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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:00

Pistons beat Wizards in preseason

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Greg Monroe scored 18 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Washington Wizards 99-96 in a preseason game Tuesday night. The Pistons led 65-43 after making seven 3-pointers in the first half but the Wizards gradually trimmed the lead and tied the game at 83 midway through the fourth quarter on Kevin Seraphin's turnaround jumper. Kyle Singler and Chauncey Billups hit consecutive 3s as the Pistons took the lead for good. Washington's Glen Rice missed a 3-point heave as the buzzer sounded. Bradley Beal had 17 points and Seraphin added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards, who lost their third straight preseason game. The Pistons, who lost forward Charlie Villanueva at halftime to a sore back, got 14 points from Singler, 13 from Will Bynum and 13 rebounds from Andre Drummond.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says he's proud every player who has stayed for four seasons to play for him has been to at least one Final Four. The Spartans, though, haven't advanced to the NCAA tournament semifinals since 2010 when Adreian Payne and Keith Appling were in high school. Izzo says he doesn't harp on the Final Four feat every day when he talks to Payne and Appling. The seniors both acknowledged they talk about it a lot. Michigan State seems to have a shot to finish the season in five months among the nation's elite college basketball teams. The Spartans return six of their top seven and a veteran coach who has won a national title in one of six trips to the Final Four in 18 seasons.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:58

Lions want better running game, more big plays

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - When the Detroit Lions have run for over 100 yards this season, they've won. It's just hard to keep the ball on the ground when you're trying to rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half. Detroit was held to 77 yards on 25 carries Sunday in a 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Matthew Stafford threw for 357 yards, helping the Lions rally from an 11-point deficit in the second half, but they lost on a field goal on the final play. This Sunday the Lions host the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Filed with kick off at 1 p.m. pre-game at Noon on 97.7 WTGV-FM.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:58

Lions cut Scheffler, sign Richardson

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have released tight end Tony Scheffler, who missed the last two games with concussion-related problems. The Lions signed tackle Barry Richardson in a corresponding move. Richardson played last season with the St. Louis Rams, starting all 16 games. In four seasons with Detroit, Scheffler played in 50 games, catching 120 passes for 1,311 yards and eight touchdowns. Richardson arrives after Detroit's offensive line was banged up in a 27-24 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. Starting offensive tackles Riley Reiff and Corey Hilliard went down with hamstring and knee injuries, respectively. Reiff was able to return to the game.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:57

No obvious choice to replace Leyland in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have won three straight division titles, and they went to the World Series twice in Jim Leyland's eight years as manager. Now that Leyland has stepped down, whoever the new manager is will have a chance to win right away, but he'll also face immediate expectations. If there's a precedent the Tigers can hope to repeat, it took place three decades ago, when Joe Altobelli took over for Earl Weaver and led the Baltimore Orioles to a World Series title in 1983 in his first year at the helm. That's proof that you don't always need a big name in charge to succeed.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:57

Light schedule in NHL tonight

UNDATED (AP) - On the night the World Series starts play the NHL has scheduled just two games. New Atlantic Divisional rivals Detroit and Ottawa are facing off in their first meeting of the new season. Last year when the Red Wings were in the West and the Senators were in the Eastern Conference, they did not meet. They will square off three more times this season. The Wings are off to a 6-3-1 start while the Sens are 3-3-2. The other game is being played in Buffalo as the Sabres face the Bruins. Like the Red Wings and Senators, both these teams are now members of the new Atlantic Division. Since the 2009-'10 season, the Sabres have a record of 11-7-5 against the Bruins. That said, this season Buffalo is off to a 1-8-1 start while the Bruins are 5-2.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:56

Fall Classic opens in Boston

BOSTON (AP) - By virtue of the American League winning the All-Star Game this season the Boston Red Sox have home field advantage in the World Series. That means tonight's opening game is in Boston with the Red Sox entertaining the St. Louis Cardinals. These are teams very familiar with the feel of late October baseball as this marks the fourth time they have met in the World Series. The Sox and Cards met in the Fall Classic in 2004 with Boston sweeping St. Louis and ending its 86-year World Series championship drought. The Cards won the previous two encounters. The Red Sox are trying to win their third crown in 10 years. St. Louis is aiming to take its second title in past three years and its third since 2006. Tonight's pitching matchup has Jon Lester going for the home team against Adam Wainwright. Game 2 in the best-of-seven series will be played tomorrow night at Fenway with games 3, 4 and, if need be, 5 slated for Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 12:02

Surging Sharks shut out Red Wings 1-0

DETROIT (AP) - Logan Couture scored in the shootout and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Monday night. The Sharks are the NHL's last team without a regulation loss. Each goalie got a shutout for not allowing a goal in 65 minutes. Antti Niemi - who got his 24th career shutout - made 24 saves for San Jose and Jimmy Howard, who earned his 17th shutout, stopped 27 shots. It was Niemi's third shutout against Detroit. He also stopped Todd Bertuzzi on Detroit's final shootout attempt with a spectacular pad save. It was the first game of a four-game Eastern road swing for San Jose.

DETROIT (AP) - Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera might need surgery to repair a tear in his groin that limited him in the playoffs. Cabrera hit .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs this season, but he was bothered for the last couple of months by a number of injuries. He batted .262 with two home runs in 11 postseason games. Detroit lost to Boston in the AL championship series. General manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Cabrera was checked by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia before the postseason. Dombrowski said Cabrera only agreed to see Meyers when the team promised the third baseman he wouldn't be shut down. Dombrowski said resting Cabrera for a couple of weeks wouldn't have been enough to help him get healthy, so he kept playing.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan coach Brady Hoke acknowledges he doesn't know what his team's identity is through seven games. Hoke wants the Wolverines to have a powerful offense that runs the ball early, often and effectively with its running backs. On defense, he wants his linemen to get off blocks, linebackers to make tough tackles and defensive backs to pick off or deflect passes. So far, those things haven't happened consistently. The 24th-ranked Wolverines got through the easier stretch of their schedule with six wins and only one loss. Each of the last five games, though, potentially present problems for Michigan. After a bye, the Wolverines will close the regular season at Michigan State, against Nebraska, at Northwestern and Iowa before hosting rival Ohio State in the last regular season game.