DALLAS (AP) - A grand jury has declined to indict the teenage son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter after a sexual assault allegation. Darius McClinton-Hunter had been charged with four others in a sexual assault case in Collin County, north of Dallas. A grand jury indicated Wednesday that there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute him. Police in the town of Prosper accused McClinton-Hunter of forcing himself on a teenager. McClinton-Hunter's attorney, Todd Shapiro, denied the allegations. Shapiro said Wednesday that McClinton-Hunter was "elated" and hopeful he could resume playing football. He said the 18-year-old missed his senior year at Prosper High School and colleges stopped recruiting him. A co-defendant, Garrick White, was indicted for unlawful restraint of a child. White's attorney, Coleman Sylvan, says he has serious questions about the case.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's Big Ten title hopes took a hit when the Spartans lost to Indiana and Ohio State. Coach Tom Izzo is taking the defeats almost in stride. Perhaps this late-season slip was simply an inevitable byproduct of playing in the unusually difficult league. Two weeks ago, Michigan State embarrassed rival Michigan 75-52 in East Lansing. For the Wolverines, that was the end of a stretch in which they faced Indiana, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan State in succession, going 1-3 in the process. Now the schedule is being unkind to the Spartans, and it's Michigan State's turn to struggle. The Spartans will have a chance to regroup before playing at No. 4 Michigan on Sunday. After that, they host Wisconsin.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A Western Michigan University hockey player is scoring many points off the ice. Brett Beebe is one of five finalists for a national hockey humanitarian award. He has raised more than $25,000 for cancer research in honor of his mother, renovated a home for a struggling family in Kalamazoo and created a mentoring program for students in elementary school. Beebe, a senior from Redondo Beach, Calif., says he's in a position to help others as a college athlete. The winner of the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced in April at the college hockey championship in Pittsburgh.
DETROIT (AP) - Alexander Steen stuffed in a rebound 52 seconds into overtime, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 slump-stopping victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak that followed a 6-1 start. The Red Wings had won a season-high three straight, a stretch that started with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis, and had beaten the Blues four games in a row at home. Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the first period and chances to win in the third period on a pair of power plays. St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen, making his first NHL start in his second game in the league, made 15 saves. Jaroslav Halak missed his fifth straight game with a groin strain, an injury he had in a Feb. 1 loss against Detroit. Friday the Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks at The Joe at 7:30 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gary Harris scored 17 points and Derrick Nix had 14 to help No. 8 Michigan State rout No. 4 Michigan 75-52 on Tuesday night, the rivalry's first matchup of top 10 teams. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2 Big Ten) broke a first-place tie in the conference with No. 1 Indiana. The Wolverines (21-4, 8-4) have lost three of four, but the closely contested setbacks on the road against the Hoosiers and Wisconsin were nothing like the latest. Michigan State didn't trail once, led by as many as 16 points in the first half and enjoyed 30-point leads in the second half. The game was so lopsided that both coaches filled the court with reserves during the final minutes. Trey Burke scored 18 points for the Wolverines.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Brook Lopez had 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won at Detroit for the first time since 2006, holding off the Pistons 93-90 on Wednesday night. Will Bynum's tying 3-point attempt from the right corner was short in the final seconds. Joe Johnson scored 16 points for Brooklyn, including two free throws with 8.8 seconds left that made it a three-point game. Detroit led by 13 in the second quarter, but the Pistons were only ahead 46-40 at halftime, and they were held to 17 points in the fourth quarter. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 23 points. The Nets had lost 10 in a row to the Pistons on the road. Brooklyn improved to 18-1 when facing a team under .500. Friday the Pistons entertain the San Antonio Spurs at the Palace with tip off at 7:30 p.m.
(CROSWELL-LEXINGTON) -- It was National Signing Day Wednesday and two Croswell-Lexington Seniors have signed with Siena Heights to play football. Senior Quarterback Nathan Guitar and Joey Mini, the offensive lineman who anchored the Pioneer line, earned scholarships to play for Siena Heights. In a ceremony held in the school cafeteria Wednesday they made it official with the signing of their scholarship papers in front of the football team, their parents, and coach. Guitar is expected to shift his talents to Wide Receiver while Mini hopes to anchor the Offensive line for Siena. The standout players helped their team to win a district championship this year and the first 11 and 0 start in school history.
(DETROIT) -- The 2012 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Detroit Lions Rookie of the Year Award goes to wide receiver Ryan Broyles of the University of Oklahoma. The Detroit Sports Broadcasting Association has been awarding the Rookie of the Year award since 2002. Broyles caught 22 passes for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2012. His career-high game came on November 22, 2012 against the Houston Texans went he caught 6 passes for 126 yards in Detroit's loss on Thanksgiving Day. Broyles ended the 2012 season on injured reserve.
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with right-hander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration. Scherzer was 16-7 last season with a 3.74 and struck out 231, a total that trailed only teammate Justin Verlander. He was 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the postseason, helping Detroit reach the World Series. The Tigers acquired Scherzer after the 2009 season from Arizona as part of a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the New York Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks. They also acquired Austin Jackson and Phil Coke in the deal. Scherzer has had a winning record in each of his three seasons with the Tigers and is 52-42 in his career.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan State's iconic "Sparty" mascot has become one of the most recognizable faces on the university's East Lansing campus. And the position is open, as the university seeks a new student to become the symbol of Spartan spirit. Besides getting MSU crowds pumped at every sporting event, Sparty appears at about 600 events annually, including campus functions, weddings, parades, alumni gatherings, charity events and golf outings. During the 23 years that Sparty has been the face of MSU, he has become a three-time college mascot national champion and evolved into an iconic brand that some say offers immeasurable benefits to the university. Ben Hatala anonymously served as Sparty from 2007-2010, per MSU tradition. He says the "surreal" experience transformed him into a "rock star."