Sports: Datsyuk Leads Red Wings to 3-0 Win
The Red Wings beat the Panthers 3-0, scoring all three goals in the final period on Monday at Joe Louis Arena. The Wings finally broke the scoreless deadlock about 4 minutes into the third period. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice for the Wings. Petr Mrazek made 23 saves and has a career-high four shutouts this season for the Red Wings.
Detroit has won two straight home games for the first time in two months. The Wings host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
The Pistons lost to the Raptors 103-89 last night at the Palace. Ersan Ilyasova led Detroit with 17 points, Marcus Morris added 14. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed his second game in a row with a groin strain. Andre Drummond had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, and hit an 80-foot shot to end the third quarter, and get Detroit to within 5. But the Raptors outscored the Pistons 33-24 in the final quarter for the win.
The Pistons host Denver on Wednesday night. The team will retire Chauncey Billups' number one jersey during a halftime ceremony. Billups was acquired by the Pistons as a free agent in 2002 and spent eight-years with Detroit, helping the organization to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2004 and 2005, capturing the championship in 2004.
Derek Fisher is out after one and a-half seasons as coach of the New York Knicks, replaced by interim coach Kurt Rambis.
Big Ten Basketball
The MSU Spartans are 20-4, and 7-4 in the Big Ten and head to Purdue tonight. The Spartans moved up two spots to No. 8 in this week's Associated Press poll after winning their fourth straight game. Villanova is the new No. 1 team in the country, for the first time ever. They are the sixth different team to reach No. 1 this season. Maryland is right behind at No. 2. Michigan State senior guard Denzel Valentine has been named Big Ten Player of the Week for the third time this season. Tum Tum Nairn could miss another month or more for Michigan State, and the prospect of him returning to his old role as the team's starting point guard this season seems to have sailed. Nairn has now missed six games since being shut down Jan. 15 with a foot injury. MSU at Purdue ….Hear the game at 6pm on WBCK.
In the MAC
Central Michigan is at Eastern Michigan tonight. Western Michigan (9-14, 3-7) will host Miami (OH). Game time is 7:00 p.m.
The KCC Men’s and Women’s basketball head to Indiana on Wednesday to play Ancilla College.
High School Boys Basketball
Marshall 71, Homer 59 Jacob Brubaker scored 29 points and passes the 1000 point mark for his High School career. The Redhawks have won 11 straight.
Pennfield 77, Parma Western 59. Francois Jamierson had a career-high 21. Steffen Kinney and Ron Jamierson each had 19.
Litchfield 107, Calhoun Christian 83.
St. Philip 54, Colon 24. Kameron Haley scored a season-high 26.
Climax-Scotts 46, White Pigeon 34. Syndey Macomber had 11, and Taylor Macomber scored 10.
Calhoun Christian 47, Litchfield 37. Kayla Wire had 16; Abby Parks with 15.
Coldwater 52, Bronson 31
Olivet 59, Manchester 26. Logan Kyre with 18.
Boys Basketball Tonight
Portage Northern at Battle Creek Central
St. Joseph at Lakeview
St. Philip at Colon
Tekonsha at Athens
Bellevue at Hillsdale Will Carleton Academy
Climax-Scotts at Concord
Gull Lake at Niles
Delton at Maple Valley
Olivet at Quincy
Girls Basketball Tonight
Battle Creek Central at Portage Northern
Lakeview at St. Joseph
Eaton Rapids at Pennfield
Athens at Springport
Maple Valley at Delton
Jonesville at Homer
Niles at Gull Lake
Quincy at Reading
Concord at Union City
The Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have reportedly come to an agreement on a new two-year contract. According to reports, the deal is worth 18.5 million, pending a physical. Last season, Martinez batted .282 with 38 home runs, 33 doubles and 102 RBI and was named an All-Star for the first time in his career. Last month, the team and the outfielder were two-million-dollars apart in salary filings, but the new deal means the Tigers will avoid arbitration hearings for the 15th straight year.
Tuesday morning, the Tigers’ Spring Training Equipment Truck pulled out from Lot 3 at Comerica Park, bound for Tiger Town. There are only 9 Days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland.
The Associated Press (AP) and Michigan Radio Network contributed to this report.