Thursday State Sports Headlines
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:18:31 EDT
Lawrence Frank is out as head coach of the Detroit Pistons. He has been fired after two seasons. The Pistons finished 11th in the Eastern Conference this season at 29-and-53. Frank was 54-and-94 overall with Detroit. He was set to make four-million-dollars next season, with a team option for 2014-15. Detroit hasn't made the playoffs since 2008.

Brayan (Brian) Pena's ground out to shortstop with the bases loaded allowed Don Kelly to score from third base in the top of the 14th inning for what proved to be the winning run in the Tiger's 2-1 win over the Mariners last night. Felix Hernandez and Max Scherzer were the stars of a starting pitcher's duel. The two teams have a quick turnaround and are already underway in the final game of their series this afternoon (Thurs) in Seattle. Justin Verlander is on the mound for the Tigers.

Steve Begin scored twice in the third period as the Calgary Flames beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in Calgary last night. Lee Stempniak also tallied for the Flames, who have won four of their last six. Gustav Nyquist and Johan Franzen both scored for Detroit, which has lost four-of-five and are two points out of eighth place in the Western Conference with 47 points. Jimmy Howard allowed all three goals on 17 shots in the setback.

Brook Lopez scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Nets to a 103-99 win over the Detroit Pistons last night in Brooklyn. The Nets finished the regular season with a 49-and-33 record and will enter the Eastern Conference playoffs as the number-four seed against fifth-seeded Chicago. The Pistons finished the season with a disappointing 29-and-52 record. Will Bynum led the way with 23 points and Greg Monroe scored 12 points to go with 12 rebounds.

Michigan junior swingman Tim Hardaway Jr. is leaving school to turn pro. He announced at the Crisler Center yesterday that he is entering the NBA Draft. The son for former NBA All-Star Tim Sr., the 21-year-old Hardaway averaged 14.5 points per game this past season, helping the Wolverines reach the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. Hardaway is the second Michigan player this week to announce he is leaving school for the NBA, joining sophomore guard Trey Burke.

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