Friday Morning State Sports Summary
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 01:57:28 EST

The Detroit Pistons open a two game road trip in Memphis tonight as they tip off
against the 11-and-2 Memphis Grizzlies.
Tip-off is 8:00 p.m.
Detroit improved to 5-and-11 on the season with a 117-77 win over the Phoenix
Suns Wednesday night at the Palace.
The Pistons head to Dallas to take on the Mavericks tomorrow night before
returning home.
The Grizzlies own the best record in the N-B-A.

NBA commissioner David Stern has vowed to punish the Spurs for sending Tim
Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green home early rather than play
the Heat on Thursday in a nationally televised game.
Stern apologized to all NBA fans and said sanctions will be forthcoming.
The Spurs, who had won the first five games of their six-game road trip, lost
the game in Miami 105-100.
San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich has made it a habit of resting his veteran
players in tough schedule situations through the years.    

                     (N-B-A Scoreboard)

Miami Heat 105, San Antonio Spurs 100
Golden State Warriors 106, Denver Nuggets 105


Detroit Lions tackle Jeff Backus, safety Louis Delmas and running back Mikel
Leshoure returned to practice yesterday in Allen Park.
Backus missed the Thanksgiving Day game against the Texans because of a
hamstring injury. Delmas has missed several contests this season because of a
knee injury.
Leshoure, who is nursing a sore ankle, is expected to play on Sunday against the
Meanwhile, cornerback Jonte Green missed practice because of an undisclosed

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has been named NFC Offensive Player of the
In four games in November, Johnson had 32 receptions for 619 yards and three
He is the first player since 2008 to have three straight games of 140-plus
receiving yards and four games in a row of over 125 receiving yards.
Johnson is the second Lions player to be given the honor, with Hall of Fame
running back Barry Sanders named NFC Offensive Player of the Month three months
in a row in 1997.

Matt Ryan tossed for 165 yards and a touchdown as the Falcons avenged their lone
loss of the year with a 23-13 win over the Saints.
Michael Turner rushed for 83 yards and a score for Atlanta, which is now
11-and-1. The lone loss was to the Saints in the Big Easy.
Drew Brees threw for 341 yards and five interceptions for New Orleans, which
dropped to 5-and-7.
Brees failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Week Four of the
2009 campaign, snapping his NFL-record streak at 54 games.
Lance Moore hauled in a game-high seven balls for 123 yards in the setback.
Mark Ingram found the endzone on the ground for the Saints.

                        (N-F-L Scoreboard)

Atlanta Falcons 23, New Orleans Saints 13


Detroit Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch remains with the club.
Reports had indicated that Detroit could trade Boesch as early as this week.
General manager Dave Dombrowski has said that the Tigers would tender Boesch a
contract. Boesch hit .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 132 games this season
in Detroit.

The Detroit Tigers released Ryan Raburn last week. It appears that Raburn will
have no trouble finding a new home.
Jayson Stark of reported Thursday afternoon that six teams are
interested in signing Raburn, with the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Atlanta
Braves and Texas Rangers leading the way.
Raburn hit .256 with 54 home runs, 216 RBIs and a .740 OPS in six seasons with
the Tigers.


The NHL and its Players' Association ended mediated discussions on Thursday.
It was the second straight day the two sides met with federal mediators.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly states the two sides are far apart and that
the mediation process was unsuccessful.
The league has already cancelled 422 total regular season games, the Winter
Classic and the All-Star Weekend due to the current lockout, which began in


For the first time in years, the Chevy driven on the tracks of the NASCAR Sprint
Cup circuit will look a lot like the Chevy available in dealer showrooms.
The automaker unveiled the 2013 Chevrolet SS race car yesterday, which will
debut in February at the Daytona International Speedway.
Chevy's vice president for motor sports and performance cars, Jim Campbell, says
the SS is the first rear-wheel drive sports sedan made by Chevrolet in "many

A former NASCAR driver finds himself in more legal trouble in Catawba County.
The sheriff's office seized a home belonging to Jeremy Mayfield. They changed
the locks after it was not turned over to a bank that purchased the property.
Mayfield is scheduled to appear in Catawba County court on Monday on charges of
possession of methamphetamine, obtaining property by false pretense and three
counts of possession of stolen property.
In 2009 Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR when he tested positive for

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