LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jordan Hill had career highs of 24 points and 17 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks and Nick Young scored 19 points apiece in the Los Angeles Lakers' 114-99 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Steve Blake had nine points and 16 assists for the Lakers, who made a late surge for just their second victory in six games. Los Angeles scored 16 consecutive points in a rally spanning the third and fourth quarters, holding Detroit without a field goal for more than five minutes. Brandon Jennings scored 23 points and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost five of six. Detroit has lost 38 of its last 40 road games against Western Conference teams.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger passed for 367 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the final 5 minutes as the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to beat the Detroit Lions 37-27 on Sunday. Antonio Brown caught seven passes for 147 yards and two scores and Pittsburgh's defense rebounded from a horrific second quarter to shut out Detroit in the second half. The Steelers have won two straight and kept the Lions winless in Pittsburgh for 58 years and counting. Matthew Stafford threw for 362 yards with two touchdowns and an interception to become the Lions' all-time leading passer. Calvin Johnson hauled in six passes for 179 yards and both scores, but Detroit's two stars disappeared over the final 30 minutes. Stafford completed just 3 of 16 passes in the second half, with none of the completions going to Johnson. Sunday, Nov. 24 the Lions entertain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field with pre-game at Noon on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
Rapid River 40, Kinde North Huron 8
Peck 73, Lawrence 34
Finals Friday, Nov. 22 at Greenville High School--Rapid River (12-0) vs. Peck (12-0) 7 p.m. Listen Live for a special pre-game broadcasting beginning at 5:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM.
DIVISION 3--St. Clair 40, Melvindale 14
DIVISION 4--Marine City 33, Detroit Country Day 28
DIVISION 5--Muskegon Oakridge 31, Millington 12
DIVISION 7--Harbor Beach 31, Pewamo-Westphalia 14
11-MAN SEMIFINALS Saturday, November 23
DIVISION 3--St. Clair (11-1) vs. DeWitt (12-0) 1 p.m. at Goodrich
DIVISION 4--Marine City (11-1) vs. Lansing Sexton (12-0) 1 p.m. at Ortonville Brandon
DIVISION 7--Harbor Beach (11-1) vs. Ishpeming (12-0) 1 p.m. at Northern Michigan University
11-MAN FINALS at Ford Field in Detroit Friday, Nov. 29 & Saturday, Nov. 30
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - The long NASCAR season comes to an end this Sunday with the annual stop in Homestead, Fla. Entering the weekend, Jimmie Johnson, a five-time winner of the series championship, leads the Chase standings by 28 points over Matt Kenseth. On tap today is the qualifying for the pole.
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have placed Patrick Eaves on waivers. The move was made Thursday, giving teams in the league a day to claim the 29-year-old forward. Detroit coach Mike Babcock says the Red Wings hope Eaves gets a chance to play regularly for another team. Babcock says there's nothing wrong with Eaves on or off the ice, adding that he does everything right. Eaves played in just three of 19 games this season and hasn't scored a goal or made an assist. The Red Wings signed him to $3.6 million, three-year contract in 2011 after giving him one-year deals in 2009 and 2010. The Red Wings also assigned forward Jordin Tootoo and defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - For the second time in three years, the Detroit Lions are making a legitimate push for the playoffs. Receiver Nate Burleson notices a difference this time around. Burleson says the team seems calmer now than it was in 2011, when the Lions went 10-6 and made the postseason. They followed that up with a 4-12 showing the following season. Now, Detroit is in first place in the NFC North, and the Lions are hoping they've learned some valuable lessons along the way. Burleson says the Lions are more aware that it's a long grind of a season, and he hopes that even-keeled attitude will serve them well. Sunday the 6-3 Detroit Lions visit the 3-6 Pittsburgh Steelers with kick off at 1 p.m. and pre-game at Noon on 97.7 WTGV-FM. Next Sunday the Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field and the Green Bay Packers for the annual Thanksgiving Day Game on the 28th.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The freshmen trio of Aerial Powers, Tori Jankoska and Branndais Agee anchored a running game and full-court press Thursday night that powered No. 19 Michigan State to a 102-54 win over Canisius in the first-ever contest between the teams. Powers led the Spartans (1-1) with 19 points and Agee added 14 points and eight rebounds. Jankoska turned in an all-around performance with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Klarissa Bell had nine rebounds. Michigan State took an early lead and never trailed, deploying a fast-paced offense that went rim to rim and out-rebounding Canisius 45-21. The Spartans' full-court press defense shut down the Golden Griffins offense and held scoring threat Jamie Ruttle to a single point. Jen Morabito and Emily Weber each scored 12 points for Canisius (1-1). With the win the Spartans have won 14 of their last 15 home openers.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera have won baseball's Most Valuable Player awards. McCutchen won the National League honor by a surprisingly wide margin Thursday. Cabrera took the AL prize for the second straight year by a comfortable gap over Mike Trout. McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 27-year-old with the long, flowing dreadlocks led a baseball revival in Pittsburgh, where the Pirates stopped a record streak of 20 losing seasons and made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. McCutchen ranked among the NL leaders by hitting .317 with 21 home runs and 84 RBIs. He also scored 97 runs, stole 27 bases and had a .404 on-base percentage. Cabrera drew 23 of 30 first-place votes.
VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL SCORES from Thursday, Nov. 14
CLASS B at Mt. Morris EA Johnson
North Branch 3 Armada 0
CLASS C at Ubly
USA 3 Hemlock 0
CLASS D at Bay City All Saints
Marine City Cardinal Moone 3 Deckerville 2
VOLLEYBALL QUARTERFINALS Tuesday, Nov. 19
CLASS B at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
North Branch vs. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 7 p.m.
CLASS C at Ithaca
USA vs. Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 6 p.m.
CLASS D at Mt. Morris EA Johnson
Marine City Cardinal Mooney vs. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 6 p.m.