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Span taking the lead to fill area of need for Nationals

Span taking the lead to fill area of need for Nationals

CNNSI.com Updated Apr 17, 2013
Denard Span was one of the most unheralded acquisitions this offseason but he's been a perfect fit as Washington's leadoff hitter and centerfielder, writes Mel Antonen.
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  • Former Lions kicker Errol Mann dies at 71

    Former Lions kicker Errol Mann dies at 71

    detnews.com Apr 17, 2013
    Mann, who came to the Lions in'69 after stints with the Broncos, Browns and Packers, was the team's career scoring leader by the time he left the Lions, in'76.
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  • Tracking This Year’s NBA Draft Class: The 5 Best Fits For Detro…

    Tracking This Year’s NBA Draft Class: The 5 Best Fits For Detroit

    dimemag.com Apr 17, 2013
    Each Wednesday, we’ll be assessing how the top prospects of the 2013 NBA Draft are faring in college and overseas. Stick with us each week for assorted thoughts, including the biggest risers and fallers, the standouts, the sleepers and what we know and
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  • U-M's Will Campbell, Kenny Demens among local prospects at Lion…

    U-M's Will Campbell, Kenny Demens among local prospects at Lions-hosted workout

    detnews.com Apr 17, 2013
    The Lions hosted a pre-draft workout for 14 area prospects at its facility in Allen Park in what will likely be their last chance to improve their stock before next week's NFL draft.
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  • Breaking down WRs after Tavon Austin

    Breaking down WRs after Tavon Austin

    The Detroit Lions hosted the top receiver prospect in the 2013 draft, West Virginia's receiver Tavon Austin, on a visit Wednesday. But barring some draft-day maneuvering -- a trade down by the Lions or a move up from another NFC North team -- it seems u…
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  • MLB Notebook: Dynamic duo powering Tigers

    MLB Notebook: Dynamic duo powering Tigers

    MLB.com Apr 17, 2013
    With Miguel Cabrera's big night Tuesday, he joined Prince Fielder as the first Tigers duo to have multiple four-RBI games this early in a season.
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  • Fister cruises in Seattle against former club

    Fister cruises in Seattle against former club

    MLB.com Apr 17, 2013
    Doug Fister had to move out of town 1 1/2 years ago, but he's still making himself at home at Safeco Field, tossing seven sharp innings in the Tigers' 6-2 victory Tuesday night.
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  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford embraces becoming total leader

    Lions QB Matthew Stafford embraces becoming total leader

    detnews.com Apr 17, 2013
    Stafford understands he's one of those "developing" players, and he's already demonstrated he's ready to take on more responsibility inside the locker room. He stayed in Detroit the entire offseason.
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  • Video - Brian Billick on NFC North team draft needs 03:41

    Brian Billick on NFC North team draft needs

    Apr 17
    Brian Billick breaks down the teams from the NFC North and predicts which prospects could wind up in the old Black & Blue division.
  • Video - The GM's Office: Early Warning Signs 02:41

    The GM's Office: Early Warning Signs

    Apr 17
    Jim Bowden takes a look at how the early signs of the season affect teams.
  • Video - Is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford elite? 05:38

    Is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford elite?

    Apr 17
    Does 10,000 passing yards in the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions make Matthew Stafford an elite quarterback? The "NFL AM" crew begs to differ.
  • Video - Nets Close Season With Win 00:50

    Nets Close Season With Win

    Apr 17
    Brook Lopez scored 20 points to lead the Nets to a victory over the Pistons in their regular-season finale.

Sports Columnists

  • Gutierrez: Key players to watch in East

    Apr 17
    Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? Israel Gutierrez examines each East series.
  • Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 6.0

    Apr 17
    Have to admit, I always kind of dread when the second-to-last mock of NFL draft season rolls around. Because the only mock that truly matters is the last one you do, and for me that's not forthcoming until next Thursday morning, the day of the draft. Bu…
  • Phil Jackson 'itching' to return to NBA as either coach or executive, sour…

    Apr 17
    After nearly two seasons in retirement, Phil Jackson has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season, according to sources familiar with his thinking.