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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:23

Super Bowl to be streamed online again

NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl will be streamed online for the second straight year. Last season's game attracted 2.1 million users through the Web. The TV audience was 111.3 million people. The simulcast of the CBS coverage will be available on NFL.com and CBSSports.com. It will also include additional camera angles and in-game highlights. The league said Wednesday that the Saturday wild-card games and Pro Bowl on NBC would be streamed as well. The four games will also be available on smartphones to subscribers of NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:21

Lions put DT Fairley on IR, sign DT Nwagbuo

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lion have put defensive tackle Nick Fairley on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The 2011 first-round pick started seven of 13 games, had 5  1/2 sacks and 35 tackles after a lackluster rookie year. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to DUI and reckless driving and was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail term, a year of probation and a $600 fine. He hopes a pretrial diversion program will allow those charges to be dismissed. Detroit has signed Ogemdi Nwagbuo (oh-GIM'-dee new-WOW'-boh) to fill the spot. The former Michigan State player has 35 games of NFL experience with Carolina and San Diego. The Lions play host to the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, December 22 with kick off at 8:30 p.m. Pre-game will be at 7:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 14:20

No. 20 Michigan State tops Bowling Green 64-53

EAST LANSING -- Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 points apiece to lead No. 20 Michigan State to a 64-53 victory over Bowling Green on Tuesday night. Branden Dawson added 10 points for the Spartans (10-2), who struggled to put away the Falcons until late in the second half in a rare road game against a Mid-American Conference school. Michigan State held Bowling Green (5-5) to just two points over a six-minute stretch in the second half to take control. The Spartans went on a 14-2 run highlighted by Dawson's dunk after a steal, drawing a big cheer from the many Michigan State fans filling the Bowling Green arena.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:38

Crawford leads Clippers to 10th straight win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Jamal Crawford scored 15 points and Chris Paul added 14 to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to their 10th straight win, 88-76 over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Blake Griffin had 15 points for Los Angeles, which had five players in double figures. Griffin had two breakaway dunks in the last 30 seconds, one on a pass banked off the backboard by Crawford. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 16 points and Tayshaun Prince added 15. Detroit has lost five straight. Wednesday the Pistons visit the Toronto Raptors with tip off at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:37

Schwartz shoulders blame for Lions' skid

(DETROIT) -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz admitted Monday that his team's season has "gone off the rails" and the progress made during last year's run to the playoffs has become a distant memory. Schwartz, who has lost at least 10 games in three of his four seasons as Lions' coach, said the blame for the team's unfulfilled 2012 expectations rests entirely with him.  Schwartz said, "I need to do a better job. 4-10 isn't good enough." Detroit's 38-10 loss at Arizona on Sunday was its sixth straight and the team's most lopsided defeat since a 48-3 loss at Baltimore in 2009. It also bucked the trend:  After defeating Jacksonville on Nov. 4, Detroit lost its next five games by an average of 5.2 points, only to get hammered by the Cardinals. Saturday the Lions host the Atlanta Falcons with kick off at 8:30 p.m. pre-game at 7:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.

(DETROIT) -- The annual Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Coaches Luncheon, co-sponsored by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, was held Thursday, December 13 in the Tiger Club at Comerica Park. Attendees included Western Kentucky Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry, Central Michigan Head Coach Dan Enos, key players from each team, sponsors, and Little Caesars Pizza Bowl officials. They were joined by Bowl CEO and Executive Director Ken Hoffman and Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO David Scrivano. The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will be held on Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m. at downtown Detroit's Ford Field. The 6-6 Central Michigan Chippewas will play the 7-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. 2012 marks the bowl's 11th year at Ford Field, after 5-years at the Pontiac Silverdome. The bowl will again be televised nationally on ESPN.

PHOTO AND STORY SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO

PICTURED: Western Kentucky Interim Coach Lance Guidry, Central Michigan Coach Dan Enos and former U of M Head Coach Loyd Carr.

DETROIT (AP) - The operator of Joe Louis and Cobo arenas in downtown Detroit owes the cash-strapped city more than $971,000 in unpaid property taxes on the venues. The Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that tax documents show Olympia Entertainment has been in arrears on the taxes since 2009. Olympia Entertainment is part of Mike Ilitch's stable of companies. Ilitch also owns Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. Ilitch is seeking a $650 million multiuse development, which would include an events center. The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved legislation to help finance a project that would include a new hockey arena.  The bill has been returned to the House and would allow use of tax dollars collected by the city's Downtown Development Authority for the project. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 09:52

NHL cancels games through Dec. 30

NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has eliminated 16 more days from the regular-season schedule, and the entire season will be lost if a deal with the players' association isn't reached soon. The league has now wiped out all games through Dec. 30. Negotiations between the league and the players' association broke off last week, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday the sides are trying to restart talks this week.

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher Brayan Pena. Pena had a .236 batting average with two homers and 25 RBIs in 68 games last season for the Kansas City Royals. He hit .320 in 50 at-bats with runners in scoring position last season. He has hit .248 with 14 homers and 98 RBIs over eight seasons with the Royals and Atlanta Braves. The 30-year-old Pena will back up Alex Avila behind the plate. Detroit president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday the switch-hitting Pena will be a solid complement to Avila. The Tigers also designated left-handed pitcher Matt Hoffman for assignment. He was 1-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 43 games at Triple-A Toledo last season.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have tied an NFL record. They're not proud of it. Detroit blew a 10-point lead in a third straight game to match a dubious league mark in a 27-20 loss Sunday night at Green Bay. The 2011 Minnesota Vikings, 1999 New Orleans Saints, 1991 Cleveland Browns, 1980 St. Louis Cardinals, 1952 Washington Redskins and the 1947 Green Bay Packers are the other teams in NFL history that have lost three in a row after leading by at least 10 points in each game, according to STATS LLC. The Lions have dropped five straight games to guarantee a losing record this year. They might have a chance to snap the skid Sunday on the road against the equally lowly Arizona Cardinals.

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