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Lions' Dominic Raiola dives at Patriot late; Wilfolk: That's dirty

freep.com — FOXBORO, Mass. - The New England Patriots ran for a late touchdown when they could have took three knees and ended today's 34-6 win over the Detroit Lions in the victory formation, and that decision rankled Dominic Raiola. Raiola said after the game that he cut-block a Patriots defensive lineman on the Lions' final offensive snap as retaliation for the score.
Nov 23, 2014

Angry Lion Dominic Raiola said Patriots "could've took a knee." Free Press writer says Pats "could have took a knee" on.freep.com/1qWBPDA

Nov 23, 2014

Lots more on all that ... RT @davebirkett: Dominic Raiola takes a lot dive at DT's knees, Patriots call him dirty on.freep.com/1qWBPDA

Mitch Albom: Erasing Bill Cosby with the speed of light

freep.com — Ever since Bill Cosby was accused by one, then two, then four, then almost uncountable women of everything from unwelcome kissing to flat-out rape, the one reaction I can't quite figure is TV Land pulling "The Cosby Show" reruns from its air.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @Dameshek: Thank you for saying what we're ALL thinking, Mitch Albom: Leave those Cosby Show reruns on TV! Wait...what? freep.com/story/sports/c…

Nov 23, 2014

RT @Dameshek: Thank you for saying what we're ALL thinking, Mitch Albom: Leave those Cosby Show reruns on TV! Wait...what? freep.com/story/sports/c…

Nov 23, 2014

Mitch Albom: Erasing Bill Cosby with the speed of light (But the RBTL isn't just yet) on.freep.com/1xQQCBI

Shawn Windsor: MSU’s Cook has talent but needs seasoning

freep.com — He didn't see him, not even out of the corner of his eye. Connor Cook isn't afraid to admit that. He didn't feel his oncoming presence, either, at least not enough to register the impending doom. Cook has no problem confessing to this, too.
Nov 23, 2014

In one play Saturday, Connor Cook showed his ability and the progress he still can make. Column by @shawnwindsor freep.com/story/sports/c…

Mark Snyder: Michigan seeks redemption at Ohio State

freep.com — In one defining word, Jake Ryan explained how this week is different than all others for a Michigan football player. "We're very excited," he said late Saturday night. Consider the context. The Wolverines had just imploded, handing away a second-half lead in every way possible - offense, defense, special teams and coaching - losing to Maryland, 23-16, in Ryan's Senior Day at Michigan Stadium.
Nov 23, 2014

Mark Snyder: Michigan seeks redemption at Ohio State on.freep.com/1zQdvmF

Michigan football: What we learned, what to watch

freep.com — Free Press sports writer Mark Snyder breaks down three lessons learned Saturday: Interim athletic director Jim Hackett will decide on coach Brady Hoke's future, and it likely will be after the Ohio State game, considered the end of the season by him, regardless of a bowl possibility.

Michigan's unsuccessful season affecting recruiting

freep.com — Michigan's slide to a losing record, coach Brady Hoke's uncertainty and potentially missing a bowl game for the first time since 2009 continue to devastate recruiting. While the Wolverines were able to hold onto 10 commitments in the 2011 class despite coach Rich Rodriguez being under fire, this year is not so stable.
Nov 23, 2014

Michigan's unsuccessful season affecting recruiting on.freep.com/1qWZUKq via @freep

Mick McCabe: Ithaca win streak at 69 - and counting

freep.com — Ithaca trailed, 14-0, in the first half of its Division 6 semifinal game Saturday, but that wasn't unusual. In the final minute and leading, 20-16, Ithaca's defense faced a Boyne City team that had first-and-goal from Ithaca's 8-yard line.
Nov 23, 2014

Ithaca winning streak is 69 and could be 70 if it wins state title; Mona Shores has no healthy holder so goes for 2. on.freep.com/1xRZdUK

Move over boomers, millennials are in charge of shopping experience

freep.com — Angela Hernandez, who is 26, works as a social media specialist and has a lifetime of shopping ahead of her, is just the sort of person retailers want in their stores this holiday season. And to pique her interest and that of her peers, retailers - who for years catered to the older, baby boomer generation - are updating the way they do business.

Amtrak: Person struck, killed by train in Wayne

freep.com — WAYNE - Amtrak says a train has struck a person on tracks in suburban Detroit. Radio station WWJ reports that a child was killed. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm says he has no information about the victim, and there's no immediate comment from police in Wayne. The incident occurred around noon Sunday.

Beilein: Even Burke, Hardaway Jr. struggled as freshmen

freep.com — Before the fretting begins over Michigan's slow-developing freshmen, John Beilein would like to offer a gentle reminder. Even U-M's recent stars struggled early in their freshman year. "We forget when Trey Burke played his first game against Western Illinois ...
Nov 23, 2014

Beilein: Even Burke, Hardaway Jr. struggled as freshmen on.freep.com/1qQHQ4E

A tribal school program in Mt. Pleasant works to keep alive Anishinaabe, the Saginaw Chippewa language

freep.com — It's almost naptime in the toddler room at the preschool building known as the Sasiwaans, part of a cluster of buildings on the Isabella Indian Reservation. The lights dim, gentle music plays and classroom volunteers soothe the children to sleep. Holding a child in her arms, Jackie Ortiz sings quietly in Michigan's oldest language.

Lions no match for NFL's best team

freep.com — FOXBORO, Mass. - For the second straight week, the Detroit Lions had a chance to show that they deserve to be mentioned among the NFL elite, playing a good team on the road. And for the second straight week, they failed miserably. Tom Brady shredded the NFL's No.
Nov 23, 2014

N.E. 34, Detroit 9: Lions no match for NFL's best team on.freep.com/1zPHWcw via @freep

Fans snap up free tickets to Monday Night Football game in Detroit

freep.com — The scene outside Ford Field was more reminiscent of a Black Friday sale at an electronics store selling the latest iPhone.

Art Van Elslander boosts Detroit Thanksgiving Parade, city

freep.com — Art Van Elslander was in a meeting with folks who ran the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade 24 years ago. Times were tough and the parade - an institution in Detroit for decades - had fallen on hard times. "I asked how much time I had to try and raise the money needed to keep it going," the 84-year-old founder of Art Van Furniture said.

For Oakland's Tommie McCune, mom was his rock

freep.com — When Tommie McCune stood at the free-throw line for Wednesday's national anthem, he looked in the same place as usual. Facing the American flag, to the O'rena's south-end staircase, right near the Cleveland State banner. It was a reflex, like pushing that name on his phone time after time.
Nov 23, 2014

For Oakland's Tommie McCune, mom was his rock — then cancer took her on.freep.com/1qVaBNJ via @freep

Detroit Tigers bring back Joel Hanrahan, hoping to throw pain-free

freep.com — Joel Hanrahan had two priorities this off-season. One, he wanted to stay with the Detroit Tigers. "It was a pretty easy decision for me," he said. "They were my first choice, and I told my agent to try and work that out and we got it done pretty quickly.
Nov 23, 2014

Good story by @anthonyfenech, who caught up with Joel Hanrhan and discussed his desire to stick with the #Tigers. freep.com/story/sports/m…

Chrysler's Pentastar logo takes backseat to FCA

freep.com — Chrysler has swapped the Pentastar logo out of its corporate websites, Twitter accounts, and corporate blogs to make way for the company's new name Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and logo, FCA. Say goodbye to the Pentastar and hello to FCA.

Saline 30, Detroit Cass Tech 15

freep.com — For the second straight year, Detroit Cass Tech walked out of Troy Athens with a semifinal loss, despite an abundance of talent on both sides of the ball. But it wasn't the Technicians' overall performance that caused them to be knocked out of the playoffs by Saline on Saturday, 30-15.
Nov 22, 2014

ICYMI: Cass Tech is knocked out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year. on.freep.com/1qR14ah

Nov 22, 2014

RT @MickMcCabe1: Why was Cass Tech TD reversed? Our @ZachLibby explains as Saline moves on to D-1 championship game against Clarkston. on.freep.com/1qR14ah

Nov 22, 2014

Why was Cass Tech TD reversed? Our @ZachLibby explains as Saline moves on to D-1 championship game against Clarkston. on.freep.com/1qR14ah

U-M AD Jim Hackett evaluating Brady Hoke in two weeks, impressed

freep.com — Brady Hoke's evaluation is coming, soon. Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett had his first formal news conference with the media today and said he is prepared to assess the football program as one of his primary tasks. But he also didn't hint which way he was leaning as U-M was 5-5 entering today's game against Maryland.
Nov 22, 2014

U-M interim AD Jim Hackett will be the one making the decision on Brady Hoke: on.freep.com/1zMWjyb via @freep

Nov 22, 2014

U-M AD Jim Hackett evaluating Hoke in 2 weeks, impressed on.freep.com/1zMWjyb via @freep