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Lions fire Patricia, Quinn

Matt Patricia opened his final postgame news conference with the Detroit Lions by thanking his wife and children for their support. Patricia probably knew what was coming. His boss, general manager Bob Quinn, might not have expected the same fate. The Lions fired Patricia and Quinn, who ...

Spartans hold off Northwestern

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 11 Northwestern put itself in position to play for the Big Ten title, then it hit the road. Michigan State was ready. Matt Coghlin made a tiebreaking 48-yard field goal with 3:35 left, and the Spartans handed Northwestern its first loss of the season with a ...

Spartans top Notre Dame

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Aaron Henry withdrew from the NBA draft to work on his craft in college. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is glad he did. Henry had 14 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three assists to help the 13th-ranked Spartans beat Notre Dame 80-70 on Saturday ...

Vikings edge Panthers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chad Beebe seized the chance to make up for the glaring mistake still fresh in his mind, one of many gaffes that nearly cost Minnesota the game. After their awful start, the Vikings turned November into quite a redemption tour. Beebe caught a 10-yard touchdown pass with ...

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Escanaba’s Parisian loses via decision LAS VEGAS — Escanaba’s Josh Parisian lost in his UFC debut Saturday night in a fight against Parker Porter. The fight went the three-round distance, leading to a unanimous decision victory (28-29, 27-30, 26-30) for Porter. Porter and Parisian ...

Lions fire head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn Saturday. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will take over coaching duties for the remaining five games on an interim basis. Interim GM duties will be split between Kyle O’Brien, Lance Newmark, Rob ...

UM expected to start McNamara Saturday

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan desperately needed a player to produce and provide an emotional lift. Cade McNamara delivered, replacing Joe Milton in the second quarter of last week’s 48-42 triple-overtime win at Rutgers. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to say McNamara did enough ...

MSU faces unbeaten Northwestern

On the 25th anniversary of Northwestern’s run to the Rose Bowl, Pat Fitzgerald is working on another remarkable story at his alma mater. This one is still in progress, however. “We’ve got a bunch of chapters left to write on this group before I’m ready to kind of look and give an ...

Cook reflects on Teddy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Dalvin Cook arrived in Minnesota in 2017, the Vikings assigned him a cubicle at the practice facility next to a player recovering from injury who wasn’t certain to see the field again. Teddy Bridgewater became Cook’s fast friend in that corner of the locker room, ...

Briefs

Correction ESCANABA — In Friday’s edition of the Daily Press, the event Josh Parisian is participating in was incorrectly identified as Dana White’s Contenders Series. He is competing in UFC Fight Night.

Parisian makes UFC main card debut

It seems the UFC may be expecting big things, or at least a knockout, from Escanaba’s Josh Parisian this Saturday night as he makes his UFC main card debut. Parisian (13-3), who has previously appeared twice in Dana White’s Contender Series, will take on Parker Porter (10-6) in a ...

Lions picked apart by Houston, Watson

DETROIT (AP) — Deshaun Watson dropped back in a protected pocket at midfield and perfectly lofted one of his four touchdown passes, connecting with Will Fuller in stride just before he reached the end zone. Houston’s star quarterback made it look easy, and the Detroit Lions did their part ...

Wolverines top Falcons

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mike Smith was in the starting lineup and made his presence felt right away. Chaundee Brown came off the bench and eventually led Michigan in scoring. These two transfers certainly look ready to contribute. Brown scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half and ...

Spartans win EMU opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo stewed while seated instead of shouting and standing as he led No. 13 Michigan State to an 83-67 season-opening win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night, two-plus weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. “The only people happy were those zebras, ...

New doc highlights links between U.P. and Packers

MARQUETTE — Often, passions can be traced back to a specific moment. For Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and Northern Michigan University Professor Dr. Dwight Brady, that moment was Dec. 31, 1967. On that day, seven-year-old Brady — glued to his family’s black and white television — ...

Woodson, Megatron in HoF semifinalists

Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Jared Allen and Calvin Johnson are first-year eligible players to make the list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. Joining them are four players who previously have been eligible, but never made the semifinals: Eric Allen, ...

GB’s inconsistencies exposed

The good news for the Green Bay Packers is that they still hold a two-game edge over Chicago Bears in the NFC North heading into their Sunday night showdown. But that healthy lead can’t cover up all this team’s flaws. The Packers (7-3) hardly looked like Super Bowl candidates while ...

Minnesota cancels on Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is calling off its scheduled game Saturday at Wisconsin due to positive COVID-19 cases within its program, a move that likely knocks the 18th-ranked Badgers out of consideration for the Big Ten championship game. Utah’s game with Arizona State scheduled for ...

Wolves hopeful, bide time

CARNEY — Imagine this: you’re the coach of a volleyball team who is performing the best they have all season, and it’s just two days before a quarterfinal playoff match. Then, you’re at practice when you receive a message. Your season is suspended. Carney-Nadeau Wolves’ coach Steve ...

Packers mistakes pile up in collapse

The Green Bay Packers have succeeded this season by protecting leads, taking care of the football and controlling the clock. They failed to do any of those things Sunday. Green Bay committed four turnovers and squandered a two-touchdown halftime advantage in a 34-31 overtime loss to the ...