Pistons

The Pistons tried to extend their 7-game winning streak against a tough Atlanta team but they lost to the Hawks 106-103 last night at The Palace.  The Eastern Conference-leading Hawks have won 21 of their last 23, and they handed Detroit its first loss since the Pistons waived Josh Smith last month.  The Pistons were outscored by 9 and 10 in each of the first two quarters, and had too far too come back.  Detroit was mostly without Center Andre Drummond, who only played a portion of the game due to illness.  Al Horford had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks withstood a spirited Detroit rally.  Detroit rallied and had a chance to tie when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.  The Pistons host Brooklyn on tonight.

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College Basketball

MichiganhostsMinnesotatoday at 1 pm.  Minnesota is 11-and-5, but 0-and-3 in the Big Ten.   Also today…

Buffalois at Western Michigana at 1pm.

CMU is at Ball State at 4:30.

EMU is at Miami of Ohio.

The Michigan State Spartans host Northwestern on Sunday.  Broadcast time is 11am on WBCK.   After tomorrow’s game, the Spartans will be off all week long.

Roy Tarpley Dies

Roy Tarpley, the former Dallas Mavericks star center whose NBA career was cut short by drug abuse, has died. He was 50.  Authorities have not released a cause of death.  The 7-foot Tarpley was the seventh pick in the 1986 NBA draft out ofMichigan. He was kicked out of the NBA twice for using drugs.

Red Wings

The Red Wings are in Washington tonight.  A bad back will likely keep Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco out of the lineup until after the All-Star break and Johan Franzen is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.  Defenseman Jakub Kindl’s sprained elbow is better but Coach Mike Babcock says he’s not sure when he'll be able to play again.

High School Basketball

Quincy 68,Union City 58

Today, Lawrence plays at Galesburg-Augusta.

Girls Basketball

Quincy 36,Union City 23

NFL Playoffs

Today…..

BaltimoreatNew England, 4:35 p.m.

Carolina at Seattle, 8:15 p.m.

Sunday….

DallasatGreen Bay, 1:05 p.m.

Indianapolis at Denver, 4:40 p.m.

The Packers list Aaron Rodgers as probable for the game. The Packers didn't practice Friday, but Coach Mike McCarthy says Rodgers came through practice OK on Thursday and looked fine taking limited snaps.  Rodgers suffered a strained left calf three weeks ago againstTampaBay.

College Hall of Fame

MichiganState's Clinton Jones andMichigan's Rob Lytle have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.  Jones was a three-year letterman from 1964-66 for Coach Duffy Daugherty. He finished sixth in the 1966 Heisman Trophy voting and led Michigan State in rushing as a junior and senior. Lytle finished third in the 1976 Heisman balloting and still ranks among the top 10 for rushing yards at Michigan.

Harbaugh Hires Wheatley

Reports say new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is hiring former Michigan star Tyrone Wheatley as the team’s new running backs coach and will officially begin his duties with the program Monday.

Former Dolphin goes for big swim

Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad says he's weak but OK and recovering after he fell off his boat near the South Florida coast and swam nine miles to shore.

Tigers Spring Training

41 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training inLakeland.

NABF World Series Meeting

The SMABA, the NABF World Series tournament committee will be hosting a meeting for preparation for the NABF World Series on January 10th. The meeting will be held at Jack Pearls Team Sports and will begin at 10:30 AM. The meeting is open to anyone interested in assisting with the World Series. The 102nd NABF World Series will be August 5-9 at the Bailey Park Complex.