Sports: Wings, Pistons, Spartans Win
The Pistons beat the Celtics 105-97 in an overtime win at TD Garden on Sunday. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 27 points, including seven in overtime, and Reggie Jackson fell one rebound short of a triple-double, going for 17 points, 11 assists and nine boards. Andre Drummond put up 18 points and 22 rebounds as Detroit won it's second-straight game to improved to 26-and-44. The Pistons are back in action Tuesday when they host the Toronto Raptors.
The Red Wings beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in overtime on Sunday in Detroit. Erik Cole lit the lamp in regulation for Detroit, which won for only the second time in six games. Justin Abdelkader's power-play goal 24 seconds into overtime gave Detroit the win. Jimmy Howard turned away 23 shots in the victory. The Wings will host Arizona tomorrow night.
Michigan State upended second-seeded Virginia 60-54 in East Regional play in Charlotte Sunday afternoon, eliminating Virginia from the "Big Dance" for the second straight year. Travis Trice scored 23 points and Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans. MSU will face third-seeded Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 at Syracuse, New York. Broadcast time is 9pm Friday night on WBCK. The Sweet 16 field is set. Top-seeded and undefeated Kentucky will clash with West Virginia on Thursday. Wisconsin meets North Carolina, Notre Dame takes on Wichita State, and Arizona faces Xavier. On Friday, Gonzaga plays UCLA. Louisville faces NC State, Duke goes up against Utah, and Oklahoma meetsMichigan State.
The Detroit Tigers played two spring split-squad games yesterday. InDetroit's 7-7 tie with the Nationals, Miguel Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first game of the spring. DH Victor Martinez played in his first Spring game as the Tigers lost the other game to the Braves, 5-3. Martinezwas 0-3, but says he was pleased with his progress. Detroitis off today before playing the Yankees tomorrow night.
Michiganwill miss out on the NCAA Hockey Tournament for a third consecutive season. The Wolverines fate was sealed with a 4-2 loss toMinnesotain the Big Ten Title Game on Saturday. Michigangave up three unanswered goals after taking a 2-1 lead.
West Michigan Wolves
The West Michigan Wolves season came to an end Saturday, after losing 3-1 to the Nashville Jr. Predators.
Brad Keselowski passed Kurt Busch on the final lap to win the Auto Club 400 inFontana. The final lap was the only one Keselowski led all day. Keselowski, A Michigan native, captured his first win of the season and the 17th of his Sprint Cup career. Kevin Harvick came in second to extend his streak of finishing either first or second to eight straight races. Busch, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman rounded out the top-five.
Matt Every fired a six-under 66 in Sunday's final round to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill for the second straight year. Every finished 19-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of third-round leader Henrik Stenson. Matt Jones was third at 17-under. The PGA Tour heads toSan Antoniothis week for the Texas Open.
Michigan Assistant May Leave
Michigan Coach John Beilein might have to look to fill an assistant coach spot on his staff. ESPN saysLibertyis interested in Jeff Meyer for its head coach opening. Meyer was the head coach atLibertyfrom 1981-to-1997.