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Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:12

Monroe scores 24, Pistons beat Raptors

TORONTO (AP) - Greg Monroe scored 24 points, Jose Calderon had 19 points and nine assists against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 108-98 on Monday night. Rodney Stuckey scored 18 points, Jonas Jerebko had 10 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and rookie Khris Middleton added 11 as the Pistons won for just the third time in 19 games. Rudy Gay scored 34 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 17 and DeMar DeRozan 15 as the Raptors lost for the seventh time in eight games. Toronto was outscored 33-19 in the final quarter. Wednesday the Pistons are in Boston to face the Celtics at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:12

Red Wings hold on to beat Avalanche

DETROIT (AP) - Damien Brunner ended his 15-game scoring drought and Jimmy Howard made a late save to help the Detroit Red Wings hold off the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Monday night. Justin Abdelkader scored late in the first period, Danny Cleary put Detroit ahead by two at 6:28 of the second and Brunner had a one-timer a few minutes later. The Red Wings, coming off a 7-1 loss to Chicago, allowed a 3-0 lead to turn into a one-goal game. Colorado avoided a shutout with a power-play goal at 14:08 of the third period when Jamie McGinn's backhander from between the circles sailed over a sprawling Howard. Avalanche forward Cody McLeod checked Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith into Howard, who couldn't get off the ice in time to get in a position to stop McGinn's shot. The Red Wings are idle until Thursday when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at 10 p.m.

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - There's a new contest where people can enter to win the 2013 Official Pace Car at Michigan International Speedway. Organizers on Tuesday announced details of the MI Pace Car Sweepstakes, which culminates with the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR race at the Brooklyn track. The speedway, Ford Motor Co., the state's "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign and Quicken Loans are teaming up on the effort. This year's pace car will be a plug-in hybrid called the Ford Fusion Energi. It's expected to be on the track for the Quicken Loans 400 on June 16 and the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 18. Online entries must be submitted by July 31 at 11:59 p.m. EDT to be eligible to win the car. Fans may also enter at the track.

Monday, 01 April 2013 15:16

MLB ticket prices up 2.7 percent

CHICAGO (AP) - Major League Baseball's average ticket price rose 2.7 percent to $27.73 this year for non-premium seats, the steepest rise since a 5 percent hike in 2009, according to the Team Marketing Report. Last year's average of $26.92 was up just 1 cent from 2011, the smallest increase in the survey's 21-year history. The average went up 1.5 percent increase in 2010 and 1.2 percent in 2011. The average was $78.38 in the NFL last year. It is $61.01 in the NHL this season and $50.99 in the NBA. Nine MLB teams had average declines and six kept prices flat. Toronto and the Los Angeles Dodgers raised prices along with their payrolls. The Blue Jays' average went up 29.6 percent to $32.98 and the Dodgers by 23.4 percent to $27.54. Boston has the highest average at $53.38 after keeping prices flat, followed by the New York Yankees ($51.55) and Chicago Cubs ($44.55). San Diego has the lowest average at $15.99, with Arizona 29th at $16.89. TMR's Fan Cost Index, which includes four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size caps, averaged $210.46, up 1.2 percent. The FCI ranged from $336.99 for the Red Sox to $151.55 for the Diamondbacks. 

CHICAGO (AP) - Luol Deng scored 28 points, Jimmy Butler and Nate Robinson each added 16, and the Chicago Bulls beat Detroit 95-94 to extend their winning streak to 18 straight against the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points and Greg Monroe added 18 points for the Pistons, who have not beaten Chicago since Dec. 23, 2008. The Bulls rallied from a 13-point deficit to tie the score 78-all with 9:27 remaining on Butler's dunk after a steal. Robinson then fed Deng for a layup for an 80-78 lead, Chicago's first advantage since 1-0. Deng and Robinson each hit 3-pointers to extend the Bulls' lead to 91-84. Stuckey's layup cut Chicago's lead to one with 1:27 left before Deng had a layup for a 94-91 lead. Charlie Villaneuva missed a 3 with 5.9 seconds left and Daequan Cook made a free throw. Stuckey made a 3 before the buzzer for the final margin.

DETROIT (AP) - Brandon Saad had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland scored twice in the Chicago Blackhawks 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Jonathan Toews added a goal and two assists and Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy, also scored for Chicago. Corey Crawford made 33 saves. Cory Emmerton scored Detroit's goal. Jimmy Howard was pulled in favor of Jonas Gustavsson early in the second period. Gustavsson made nine saves. Chicago led 3-0 at the end of the first period after scoring on its first three shots in a 1:39 span in the game's first four-and-a-half minutes. Tonight the Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche at the Joe at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, 01 April 2013 09:56

Michigan rolls into Final Four

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida in the South Regional final Sunday. The Wolverines (30-7) scored the game's first 13 points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year. Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten player of the year, added 15 points for Michigan. Mitch McGary, another freshman, had 11 points and nine rebounds. He scored eight in the opening 13-0 run. Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguette had 13 points each for Florida. Michigan will play Syracuse in the National Semifinals Saturday, April 6 at 8:49 p.m. in Atlanta, GA.

Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the NCAA Midwest Regional. Russ Smith scored 23 points to lead the way while Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Louisville managed to pull off the overwhelming win despite seeing teammate Kevin Ware suffer a gruesome broken leg in the first half. The injury occurred as Ware tried to contest a shot and the leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after the game that the bone broke in two places and was protruding out of Ware's leg. Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said hospital officials told the school that Ware was "resting comfortably" and that the pain is "under control." As the final seconds ticked down, Chane (shayn) Behanan put Ware's jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench as screaming. Cardinals fans chanted Ware's name. The Cardinals earned their second straight trip to the Final Four and will meet surprising Wichita State in the semifinals on Saturday, April 6 in Atlanta, GA at 6:05 p.m.

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