11.28.14:  Lions win and High School State finals


DETROIT (AP) — Calvin Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards with a pair of first-half touchdowns as the Detroit Lions boosted their postseason hopes with a 34-17 victory over the Chicago Bears yesterday. Joique Bell ran for two touchdowns for the Lions. Jay Cutler threw two TD passes for Chicago. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford went 34 of 45 for 390 yards.


Meanwhile the High School State Football finals take place this weekend at Ford Field.

Division 1:  Clarkston vs. Saline, Sat. 1pm

Division 2:  Warren De La Salle vs. Muskegon Mona Shore, Fri. 1pm

Division 3:  Muskegon vs. Orchard lake St. Mary’s, Sat. 7:30 pm

Division 4:  Lansing Sexton vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, Fri. 7:30 pm

Division 5:  GR West Catholic vs. Lansing Catholic, Sat. 4:30 pm

Division 6:  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central vs. Ithaca, Fri. 4:30 pm

Division 7:  Detroit Loyola vs. Ishpeming, Sat. 10 am

Division 8: Munising vs. Muskegon Catholic Central, Fri. 10 am

11.26.14:  Knight helps Bucks beat Pistons 98-86


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.

O.J. Mayo, making his first start of the season, added 17 points as Milwaukee (8-7) avoided its first three-game slide of the season. Rookie Jabari Parker contributed 14 points and nine rebounds.

Detroit (3-11) has lost five in a row and eight of nine.

Andre Drummond had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, and Greg Monroe added 15 points and eight boards. Drummond was averaging 8.7 points coming into the night, but shot 11 of 15 from the floor.

11.25.14:  Good night for both Michigan and MSU teams


NEW YORK (AP) — Zak Irwin scored 19 points and Caris LeVert added 18 to lead No. 19 Michigan to a 70-63 win over Oregon last night. The Wolverines used an 8-0 run midway through the second half to snap a tie game and give them just the separation they needed to advance to the Legends Classic final at the Barclays Center. The Wolverines made 23 of 29 free throws to hold off the Ducks.


EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 20 Michigan State to a 79-52 victory over Santa Clara last night. Travis Trice scored 19 points and had eight of his team’s 22 assists on 29 baskets. Jared Brownridge had 12 points for the Broncos.

11.24.14:  Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over Lions


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns in a pass-heavy offense against the NFL’s stingiest rushing defense and the New England Patriots stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 34-9 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.


The Patriots led 24-6 at halftime as Brady repeatedly found wide-open receivers while the Lions struggled on offense. For the second straight game, Detroit failed to score a touchdown.


New England (9-2) routed a division leader for the third consecutive game, following wins over Denver and Indianapolis. Detroit (7-4) lost for the second straight week against a conference leader. It fell to Arizona 14-6 last Sunday.


LeGarrette Blount rushed for 78 yards and two touchdowns three days after signing with New England after being cut by Pittsburgh.

11.20.14:  Close game between Detroit and Arizona


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 18 points, including the winning basket with 28.7 seconds to play, to lift the Phoenix Suns past the Detroit Pistons 88-86 Wednesday night.

P.J. Tucker added 16 points for the Suns, who have won four of their last six.

Brandon Jennings scored 19 points to lead Detroit, losers of three straight and six of seven.


With the Pistons down 85-83 and 40 seconds left, Jennings missed a jumper, but Jonas Jerebko grabbed the rebound and fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the go-ahead 3-pointer.

Bledsoe’s driving layup gave Phoenix an 87-86 lead with 28.7 seconds to go. Jerebko tried to drive, but the Suns knocked the ball out of bounds with 11.7 seconds left.

Jennings had his shot blocked and Caldwell-Pope missed a 3-pointer before Bledsoe made 1 of 2 from the line with 1.3 seconds left. Jennings then missed a 3, allowing the Suns to hang on.

11.19.14:  No. 4 Duke past No. 19 Spartans 81-71


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Quinn Cook scored 19 points and Jahlil Okafor had 17 to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in Tuesday’s State Farm Champions Classic.

The Blue Devils (3-0) have won each game this season by double digits.

Michigan State was led by Brendan Dawson with 18 points and Travis Trice with 15. But the Spartans (1-1) couldn’t get enough stops and struggled to contain Okafor, the nation’s top freshman who didn’t disappoint in one of the premier early-season showcases.

Okafor finished 8 of 10 from the field and had five rebounds.

After the Spartans closed to 51-48 with 12:19 to go and Okafor picked up his fourth foul three minutes later, it was Okafor’s teammates who picked up their games.

Tyus Jones scored all of the points in a 6-0 run to push the lead to 64-51 and the Spartans never got close again.


11.18.14:  Vucevic, Harris lead Magic over Pistons 107-93


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 14 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the Orlando Magic pulled away late to beat the Detroit Pistons 107-93 Monday night.

Nikola Vucevic finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds for Orlando, which had all five starters in double figures.

The Pistons, playing their fifth game in seven nights, were led by Caron Butler, who had 20 points, and Brandon Jennings, who scored 18. But their frontcourt trio of Josh Smith, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for only 25 points on 10-of-28 shooting.

Detroit struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 42.5 percent, and weren’t able to get the ball inside with any regularity. However, they dominated the glass, grabbing a third of their own misses and all but one of Orlando’s, which let them take a 52-49 lead.

The Magic started the third with a 10-0 run before Jennings hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game, and things got worse for Detroit when Drummond picked up three fouls in the first 4:32 of the half.

11.17.14:  Stanton, defense lead Cardinals past Lions 14-6


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Drew Stanton threw touchdown passes to Michael Floyd on Arizona’s first two possessions and the Cardinals held Detroit without a touchdown, beating the Lions 14-6 on Sunday in a matchup of teams with two of the best records in the NFC.


Stanton, starting after Carson Palmer was lost for the season with a knee injury, threw TD passes of 42 and 12 yards. After that, Arizona’s offense stalled and Stanton threw two interceptions. But the Lions couldn’t convert either turnover into a touchdown.


Arizona won its sixth in a row to improve to an NFL-best 9-1. The Cardinals, with their best record through 10 games since 1948, have a three-game lead over Seattle and San Francisco in the NFC West.


Detroit was held without a touchdown for the first time this season.

11.14.15:  NFL, College, High School football


In the NFL Thursday night, Miami beat Buffalo: 22-9.

The Detroit Lions get ready to take on Arizona Sunday afternoon.


College football finds MI with the weekend off.  Saturday, MSU will go up against Maryland at 8 p.m.


High School football playoffs continue.  Friday and Saturday after teams will take part in Quarterfinal action.  Area teams that are still playing include: Hudsonville, E. Kentwood, Mona Shores and Muskegon, Lowell, Zeeland West, South Christian, West Catholic and NorthPointe Christian.

11.13.14:  Griffins win at home


GRAND RAPIDS (Mlive) — The struggling Grand Rapids Griffins needed the puck to bounce their way, and it finally did — literally — against Lake Erie on Wednesday.

Ryan Sproul’s long slap shot in the second period careened off the back glass and off the back of goalie Calvin Pickard and into the net, a welcome sight for the Griffins, who held on for a 5-3 win before 3,798 at Van Andel Arena.

The outcome snapped the Griffins’ six-game losing streak and marked the team’s first win in six attempts at home.

The Griffins (4-6-1-0) jumped out front 2-0 with first-period goals by Mitch Callahan and Teemu Pulkkinen. Goalie Petr Mrazek withstood a threegoal third period for the team’s first win since Oct. 18 against Charlotte.

Callahan also scored in the second period, his fourth of the year, followed by Sproul’s odd goal with just more than 12 minutes left in the second. It was the defenseman’s first goal of the season.

Callahan, who also had an assist for a three-point night, said the team hasn’t played poorly during the skid.

“Most of the time, you can’t fault our work ethic,” he said. “So, (Wednesday) was a big step in the confidence for the guys to get back to where it was and get the ball rolling on the positive side.”

Mrazek, playing for the first time since he was pulled in the second period at home against Chicago on Oct. 31, lost the shutout a little more than 3 minutes into the third period.

He ranged outside the crease to his left to face a rebound from Troy Bourke, whose shot trickled through Mrazek’s pads.

The Monsters then scored twice more — at the 7:03 mark by Sam Henley, and with 2 minutes left on a rebound by Andrew Agozzino.

In the closing minutes, the Griffins withstood a six-on-four and got a shorthanded, empty-net goal by Andreas Athanasiou, who also had two assists.

The Monsters (4-6-1-1), losers of three in a row, already had beaten the Griffins twice at home.


• Pulkkinen, who leads the Griffins in scoring, added his team-leading fifth goal and assisted on Callahan’s goal, both in the first period. He has 10 points (5-5-10) through 11 games.

• The Griffins, who entered the game leading the league in penalty killing (92.7percent— 3goals in41), stopped all three attempts.