Sports: Lions Romp 45-14
The Lions pummeled the Eagles 45-14. Matthew Stafford completed 27 of his 38 passes for 337 yards and five touchdowns. The Lions scored early and often. Calvin Johnson had eight receptions for 93 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover by halftime, helping the Lions carry a 24-7 lead into the locker room. The Lions have won three straight since a 1-7 start. They host the Packers next Thursday night.
The Carolina Panthers stay unbeaten as they handed the Dallas Cowboys a 33-14 loss and Dallas may have lost quarterback Tony Romo again. Romo was evaluated for another left collarbone injury when he was sacked on the final play of the third quarter. Romo said he would await more test results Friday before knowing whether he can return this season. He missed seven games earlier this year after breaking the collarbone in Week 2
Chicago beat Green Bay at Lambeau Field, 17-14. The Packer loss put a damper on festivities to honor former quarterback Brett Farve. Amid a cold, driving rainstorm, the Packers unveiled Favre's name and retired No. 4 on the Lambeau Field facade at halftime. Hall of Famer Bart Starr was also on hand.
Third-ranked Michigan State beat Boston College, 99-68 Thursday to open the Wooden Legacy tournament in California. Denzel Valentine had a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Valentine's six 3-pointers were one off his career high, and his points total was a career best. Tum Nairn added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans, who shot 63 percent and dominated the boards 38-20. It was Coach Tom Izzo’s 500th career victory. After the final buzzer, Izzo's players gathered around him at midcourt, holding up "Izzo 500" signs and posing for photos. MSU takes on Boise State today. Broadcast time is 4:30pm on WBCK.
The Michigan Wolverines crushed Charlotte 102-47 in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Moritz Wagner had 19 points. Michigan plays Texas in the fifth-place game tonight at 7.
WMU lost to Stephen F. Austin in Nashville. The final was 79-71. WMU takes on Liberty today at 3:30, and Mercer on Sunday at 8pm.
The Red Wings take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Red Wings fell to the Bruins 3-2 in overtime Wednesday night at the Joe. Datsyuk's goal was the 300th of his career and he becomes the ninth Red Wings player to reach that milestone. The Red Wings host Florida on Sunday at 2pm.
The Pistons take on the Thunder tonight in Oklahoma City. The Pistons beat the Heat 104-81 in their last game on Wednesday. Detroit heads to Brooklyn for a game on Sunday evening and host Houston on Monday night.
MSU will take on Penn State Saturday with a chance to clinch the Big Ten's east division and a trip to the Big Ten Championship game with a win. Mark Dantonio says whether or not quarterback Connor Cook plays will be a game-time decision. Hear the MSU-Penn State game tomorrow at 2pm on WBCK.
The Wolverines host Ohio State. Broadcast time for the Michigan-Ohio State game is 11am on Mix 104.9.
WMU is at Toledo for the final game of Football’s regular season at noon.
Avila Signs with White Sox
Former Tigers catcher Alex Avila has signed with the Chicago White Sox. Avila spent the last seven seasons with Detroit and was an All-Star in 2011. He appeared in only 67 games last year after being placed on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his knee and finished the season batting .191 with four homers and 13 RBI. Avila signed a one-year, two-point-five million dollar deal with the White Sox and is expected to share catching duties with Tyler Flowers.