College Basketball

Michigan beat Central Arkansas 97-53 last night in Ann Arbor as Michigan made a school-record 19 3-pointers.  The Wolverines (8-3) also set a school record with 45 attempts from 3-point range.  Moe Wagner had 18 points and seven rebounds.   Zak Irvin scored 16 points for Michigan, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 14 and Duncan Robinson added 12.

Western Michigan and Michigan State are off this week for final exams.  Both teams play again on Sunday.  The Spartans play Northeastern on Sunday at 6pm.  Be listening to win tickets.  The Broncos play Washington at 8pm.

MSU has a game the day after Christmas, which means the Spartan players and coaches won’t be home for Christmas.  They also play next Wednesday at home against Oakland.  Be listening to win tickets to that game.

Red Wings

The Arizona Coyotes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night. Jimmy Howard stopped 15 shots, but allowed all four goals.  Jamie McGinn scored twice.  Lawson Crouse and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo also scored for Arizona. Andreas Athanasiou scored for Detroit.  The Red Wings have two more games at home this week.  They play the Kings on Thursday, the Ducks on Saturday, and then it’s a three game trip south leading up to Christmas.

Pistons

The Pistons hit the road again to play at Dallas tonight and Washington on Friday.

Tigers Staffing

Former major league catcher Gerald Laird is now a minor league manager.  The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that Laird will manage at Class A Connecticut this coming season. The 37-year-old Laird last played in the major leagues in 2015, when he appeared in one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played for the Tigers from 2009-10 and again in 2012.  Mike Rojas will manage at Triple-A Toledo for the Tigers, and Lance Parrish will again manage Double-A Erie.

Lions

The 9-7 Lions lead the NFC North and play the next two games on the road against the Giants and Cowboys.

Sherman Critical of NFL Scheduling

Some NFL players are starting to get upset about having to play Thursday night games, on only three days' rest.  Richard Sherman of the Seahawks went off on it yesterday in a press conference, calling it a “poopfest”.   The Seahawks are playing the Rams at home tomorrow night, after losing big in Green Bay on Sunday.