College Basketball: Detroit Mercy has a verbal commitment from Ypsilanti combo guard Corey Allen. Playing for The Family during the AAU circuit, Allen averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game last regular season. UDM can play the versatile 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior at either point guard or shooting guard. “When I went on my visit they treated me like I was part of the family,” Allen said. “Coaches and the players did. Coach Jermaine Jackson, he was the guy recruiting me. He showed me around and I had a good time. It was fun.” –Perry A. Farrell, DFP
College hockey: Michigan State defenseman Zach Osburn, a freshman from Plymouth, was named Big Ten Second Star of the week after tallying two goals and an assist at the Ice Breaker Tournament in Portland, Maine, last weekend. MSU junior forward JT Stenglein was named Third Star after notching three assists and a goal.
College athletics: Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke signed a contract extension through the 2019-20 season. “It is an honor to serve our gifted student-athletes, committed coaches, dedicated staff and exceptional University,” Lyke said in a statement released by the university. “As a team, we will continue to work hard, make a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes and become a source of pride for our University.”
Lyke was hired to lead the EMU athletic department in 2013.
Flag football: A different football game will precede the titanic battle between Michigan and Michigan State on Saturday. As part of the inaugural Special Olympics Unified Sports Rivalry Series, MSU and U-M will face off for the first time in a Unified flag football game. Nearly 30 students from MSU and U-M will team up with Special Olympics Michigan athletes from the Lansing and Ann Arbor areas to represent each school. U-M and MSU are two of 18 teams from rival universities across the country that will compete in nine competitions promoting inclusion and respect. The game is set for 7 p.m. Friday at MSU’s Ralph Young Field.
The Unified Sports Rivalry Series takes the concept of Special Olympics Unified Sports, in which people with and without intellectual disabilities play together, breaking down stereotypes and forming friendships. Both schools are holding an online pledge to raise money for Special Olympics Michigan. To show your support and back your favorite school, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/rivalry.
The U-M vs. MSU game is the first of nine in the Special Olympics Unified Rivalry Series this season. Other games include Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, Florida vs. Florida State, Alabama vs. Auburn, Arkansas vs. Missouri, USC vs. UCLA and South Carolina vs. Clemson.