Lions slipping with 3 losses in 4-game stretch
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have lost three of four games, blowing fourth-quarter leads each time.
Detroit slipped and slid in the snow Sunday at Philadelphia, losing three of seven fumbles in a 34-20 defeat against the Eagles.
The Lions can't fall out of first place, even if the Chicago Bears beat the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, but they've left little room for error over their next three games. Detroit hosts the defending champion Baltimore Ravens next Monday night and plays the New York Giants at home before closing the regular season at Minnesota.
Lions coach Jim Schwartz says the team is focused on the future and winning the division title - for the first time since 1993 - and can't afford to look back.
MICHIGAN STATE-ROWDY CROWDS
Dozens of fires, 15 arrests in East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - East Lansing police say at least 15 people were arrested during a rowdy celebration of Michigan State's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
The police department's weekend report says 12 people arrested were students and one was an alumnus. East Lansing police say there were at least 57 fires, especially in a neighborhood of apartments just off campus.
Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.
The Lansing State Journal posted video online (http://on.lsj.com/1iQcJRG ) showing thousands of revelers cheering as a couch was tossed on a fire. The street scenes early Sunday occurred after the Spartans defeated the Buckeyes and earned a Rose Bowl bid.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says he's disgusted and disappointed by what happened.
MICHIGAN STATE-ROWDY CROWDS-KINDNESS
Fans donate to fix car damaged by unruly crowds
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan State University student has raised more than $3,000 to help pay for damage done to a stranger's car by rowdy Spartan fans after the school's football team stunned Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.
WXYZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1cx8BAN ) reports that senior Karen Wood started a fundraising page after a Facebook feed showed the car flipped on its roof in East Lansing.
More than 300 people helped Wood exceed her goal. The money will be used to help replace the car which was totaled.
Police say a dozen Michigan State students were among at least 15 people arrested following Saturday night's game.
At least 57 fires were set. Police are offering up to $20,000 for tips that lead to convictions.
Kronk Gym Foundation plans to open rec center
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Kronk Gym Foundation has announced plans to open a recreational facility in Detroit to honor the late Emanuel Steward.
Anita Ruiz, the nonprofit organization's executive director, says she plans to sign a lease later this week to give the foundation and its programs a home.
Steward died last year at the age of 68. The International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer worked with a long list of champions, including Thomas Hearns and Wladimir Klitschko.
The trainer's family has also been discussing plans to establish a scholarship fund and to bring back the Kronk Gym, a trademark owned by his daughter, Sylvia Ann Steward-Williams. Within 24 hours of Steward's death, the Kronk location in Detroit was closed at the request of his sister, Diane Steward-Jones.
Ravens must improve on road to sustain momentum
BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens showed their resiliency against the Minnesota Vikings, rallying three times in the fourth quarter to squeeze out another close victory at home.
They defending Super Bowl champions will need all of that resolve to survive a difficult schedule down the stretch.
With a three-touchdown flurry over the final 125 seconds Sunday, the Ravens won their third straight - all at home - to remain in front of the race for the final AFC wild-card slot.
Next up: A visit to Detroit for a Monday Night duel against the Lions.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says, "We'll have to play the best we've played all year."
That's because Baltimore is 6-1 at home and 1-5 on the road - the lone win coming at Miami on Oct. 6.
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