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February 9, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
The Detroit Pistons fired coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday, making the former NBA champion the latest casualty in the underwhelming Eastern Conference. The Pistons hired Cheeks last summer when they continued to upgrade their roster with the acquisition of All-Stars Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith, but a 21-29 record -- good for ninth place in the East and only 3-1/2 games out of fifth -- was considered a bad start in a conference where a winning record right now gets a team home-court advantage in a first-round playoff series.
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January 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Even though the Clippers didn't practice when they arrived here Sunday afternoon, the team announced that three newly injured players would play Monday against the Detroit Pistons. Starting guard J.J. Redick suffered a bruised left knee in the first quarter against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, but he continued to play and will play against the Pistons. So will starting point guard Darren Collison, who suffered a sprained left big toe in the first half but also kept playing, and key reserve small forward Matt Barnes, who said he suffered a "bad sprain" of his left thumb but didn't stop playing.
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January 19, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
AT DETROIT When: 10 a.m. PST. Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 28-14, Pistons 17-23. Record vs. Pistons (2012-13): 2-0. Update: The Clippers have won four straight games and six of the last seven against the Pistons. The Pistons have won three of their last four games. broderick.turner@latimes.com
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January 18, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DETROIT - Kings defenseman Drew Doughty raised his right arm automatically to indicate that a shot by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had bounced off the protective netting above the glass before it hit goaltender Jonathan Quick's back and dropped into the net with 26.1 seconds left in the third period Saturday. Doughty's posture was almost casual. The Kings were protecting a one-goal lead in the final minute, but he expected the referee to blow the whistle for the stoppage that's supposed to result when the puck hits the netting and negate the apparent goal.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A 4-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her 4-year-old cousin at a family member's Detroit home, and two adults, one in the house at the time, were arrested after the incident.   At about 4:50 p.m., three cousins were playing in the back bedroom of their relative's house, in the 7100 block of Tuxedo Street, jumping on a bed and watching TV, when the 4-year-old girl found a rifle under the  bed, Sgt. Michael Woody told the Los Angeles Times. The rifle was loaded and not locked in a case, he said.
AUTOS
January 17, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Cheap, fun, rear-wheel-drive performance cars. They don't make 'em like they used to. In fact, they hardly make them at all. The Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ twinship is the only effort that's currently mixing these ingredients together in a meaningful way. Nissan would like to change that with a pair of concepts under what it's calling the IDx. With their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, and a North American unveiling in Detroit, the...
AUTOS
January 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler and Jerry Hirsch
It's not an auto show without some dreaming. Alongside all the world debuts of vehicles headed to production, auto shows are a chance for manufacturers to use concept cars to tease future products or designs. Or to gauge the public's reaction to a project the automaker is considering. Highlights from the concept world at this year's Detroit Auto Show included the FT-1, a potential Supra successor from Toyota , Kia's funky GT4 Stinger concept , and Nissan's one-two punch of a teaser for the next Maxima plus a pair of IDx concepts that could serve as a spiritual successor to the popular Datsun 510 coupes from decades ago. But there were other concepts sprinkled among the show's colorful stages and elaborate displays.
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January 15, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Detroit Lions wanted to replace Jim Schwartz with someone with experience as a head coach. The Lions landed someone, though he appears to be Plan B. The team said Tuesday that Jim Caldwell has been hired as the new coach and will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday. San Diego Chargers assistant and former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt was seemingly Detroit's top choice, but he chose to take the head coaching job at Tennessee on Monday night. The Lions are giving Caldwell another chance to be an NFL head coach.
AUTOS
January 15, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Of the scores of new models on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we've culled the herd down to five you definitely need to check out. Each represents either an automotive breakthrough or a big improvement over the previous generation of the same car. We also popped in one model that is a miss. It will be a competent car but it failed to live up to our expectations. Here are our choices: Ford F-150 Forget Tesla's niche luxury electric sedan, Ford's new F-150 pickup truck is simply the most important vehicle to come along in at least a decade.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler, Jerry Hirsch and Brian Thevenot
Fast cars and tough trucks took center stage over two days of model debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. Luxury vehicles also made their presence known, most notably the larger Mercedes C-Class and the Hyundai Genesis, which held the line on a base price below $40,000, despite substantial upgrades. The biggest news came from Ford Motor Co., which pulled the tarp off a new F-series truck. The pickup has been the nation's bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. Ford aims to keep it that way with an all-new aluminum frame, which loses 700 pounds in the interest of fuel economy.
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