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INDIANS-TIGERS PPD

Indians vs Tigers postponed by rain

DETROIT (AP) - The game between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers has been postponed because of bad weather.

The Tigers said the Central division rivals' first meeting of the season will be rescheduled - but not during this series.

Snowfall from an overnight storm was sticking to the grass in the area, and temperatures in the low 20s were predicted for Tuesday evening.

Detroit beat the Indians in 15 of 19 matchups last year and won their third straight division title.

INDIANS-BOURN

Indians activate OF Bourn

DETROIT (AP) - The Indians activated outfielder Michael Bourn from the disabled list before their scheduled game with the Tigers was postponed by inclement weather.

To make room for Bourn, the Indians optioned outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Triple-A Columbus.

Bourn missed Cleveland's first 13 games with a strained left hamstring. He injured it while running the bases on March 16 during training camp in Arizona and the Indians were very cautious with the speedy leadoff hitter, who had surgery on the hamstring following last season.

Bourn had been eligible to be activated two weeks ago, but the Indians had him play in five minor league games to make sure he was ready.

Morgan, who signed a minor league free-agent deal with Cleveland in January, did a nice job filling in for Bourn. He batted .348 (8 of 23) scored four runs and had four RBIs in nine games.

MICHIGAN ST-DAWSON

Michigan State's Dawson decides to stay in school

(AP) - Michigan State forward Branden Dawson is staying for his senior season.

The school announced Dawson's decision Tuesday.

He averaged a career-high 11.2 points last season. The 6-foot-6 forward scored a career-high 26 points in an NCAA tournament win over Harvard and had 24 points in his next game, helping the fourth-seeded Spartans beat top-seeded Virginia in the round of 16.

After scoring in double digits for six straight games, Dawson scored just five points in the season-ending loss to the seventh-seeded and eventual champion Connecticut Huskies.

Dawson signed with the Spartans as a highly touted recruit out of Gary, Ind. His college career was stunted at the end of his freshman season when he tore a ligament in his left knee and needed major surgery that affected his sophomore season.

BKC-MICHIGAN-STAUSKAS

Michigan losing Stauskas, Robinson to NBA

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are entering the NBA draft.

"I heard from the advisory board in the middle of last week, a couple days after that I really decided," Stauskas said. "The information I got from them was kind of what I wanted to hear."

Robinson, whose dad played in the NBA, needed a little longer to decide whether to stay or go.

"I really didn't make my decision until last night," he said Tuesday.

Mitch McGary has not decided if he will stay in school or go pro. McGary was not made available for interviews after his teammates had a news conference.

The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to the NBA last year as underclassmen, but retooled well enough to win the Big Ten title and advance to an NCAA tournament regional final.

SENIOR PGA PROFESSIONAL

Stan Cooke leads Senior PGA Professional

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Stan Cooke shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Tuesday to take the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 53-year-old Cooke, the PGA general manager and director of golf at Ocala (Fla.) National, played the last 10 holes in 7 under on PGA Golf Club's Wanamaker Course.

Originally scheduled for October at Creighton Farms in Virginia, the event was postponed because of rain and flooding. The top 35 will earn spots next month in the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.

Frank Esposito and Rob Gibbons were two strokes back at 67. The 50-year-old Esposito, the PGA head professional at Brooklake in Florham Park, N.J., played the Ryder Course. The 57-year-old Gibbons, the PGA head pro at Arrowhead in Molalla, Ore., opened on the Wanamaker.

D-LEAGUE-GRAND RAPIDS

NBA D-League team relocating to Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The NBA Development League's Springfield Armor is relocating from Springfield, Mass., to Grand Rapids in western Michigan.

The official minor league for the NBA announced Tuesday that the team will be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and begin play with the 2014-15 season at the 5,000-seat DeltaPlex Arena.

Steve Jbara's SSJ Group purchased the Armor and will manage the day-to-day business operations and community relations. The Pistons will run basketball operations.

The Armor spent five seasons in Springfield. It will be one of 18 D-League teams in the upcoming season.

MICHIGAN ST-NIGHT GAME

Michigan State to host night game vs. Nebraska

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State is expected to play a night game at Spartan Stadium in October against Nebraska.

ESPN announced Tuesday that it has selected six Big Ten football games for Saturday prime-time telecasts on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 for next season. The matchups include the Oct. 4 game in East Lansing.

Another previously announced night game in Michigan will be on ESPN or ESPN2: The Wolverines' Oct. 11 game against Penn State.

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