T25-MICHIGAN ST-SECOND CHANCE
Mich St's Lewis gets another chance at title
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Isaiah Lewis has tried to move on from the painful memory of the 2011 Big Ten title game, when his penalty for running into the punter ended Michigan State's chances of going to the Rose Bowl.
He'll have a chance for redemption Saturday when No. 10 Michigan State faces No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
The penalty on Lewis in 2011 enabled Wisconsin to run the clock out on a 42-39 win over the Spartans in that year's league title game - and it negated a long return by Michigan State that might have changed the outcome.
It was a cruel way for the Spartans to lose, and one that Lewis hasn't forgotten.
Northern Illinois tries to focus on only MAC title
DETROIT (AP) - No. 16 Northern Illinois is trying to focus only on the Mid-American Conference championship game.
That might not be easy.
If the Huskies beat Bowling Green on Friday night in Detroit, they will likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid.
Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey says the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced this season.
Bowling Green will need to be really good on offense, defense and special teams to do enough to beat the Huskies and quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Heisman Trophy candidate has accounted for 4,212 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. Lynch is 25-2 as a starter and hasn't lost a MAC game.
HALL OF FAME-HAASE RETIRES
Baseball Hall VP Haase to retire
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The senior vice president of the Baseball Hall of Fame is retiring at the end of the year.
Bill Haase will wrap up a career of more than 30 years in baseball, including 13 as a top leader at the Hall of Fame.
Haase also spent 18 years with the Detroit Tigers organization, eventually ending as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson says Haase's "tremendous work ethic and commitment to excellence are indelible standards he will leave behind."
Tigers busy, but will they be better?
DETROIT (AP) - When the Detroit Tigers introduced new closer Joe Nathan this week, the news conference quickly became about a lot more than Joe Nathan.
General manager Dave Dombrowski was asked how active the Tigers will be in free agency. And whether they got enough in return for Doug Fister. And if they might now be in a position to sign Max Scherzer to a long-term deal.
And, more generally: Is this team in a better position to contend for a World Series than it was before?
Dombrowski says he can't say the team is "better" but he can say it's "as good" - and it has a chance to win the title.
Pack CB Williams fined for contact with official
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers cornerback Tramon Williams has been fined $26,250 for contact with an official, per NFL guidelines.
Williams told reporters Thursday that he planned to appeal. He said he didn't realize he had made contact with the official, and meant no harm.
The contact occurred after a Lions touchdown early in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. A replay appeared to show Williams looking away while walking forward, just behind Lions center Dominic Raiola, when the official crossed in between the two players. Williams received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Williams said he had been shoved by Raiola just after the touchdown. He said he was frustrated on the play.
E MICHIGAN-PLAYER SLAIN
Key hearing postponed in football player's death
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A key hearing has been postponed for two men charged with killing an Eastern Michigan University football player.
The preliminary examinations for 20-year-old Ed J. Thomas and 19-year-old Kristopher K. Pratt now are scheduled for Jan. 17. They appeared Thursday in Pittsfield Township District Court.
The Detroit News reports Pratt's lawyer, Stephanie Carson, asked for the postponement so she could do more discovery in the case.
Both men remain jailed. They face murder charges in the fatal shooting of Demarius Reed.
The wide receiver's roommate discovered his body at the bottom of a stairwell at an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 18.
Reed was a 20-year-old communications major from Chicago and played six games this season, catching 15 passes for 185 yards.
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