Sports: Pistons Break Losing Streak
The Pistons broke a 10-game losing streak as they beat Memphis 105-95 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Reggie Jackson had 23 points and a career-high 20 assists. Jackson had 11 points and 13 assists in the second half to pick up Detroit's second 20-point, 20-assist game of the season. The Pistons trailed by 15 at halftime. Andre Drummond, who was back in the lineup after concussion-like symptoms knocked him out of the previous game, finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit. Greg Monroe was out for the Pistons, after straining his right knee in practice. The Pistons head to Philly tonight.
Justin Verlander gave up 4 runs in 4 innings against the Washington Nationals in a 6-4 loss. Ian Kinsler and Tyler Collins homered, as Collins drove in three runs forDetroit. Catcher James McCann had two hits to raise his average to .455. Stephen Strasburg struck out five in four scoreless innings to lead the Nationals. The Tigers play the Pirates tonight in Bradenton. Shane Greene gets the start.
Homer lost to third-ranked Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 69-38 in the Class C state quarterfinal. Homer ends the season at 21-5. Arbor Prep (22-3) advances to Thursday's Class C State Semifinals at the Breslin Center. The Gators had advanced to last season's Class B state quarterfinal before dropping down a class this season.
Louisiana Tech beat Central Michigan 89-79 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night. Central Michigan finishes at 23-9 and made its first postseason appearance since 2003.
WMU hosts Cleveland State tonight in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. in University Arena. Eastern Michigan will play at Louisiana-Monroe.
MSU will be a 7th seed in the NCAA Tourney, and go up against 10th seedGeorgia on Friday inCharlotte. Broadcast time is 11:50am, following “Live with Renk” on WBCK. If MSU wins, they’ll take on the winner of the Virginia/Belmont game. Hampton and Ole Miss are into the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament after First Four wins.
The Red Wings play Thursday night in Florida against the Panthers.
MSU Suspends Top Running Back
MichiganStaterunning back Delton Williams has been suspended from all team-related activities, and court records show he was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of brandishing a firearm in public. Coach Mark Dantonio released a one-sentence statement Tuesday saying Williams was suspended. Online records for Judicial District 54B listed an offense date of March 16 for Williams, and the records showed he pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Williams ran for 316 yards on 54 carries last season as a sophomore, finishing third on the team in rushing behind seniors Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill. Williams' arrest was first reported by isportsweb. The website reported Williams was arrested in connection a road rage incident on MSU's campus Monday evening. Williams is the second Michigan State player to be arrested in the last three weeks.
West Michigan Wolves
The West Michigan Wolves are one of six teams heading to the NA3HL Silver Cup Playoffs in Geneva,Illinois. The Wolves start Silver Cup Pool B play Thursday at 5 againstGreat Falls, and then playNorth Iowaon Friday night. Saturday, they play Nashville at 4pm. The Wolves’ Michael Tratar and Dakota Ulmer are in the Top 10 in NA3HL scoring, and goaltender Hunter Vorva led the league in save percentage this season.
The NHL is planning to tweak its overtime format to cut down on shootouts.
The league's 30 general managers are set to recommend that overtime be played in a 3-on-3 format beginning next season. The NHL brought back overtime before the 1983-84 season with a five-minute period of 5-on-5 play. In 1999 it was amended to 4-on-4 with a point for an overtime loss. The shootout was added prior to the 2005-06 season, eliminating ties. Any future rule changes must first be reviewed and approved by the joint NHL- NHLPA competition committee before being ratified by the Board of Governors at its June meeting.
Million Dollar Bracket Challenge
You can register for the Million Dollar Bracket Challenge at wbckfm.com. It’s brought to you by Griffin Grill & Pub, downtownBattle Creek. Catch every game the Griffin Pub, your madness headquarters! Now through Wednesday, go to wbckfm.com and bookmark the page – when the tournament starts up on March 19, you can keep checking back to see how you’re doing against other listeners and our staff. If you correctly predict 60 or more games, you win $10,000. If you correctly predict every game in the bracket, you win a million dollars! Good luck!
Athlete of the Week
Our latest WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week isBellevue’s Tony Reid. The Bronco’s senior center is one of the key players on the basketball squad this year. Tony led his team with a personal best of 26 points to upset Climax-Scotts. He helped them rally in the overtime win over HillsdaleAcademyand had several key rebounds in the Broncos victory over St. Philip in the Class D District Finals Friday. Reid is a three-year Varsity Basketball player and a member of the Bronco baseball team. Tony has a 3.75 grade point average and is dual enrolled at KCC. He has also signed up for the United States Air Force and leaves June 23 2015 to begin a six year commitment.