Helene St. James Detroit Free Press Published 2:22 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Ryan Kuffner walked into the Detroit Red Wings’ locker room to find his stall next to the one in Ted Lindsay’s honor. The team’s history played into the appeal of signing with the Wings. How soon he’ll be playing with them depends partly on how quick a study he is. Ditto for fellow college free agent signing Taro Hirose, who is expected to be at Little Caesars Arena on Friday. They’re long shots to play Saturday when the Wings host the New York Islanders, likelier to debut during next week’s road trip. The Wings could have one huge reinforcement Saturday, as Dylan Larkin is almost recovered from a strained neck. The Wings are eager to get a look at both college free agent signings to get a feel for whether they can make the team better. It’s nice timing for them to come in the same week the Wings were mathematically eliminated from 2019 playoffs, as it should … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings: How Ryan Kuffner can impact team
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Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 3:13 PM EST Dec 8, 2018 The Detroit Lions have finished the NFL season in second place! No, not second place in the NFL standings. Or the NFC standings. Or the NFC North standings. But it is in a meaningful category: The NFL’s most productive rookie class this year. So yes, there’s hope for your Lions after all. That hope is based on an ESPN ranking, which in turn is based on the overall grades Pro Football Focus gave to all 32 teams’ drafted and undrafted rookies through Week 13. The Lions only finished behind the champion Cleveland Browns. (Disclaimer: People like me, who write about the NFL, look for any and all opportunities to use the phrase “champion Cleveland Browns”). The Browns’ success largely hinged on Baker Mayfield, who is PFF’s 14th-highest-graded quarterback this season. But the Lions had a very strong showing. Da’Shawn Hand led the way. He ranks 12th out of 125 interior … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions’ rookie class ranks second in the NFL. Who knew?
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 6:05 PM EST Nov 5, 2018 East Lansing – Taro Hirose took a seat on the Spartans bench after a recent practice at Munn Arena and talked optimistically about the future of Michigan State hockey. The Spartans are coming off a 13-20-2 (7-14-2 Big Ten) season and were picked to finish last in the Big Ten in 2018-19, giving Hirose and his teammates extra motivation. Hirose plays on one of the premier lines in the Big Ten, alongside fellow junior Patrick Khodorenko and sophomore Mitch Lewandowski. Hirose is off to an outstanding start. He is among the national leaders with an average of two points a game (four goals, eight assists, 12 points) to pace the Spartans to a 4-2-0 record. Khodorenko has a team-high five goals, including a hat track in Friday’s 5-3 victory over Ferris State for their third straight win, with John Lethemon being in goal each night. MSU second-year head coach Danton Cole gave Lethemon the night off in … [Read more...] about Taro Hirose powers Michigan State hockey to fast start
Dana Gauruder Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 4:31 PM EDT Nov 2, 2018 Danny DeKeyser has seen plenty of improvement from his Detroit Red Wings teammates in recent games. Now, he's finally ready to jump in and contribute. DeKeyser has missed the last eight games with a hand injury but he participated in Friday's practice and is expected to play against Edmonton on Saturday. "Definitely excited to get back in there," he said. "I've missed three weeks and it's never fun sitting out and watching the games. It's good to see the guys are playing well as of late. I'm just hoping to come in and help out and do little things to help us keep winning." The Wings stretched their winning streak to three games by edging New Jersey 4-3 on Thursday. They won only one of their first 10 games, in part because their backline was decimated by injuries and illness. They started the season with four rookies on defense and DeKeyser was one of the few healthy veterans until he went … [Read more...] about Detroit Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser ready, excited for return
Jeff Seidel Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores is representing the Great Lakes regional for the 2018 Little League World Series. The team opens play on Friday. Here is a breakdown of the 13 players on the roster, from head coach Kurt Barr: 1. Reggie Sharpe, second base “He’s our lead-off hitter. He will take walks, gets on base and has incredible speed. He’s usually scoring. He’s super solid in the field. We are real strong up the middle.” 2. Ryan Henderson, catcher/outfield “He had a huge double in districts for us. He hits the ball hard. We can count on him to lay down a bunt, if we need it.” 4. Marwynn Matthews, outfield/infield “He’s a smaller kid, but super quick. We will use him as a pinch runner and he can lay down a bunt. He’s nice, situationally. Personality wise. He’s a great teammate, always positive. He’s the team jokester.” 5. Jake … [Read more...] about 2018 Little League World Series team from Michigan: Meet the boys