The Pistons lost their fourth in a row, falling to the Houston Rockets 99-96.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and Andre Drummond had 13 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit.  The Pistons were outscored in the second quarter, 33-21, on 6 of 18 shooting.   Detroit was outrebounded, 46-39.   James Harden had 28 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds for Houston.  With the Rockets clinging to a one-point lead and less than 10 seconds left, Harden made a free throw and missed the second, leaving Houston up 98-96.  Drummond rebounded the miss and was immediately fouled with 4.6 seconds to go. Drummond missed both free throws, and the Pistons fouled Harden, who made one of two.  Detroit was outscored in the paint, 46-32, despite taking two more shots in the lane. The Pistons host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

Pistons Moving Back to Detroit

It appears that the Pistons will leave the Palace of Auburn Hills next year and move back down to Detroit.   Sources say the team has reached an agreement in principle with the city of Detroit and Olympia Entertainment for the team to move to the new Red Wings arena, on Woodward Avenue, not far from Comerica Park and Ford Field.   Pistons owner Tom Gores is set to appear at a news conference today with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings.

Monday Night Football

The Oakland Raiders came from behind to beat the Houston Texans 20-13 in Mexico City.   The Raiders managed just 120 yards of offense through three quarters before improving to 8-2.  Derek Carr fired two scoring passes in the fourth quarter.   A pro-Raiders crowd of more than 76-thousand turning out for the game at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, a game played 74-hundred feet above sea level, which saw some players gasping for breath from the altitude.

CMU Wins

Central Michigan beat Pepperdine 88-77 in the Lone Star Showcase on Monday night. Marcus Keene had a career-high 36 points.  Keene entered the game as the nation's fourth-leading scorer averaging 28.3 points per game.

Sadler Crash Report

Former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler was not impaired at the time he and Nebraska punter Sam Foltz were killed last July in a car crash.  A toxicology report shows Sadler had a blood-alcohol content of 0.03. The legal limit for driving is .08. The report also showed a low level of amphetamines in his blood.  Officials in Wisconsin said it is not uncommon for amphetamines at a low level to be found in the blood.  They believe wet pavement and Sadler's unfamiliarity of the area were factors in the crash.  Authorities were not able to determine if speed was a contributing factor.

Lions

The 6-4 Lions are tied with Minnesota for first place in the NFC North.  Detroit will play the Vikings on Thursday at Ford Field.   Broadcast time is 11:30am on 104.9 The Edge.

College Basketball
The #24 MSU Spartans play St. John’s in the “Battle 4 Atlantis” on Wednesday…. 6pm on WBCK.   They play either Baylor or VCU on Thursday.  The tournament ends with a game on Friday.

#25 Michigan plays at South Carolina on Wednesday.

Red Wings

The Red Wings play at Buffalo on Wednesday night.   The Sabers are 7th in the Atlantic Division.  The Red Wings are 8th.

College Football

11-0 Western Michigan remains #14 and hosts Toledo this Friday at Waldo Stadium.   Paula Garrett was listening and won tickets.

Michigan State plays at # 8 Penn State this Saturday.

#3 Michigan is at #2 Ohio State on Saturday on 104.9 the Edge.

PGA Golf

Canadian rookie Mackenzie Hughes drained an 18-foot par putt from off the 17th green to claim the RSM Classic in a playoff with three others.   He became the first PGA Tour rookie in 20 years to go wire-to-wire for his first victory.