DETROIT (AP) - Rookie Marek Mazanec made 27 saves to earn his first shutout and the Nashville Predators extended the Detroit Red Wings' skid to seven games with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday night. Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored for Nashville. The Red Wings' home slide reached eight games. They have gone seven games without a win overall for the first time since the last seven games of the 2002 regular season, according to STATS. That team went on to hoist the Stanley Cup. This team, though, appears to have a lot of heavy lifting ahead of it to contend for a championship. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 23 saves.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Rodney Stuckey scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Detroit Pistons beat the New York Knicks for the first time in eight meetings, 92-86 on Tuesday night. Josh Smith added 19 points for the Pistons, who led 71-63 after three quarters and scored the first seven points of the fourth. New York cut the lead to four in the final minute, but the Knicks could never reduce the deficit to one possession. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points. Greg Monroe had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit, and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 11 boards.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sanilac County Hockey Association says the rink in Sandusky at the Colleen J. Howe Arena is ready for hockey and open skating. For hockey, the draft skate will be Thursday, November 21 with the Squirt League at 5 p.m., Bantam at 6:30 p.m. and Midgets at 8 p.m. There will be no pre-draft practice. The players will skate for about an hour and a meeting will follow. Tot and Mites Hockey starts Sunday, December 1. The first open skate will be on November 27, the evening before Thanksgiving. It's not too late to sign up a child for hockey. For more information visit www.sanilacicearena.com
DETROIT (AP) - Former All-Stars Omar Vizquel and Wally Joyner will be part of new Detroit manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff with the Tigers. Vizquel was hired as the first-base coach and Joyner as hitting coach, the Tigers said Monday. Vizquel also will serve as an infield and baserunning coach. Detroit also announced Mick Billmeyer will be the team's bullpen coach and Matt Martin will be a defensive coordinator. Vizquel - the major league record holder for career fielding percentage by a shortstop with over 1,000 games at the position - was the roving infield instructor in the Los Angeles Angels' minor league system for one season before joining Detroit's staff. Joyner was an assistant hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies. Joyner played 16 big league seasons.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A pair of freshmen tailbacks put the Michigan football team's rushing total in the black for the first time in three weeks. Coach Brady Hoke isn't ready to take the starter label from fifth-year senior Fitz Toussaint just yet. Hoke said he would wait until after this week of practice to determine who will start at Iowa on Saturday. Toussaint, who sat out last week after being limited in practice, is listed as the starter on the depth chart released Monday. Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith combined for 125 yards on 27 carries in a 27-19, triple-overtime win at Northwestern last Saturday. In their prior two games, the Wolverines finished with negative rushing yards.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Jim Schwartz is standing by his decision to call a fake field goal in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh. In fact, the Detroit coach sounds ready to do it again if the right situation presents itself. The Lions were up by four early in the final quarter against the Steelers on Sunday, but their fake deep in Pittsburgh territory didn't work. Detroit collapsed after that, allowing two touchdowns and losing 37-27, falling back into a first-place tie with Chicago in the NFC North. Schwartz says the Lions got the look they wanted on the fake field goal, but didn't execute it great.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat Portland 82-67 on Monday night in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years. The Spartans struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties. Travis Trice's 3-pointer broke a tie with 12:26 left and he followed that up seconds later with a steal and layup. Garry Harris made a 3-pionter - the team's 11th from behind the arc - midway through the second half that put Michigan State ahead by 10 points for the first time. The Pilots were balanced on offense with Kevin Bailey leading the way with 12 points and pesky on defense and the boards.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Tori Jankoska and Aerial Powers each scored 24 points as No. 19 Michigan State outlasted No. 23 Dayton in overtime 96-89 on Sunday. The Spartans trailed by two late in regulation, but Powers hit a layup with nine seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Following an Ally Malott 3-pointer to cut Dayton's deficit to one, Michigan State scored six straight points as Jankoska hit a layup to make the score 89-82 in overtime. Malott hit another triple to pull within four, but Annalise Pickrel made a free throw and Klarissa Bell added two late ones to seal the win. Pickrel finished with 21 points and Kiana Johnson had 14 for the Spartans. Jankoska grabbed nine rebounds, and Powers and Pickrel each hauled in seven. Andrea Hoover led the Flyers with 25 points and Malott added 19 with a game-high 15 boards.
AMES, Iowa (AP) - Melvin Ejim scored 22 points and Iowa State beat No. 7 Michigan 77-70 Sunday, spoiling Wolverines star Mitch McGary's season debut. Naz Long added 16 for the Cyclones, who held McGary to just one point in the second half while notching one of their biggest wins under coach Fred Hoiberg. McGary, a preseason first-team All-American who missed two games with a lower back injury, finished with nine points and six rebounds. Nik Stauskas led Michigan with 20 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 13. Glenn Robinson III was held to 12 points on 4 of 14 shooting. Ejim, who also played for the first time after missing two games with a hyperextended left knee, added nine rebounds as Iowa State closed the game on a 23-10 run.