Sports: MSU Wins 96-62
Michigan State beat Rutgers 96-62 on Sunday. The 12th ranked Spartans improve to 19-and-4 overall and 6-and-4 in the Big Ten. Spartans had four players score in double figures, as the team tied a team-record with 17 three pointers made. Denzel Valentine had 20 points to lead Michigan State. Bryn Forbes added 18 points. MSU plays at Michigan this Saturday.
MSU Women win
Aerial Powers scored a season-high 30 points with nine rebounds and No. 18 Michigan State rolled past Wisconsin 77-54 on Sunday.
Michigan is at home tomorrow night against 17th-ranked Indiana. The Wolverines picked off Penn State 79-72 in a neutral-site game Saturday at Madison Square Garden. Michigan has won four straight games to improve to 17-and-5 overall and 7-and-2 in the Big Ten.
Calvin Johnson to Retire?
The Detroit Lions are still giving Calvin Johnson time to ponder his future. The team issued a statement Sunday, saying it stands by its previous statement that supported Johnson, after ESPN reported that the superstar receiver told family, friends and Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he is retiring. ESPN did not name its sources. Johnson declined to say last season if he would restructure his contract, which calls for him to count $24 million against the salary cap in 2016. If the 30-year-old Johnson chooses to retire, he will walk away from the game despite having the physical ability to play more, just as Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders did. Sanders was 30 in 1998, his 10th and final season with the Lions.
The Pistons play the Nets tonight in Brooklyn. It's the second stop on a three-game road trip, which opened with a 111-107 loss at Toronto on Saturday.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes to earn MVP honors as Team Irvin trounced Team Rice 49-27 at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Team Rice QB's combined for six interceptions.
The festivities for Super Bowl 50 begin tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The NFL is turning its media day event into a primetime special called "Super Bowl Opening Night". Players and coaches from both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will speak with the media.
NHL All Stars
In a showcase of the NHL's finest players, a journeyman tough guy and current minor leaguer took MVP honors after helping Team Pacific win the four-team, 3-on-3 tournament. John Scott scored twice and recorded a plus-2 as Team Pacific knocked off Team Central in the second semifinal game. Fans selected the enforcer, Scott, to the game, but the league asked him to back out, as they try to promote hockey skills over fighting. When he refused to bow out, they traded him to another team and sent him to the minors to try and keep him out of the game. Scott wasn't listed among the three MVP candidates for a Twitter vote late in the final game, but fans took it upon themselves to select him anyway. He will return to the minors about $90,000 richer after leading Team Pacific to the $1 million grand prize.
Red Wings rookie center Dylan Larkin had three assists in one of the NHL All-Star semifinals. Larkin set the fastest skater record during Saturday's NHL All-Star Skills Challenge. He broke Mike Gartner's 20 year record and helped the East win the overall competition.
The Red Wings next game is Wednesday at Tampa Bay. The Wings and Lightning each have 58 points in the Atlantic Division, five behind first-place Florida.
Michigan AD Named
Former Connecticut Athletic Director Warde Manuel is now Michigan’s A-D. The five-year appointment will be effective March 14. Manuel, a U-M alumnus who played football under Bo Schembechler. Manuel takes over for interim AD Jim Hackett. The announcement makes Manuel Michigan’s 12th athletic director in 150 years of intercollegiate athletics at the university.
U of M Signing Day
Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh is pulling out all the stops for the Wolverines' national signing day event on Wednesday. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be there. The festivities will be live streamed on Jeter's website, "The Player's Tribune." Others scheduled to be in attendance are wrestling star Ric Flair, rapper Migos and former Michigan star wide receiver Desmond Howard. The spectacle has been nicknamed "Signing of the Stars."
The PGA's Farmers Insurance Open has spilled into today after the final round was suspended for the third and final time because of unplayable conditions. Brandt Snedeker emerged as the clubhouse leader when play was halted for good yesterday.
18 Days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland. (Mon)
The Associated Press (AP) and Michigan Radio Network contributed to this report.