The United States frustrated England in a 0-0 draw on Friday for its second consecutive tie in the World Cup.
The result might not match the U.S.' famous 1-0 win from the 1950 tournament, but it was the latest occasion in which the Americans have defied the odds against the Three Lions.
England is still waiting for its first win in three World Cup matches against the U.S. after a 1-1 draw in South Africa in 2010.
The U.S. came close to recording a second victory over England at a World Cup after creating several scoring chances, including a first-half shot by Christian Pulisic that smashed the crossbar.
Weston McKennie also fired over from just eight yards out.
Harry Kane missed a stoppage time header for England.
England knew victory would guarantee progress to the knockout stages, but a draw still keeps it at the top of Group B with four points. The U.S. is third with two points and needs a win against Iran on Tuesday to advance.
LANSING, Mich., (CBS DETROIT) - The matchup between football's University of Michigan and Ohio State University this year will have more on the line than just a possible Big Ten championship and prime spot in the playoff bracket; it will also involve ginger ale and root beer. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio have placed a friendly wager ahead of the rivalry football game commonly referred to as "The Game," and fine local beverages will be a part of the winner's bounty.
"In the 118-year history of The Game, this weekend's match-up might be the most consequential to date with two undefeated teams putting their seasons on the line," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "However, when the clock runs out, only one team will be crowned The Victors. That's why I'm feeling good about this year's bet with Governor DeWine of Ohio. After this win, it's on to the Big Ten Championship game and almost certainly a guaranteed spot in the College Football Playoffs. Go Blue!"
This year, Governor Whitmer put forward a Detroit-style gift package, including the famous Buddy's pizza, a dessert from Good Cakes and Bakes, and a case of Vernor's ginger ale, which is known to cure any ailment except maybe a big loss to the Wolverines. In 2021, she wagered a gift package of famous Michigan-made cherry sweets and treats from Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor. In 2019, Governor Whitmer bet a box of goodies from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor.
"With Ohio State and Michigan both undefeated entering The Game, and with Big Ten Championship Game and College Football Playoff berths on the line, the eyes of American sports fans will be on Columbus, Ohio and Ohio Stadium tomorrow," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "I am proud of and confident in our Buckeye football team again this year, and I am willing to put a little skin in The Game with another friendly wager showcasing great Ohio food. O-H!"
This year, Governor DeWine offered Buckeye Pizza from Adriatico's on the OSU campus; Stewart's Root Beer, which was founded in Mansfield, Ohio in 1924; and the iconic Jumbo Cream Puffs from Schmidt's Sausage Haus in Columbus. In 2021, he bet an assortment of Ohio-made sweets, including cream puffs from Schmidt's in Columbus, black raspberry chip ice cream from Graeter's in Cincinnati, chocolate-covered pretzels from Malley's in Cleveland, and buckeye candies from Marsha's Homemade Buckeyes in Perrysburg. Governor DeWine also wagered a basket of Ohio's famous buckeye candies in 2019.
On Saturday, November 26 at noon, the University of Michigan Wolverines will face the Ohio State University Buckeyes for the 118th meeting of "The Game." First played in 1897, the Wolverines lead the series 59-51-6. In 2021, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Buckeyes in a 42-27 victory.
Ahead of the rivalry football game, Governor Whitmer declared Saturday, November 26 as "Beat the Buckeyes" Day in Michigan. To view the full proclamation, click here.
Whitmer has two children attending the University of Michigan.
DETROIT (AP) — The Buffalo Bills crashed Detroit's Thanksgiving party, making themselves at home for their second victory in five days at Ford Field.
Tyler Bass made a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 2 seconds left after missing an extra point late in the fourth quarter, lifting Buffalo to a 28-25 win over Detroit on Thursday.
"It was very deja vu-ish," said Josh Allen, who set up the game-winning kick by starting the drive with a 36-yard pass to Stefon Diggs and running twice for 12 yards. Allen led the Bills with 78 rushing yards.
The Bills were back in the Motor City after the NFL moved their previous home game against Cleveland because a winter storm dumped several feet of snow in western New York.
Buffalo became the third NFL team to play two games in five or fewer days on the road in the same stadium, and the first to win both.
And the Bills equaled the number of wins Detroit has this season at its indoor stadium.
Buffalo (8-3) has won two straight — after losing two in a row — to move a half-game ahead of Miami in the AFC East.
After Bass made the game-winning kick, Allen and Diggs embraced on the sideline.
"Let's get back to having fun again," Diggs recalled telling Allen after making eight catches for 77 yards and a score. "We got away from that a little bit."
Allen threw a go-ahead, 5-yard touchdown pass to Diggs with 2:40 left, but Bass missed the extra point to make it 25-22 after the kicker matched his and the franchise record with six field goals in an eight-point win over the Browns on Sunday.
Allen had a passing and rushing touchdown in the first half, finishing 24 of 42 for 253 yards to more than make up for throwing his 11th interception of the season. He has accounted for 162 touchdowns, trailing only Hall of Famer Dan Marino's total of 171 for the most by an NFL player in his first five seasons.
The Lions converted fourth-and-1 from midfield with Amon-Ra St. Brown's 7-yard end-around to set up Michael Badgley's game-tying, 51-yard field goal with 23 seconds to go. Badgley missed a 29-yard field goal late in the third and Jared Goff took a sack for a safety in the same quarter and those mistakes proved to be costly.
Detroit (4-7) missed an opportunity to win four straight games for the first time since 2016 and lost a franchise-record sixth straight game on Thanksgiving.
"I told them this one should sting," coach Dan Campbell said. "We had a chance to win and we didn't make it, but I don't think this was a step backward. I'm frustrated, but we're getting better. "
Buffalo defensive tackle Ed Oliver forced and recovered a fumble in the first half, leading to Allen's tiebreaking, 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Oliver also sacked Goff for a safety, three plays after Allen threw an interception at the Detroit 4, to put the Bills ahead 19-14 early in the third quarter.
The Lions promoted linebacker James Houston from the practice squad and he became the first player in franchise history to have more than one sack in his NFL debut.
Allen's interception in the third quarter was the sixth turnover for Buffalo in the red zone, surpassing the total it had the previous three seasons.
Bills: Edge rusher Von Miller (right knee) and LT Dion Dawkins (knee) left the game with injuries, and coach Sean McDermott said he didn't have an update on their status.
Lions: DE Julian Okwara (elbow) was hurt during the game and Campbell said CB Jerry Jacobs left the game after he felt dizzy.
DETROIT (AP) — Ville Husso made 26 saves for his third shutout this season, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Filip Hronek, Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen scored in Detroit's third straight win. It was Hronek's fourth goal in his last three games, and Larkin got his ninth of the season, tying for the team lead.
Nashville had gone 4-0-1 over its last five games and won its last six meetings with Detroit. Kevin Lankinen stopped 26 shots in his first start in nearly two weeks, but the Predators were shut out for the second time this season.
"I thought we deserved better than to get shut out," Nashville coach John Hynes said. "I thought we had some really good looks 5-on-5, some good looks on the power play. That's the way it goes sometimes. You play pretty well and don't get any results for what your effort was."
The Red Wings committed 10 giveaways in the first period, but the Predators only had seven shots on goal.
Larkin scored at 4:09 of the second period, snapping a wrist shot past Lankinen's glove.
"That's what you need out of your top player," Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said of Larkin. "I think his overall game has improved and he has some winning habits and a commitment to doing things correctly. He's getting rewarded and our group is getting rewarded."
Nashville had a 5-on-3 power play midway through the period but Husso stopped four shots.
"Toward the end of the power play, we had a couple of good looks, a couple of good one-timers and he made some really good saves," Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. "If you get almost two minutes, 5-on-3, you've got to find a way to score."
Husso had three shutouts in his first two NHL seasons with St. Louis, which dealt him to Detroit during the offseason. He credited the defensive effort.
"The guys were unbelievable in front of me again tonight and that was an amazing 5-on-3 kill," he said. "That gives us a lot of energy and I think we are on a good track right now. There are still things where we can be better, but I like the work we do every day."
With the Predators' Alexandre Carrier in the penalty box, Hronek ripped a shot from the point past Lankinen at 14:16 of the second. Jonatan Berggren and Andrew Copp collected the assists.
"We had a 5-on-3 kill earlier in the season and it was all blocked shots and guys laying it out on the line," Larkin said. "That kill tonight was Huss making some big saves and the crowd going crazy. That really got us going."
Rasmussen tacked on an empty-netter in the final minute of the third.
The Red Wings claimed goaltender Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken. Hellberg, 31, appeared in one game for Detroit last season and one for Ottawa this season. He didn't see any game action for Seattle. ... Nashville assigned F Zach Sanford to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. ... Red Wings F Oskar Sundqvist played his 300th career game.
Washtenaw County, Mich. (CBS DETROIT) - Charges have been filed against seven Michigan State football players in connection to a fight inside the tunnel at Michigan Stadium.
The fight happened Oct. 29 after the Wolverines beat the Spartans 29-7 during their annual game. Social media posts showed Michigan State players pushing, punching and kicking Michigan's Ja'Den McBurrows in and near a hallway that doesn't lead to either locker room. MSU linebacker Itayvion "Tank" Brown, safety Angelo Grose and defensive end Zion Young are seen on video getting physical with McBurrows.
Days after the fight, Spartans coach Mel Tucker suspended Brown, Grose, Young and cornerback Khary Crump.
Those players are among seven facing charges in connection to the fight. Crump is charged with felonious assault. Brown, Grose and Young are charged with aggravated assault. Cornerback Justin White and Defensive End Brandon Wright are also charged with aggravated assault. Linebacker Jacoby Windmon is charged with assault and battery.
An initial investigation was done by the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security, with assistance from the Michigan State University Police Department and the Michigan State Police. Their findings were passed along to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office. Once the information was reviewed, prosecutors authorized charges against the seven MSU players.
(CBS DETROIT) - The Detroit Lions rookie class is making waves this season with two players being recognized within weeks of each other.
No. 2 draft pick Aidan Hutchinson was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week. According to the NFL, this is the second Lions' rookie to receive the award after safety Kerby Joseph, who won two weeks earlier for his recorded 10 tackles, three passes defensed and two interceptions in the Lions' 15-9 win over Green Bay.
Hutchinson was selected for his second-career interception and a first-ever fumble recovery in the team's 31-18 victory against the New York Giants. This makes Hutchinson the first rookie defensive lineman to record an interception and a fumble recovery in a game since Kerry Winn in 2014.
He is the first Detroit defensive lineman to win since Ezekiel Ansah in 2017 and the fifth Michigan defensive lineman to receive the award, after Frank Clark, Brandon Graham, Curtis Greer and James Hall.
He is also the third Lions player awarded this season, with wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown winning offensive player of the week.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The stakes could hardly be higher for this year's edition of The Game.
A win for No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 2) or No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0, CFP No. 3) will mean a trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship and keeping their national championship dreams alive.
While a scenario may exist that the loser of Saturday's game could still backdoor its way into College Football Playoff, the more likely result is a consolation bowl game and 365 days of pain.
"When you lose this game, it's a tough year," said Ohio State coach Ryan Day, whose team had to swallow a 42-27 beating by the Wolverines in 2021. "There's no hiding from that."
Both teams come into the game unbeaten for the first time since 2006. This will be the 13th time since 1942 they'll clash as top-5 teams in the AP Top 25. Arguably, it's the biggest game in the series since 2016, when second-ranked Ohio State beat third-ranked Michigan 30-27 in double overtime.
"It's like two superheroes going at each other," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud and Michigan running back Blake Corum are Heisman Trophy candidates whose teams expect them to take charge on Saturday. It could be Stroud's last chance to beat the Wolverines; he is eligible for the NFL draft in the spring.
For Ohio State, there is the revenge factor. The Buckeyes were No. 2 last season when they were humiliated in Ann Arbor. That loss snapped a streak of eight straight wins in the rivalry game, denied the Buckeyes a Big Ten championship for the first time in five years and killed their hopes of getting to the CFP.
"It motivated us all offseason, so we've worked very hard to get to this moment right here," Day said this week. "And now it's time to go prepare the best we can, and that's what we're going to focus on physically, mentally and emotionally, to go play the hardest game we've ever played."
Harbaugh last year earned his first victory in the series in six tries. He's every bit as confident this time. He called his players "happy warriors on a happy mission."
"I think you're going to find we're made of the right stuff," he said.
Corum, who was injured last week, said his left knee is fine and he expects to play. The Wolverines are also hoping his backup, Donovan Edwards, as well as tight end Luke Schoonmaker and defensive end Mike Morris will play after missing last week's game with undisclosed injuries.
"We're not spending any time investigating whether (Corum is) playing or not," Ohio State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles said. "Just assuming he's going to play. He's an exceptional back."
NEXT BACK UP
Ohio State's star running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams have battled various injuries all season. Henderson had to leave last week's game against Maryland and finished it on the sideline wearing a walking boot. Williams didn't even dress for the game. Their status for Saturday is unknown.
A pleasant surprise for the Buckeyes has been the emergence of true freshman Dallan Hayden, who turned in his second 100-yard rushing game in a row. Hayden carried 27 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 43-30 win over the Terps.
IT'S BEEN A WHILE
The Wolverines have not played at Ohio Stadium since 2018.
"Most of the players on this team haven't been there, obviously last time was COVID and we weren't able to go," left tackle Ryan Hayes said. "I've heard stories. I'm expecting a loud, crazy environment. We've played in those games before. I think we'll be prepared."
Jagger said an official in the game heard what the opposing player said, and gave him a game misconduct penalty. The box score that day shows Ohio State senior forward Kamil Sadlocha was the only player given a game misconduct.
In a statement Tuesday night, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said Sadlocha "is returning home and will not practice or compete at this time."
"No student or student-athlete should experience hatred or racism, and everyone should feel welcome," Smith said. "I have spoken with Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller, and I'm thankful Jagger is getting the support he needs."
Smith added that the hockey team "will complete education on racial sensitivity, diversity, equity, inclusion and the use of respectful dialog."
The Big Ten collected and evaluated information from the conference's officiating crew, both schools and video footage and supported the in-game penalty on the Buckeyes, but decided against further punishment.
"Due to the absence of indisputable evidence presented to the conference, the conference has not imposed further disciplinary action," the Big Ten said in a statement.
Joshua said he was motivated to publicly share his version of the events because racism in the sport will get worse if it is not acknowledged.
"Acts of racism do not belong in hockey, as they can discourage African Americans and minorities like myself from playing and loving the game," Joshua wrote in his post. "Inaction in the face of racist comments and actions allow these behaviors to continue.
"The inaction has left me feeling confused and pessimistic about the movement of diversity within hockey culture."
Ohio State said its athletic department and hockey program worked with the Big Ten to come to a resolution following the allegation of misconduct.
"Ohio State is focused on providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all," the school said in a statement.
DENVER (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and the Detroit Pistons snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 110-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The victory was the Pistons' first on the road this season, as they had lost their previous 10. Detroit entered the night with a league-worst record of 3-15.
Former University of Colorado standout Alec Burks finished with 21 points for the Pistons, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
"I think you have to get a win in those situations," Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said. "As much as you want to play the young first- and second-year guys a lot of big minutes, you have to get a win to validate what you're talking about and what you're preaching and what we're building."
After missing the past three games while in the NBA's COVID-19 protocols, Denver center Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, putting him just shy of his fourth triple-double of the season.
Jokic's playing status was uncertain in the hours leading up to tip-off, as Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said before the game that he had "no idea" whether the reigning two-time NBA most valuable player would play after he cleared the NBA's health and safety protocols.
"I just felt like I didn't play for a while, like I didn't move my body as much because I was sitting five days in my house doing a little bit of Peloton," Jokic said.
After coming into the matchup making a league-best 40.9% of their 3-pointers, the Nuggets made just five of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
Leading by two entering the fourth quarter, the Pistons extended their advantage to 12, 96-84, on a transition dunk from Kevin Knox II that capped off an 11-1 run.
Denver trimmed that deficit to two, 104-102, following a hook shot from Jokic. With the Nuggets trailing by three with 2.2 seconds remaining, Denver guard Jamal Murray was fouled. After Murray made his first free throw and missed the second, teammate Aaron Gordon grabbed the rebound, but missed what would have been a game-tying jumper.
"We've been so close," Pistons rookie center Jalen Duren said. "The last few games have been right there early on. Every game, we're getting better. Everybody's playing together. As a team, we're all kind of growing. It showed tonight. The Nuggets are who they are. They've got the reigning MVP, they've got their guys back. For us to come out and grab a gritty win, it's huge for us."
It was the Nuggets' first game since Nov. 9 in which they weren't missing at least one of Jokic, Murray, Gordon or Bones Hyland, four of the team's five leading scorers. In the five games without each of those four players, the Nuggets went 2-3 following an 8-3 start to the season.
Pistons: F Saddiq Bey did not play. Casey said Monday that Bey had flown back to Detroit to receive treatment for his sprained right ankle. Bey is fifth on the team in scoring, at 14.7 points per game.
Nuggets: Malone said he doesn't believe veteran F Jeff Green's right knee contusion is "anything too serious", noting that it's "more of a bone bruise." Malone added that Green will be out for the "foreseeable future."
Pistons: at Utah Wednesday, the fifth game of a six-game road swing.
(CBS DETROIT) - The NCAA Men's Final Four is returning to Detroit for the first time since 2009.
The NCAA announced Tuesday Ford Field will host the event on April 3 and 5 in 2027 with Michigan State University selected as the official host.
"We were really impressed with how the presenters from Detroit and North Texas rebounded from the disappointment of not being awarded a Final Four in the previous cycle and put their best foot forward during this entire process," said Chris Reynolds, the chair of the NCAA Division Men's Basketball Committee. "These communities should be proud of the leadership displayed by everyone involved with making these bids and ultimately earning the privilege to host an event of this magnitude. Both will be great locations at which to play the Final Four."
Along with Detroit, the Final Four will head to Las Vegas in 2028, Indianapolis in 2029 and North Texas in 2030.
Ford Field hosted the Final Four in 2009, when Michigan State beat Connecticut and North Carolina beat Villanova. The Tar Heels ultimately won the title.
"Ford Field, which was the first venue to use the in-the-round seating configuration for the Men's Final Four, also holds the attendance record for most fans at a regional semifinal session (57,028) and regional championship game (57,563)," says the release,"
Detroit will also host the Midwest Regional in 2024. That's the ninth time either Detroit, Auburn Hills, or Pontiac have hosted a preliminary round of the tournament.
Here's where the Final Four will be hosted each year through 2030:
(CBS DETROIT) - After severe weather in western New York moved the Buffalo Bills vs Cleveland Browns game to Detroit, the Bills posted a thank you letter to the Lions.
In a letter on its website Tuesday, the Bills announced it was donating $20,000 to the Lions foundation. They also sent Tim Hortons coffee and doughnuts to the Lions facility and Ford Field. The team called on the Bills Mafia to follow their lead and donate.
In response, the Lions tweeted, "Thanks for sending over the breakfast this morning. See you soon!"
"In the span of a few hours, Detroit opened its doors and came together quickly to ensure the Bills could host their 'home' game on Sunday after parts of Western New York faced snow accumulations of more than 80 inches," the letter reads.
"Thank you so much to the Lions organization for doing whatever needed to be done to make our Week 11 game possible," the team added.
The Bills were scheduled to host its game on Sunday, Nov. 20, but forecasters predicted several feet of lake-effect snow in Orchard Park, New York. The NFL announced the sudden move on Thursday.
"We can't thank the Lions organization enough for their efforts this past weekend," said Ron Raccuia, Buffalo's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "It was no small feat to pull that game off, and each and every Lions staff member was first class throughout."
The Bills are due back in Detroit on Thanksgiving to play against the Lions.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions haven't had a three-game winning streak in five years, so Monday would have normally been a day to enjoy.
Not on Thanksgiving week, though.
Dan Campbell and his coaching staff got one flight's worth of relaxation out of Sunday's 31-18 win over the New York Giants — a victory that has the Lions at 4-6 in what looked like a lost season.
"By the time we got back to the office last night, the Giants were done," Campbell said Monday. "Everything was about the Bills."
Every NFL team deals with short weeks these days — Thursday games have gone from a Thanksgiving tradition to a weekly occurrence — but the Lions and Cowboys and their holiday opponents still have to work a bit harder because they are the only ones playing on a Thursday afternoon.
"The coaches know they have to be on point on minimal sleep and the players have to be on point with sore bodies," Campbell said. "The assistant coaches presented their research to the coordinators late last night and we all got to work.
"At some point, you go to bed for an hour or two, and then you start working again until you have a game plan."
The coaches started installing the scheme for Buffalo on Monday, but the team won't get the final pieces until a walkthrough on Thursday morning.
This year has an added twist — the Bills just played in Detroit after Sunday's game against Cleveland was moved to Ford Field because of a massive snowstorm that hit the Buffalo area.
"That's a talented team," Campbell said. "They are playing good football, they've been in big games, and they know how to win them."
The Lions are still last in the league in points allowed — 28.2 per game — but they've finally started to force turnovers. They only had six takeaways in their 1-6 start. But have gotten seven in wins over the Packers, Bears and Giants.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Detroit's passing game is still looking for big plays. After 10 games, the Lions only have one 50-yard reception, and that went to TE T.J. Hockenson, who has since been traded to the Minnesota Vikings. However, WR Jameson Williams, the 12th overall pick in this spring's draft, has started practicing with the team as he recovers from the knee injury sustained in the national championship game.
"He can run — we all know that," Campbell said. "There's going to be a learning curve, just like there is for every rookie, but we're going to try to find situations where he can help us."
RB Jamaal Williams had three rushing touchdowns against the Giants, giving him 12 in Detroit's first 10 games. Seven of the 12 have come from a yard and 10 from inside the 10, but he did have a 51-yarder against the Seahawks in October.
Williams' touchdowns have made up for the fact that, after a brilliant start to the season, D'Andre Swift hasn't been able to stay on the field. In the first two games, he had 20 carries for 200 yards and five catches for another 62.
However, shoulder and ankle injuries have limited him to 25 carries for 73 yards in the past eight games.
CB Jeff Okudah (concussion protocol) will miss the Buffalo game — a big loss with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs up next.
Three — In another lost year for Detroit sports, the city's fans can enjoy the Lions taking a three-game winning streak into Thanksgiving for only the second time since the 1970 merger. The previous time was 2017, and they promptly lost 30-23 to the Vikings.
Spend the next three days trying to figure out how to stop Allen and Diggs.
The 18-year-old Brown University freshman from Queens, New York has become the first woman in NCAA Division I history to be named to a varsity baseball roster. The Rhode Island university celebrated the occasion in a press release, saying that Pichardo's "dogged determination" allowed her to make the team.
Pichardo has played baseball since she was a child, starting in kindergarten. In middle school, she played on travel and varsity teams, and in 2022, she finally tried out for the USA Baseball Women's National Team, a goal that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to her time on the field as a pitcher and outfielder, she interned with the New York Mets' scouting department.
Pichardo said that when she committed to attending Brown, she immediately set her sights on the baseball diamond and the school's team, the Brown Bears.
"For me, I always just wanted to play college baseball, no matter what division it was," Pichardo said.
According to the school, Pichardo participated in the team's walk-on tryouts in September, followed by a weeks-long assessment process that included intense workouts and practices with current players. In October, head coach Grant Achilles announced that Pichardo would be on the roster for the 2023 season, which starts in February. Brown University shared video of the moment on Instagram, which showed the team cheering for Pichardo as she smiled.
"It was definitely a surreal moment for me because it's something that I've wanted since eighth grade," Pichardo said. "It's kind of crazy to know that I'm living out my dream right now and my ideal college experience that I've always wanted, so that's really cool."
When the team's season starts with a four-series game at Georgia State University, Pichardo will serve as a utility player, meaning she can cover positions in both the infield and the outfield. She is one of 31 players currently on the university's roster.
According to Baseball For All, a nonprofit that works to improve gender equity in baseball, at least eight women will play on collegiate baseball teams in the 2023 season, but none at the Division 1 level Pichardo will be on. A record number of women were rostered on college baseball teams in 2020 and 2021, according to the organization, just over 30 years after Julie Crouteau made history as the first woman to play on a college team in 1989.
"I'm just really glad that we're having more and more female baseball players at the collegiate level, and no matter what division, it's just really good to see this progression," Pichardo said. "It's really paving the way for other girls in the next generation to also have these goals that they want to achieve and dream big and know that they can do it."
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) —Blake Corum grew up in a one-stoplight Virginia town on a farm with cows, pigs and chickens.
He recalled not wearing shoes when he went outside to explore and create artwork on trees by painting with a mixture of charcoal and water.
When Corum was very young, that was the only playing some thought he would do.
"I was in the hospital a lot growing up because of a heart condition," Corum said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Doctors said I probably wouldn't be able to play sports."
Clearly, they were wrong.
Corum has become a star running back for No. 3 Michigan (11-0, 8-0, No. 3 CFP).
He may prove to be the most pivotal player in The Game against No. 2 Ohio State (11-0, 8-0, No. 2 CFP) on the road Saturday with a spot in the Big Ten championship game and likely the College Football Playoff at stake.
Corum might have a shot to win the award if he can put together a spectacular performance in a win against the Buckeyes as former Michigan stars Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson did before being named college football's most outstanding player.
The 5-foot-8, 210-pound shifty and powerful running back has run for 1,457 yards and scored 19 touchdowns, statistically putting him in comparable company with Heisman Trophy-winning running backs Derrick Henry, Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush.
Off the field, Corum seems even more special.
A day after hurting his left knee in a win over Illinois, he used funds from name, image and likeness deals to donate 300 turkeys, green beans, apple sauce, milk, a winter hat and hand sanitizer to families in Superior Township and Ypsilanti, Michigan.
"The impressive part is, he's not just out here as a volunteer doing the work, he's writing the check," said Bilal Saeed, who assists Corum on community service initiatives and NIL deals.
Corum, who also donated hundreds of turkeys last year, had to be convinced that publicly sharing what he does in the community served a greater good than worrying some people may think he's trying to get credit for his charitable efforts.
"I've been blessed my whole life so I just want to bless others and see them smile," Corum said Sunday after noticeably limping while handing out frozen turkeys and more during his second annual giving event. "This is what I live for. I'll be doing this until the day I die."
Corum said he gives away half of what he makes with NIL agreements, including giving Wolverine boots, gear and money from a deal to Michigan's offensive linemen.
"He's amazing in all ways," coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday. "Larger-than-life personality. Larger-than-life empathy."
Corum was raised in Marshall, Virginia, about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C., by parents who spent 4 hours a day driving him to and from St. Vincent in Laurel, Maryland, early in his high school career.
As an undersized running back aiming for even more exposure to major colleges, he spent his final two years of high school boarding at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore.
"He's a combination of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders," said Michigan associate head coach Frances "Biff" Poggi, Corum's last high school coach and the next coach for the Charlotte 49ers of Conference USA. "He runs with the same strength as Payton and is as elusive as Sanders with a jump cut that's as good as anybody's I've ever seen."
Corum's parents own a landscaping business and after putting him to work as a young kid, they saw signs early on that he was a giver.
"Blake always wanted to put some of his money that he earned in the church offering," his father, James Corum, said in a telephone interview Monday. "Everything he does on and off the field, it just makes me proud to have him as my son."
Just as doctors had doubts about his ability to overcome a heart condition to play sports, Corum still hears from naysayers suggesting he's too small to excel in football.
They've been proven wrong, too.
"People used to always say — and some say it to this day — that I was too small and too short," Corum told the AP. "It's just fuel to the fire."
Doha, Qatar — The sale of all alcohol at the eight stadiums used for soccer's World Cup tournament in Qatar has been banned, the sport's international governing body FIFA said on Friday, just two days before the games begin. The organization said in a statement that the decision to ban alcohol sales came "following discussions between host country authorities and FIFA."
The last-minute change in plans will see alcoholic drinks banned from the "FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, removing sales points of beer from Qatar's FIFA World Cup 2022 stadium perimeters."
Non-alcoholic beer will still be available for fans at the 64 matches.
Budweiser's parent company, AB InBev, pays tens of millions of dollars at each World Cup for exclusive rights to sell beer. The company's partnership with FIFA started at the 1986 tournament.
As news of the ban broke on Friday, a post briefly appeared on Budweiser's official Twitter account, reading: "Well, this is awkward." The post was removed not long after.
When Qatar — a conservative Muslim nation where alcohol and homosexuality are both generally illegal — launched its bid to host the World Cup, the country agreed to respect FIFA's commercial partners, and again when signing contracts after winning the vote in 2010.
At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the host country was forced to change a law to allow alcohol sales in stadiums.
AB InBev's deal with FIFA was renewed in 2011 — after Qatar was controversially picked as host — in a two-tournament package through 2022. However, the Belgium-based brewer has faced uncertainty in recent months on the exact details of where it can serve and sell beer in Qatar.
An agreement was announced in September for beer with alcohol to be sold within the stadium perimeters before and after games. Only alcohol-free Bud Zero would be sold in the stadium concourses for fans to drink in their seats in branded cups.
Last weekend, AB InBev was left surprised by a new policy insisted on by Qatari organizers to move beer stalls to less visible locations within the perimeter.
Budweiser was also to be sold in the evenings only at the official FIFA fan zone in downtown Al Bidda Park, where up to 40,000 fans can gather to watch games on giant screens. The price was confirmed as $14 for a beer.
Ab InBev did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company will be based at an upscale hotel in the West Bay area of Doha with its own branded nightclub for the tournament.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — More than $100 million will be awarded to LPGA players for the first time in 2023, an increase of about 18% over what was planned for this season and more than doubling what was paid out on the tour just a decade ago.
And in the eyes of LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan, that's a good start.
The LPGA's 33 official events next year will have a combined $101.4 million in purses, the tour announced Friday while unveiling the schedule. But reaching nine digits in total purse for the first time hardly means that the tour has reached its target, Marcoux Samaan said.
"I think we're trying to just grow as much as we can possibly grow," Marcoux Samaan said. "I think it is a milestone, not a target. I think it just symbolizes the next level of evolution for the tour. But I don't think we feel like we're done. We feel like there's much more investment to be had in the women's game and we're passionate about getting that."
The schedule has events in 11 states and 12 countries. It has two tournaments — if they happen — in China. The LPGA has not played there since October 2019, canceling each of its last five planned events in China after the coronavirus pandemic.
For now, there's some hope about getting back to China. "I think we're just still waiting to hear and we told the players that we'll keep them posted, but we have the contract and it's on the schedule, and we'll let them know as that evolves," Marcoux Samaan said.
The five women's golf majors account for $37.9 million of the planned purses, led by $10 million set to be paid out at the U.S. Women's Open at Pebble Beach next July. That tournament is immediately preceded on the schedule by the Women's PGA Championship at Baltrusol, a $9 million event.
That's $19 million to be paid out in a span of just two events, something that was unfathomable in women's golf just a few years ago.
The last four of the five majors occur in an eight-week, seven-tournament span.
"I think part of it is because we we are playing at some phenomenal golf courses and a bit of those decisions were based on availability at the golf courses and the ability to to get in and play in these really important and iconic venues," Marcoux Samaan said. "So, I do think in the ideal load, those that would be spread out more."
Official purses for this season wound up reaching about $93.5 million, mainly through increases to what was offered at the majors. The plan entering 2022 was for purses to be $85.7 million.
For now, Saudi-funded LIV Golf — which will offer $405 million in 14 men's events in 2023 — has not revealed any formal plans about trying to entice women's players, though CEO Greg Norman has mentioned the possibility. The LPGA hasn't had to worry about LIV, yet.
"A fractured golf environment is not good for anyone," Marcoux Samaan said. "It's my role as the commissioner, as a steward of this organization, my responsibility to really listen and learn and we are doing that and we'll continue to do that. There's nothing new to report on it.
Every tournament on the LPGA's 2023 slate carries a purse of at least $1.5 million, and there are only four with purses that small. There are 16 tournaments, excluding the majors, with purses of at least $2 million, including seven of the final eight on the schedule.
After the Solheim Cup in Spain in late September, the LPGA will play eight consecutive weeks to finish its season in a bit of a frenzy. The first two stops are in Arkansas and Texas, then a four-tournament Asian swing through China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, followed by the last two weeks in Florida — and capped again by the $7 million CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, with $2 million to the winner.
The $2 million first-place prize matches what will be awarded to the winner this weekend in Naples, and is the biggest single check in women's golf.
"We're a global brand, a global organization with players from all over the world, being distributed all over the world," Marcoux Samaan said. "And we have an extremely fast-growing fan base where brands and partners can really grow their own business. So the commercial opportunity is really strong, intrinsic opportunities are really strong, and we're extremely bullish on where we're going."
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NEW YORK (AP) — Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 20 points and Arizona State never trailed in blowing out No. 20 Michigan 87-62 on Thursday night to win the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
It was the most lopsided championship game in the event's 16-year history and Arizona State's largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent.
"I thought it was an elite performance," coach Bobby Hurley said. "These guys were just — man, they were making plays all over the court. I just kind of told them, I'm kind of in awe of them a little bit. Just kind of took a step back and was watching and just proud of how they competed and performed and made plays out there."
DJ Horne added 19 points, Austin Nunez had 15 and Luther Muhammad scored 13 for the Sun Devils (4-1), who reached the championship game by overcoming an 11-point deficit in the final nine minutes of a 63-59 victory Wednesday night over VCU.
All-America center Hunter Dickinson, who was double- and triple-teamed down low by Arizona State, scored 14 points and Jett Howard had 12 for Michigan (3-1), which routed Pittsburgh 91-60 on Wednesday but shot just 34% against ASU.
"I was looking at a lot of things that we did last night in that win and I think it started with our defense," Horne said. "So I wanted to start there in this game today, emphasizing that defense is going to get us this win."
Seven players scored during a game-opening 29-10 run by Arizona State, which scored on nine straight possessions during the surge but shot even better in the second half (66.7%) than in the first half (56.3%).
"Some of the shots were uncontested — that was disappointing," Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. "But there were times when they made shots that were contested because of the fact (of) the confidence level that they had."
Michigan got within 15 just once following Arizona State's opening run. Dickinson put back a miss by Jett Howard to cut the lead to 50-34 early in the second half, but the momentum was short-lived as Howard was whistled for a foul 12 seconds later before Arizona State's Warren Washington slammed home an alley-oop.
Cambridge, who finished with four 3-pointers, hit consecutive 3s — the second with Jett Howard's hand in his face — before he cut into the lane, took a pass from Washington and dunked to make it 60-41.
A jumper by Horne with 10:55 left extended it to 64-43 for Arizona State, which led by 32 before Michigan emptied the bench with 4:12 remaining. The Sun Devils followed suit with 2:26 to play.
"Getting beat like that is pretty embarrassing," Dickinson said. "You don't want to have that kind of wakeup call, but it happened. So for us, I feel like it'll level us and kind of bring us back down to Earth that obviously we can't just roll a ball out there and play and expect to win."
Michigan: Led by the 7-foot-1 Dickinson down low, the Wolverines made 62.3% of their 2-point attempts in their first three games. But with Dickinson mostly contained, Michigan shot just 43% from inside the arc Thursday. The Wolverines missed four consecutive shots at or near the basket during a single possession while down 22-10. They couldn't make up for it from beyond the arc, finishing 4 of 22 (18%) on 3s.
Arizona State: The Sun Devils entered shooting just 29.4% from 3-point territory but thrived against Michigan's zone defense, going 8 for 14 in the first half and 11 of 19 (58%) overall.
Michigan: Tries to rebound against Ohio at home Sunday night.
Arizona State: Will host Grambling on Tuesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A month into the season, the Los Angeles Clippers are still trying to see the team they're hoping to be.
They got a glimpse Thursday night, when Kawhi Leonard was in the starting lineup for the first time and helped stage a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 96-91.
Leonard finished with six points on 2-of-8 shooting and had five rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes.
"It was good to be back," he said. "I felt good."
Reggie Jackson led the Clippers with 23 points. Paul George and Marcus Morris added 16 points each and Ivica Zubac tied his career high with 18 rebounds.
Leonard had missed 12 straight games since coming off the bench in two of the first three games to begin the season. He had been dealing with stiffness in his right knee, which was surgically repaired in July 2021. He missed all of last season while rehabbing.
"It's going to be a long journey," Leonard said. "ACL recovery isn't just one year. It's a two-year process."
Leonard's availability is going to depend on how he's feeling day to day.
"He looked pretty good as far as his movement," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. "His impact defensively is huge for us. With him on the floor we're a different team. It gives us a sense of calmness when he has the ball in his hand."
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and Jaden Ivey added 18 points for the Pistons. They lost their fifth in a row playing without injured Cade Cunningham.
Killian Hayes scored to give the Pistons their last lead at 76-75 before the Clippers took over.
George hit a 3-pointer, Leonard made a pair of free throws and then assisted on Morris' 3-pointer. George dunked one-handed after a steal and Leonard scored to push the Clippers' lead to 87-79.
"The fourth quarter we just didn't execute what we wanted to do offensively, kind of rushed some shots," Ivey said. "Paul George was just into the basket and it just opened up their offense. That's on us. We have to be better as a team."
The Clippers took their first lead since the opening quarter on a three-point play by Terance Mann late in the third that made it 67-65. The second unit joined Zubac in outscoring the Pistons 13-6 to lead 68-67 going into the fourth.
Detroit led most of the game, using a 15-0 run in the first quarter to build its largest lead of 12 points.
The Clippers rallied to tie it at 30-all before the Pistons closed on a 20-12 run to head into halftime leading 50-42. Bogdanovic scored nine points in the spurt.
Pistons: Cunningham (left shin soreness) is out this week.
Clippers: Luke Kennard (right calf strain) sat out.
Pistons: At the Los Angles Lakers on Friday night.
(CBS DETROIT) - The NFL is calling an audible on the Bills and Browns game. The league decided Ford Field will host the Bills and Browns game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The league said it will release details on tickets and other game information shortly. The game will air on CBS as part of its regularly scheduled broadcast.
The Bills were scheduled to host the game in Buffalo, but forecasters are predicting up to 6 feet of lake-effect snow in Orchard Park, New York.
It makes sense to shift the game from the drifts to the dome. Ford Field is the second closest NFL stadium to both Cleveland and Buffalo. The only other neutral site closer is Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers are playing at home that same afternoon.
This is not the first time the Bills played a game at Ford Field against an opponent other than the Lions. In 2014, the Bills and Jets came to Detroit to avoid getting buried by snow in Buffalo. There were two other times NFL teams other than the Lions played in Ford Field. The Vikings and Giants played there when heavy snow caused the Metrodome's roof to collapse in Minneapolis. Before that, it was Super Bowl XL in 2006.
The Bills won't have to go far after the game. The only travel required is to the hotel. That's because the Lions are hosting the Bills at Ford Field on Thanksgiving.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jett Howard scored 17 points as No. 20 Michigan pulled away in the second half for a 91-60 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night in the Legends Classic semifinals.
After struggling to get past Eastern Michigan on Friday, the Wolverines (3-0) struggled at times during the first half before seizing control early in the second.
"It's nice to see how everybody contributed," Michigan coach Juwan Howard said.
Howard made 6 of 8 shots, including two early 3s to help Michigan start pulling away and returned after a lengthy rest with the Wolverines holding a 25-point lead before fouling out.
Joey Baker and Kobe Bufkin added 14 apiece for Michigan. Hunter Dickinson totaled 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists as Michigan shot 72% in the second half and 58.3% overall.
Jamarius Burton led Pittsburgh (1-2) with 14 points and Blake Hinson added 13, but the Panthers shot 42% and struggled defensively again, allowing 38 points in the paint and 18 layups and dunks while mixing in a zone defense at times.
"We have to get better, especially on the defensive side of the ball," Panthers coach Jeff Capel said. "There's a glaring hole there and we collectively have to work to get better on that end."
Dickinson did not dominate but constantly did things to set up Michigan's offense, including a nifty skip pass to Howard, who hit a 3-pointer and completed a four-point play for a 42-33 lead early in the second half. He then used his size to clear the lane for consecutive drives to the rim by Jaelin Llewellyn that opened a 54-41 lead a few minutes later.
"I think it just speaks to him as a player," Baker said of Dickinson. "He's obviously a really good post player and attracts so much attention."
"I'm not surprised by that because Hunter's been like that from day one," Howard added.
The Wolverines began finishing it off when Bufkin and Dickinson converted 3-point plays on consecutive possessions for a 62-44 lead with about 12 1/2 minutes to go. Dickinson took a seat for good with 10:44 to go and Michigan holding a 65-46 lead.
Michigan: The Wolverines showed its offense can get going even in the few minutes Dickinson sits. In the first half, Dickinson rested for around four minutes. It was during his break when the Wolverines expanded a one-point lead into a five-point margin, as others seamlessly made shots from inside the paint before the Wolverines missed seven of their final eight shots and settled for a six-point halftime lead.
Pittsburgh: John Hugley IV experienced mixed results in his season debut after missing the first two games with a knee injury. In 22 minutes, Hugley scored nine points, but also struggled on the glass, finishing with one rebound. "I thought he did some good things," Capel said. "It was good to have him back out there." Last season, Hugley started 30 of 31 games and averaged 14.7 points and 7.9 boards.
Michigan: Faces Arizona State or VCU in the championship game Thursday.
Pittsburgh: Faces Arizona State or VCU in the third-place game Thursday.