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Ashley Dunkak

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Ashley Dunkak spent the last three years covering Kansas State football and men’s basketball as a correspondent for the Associated Press. Before working for the AP, she wrote for the Kansas State Collegian, where she also spent time as a copy editor and sports editor. Overall, she compiled hundreds of sports stories on her way to graduating summa cum laude in 2013. She minored in Spanish and economics along with majoring in journalism, but writing has always been her passion.

Dunkak grew up in Olathe, Kan., where she raced her dad to the mailbox every Thursday to see who would get to read Sports Illustrated first. At 13, she emailed her dad a recap of a Kansas City Chiefs game, and he responded that she should think about becoming a sports writer. Almost a decade later, that is exactly what she is doing, and she could not be more thrilled to be doing so in a great sports town like Detroit.

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 02:  Gustav Nyquist #14 of the Detroit Red Wings scores a third period game winning goal and is congratulated by his teammates Johan Franzen #93 during the game against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena on April 2, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Bruins 3-2  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Potent Combination Of Veterans, Young Players Keeps Red Wings Alive

By winning four of their last five, they have all but locked up a spot.

CBS Detroit–04/07/2014

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Phil Coke: ‘Of Course I Feel Like I Can Get The Job Done’

Brad Ausmus offered the well-worn caveat that relievers often find it harder to pitch in no-pressure situations than in close games.

CBS Detroit–04/07/2014

EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 21: Devin Gardner #98 of the Michigan Wolverines runs by Ty-Meer Brown #15 of the Connecticut Huskies in the second half at Rentschler Field on September 21, 2013 in East Hartford, Connecticut.   (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Devin Gardner Marginal In Spring Game, Remains Confident

Despite a spring game that looked rather rocky, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner had his smile back.

CBS Detroit–04/07/2014

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 04:  Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates after hitting a two run home run for his 2,000 Major League hit during the eight inning scoring Torii Hunter #48 during the  game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on April 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ausmus On Cabrera And 2,000 Hits: ‘Eventually You Run Out Of Adjectives’

The Tigers announced that Cabrera is the seventh-fastest player in baseball history to reach 2,000 hits.

97.1 The Ticket–04/04/2014

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 04: Austin Jackson #14 on the Detroit Tigers scores and celebrates with teammate Andrew Romine #27 after Nick Castellanos #9 doubles to deep right field during the second inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Comerica Park on April 4, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Replay Upholds Questionable Call Against Tigers [VIDEO]

New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is no longer perfect on challenges, thanks to a goofy rule akin to the NFL’s “completing the process” rule.

CBS Detroit–04/04/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - JANUARY 01: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings takes the ice during the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Toronto won the game 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Mike Babcock: ‘It’s Not About Pavel Datsyuk Tonight … He Has To Fit In’

When Pavel Datsyuk hits the ice Friday night at Joe Louis Arena, it will be his first game in the home arena of the Detroit Red Wings since Dec. 23, 2013.

CBS Detroit–04/04/2014

DETROIT, MI - JULY 12:  Drew Smyly #33 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning at Comerica Park on July 12, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Rangers 7-2. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

Drew Smyly Back To Bullpen (For Now)

Smyly pitched out of the bullpen in 2013, recording an ERA of 2.37 as the most reliable reliever for the Tigers last season.

CBS Detroit–04/04/2014

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 02: Max Scherzer #37 of the Detroit Tigers warms up between the second and third innings while playing the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on April 2,  2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Scherzer Sizzles In First Start, Tosses Eight Shutout Innings In Win

The first time new Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus met starting pitcher Max Scherzer, the hurler told Ausmus he would always be honest with him.

97.1 The Ticket–04/02/2014

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 02: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates after his 10th inning game winning single to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 at Comerica Park on April 2,  2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Replays Result In Two Calls Overturned In Favor Of Tigers

The ruling made first-time major league manager Brad Ausmus 2-for-2 for the day on challenges.

CBS Detroit–04/02/2014

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 31:  Alex Gonzalez #28 of the Detroit Tigers singles to left field scoring Tyler Collins #72 in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeated the Kansas City Royals on Opening Day  at Comerica Park on March 31, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Royals 4-3.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Ausmus Switches Up Lineup, Putting Collins Second, Hunter Fifth

New Tigers manager Brad Ausmus explained the changes before the game Wednesday.

CBS Detroit–04/02/2014

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