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DETROIT (AP) - The Silverdome's owner is proposing a $1 billion complex in Detroit that would include a new soccer stadium - part of an effort to bring an expansion Major League Soccer franchise to the city. Steve Apostolopoulos, co-founder and managing partner of Triple Properties Inc., says the complex would include residential and retail space. It would be a short walk from Ford Field and Comerica Park, where the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers play. Triple Properties purchased the Silverdome in 2009. The Pontiac facility was the home of the Lions until 2002. The city of Detroit is working through bankruptcy proceedings. Apostolopoulos says the project would not require any public money.

MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) - Officials are considering an idea that would create a bike trail along the southern part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of a broader trail plan. The EagleHerald reports Dickinson County Commissioner Barbara Kramer on Tuesday evening discussed the proposal with officials in Menominee County. Plans are in the works at the state level for a hiking and biking trail from Belle Isle park in Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin boundary in the western Upper Peninsula. The state has been considering a route along the northern portion of the Upper Peninsula. Kramer wants officials to consider a southern route that would go through Iron, Gogebic, Dickinson, Menominee, Delta, Schoolcraft and Mackinac counties. The southern trail route also might be able to be used by all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:30

MAC remains stable amid realignment drama

DETROIT (AP) - On a college football landscape muddled by realignment, the Mid-American Conference suddenly stands out as a picture of stability. No, it won't be challenging the Southeastern Conference or Big Ten in terms of brand recognition any time soon, but the MAC's fans know exactly what to expect each season - competitive football in a league with plenty of parity and rivalries going back decades. Of the conference's 13 teams, almost half have been in the league at least six decades. The MAC will have a hard time topping the last 12 months, when Northern Illinois made it to the Orange Bowl and Central Michigan's Eric Fisher was the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 10:29

Tigers' Cabrera out with hip injury

CHICAGO (AP) - American League MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was unavailable for the Detroit Tigers against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday because of an injured left hip. Manager Jim Leyland confirmed his star would not play but revealed little else. He would not say how concerned the team is, or if a trip to the disabled list is a possibility. Cabrera left Monday's 7-3 win over Chicago after scoring in the fifth inning. He was replaced at third base by Don Kelly with one out in the bottom half and walked off holding his left side. The team said he had a sore hip flexor muscle and would be evaluated on Tuesday. With Cabrera out, the Tigers had Kelly at third and batting seventh and left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo hitting third. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of four errors in a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. With MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera sidelined by a hip problem, the AL Central leaders again got all the help they needed from Chicago. One night after matching what was a season-high with three errors in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers, the White Sox managed to outdo themselves. Peralta delivered an RBI single and scored in a three-run fourth in which the Tigers took advantage of two errors. He also hit a solo drive off Hector Santiago in the sixth, and Detroit scored three in the inning to go up 6-0. Porcello won his third straight start after dropping three in a row.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:25

Cabrera to be evaluated

CHICAGO (AP) - There was good news and bad news for the Tigers last night. They beat the White Sox in Chicago 7-3, but in the process All-Star Miguel Cabrera left the game with a sore hip flexor. The reigning American League Triple Crown winner will be evaluated today. He is currently listed as day-to-day. Cabrera, who became baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years last season, has played in 97 of Detroit's 98 games this year. He began the day leading the AL with a .359 batting average and 96 RBIs.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:24

Lance Armstrong finds support in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong says fellow riders have been "supportive" of him this week during an annual bike ride across Iowa. Armstrong is in the Midwest for a weeklong event known as RAGBRAI, which starts at the Missouri River in western Iowa and ends at the Mississippi River. It's the first public appearance on a bike for the seven-time Tour de France winner since he ended years of denials in January and admitting he doped to win. Armstrong told the Des Moines Register, which sponsors RAGBRAI, that riding in the event allows him to stay connected with the sport he loves. Armstrong has participated in RAGBRAI five times. He says that while he braced for negative reactions from other riders, he didn't expect a wave of hostility.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach John Beilein's new contract will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 season. Whether retirement awaits after that, he isn't ready to say. The 60-year-old coach will make $2.45 million in annual compensation under the new deal. The three-year extension replaced his previous contract and he is set through the 2018-19 season. He says "at least" - suggesting he might coach longer. Beilein says there was no sense of urgency to get a deal done, but added it felt good knowing he could make incoming high school juniors a promise he'd be there if they signed with Michigan.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan equipment manager Jon Falk is retiring after four decades with the athletic department and football program. Falk's retirement is effective at the end of this coming football season. Coach Brady Hoke says Falk is a big part of the program and will be missed. Falk is responsible for the overall budgeting of the athletic department's equipment needs with apparel providers, and he oversees a staff of three assistant equipment managers and a large group of student workers. The Oxford, Ohio, native earned a degree in physical education from Miami University in 1971. He accepted an assistant equipment manager position at Miami before Michigan coach Bo Schembechler offered Falk his current position at Michigan in 1974.

Monday, 22 July 2013 11:55

Mickelson gets the big win

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) - Phil Mickelson woke up today as champion of the British Open. The winner of four previous major tournaments added another major title to his belt by blitzing the field in the final round Sunday. Mickelson needs just the U.S. Open to become the fifth man to have a personal Grand Slam of all four majors.