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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:19

Outfielder Brennan Boesch released by Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Brennan Boesch. A team spokesman announced the move on Twitter on Wednesday. The 27-year-old tweaked an oblique muscle at the start of spring training and was hitting .188 (3 for 16) with no RBIs. He will receive 30 days' termination pay, $377,049, rather than his $2.3 million salary. Boesch hit .240 with 12 home runs in 132 games last year, then was left off the postseason roster. He missed the 2011 postseason because of a right thumb injury that required surgery. Boesch was in the mix for playing time this season in left field, but Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry have been competing for time at that position. Detroit signed Torii Hunter during the offseason to play right field. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 15:18

Lions land free agent RB Bush

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Reggie Bush is joining the Detroit Lions. The Lions introduced the free agent running back Wednesday. They did not immediately provide any details about his contract. Bush gives Detroit another speedy playmaker for an offense that already includes star receiver Calvin Johnson. He's being brought in to help improve an inconsistent running game. Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick in 2010, didn't play at all last season, and his future is in doubt because of concussion problems. Bush adds a big-play threat to Detroit's backfield, which already includes 233-pound running back Mikel Leshoure. Bush rushed for 986 yards for Miami last season after a 1,086-yard output for the Dolphins in 2011.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:58

Jazz stop slide with victory over Pistons

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mo Williams scored 20 points, Al Jefferson had 16 and the Utah Jazz snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Reserves Marvin Williams and Enes Kanter added 14 points apiece for the Jazz (33-31), who moved into a tie with the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Utah had dropped seven of eight overall. Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko each had 15 points for the Pistons (23-43), who lost their sixth straight game. The Pistons visit the Golden State Warriors Wednesday, March 13 with tip off at 10:30 p.m.

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Rick Porcello pitched five shutout innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 Sunday. Porcello gave up three hits and struck out four. He has fanned 14 without a walk this spring, and has a 2.08 ERA. Porcello is competing with Drew Smyly for the final opening in the Tigers' rotation. Smyly has yet to allow a run in nine innings. Dan Haren went four innings in his third start for the Nationals. He allowed two earned runs in four innings and struck out three. Andy Dirks had two hits for the Tigers, improving his spring average to .308. He is in competition with Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry for the left field slot, and all three played against Washington. Monday, March 11 the Tigers continue preseason play against the New York Mets in Lakeland, FL at 1 p.m. LISTEN LIVE ON 97.7 WTGV-FM.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Cody Zeller made a go-ahead layup with 13 seconds left and altered Trey Burke's shot at the other end, lifting No. 2 Indiana to a 72-71 victory over No. 7 Michigan on Sunday that gave the Hoosiers their first outright Big Ten title in two decades. The Hoosiers (26-5, 14-4) trailed by five points in the last minute but took advantage when the Wolverines (25-6, 12-6) were unable to seal it at the foul line. A couple of Michigan's rivals surely wish the Wolverines had won. Ohio State, which beat Illinois on Sunday, needed an Indiana loss to earn a share of the conference championship. Michigan State was in the same position before hosting Northwestern later in the day. 

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling scored 16 points and Gary Harris added 12 to lift No. 10 Michigan State to a 71-61 win over Northwestern on Sunday night. The Spartans (24-7, 13-5) were eliminated from Big Ten title contention early in their game when Indiana beat Michigan, and Michigan State struggled to put away the undermanned Wildcats. Northwestern (13-18, 4-14) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, tying the game at 51 before the Spartans recovered. Kale Abrahamson scored 16 points for Northwestern, which has lost eight straight. Michigan State senior Derrick Nix scored 10 points in his final home game. The Spartans shot 66 percent from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

DETROIT (AP) - Ryan Johansen and Matt Calvert scored in the shootout and the streaking Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Sunday to complete a home-and-home sweep. Derick Brassard and R.J. Umberger had goals in regulation, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves through overtime for Columbus, which has won five straight. The Blue Jackets topped the Red Wings 3-0 in Columbus on Saturday. The Blue Jackets are 5-0-2 in their last seven games after getting only 12 points in their first 19. Jakub Kindl and Johan Franzen scored for Detroit in regulation, and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots. Pavel Datsyuk scored the Red Wings' only goal in the shootout. Franzen tied the game at 2 with a 5-on-3, power-play goal 25 seconds into the third period. The Red Wings are idle until Wednesday, March 13 when they visit the Calgary Flames at 9:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin led seven players in double figures with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 129-97 on Sunday night for their 10th win in 13 games. Chris Paul had 20 points and 14 assists, and Caron Butler added 15 points before leaving in the third quarter with a left elbow contusion. Matt Barnes had 16 points, DeAndre Jordan added 13 points and seven rebounds, Willie Green 11 points and Chauncey Billups 10 points. The Clippers set season highs for points scored and shooting percentage (62) while leading the entire game. Their old high of 125 points came in a win over the Lakers last month. Jose Calderon was one of five Pistons in double figures with 18 points as they lost their fifth in a row overall, fourth straight to the Clippers, and fell to 0-11 on the road against Western Conference opponents. Monday, March 11 the Pistons visit the Utah Jazz with tip off at 9 p.m.

Class B at Flint Powers Catholic
6 p.m.-Imlay City vs. St. Clair
8 p.m.-Saginaw Swan Valley vs. Flint Powers Catholic

Class C at Burton Bendle BROADCAST ON WMIC 660 & WTGV-FM 97.7  Pre-game at 5 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-Mt. Clemens vs. Marlette
7 p.m.-Harbor Beach vs. Flint Beecher

Class D at Saginaw Heritage BROADCAST ON COUNTRY 92.5 WBGV-FM Pre-game at 5:30 p.m.
6 p.m.-CPS vs. Saginaw Buena Vista
8 p.m.-Mio vs. Beal City

Class D at Lansing Christian
6 p.m.-Peck vs. Bloomfield Hills Roeper
8 p.m.-Lansing Christian vs. Clarkson Everest Collegiate

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Drew Smyly extended his scoreless streak to nine innings, strengthening his bid for the final spot in Detroit's rotation, and the Tigers beat the Atlanta Braves 9-2 on Thursday night. Smyly whiffed four in four innings, striking out the side in the second. The 23-year-old lefty started 18 games for Detroit last year and pitched in four postseason games. Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed one run in four solid innings, lowering his ERA to 2.00 in his longest outing of the spring. Teheran made one start for Atlanta last season and is a top contender for this year's rotation. Danny Worth doubled twice and went 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Tigers, raising his batting average to .389. Juan Francisco homered for the Braves off Brayan Villarreal. The preseason continues Friday, March 8 when the Tigers play the New York Mets in Lakeland, FL at 1 p.m. LISTEN LIVE ON 97.7 WTGV-FM

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help No. 10 Michigan State pull away to beat No. 22 Wisconsin 58-43 on Thursday night and stay in the Big Ten race. The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season. The Hoosiers can claim the Big Ten title outright with a win Sunday in Ann Arbor against the Wolverines. If they lose, Michigan would earn piece of the title and give Michigan State and the Buckeyes a shot to pull into a four-way tie. The Spartans close the regular season Sunday at home against Northwestern after Ohio State hosts Illinois.

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