AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 on Monday night. For both teams, the game was overshadowed by uncertainty off the court. Doug Collins is on his way out as Philadelphia's coach, and Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal before the game on the status of team president Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank. Detroit outscored the 76ers 33-21 in the third quarter. A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that Collins and the Sixers are trying to resolve their future relationship after the coach told them he would not return for a fourth season. Wednesday the Pistons finish the regular season in Brooklyn with the Nets at 8 p.m.
Monday, April 15
Cros-Lex 8, Capac 0
Armada 2, Imlay City 1
Richmond 6, Almont 0
Lakers 4, Cass City 0
Memphis at Brown City (ppd to May 13)
CPS beat Caseville 14-1 & 17-4 (Dan Rickett was the winning pitcher in the first game striking out 13 and allowing only 1 hit. Matt Bombard was the winning pitcher in the 2nd game.)
Kingston 15, Akron-Fairgrove 0
Vassar beat Sandusky 12-3 (Tyler Wedge had 3 hits for Sandusky)
USA beat Memphis 12 to 10
CPS beat Caseville 25-1 & 24-9 (Sarah Albrecht was the winning pitcher in both games)
Cros-Lex at Almont Jamberee
Jamberee at Vassar
Tuesday, April 16
Cros-lex split with Armada, winning 10 to 4, losing 4 to 1
Ubly beat Deckerville 3 to 1 & 10 to 3
Cros-Lex swept Armada 3 to 2 & 8 to 3 (Courtney Farr Doubled home Victoria Bender to give the Pioneers a walk-off win in the first game. Megan Guitar was the winning pitcher striking out 9. Kylee Barrett was the winning pitcher the 2nd game.)
Ubly beat Deckerville 9 to 3 & 14 to 5
Marlette beat Sandusky 8 to 0
Wednesday, April 17
Cros-Lex beat Algonac 3 to 1 (Marin Western scored 2 goals, Ann Sobell one. Allie Sutton had five saves in goal. The Pioneers are 2 and 0 in league play.)
Brown City 2, Sandusky 0 (BC is 1 and 0)
Memphis 2, Marlette 1
Bad Axe 3, Lakers 1
USA 2, Harbor Beach 1
Millington 3, Bad Axe 2
Millington 3, Bad Axe 1
Thursday, April 18
Cros-Lex at CPS (County Qualifier)
Bad Axe at Sandusky--cancelled
Lakers at Brown City--cancelled
Marlette at Reese
Harbor Beach at Cass City
Ubly at USA
Vassar at Memphis
Deckerville at Caseville
Peck at Port Hope--cancelled
Owen-Gage at Mayville--cancelled
Kingston at North Huron
GTC East League meet at Brown City--cancelled
Algonac at Cros-Lex
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions have signed kicker Havard (HO'-var) Rugland. Terms of the deals weren't disclosed by the team Thursday. Detroit's deal with Rugland seems to give newly acquired kicker David Akers some competition or at least provides some depth at the position for practice. The Lions recently signed Akers soon after Jason Hanson retired and now also has a Norwegian Internet kicking sensation on the roster. He posted a trick-shot video - called "Kickalicious" - the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Rugland posted in September has more than 2.7 million views. Rugland played amateur soccer in his native Norway before taking an interest in football in 2011. He had tryouts for the Lions and New York Jets and has been working out at Michael Husted's pro kicking camp in Florida.
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) - Magic Johnson has helped raise $200,000 for the Saginaw Promise Scholarship fund. Johnson and hundreds of others attended the second annual Magic of a Promise fundraiser at Saginaw's Temple Theatre on Tuesday night. The former Michigan State and Los Angeles Lakers star donated $123,000 of his own money to the Promise scholarship fund, which will give qualifying Saginaw students money to attend college. The state selected Saginaw in 2010 as one of 10 school districts in Michigan to become a Promise Zone district. It requires communities to raise their own money to provide qualifying students with scholarship cash. Johnson has helped Saginaw schools raise money for the scholarship after partnering with the district last year.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have officially signed kicker David Akers. The team didn't disclose terms of the contract Tuesday. Akers and the Lions agreed to a deal last week, a day after kicker Jason Hanson announced his retirement. The 38-year-old Akers was released last month by the San Francisco 49ers after he followed up a record-breaking season with shaky results. The four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl kicker made just 29 of 44 field goals last year after setting single-season league records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted in 2011. Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The 42-year-old Hanson said he is retiring primarily because of pain in his non-kicking left heel.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions have released wide receiver Brian Robiskie. The team announced the move Monday. Robiskie played in six games and caught four passes with the Lions last season after signing as a midseason injury replacement. Detroit already has Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles and Mike Thomas on its roster.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. It was his eighth career victory on the shortest track in the circuit. Only Richard Petty with 15, and Darrell Waltrip with 11 have won more. The five-time champion picked the inside line for the restart with Clint Bowyer on the outside, teammate Jeff Gordon behind him and Kyle Busch to his outside. Johnson got a clean break into Turn 1.
ATLANTA (AP) - Virginia Commonwealth's press. Syracuse's zone. Michigan has handled every test so far. Now it's time for the final exam - a Louisville team that is the NCAA tournament's top overall seed. Michigan is trying for its first national title since 1989, and Monday night will be its first appearance in the championship game since 1993, when the Fab Five lost to North Carolina. The last two decades have been difficult for the Wolverines, but after sanctions and mediocrity, they're back in the spotlight at college basketball's signature event. Coach John Beilein's team is plenty talented, but point guard Trey Burke and the Wolverines have reached this point in large part because of their smarts - and their ability to adjust quickly to new challenges. On Saturday, Louisville (34-5) had to overcome its biggest scare of the tournament to reach its first championship since 1986, when it won its second title. Down 12 in the second half, the Cardinals rallied to beat ninth-seeded Wichita State 72-68. Fourth-seeded Michigan (31-7) then held off Syracuse 61-56, spoiling what could have been a grand finale for the Big East in its final season before Louisville and the Orange leave for the ACC. The Championship Game will tip off in Atlanta, GA Monday, April 8 at 9:23 p.m.
ATLANTA (AP) - Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, has been selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year. Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. The Big Ten player of the year, Burke was the leader of a team that at times had four freshmen on the court with him but he still managed to average 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 40.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. He received 31 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes and Victor Oladipo of Indiana got 10. The voting ended on Selection Sunday. Michigan plays Syracuse Saturday, April 6 at 8:49 p.m. in the NCAA National Semifinals.
UNDATED (AP) - Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson is retiring after 21 seasons. The 42-year-old Hanson announced his decision Thursday. He said he gave serious consideration to returning, but problems with his heel prompted him to call it a career. Hanson became the first player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team. Hanson made a record 52 field goals from at least 50 yards. He's third on the career scoring list at 2,150 points and third in field goals with 495.