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Friday, 31 January 2014 10:54

Pistons-Hawks game rescheduled for April 8

ATLANTA (AP) - The game between the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks that was postponed because of a winter storm Wednesday night has been rescheduled for April 8. The game was called off after snow and ice made travel unsafe in Atlanta. The Pistons were unable to make their flight to Atlanta on Tuesday night from Detroit. The Hawks play at Philadelphia on Friday night. They resume their home schedule against Minnesota on Saturday night.    

DETROIT (AP) - Johan Franzen won't play for Sweden at the Sochi Olympics because of a concussion. The Detroit Red Wings forward had missed a month before returning for one game Jan. 26. Franzen played just under 17 minutes and was placed on the injured list again Tuesday. He also missed time earlier this season with an upper-body injury. Red Wings teammate Gustav Nyquist, Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals and Patrick Hornqvist of the Nashville Predators could replace Franzen on the Swedish roster. Franzen was one of a handful of players back from the Swedish team that won the gold medal at the 2006 Turin Games. He also represented Sweden in Vancouver in 2010. The 34-year-old forward has nine goals and 14 assists in 31 games this season.

Friday, 31 January 2014 10:51

No. 10 Michigan handles Purdue 75-66

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and No. 10 Michigan beat Purdue 75-66 on Thursday night, extending its winning streak to 10. Nik Stauskas scored 16 points and Derrick Walton added 14 for the Big Ten leaders. The Wolverines (16-4, 8-0) shot 61 percent from the field against a Purdue team that had held its previous five opponents under 42. The Boilermakers (13-8, 3-5) were led by A.J. Hammons, who had 16 points and eight rebounds. Michigan was coming off three straight wins over top-10 teams, and there was no letdown at home against Purdue.

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is suing the NFL and helmet maker Riddell after concussion problems helped cut short his career. Best was selected by the Lions in the first round of the 2010 draft and accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. But he was limited to six games during the 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his football career. He was cut by Detroit in July. The lawsuit was filed in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday. It alleges the league has been aware of evidence of mild traumatic brain injuries and the risk for its players for years, but "deliberately ignored and actively concealed" the information.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan's Glenn Robinson III says a second-half skirmish against Michigan State helped fire up the Wolverines in their victory last weekend. Robinson drove to the basket, the ball was knocked out of bounds - and then players on both teams had to be separated as the game became increasingly testy down the stretch. Michigan went on to an 80-75 victory over the Spartans, taking over first place in the Big Ten with the emotional win. The 10th-ranked Wolverines host Purdue on Thursday night at 9 p.m.- and although a letdown is certainly possible for Michigan, Robinson expects he'll be fired up to play the Boilermakers, as usual. Robinson's father was a star at Purdue.

Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:42

Seattle, Denver getting ready to meet

NEW YORK (AP) - The Seahawks and Broncos will continue to prepare for their Super Bowl 48 meeting today with media sessions and then practice. It looks like they'll have cold, but dry conditions for Sunday's showdown at MetLife Stadium. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's high temperature is expected to be 38 degrees - which would make it the coldest of the 48 Super Bowls. With the opening kickoff scheduled for about 6:30 p.m., the mercury could drop into the 20s by the time the game ends. There is little chance of snow or rain.

DETROIT (AP) - A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday on the proposed transfer of city-owned land as part of a new $650 million Detroit Red Wings arena and entertainment complex north of downtown Detroit. Officials will take public comment during the hearing at City Hall. The Detroit City Council already has approved a tax financing plan and expanding the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority district where the project could be constructed. The 18,000-seat arena would become the new home for the NHL team, which now plays at aging Joe Louis Arena. The city's Downtown Development Authority would own the arena and event center complex. Olympia Development would have exclusive rights to use, manage and operate it, and hold naming rights. The Ilitch family owns Olympia Development and the Red Wings.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:22

Mason makes 33 saves, Flyers beat Red Wings 5-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux each had three points, Steve Mason made 33 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the banged up Detroit Red Wings 5-0 Tuesday night. Adam Hall and Sean Couturier also scored for the Flyers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. The Flyers (26-22-6) won an eighth straight game at home against the Red Wings (23-19-11), a franchise best against Detroit, which has not won in Philadelphia since the 1997 Stanley Cup final. Mason recorded his second shutout of the season and the 21st of his career. Starting in place of Jimmy Howard, who was back on the Detroit bench after missing three games with a knee injury, Jonas Gustavsson stopped 23 of 28 shots.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 10:21

Pistons stop skid with 103-87 win over Magic

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Andre Drummond had 13 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night. Drummond bounced back from a poor outing at Dallas over the weekend, and the Pistons led comfortably throughout the second half. Detroit has struggled to close out games at home this season, but this time the Pistons turned a double-digit lead into a rout. Brandon Jennings had 20 points and eight assists for Detroit, and Josh Smith added 16 points. Victor Oladipo scored 19 points for the Magic. Detroit finished with 17 offensive rebounds - 12 in the first half - and outscored Orlando in the paint 44-22.

The Detroit Pistons' game at the Atlanta Hawks scheduled for Wednesday night has been postponed due to the winter storm which has made travel unsafe in Atlanta. The Pistons were unable to make their scheduled flight into Atlanta on Tuesday night from Detroit. The game will be rescheduled but no date was immediately announced. Last night the Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Keith Appling scored 16 points and No. 7 Michigan State outlasted No. 15 Iowa 71-69 in overtime Tuesday night, handing the Hawkeyes their first home loss of the season. Matt Costello had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten), who avoided consecutive defeats despite missing injured starters Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. Costello's tip-in with 1:14 left gave Michigan State a 67-64 lead, and Russell Byrd's 3 with 34 seconds put Michigan State up by six. Iowa still had a chance to force a second overtime, but Mike Gesell missed a driving layup at the buzzer. Devyn Marble had 21 points for Iowa (16-5, 5-3), which went without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of regulation and until the final seconds of the 5-minute overtime.

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