AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Josh Smith and Andre Drummond scored 15 points each Sunday night and the Detroit Pistons kept the Boston Celtics and first-year coach Brad Stevens winless with an 87-77 victory. The Pistons trailed 65-63 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and win their second home game in as many tries. Drummond added 12 rebounds and Brandon Jennings had 14 points in his Detroit debut. Rookie Kelly Olynyk scored 15 points and Jordan Crawford added 13 for the Celtics. The Pistons are idle until Tuesday when they host Indiana at The Palace with tip off at 7:30 p.m.
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says Brady Hoke is the right guy to lead college football's winningest program. Brandon told The Associated Press on Monday morning that no one was more disappointed than Hoke, his staff and players after Michigan State beat the Wolverines 29-6. The man who fired Rich Rodriguez and hired Hoke in 2011 says it was tough to watch film of the game with the coaches on Sunday. Brandon gives the Spartans a lot of credit for getting young offensive linemen out of sync and sacking Devin Gardner seven times. Michigan has fallen out of The Associated Press poll with two losses in its last three games. Michigan State moved up six spots to No. 18 in Sunday's AP Top 25. The Wolverines close the regular season by hosting Nebraska this Saturday at 3:30 p.m., playing at Northwestern and Iowa and hosting Ohio State. Michigan State has a bye this weekend and will wrap up the season by visiting Nebraska Nov. 16 and Northwestern the 23rd before playing their final regular season game at home against Minnesota.
8-MAN REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
REGION ONE-District Two
Owen-Gage 51, Akron-Fairgrove 12
Kinde North Huron 40, Bellaire 0
REGION TWO-District One
Peck 32, Deckerville 14
CPS 54, Portland St. Patrick's 18
R2-Owen-Gage at Kinde North Huron Friday 7 p.m.
R3-CPS at Peck Friday 7 p.m. with pre-game at 6:30 p.m. on 97.7 WTGV-FM
11-MAN FOOTBALL PRE-DISTRICTS
DIVISION 7-REGION 2-District Two
Harbor Beach 54, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 0
Bath 27, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Lakers 14
DISTRICTS-Bath at Harbor Beach Friday 7 p.m.
DIVISION 6-REGION 2-District One
Saginaw Nouvel 48, Marlette 27
Montrose 42, Reese 13
DIVISION 5-REGION 2-District Two
Frankenmuth 31, Freeland 13
Millington 28, Almont 21
DISTRICTS-Millington at Frankenmuth Friday 7 p.m.
DIVISION 4-REGION 3-District One
Saginaw Swan Valley 14, Yale 13
Essexville Garber 39, North Branch 28
DIVISION 4-REGION 4-District Two
Richmond 47, Harper Woods Chandler 30
Marine City 35, Marysville 22
DISTRICTS-Richmond at Marine City Saturday 7 p.m. at East China Stadium
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Michigan State was a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten, and Spartans guard Gary Harris was selected Preseason Player of the Year in a vote by conference media. With four starters back from a team that went 27-9 and advanced to the Sweet 16, expectations are once again soaring for coach Tom Izzo's Spartans. They beat out NCAA runner-up Michigan, with Ohio State picked third. Leading the way for Michigan State is Harris, who averaged 12.9 points and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season. Spartans center Adreian Payne also made the first team, as did Michigan's Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Ohio State's Aaron Craft and Penn State's Tim Frazier. Six players were selected because there was a tie.
DETROIT (AP) - San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers' manager's job. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Thursday that Renteria has interviewed. The Tigers need a new manager after Jim Leyland stepped down following the team's loss to Boston in the AL championship series. Renteria isn't the only candidate with ties to the Padres to interview recently. Detroit also interviewed former major league catcher Brad Ausmus, who works in San Diego's front office as a special assistant to the GM. Renteria has managed in the minor leagues in the San Diego and Miami organizations. Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach and Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon have also interviewed for the Detroit job.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The eighth race in the 10-race Chase for the Cup Sprint Cup series is this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth are tied for the lead, 27 points in front of Jeff Gordon. Kenseth holds the tiebreaker with seven victories this season, two more than Johnson. On tap today is qualifying for the pole. The race takes place Sunday afternoon.