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Ex-Dertroit Piston Ben Wallace, ex-Michigan Wolverine Chris Webber get call for 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Jay Wright used to sell tickets to games in the long-defunct United States Football League. Ben Wallace was passed over by every NBA team, some of them twice. Yolanda Griffith got a job repossessing cars so she could take care of herself and her infant daughter while playing community college basketball.
For all of them, those days are long gone. Basketball’s highest honor has come their way.
Wright, Wallace and Griffith were part of a 16-person class that was announced Sunday as the 2021 inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime standout NBA forwards Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce and Chris Webber were among those selected, along with former coaches Rick Adelman and Cotton Fitzsimmons and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.
The class even includes someone who has been a Hall of Famer for 46 years already — 11-time NBA champion Bill Russell, enshrined in 1975 as a player, has been selected again as a coach. Russell becomes the fifth Hall of Famer who will be inducted as both a player and a coach, joining John Wooden, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn.
Of the now 140 players from the NBA and ABA that are enshrined in the Hall, none of them averaged fewer points than Wallace — who managed 5.7 per game for his career. He never had a 30-point game as a pro; his regular-season high was 23 points, his playoff high was 29 points.
He was a four-time defensive player of the year, making that end of the floor his specialty.
“To have that type of journey, to have it end the way it’s ending, it’s an awesome feeling,” Wallace said on the broadcast.

Former Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace acknowledges the crowd at midcourt during halftime of an NBA game against the Miami Heat on March 28, 2017, in Auburn Hills. (AP file photo)
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Harold Castro hit in 10th inning lifts Detroit Tigers to 9-8 win on Saturday over Chicago Cubs

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DETROIT — A.J. Hinch’s first month as Detroit’s manager was rough. Now he has reason to hope the worst is behind him.
Harold Castro hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning off Craig Kimbrel to give the Tigers a 9-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Detroit rallied from deficits of 2-0, 4-3, 7-6 and 8-7 to win a back-and-forth game in which neither starting pitcher made it past the third. It was the fifth win in six games for the Tigers, who were 9-24 before this upswing.
“There’s no quit in this team, which I’ve appreciated. We have had a rough stretch,” Hinch said. “Our guys will stay in and compete. I applaud their effort, and quite honestly we expect it at this level.”
The final comeback by the Tigers on Saturday came when they scored twice off Kimbrel (0-2) in the 10th.
Nomar Mazara tied it with an RBI single that scored the automatic runner, and JaCoby Jones ran for Mazara and stole second. Then Castro — hitless in five previous at-bats Saturday with three strikeouts — slapped a two-out single to left. The throw home by Kris Bryant was a bit off line and Jones was easily safe.
“It was a tough day. … I’ve got be prepared, every at-bat,” Castro said. “I’ve got to be prepared for any situation in the game, and that’s what I did.”
Matt Duffy homered and drove in five runs for the Cubs. His RBI single off Michael Fulmer (3-2) gave the Cubs the lead in the top of the 10th.
The Cubs snapped a streak of seven straight one-run games when they beat Detroit 4-2 on Friday night. Then they played another close one Saturday.
Joc Pederson led off the game with a triple and eventually scored on Anthony Rizzo’s two-run double. Detroit answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Mazara hit an RBI double, Jonathan Schoop followed with a run-scoring single, and the Tigers went ahead 3-2 when Castro grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Detroit starter Jose Urena was hit around the right foot by Jason Heyward’s liner in the second. He made it through that inning but then gave up two runs in the third.
The Tigers re-took the lead an inning later after loading the bases with nobody out. Mills threw a wild pitch, enabling Detroit to tie it at 4. Miguel Cabrera brought home another run with a one-out grounder, and Schoop made it 6-4 with an RBI double.

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Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks locks down Detroit Tigers until 9th inning in 5-1 win Sunday


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Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd throws against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning in Detroit on Sunday. (AP photo)

Tigers pull out stirring win in 10th inning Saturday. Page 6B

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DETROIT — Kyle Hendricks took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday.
Hendricks (3-4) allowed eight hits and struck out a season-high eight in eight-plus innings without allowing a walk.
“When I threw my last bullpen a couple days ago, everything felt really sharp and I was able to put my pitches where I wanted them,” he said. “That gave me a lot of confidence coming into today.”
Hendricks left after Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera started the ninth with singles.
“Our bullpen has been grinding and we had to use them when we went extra innings yesterday,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “When you do that, you are counting on your top guy to give you some distance and that’s exactly what Kyle did for us today. He was great — he just floated a couple changeups in the ninth.”
Dan Winkler appeared to get Jonathan Schoop to hit into a game-ending double play with runners on the corners, but the call at first was overturned after a review, allowing Detroit to score its only run.
“Our guys get to play all nine innings, and I’m proud of the way they fight to the end,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “But we wanted to win this game and win the series, and we didn’t get that done.”
Ian Happ had three hits, including a homer, and was aggressive on the bases for the Cubs.
Matthew Boyd (2-4) gave up four earned runs in six innings. He is 0-3 in his last five starts.

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Detroit Tigers hold on to hand Kansas City Royals’ 11th straight setback

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DETROIT — Michael Fulmer shut down Kansas City’s ninth-inning rally for his second save, and the Detroit Tigers’ 4-3 win Thursday to extend the Royals’ losing streak to 11 games.
Detroit led 4-1 entering the ninth, but Kansas City scored twice of Gregory Soto on a groundout by Carlos Santana and an RBI single from Salvador Perez.
Fulmer relieved Soto and got a popout from Jorge Soler and struck out Andrew Benintendi swinging to end it.
“Just a ton of confidence. He’s been in big situations before,” catcher Eric Haase said about Fulmer. “It’s a little different role for him but his stuff is the same. He’s a big-time pitcher and for him to look like he does now after everything he’s been through, it’s fantastic.”
Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2016 and an All-Star in 2017, both as a starter, before Tommy John and knee surgeries.
The Royals led the AL Central at the start of this skid but are now 16-20.
“It’s impossible to deny the way that you feel with the compounding losses,” Kansas City manager Mike Matheny said.
Spencer Turnbull (2-2) allowed a run and six hits over 6 1/3 innings for Detroit. He walked one, struck out seven and hit a batter as the Tigers rounded out a three-game sweep.
“From what I’ve seen, that was one of his better days as far as being able to locate his pitches. Even his misses were barely misses,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said about Turnbull. “He was doing what he wanted to do with the baseball.
“Maybe he misfired here and there but it was a really efficient, good day for him. And once we got the lead he was super aggressive, which I really like. And that put-away slider was really effective.”
Daniel Lynch (0-2) allowed four runs, three earned, in the second inning and was pulled with two outs in the third.
Turnbull departed after Nicky Lopez’s one-out single in the seventh. Alex Lange took over and got Whit Merrifield to bounce into a forceout. Lange then walked Santana to bring the tying run to the plate, but Salvador Perez bounced into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
The Royals once again brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the eighth, but Jose Cisnero fanned Hunter Dozier and Michael A. Taylor.
Kansas City threatened with runners on first and third and one out in the sixth, but Turnbull struck out Ryan O’Hearn and got Dozier on a groundout.
The Tigers scored all of their runs in the second on RBI singles by Willi Castro, JaC

Tigers relief pitcher Jose Cisnero, left, high-fives catcher Eric Hasse after Cisnero’s relief appearance during the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in Detroit. (AP photo)

oby Jones and Robbie Grossman and a sacrifice fly by Akil Baddoo.
The Royals made it 4-1 in the fifth on Merrifield’s double-play grounder.

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Robbie Grossman, Detroit Tigers recover in time to hand Kansas City Royals another loss

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DETROIT — Robbie Grossman singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers, after squandering a late seven-run lead, recovered to beat the skidding Kansas City Royals 8-7 on Tuesday night.
Grossman had five RBIs for the first time in his career, sending the Royals to their ninth straight loss. He ripped a two-out single off Scott Barlow (1-1) in the ninth to score Niko Goodrum.
“The heater’s going to show up at some point, I had it in the back of my mind,” Grossman said. “It showed up, and I put a decent enough swing on it to put it through.
“I’m just glad that we won this ballgame because we played good enough to win.”
The dramatic victory masked a horrendous collapse for the major league-worst Tigers, who led 7-0 with two outs in the eighth. But then Jorge Soler homered and drove in six runs over the final two innings as Kansas City rallied to spoil a great start by Matthew Boyd.
The left-hander pitched six shutout innings for Detroit, striking out five and walking two. The outing brought his ERA down to 1.94 after he exited his previous start April 29 with a left knee injury.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been and yet he still threw scoreless innings,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “His effort was tremendous. He didn’t execute perfectly, but he mixed his pitches well and executed when he needed to.”
The meltdown began for the Tigers in the eighth when struggling former closer Joe Jimenez walked two batters with a seven-run lead to set up Soler’s three-run homer.
That seemed harmless enough until the ninth, when Ryan O’Hearn hit an RBI single.
Two batters later, Goodrum committed an error at shortstop on what would have been a game-ending grounder. Soler, who entered batting below .200, then drove a ball to deep center field that Akil Baddoo nearly snatched to end the game.
Instead, it went for a three-run double that tied it at 7.
Goodrum was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the ninth and Baddoo walked, reaching base for the fifth time. Grossman pulled a 1-2 fastball through the infield to win it.

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Report on abusive doctor could endanger legacy of Michigan Wolverines’ legendary coach Bo Schembechler

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ANN ARBOR — A report about the stunning lack of action at the University of Michigan while a rogue doctor was sexually assaulting hundreds of young men has cast an unflattering light at one of the school’s giants, the late football coach Bo Schembechler.
Schembechler, who led the team from 1969-89, was vividly told by at least four people that Robert Anderson had molested them during routine physicals or other exams, according to the report commissioned by the university. Yet, the report says, he took no direct steps and even told one man to “toughen up.”
While U-M digests the report by the WilmerHale law firm and deals with a flood of lawsuits by Anderson’s victims, it also might have to consider the future of the Schembechler bronze statue on campus and the football building that bears his name. Penn State University in 2012 removed a statue of the iconic coach Joe Paterno who was accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.
The report about Anderson, released Tuesday, details many missed opportunities to stop the doctor, a L’Anse native who spent 37 years on campus and died in 2008. But Schembechler’s name is the most recognizable.
“At this early stage, all I can really say with confidence is that it’s a tragedy, it can’t happen again, and we have more questions than answers until we learn more,” said author John U. Bacon, who wrote “Bo’s Lasting Lessons” with Schembechler.
Schembechler, who died in 2006, is a revered figure in Ann Arbor, though it’s been 32 years since he last coached a team. The Wolverines won or shared 13 Big Ten football championships while regularly playing in front of 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Mike Stone, a Philadelphia native who is popular on Detroit sports radio, said the Schembechler era turned him into a U-M fan. But he said his name and statue should come down as a consequence of the “massive cover-up” of complaints about Anderson.

Michigan coach Bo Schembechler is carried on the shoulders of team members after the Wolverines defeated USC 22-14 to win the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 2, 1988. It was Schembechler’s second Rose Bowl win. (AP file photo)
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Michigan Wolverines lose NCAA Division I field hockey title to North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Erin Matson scored the sudden victory goal in the seventh minute of overtime to lift North Carolina to its third consecutive title with a 4-3 win over Michigan in the NCAA field hockey championship game on Sunday night.
On North Carolina’s second penalty corner in a row, Matson took it to her reverse side and smashed it through the legs of Wolverines goalkeeper Anna Spieker. It was Matson’s third goal of the match and 30th of the season for the top-seeded Tar Heels (19-1).
North Carolina won its third consecutive championship for the second time in program history (1995-97) and tied Old Dominion for an NCAA-best ninth title.
Kathryn Peterson and Sarah Pyrtek scored goals in the 40th and 45th minutes to erase a two-goal deficit late in the third quarter for the No. 2 seed Wolverines (15-3).

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Detroit Pistons make deep dive for top pick after 119-100 loss to Minnesota Timberwolves

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DETROIT — Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points and Anthony Edwards added 22 as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the undermanned Detroit Pistons 119-100 on Tuesday night in a game with significant lottery implications.
Minnesota’s second straight win was its 22nd in 69 games, while the Pistons dropped to 20-50. The Houston Rockets (16-53) are the only team with fewer wins than Detroit. There are three teams — the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers — with 21 wins.
Ricky Rubio added 19 points for Minnesota while DeAngelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists.
Saddiq Bey scored 21 points and Saben Lee added 20 for Detroit, which lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey had nine players dressed, including six rookies and they struggled badly on offense. Detroit shot 34.3% in the first half and turned the ball over 15 times for 16 Minnesota points.
The Timberwolves led 62-40 at the start of the second half, but the Pistons scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to make it a 10-point game. Minnesota, though, went on an 8-0 run of their own to move the score to 70-52.
The margin was 86-65 at the period’s end, and Detroit never threatened in a low-intensity fourth quarter.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Josh Okogie, right, steals the ball from Pistons center Jahlil Okafor and heads up court during the first half Tuesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

Timberwolves: Minnesota’s starters scored 73 of its 86 points in the first three quarters, including 22 of 24 in the third quarter.
Pistons: Point guards Killian Hayes and Saben Lee only committed one of Detroit’s 16 turnovers in the first half. Shooting guard Josh Jackson had seven and Saddiq Bey added three.

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Ex-Detroit Tigers’, Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retires

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MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday two appearances into his 13th season in the major leagues, ending a career in which the two-time All-Star pitched the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter.
Zimmermann went 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA. He was an NL All-Star in 2013 and ‘14 with the Nationals.
The 34-year-old right-hander from Auburndale, Wisconsin, made two relief appearances for his home-state team this season and had a 0-0 record with a 7.94 ERA.
“My mind was still in it, but my body wasn’t,” Zimmermann said Tuesday. “Living out of suitcases half the year. I felt like it was the right thing to do at this time, to call it a career. I’m happy to start the next chapter of my life.”
Zimmermann thanked the Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Brewers for giving him the opportunity to play.
Zimmermann’s greatest success came with Washington, where his rise coincided with the Nationals’ emergence.
The Nationals were producing their second straight season of 100-plus losses when Zimmermann broke into the majors in 2009. He was a key part of Washington’s rotation when the Nationals won NL East titles in 2012 and 2014.
Zimmermann signed a $110 million, five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers after the 2015 season but couldn’t come close to matching the success he produced in Washington.
He was 25-41 with a 5.63 ERA in five years with Detroit. He went 1-13 with a 6.94 ERA in 2019.

The Detroit Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann pitches against the Royals in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 27. (AP file photo)
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Report: University of Michigan missed chances to stop abusive Dr. Robert Anderson


Dr. Robert E. Anderson

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ANN ARBOR — Staff at the University of Michigan missed many opportunities to stop a doctor who committed sexual misconduct for decades with long-term consequences for hundreds of patients, including generations of student athletes, a law firm hired by the school reported Tuesday.
The long-awaited report by the WilmerHale firm comes more than a year after former students publicly accused the late Robert Anderson of molesting them during routine physicals or other visits. Some university officials at the time took no action despite being aware of complaints, including legendary football Coach Bo Schembechler, the report said.
Their failure to act allowed Anderson “countless occasions” to harass, abuse and assault patients during his 37-year career, attorneys for the firm wrote.
Anderson was a native of L’Anse.
“He continued to provide medical services to student athletes and other patients — and to engage in sexual misconduct with large numbers of them — for the rest of his career,” the report said.
A January court filing indicated there could be more than 850 victims, which would exceed the number of women and girls who were part of a $500 million settlement with Michigan State University over abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Ohio State University has paid more than $45 million to 185 people who said they were groped by Richard Strauss, another sports doctor.
The law firm’s inquiry found at least 20 occasions when a student, athlete or other individual spoke with university staff about Anderson’s actions. Those accounts either came during interviews conducted by attorneys or from reports made to the university’s Division of Public Safety & Security during its investigation of Anderson’s career.