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'Madden 15' glitch creates tiny Titan, 'but he's making plays!'

Christian Kirksey is a 6-foot-2 rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. But due to a hilarious glitch, in the popular 'Madden 15' video game he is 1-foot-2 and plays for the Tennessee Titans. More

Lions cornerback Darius Slay has new number, more confidence

Lions cornerback Darius Slay, left, had reason to smile in the preseason. He played well, made tackles and did not get exposed. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Slay smiles a lot these days. His game is coming into shape, he feels good about the season and he feels prepared. He also exchanged his number 30 jersey for 23, which brings the biggest smile. More

NFC preview: Don't count on Seahawks repeating as champs

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks defense will help keep Seattle near the top of the NFC again this season. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

Detroit News reporter Rod Beard breaks down each NFC team, plus gives his playoff prognostications. More

AFC preview: Once again, Broncos will be hard to stop

Quarterback Peyton Manning is back, with new targets as the Broncos try to return to the Super Bowl Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Detroit News reporter Rod Beard breaks down each AFC team, plus gives his playoff prognostications. More

Lions' Ndamukong Suh among ESPN The Magazine's 'renegades'

This is the cover featuring Ndamukong Suh. ESPN The Magazine

Presumably, Suh is considered a renegade, along with Saints tight end Jimmy Graham and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. More

Michigan State moves up to No. 7 in AP poll; Michigan remains unranked

Michigan State improved one spot to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press college football poll. The Spartans opened with a 45-7 win over Jacksonville State on Friday night. More

Slimmer Nick Fairley wins job back as Lions starting defensive tackle

Tackle Nick Fairley has cut down to a more pleasing 305 pounds. Daniel Mears/Detroit News

Allen Park — Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley said his demotion to the second-string defense this summer opened his eyes to what the team needed from the 2011 first-round pick. More

Red Wings' Ken Holland stands by plan amid criticism over lack of free-agent signings

Ken Holland's 36 years with the Red Wings has included being a backup goalie and a scout as well as executive vice-president and general manager. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Fresh off signing a new four-year contract to stay with the Wings through his 36th year with the franchise, one of Holland's challenges is persuading people the lack of signings is probably not significant for his redeveloping team in the long run. More

Devin Funchess, Michigan to have foes looking out for No. 1

Devin Funchess has seven catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns Saturday. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

It was just one game for the new guy wearing the coveted No. 1 jersey at Michigan, but seven catches and three touchdowns later, it was difficult not to take notice. More

Tigers' call-up Steven Moya singles, scores run in debut

Tyler Collins, like Steven Moya a September call-up, watches his three-run homer in the ninth. Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Moya probably won't play much for the Tigers this month, because it's difficult to find a spot for a kid in a pennant race. But at least he won't have to go through what Torii Hunter went through in his first major-league appearance. More

Mark Dantonio seeks more out of Michigan State's running game

Jeremy Langford rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries in the first half before twisting his ankle. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

As impressive as some of Michigan State's offensive numbers were in its season-opening victory over Jacksonville State, a coach always will find something to critique. For Mark Dantonio, that would be the Spartans' running game. More

Lions' Caldwell explains decision to keep receivers Broyles, Ogletree, Fuller

Jim Caldwell on Ryan Broyles: 'He did show, obviously, he had recovered from the injuries.' Daniel Mears / Detroit News

The competition for the final wide receiver spots on the Lions' 53-man roster came down to the wire, and coach Jim Caldwell explained Monday why the team chose to keep Ryan Broyles, Kevin Ogletree and Corey Fuller. More

Lions coach Jim Caldwell has title thoughts dancing through team's head

'I think we have the foundation to be champions, without question,' Lions coach Jim Caldwell says. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Caldwell has been an assistant coach on two Super Bowl teams, Indianapolis in 2006 and Baltimore in 2012, and after a question about the foundation of those teams, he made a point to spin the focus back to his current team. More

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers expected to play against Notre Dame

Jabrill Peppers injured his ankle in the opener against Appalachian State. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers, who missed the second half of the opener against Appalachian State with an ankle injury, is getting treatment and should be ready to play at Notre Dame. More

Lions' Kyle Van Noy might miss eight games on short-term IR, Caldwell admits

If he goes on short-term IR, Kyle Van Noy could return for the Nov. 9 game against the Dolphins. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

In his first regular-season news conference Monday, Caldwell said Van Noy is 'certainly' a candidate for the team's short-term injured reserve slot, which would keep him out of at least the first eight games. More

MAC notebook: Running game helps Eastern prevail in opener

Eastern Michigan defeated Morgan State, 31-28, Saturday on its new gray turf field. Mike Householder / Associated Press

Against Morgan State, Eastern piled up 292 rushing yards with Bronson Hill (114 yards, 19 carries), Darius Jackson (17-73, touchdown) and Ryan Brumfield (57 yards, 2 TDs) leading the way. More

Wisconsin 'hurting' after giving away Saturday night's game to LSU

LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (110 yards) scampers 28 yards for the winning touchdown late Saturday night. David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Save for the fact Wisconsin was wearing different colors, the Badgers did their best imitation of an early 2000s Michigan State team, dominating a top-level opponent for the majority of the game before wrapping the game up with a bow and handing it away in the end. More

ESPN's GameDay headed to Oregon for Michigan State game

The MSU-Oregon game begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Fox. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

GameDay will be on live on ESPN from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time Saturday -- that's 6-9 a.m. local time in Eugene. More

Royals stop slide with victory over Rangers, keep half-game lead over Tigers

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez and closer Greg Holland celebrate after their game against the Texas Rangers Monday. The Royals won 4-3, snapping a three-game losing streak. Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Monday night to snap a three-game losing streak. More

Monday's college football roundup: Louisville defeats Miami in ACC debut

James Sample (2) and Delontrez Mount (48) of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after Sample intercepted a pass during the game against the Miami Huricanes Monday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Louisville won 31-13. Andy Lyons / Getty Images

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. More

Monday's golf roundup: Chris Kirk rolls to Deutsche Bank win

Chris Kirk, left, shakes hands with Rory McIlroy after finishing on the 18th hole Monday of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament. Michael Dwyer / Associated Press

Kirk won for the second time this season. He went the last 37 holes at the TPC Boston without a bogey. He played the final two rounds with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the No. 1 player in the world. More

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