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MSU Basketball

The eighth-ranked Michigan State Spartans beat the Wisconsin Badgers 69-57.   Denzel Valentine led the Spartans with 24 points and 10 assists. Bryn Forbes added 17 points and Eron Harris had 10 points.  Wisconsin is 8-5 in the Big Ten.  The Spartans are 9-5.

Michigan State is off until Tuesday when they head to Ohio State.

 

More College Basketball

The WMU Broncos will host CMU in Kalamazoo on Saturday at 2pm.

EMU hosts Toledo on Saturday at noon.

Michigan is at Maryland on Sunday at 1pm.

 

Red Wings

The Red Wings lost 6-3 in Pittsburgh. Tomas Jurco, Dylan Larkin and Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit.  Petr Mrazek was pulled in the third period after stopping 26 of the 31 shots he faced, while Jimmy Howard closed out the game with six saves.  The Wings continue their four game road trip against the Senators in Ottawa Saturday.

 

NBA/Pistons

The Pistons traded for 25 year old 7-foot power forward Donatas Motiejunas and small forward Marcus Thornton. Houston gets the top-eight-protected pick and center Joel Anthony.  Motiejunas averaged a career-high 12.0 points last season, but hasn’t played much since a back injury sidelined him late in 2015. Thornton, 28, should give the Pistons some offensive help.  Anthony, a 33-year-old backup center, has barely played for the Pistons this season.

 

­­­­The Pistons had already acquired Tobias Harris from the Magic for Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings.   Harris practiced with the team yesterday and could make his Pistons debut tonight, as Detroit plays at Washington.

 

Girls Basketball

Bellevue 68, Colon 35.

Athens 53, Reading 34.

Jonesville 75, Union City 34.

Tekonsha 41, Litchfield 31.

Springport 44, Quincy 8.

 

Boys and Girls Basketball Tonight

St. Phillip is at Climax-Scotts tonight…..7:30 on WBCK.

Battle Creek Central at Mattawan

Loy Norrix at Lakeview

Harper Creek at Coldwater

Charlotte at Pennfield

Marshall at Jackson Northwest

 

Delton at Kalamazoo Hackett

Galesburg-Augusta at Gobles

Kalamazoo Central at Gull Lake

Homer at Concord

Leslie at Maple Valley

Perry at Olivet

 

In Boys only games….

Reading at Athens

Bellevue at Colon

Bronson at Centreville

Springport at Quincy

Litchfield at Tekonsha

Union City at Jonesville

 

Girls Basketball Games ….

Tekonsha at Calhoun Christian

 

Lions

The Lions are about to release linebacker Stephen Tulloch. The 31-year-old made the announcement and thanked the Ford family and fans on social media Thursday. Tulloch was a fourth round draft pick ten years ago by Tennessee, and played the last five seasons with Detroit.   He appeared in 16 games last year, after playing in only three games in 2014 before tearing up his knee celebrating after a play.

 

Nascar

The field for the Daytona 500 is set. Rookie Chase Elliott will start in the pole position.

in Sunday's season-opening NASCAR event.

 

Tigers

The Tigers have signed former Mets closer Bobby Parnell to a Minor League deal. The 31-year-old righty underwent Tommy John surgery in 2014 but returned to make 30 appearances last season.  The Tigers’ first spring workout is today and the first full-squad workout is Tuesday.