Sports Minute: Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) - Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal at 1:56 of overtime gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Friday night. The Red Wings host Vancouver on Sunday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Frustrated with their defensive effort for much of Friday night, the Washington Wizards made the key stops late. Otto Porter had a crucial strip of Avery Bradley, John Wall blocked Reggie Jackson's potential tying runner, and the Wizards emerged with a 115-111 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy used his team's trip to Washington to again voice his support for athletes who kneel during the national anthem and his opposition to President Donald Trump. Van Gundy was asked before Friday night's game against the Wizards what he hoped would result from the president's criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem and the resulting national dialogue about political activism by professional athletes.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers are declining their $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez. General manager Al Avila confirmed that Friday following the team's news conference to introduce new manager Ron Gardenhire. The move comes as no surprise after Sanchez slipped badly over the past three seasons. He went 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have hired Ron Gardenhire as their manager, bringing the longtime Minnesota Twins skipper back to the AL Central to take over a team in the middle of a significant rebuilding process. The Tigers announced the move Friday, saying Gardenhire has agreed to a three-year contract.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says running back LJ Scott has resolved his driver's license issues and will play Saturday for the 18th-ranked Spartans against Indiana. Dantonio said Scott will play Saturday but "his status will be affected."
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