2.5.16:  Pistons and Red Wings play back-to-back nights



(AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored twice and added an assist, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and two assists, and the Florida Panthers beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Thursday night. Rookie center Dylan Larkin had his first two-goal game for Detroit, both coming within a span of 67 seconds bridging the first and second periods. Mike Green added a power-play tally with 7:24 left.


Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Jackson made a trio of big 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit Pistons avoided a colossal collapse, beating the New York Knicks 111-105 on Thursday night. The Knicks rallied from a 27-point second-quarter deficit, finally taking a 97-95 lead on a layup by Robin Lopez. Jackson finished with 21 points, and Stanley Johnson added 22 and nine rebounds. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Detroit.


2.4.16: Pistons and Red Wings both lost Wednesday night


(AP) — Ben Bishop made 24 saves as the Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Wednesday night. J.T. Brown and Tyler Johnson also scored for the Lightning. Gustav Nyquist had Detroit’s lone goal. Petr Mrazek stopped 20 shots and had his seven-game road winning streak end.


Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven assists to help the Boston Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 102-95 on Wednesday night. Avery Bradley added 15 points for Boston. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 17 points. Andre Drummond added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

2,3,16:  Indiana beats Michigan 80-67 after huge run to end 1st half



ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Yogi Ferrell had 17 points and nine assists, and No. 22 Indiana finished the first half with 25 straight points en route to an 80-67 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.

The Big Ten-leading Hoosiers (19-4, 9-1) struggled early on, missing eight straight shots and falling behind 10-2, but they were nearly flawless in the final minutes of the half. Indiana led 45-24 at halftime and went on to its most lopsided victory over the Wolverines (17-6, 7-3) in Ann Arbor since 2008.

Robert Johnson scored 16 points for the Hoosiers and O.G. Anunoby added 11.

Zak Irvin led Michigan with 16 points. The Wolverines were without Caris LeVert for a ninth straight game because of a lower left leg injury.


2.2.16:  Drummond, Jackson help Pistons edge Nets 105-100



NEW YORK (AP) — Andre Drummond had 21 points and 18 rebounds, Reggie Jackson scored 19 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-100 on Monday night.

Drummond fell just shy of an NBA-high sixth 20-point, 20-rebound game of the season but delivered the tiebreaking basket on a dunk with 1:30 remaining. Jackson added a couple of clutch baskets as the Pistons avoided a third straight loss.

They had fallen to Cleveland and Toronto, the East’s top two teams, but were just good enough to get by the Nets, one of the worst.

Brook Lopez scored 27 points for the Nets, who have lost four in a row. Andrea Bargnani added 18 points off the bench.


2.1.16:  Spartans roll over Rutgers



EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Bryn Forbes scored all 18 of his points in the first half and No. 12 Michigan State tied a school record with 17 3-pointers in a 96-62 victory over Rutgers on Sunday night.

The Spartans (19-4, 6-4 Big Ten) have won three in a row since a three-game losing streak that dropped them well off the pace in the conference title race. They had little trouble with Rutgers (6-16, 0-9) thanks to their torrid outside shooting.

Michigan State led 44-33 at halftime after shooting 9 of 16 from 3-point range. The Spartans finished 17 of 32 from beyond the arc, one game after going 16 of 26 from long distance in a blowout win over Northwestern.

Mike Williams scored 18 points for the Scarlet Knights.


1.29.16:  No. 12 Michigan State makes 16 3s, beats Northwestern 76-45



EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Denzel Valentine made five of Michigan State’s season-high 16 3-pointers and the 12th-ranked Spartans clamped down on cold-shooting Northwestern for a 76-45 victory Thursday night.

Valentine finished with 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Spartans (18-4, 5-4 Big Ten) beat the Wildcats for the seventh straight time. Matt McQuaid scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half, and freshman Deyonta Davis had eight points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Northwestern (15-7, 3-6) shot a season-low 20.7 percent from the field in its fourth consecutive loss. It finished with more free throws (17) than field goals (12).

Bryant McIntosh had 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting for the Wildcats, and Aaron Falzon finished with 11 points. Redshirt senior Tre Demps was 2 for 14 from the field, missing each of his seven 3-point attempts.


1.27.16:  Judge OKs reworked NCAA concussions settlement



CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has given preliminary approval to a reworked head-injury settlement between former college athletes and the NCAA.

U.S. District Judge John Lee said Tuesday his is giving his OK to a deal hammered out after he rejected the initial agreement in 2014. Lee praised the new deal for expanding plaintiffs to athletes from sports beyond football, hockey and other contact sports.

He also suggested some changes before he can give final approval. That includes modifying what would have been a blanket protection for the NCAA from class-action concussion suits.

The core of the new agreement is the same. That includes the NCAA creating a multimillion-dollar fund to test current and former athletes for brain trauma.


1-26-15 Super Bowl Update

UNDATED (AP) — Panthers coach Ron Rivera says All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis has undergone surgery on his broken right forearm and adds that Davis is expected to play in the Super Bowl. Rivera says the 11-year NFL veteran may need to wear a brace on his arm similar to the one New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski wears.

By getting to the Super Bowl, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning earned back half of the $4 million pay cut he accepted last winter. He can recoup the rest with a win over Carolina in two weeks.

Manning agreed to GM John Elway’s request that he reduce his 2015 salary to $15 million, but he did so with the caveat that he could earn back every penny by getting to and winning Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos have chosen to wear their white road uniforms in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers. Denver wore its white uniforms in its last Super Bowl win, 34-19 over Atlanta 17 years ago.

It’s a simple reason: “We’ve had Super Bowl success in our white uniforms,” said Elway, who was the Broncos’ QB in back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the 1990s.

The Super Bowl will take place in Santa Clara on Sunday, Feb. 7.


1.22.16:  Davis, Evans lead Pelicans past Pistons, 115-99



NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 32 points as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 115-99 on Thursday night for their fourth victory in five games. Tyreke Evans had 22 points and 10 assists for the Pelicans. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 22 rebounds for Detroit.

1.21.16:  Pistons win but not the Wings



HOUSTON (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each scored 22 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 123-114 on Wednesday night. Andre Drummond set an NBA record by missing 23 free throws. Drummond set a career high and franchise record by attempting 36 free throws on a night he was intentionally fouled 21 times. The previous record for most misses was 22. That was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1967.


DETROIT (AP) — Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots as the St. Louis Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Wednesday night. Ty Rattie also scored for St. Louis. Elliott came within 2:13 of becoming the first goalie in 69 games to shut out the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek finished with 18 saves.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Shavon Shields scored 28 points as Nebraska held on for a 72-71 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Wednesday night. The Spartans trailed by eight late in the game but pulled within two with 45.8 seconds to go when Eron Harris connected on a 3-pointer. Shields made a floater over Valentine on the ensuing possession. Valentine’s 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left cut the deficit to one point.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Zak Irvin had 19 points and 11 rebounds as Michigan held off upset-minded Minnesota 74-69 on Wednesday night. The Wolverines led by as many as 15 in the first half. The Wolverines led 52-49 before Aubrey Dawkins and Derrick Walton made 3-pointers to give Michigan a more comfortable advantage. Nate Mason scored 25 points to lead Minnesota.