PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Evan Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Jrue Holiday scored 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 104-97 on Monday night. Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Spencer Hawes had 15 for the Sixers. Greg Monroe missed a tip with less than a minute left that came back to haunt Detroit. Holiday sank a 19-footer for a 100-95 lead and the Sixers stretched the lead from the free-throw line. Monroe and Brandon Knight had 22 points apiece. Rodney Stuckey scored 19 for Detroit, and Tayshaun Prince finished with 16. Tuesday night the Detroit Pistons entertain the Denver Nuggets at The Palace with tip off at 7:30 p.m.
(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association awarded the 2012 Kathy Best Award to Detroit Pistons Vice President of Public Relations Kevin Grigg. The award was presented at the DSBA Annual Christmas Party at Sinbad's in Detroit on December 7, 2012.
The Kathy Best "Best of the Best Award" by the DSBA annually recognizes the quality and tireless work performed by Detroit-area sports media relations/public relations professionals. Grigg has worked for the Detroit Pistons since November 2000.
"We're thrilled that the DSBA is honoring Kevin with this important award," said Charlie Metzger, Palace Sports & Entertainment Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. "Kevin is a true professional and his commitment to his craft and Palace Sports & Entertainment inspires us all."
Previous Kathy Best 'BEST OF THE BEST' Award winners are:
· 2011 - Tim Pendell, Lions
· 2009-10 - John Johnson, MHSAA
· 2008 - Will Tieman, Spartan Sports Network
· 2007 - George Eichorn, DSBA
· 2006 - Jim Streeter, EMU Eagles
· 2005 - Mark Engel, UDM Titans
· 2004 - Dennis Davidson, Boxing
· 2003 - John Lewandowski, MSU Spartans
· 2002 - Risa Balayem, Ford Field/Lions
· 2001 - Bill Keenist, Lions
· 2000 - Matt Dobek, Pistons
· 1999 - Tyler Barnes, Tigers
· 1998 - Tommy Cameron, MIS Speedway
· 1997 - Mike Murray, Lions
· 1996 - Bruce Madej, U-M Wolverines
· 1995 - Kathy Best, Red Wings
PICTURED: The Kathy Best Award presented to Kevin Grigg, P.R. Director Detroit Pistons by President Vicki Foley and announced by George Eichorn, Executive Director
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers are a victory away from clinching the NFC North title after beating the Detroit Lions 27-20 on Sunday night. DaJuan Harris rushed for a score in his first appearance for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers added the longest TD run of his career, and Mike Daniels returned a fumble 43 yards as the Packers (9-4) opened a one-game lead over Chicago. Beat the Bears next weekend at Soldier Field, and Green Bay will win the NFC North for a second straight year. The loss was the fifth straight for Detroit (4-9). This wasn't quite as excruciating as the previous three, though, when the Lions gave up fourth-quarter leads and fell by a total of nine points. The Packers have won 22 straight at home against the Lions, the longest streak in the NFL. The Lions are in Arizona Sunday to play the Cardinals with kick off at 4:05 p.m. Pre-game at 3 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch is planning a $650 million multiuse development in downtown Detroit that includes a new home for his hockey team. Ilitch said Tuesday that he's proposing a "substantial investment in the development of a new residential, retail, office and entertainment district in downtown Detroit." Ilitch has long said he wants to build a new downtown home for the Red Wings, who now play at Joe Louis Arena. Spokeswoman Sandra van Meek says the proposed development would include a replacement for Joe Louis, which was built in 1979. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he's "very pleased" at news of the project, which caps $1.9 billion in Ilitch investments. Ilitch's family also owns the Detroit Tigers, Little Caesars Pizza and downtown Detroit's Fox Theatre.
(NEW YORK) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's "pleased with the ongoing progress" as labor negotiations are resuming with players Wednesday following a meeting of the league's board of governors. Bettman returned to the site of talks with the players' association after spending about two hours with executives from the league's 30 teams a few blocks away. The commissioner offered a brief statement but declined to take questions. Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr are again sitting out the latest round of talks that are made up of six team owners and 18 players, along with staff and counsel on both sides. Players and owners met for a total of nearly eight hours on Tuesday in different size groups. Enough progress was made to get back to the bargaining table after talks ended around midnight Tuesday. The lockout entered its 81st day Wednesday.
(DETROIT) -- Andrew Luck threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery with no time left to lift the Indianapolis Colts to a dramatic 35-33 comeback win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. With the final seconds ticking away, the rookie quarterback moved up in the pocket, flipped a short pass to Avery, and the receiver ran untouched into the end zone to complete a rally that started with Lions up 12 points midway through the fourth quarter. The Colts (8-4) stayed in control of the AFC wild-card race with the win. Detroit (4-8) lost for the fourth straight time, including three in a row at home after leading in the final quarter. This Sunday, the Lions are in Green Bay to play the Packers with kick off at 8:20 p.m. Pre-game at 7:20 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
(NEW YORK) -- The cast of characters in the ongoing NHL labor saga is about to get a bit of a makeover, at least for one day. So far, Commissioner Gary Bettman and the league's negotiating committee have failed to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement with the players' association - led by executive director Donald Fehr - that would end the long lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire season. After a few days of wrangling, following the conclusion of talks between the sides and a pair of federal mediators, the NHL and the union agreed on parameters for talks that will keep the respective leaders on the outside. On Tuesday, six owners will meet with six players in New York to try to find some more common ground.
(ANN ARBOR) -- No. 19 Michigan has been invited to represent the Big Ten in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The Wolverines (8-4) and Gamecocks (10-2) were selected Sunday. It's the second trip in five seasons to the New Year's Day game for No. 11 South Carolina, which lost 31-10 to Iowa in Tampa in January 2009. Michigan hasn't played in the Outback in 10 years. The Wolverines beat Florida 38-30 to conclude the 2002 season and faced Alabama in two previous trips to Tampa. Kick off Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 is at 1 p.m. in Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium.
(EAST LANSING) -- Michigan State and Texas Christian will meet in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Two of the nation's best defensive teams, the Spartans and Horned Frogs will play at Sun Devil Stadium on Dec. 29. TCU (7-5) had an up-and-down first season in the Big 12 - winning its first four games, then losing three of four before clinching its eighth straight bowl appearance with a double-overtime victory over West Virginia on Nov. 3. Michigan State (6-6) also got off to a solid start before losing five games in the Big Ten by a combined 13 points. The Spartans are making their eighth bowl appearance since 2001. Oklahoma beat Iowa 31-14 in last year's game, then called the Insight Bowl. Kick off Saturday, December 29th is at 8:15 p.m. in Tempe, AZ at Sun Devil Stadium.