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Michigan Sports

Pair of Michigan State Spartans football players suspended after assaults

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State linebackers Luke Fulton and Charles Willekes are currently suspended after being charged with assault early last month. A spokesman for the football team said Monday that Fulton and Willekes have been suspended from the program indefinitely. According to ...

Detroit Lions able to protect big lead vs. Jacksonville for 2nd win of season

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Matthew Stafford finally got his first touchdown pass against Jacksonville. It helped the Detroit Lions build a lead even they couldn’t squander. Rookie D’Andre Swift ran for a career-high 116 yards and two touchdowns, Stafford ...

Bet on lots of points when Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars meet Sunday

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Take the over. Detroit and Jacksonville have two of the NFL’s worst defenses, unable to stop anyone, anywhere, any week. The Lions (1-3) rank last in the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up more than 170 yards a game. The ...

Detroit Lions’ Matt Patricia among NFL coaches on hot seat

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer Bill O’Brien went first. Dan Quinn was next. There will be others. The firing line for NFL head coaches is heavily populated. O’Brien, who also was Texans general manager, lasted four games, all defeats. Quinn got one more week in Atlanta — and ...

Michigan Wolverines football team looks to be good, but not great

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Michigan has been good, not great, under coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s sixth season in charge of college football’s winningest program is expected to follow its recent form. The Wolverines are No. 19 in The Associated Press college poll, way ...

Few signs point to defense improving for Detroit Lions

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Defense was supposed to be Matt Patricia’s calling card when he was hired by the Detroit Lions. That makes the embattled coach’s predicament all the more puzzling. Four games into his third season with the Lions, Patricia’s team is showing ...

Big 10 works toward beginning hockey season on Nov. 13

(AP) — The Big Ten says its hockey season will have a 24-game conference schedule and will begin as soon as Nov. 13. Each Big Ten team also will have an additional four games against Arizona State. The Big Ten tournament will have a one-weekend, single-elimination format and will take place ...

Detroit Lions lick wounds heading into bye week

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have a lot of time to work on desperately needed improvements until playing again in nearly two weeks at Jacksonville. The Lions are among the NFL teams with an early bye, idling them this week in the Motor City to practice and get ...

Detroit Red Wings waive Justin Abdelkader to clear salary cap space

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL teams continue to clear salary cap space with free agency to start later this week. The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Justin Abdelkader on unconditional waivers Tuesday for the purpose of buying out his contract. The Montreal Canadiens did the same with defenseman Karl ...

MHSAA reacts to new state guidelines for high school sports

LANSING — Two recent rulings by Michigan government agencies are making a small amount of difference for sporting events conducted under the auspices of the Michigan High School Athletic Association. A Michigan Supreme Court ruling on Friday and Michigan Department of Health and Human ...

New Orleans Saints score 5 straight TDs, hold on to beat Detroit Lions 35-29

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The New Orleans Saints overcame a two-touchdown deficit to beat Detroit — and that wasn’t the only challenge they had to overcome on short rest Sunday. Drew Brees threw two touchdown passes to Tre’Quan Smith 2:19 apart in the second quarter, ...

Lower Peninsula ski areas adopt COVID-19 precautions

HARBOR SPRINGS (AP) — Several ski areas in the northern Lower Peninsula are aiming to adapt their operations as the winter skiing season nears to address public health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The top worry of skiing destinations is usually the question of whether cold ...