944 https://twitter.com/WMU_Football/status/884774285897736193 Tyrone Wheatley...

Wolverines’ Speight, Spartans’ Scott named to Maxwell Award watch list

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State
The preseason award watch lists for the upcoming 2017 college football season continue to roll out in the month of July. It first started with the Chuck Bednarik Award -- given to the best defensive player -- which features a pair of Michigan Wolverines...

2 Wolverines named to Bednarik Award preseason watch list

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Michigan vs Florida State
It's that time of the year when preseason watch lists for notable college football awards are being announced. These are all players that one should be looking at little bit closer at their respective positions throughout the season. The Chuck Bednarik Award has been given...

REPORT: Pistons in talks with Pelicans about potential Reggie Jackson trade

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Orlando Magic
As Pistons head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy continues to re-tool the roster for the upcoming season, more moves could be on the horizon. The latest potential move could be a big one. There is a report that Detroit is in talks with...

LOOK: Justin Verlander gives hilarious analogy for his solid start on Saturday

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took the mound for the final time in the first half of the 2017 regular season. It also could have been perhaps his final start ever with the only club he's ever known. With all the trade rumors swirling around...

5 Teams that make the best trade partners for the Tigers

With each passing day in July, fans of the Detroit Tigers becoming increasingly intrigued with not necessarily who will be traded, but more so when said assets will be traded. Rumors have been circulating left and right for a couple weeks now and it's becoming almost inevitable that...

Justin Upton named to American League All-Star team

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers now have multiple All-Star representatives for next week's Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Outfielder Justin Upton has been named to the American League squad. https://twitter.com/DetroitTigersPR/status/883385623670919169 https://twitter.com/anthonyfenech/status/883387090360295426 https://twitter.com/beckjason/status/883386312761503744 Upton has been the team's most consistent and productive hitter since the start of the season, in a...

REPORT: Pistons renouncing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him a UFA

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets
After agreeing to a trade with the Boston Celtics in which they acquire guard Avery Bradley and trade forward Marcus Morris, the Detroit Pistons have reportedly rescinded the rights of fellow guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, making him an unrestricted free agent. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/883355470769127424 https://twitter.com/BobbyMarks42/status/883356680372793344 Caldwell-Pope was a restricted free...

WATCH: Dixon Machado hits first career homer, gets silent treatment in dugout

That first one is always special with everything. For big league ball players, that first home run is always an unforgettable moment. And on Thursday, Detroit Tigers infielder Dixon Machado finally got that monkey off his back. Machado got the starting nod at shortstop yesterday...

REPORT: Pistons trade Marcus Morris to Celtics for Avery Bradley

The Detroit Pistons appear to have their answer at shooting guard for the upcoming 2017-18 season. According to reports, they have agreed to a trade with the Boston Celtics, sending Marcus Morris in exchange for Avery Bradley. https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/883323665680547842 https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/883324837342703616 Detroit is also netting a second-round pick for...

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