MSU –Big Ten

The MSU Spartans played a thriller in Wisconsin on Sunday…losing 60-58.  State was down 5 with 30 seconds left, when Gary Harris hit a long two, and the Spartans then fouled Ben Brust, who missed the front end of a one and one.  And that gave MSU a chance. But Traevon Jackson wouldn’t be stopped, winning it for the Badgers with 3 seconds left. MSU's Gary Harris shot a career worst 3 for 20.  Coach Tom Izzo said after the game that Harris was frustrated by officials not calling fouls as he tried to go to the basket.  Izzo said he found it disgusting.  Adrean Payne scored a game-high 24 for the Spartans. MSU got bad news about guard Keith Appling’s wrist injury.   He’ll be out at least two weeks.  Coach Tom Izzo will talk about it tonight….7pm on the Tom Izzo Show on WBCK.  The Spartans host Northwestern on Thursday.

The Michigan Wolverines play at Ohio State on Tuesday.

WMU Wins

WMU beat Northern Illinois Huskies, 74-71. David Brown scored 26 points for Western.

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons host San Antonio tonight, in their first game in the post Maurice Cheeks era….if you can call it that.   Coach Cheeks was fired Sunday, after going 21-29 in his first season at the helm.   Assistant Coach John Loyer will take over. The Pistons are just three games better than they were last season at the 50 game mark, but they still have a real shot at the playoffs.  Detroit is a half game out of the money in the Eastern Conference.

Olympics

Five events will hand out medals today at the Winter Olympics, including women's alpine skiing, twp men's speed skating events, men's biathlon pursuit and men's skiing moguls. Norway leads all nations at the Winter Games with seven medals so far. Maria Hoefl-Riesch won her second straight Olympic super-combined title Monday, with downhill leader Julia Mancuso settling for bronze.  A blazing sun was to blame for a hole dug at the top of the women's downhill course today.  It was so warm - about 43 degrees - that skiers had to use what was at hand to keep cool before the downhill leg of the super-combined.  The downhill skiing course in Sochi is apparently REALLY difficult.  Bode Miller was the favorite, and before the race he said the course could KILL people.  Then he finished eighth.

Red Wings

The Red Wings lost 4-2 in Tampa Bay on Saturday, their last game for 18 days due to the Olympic break.  The Wings are 26-20-12 and are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference.   Pavel Datsyuk is due to have his groin and knee injuries evaluated today.   Russia’s team coach says they’ll decide then if Datsyuk will be able to play in Sochi.

Girls Basketball
St. Philip at Tekonsha

Bellevue at Camden-Frontier

Climax-Scotts hosts North Adams-Jerome.

Kalamazoo Hackett vs. Galesburg-Augusta

Boys Basketball

Pennfield at Parchment

Kalamazoo Hackett vs. Galesburg-Augusta

Golf

Jimmy Walker’s 2-over-par 74 was good enough for a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

College Star Suspended

Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart has been suspended three games by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the 19th-ranked Cowboys' loss at Texas Tech on Saturday. Smart apologized to the fan, his family and team for his actions before coach Travis Ford expressed support for the sophomore without dismissing the severity of the player's actions. Smart will miss games against Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor but will be allowed to practice during his suspension.

Tigers

Tiger Pitchers and Catchers report in 3 days.

College Football Grad Comes Out….Again

Missouri All-American Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. Sam told ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports that he came out to his teammates and coaches at Missouri in August. The 255-pound Sam participated in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., last month and is expected to be a mid-round pick in the draft after leading the SEC with 11 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.