Sports: Pistons Waive Smith; MSU, U of M Win
Pistons Waive Smith
The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Josh Smith. Coach Stan Van Gundy says the team has not performed the way they had expected in the first third of the season and adjustments need to be made. He says the team felt it was best to give Smith the freedom to move forward. Detroit is back in action Friday night when they host the Indiana Pacers.
Lions center Dominic Raiola has been suspended one game and will probably miss Sunday’s division showdown in Green Bay. Raiola appeared to intentionally step a Bears player’s ankle in the game on Sunday. After the game he said it was not intentional. He is expected to appeal the ruling but it look like rookie Travis Swanson will start at center.
MSU beat the Citadel 82-56 at the Breslin Center last night. Denzel Valentine knocked down 18 points for the 9-4 Spartans, who have won four of their last five. Matt Costello had 13 points. Marvin Clark Jr. had 12. Gavin Schilling scored 11 for the Spartans. The Spartans will host Maryland next Tuesday at 5.
The Michigan Wolverines stopped a 4-game losing streak, beating Coppin State 72-56. Ricky Doyle paced the Wolverines with 16 points, while Zak Irvin added 13. U of M, now 6-6 this year, begins Big Ten play against Illinois next Tuesday in Ann Arbor.
Western Michigan beat Alabama A&M 71-62, in a shootout Monday night.
Connar Tava and David Brown each put up 20 points for WMU. Tucker Haymond scored the last six points for the Broncos, dunking with 56 seconds left and adding four straight free throws.
CMU beat McNeese State 87-58. Central Michigan (9-1) is off to its best start in 40 years.
High School Basketball
Delton-Kellogg 71, Martin 59. Noah Leinaar had 22 points.
Tekonsha beat Calhoun Christian 69-18 in a Holiday Tournament at Harper Creek High School. Tekonsha will face Marshall Academy tonight.
Ann Arbor Huron beat Battle Creek Central 88-58 at the Chuck Turner Classic. Wendell White had 24 points for the Bearcats. Tonight, Highland Park Renaissance Academy takes on Battle Creek Central at 7 pm on WBCK. Also tonight, South Haven is at Lakeview.
Martin 50, Calhoun Christian 16. Jackson Northwest takes on Homer tonight.
The Red Wings will host Buffalo tonight. The Wings are on a six-game winless streak, but have picked up 4 points in that span, after shootout losses.
Narduzzi in Talks
Pittsburgh is in talks to hire Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi as its next head coach. The 48-year-old Narduzzi has interviewed with Colorado State and Pitt in the last week. The Spartans play Baylor in the Cotton Bowl a week from Thursday.
The Bengals beat Denver 37-28 to make the playoffs. Cincinnati will face Pittsburgh in an AFC North title game on Sunday night.