Saturday Morning State Sports Summary
Sat, 17 Nov 2012 04:55:05 EST
--NBA--

The Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 110-106 on Friday night at the
Palace.   
Detroit has lost nine of its first ten games, while Orlando snapped a five-game
skid.   
The Pistons had six players score in double figures, including 23 from Greg
Monroe. Corey Maggette, who missed several games because of a leg injury, made
his home debut for Detroit, scoring seven points.    
The Pistons are home to the Celtics on Sunday.


Former Spartan Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds and Marc Gasol added
24 points and seven boards in the Grizzlies' 105-95 victory over the New York
Knicks Friday.
Rudy Gay netted 17 points and Mike Conley tallied 16 points and eight assists
for Memphis, which is perfect since a season-opening loss to the Los Angeles
Clippers and surpassed New York as the league's top team at 7-1.
The Grizzlies, who extended their home winning streak to 15 games, throttled
Miami, 104-86, on Sunday before beating the Thunder in Oklahoma City, 107-97,
on Wednesday. New York, which began 6-0 for the first time since 1993-94, was
led by Carmelo Anthony's 20 points.


Friday NBA Scores:
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Memphis Grizzlies 105, New York Knicks 95
Indiana Pacers 103, Dallas Mavericks 83
Philadelphia 76ers 99, Utah Jazz 93
Orlando Magic 110, Detroit Pistons 106
Golden State Warriors 106, Minnesota Timberwolves 98
Oklahoma City Thunder 110, New Orleans Hornets 95
Atlanta Hawks 112, Sacramento Kings 96
Portland Trail Blazers 119, Houston Rockets 117 (OT)
Los Angeles Lakers 114, Phoenix Suns 102


--NFL--

Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams and safety Amari Spievey have been ruled
out for Sunday's game against the Packers.   
Williams has missed four games this season because of a knee injury. Spievey has
yet to be medically cleared after suffering a concussion against the Bears on
October 22nd.   
Safety Louis Delmas is listed as doubtful, while receiver Calvin Johnson and
cornerback Chris Houston are questionable.


San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is back at work. He returned
yesterday after a medical procedure for an irregular heartbeat at Stanford
Hospital the day before.
Harbaugh says he went to see a doctor after experiencing a heartbeat that was
faster than normal on Wednesday evening. The coach says the condition is
something he's dealt with for a long time. The Niners are getting ready for
their "Monday Night Football" game at home against the Chicago Bears.


Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka is recovering from a minor stroke.
The 73-year-old was hospitalized Friday after suffering what doctors say is a
"very minor stroke."
The "Chicago Tribune" reports Ditka was playing cards at a country club when he
noticed his hands weren't working properly and he was having speech issues.
Ditka currently works as an NFL analyst for ESPN. He regularly appears on the
network's Sunday morning NFL pregame show. ESPN producer Seth Markman tweeted
Friday night that Ditka would not appear on television this weekend, but is
doing okay.



The NFL has fined official Tony Corrente (CORR-en-tee) one game check for using
inappropriate language during a recent game between the Miami Dolphins and
Indianapolis Colts.
Corrente's slip was heard by everyone in the stadium as well as the CBS
television audience as his microphone was left open. He was discussing the spot
of the ball with another official when the expletive was used.
CBS play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan immediately apologized to viewers for
the use of the language over air. Corrente has been an official since 1995 and
was promoted to referee in 1998

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will sit out Monday's game against the San
Francisco 49ers while he is still recovering from a concussion and Jason
Campbell will get the start.
Cutler was hurt during last week's loss to the Houston Texans when he absorbed
a hard hit to the head late in the first half by linebacker Tim Dobbins. After
Cutler stayed in the game and played the rest of the second quarter, Campbell
took over under center for the second half and completed 11-of-19 passes for 94
yards in the 13-6 loss.
Campbell, a former first-round pick of the Washington Redskins, started six
games for Oakland last year before suffering a broken collarbone and losing his
job when the Raiders acquired Carson Palmer in a trade with Cincinnati. He has
a 31-39 record as a starter.


Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not play Sunday against
Washington as he continues to recover from a concussion, meaning rookie Nick
Foles will make his first NFL start. Eagles head coach Andy Reid made it
official on Friday, declaring Vick out.
The veteran signal-caller is still dealing with the effects of what Reid
earlier this week called a "pretty significant" concussion, which forced him
out of last Sunday's 38-23 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Trainer Rick
Burkholder said Vick is still bothered by headaches, lethargy and lack of
sleep, in addition to earlier reports of sensitivity to light.
Vick took an "impact test" on Friday and performed below his baseline, and will
have another one on Monday.
Foles took over for Vick last week and threw for 219 yards while completing
22-of-32 passes with a touchdown.
He also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and lost a
fumble that was recovered by Dallas in the end zone for another score, as the
Eagles lost their fifth straight game to fall to 3-6.



--College Football--

The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will hold Senior Day today
(Sat).   
Michigan State is home to Northwestern, while Michigan hosts Iowa. MSU is
5-and-5 overall and 2-and-4 in the Big Ten.   
U-of-M is 7-and-3 overall and 5-and-1 in conference.



Cody Getz rushed 21 times for 125 yards and a touchdown to push Air Force to a
21-7 victory over the Hawaii Warriors in a Mountain West Conference matchup at
Falcon Stadium Friday night.



--Auto Racing--

Joey Logano (luh-GAH-noh) will be on the pole for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at
Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Points leader Brad Keselowski of Rochester Hills will start third in the Sprint
Cup Series finale. Keselowski holds a 20-point lead over five-time champion
Jimmie Johnson entering the final race.
Johnson will start 10th in his attempt to catch Keselowski. If Johnson wins the
race, Keselowski can still take the championship with a finish of 15th or
better.
Keselowski can become the first driver other than Johnson and last year's
champion Tony Stewart to win the title since Kurt Busch in 2004.



--College Basketball--

Rick Majerus will not return as Saint Louis head men's basketball coach due to
lingering health issues.
Majerus originally announced he was taking a leave of absence in late August as
he was set to undergo treatment and evaluation for a persistent and serious
heart ailment out in California.
That course of action has apparently been extended for an indefinite period of
time, and interim head coach Jim Crews will continue to lead the team going
forward.
Under Crews, the Billikens have split their first two games, a win over USC
Upstate and a loss to Santa Clara. Texas A&M is next on the slate, scheduled
for Monday.
In just five years as SLU's head coach, the 64-year-old Majerus put the men's
basketball program back on the national map, leading the Jesuit program to a
95-69 record.
Last season, he guided the Billikens to the third round of the NCAA Tournament,
SLU's first NCAA appearance since 2000.
In addition, the Billikens topped Memphis in the second round for their first
NCAA Tournament win since 1998. Saint Louis entered the national polls for the
first time since 1994-95.


UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad has been finally ruled eligible to play after
the university and the NCAA announced a settlement of the super recruit's case
on Friday.
The NCAA imposed a three-game suspension on Muhammad after it was determined
the heralded prospect received nearly $1,600 in impermissible benefits during
the recruiting process.
With the Bruins having played three times with Muhammad sitting out, the 19-
year-old will be eligible to play when the 13th-ranked Bruins take on
Georgetown in Brooklyn, NY in Monday's Progressive Legends Classic.


Eight months later, a different tournament and a different result.   
Baylor beat Colorado in the NCAA Tournament last March, but Askia Booker and
Spencer Dinwiddie made sure the Buffaloes gained a small measure of revenge
with a 60-58 victory over the 16th-ranked Bears in Friday's semifinals of the
Charleston Classic.


Friday College Basketball Scores
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Colorado 60, (16) Baylor 58
(3) Kentucky 101, Lafayette 49
(6) NC State 94, Massachusetts 76
(11) North Carolina 78, Long Beach State 63
(14) Missouri 74, Nicholls State 54
Saint Joseph's 79, (20) Notre Dame 70 (OT)
(23) Connecticut 77, Wake Forest 71
Illinois 78, Hawaii 77 (OT)
Green Bay 66, Southern Utah 54
Wyoming 67, Southern University 60






--Baseball--


The Detroit Tigers and free agent outfielder Torii Hunter agreed on Friday to a
two-year contract through the 2014 season. Financial terms of the deal were not
released, but it is reported to be worth $26 million.
The 16-year veteran batted a career-high .313 with 24 doubles, 16 home runs and
92 RBI through 140 games for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season.
A nine-time Gold Glove winner and four-time All Star, Hunter is a career .277
hitter with 406 doubles, 297 homers and 1,143 RBI over 1,947 games with the
Minnesota Twins (1997-2007) and Angels (2008-12).



The Toronto Blue Jays have apparently continued to bolster their lineup by
signing outfielder Melky Cabrera.
TSN of Canada cited multiple reports on Friday which stated the deal is for $16
million over two years.
Cabrera spent last season with the San Francisco Giants but did not play after
Aug. 14, having been hit with a 50-game suspension for violating MLB's drug
policy.
The 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was on his way to a career
year, leading the NL in batting at .346 with 11 home runs, 25 doubles, 10
triples and 60 RBI in 113 games.
He was also named MVP of the All-Star Game after helping give the Senior
Circuit -- and the Giants -- home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.



The Chicago Cubs made it official Friday and agreed to terms with catcher Dioner
Navarro on a one-year contract worth a reported $1.75 million.
Navarro, a 2008 American League All-Star with Tampa Bay, appeared in just 24
games for the Cincinnati Reds last season, spending much of the campaign with
Triple-A Louisville.
He hit .290 with a pair of homers and 12 runs batted in at the big league level
after batting .319 in the minors. The 28-year-old switch-hitter has also played
for the Yankees and Dodgers, and is a career .245 hitter in 626 big league
games.



--Tennis--

David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych were opening singles winners Friday, as the
best-of-five 2012 Davis Cup final between reigning champion Spain and the host
Czech Republic is all even at 1-1.
Friday's opening rubber in the 100th Davis Cup final saw the world No. 5 star
Ferrer give the Spaniards a 1-0 lead when he handled fellow tour veteran Radek
Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 on a fast indoor hardcourt at Prague's O2 Arena, where a
capacity crowd of 13,000 was on hand.
The dramatic Day-1 nightcap then saw the sixth-ranked Czech Berdych outlast
world No. 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 in just under four
hours.



--Golf--

Ai Miyazato fired an 8-under-par 64 on Friday to grab the lead after two rounds
of the season-ending Group Titleholders.
Miyazato entered Friday four strokes behind overnight leaders Suzann Pettersen,
Sun Young Yoo and So Yeon Ryu, before carding nine birdies against
one bogey to jump in front.
The top-3 finishers in each official LPGA Tour event qualified for this event,
which includes the top-31 players on the money list and the top-13
players in the world rankings.
World No. 4 Na Yeon Choi moved into second place at 9-under with a second-
round 68 at the Eagle Course at TwinEagles Club, while Pettersen (71), Yoo
(71), Brittany Lincicome (69) and Karine Icher (70) are tied for third at
minus-7.

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