Sports: Wings, Pistons, Spartans, Wolverines all Win
The Detroit Red Wings came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha and Vanek scored in regulation for Detroit. Petr Mrazek made a great save on a breakaway in the overtime period to save the game for the Wings. Henrik Zetterberg backhanded in the deciding goal in the shootout. Thomas Vanek also scored in the shootout. The Wings have at least one point in seven of its last eight games (5-1-2). Detroit plays the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at the Joe.
The Pistons beat the Bulls 102-91 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games. Tobias Harris scored 22 points. Andre Drummond added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons. Jimmy Butler scored 32 points and Dwyane Wade added 19 for Chicago. The Bulls were playing their fourth game in five nights and struggled in the fourth quarter. The Pistons play in Charlotte tonight and then heads to Minnesota for a game on Friday.
MSU beat Youngstown State 77-57. Freshman Joshua Langford had a season-high 15 points for Michigan State. Both teams were without their leading scorers. Flint native Miles Bridges missed a second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Youngstown State's Cameron Morse, also from Flint, sat out a third consecutive game with an injured right wrist. The Spartans host Tennessee Tech on Saturday….1pm on WBCK.
Michigan beat Texas 53-50 at Chrysler Center. Moe Wagner gave Michigan the lead with 18.8 seconds remaining, and then the sophomore from Germany blocked a shot at the other end, helping the Wolverines get the win. Wagner led Michigan with 15 points. The Wolverines play at UCLA on Saturday night.
In the MAC
Marcus Keene set a career high with 40 points and Central Michigan beat Green Bay 107-97. Keene is the nation's leading scorer, averaging 31.4 points per game.
Tonight, WMU plays Cleveland State at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Lions have signed running back Joique Bell. Bell played 60 games for the Lions but was not re-signed last winter. Bell played four games for the Chicago Bears, including their win over the Lions, and was then waived by the Bears.
The Lions also announced Tuesday that they have signed cornerback Asa Jackson from the Ravens’ practice squad to replace Quandre Diggs, who’s season is over. Detroit put defensive end Armonty Bryant on injured reserve and moved tight end Brandon Pettigrew to the reserve/non-football injury list. Pettigrew’s career as a Lion could be over, as he tries to come back from an ACL tear a year ago.
The 8-4 Lions still have four games left and host the Bears at home this Sunday.
Detroit has a two-game lead in the NFC North over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers
MLB Winter Meetings
The Tigers won't have to face Chris Sale as often now that he's gone from division rival Chicago. The Boston Red Sox have acquired Sale from the White Sox for prospects in the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings in Maryland. Sale was 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA and 233 strikeouts this year, a season after he led the majors with 274 Ks. The White Sox received highly-touted third baseman Yoan Moncada, pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz and outfielder Luis Basabe.
McDowell Enters Draft
Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft, where he is a potential first-round pick. The 6-foot-6, 276-pound McDowell led the Spartans with seven tackles for losses, despite sitting out of three games with an apparent leg injury, and was named to The Associated Press All-Big Ten team. As a sophomore last year, he helped Michigan State win the Big Ten title and advance to the College Football Playoff. McDowell had 24 ½ tackles for losses, including 7 ½ sacks, in 23 starts and 36 games. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says McDowell is an extremely gifted player with the mindset to succeed at the next level.