2.22.17:  Islanders get 3-1 win over Red Wings




DETROIT (AP) — Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan’s shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender’s left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home.


2.20.17:  Michigan lost in OT to Minnesota




MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jordan Murphy had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Eric Curry scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lift Minnesota to its fifth straight victory, 83-78 in overtime over Michigan on Sunday night.

Reggie Lynch added 11 points and eight rebounds while battling foul trouble for most of the night for the Golden Gophers (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten), who overcame a furious rally from Michigan to inch closer to an NCAA tournament bid. The Gophers were just 28 of 41 from the line, but made 15 of their last 16 to hold off Michigan.

Derrick Walton Jr. scored 10 of his 16 points in the final five minutes of regulation and D.J. Wilson added 16 points, including the tying 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds to play in regulation, for the Wolverines (17-10, 7-7). But Michigan missed nine free throws and Walton missed a decent look from 3 in the closing seconds of overtime to allow the Gophers to escape.

With his father, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, sitting a few rows behind him in the stands, coach Richard Pitino led the Gophers to their first victory over Michigan in 10 games, the latest positive development for a program that has quickly put last year’s 2-16 Big Ten season behind it.


2.20.17:  Red Wings beat Pittsburgh



In Pittsburgh, Tomas Tatar  and Thomas Vanek scored 1:51 apart to put Detroit ahead 4-1 early in the third period of a 5-2 triumph over the Penguins. Petr Mrazek made 24 saves in the Red Wings’ second straight win since a five-game losing streak. Sidney Crosby scored his league-leading 32nd goal for the Pens.

The Red Wings will take on the Islanders Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

2.17.17:  Michigan beat No. 11 Wisconsin 64-58




ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Moe Wagner scored 21 points and Zak Irvin broke out of a slump with 18, helping Michigan beat No. 11 Wisconsin 64-58 on Thursday night.

The Wolverines (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten) have won three straight to boost their chances at making the NCAA Tournament.

The Badgers (21-5, 10-3) have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, dropping them into a three-way tie atop the Big Ten standings with No. 16 Purdue and No. 23 Maryland with five games remaining in the regular season.

Wisconsin was without senior point guard Bronson Koenig because of a calf strain in his left leg, breaking up a starting lineup that began the first 25 games of the season together.

Ethan Happ scored 18 points in the first half, making 8 of 9 shots, but was held to just four points after halftime and finished with 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Badgers.


2.16.17:  Wings fall to the Blue but Pistons beat Dallas




AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, Tobias Harris 13 and Ish Smith 10 for the Pistons, led by 27 at halftime before holding on for the win. Detroit outrebounded Dallas 56-36 in Auburn Hills.



DETROIT (AP) — Carter Hutton made 25 saves for his second straight shutout, Ivan Barbashev scored 2:06 into the game and Jaden Schwartz had an empty-net goal in the final seconds, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Wednesday night. The Blues have won a season-high five straight games.

Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. On Sunday in Minnesota’s 6-3 home victory, Spurgeon knocked Nyquist to the ice, and Nyquist came up swinging, using the blade of his stick to spear Spurgeon just below his left eye. Nyquist was called for a double-minor for high-sticking.


2.15.17:  Ellis’ 3-pointers help Michigan State beat Ohio State 74-66




EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Alvin Ellis scored 15 of his 18 points with a 3-point barrage in the first half and Michigan State went on to beat Ohio State 74-66 Tuesday night.

Miles Bridges had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Nick Ward scored 15 for Michigan State (16-10, 8-5 Big Ten), which has won four of five.

The Buckeyes (15-12, 5-9) have lost four of six.

Ohio State’s Marc Loving scored 22 points and reserve JaQuan Lyle scored all 10 of his points in the first half.

Ellis made five 3-pointers in a 3:38 span of the first half, helping the Spartans take a 21-12 lead and stunning the crowd because the senior was averaging just six points a game.

The Spartans scored the first six points of the second half, building a 12-point lead. Ohio State rallied with a 17-6 run to pull within one point.

Michigan State finished off the Buckeyes by outscoring them 12-2 to take an 11-point lead and they were able to keep a comfortable cushion.


2.14.17:  U-Conn women hit 100 consecutive wins




STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies’ long list of milestones that includes 11 women’s basketball national titles.

Getting Number 100 was a little tougher than many of the previous 99, which UConn won by an average 38.7 points. Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Napheesa Collier added 18 to help the top-ranked Huskies beat No. 6 South Carolina 66-55.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 10,167 that included past greats Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart, who helped the Huskies to the first 75 wins of this streak.


2.13.17:  Patrol boat named for WMU undefeated football




KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A Kalamazoo County Marine Division boat has been renamed in honor of Western Michigan University’s historical football season this year.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that the naming of “Bronco 1” was part of a ceremony on Tuesday recognizing the accomplishments of the Broncos’ undefeated regular season. The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to honor the team for demonstration leadership and bringing recognition to the school and surrounding community.

Athletics Director Kathy Beauregard, along with six football student-athletes, accepted the award. Beauregard thanked Sheriff Rick Fuller for the patrol boat name and for protecting the county. She said the season was just as much about triumphing over tragedy in the community as it was triumphing on the field.

Running back Jamauri Bogan says the program will continue to succeed under its new head coach Tim Lester.


2.13.17:  Tigers, Wings owner dies




The family of Mike Ilitch has released a statement saying the billionaire pizza magnate died in a hospital on Friday at age 87. A family spokesperson provided no other details.

Ilitch and his wife opened their first Little Caesars restaurant in suburban Detroit in 1959, and the business grew into the world’s largest carry-out pizza chain. He paid a reported $8 million for the Red Wings in 1982, one decade before purchasing the Tigers for $85 million.

Ilitch won praise for keeping his professional sports teams in the city as the Lions and Pistons relocated to new suburban venues. The Lions have since moved back to Detroit, and the Pistons will be sharing a downtown arena with the Wings beginning next season.


Ilitch will lie in repose for a public visitation Wednesday at Fox Theatre in Detroit.  Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced information Sunday night on how the public could pay respects. Events this week include the visitation from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and a public memorial display at Comerica Park beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday.


2.13.17:  Pistons win but Wings fall to the Wild



TORONTO (AP) — Despite missing 10 of his first 11 3-point shots, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope showed little hesitation when another opportunity presented itself on Sunday night. Receiving the ball from Ish Smith with 13.2 seconds remaining, Caldwell-Pope drilled just his second 3-pointer of the night to cap a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback and lead the Detroit Pistons to a 102-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild have beaten teams a lot of ways this season. On Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings gave one of the league’s best power plays too many chances. Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves to help the Western Conference-leading Wild beat the Red Wings 6-3.