12.7.16:  Both MSU & MI win at home




ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) €” Moe Wagner’s putback gave Michigan a 53-50 win over Texas. Wagner followed the go-ahead shot with a blocked shot at the other end for the Longhorns. He led Michigan with 15 points.



EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP)  Michigan State beats Youngstown State 77-57.  Both the Spartans and the Penguins played without their leading scorers — with Miles Bridges dealing with a sprained ankle.


12.7.16:  Pistons beat Bulls & Wings over the Jets




AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) €” Tobias Harris scored 22 points and the Detroit Pistons downed the Chicago Bulls 102-91 last night. Andre Drummond also scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. The Pistons have won four of their last five.



WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) €” Henrik Zetterberg’s backhanded goal in a shootout gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 comeback win over the Jets in Winnipeg. Thomas Vanek also scored in the shootout while Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha and Vanek also scored in regulation for the Red Wings.


12.5.16:  Lions win on the road and first in division




NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Matthew Stafford passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions beat the mistake-prone New Orleans Saints, 28-13 on Sunday.

Golden Tate exploited a coverage breakdown on third-and-long for a 66-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Detroit (8-4) was clinging to a six-point lead. The Lions, who’ve won seven of eight, dominated statistically, but four opportunities inside the New Orleans 20 ended with Matt Prater field goals, allowing the Saints (5-7) to stay close until the fourth quarter.

This time, however, the Lions pulled away for their most comfortable victory of the season after seven previous victory margins of one to seven points.

The Lions also became the first team in 60 Saints home games to stop Drew Brees from completing a touchdown pass, although tight end Coby Fleener had a pass bounce off his hands at the goal line. Brees finished 31 of 44 for 326 yards and was intercepted three times, once each by Glover Quin, Tavon Wilson and Miles Killebrew.

Tate finished with eight catches for 145 yards. Stafford’s other touchdown went to running back Theo Riddick from the 1.

The Lions outgains the Saints 422 yards to 369, and also controlled time of possession, 36:52 to 23:08 while running 67 plays to New Orleans’ 57.

The victory was Detroit’s first in a road game following Thanksgiving since 1974, snapping a streak of 22 losses in such games.


12.5.16:  Several Michigan teams are headed to bowl games



UNDATED (AP) — Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.

The unbeaten Crimson Tide is in the playoff for the third straight season and is the top seed for the second time. They will play the fourth-ranked Huskies in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31.

No. 2 Ohio State is making its second playoff appearance and No. 3 Clemson is in for the second consecutive season. The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Dec. 31.

Michigan slipped to sixth in the final poll, behind Penn State. Western Michigan was 15th.

Michigan will take on Florida state in the Orange Bowl. Western Michigan will take on Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl. Detroit’s Quick Lane Bowl will see Boston College playing Maryland. Central Michigan will take on Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl and Eastern Michigan will play Old Dominion in the Bahamas Bowl.


12.2.16:  Red Wings lost in OT



DETROIT (AP) — Aleksander Barkov scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime, lifting Florida to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night and giving interim coach Tom Rowe his first victory with the Panthers.

Florida, playing its second game with Rowe, had lost its last two games. Detroit was 3-0-1 after losing four straight and nine of 11.

The Red Wings went ahead 1:23 into the game when Henrik Zetterberg scored on their first shot, ending a six-game drought. But they struggled on offense the rest of the night.


12.1.16:  All-Star Game changes




NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the league that wins baseball’s All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series.

Instead, that will be determined by which pennant winner had the better regular season record.

The change was included in Major League Baseball’s tentative new collective bargaining agreement and disclosed early Thursday to the AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the deal, reached Wednesday evening in Irving, Texas, have not been announced.

In addition, players and management agreed the minimum time for players going on the disabled list will be reduced from 15 days to 10.

The American League opened the World Series at home 11 times in the 14 years of the “This Time It Counts” experiment.


12.1.16:  Caldwell-Pope scores 25 as balanced Pistons beat Celtics



BOSTON (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and Tobias Harris had 21 to lead balanced scoring that carried the Detroit Pistons to a 121-114 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

Andre Drummond added 20 points and 17 rebounds, one night after he was ejected in the second quarter of a victory at Charlotte for a flagrant-2 foul.

Isaiah Thomas paced the Celtics with 27 points, and Kelly Olynyk scored a season-high 19. Boston had won five of seven.

Marcus Morris had 20 points and Ish Smith 19 for the Pistons, who had lost eight of their first nine road games before winning away from home on consecutive nights.

Detroit used a 9-0 spree midway through the fourth quarter to open a 103-95 edge with 5:08 to play after Boston went on an 11-0 run to take its first lead since early in the opening period. Morris and Harris each hit a 3-pointer during the Pistons’ spurt.


11.30.16:  Wings beat Dallas while Pistons get win over Charlotte




CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 24 points to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Charlotte Hornets, extending the Pistons’ win streak to three games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris also each scored 18 points for the Pistons, who shot 49 percent from the field.



DETROIT (AP) — Anthony Mantha scored a go-ahead goal in the second period as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Dallas Stars 3-1 last night. The win is the third in four games for the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek stopped 34 shots in the win.


11.29.16:  5 survivors in Colombia plane crash



BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say a chartered plane with a Brazilian first division soccer team crashed near Medellin  last night while on its way to the finals of a regional tournament, killing 76 people.

Five people survived the crash, including a man identified as Alan Ruschel, a member of the Chapecoense soccer team.

Authorities say the plane declared an emergency at 10 p.m. local time last night, because of an electrical failure. It was headed to Colombia’s international airport.


11.29.16:  Big Ten reprimands Jim Harbaugh



(AP)-  the Big Ten has reprimanded Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and has fined the university $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after Saturday’s loss to Ohio State.

Harbaugh said he was “bitterly disappointed” during a lengthy post-game rant.