Pistons

The Detroit Pistons lost to Cleveland 94-89 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.   The Pistons lead the first three quarters, but were outscored by 11 points in the fourth.  Josh Smith led the Pistons with 18 points, Greg Monroe added 16 and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 17 rebounds.  The Pistons are eight games under .500 and take the weekend off.  They’ll host the Charlotte Bobcats next Tuesday.

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In the MAC

Western Michigan beat Akron 57-54.   David Brown scored 17 points,  grabbed six rebounds and recorded four steals.  The 8-3 Broncos are a game behind Toledo in the MAC-West division.

Eastern beat Ball State 73-62

Northern Illinois 83, Central Michigan 63.

 

Big Ten Basketball

MSU hosts Northwestern tonight.  The Spartans are coming off Sunday's 2-point loss to Wisconsin. They trail Michigan by a half-game for first place in the Big Ten standings.

Michigan State and Northwestern, from the Breslin Center …..6pm on WBCK-FM.

 

Michigan’s next game is Sunday versus Wisconsin.

 

Olympics

American snowboarder Kaitlyn Farrington won the gold medal in the women's halfpipe Wednesday, beating out three former gold medalists to do it.  One of them was her teammate Kelly Clark, who was the favorite but took home the bronze.

 

The USA swept all three medals today in the men's ski slopestyle.   Joss Christensen took the gold, Gus Kenworthy the silver, and three-time X Games medalist Nick Goepper won a bronze.

 

Men’s Hockey is got started today.  Pavel Datsyuk and host Russia begin their Group A slate against Slovenia,  Team Canada and Coach Mike Babcock take on Norway, and Finland does battle with Austria.  Americans and Jimmy Howard square off against Slovakia, although it’ll be Jonathon Quick starting in goal for the USA.  In fact, former Spartan Ryan Miller is the American’s number two goalie.

 

The US women’s curling team plays Japan today.  There will be plenty of short track action, with the women handing out a medal in the 500-meter and the men participating in heats in the 1000-meter as well as racing the semifinals of the 5000-m relay.  The men's individual program in figure skating starts with the short program. The U.S. will have two skaters going in Jeremy Abbott and Jason Brown.

 

Wrestling

The Battle Creek Central wrestlers’ state tournament run came to an end in a Division 2 regional semifinal, with Edwardsburg defeating BCC by a score of 44-30.

 

Boys Basketball
Bronson ends St. Philip’s perfect season, winning 53-52 in Bronson.  The Tigers are now 13-1.

Maple Valley 51, Delton Kellogg 36

 

Girls Basketball
Bronson 47, St. Philip 38

Delton Kellogg 36, Maple Valley 31  Kristen Mohn had 18 points

 

Jeter to Retire after the Season

Derek Jeter is apparently set to call it a career. The New York Yankees shortstop and Kalamazoo native wrote a letter on his Facebook page Wednesday, saying he will retire after the 2014 season. Jeter only played in 17 games last season, due to injuries.  He’ll turn 40 this year, and it’ll be his 20th major league season.

 

Tigers

Tigers' minor league catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs for the second time in his career.  He was suspended for 100 games yesterday for a positive test for exogenous Testosterone.  Paulino was acquired last summer and re-signed to a Minor League contract in the offseason. He was expected to compete to be the back-up at Triple-A Toledo behind James McCann.  Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers report for camp today.