News@noon: Trump sniffs; Tigers not up to snuff
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, and it's official: the Detroit Tigers will not win the American League Central Division in 2016.
That honor goes to the Cleveland Indians, a team some consider a World Series contender as the Major League Baseball postseason approaches. The Indians secured their first division title since 2007 by beating the Tigers 7-4 at Comerica Park. In the 16 times the teams have played this season, the Indians won 14 of them. Remove that lopsided ledger and the Tigers actually have a better record than the Tribe, 81-59 to the Indians’ 77-67, according to figures tabulated by The News' Chris McCosky.
All is not lost for the Tigers, however, as the team is still in the hunt for a wild-card berth. The Tigers are two games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild-card spot with six games left in the season.
Monday night, in one of the most watched and most anticipated presidential debates of all time, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump squared off in the first of three debates.
Aaron Kall, debate director at the University of Michigan, said Trump's sniffling during the debate was a distraction that hurt the Republican. Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The News, gave Clinton the nod but said voters were the real losers.
What did you think? Who won last night's debate? Who will win in November? And does one have anything to do with the other?
At UM, rivals, raised fists and racist fliers
The No. 4 Michigan football team has started its season 4-0, but face what some consider their first real test of the season Saturday against Wisconsin, also 4-0 and ranked No. 8 in the nation. The Badgers are coming off a 30-6 demolition of Michigan State, last year's Big Ten champion, in East Lansing.
"They play extremely hard," said coach Jim Harbaugh, who has won 14 of his first 17 games at the Wolverines' head coach. Like Harbaugh, Wisconsin Coach Paul Chryst is coaching the school where he played college ball. Both coaches are hoping to bring their teams back to the heights.
Last week, for the first time this season, Michigan players raised their fists during the national anthem, a protest sparked by San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick — a former Harbaugh pupil himself — who kneels during the anthem.
Two days later, racist fliers were spotted and taken down on Michigan's campus, including in Haven and Mason halls on the UM Central Campus and in the area of the Michigan Union.
The fliers at UM appeared a week after racist graffiti was spotted at neighboring Eastern Michigan University, prompting protests at the Ypsilanti-based university.
In other news
A dead man was found ablaze in the middle of the street on Detroit's east side early Tuesday morning.
A "suspicious item" was spotted during a security screening at the Patrick McNamara federal building, but nothing resulted of it.
Spain Elementary School, which made national news headlines last year, has been renovated.
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