AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Brandon Knight and Charlie Villanueva scored 19 points apiece, and the Detroit Pistons routed the Phoenix Suns 117-77 on Wednesday night. Detroit has won back-to-back games for the first time this season and is 5-3 since opening 0-8. The Pistons led 55-44 at halftime and then broke the game open when the Suns came unglued in the third quarter. Phoenix picked up four technical fouls in the third and trailed by as many as 44 in the fourth. Rodney Stuckey added 18 points for Detroit. Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 each, and Greg Monroe had nine points and eight rebounds. Luis Scola scored 11 points for the Suns. The Pistons avenged a 92-89 loss at Phoenix in early November. Friday night the Pistons visit the Memphis Grizzlies with tip off at 8 p.m.
(DETROIT) -- Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Wednesday, but says he didn't kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on purpose. That's why Suh insisted he doesn't need to apologize to Schaub. Suh spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since his left cleat connected with Schaub's groin area in Detroit's loss to Houston last Thursday. Suh dodged another suspension from the league, which has fined him instead for his latest questionable move on the field. His reputation, though, has taken another hit. The NFL suspended Suh for two games last season after he stomped on Green Bay's Evan Dietrich-Smith in a Thanksgiving game. Suh said he was sorry to Dietrich-Smith.
(GRAND RAPIDS) -- A Detroit Red Wings prospect faces charges under Michigan's tough "super drunk" designation following a traffic stop during which police discovered him clad in a Teletubby costume. According to a Grand Rapids police report, Riley Sheahan twice registered a blood alcohol level of .30 percent when tested in jail following his arrest on Oct. 29. Police say the 20-year-old Grand Rapids Griffins center from St. Catharines, Ontario, was wearing the costume of a purple Teletubby known as Tinky Winky during the stop. The "super drunk" charge carries a penalty of 180 days in jail and possible deportation. Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill says Sheahan is "getting help right now and will continue to get help." Sheahan's next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.
(ANN ARBOR) -- Trey Burke had 18 points and 11 assists, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 victory Tuesday night. Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines (6-0) with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16, but it was Burke who controlled the game, equaling his previous career high of nine assists in the first half and going the whole game without a turnover. N.C. State (4-2) trailed 73-58 before going on a 10-0 run capped by T.J. Warren's layup with 2:11 remaining. Hardaway answered with a driving bank shot. It was 75-70 when the Wolfpack forced a turnover and called a timeout with 54.4 seconds to play, but C.J. Leslie was called for an offensive foul. Saturday the Wolverines will be at Bradley with tip off at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 the Michigan State Spartans men's college basketball team will play at Miami FL at 7:30 p.m.
(DETROIT) -- Detroit receiver Titus Young remains in exile after being deactivated for last week's game against Houston. Young wasn't at practice Tuesday and his status remains very much in doubt. He was benched for the Lions' 34-31 loss to Houston on Thanksgiving for what coach Jim Schwartz described as "unacceptable" behavior during the previous weekend's loss to Green Bay. Schwartz said Tuesday the team will keep evaluating Young and decide "based on his behavior" when he might return. Schwartz was asked if he thinks Young has played his last game as a Lion, but the coach says it's way too early to tell. Young, a second-year receiver out of Boise State, has 33 catches for 383 yards and four touchdowns this season. Sunday the Lions host the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field with kick off at 1 p.m. Pre-game at Noon on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
(HARBOR BEACH) -- The Harbor Beach Pirates took the Division 8 State Championship Friday at Ford Field with a 35-10 win over the Beal City Aggies! The finished the 2012 season at 13-1. Congratulations to all of the Harbor Beach players and coaches for a great season and their State Championship win!!
DETROIT (AP) - Shayne Graham's 32-yard field goal with 2:21 left overtime lifted the Houston Texans to a 34-31 win over Detroit on Thursday after the Lions' coach made a costly mistake in regulation. Detroit kicker Jason Hanson had a chance to get Jim Schwartz off the hook, but his 47-yard field goal attempt on the fifth possession of the extra period hit the right upright. Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston's Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Replays showed Forsett was down near midfield, but Schwartz negated the automatic review by challenging the play and was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
(ANN ARBOR) -- Michigan-Ohio State was just another game, for the most part, until Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler helped transform it into the over-the-top grudge match called "The Game." Now, more than 40 years later, two coaches steeped in the rivalry - each more than willing to toss a little disrespect toward the other side - will be prowling the sidelines in the 109th meeting on Saturday. Just like Hayes and Schembechler, Michigan's Brady Hoke and Ohio State's Urban Meyer are Ohio natives who don't do a very good job of hiding the fact that they can barely abide their chief rival. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes want to complete a perfect season - if that's possible without a bowl trip. The No. 20 Wolverines are shooting for an even better bowl. Kick off Saturday is at Noon.
The Michigan State Spartans visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday with kick off at 3:30 p.m.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Ryan Raburn. Raburn started the 2012 season as a big part of Detroit's plans, but the 31-year-old hit just .171 in 66 games. The Tigers also purchased the contracts of right-handers Bruce Rondon and Melvin Mercedes, and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit sent right-hander Tyler Stohr outright to Toledo. The 21-year-old Rondon was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, going 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 52 appearances with Class A Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Toledo. Rondon could compete for Detroit's closer spot next year.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan senior safety Jordan Kovacs says he's living his dream. Kovacs will start the 45th game of his storybook career Saturday when the 20th-ranked Wolverines travel to his home state to play No. 4 Ohio State at Noon. He grew up in Curtice, Ohio, about 15 miles southeast of the Michigan state line, hoping to follow his father's footsteps onto the field at the Big House. College football's winningest program, though, didn't recruit the undersized safety without blazing speed. Smaller schools such as Hillsdale, a Division II program in Michigan, didn't even want to offer him a scholarship. Kovacs eventually got into Michigan and did enough in a walk-on tryout as a freshman to make the team. But a knee problem knocked him off the squad and he had to try out again the next year.