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Lions’ Stafford on the spot after coaching change PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:04
ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Matthew Stafford will be on the spot this year for the Detroit Lions, and the 26-year-old quarterback understands that.
“In the NFL, if your quarterback plays really well, your team generally plays pretty well,” Stafford said Thursday. “We’re no different than any team. So the better I play, the better we’re going to play as a team.”
Stafford has put up some big numbers in his five seasons with the Lions, but he’s taken them to the playoffs only once. After a late-season fade last year — with Stafford’s turnovers a primary culprit — Detroit changed coaches, and the team seems to be going out of its way to try to surround its quarterback with what he needs to succeed.
Jim Caldwell replaced Jim Schwartz as coach, giving Detroit an offensive-minded leader who has worked with Peyton Manning in the past. The Lions also hired Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator. He worked with Drew Brees as an assistant in New Orleans.
Stafford downplayed the idea that he was the main reason for those hires, but he’s looking forward to a chance to take a step forward.
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Reds’ offense struggles during rocky start PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:03
CINCINNATI — The Reds’ season has started a lot like the last one ended, with a lot of losses set up by a lot runners stranded on base.
All they can do is ride it out.
Cincinnati has lost all of its three series to open the season, with its lack of clutch hitting the main culprit. The Reds (3-6) have stranded 71 runners in their nine games and are batting only .214 with runners in scoring position. With runners on scoring position and two outs, it’s .129.
And it’s the main reason they’re taking up the rear in the NL Central.
“Who would have said that?” pitcher Homer Bailey said. “I don’t think anybody in here would have expected that or could have even conceived it in their mind. We just need to be better.”
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Doping ban for Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:44
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned for 18 months.
The 31-year-old sprinter tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone at Jamaica’s national trials last June. He’s been suspended from competition since his doping case was disclosed in July.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:03
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NBA to play preseason games in China, Brazil PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:55
NEW YORK — Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game back home in Brazil for the first time when Cleveland takes on the Miami Heat in an exhibition in October.
The NBA announced five international preseason games Thursday. The Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings will meet twice in China — Oct. 12 in Shanghai and Oct. 15 in Beijing.
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 19:03
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Indians place 3B Chisenhall on paternity list PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:38
CLEVELAND — The Indians have placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the paternity list and recalled infielder Justin Sellers from Triple-A Columbus.
Chisenhall is batting .400 (6 of 15) so far this season for the Indians, who open a four-game series Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox. Chisenhall has gotten a hit in all five games he’s played.
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