MSU Wins

Seventh-seeded Michigan State secured a spot in the Final Four with a 76-70 overtime win over fourth-seeded Louisville in the East Regional final Sunday afternoon. The Spartans will be appearing in the Final Four for the seventh time since 1999. Travis Trice scored 17 points for MSU.  Bryn Forbes dropped in 14 points off the bench in the win.

Denzel Valentine added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Spartans.
Duke claimed the last spot in the Final Four with a 66-52 win over Gonzaga in the South Regional final inHouston.  The Spartans will square off with one-seeded Duke in the national semifinals in Indianapolis next Saturday.


Dwyane Wade poured in 40 points as the Miami Heat held off the Detroit Pistons, 109-102, in Miami last night.   Andre Drummond dropped in 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Detroit, which had won its previous four. Reggie Jackson had 31 points, six rebounds and nine assists.  The Pistons next game is Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Red Wings

Cal Clutterbuck's shorthanded goal in the second period turned out to be the difference as the New York Islanders nipped the Detroit Red Wings, 5-4, inNew YorkSunday afternoon.  Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar had a goal and an assist apiece for Detroit. Petr Mrazek was pulled 16 seconds into the second period after allowing four goals on 11 shots.  The Wings have lost three of four and haven’t won two in a row all during the month of March.  Mike Babcock coached the team Sunday in New York only hours after learning that his father, Mike Babcock Sr., died Saturday night in Saskatoon, Canada. He was 78.  The coach said his father was sick for some time and had congestive heart failure and bad lungs.  The Wings are back in action tomorrow when they host the Ottawa Senators.


Detroit's Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings as the Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies play to a 4-4 tie in Grapefruit League action yesterday in Clearwater.  Sanchez also allowed three home runs in the tie.  Tyler Collins and Yoenis Cespedes hit homers for Detroit.  Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander resumed throwing on Sunday but he is uncertain for his next start on Thursday.  Verlander is still feeling some tightness in his arm following the workout at Joker Marchant Stadium. The 32-year-old left his start on Friday with tightness in his right triceps which was listed as a cramp on the injury report.  The Tigers take on the Atlanta Braves this afternoon.

KCC Softball

KCC swept a doubleheader fromLake MichiganCollegeon Sunday, winning 8-0 and 8-2.   Holly Van Tilberg pitched a 5-inning no-hitter in game one, striking out 10 and walking none.  She hit one batter.

Woman's College Basketball

TheMichiganwomen's basketball team is heading to the WNIT final four after their 69-to-60 win over Southern Miss last night in the quarterfinals. The Wolverines had five players score in double figures for a second straight game, with Cyesha Goree leading the way with 15 points and 12 rebounds.


Denny Hamlin snapped a 31-race winless streak by taking the checkered flag at the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  Hamlin nipped Brad Keselowski at the finish line to capture the 25th victory over his Sprint Cup career.  Pole-sitter Joey Logano finished third.