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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 ...