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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 ...

Michigan Wolverines football team looks to be good, but not great

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR — Michigan has been good, not great, under coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh’s sixth season in charge of college football’s winningest program is expected to follow its recent form. The Wolverines are No. 19 in The Associated Press college poll, way ...

Few signs point to defense improving for Detroit Lions

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer DETROIT — Defense was supposed to be Matt Patricia’s calling card when he was hired by the Detroit Lions. That makes the embattled coach’s predicament all the more puzzling. Four games into his third season with the Lions, Patricia’s team is showing ...

Big 10 works toward beginning hockey season on Nov. 13

(AP) — The Big Ten says its hockey season will have a 24-game conference schedule and will begin as soon as Nov. 13. Each Big Ten team also will have an additional four games against Arizona State. The Big Ten tournament will have a one-weekend, single-elimination format and will take place ...

Detroit Lions lick wounds heading into bye week

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT — The Detroit Lions have a lot of time to work on desperately needed improvements until playing again in nearly two weeks at Jacksonville. The Lions are among the NFL teams with an early bye, idling them this week in the Motor City to practice and get ...