Dirks still on DL, has muscular inflammation
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have recalled Andy Dirks' injury rehab assignment, and the team says the outfielder is dealing with muscular inflammation in his lower back from increased activity.
Dirks remains on the disabled list.
The 28-year-old Dirks has not played this season because of back problems that required surgery. He hit .256 last year in 131 games.
Detroit leads the AL Central by 6 1/2 games, and the Tigers have been able to withstand Dirks' absence thanks to outfielders Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez. Davis is hitting .296 with 24 stolen bases, and Martinez is batting .346 with 13 home runs.
Lions sign Winn, release Morrell
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have signed running back George Winn and released guard D.J. Morrell.
The team announced the moves Wednesday.
Winn rushed for 1,334 yards in 2012, his final college season at Cincinnati. He has never played in an NFL game, but he spent time on practice squads for Oakland, Pittsburgh and Dallas last season.
The 23-year-old Winn is from Southfield, Michigan.
Van Gundy adding a few more options for Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons haven't done anything drastic since Stan Van Gundy took over as coach and team president in May, but they have added a few under-the-radar free agents who give the roster a bit more depth.
Now the stage is set for some spirited competition once the season starts, especially on the perimeter.
Detroit signed Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler, all of whom can shoot from 3-point range and potentially free up space for Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to operate inside.
The Pistons waived guard Peyton Siva and forward Josh Harrellson, but that still leaves a logjam on the perimeter with Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Singler in the mix along with Meeks, Augustin and Butler.
Probation for ex-Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge has sentenced ex-Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum to three years' probation for assaulting his girlfriend in suburban Detroit.
The Stafford, Texas, native played 36 games for Michigan in 2008-2010, with 1,008 yards receiving and six touchdowns. The Wolverines dismissed Stonum in 2012 for breaking team rules, and he transferred to Baylor.
On June 25, an Oakland County Circuit Court jury convicted Stonum of felonious assault and domestic violence. The charges involve attacks in Southfield in 2013.
Judge James Alexander issued the sentence Wednesday, also ordering Stonum to perform 500 hours of community service.
Alexander told the 24-year-old that he's a "huge disappointment who "had it all." In court Wednesday, Stonum said he loved his ex-girlfriend and knows he's been "a big disappointment to her" and his family.
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