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Michigan State Spartans drop swimming and diving teams

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State University is dropping swimming and diving teams for men and women after the 2020-21 season, officials said Thursday. “MSU athletics is facing a financial crisis unlike any we’ve ever seen in college athletics,” athletic director Bill Beekman and ...

Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons looking at starting rare win streaks

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons actually have a shot at a winning streak. Ditto for the Detroit Lions, who haven’t won back-to-back games in more than a year. At the moment, that’s the sole focus for these struggling teams. Two in a row. “I stopped ...

MHSAA: High school winter sports to start on time

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan high school winter sports will start on time in November. Face coverings are required for athletes practicing and competing in basketball, competitive cheer, hockey and wrestling, the Michigan High School Athletic Association said Friday after its Representative ...

Detroit Lions rookie defensive end Julian Okwara placed on injured reserve

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions put rookie defensive end Julian Okwara on injured reserve Wednesday and signed free agent cornerback Chris Jones. Okwara limped off the field with a leg injury in Sunday’s victory at Jacksonville. The Lions also announced Wednesday that defensive end ...

Ex-Michigan State Spartans athletic director Merritt Norvell Jr. dies at 79

EAST LANSING (AP) — Merritt Norvell Jr., the first Black athletic director at Michigan State, has died. He was 79. A spokesman at the University of Nevada confirmed Wednesday that football coach Jay Norvell, who is Merritt Norvell’s son, took some time away from the team because of his ...

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 ...