1.27.15:  Blizzard postpones Michigan State-Rutgers men’s basketball


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday between Michigan State and Rutgers has been postponed by a blizzard that is threatening to bring 2 feet of snow to New Jersey.

Rutgers officials on Monday did not know when the game would be rescheduled.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and closed state offices as the National Weather Service warned of a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” expected to hit portions of the state Monday into Tuesday.


Meanwhile, Michigan takes on Nebraska tonight.

1.26.15:  Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack



CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack.

Mark Bogen spoke Sunday at a downtown hotel with Banks’ widow, Liz. He said Banks suffered a heart attack on Friday, the same day he died.

Bogen declined to elaborate. Banks’ widow also declined to comment about her husband’s death.

Banks spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs. He hit 512 home runs and was twice named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

His death has prompted tributes across the country.

In Chicago, the Cubs and the city announced Sunday that a statue of Banks will be temporarily moved from outside Wrigley Field to downtown. It will be on display in Daley Plaza from Wednesday through Saturday.


1.26.15:  AFC beat the NFC: 32-28



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimmy Graham, Matthew Stafford and J.J. Watt were the stars in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, which was won by Team Irvin 32-28 over Team Carter.

Graham grabbed two touchdown passes, including a 1-yard scoring grab from Matt Ryan on fourth down with 3:10 remaining. Stafford was the offensive game MVP after throwing for 316 yards and two TDs. Watt came away with defensive MVP honors by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.

Greg Olsen and Emmanuel Sanders also caught a pair of touchdown passes apiece.

The goal posts were narrowed to from 18.6 feet to 14 feet on all kicks, not just PATs as had been previously announced. The PATs also were moved back to make it a 33-yard kick. Adam Vinatieri missed two extra points and a 38-yard field goal. The 42-year-old Colts kicker hasn’t missed an extra point in real games in five years.

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.