Sports: Lions Fall to 0-4
The Lions fourth quarter comeback fell short in a 13-10 loss to the Seahawks in Seattle Monday night. The Seahawks scored first on at Russell Wilson touchdown pass. The Lions managed a field goal, the only points the offense would score in the game. Caraun Reid returned a Wilson fumble 27-yards in the fourth to cut the lead to three points. The Lions had a chance to win it, after a long drive late in the game. Receiver Calvin Johnson fumbled as he was heading for a potential game winning touchdown with less than 90 seconds left in the game, and the ball was batted out of the end zone by a Seattle player and ruled a touchback. The officials failed to penalize Seattle's K.J. Wright for intentionally batting the ball through the back of the end zone. Detroit should have had it first and ten on the half-yard line. Instead, they’re 0-4. The defense had a solid game, sacking Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson six times and recovering three fumbles. Lions Matthew Stafford was 24 for 35, passing for 203 yards. Tight end Eric Ebron, linebacker Travis Lewis, and defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker were all knocked out of the game with injuries. The Lions host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
The New York Yankees host the Houston Astros tonight in the American League Wild Card Game. The winner will advance to play the Kansas City Royals in the best-of-five AL Division Series starting Thursday in KC. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for New York, while the Astros will counter with American League Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel. New York Yankees lefty starter CC Sabathia will miss the postseason after checking into an alcohol rehab center, a setback to the Yankees pitching staff.
The Pirates will play host to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game tomorrow night. The winner plays in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
The Washington Nationals have fired manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs.
The Pistons start preseason play tonight as they host the Indiana Pacers at The Palace. Detroit will be thin at point guard, with Brandon Jennings still recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, Steve Blake out with a concussion and Reggie Jackson sidelined with a sore Achilles. Spencer Dinwiddie is the only Piston point guard with experience that will take the court tonight, but head coach Stan Van Gundy said rookies Darrun Hilliard and Stanley Johnson along with Jodie Meeks will be available to play. Detroit opens the regular season October 27th in Atlanta against the Hawks.
For the first time in 25 years the Red Wings will have a teenager on the ice to begin the regular season. Yesterday Wings head coach Jeff Blashill announced 19-year-old center Dylan Larkin made the team's 23 man roster. Larkin, who was born in Waterford, scored three goals and had four points in five preseason games. The last 19-year-old to make his debut for Detroit on opening night was Mike Sillinger in the 1990-91 season. The Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season opener at Joe Louis Arena Friday.
Michigan State University running back LJ Scott has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. MSU, 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, is on the road Saturday against Rutgers.
Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh confirms that linebacker Mario Ojemudia is done for the season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during Saturday's in over Maryland. Through five games, Ojemudia is Michigan's third-leading tackler with 19 stops. His career with the Wolverines has come to a close, as it's too late in the year to realistically expect any type of medical redshirt.
Dolphins Fire Coach
The Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin one day after Miami fell to 1-3 with an ugly 27-14 loss to the Jets in London. Philbin went 24-28 in his three-plus seasons on the sidelines and was often criticized for his bland demeanor. Tight Ends coach and former Lions player Dan Campbell will be the interim coach until the end of the season.