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.

11.10.14:  Good win for the Lions, not for the Wings & Pistons


DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford’s touchdown pass to Theo Riddick with 29 seconds remaining lifted the Detroit Lions to a 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins yesterday. Calvin Johnson had 113 yards receiving and caught a touchdown in his first game back from an ankle injury. The Lions won their fourth straight game to improve to 7-2 on the season.


DETROIT (AP) — Ryan Callahan had the lone shootout goal yesterday to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Steven Stamkos scored twice in regulation as the Lightning won their sixth straight game. Goalie Jimmy Howard made 27 saves for the Red Wings.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Utah Jazz overcame a second-half deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 last night. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 17 points and Derrick Favors recorded a double-double. Brandon Jennings finished with 23 points for the Pistons and Greg Monroe added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

11.7.14:  Big Ten’s MSU vs. OSU this Saturday


(Mlive) — Michigan State and Ohio State clash for Big Ten bragging rights.

The #8 Spartans play #14 Ohio State Saturday in East Lansing at 8 p.m.

MSU and OSU are both 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference and tied for first in the Big Ten East conference.

The winner is in the driver’s seat for the Big Ten East Division title.  The loser of the game is out of the hunt for a spot in the 4-team College Football Playoff.



11.6.14:  Brassard’s OT goal lifts Rangers over Red Wings


NEW YORK (AP) — Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal 1:50 into overtime, after Detroit tied it in the closing seconds of regulation, to give the New York Rangers their fifth straight victory over the Red Wings, 4-3 on Wednesday night.


Lee Stempniak gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead with 7:50 left in the third period, but Detroit got even for the second time when Tomas Tatar scored on a power play with 7.7 seconds left and goalie Jonas Gustavsson off for an extra skater.


Pavel Datsyuk tripped Martin St. Louis 46 seconds into overtime, and Brassard took advantage when he slammed in a rebound of Dan Girardi’s shot.


Stempniak was in line for the winner when he finished a 2-on-1 rush by scoring off a pass from Dominic Moore.

11.5.14:  Karlsson has goal, assist in Sens’ win over Wings


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson had a goal and an assist in the Ottawa Senators’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.


Patrick Wiercioch’s first goal of the season was the game winner. He moved in from the point and beat goalie Jimmy Howard with a wrist shot with less than six minutes to play.


Niklas Kronwall hit a post with a drive that could have tied the game just seconds later, but as the Red Wings pressed to get even, Clarke MacArthur scored into an empty net at 19:02 to give the Senators (6-3-2) the win.


Henrik Zetterberg scored the lone goal for the Red Wings (6-3-3), putting a backhander past Craig Anderson at 3:34 of the third to make it 1-1.

Both teams had 32 shots.