1.23.15:  Whitecaps want your ideas


The West Michigan Whitecaps are looking for ideas for new food items to be served at Fifth Third Ballpark this season.

Fans can submit their ideas regarding what new food items they would like to see served this year.

Submissions will be taken through Friday, February 6.

They can be made through the Whitecaps facebook page (, twitter account (@wmwhitecaps) or via e-mail (

All submissions should be accompanied by a complete description and picture if possible.

The good idea submissions will be whittled down, and starting Thursday, February 26, fans will be able to vote for their choice for the new 2015 concessions item.

The winning entry will be on the menu for all fans to enjoy.

The Whitecaps open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9 against Dayton.

1.22.15:  Jennings brilliant as Pistons turn back Magic 128-118


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Orlando Magic 128-118 on Wednesday night.

Andre Drummond added 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 12 of 15. Detroit nearly blew a 21-point third-quarter lead, but Jennings helped the Pistons hold off the Magic’s rally in the fourth.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points.

Greg Monroe had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which never trailed. The Pistons led by 11 after the first quarter and by 17 at halftime.

Orlando cut the lead to two in the fourth, but the Pistons went on a 14-2 run to regain a comfortable margin.

1.21.15:  The Red Wings beat Minnesota 5-4


DETROIT (AP) — Gustav Nyqust and Pavel Datsyuk scored in a shootout, and the Detroit Red Wings outlasted Minnesota for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night after the Wild rallied from three goals down in the third period.

Detroit won for only the second time in nine shootouts this season and came away with their fifth consecutive victory overall. Nyquist also scored in regulation, but the Red Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the third period.

Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota, but he missed his attempt to start the shootout. Mikko Koivu, who also scored in regulation, had his shootout attempt stopped by Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Nyquist’s backhander under Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper gave the Red Wings the win.

1.20.15:   The Pistons lost to the Atlanta Hawks Monday afternoon


ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record, as Mike Scott and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

The Hawks haven’t lost since Dec. 26 against Milwaukee.

Scott, a backup, had eight points in the fourth quarter. Al Horford added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Pistons were trying for their franchise-record eighth straight road win. Detroit had won 11 of 13 overall before its third straight loss to the Hawks this season.

Greg Monroe led Detroit with 16 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 13 points and 18 rebounds, but made only 3 of 12 free throws.


1.19.15:  It will be New England and Seattle in the Super Bowl


SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are going to their second straight Super Bowl after rallying to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime. Russell Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 35-yard touchdown at 3:19 of OT to cap an exciting finish in the NFC championship game. Marshawn Lynch ran for 157 yards and a touchdown for the Seahawks, who set an NFL conference championship game record by rallying from a 16-point halftime deficit.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl for the sixth time after throwing for 226 yards and three touchdowns in New England’s 45-7 pounding of Indianapolis in the AFC title game. LaGarrette Blount ran for three scores while amassing 148 yards on 30 carries to help the Pats reach the title game for the first time in three seasons. The Pats played shutout ball after Zurlon Tipton’s one-yard scoring run late in the first half.


1.16.15:  The Detroit Red Wings beat St. Louis in OT 3-2 Thursday night.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk scored at 4:57 of overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Detroit won for the fourth time in five games and completed a six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. Petr Mrazek made 25 saves and improved to 3-0 in four career appearances against St. Louis.

Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar scored in a 60-second span in the second period to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead. Datsyuk’s 14th goal of the season helped Detroit improve to 5-9 in overtime.

David Backes and Alexander Steen had goals for St. Louis, which had a five-game winning streak snapped. Steen scored with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie it 2-2.


The Wings play their next game Saturday in Nashville.

1.15.15:  The Detroit Pistons lost Wednesday to New Orleans


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans brought the Detroit Pistons back to earth with a 105-94 win Wednesday night.

The Pistons came in having won of nine of 10, but were never competitive with New Orleans, which led by 20 with 3:15 to play.

The Pelicans were missing Jrue Holliday (ankle), but easily picked up their second win in five games. Tyreke Evans added 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Pelicans, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 17.

Brandon Jennings had 19 for the Pistons, while Greg Monroe had 16 points and eight rebounds and was the only other starter to reach double figures.

1.13.15:  Football championship game goes to Ohio State


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns as Ohio State hammered Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff. Cardale Jones fared very well in just his third collegiate start for the Buckeyes, completing 16 of 23 passes for 242 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  threw for the Ducks’ only touchdowns, including a 70-yard strike to Byron Marshall.

1.12.15:  Michigan State holds off Northwestern 84-77 in OT


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Travis Trice had 18 points and 10 assists, and Michigan State outlasted Northwestern 84-77 in overtime Sunday.

The extra session was finally kind to the Spartans, who had lost their first three overtime games this season, including a double-OT defeat against Maryland late last month. Michigan State (12-5, 3-1 Big Ten) held the Wildcats (10-6, 1-2) without a point in the overtime until the final minute.

Denzel Valentine scored 17 points for Michigan State, and Branden Dawson and Gavin Schilling added 13 each.

Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern with 18 points. Tre Demps added 17 and JerShon Cobb had 12.

The Wildcats wiped out a 14-point deficit before halftime, and they came back from 11 down late in the second half. Northwestern shot 12 of 25 from 3-point range.

1.12.15:  Packers, Colts advance


(AP) — The NFC and AFC title games are set following victories by the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts. The Packers will take on the Seahawks in Seattle next Sunday after the Colts visit the New England Patriots.

Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of his 35 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns as the Packers downed Dallas 26-21. The Packers trailed 21-20 until Rodgers engineered an 80-yard drive that ended with his 13-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers with 9:10 remaining.

The Cowboys came close to taking the lead on the next possession. Tony Romo threw a pass to Dez Bryant near the Green Bay goal line on fourth-and-2 with 4:06 remaining. Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the ruling of a completed pass, and the call was overturned on replay, giving the ball back to Green Bay on downs. Dallas never got the ball back after that.

Rodgers was 7 of 7 for 75 yards on the go-ahead drive, and 9 of 9 in the fourth quarter. He played much better in the second half after showing early signs his calf injury was bothering him.

Packers running back Eddie Lacy finished with 101 yards on 19 carries. Rookie Davante Adams had seven receptions for 117 yards, including a 46-yard scoring reception late in the third quarter.

Tony Romo was 15 of 19 for 191 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and had a one-yard scoring burst that put the Cowboys ahead 21-13 in the third quarter.

It will be the second time the Packers have been to Seattle this season. The Seahawks beat Green Bay in the season opener 36-16.

The Colts went into Denver and knocked off the Broncos 24-13 as Andrew Luck completed 27 of his 43 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Luck’s second scoring strike of the game was a 15-yard toss to Hakeem Nicks, putting the Colts ahead 21-13 midway through the third quarter.

Dan Herron finished with 95 total yards and scored the Colts’ first TD on a six-yard run early in the second quarter. The Broncos never led after Herron’s touchdown.

The Broncos appeared poised for a blowout win after Peyton Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a one-yard TD just five minutes into the game. But Denver had too many defensive breakdowns and dropped too many passes to stay with the Colts.

It’s the ninth playoff loss for Manning, extending his NFL record. He finished with just 211 passing yards and had one turnover, losing a fumble while being sacked in the first half.

The Colts played the Patriots during Week 11 at Indianapolis, with New England coming away with a 42-20 victory.