Pistons

The Pistons beat the Division-leading Raptors in Toronto 114-111.   Detroit was down by 12 after the first quarter, but came back in the second half.  Brandon Jennings scored 34 points and had 10 assists as the Pistons won for the ninth time in 10 games.  Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak against Toronto.  The Raptors led by a point until Jodie Meeks and Jonas Jerebko got hot in the final period. Meeks provided 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter, while Jerebko had eight of his 10.  Andre Drummond also had a double-double for Detroit, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds.  The Pistons host New Orleans on Wednesday and head to Indiana on Friday.

 

College Basketball

Michigan is at Ohio State tonight.

 

The Michigan State Spartans are off until Saturday when they head to Maryland.

 

In the MAC….EMU, CMU and WMU all play, with the Broncos hosting Ball State.

 

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College Championship Game

The Ohio State Buckeyes are winners of the first-ever College Football Playoff.  The Buckeyes claimed their fifth outright national championship as Ezekiel Elliott ran for 246 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-20 triumph over Oregon in Arlington, Texas.  Elliott averaged an amazing 232 yards in his last three games.  Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota was 24 of 37 for 333 yards and an interception in what is likely his final game at Oregon. He has until Thursday to decide if he'll skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.  It's the third national championship for Coach Urban Meyer, who also won it with Florida in 2006 and 2008.  A championship seemed highly unlikely after OSU lost to Virginia Tech in their second game of the season and needed overtime to beat Penn State in late October. Not all of the celebrating was peaceful after the game. Thousands of fans poured out into the streets after the Buckeye's win.  Several fires were reported in the vicinity of the University Campus, although it's not clear if police made any arrests overnight.

OSU Grand Entrance….Not so Much

Ohio State didn't exactly make a grand entrance at the national championship game.

Usually, the Buckeyes race onto the field from the tunnel led by four students carrying large flags that spell out O-H-I-O. This time, however, one of the flags was snagged on the ground, tripping a cheerleader and sending several players sprawling. While other players sidestepped the pileup, those on the turf quickly bounced to their feet and ran out onto the field.  Unfortunately, that meant that the team came onto the field at AT&T Stadium led by flags spelling out O, H and I. The O made an appearance later.  An Ohio State spokesman said the cheerleader wasn't injured.

Final AP Poll

Michigan State finished tied for 5th with Florida State in the final AP Poll.   The top 4 were Ohio State, Oregon, TCU and Alabama.  Baylor, Georgia Tech, Georgia and UCLA round out the top 10.

Red Wings

The Red Wings are Buffalo tonight.  The Wings will be without goalie Jimmy Howard.  Coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks.  Babcock listed Howard week to week after suffering the injury Saturday night in Washington. Detroit has called up goalie Tom McCollum from Grand Rapids to back-up Petr Mrazek.  Reports say Jonas Gustavsson’s separated shoulder is coming along and he could be back in another week or so.

Michigan Football

New Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh says he's retaining Greg Mattison from the staff of fired coach Brady Hoke. Mattison was defensive coordinator for Michigan the past three seasons.

High School Basketball

St. Phillip 56, Centerville 42 in our WBCK radio game last night.   St. Philip was led by Hunter Haley with 13 points, five rebounds and six steals. Dreyson English had 11 points and two steals.

Mendon 53, Athens 35

Girls Basketball

St. Philip 53, Centreville 39  Kameron Haley had a career-high 23 points to go with four assists, five steals and five rebounds.  Megan Gordon had 14 points and three steals.

Bellevue 42, Potterville 39  Bailey Whitcomb finished with 17 points and five rebounds.

Pittsford 61, Climax-Scotts 17

Tuesday, January 13th

Boys Basketball

Battle Creek Central  vs. Benton Harbor

Portage Central  vs. Lakeview

Harper Creek  vs. Jackson Lumen Christi

Pennfield  vs. Coldwater

St. Phillip  vs. Bellevue

Calhoun Christian  vs. Kalamazoo Heritage Christian _

Climax-Scotts  vs. Camden-Frontier

Schoolcraft  vs. Delton

Constantine  vs. Galesburg-Augusta

Gull Lake  vs. St. Joseph

Lansing Christian  vs. Maple Valley

Marshall  vs. Parma Western

Perry  vs. Olivet

Napoleon  vs. Quincy

Tekonsha  vs. Litchfield

Girls Basketball

Benton Harbor  vs. Battle Creek Central

Lakeview  vs. Portage Central

Jackson Lumen Christi  vs. Harper Creek

Coldwater  vs. Pennfield

Quincy  vs. Athens

Delton  vs. Schoolcraft

Galesburg-Augusta  vs. Constantine

St. Joseph  vs. Gull Lake

Homer  vs. Springport

Maple Valley  vs. Lansing Christian

Parma Western  vs. Marshall

Olivet vs. Perry

Union City vs. Concord

Manning Hurt?

ESPN is reporting today that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning played with a torn quad muscle during Sunday's 24-13 loss to Indianapolis, the severity of which he had tried to conceal.  However, two people with knowledge of Manning's health told The Associated Press it was "a strain," as the team had characterized it all along. Manning played poorly against the Colts. He completed 26 of his 46 passes for just 211 yards and one touchdown. He also lost a fumble, misfired on several passes and failed to get the Broncos into the end zone after their first series.

NFL Coaching Changes

The Broncos and John Fox have agreed to part ways after four AFC West titles and one Super Bowl appearance in four seasons. Fox might have something in the works with another franchise. He didn't shoot down a pregame report Sunday night that he could be available if the Broncos suffered a loss.

The Buffalo Bills have announced the hiring of former Jets’ coach Rex Ryan as their new head coach.  With the announcement, reports say former Lions Coach and Bills’ defensive coordinator Jim Swartz would leave the team.

Tigers Spring Training

Miguel Cabrera continues to heal from surgery on his right foot, but Tigers officials say the infielder will probably not be ready for the beginning of Spring Training next month.

Cabrera had a stress fracture repaired in his foot and a bone spur taken out of his ankle during the procedure in October and is scheduled to have a follow-up exam with his surgeon in mid-February.  The team is hoping he will be ready to be in Detroit's Opening Day line-up.

 

38 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Lakeland.