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Western Michigan falls to Wisconsin in Cotton Bowl

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Troy Fumagalli had highlight catches for Wisconsin even before the big tight end's leaping 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and his 26-yard gain on third down that effectively wrapped up the Cotton Bowl victory. The game's ...

Caldwell confident Lions can bounce back against Seahawks

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Jim Caldwell knows what it takes to bounce back in the NFL, within a game and a season, perhaps as much as anyone in the league. Caldwell helped the Detroit Lions become the first team in league history to win eight games in a season after ...

Iowa rallies past Michigan 86-83 in overtime

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jordan Bohannon and the rest of Iowa's freshmen are learning how to win. It certainly helps that the Hawkeyes have a steady senior in Peter Jok to show them how it's done. Jok scored 25 points, including a decisive 3 with 1:16 left ...

Pistons rally past short-handed Heat

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — When Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy was told pregame how many Miami players were missing because of injuries, he immediately figured that his team would be tested. He was right. Fortunately for him, the Pistons responded. Reggie Jackson ...

Western Michigan makes Cotton Bowl logo reality

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin remembers the initial reaction when the Cotton Bowl logo flashed on the screen during a team meeting nearly a year ago, only days after the Broncos' first-ever bowl victory. "As a ...

Maple Leafs top Red Wings in Centennial Classic

TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews put on a show for the streaking Toronto Maple Leafs in his first outdoor game Matthews scored in regulation and overtime, leading the Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday in the Centennial Classic. In a game delayed 30 minutes at ...

Rodgers-led Packers beat Lions to win NFC North

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers was right. The Green Bay Packers ran the table, just as their star quarterback said they could, by capping a six-game winning streak with an NFC North-clinching 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. “This ...

Michigan Wolverines football team ready for Florida State in Orange Bowl

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh finds oranges refreshing and has consumed at least two this week. And Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher used to break his bedtime as a kid to stay up late and watch bowl games. On Thursday, those were their ...

Detroit Lions’ Darius Slay back to practice

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay was on the practice field Wednesday after missing Monday night’s game at Dallas with a hamstring injury. Slay was listed as limited at practice, and so was center Travis Swanson (concussion). Swanson hasn’t played since Dec. 4 at New ...

Ellis, Spartans surge back for 75-74 win over Gophers in OT

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Fueled by a better-late-than-never breakout game by Alvin Ellis III, Michigan State snapped into form after halftime of the Big Ten opener. Still-developing Minnesota was left with a stinging defeat. Ellis made two free throws with 10.6 ...

Sabres beat Red Wings 4-3 for Bylsma’s 300th victory

DETROIT (AP) — When the Red Wings finally caught up to the Sabres, Buffalo coach Dan Bylsma advised his team not to get concerned over the sudden momentum swing. “When they tied it, we talked about it now being a 12-minute game,” Bylsma said. “If we could beat them over the next 12 ...

For slipping Lions, it all comes down to final weekend

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit coach Jim Caldwell is looking on the bright side — the Lions have a chance this weekend to win their first division title since 1993. Never mind the fact that their NFC North lead has vanished, and if Detroit loses to the ...

Michigan focusing on FSU, not playoff miss

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It’s been more than a month since Michigan’s last football game, and it’s still difficult for quarterback Wilton Speight to watch the film. And that’s understandable. The last game was the Ohio State game. The one Michigan ...

Detroit Tigers bring back Alex Avila as backup catcher

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Alex Avila got a present of sorts, indirectly from his father, and were set to host a celebration over the weekend with his family minus any potential baseball-related drama. The Detroit Tigers brought back Avila to play behind starting catcher ...