College Basketball

Michigan State beat Loyola Chicago 87-52 at the Breslin Center. Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed.

Central Michigan opened its home tournament with a 76-48 rout over Maine.

Eastern Michigan beatYoungstownState71-62 in the Eastern Michigan Showcase on Friday night.

U of M will tip off againstOregoninBrooklyn,New Yorkon Monday.

 

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons lost to the Hawks 99-89 in Atlanta. Josh Smith finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists against his old team. Detroit rallied after trailing by 19 points at 70-51 in the third quarter. Andre Drummond ended with 13 points and 16 boards in the Pistons’ 4th straight loss.  Pistons are 3-and-10.

They are back in action on Tuesday when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Volleyball

St. Philip plays for a 9th straight Class D title in Volleyball today, after beating Waterford Our Lady 3-0 on Thursday.  The Tigers were led by Abby McKinzie’s 17 kills to go with 11 digs and an ace.  The Tigers (53-12-4) will make their 15th straight appearance in the title game.

St. Phillip goes up against top-ranked Leland at 10 this morning at Kellogg Arena.   The two teams have squared off four times in the championship game with an even 2-2 series split. Leland's last title was in 2006, the last time St. Philip has fallen in the finals.

 

College Football

MichiganhostsMarylandtoday.  Its senior day, and the Wolverines need another win to become bowl-eligible.  Hear the game at 2:30 today on Mix 104.9 WBXX.

 

MSU hostsRutgerstoday.  Broadcast time is 6:30 tonight on WBCK.

In the Mid American Conference, the Central Michigan Chippewas (7-4, 5-2 MAC) will play host to theWestern Michigan(7-3, 5-1 MAC). Game time is 1:00 p.m.

Eastern Michigan (2-8, 1-5 MAC) will travel to take onBallState(3-7, 2-4 MAC). Kick-off is 2:00 p.m.

 

Red Wings
The Red Wings are inToronto to play the Maple Leafs tonight.  The Wings are coming off a 4-to-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets Thursday to improve their record to 10-4-and-5. They have 25 points, good for fourth-place in the Atlantic Division.

Detroitheads home to playOttawaon Monday.  Reports sayOttawaandDetroitveteran Daniel Alfredsson could announce his retirement from hockey soon.

Lions

The Detroit Lions go from the desert to the cold this week as they face the New England Patriots Sunday in snowy Foxboro. The Patriots are riding a six-game winning streak that has them in first place in the AFC East at 8-and-2. Detroit is now tied with Green Bay atop the NFC North at 7-and-3. Broadcast time is Sunday at noon on WBCK.

 

Bills to play in Detroit

The Buffalo Bills made it out of snow-buried westernNew Yorkheading forDetroitwhere their home game with the Jets will be played Monday night. Some of the Bills had to be picked up on snowmobiles from their homes after snow storms this week dumped seven feet on portions of the region. Fans are being offered free tickets to the Bills-Jets game at Ford Field.

 

The plan is for the Bills to return toBuffaloafter the game, but there is a chance the plans to hostClevelandon the following Sunday could be impacted by the conditions.  The Bills, who have not been able to practice this week, will work out at the Lions facility today and tomorrow and will have their walkthrough on Sunday.

This marks the second time Ford Field has hosted another NFL game that didn't involve the Lions.  The Minnesota Vikings played the New York Giants in Detroitin 2010 after the weight of snow caused the roof of the Metrodome to collapse.      

 

Highest Paid College Football Coaches

USA Today has revealed the salaries for every FBS head football coach, and it comes as little surprise thatAlabama’s Nick Saban tops the list. Saban has led the Crimson Tide to incredible success during his eight years at the helm, including three national championships. Coach

1. Nick SabanAlabama         $7,160,187

2. Mark Dantonio       MichiganState            $5,636,135

3. Bob StoopsOklahoma       $5,058,333

4. Kevin Sumlin         TexasA&M    $5,006,000

5. Charlie Strong        Texas  $5,000,270

6. Urban Meyer          OhioState       $4,536,640

7. Les Miles     LSU    $4,369,582

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