Sports: Wolverines lose to OSU
The Michigan Wolverines lost to Ohio State 76-66 Tuesday night in Columbus. Caris LeVert sat out last night's game after playing 11 minutes in the win against Purdue Saturday. The game against the Boilermakers was LeVert's first in six weeks because of a leg injury. Mark Donnal led the Wolverines with 17 points. Zak Irvin had 15 points, making him the 50th player in Michigan history to pass one-thousand career points. U of M, 19-8 overall and 9-5 in the Big Ten, visits Maryland Sunday.
Kent State beat Western Michigan 84-78 in overtime. Thomas Wilder had 24 points, including a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime, for Western. On Saturday, the Broncos will host CMU in Kalamazoo.
Central Michigan beat Toledo 77-69. CMU and Toledo are now each a game behind Mid-American Conference leader Ball State.
Ohio beat Eastern Michigan 86-64.
The MSU Spartans return to action tomorrow night when they host Wisconsin.
The Pistons have acquired forward Tobias Harris from the Orlando Magic for guard Brandon Jennings and forward Ersan Ilyasova. The 23-year-old has is averaging 13.7 points and 7 rebounds with 10 double-doubles this year. Jennings is averaging a career-worst 6.8 points for Detroit this season. Detroit general manager Jeff Bower said Harris adds versatility as a ball handler and scorer and will fit well with the core of young players on the roster. The 9th place Pistons play at Washington on Friday. They lost three straight before the All-Star game and have a 27-27 record.
Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis has retired from the NFL after 13 seasons. Mathis spent the first ten years of his career with his hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars who took him in the second round of the 2003 draft. He signed with Detroit in 2013 and was a starter all three seasons with the Lions. Mathis started the first seven games last year before suffering a concussion and missing the rest of the season. He said that while he would have preferred to finish 2015 healthy, he was proud to be a leader in the locker room during the second half of the year.
The Lions have cut running back Joique Bell. Bell was undrafted out of Wayne State and released by five NFL teams before catching on with Detroit in 2011. In four years with the Lions he rushed for 2,235 yards, had 1,640 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns. Last season his playing time was reduced because of injuries and he missed three games. With the move, Detroit will save 2.5 million in salary-cap space.
Battle Creek Central’s 6-game winning streak ends with a loss at Kalamazoo Central, 55-32. The 10-6 Bearcats only scored two points in the 4th quarter. Brett White and Juan Warren led Central in scoring with nine points apiece.
Lakeview 35, Portage Central 34. C.J. Foster hit a game-winning free throw with a half second left.
Harper Creek 59, Jackson Lumen Christi 53. Jeremiah Davis led Harper Creek with 17 points.
Pennfield 96, Coldwater 76. Ron Jamierson had 25 points and 10 assists. Devaire Todd with 24 points; Steffen Kinne had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Philip 68, Camden-Frontier 60 - OT
Marshall 70, Parma Western 57 as the Redhawks improve to 13-2. Jacob Brubaker had 26.
Homer 71, Athens 32. Caleb Drumm had 20 points for Homer.
Bellevue 65, Burr Oak 51. Gino Costello with 15.
Galesburg-Augusta 58, Lawrence 53 Lake Odessa-Lakewood 63, Maple Valley 38
Stockbridge 66, Olivet 50
Quincy 63, Union City 42
Tekonsha 70, Jackson Christian 65 - OT
Kalamazoo Central 81, Battle Creek Central 53
Harper Creek 54, Jackson Lumen Christi 36 (Harper Creek 12-4)
Coldwater 53, Pennfield 47
#8 ranked Marshall 64, Parma Western 21 (Marshall 16-1) Emily Delmotte with 13.
Bronson 49, Athens 47
Galesburg-Augusta 52, Lawrence 34
Gull Lake 64, Plainwell 40
Lake Odessa-Lakewood 63, Maple Valley 26
Olivet 57, Stockbridge 35. Teona Feldpausch led the Eagles with 16. Tekonsha 43, Calhoun Christian 32 Jordynn Lloyd led Tekonsha with 18.
In Division 2…
Harper Creek and Battle Creek Central meet at Coldwater on Wednesday. The other match there will be between Sturgis and Stevensville Lakeshore.
In Division 3…
Delton-Kellogg takes on Wyoming Kelloggsville at Coloma.
In Division 4 at Bangor…
The Climax-Scotts/Martin Co-op team will take on Lawton.
Athens vs. Springport
Bronson takes on Schoolcraft at Mendon.
The Red Wings play in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
One Day…. until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has announced Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day. Ausmus said yesterday that unless something unforeseen happens, Verlander will take the mound when Detroit opens the season with Interleague Play in Miami April 5th. He started seven straight Tigers openers before former starter David Price got the nod for Opening Day last year. Verlander missed the first two months of last season with a triceps strain. First full squad workout is Tuesday, and the first Spring game is with Florida Southern on February 29th The regular season starts on Tuesday April 5th in Miami, and the Tigers home opener is Friday April 8th against the Yankees.
The Associated Press (AP) and Michigan Radio Network contributed to this report.