Sports: Lions lose 21-14
The Lions lost 21-14 in St. Louis. The Rams scored the only points of the first half after Matthew Stafford’s first interception in three games. Detroit had a chance to even the score, but a bad call by the officials stopped the Lions cold. Detroit had one more chance to score in the first half but more mistakes killed any chance of a first-half score by the Lions. The Lions tied it in the second half on a touchdown pass from Stafford to Golden Tate. But the Rams countered with a couple of touchdown runs by Todd Gurley. The Lions fought back, getting another TD to Golden Tate to make it 21-14. Detroit then recovered the onside kick, but were not able to move the ball and lost the game. Calvin Johnson had one catch for the Lions. Brandon Pettigrew, who started over Eric Ebron, suffered a left knee injury in the first half and headed for the locker room early. Stafford reached the 25,000-yard plateau faster than any quarterback in league history. Stafford accomplished the feat in 90 games, topping the 92 it took Miami Dolphins great Dan Marino. The Lions head to New Orleans for the Monday Night game next week.
The Packers beat the Cowboys 28-7 in Green Bay. The Charlotte Panthers are 13-0 after beating the Atlanta Falcons 38-0. The Bengals lost to Pittsburgh, but also lost quarterback Andy Dalton, probably for the season, with a broken thumb. New England beat Houston 27-6 on Sunday Night Football.
Monday Night Football: Miami hosts the New York Giants.
The Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres tonight. Petr Mrazek will start in goal for Detroit.
The Wings lost their last game 3-2 in OT to the Devils. The Wings are 16-8 -6 and are in second place behind Montreal in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Detroit will host Vancouver on Friday.
The Pistons host the L-A Clippers tonight. Detroit is 14-11 on the season. L-A is 14-10.
Detroit beat Philly on Friday night. The Pistons have won six of their last eight. The Pistons will host the Celtics on Wednesday and head to Chicago on Friday.
Michigan hosts Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night.
MSU is off until Saturday when the #1 Spartans will head to Boston to play Northeastern.
Three members of the Michigan State football team received All-America honors from the Associated Press on Sunday. Spartans center Jack Allen was named to the first team. Offensive tackle Jack Conklin was named to the second team, and defensive end Shilique Calhoun was voted onto the third team. The No. 3-ranked Spartans (12-1) play No. 2 Alabama (12-1) in the College Football Playoff Cotton Bowl semifinal Dec. 31.
Two Michigan Wolverines also made the second team for the Associated Press All-American Honors. Tight End Jake Butt and Cornerback Jourdon Lewis made the second-team list.
Tigers’ flame-throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon is in trouble again. Rondon was in the middle of a bench-clearing brawl while pitching during a Venezuelan Winter League game on Saturday night. The altercation started after a pickoff attempt that ended up in a nasty fight. The 25 year old Rondon, once considered the Tigers' closer of the future, was suspended last September for the balance of the season for lack of effort. Rondon has pitched fairly well in five Venezuelan games this season.
Alabama Crimson tide running back Derrick Henry takes college football's big prize, winning the 2015 Heisman Trophy. He says he couldn't have done it without the guidance of head coach Nick Saban. Henry is the first running back to win the Heisman since 2009.