Pistons

The Detroit Pistons beat the Indiana Pacers 119-109 at the Palace. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Andre Drummond scored 20. Brandon Jennings scored 14 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 15 for the Pistons. The Pistons head to Cleveland to play LeBron James and the Cavs on Sunday at 4:30.

 

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Smith Leads New Team to Win

Josh Smith scored 21 points and had eight rebounds, two days after he was officially released by the Detroit Pistons, as Houston beat Memphis in overtime.

Showboat Hall Dies

Former Harlem Globetrotter Robert "Showboat" Hall, who spent nearly three decades with the team, has died in his hometown ofDetroit. The Globetrotters said Hall died Wednesday. Hall attended and played basketball at the formerMillerHigh SchoolinDetroit. The team says the 6-foot 2-inch Hall played in over 5,000 games before his 1974 retirement.

Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit

Josh Hicks ran for 202 yards and a touchdown and Rutgers beatNorth Carolina40-21 last night in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Owned and operated by the Detroit Lions, the bowl replaced the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl, which had been played inDetroitunder various names since 1997. The new bowl was hoped to make a bigger impact with a Big Ten vs. ACC matchup, but drew a disappointing crowd of just under 24,000.

LouisianaTechIllinois35-18 in the Heart ofDallasBowl.

North CarolinaStateshredded Central Florida's top-10 defense for 488 total yards in a 34-27 victory at the Bitcoin Bowl inSt. Petersburg.

There are five bowl games on tap for today:

Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman

Cincinnativs. Virginia Tech       Annapolis, MD.

Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium 1 p.m.ESPN

Hyundai Sun Bowl

ArizonaStatevs. Duke El Paso,Texas

Sun Bowl  2 p.m.  CBS

Duck Commander Independence Bowl

Miamivs.South CarolinaShreveport,La.

IndependenceStadium 3:30 p.m.          ABC

New Era Pinstripe Bowl

BostonCollegevs.PennStateBronx,N.Y.

Yankee Stadium 4:30 p.m.        ESPN

National University Holiday Bowl

Nebraskavs. USC      San DiegoQualcomm Stadium8 p.m.    ESPN

Narduzzi Officially Pitt Coach

Pat Narduzzi is the next man up atPittsburgh. The Panthers officially announced the longtimeMichiganStatedefensive coordinator as their new coach Friday. The 48-year-old Narduzzi replaces Paul Chryst, who left Pitt last week after three seasons to become the coach atWisconsin.  Narduzzi is inDallaswith the MSU Spartans, who take on Baylor this Thursday in the Cotton Bowl.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings are back on the ice tonight when they travel to take on Ottawa. The Wings play inBostonon Monday and are home to hostNew Jerseyon New Years’ Eve.   The New Jersey Devils have dropped seven their last eight games and just fired head coach Peter DeBoer.

Lions

The Lions and Packers meet at Lambeau Field Sunday in the final week of the regular season.  In addition to the NFC North title, both teams can still secure a first-round bye or even home-field throughout the NFC playoffs if things shake out properly with the league's other 11-and-4 teams.   The Lions will be without Center Dominic Raiola, who was suspended for the game for stomping on the leg of a player in Chicago last week.

The Lions could be without their top running back, Joique Bell, who is battling an achilles injury.  The Packer running game is a concern for the Lions defense. The Packers have won 22-straight regular-season home games against Detroit, and are 7-and-0 at Lambeau this season. The Lions defeated the Packers 19-7 back in September. Detroit is seeking its first division title since 1993. The NFL has moved the game from 1 to 4:20pm.  Broadcast time this Sunday is 3:20 on WBCK.

College Basketball

College basketball this Tuesday:  The MSU Spartans will hostMarylandat 5pm.  U of M begins Big Ten play againstIllinoisinAnn Arbor. WMU hostsNew Hampshire.