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DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit City Council has called a special session Friday to discuss a management agreement for a Detroit Red Wings sports arena and entertainment complex just outside downtown. Council members also are expected to consider changing the city code to add property to Detroit's Downtown Development District. Expansion of the district's boundaries is a step needed for plans for the new arena to move forward. The Wings would move from Joe Louis Arena to the new facility, which would seat 18,000 for hockey and other events. The Detroit Downtown Development Authority last Friday approved the management deal with Olympia Development. Olympia Development is owned by the Ilitch family, which also owns the hockey team. The Michigan Strategic Fund would issue $450 million in bonds to build the events center.

Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:43

Michigan, Florida to open 2017 season in Texas

Florida and Michigan will open the 2017 season in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The prime-time game is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2. It will be Florida's first regular-season, non-conference game outside the Sunshine State since the Gators lost at Syracuse in 1991. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley says he "thought it was something that our fans would embrace, our program would embrace." Michigan coach Brady Hoke says the game is "a great way to reach our fan base in the south and to continue to expand our recruiting efforts in the state of Texas. Our goal is to have as many Michigan fans at the game as possible." Each school will receive 25,000 tickets for the neutral-site game at AT&T Stadium, home to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:04

Dantonio shrugs off talk of job change

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Mark Dantonio sees Michigan State as a destination, not a stop or a springboard. Dantonio brushed off the notion that he could leave for another job.  Consistent with the stability he has built for seven seasons, he said Tuesday that he also hopes to keep his coaching staff together. That possibility seems much more likely since defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, the 2013 Broyles Award winner as the nation's top assistant coach, withdrew as a candidate to become the head coach at Connecticut. The No. 4 Spartans will face No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 10:02

Schwartz focused on game; not future with Lions

Lions coach focused on next game, not job securityinterested in talking about his job security. The Lions blew a late lead Monday night and lost at home to Baltimore, 18-16. The Lions (7-7) have led the NFC North much of the season, but may fail to make the playoffs after losing four of their last five games. Schwartz said Tuesday it doesn't do any good for him or his team to focus on his future. Detroit needs to win its final two games and hope for a combination of losses by division leader Chicago and Green Bay to secure a playoff berth.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:27

Ravens beat Lions 18-16 on Tucker's 61-yard FG

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Tucker's career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications. Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception - Matthew Stafford's third of the night. Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit ahead 16-15. But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldn't prevent Baltimore from setting up its sensational kicker for his sixth field goal of the game and 33rd in a row. The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (8-6) are in control of an AFC wild card following their fourth straight win. Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of its last five. The Lions host the New York Giants at Ford Field Sunday. Kick off at 4:05 p.m. with pre-game at 3:05 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:26

Tigers sent Worth, Marte outright to Triple-A

DETROIT (AP) - The Tigers have sent right-hander Luis Marte and infielder Danny Worth outright to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit announced Monday that both players cleared waivers and will be non-roster invitees to major spring training camp. Worth has hit .242 in 115 games over the last four seasons for the Tigers, although he played only three games in the majors this year. Marte made 17 appearances for Detroit in 2011 and 2012.

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Almont 47, Flint International 24
Carsonville-Port Sanilac 38, Deckerville 34
Frankenmuth 60, Otisville Lakeville 20
Kinde-North Huron 45, Caseville 12
Kingston 53, Mayville 15
Marlette 46, Ubly 26
Marysville 68, New Haven 21
Millington 53, Essexville Garber 48
Reese 64, Bay City All Saints 7
Richmond 63, Imlay City 39
Sandusky 67, Memphis 8
St. Clair 40, Algonac 28
Unionville-Sebewaing 50, Bad Axe 25
Vassar 43, Cass City 31
Yale 54, Port Huron 52
Peck vs. Port Hope, ppd. to Jan 21.

Thursday, Dec. 19
Brown City 55, Marlette 50
Croswell-Lexington 58, Algonac 27
Frankenmuth 65, Birch Run 46
Reese 66, Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 21
Sandusky 42, Harbor Beach 30
Ubly 39, Bad Axe 25
Unionville-Sebewaing 55, Cass City 5
Vassar 45, Bay City All Saints 20

Friday, Dec. 20
Imlay City at Almont
Armada at Richmond
Yale at Capac
Kinde North Huron at CPS--cancelled
Peck at Kingston
Deckerville at Caseville--cancelled
Mayville at Port Hope
Port Huron Northern at Port Huron
Algonac at Marine City

Monday, Dec. 16
Mayville 42  CPS 29
Imlay City 70, Lapeer East 40
Kinde-North Huron 64, Akron-Fairgrove 57
Kingston 72, Deckerville 52
Marlette 76, Waterford Our Lady 61
Peck 63, Caseville 16
Vassar 48, Caro 42

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Brown City 49, Kinde-North Huron 46
Croswell-Lexington 55, Capac 49
Frankenmuth 59, Otisville Lakeville 16
Marysville 52, Port Huron 47
Millington 70, Essexville Garber 60
New Haven 70, Almont 49
Yale 78, Armada 61

Wednesday, Dec. 18
Bay City All Saints 66, Ubly 58
Harbor Beach 62, Cass City 33
Marlette 88, Bad Axe 55 (Marlette 4-0 Andrew Storm 23, Brad Schaub 21)
Reese 70, Au Gres-Sims 58
Vassar 36, Sandusky 26

Thursday, Dec. 19
Akron-Fairgrove 57, Hale 52
Bay City All Saints 66, Ubly 58
Deckerville 59, Mayville 39
Harbor Beach 62, Cass City 33
Kingston 74, Carsonville-Port Sanilac 27
Marlette 88, Bad Axe 55
Peck 56, Kinde-North Huron 44

Friday, Dec. 20
Yale at Capac
Armada at Richmond
Imlay City at Capac
Sandusky at USA-cancelled
Ubly at Laker
Harbor Beach at Bad Axe
Algonac at Marine City
Bay City John Glenn at Reese

Friday/Saturday at Port Huron Northern
Cros-Lex vs. St. Clair
Port Huron Northern vs. Port Huron

DETROIT (AP) - Calvin Johnson gives friends in the NFL and other players he admires the shirt off his back - literally. The Detroit Lions superstar has exchanged jerseys with fellow receivers, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown and Cincinnati's A.J. Green, this season and has a collection of keepsakes on hangers in his closet. Johnson tells The Associated Press he can't remember when he first started doing it, but he's now got eight to 10 hanging up and eventually he's going to get them signed and put up in his basement in frames on the wall. Johnson says sometimes he's just a fan of a player and they'll  switch jerseys. It's a fitting ritual for the Lions' most humble star player since Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders simply handed or tossed footballs to officials after scoring more than 100 times from 1989-98. But Johnson doesn't expect to switch jerseys tonight after Detroit (7-6) hosts the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) in a possibly pivotal matchup as both teams hope to close the month well enough to be in the playoffs. Johnson says it's nothing personal. He just doesn't "know any of those guys very well." 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Damian Lillard's spinning fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 111-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Lillard was guarded well by Rodney Stuckey as he tried to drive to the basket, but he was able to hit a tough fadeaway from about 8 feet for the win. Detroit couldn't get off a shot before the buzzer. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points for Portland, which rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Lillard finished with 23 points. Josh Smith scored 31 points, his most since signing with the Pistons as a free agent in the offseason.

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