11.24.15:   Michigan State pulls away and beats E Michigan



EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Javon Bess scored nine of his 13 points in the first half and matched a season high with six rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan State pull away to beat Eastern Michigan 89-65 Monday night.

The Spartans (4-0) were sluggish early in the game, giving up the first four points and leading by just two points midway through the first half. They led 40-25 at halftime and were ahead by 28 midway through the second half.

The Eagles (2-2) were led by Ty Toney’ 18 points and Willie Mangum, who scored 10.

Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Deyonta Davis scored 16 points and blocked five shots, Bryn Forbes scored 12 and Eron Harris added 10 points for the Spartans.


11.23.15:   Change in the AP poll



UNDATED (AP) — The new Associated Press Top-25 football poll looks a lot different than last week’s following Saturday’s losses by Ohio State and Oklahoma State. Clemson remains No. 1, with Alabama now No. 2. Iowa is third, followed by Notre Dame and Oklahoma.


Michigan State jumped three spots to sixth after upsetting previous No. 2 Ohio State 17-14. The Buckeyes began the season as a unanimous No. 1 and slipped to No. 2 earlier this month before falling to eighth on Sunday.


Oklahoma State’s 45-35 loss to Baylor dropped the Cowboys from fourth to ninth and pushed Baylor to seventh. Florida comes in ranked 10th this week.


Michigan is ranked #12 this week.




11.23.15:  Stafford’s go-ahead TD run helps Lions beat Raiders 18-13


DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford ran for a go-ahead 5-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the Oakland Raiders 18-13 Sunday.

The Lions (3-7) have won consecutive games for the first time this year. The Raiders (4-6) have a season-high three-game losing streak.

Matt Prater made three field goals on as many attempts in the first half to give Detroit a 9-0 lead.

The Raiders went ahead after their second drive of the third quarter. Latavius Murray’s 1-yard touchdown run capped the opening possession of the second half and Sebastian Janikowski made a go-ahead, 48 yard field goal on Oakland’s next possession.

After Detroit was held to 27 yards of offense in the third quarter, Stafford capped an 80-yard drive with a designed draw to put the Lions up 16-13 with 11:04 to play.



11.20.15:  Lions appoint Rod Wood as new team president



ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have appointed Rod Wood as the team’s new president. He’ll oversee the business side of the organization and report directly to owner Martha Firestone Ford.

The Lions are overhauling their front office after firing team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. The Lions say Wood has worked closely with the organization over the past eight years in his role as president and CEO of Ford Estates.

Also announced is the formation of an advisory board for the search for a new general manager. The board includes the team’s owner, its new president and its four vice chairmen: Martha Ford Morse, Sheila Ford Hamp, Williams Clay Ford Jr. and Elizabeth Ford Kontulis.


11.19.15:  Red Wings lost to Washington



DETROIT (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal for the fourth straight game and remained tied with Sergei Fedorov for the NHL’s career lead among Russian players. Justin Williams scored for the Caps on a first-period power play after Dylan Larkin had opened the scoring for Detroit.

Braden Holtby had 25 saves for Washington, including two stops on clean breakaways during regulation.

Kuznetsov won it with his sixth goal of the season, skating in on Petr Mrazek from the right wing and beating the Detroit goalie to the far post.



11.18.15:  Pistons rally for 104-99 win over Cavs despite James’ 30



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds and made some crucial free throws when he was fouled intentionally, helping the Detroit Pistons rally to a 104-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 23 of his 30 points in the first half, but the Pistons double-teamed him on a couple of big possessions down the stretch and Cleveland couldn’t convert. The Cavs lost their second straight after winning eight in a row.

Drummond’s free throw with 2:07 left gave the Pistons a 98-97 advantage, and Detroit was able to hold on. It was 102-99 with 13.8 seconds remaining after Reggie Jackson made two free throws for the Pistons. J.R. Smith then missed a contested 3-pointer from near the top of the key.


11.18.15:  MSU comes from behind to beat Kansas



CHICAGO (AP) — Denzel Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists and the senior guard took over the game for No. 13 Michigan State in the second half as the Spartans beat No. 4 Kansas 79-73 at the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at United Center.

Kansas (1-1) had a 13-point lead twice in the first half, the last time at 28-15 with 6:16 to go. Michigan State (2-0) was within 41-35 at halftime but the Jayhawks again opened the lead to double figures at 61-50 with 9:42 to go on a long layup by Frank Mason III.

Valentine, who had career-highs in points and assists, then scored seven points in a 12-1 run to tie the game at 62 with 6:08 to play.

There were six lead changes the rest of the way and it was Valentine who put the Spartans ahead for good at 72-71 on a drive with 1:29 left.

Valentine’s understudy in the comeback was freshman guard Matt McQuaid, who scored six of his nine points on two 3s in the final 3:54 and then he came up with a huge blocked shot of Mason in the final minute.

Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks with 21 points, Mason added 14 and Wayne Selden Jr. had 12.


11.17.15:  Tatar scores in OT to lift Red Wings past Senators



OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Tomas Tatar scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Dylan Larkin, Gustav Nyquist, and Riley Sheahan also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard finished with 22 saves.

Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan and Chris Wideman scored for Ottawa, and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots.

On the winning goal, Tatar took a pass from Nyquist and went in alone from the Senators blue line before beating Anderson.

Ryan and Wideman scored in a frantic third period, including the tying score from Ryan with less than 3 minutes to go in regulation.


11.16.15:  Lions stop road skid against Packers with 18-16 win



GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, and the Detroit Lions stopped a 24-game road losing streak against the Green Bay Packers when they held on for an 18-16 victory Sunday despite a late blunder by Calvin Johnson.

Mason Crosby missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired after the Packers recovered an onside kick that was mishandled by Johnson with about 31 seconds left.

Detroit (2-7) had stopped Green Bay on a 2-point conversion attempt after Aaron Rodgers hit Justin Perillo for an 11-yard touchdown pass on the previous drive.

Stafford threw for 242 yards for the league-worst Lions, an organization that had been reeling following the midseason firings of the team president and general manager.

The Packers (6-3) lost their third straight game, but this was a new low after their two previous defeats came on the road to Super Bowl contenders Denver and Carolina.


11.12.15:  Cousins, Rondo help Kings beat Pistons to stop 6-game skid



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and nine rebounds, Rajon Rondo had a triple-double, and the Sacramento Kings snapped a six-game losing streak with a 101-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Rudy Gay scored 12 of his 25 points in the first quarter for the Kings. Rondo had his 24th regular-season triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds.

Following a day of drama around the team, the Kings got a much-needed victory following a 1-7 start that was their worst since going 1-13 in 1990-91.

Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris both had 16 points for Detroit, which dropped its second straight game on a six-game road trip. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 17 rebounds.