Wednesday Morning State Sports Summary
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 02:01:02 EST
                          ---College Basketball---

Michigan State held on late for a 67-64 victory over Kansas in the opener of the
Champions Classic in Atlanta last night.
The 22nd-ranked Spartans bounced back from a season-opening loss to UConn
overseas in Germany and are now 1-and-1 on the year.
Keith Appling had scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, while Gary
Harris added 18 for MSU.
The seventh-ranked Jayhawks dropped to 1-and-1 with the loss.
Elijah Johnson led the way with 16 points and Ben McLemore added 14 in defeat.

Tim Hardaway Jr. tallied 17 points, six rebounds and four assists as No. 5
Michigan advanced to the semifinals of the
Nit Season Tip-Off with a 77-47 rout over Cleveland State.
It was the Wolverines' (3-0) third consecutive win of at least 30 points to
open the campaign.
Michigan, which came in shooting 25-of-40 from beyond the arc, made just
9-of-24 attempts Tuesday, but held a commanding 45-28 rebounding advantage.
Nik Stauskas netted 15 points, while Trey Burke added 12 points and seven
helpers in the victory.
The Wolverines now take on Pittsburgh next Wednesday in the semifinals in New

Brandon Pokley scored a game-high 16 points as the Western Michigan University
mens basketball team wore down smaller, NAIA opponent Marygrove College for an
85-40 home-opening win Tuesday night at University Arena.
Senior forward Nate Hutcheson added 14 points for WMU (1-1). Broncos redshirt
junior Shayne Whittington, a 6-10 center, had his second double-double in as
many games with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

                   (Top-25 College Basketball)

(9) Duke 75, (3) Kentucky 68
(5) Michigan 77, Cleveland State 47
(21) Michigan State 67, (7) Kansas 64
(13) UCLA 80, UC Irvine 79 (OT)
(14) Missouri 91, Alcorn State 54
(23) Connecticut 67, Vermont 49
(24) Cincinnati 102, Mississippi Valley State 60
(25) San Diego State 91, San Diego Christian 57


The Detroit Pistons will play the 76ers tonight in Philadelphia.
Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
On Monday, Detroit fell 92-90 to Oklahoma City and set a franchise record by
losing their eighth straight game to begin a season. Despite being winless,
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank says they are ready to compete and still have time
to right this season.   

The New York Knicks are off to their best start in nearly 20 years.
The Knicks knocked off the Magic 99-89 last night in Orlando to improve to
5-and-0 on the season. They haven't started a season with five straight wins
since opening up the 1993-94 campaign 7-and-0, the same year they reached the
NBA Finals.
The Knicks, who are the NBA's last undefeated team, are seeking a third straight
trip to the playoffs, a feat they haven't accomplished since a 14-year
postseason run from 1987-88 through 2000-01.

                          (N-B-A Scoreboard)

San Antonio Spurs 84, Los Angeles Lakers 82
New York Knicks 99, Orlando Magic 89
Charlotte Bobcats 92, Washington Wizards 76
Toronto Raptors 74, Indiana Pacers 72
Brooklyn Nets 114, Cleveland Cavaliers 101
Portland Trail Blazers 103, Sacramento Kings 86


Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter met with Tigers officials on Tuesday in
Hunter has said he would like to make a decision on a team within the next two
weeks. The Rangers, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves have shown an interest
in the 16-year veteran as well.

Baseball's postseason honors continued on Tuesday.
Oakland Athletics skipper Bob Melvin and the Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson
have been named the 2012 Managers of the Year for the American and National
League, respectively, by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Melvin garnered Manager of the Year laurels for the second time in his career
after directing an unexpected turnaround out of the low-budget A's.

The Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays appear on the verge of orchestrating a
mega-trade that would send shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and
Mark Buehrle to Toronto, according to various reports.
The Marlins would obtain shortstop Yunel Escobar, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria,
pitcher Henderson Alvarez and a pair of highly regarded prospects -- outfielder
Jake Marisnick and pitcher Justin Nicolino -- with Toronto also receiving
utilityman Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck in the deal.


The Detroit Lions have signed running back Devin Moore to the practice squad and
released wide receiver Troy Burrell.
Moore has previous NFL experience with the Panthers, Seahawks and Colts.
Burrell, who played at Wayne State, was signed by Detroit last week.
The Lions host the Packers on Sunday.


A memorial service for Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward was held on
Tuesday in Detroit.
Those in attendance included Thomas Hearns, Wladimir Klitschko, Sugar Ray
Leonard, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. Steward, who died of colon cancer
last month at the age of 68, trained 41 world champion fighters throughout his

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