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Coaching trio tweaks Matthew Stafford's game

'He is open to anything that will help him become a better football player, lead the offense better,' says Lions quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter of how Stafford handles criticism. Daniel Mears/Detroit News

Coach Jim Caldwell and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi regularly sit in on quarterback meetings, and the two will talk about drills, concepts and techniques they want Cooter to run. More

Players stunned as deal's drama unfolds before them

Pitcher Max Scherzer and Austin Jackson hug after Jackson comes out of the game in the seventh inning, just before the trade deadline. Photos by Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The fact that it came together so quickly — and so abruptly, for the players involved — made for a surreal scene Thursday afternoon, where the Tigers' 7-4 loss to the White Sox quickly became an afterthought. More

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Suddenly, Tigers' Rajai Davis finds himself center of attention

Rajai Davis played center field in the minor leagues. Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News

Davis, 33, for one, seems very open to the move. Get this: He said he feels playing center field actually is easier than playing on the corners. More

Drama over big trade overshadows loss to White Sox

Rajai Davis replaces Austin Jackson in the seventh inning Thursday after Jackson was dealt to Tampa as part of a three-team trade. The White Sox won 7-4 Thursday to take the three-game series. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The start of the game came first, of course, but the end of the game — a 7-4 defeat for the Tigers — didn't come until after one of the most unusual moments ever seen at Comerica Park. More

Five questions on David Price trade: Who plays in center field?

Rajai Davis is the logical choice to take over in center field. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Likely, Rajai Davis is going to get the immediate reps there, but the Tigers have called up Ezequiel Carrera, signed this offseason as a minor-league free agent. All he’s done this year is hit, and hit a lot — oh, and steal bases in bunches, too. More

Lions camp observations: Injury deals Michael Williams setback in switch from tight end to tackle

Michael Williams is dealing with an unspecified injury that is not believed to be long term. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Coach Jim Caldwell said Williams' injury isn't long term, but in order to make the team as at tackle, the former Alabama tight end needs all the reps he can get. More

What they're saying about the Tigers' trade for David Price

See what others are saying about the Tigers' trade for David Price on Thursday. Al Messerschmidt / Getty Images

A look at what people around the country are saying in the wake of Thursday's blockbuster, three-team trade that brought ace David Price to the Tigers in exchange for Austin Jackson, Drew Smyly and prospect Willy Adames: More

MLB insider: A's deal for Jon Lester didn't force Tigers' hand

Justin Verlander is still often referred to as the Tigers ace, but he might not have a spot in the rotation come the postseason. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

The A's and the Tigers are viewed by many as on a collision course for yet another postseason meeting. The Tigers have eliminated the A's in the Division Series the past two years. More

Tigers' Evan Reed blasts sexual assault claims against him: 'I did nothing wrong'

Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed on Thursday said an Oakland County woman who has accused him of improper sexual relations during an alleged incident in March could be seeking attention by going after his status as a professional athlete. More

Latest Barbecue at the Big House wows Michigan football recruits

From left, recruits Jalen Bates, Austin Mack, Marcus Lewis, Michigan coach Brady Hoke, Garrett Taylor, and Mike Weber pose for a photo at the Barbecue at the Big House on Sunday in Ann Arbor. Garrett Taylor via Twitter

In recent years Michigan football's Barbecue at the Big House has become one of the most prominent weapons in its recruiting arsenal, but last Sunday's edition may prove to be its most effective yet. More

Lions rookie Larry Webster defeats learning curve

Rookie defensive end Larry Webster has been a quick study. Daniel Mears/Detroit News

The first thing the Lions changed was Webster's stance. During his two years in college, Webster said there wasn't any emphasis on how he lined up, but the Lions coaches showed him he needs to have his heels straight. More

In-game trade creates surreal scene for Tigers on field and in dugout

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Depending on who you talked to in the clubhouse following the Tigers' blockbuster trade for David Price on Thursday, and after their 7-4 loss to the White Sox, the removal of Austin Jackson from the field in the seventh inning was a first. Or a fifth. Maybe even a sixth. More

Metro Detroit rowers compete for minimal recognition but maximum satisfaction

As I watched clubs from all over Michigan and Ohio compete on Argo Pond — from the time-honored Detroit Boat Club to the Bomber Rowing Club in Ypsilanti — the levels of dedication to this sport, and the obvious level of love for it, struck me as its driving force. More

105.1 FM one-ups -- and ups and ups -- 97.1 FM with sky-high perch at Lions practice

Matt Dery hosts his 105.1 FM radio show from atop a scissor lift adjacent to the Lions' practice field on Thursday in Allen Park. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Radio rival 97.1 The Ticket is the flagship station for Lions games. It hasn't broadcast yet from Lions training camp but plans to do so. In the meantime, its exclusive contract with the Lions prevents WMGC from broadcasting on the premises. So WMGC got creative. More

Michigan State football eighth, Florida State No. 1 in preseason coaches poll

Mark Dantonio's MSU squad is eighth in the first coaches poll of the season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

National champion Florida State tops the preseason USA Today football coaches poll released Thursday, while Big Ten champion Michigan State is eighth. More

Lions cut WR Cody Wilson, sign WR Kris Redding

Wide receiver Cody Wilson played at Central Michigan. Daniel Mears / Detroit News

Wilson, who has been injured, played at Central Michigan and spent time on the Lions practice squad last season after getting cut in the preseason. More

Local ice dancers Meryl Davis, Charlie White named grand marshals of Pure Michigan 400

Meryl Davis and Charlie White took home ice dancing gold at the Sochi Games earlier this year. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Davis, of West Bloomfield, and White, of Bloomfield Hills, will order the drivers to 'start your engines' at the race on Aug. 17. More

Thursday's NFL roundup: Ravens' Ray Rice sorry for now-wife's assault

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice answers question during a news conference Thursday. Gail Burton / Associated Press

Thursday's news conference after training camp practice at the team facility marked the first time Rice publicly answered questions from the media since he was accused of striking his now-wife, Janay. More

Thursday's golf roundup: Dustin Johnson says he'll sit out rest of season

Tiger Woods made three bogeys in the first round at the Bridgestone Invitational, and followed each of them with a birdie on the next hole. Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for 'personal challenges,' a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. More

Fired Ohio State band director says he was fixing vulgar culture

The university fired OSU band director Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to stop, a 'sexualized culture' of rituals. Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture 'in dire need of change' before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. More



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