New Detroit Lions Coach Matt Patricia faced a 1996 rape charge, according to a newspaper reporter's story published on Thursday. Patricia has denied he raped the woman and a statement by the Lions' front office offered support for him.

​​​​Media reports claim new Lions coach faced rape charge in 1996 when victim didn't testify

    ALLEN PARK (CCN) — The new coach of the Detroit Lions faced a 1996 rape charge, but the case was dismissed when the victim decided not to testify, according to multiple media reports. Matt Patricia denies he raped the woman and a statement from the Detroit Lions' organization on Thursday offered a vote of confidence that they believe his version of events.

   Patricia was hired after a tremendous run of success as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. He replaced Jim Caldwell who failed to get the Lions into the playoffs each of the past two years and three times in his four-year stint as Head Coach.

Flint native Mark Ingram has been suspended four games by the NFL for PED use.

Daily Gazette Sports Night Show reports Flint area native Mark Ingram of New Orleans Saints given 4-game suspension by NFL for PED use

    NEW ORLEANS  — Flint native Mark Ingram Jr., of the New Orleans Saints has been suspended four games by the National Football League for using performance enhancing drugs. The announcement was made official Tuesday night by the NFL front office. The first local media report about Ingram facing a suspension for PED use was on Tuesday's Daily Gazette Sports Night Show. Host Mike Killbreath quoted a reliable source as confirming the announcement was coming soon by the NFL.  Click Here to Read More


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Flint native Mark Ingram has been suspended four games by the NFL for PED use.

NFL denies appeal by Flint native Mark Ingram Jr.; His agents to now review ruling due on May 16 before making lawsuit decision

    NEW ORLEANS  — The National Football League office officials wasted no time letting Flint native Mark Ingram Jr., know that his appeal of a suspension has been shot down. An appeal announced earlier in the day by his agents was rejected on Thursday.

   Ingram was an All-Pro running back star last year when leading the New Orleans Saints to the NFC South Division championship. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards for the second year in a row. 

  The four-game suspension was handed down for violation of the NFL's rules regarding the use of performance enhancing drugs. Ingram has denied he used any illegal substances.  Click Here to Read More


Michigan Wolverines beaten at home Friday, fail to take advantage of help in Big Ten baseball race by MSU beating Minnesota 

    ​ ​ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines failed to take advantage of help in Minneapolis Friday when Illinois beat them 10-3 in Big Ten Conference baseball play at Ray Fisher Stadium inside the Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor. The loss in front of 1,011 fans cost the Wolverines a chance to take over sole possession of first place when arch rival MSU won 6-5 over Minnesota.   Click Here to Read More


Rain Friday leads to doubleheader Saturday for Tigers at Comerica Park against Seattle

   DETROIT (CCN) — Rain washed out Friday's game at Comerica Park against the Seattle Mariners. They will make it up with a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game will be at 4:10 pm and the second game is scheduled to start at 7:40 pm. Matt Boyd will get the start on the mound in the opener for the Tigers. He has only a 1-3 record but so far has a solid 3.00 earned run average. Michael Fulmer, 2016's Rookie of the Year in the American League, will pitch for the Tigers in the nightcap. He's 1-2 on the season with a 3.51 ERA.


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​​NHL Final Four one game from being set as Winnipeg Jets go to Nashville for Game 7

   NASHVILLE — The Nashville Predators will have the home ice advantage Thursday night in a Game 7 showdown with the Winnipeg Jets. At stake is the final spot in the National Hockey League's Final Four for the 2018 road to the Stanley Cup Finals. Game time is 8 pm on the NBC Sports Network. The winner advances to the Western Conference finals against the Las Vegas Knights. The Tampa Bay Lighning and the Washington Capitals are the opponents in the Eastern Conference championship series. 
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Detroit Tigers blow 4-3 lead in 7th inning; Lose 5-4 heart-breaker to Rangers on walk-off home run in bottom of 10th inning at Arlington

   ARLINGTON (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers blew a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning and lost 5-4 to the Texas Rangers Wednesday afternoon on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Nomar Mazara hit the game winner after drilling a solo shot to tie it up in the bottom of the 7th inning. The game winner came on the second pitch off Warwick Saupold to lead off the 10th after Detroit threatened with a lead-off double in the top of the 10th by Niko Goodrum. ​ 
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Boston Celtics win in electrifying finish to send Philadelphia 76ers home in 5 games; 114-112 victory earns rematch with Cavaliers

   BOSTON — It went down to the wire but the Boston Celtics won 114-112 to eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night to make a return trip to the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. They're aiming for revenge against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch of 2017's Best-of-7 series showdown for Eastern Conference bragging rights. Click Here to Read More


Houston Astros stay one half game ahead of California Angels in AL West by beating Oakland A's 4-1; Angels beat Rockies 8-0

   The defending World Series champion Houston Astros won 4-1 in Oakland over the A's Wednesday to stay one half game ahead of the California Angels in the American League's West Division race. The Angels beat the Colorado Rockies 8-0 on Wednesday. 
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​Cleveland Indians win 6-1 in Milwaukee over Brewers to build one-game lead over idle Twins in American League Central race

   The Cleveland Indians won 6-1 in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon to build a one-game lead over the idle Minnesota Twins in the American League's Central Division. Carlos Carrasco turned in a dominant pitching performance by going the distance for the second time this season. Carrasco gave up only 5 hits while striking out 14 batters. 
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New York Yankees win showdown for first place in AL East with 9-6 triumph over Boston Red Sox; They go for sweep on Thursday

   The New York Yankees won 9-6 over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night and go for a sweep on Thursday in their showdown series for the American League East Division lead. The Red Sox led by one game going into New York, but Wednesday's loss followed a 3-2 loss on Tuesday. They play again Thursday night at 7:05 pm. 
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Red-hot Philadelphia Phillies win 11-3 over Giants to stay hot on heels of Atlanta Braves in NL West; Atlanta Braves beat Tampa Bay 5-2

   Carlos Santana had a 5 RBI day with three hits to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 11-3 romp over the San Francisco Giants for their third victory in a row. They go for their first four-game sweep over the Giants in 36 years in a Thursday afternoon finale. Click Here to Read More


Dodgers win wild 6-3 affair in Los Angeles to stop D'backs from going 9 ahead in NL West

​   Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium may have been a lot early to declare a "must victory" situation but the Los Angeles Dodgers were in danger of dropping 9 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks before mid-May in the National League's West Division. The D'backs could have made it 9 games ahead of them by winning to pull off an early two-game sweep in Los Angeles.  But the Dodgers had other ideas by winning 6-3 in a wild one. 
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Brewers lose to drop half game out of first place in NL East behind idle Cardinals; Cubs get within one, Pirates pull within half

   The St. Louis Cardinals didn't play Wednesday and woke up Thursday morning alone in first place in the National League East Division standings. They began Wednesday tied for the top spot with the Milwaukee Brewers who were beaten 6-2 at home by the American League's Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. The PIttsburgh Pirates won 6-5 in Chicago over the White Sox to pull one half game away from the top spot while the Chicago Cubs won big with a 13-4 romp in Florida over the Marlins to get within one game of the Cardinals. 
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​​​Michigan Wolverines blow 9th inning lead but win 4-3 in walk-off style in bottom of 11th to stay within one game of Big Ten lead 

    ANN ARBOR (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines blew a two-run lead in the 9th inning but avoided disaster by beating Illinois 5-4 with a dramatic, walk-off victory in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday afternoon in Ann Arbor. The victory in front of 1,504 fans at Ray Fisher Stadium inside the Wilpon Complex kept the Wolverines within one game of Minnesota in the Big Ten race with three games to go. Click Here to Read More

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​​​Michael Fulmer hit hard again as he fails to help Tigers close out sweep over Seattle Mariners

    DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers won 5-1 in the opener but ace pitcher Michael Fulmer couldn't get them a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners at Comerica Park in Detroit. Fulmer was hit hard for the second time in a row when sent to his third loss in four decisions as the Mariners won the nightcap 9-5. Fulmer, 2016's American League Rookie of the Year, had allowed two runs or fewer in five of his first six starts before now yielding 11 runs in 10 innings of work in his last two starts to raise his earned run average from 2.80 to 4.37.  Click Here to Read More