Sports: Pistons Lose to Bulls
The Pistons lost to the Bulls, 111-101. Pau Gasol had 31 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls. Reggie Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova each had 19 points for Detroit. The Pistons also lost their cool, getting called for three technical fouls in the third. Detroit guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope received two of them and was ejected. The Pistons had a 13-point lead in the first quarter. The Pistons, 22-and-19 on the season, are back in action Wednesday when they embark on a four-game road trip with a stop in Houston.
The Red Wings host the Blues on Wednesday.
Michigan State hosts Nebraska this Wednesday. The Spartans dropped seven spots to number-11 in this week's "AP Top-25" college basketball poll. Oklahoma is back on top as the number-one team. Hear the Spartans and Cornhuskers tomorrow at 5:30pm on WBCK.
Michigan hosts Minnesota on Wednesday.
Andy Murray thinks its "hypocritical" that tennis tournaments are sponsored by betting companies as the sport tries to combat match-fixing. A day after reports by BBC and BuzzFeed alleged that tennis authorities were suppressing evidence of match-fixing at the sport's highest level, Murray said he didn't agree with the fact the Australian Open is being sponsored this year by a London-based betting agency. Murray also said the tours should do a better job educating players — especially younger ones — what to do in case they are approached by match fixers. Murray says he "was never warned about that or told about that or anyone said to me how you should handle that if you're in that situation."
This Sunday, New England is at Denver at 3pm, and Arizona is at Carolina at 6:40pm in the Conference Championship games, to see who plays in Super Bowl 50.
Tuesday night….Lakeview at Sturgis….7:30pm on WBCK.
Battle Creek Central is at St. Joseph
Harper Creek at Parma Western.
Pennfield at Jackson Northwest.
St. Philip at North Adams-Jerome
Litchfield at Bellvue
Martin at Delton-Kellogg
Lion’s Johnson to Retire?
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore says the man who has broken his records won't be back in Honolulu Blue and Silver. Moore tells WXYZ-TV that he thinks Calvin Johnson is going to retire after nine seasons in the NFL, all with Detroit. Moore says it's not about coaches coming back, or teammates trying to talk him into staying.
He adds the two have discussed Johnson's future, and Moore says he doesn't see the receiver known as "Megatron" coming back unless he thinks he'll be a major part of the Lions' offense.
Tigers Sign Free Agent Outfielder Upton
Reports say the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $132.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton. There’s no official announcement yet, but the 28-year-old Upton gives the Tigers another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup that already has Miguel Cabrera, and Victor and J.D. Martinez. The signing fills a need in the outfield after Detroit traded slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline last year. The Tigers could have re-signed Cespedes, but chose Upton instead. Sources say Upton may opt out of the 6-year deal after two seasons. He hit .251 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs for the San Diego Padres last season, where he was paired with his brother, Melvin Upton Jr., formerly known as B.J. Upton. Justin Upton has also played for Arizona and Atlanta.
After signing free-agent right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earlier this offseason, the Upton deal will likely put the Tigers over the salary cap.
Bruce Rondon was the first one to sign up for the annual Detroit Tigers winter caravan. But he might not participate in it after all. Rondon is currently recovering after being infected with the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. That might keep him away from this week's winter caravan.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain, but other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash.
Tuesday marks 31 Days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland.