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EAST LANSING, Mich. | The question would have seemed ludicrous seven years ago when Mark Dantonio was in his first season as Michigan State's coach.
BROOKLYN, Mich. | It had been 13 years since Jeff Gordon's last victory at Michigan — which came during the same season as his most recent championship on NASCAR's top series.
BROOKLYN, Mich. | The finishes seem implausible, especially because they've come in succession — 42nd place at Daytona, 42nd at New Hampshire, a brief improvement to 14th at the Brickyard, followed by a dip to 39th at Pocono and 28th at Watkins Glen.
BROOKLYN, Mich. | Even Jimmie Johnson has a temper — one that was on display long before he became a six-time champion and one of NASCAR's most respected drivers.
A bump in the road or a changing of the guard?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal – and even Cristiano Ronaldo's unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid.
BROOKLYN, Mich. | In the final seconds of his first victory at Michigan International Speedway, Jimmie Johnson could finally relax a bit.
TOLEDO, Ohio | Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne outlined her team's plan for trying to pull off a monumental upset against unbeaten Notre Dame.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | For the first time since the start of Big Ten play, Michigan has to recover from a loss.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | Mark Dantonio wants to make it abundantly clear there is no lingering animosity between him and the coaching staff at Ohio State.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | Purdue kept it close against Michigan State — and that alone was a step in the right direction for the young Boilermakers.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State slowed Indiana's quick-paced offense — both by stopping the Hoosiers and keeping the ball away from them.
The Big Ten has already started conference play — Wisconsin beat Purdue 41-10 last weekend — but this Saturday night is the first marquee game between league opponents.
DETROIT | The Mid-American Conference will have a hard time topping the last 12 months, when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
DETROIT | The Detroit Red Wings are hoping to play in a new arena soon, not far from where the Tigers are defending their American League title and the Lions will soon start another football season.
BROOKLYN, Mich. | Greg Biffle raced to his second straight Sprint Cup victory at Michigan International Speedway, easily holding off Kevin Harvick after points leader Jimmie Johnson smacked the wall in the final laps Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan, hoping to form the nucleus of the Wolverines' next national title contender.
After falling just short of a national title in a loss to Louisville, Trey Burke was asked about his relationship with Michigan coach John Beilein.
ATLANTA | In Michigan's final game of the regular season — with the Big Ten title on the line — Mitch McGary played only eight minutes. He scored two points, committed four fouls and couldn't keep Indiana from dominating the boards in a crushing one-point loss to the Hoosiers.
ATLANTA | Earlier this week, John Beilein was asked to say a few words about the season he spent coaching Nazareth College — 30 years ago.
ATLANTA | Michigan had all season to improve its defense, yet it still looked hopeless as recently as the Big Ten tournament.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Now that Michigan has finally made it back to the second week of the NCAA tournament, coach John Beilein will admit that, yes, this was a pretty important step for the Wolverines.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. | Michigan made Havoc look helpless.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds remaining, then made another steal in the final seconds to give No. 4 Michigan a pulsating 58-57 win over No. 9 Michigan State on Sunday.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | John Beilein acknowledged Monday afternoon that he had quite a few text messages on his phone.
DETROIT | Jay Cutler led the Bears to victory, then uttered three words that must have felt awkward coming out of his mouth.
DETROIT | Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois won a MAC title game that lived up to the hype.
DETROIT | The Mid-American Conference championship game this year has a lot more at stake than usual.
JOLIET, Ill. | Brad Keselowski began the season with a bit of goofiness, posting on Twitter during a red-flag stoppage at the Daytona 500.
Aaron Bates threw the pass, Charlie Gantt made the catch, and at that moment, everything seemed to change for Michigan State.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. | Derrick Rose scored 24 points, including a tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons for the 15th straight time, 100-94 in overtime Sunday night.
DETROIT | Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit was thrilled after he found out his team would be playing in a bowl close to home.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. | Lawrence Frank spent the offseason preparing, never sure when the uncertainty would end.
DETROIT | Chandler Harnish helped Northern Illinois finish on the winning side of this fourth-quarter comeback.
DETROIT |Chandler Harnish and Northern Illinois arrived at last year's Mid-American Conference title game with an undefeated league record and a spiffy national ranking.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | The date was Nov. 21, 2009. Michigan State allowed four touchdowns in the third quarter of a blowout loss to Penn State, part of a tumultuous finish to a frustrating regular season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. | John Beilein gave his team credit for consistency, at least.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio isn't worried that his team will take Minnesota lightly.
DETROIT | Justin Verlander helped save Detroit's season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away from Texas in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.
DETROIT | Doug Fister delivered another strong start in a game Detroit needed and Miguel Cabrera homered and hit a tiebreaking double to lead the Tigers past the Texas Rangers 5-2 Tuesday night in Game 3 of the AL championship series.
DETROIT | T.F. South graduate Curtis Granderson made two spectacular catches against his former team and A.J. Burnett came through when the Yankees needed him most, leading New York past the Detroit Tigers 10-1 Tuesday night to send their AL playoff series back to the Bronx for a decisive Game 5.
DETROIT | Miguel Cabrera hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning, capping a stirring Detroit rally and lifting the Tigers to a 9-8 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
DETROIT | Magglio Ordonez's groundball came right back up the middle and hit Edwin Jackson square in the back -- before caroming straight to third baseman Mark Teahen, who threw to first for the out.
DETROIT | Gavin Floyd allowed six hits into the eighth inning, outpitching Justin Verlander and leading the White Sox to an 8-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
DETROIT | Justin Verlander pitched seven impressive innings through a misty rain, and Ryan Raburn drove in four runs to lead the Detroit Tigers over the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Friday night.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | As he prepared for the final home game of his college career, Michigan State's Greg Jones was asked to guess which senior might be the first to break down while saying goodbye to Spartan Stadium.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | Michigan State's latest letdown lasted only a half — and that's one sign these Spartans could be headed for a memorable season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. | As pleased as Mark Dantonio is about gaining the upper hand in Michigan State's rivalry with Michigan, he's also proud of the way the Spartans have avoided letdowns after recent wins over the Wolverines.
NEW ORLEANS | As Josh Lomers ambled over to the bench after fouling out, Baylor coach Scott Drew began waving his arms, asking the crowd to show his 7-footer some love.
NEW ORLEANS | As Carleton Scott's 3-pointer sailed toward the hoop and rattled around the rim, Old Dominion's Keyon Carter was already bracing for the possibility of a tie game.
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