Tuesday Morning State Sports Summary
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:17:23 EST

The Detroit Pistons ended a two-game road trip with a 104-97 loss to the 76ers
in Philadelphia last night.
Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe each had 22 points for Detroit and Rodney Stuckey
added 19.
With the loss, Detroit fell to 7-and-16 on the season. The Pistons host the
Denver Nuggets at the Palace tonight.
Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.

                         (N-B-A Scoreboard)

San Antonio Spurs 134, Houston Rockets 126
Golden State Warriors 104, Charlotte Bobcats 96
Philadelphia 76ers 104, Detroit Pistons 97
Miami Heat 101, Atlanta Hawks 92
Dallas Mavericks 119, Sacramento Kings 96
Portland Trail Blazers 92, Toronto Raptors 74


The Detroit Lions could be without a couple of players this weekend when they
head to Arizona.
Tight end Brandon Pettigrew injured his left ankle on Detroit's first possession
in the team's 27-20 loss to the Packers Sunday night in Green Bay.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley also left the game late in the fourth quarter with
a shoulder injury. Both Pettigrew and Fairley are listed as questionable for
Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

New England scored on its first three possessions and never looked back,
cruising to a 42-14 win over Houston on "Monday Night Football."
Tom Brady threw for 296 yards with four touchdowns, including two to Aaron
Herndandez. Herndandez had eight catches for 58 yards while Brandon Lloyd added
seven grabs for 89 yards with a receiving touchdown and a fumble recovery for a
Stevan Ridley finished with 72 yards and a touchdown on the ground as the
Patriots improved to 10-and-3.
Matt Schaub tossed for 232 yards and an interception for the Texans while Andre
Johnson made eight catches for 95 yards.
Arian Foster had 46 yards and a TD on the ground for Houston, which still holds
the AFC's best record at 11-and-2.

The Baltimore Ravens have fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, replacing him
with quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell.
The firing comes after the Ravens lost their second consecutive game with
Sunday's overtime defeat at Washington.
The Ravens are 9-and-4 on the season and still hold a two-game lead over
Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the AFC North.
Baltimore has been in the middle of the pack in total offense for much of
Cameron's five-year tenure.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue will reportedly rule on Tuesday afternoon
on the latest player appeals in the league's bounty case.
Any punishment that could be upheld by Tagliabue will be delayed by a week in
order to give a federal judge in New Orleans a chance to rule on the motion.
The delay will mean that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will
Smith can play Sunday when New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay.
If the ruling is placed in favor of Vilma, Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita
and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, it could bring an end to the
nearly nine-month saga.

                       (N-F-L Scoreboard)

New England Patriots 42, Houston Texans 14

                              ---College Basketball---

Michigan State guard Gary Harris has been named Big Ten men's basketball
Freshman of the Week.
Harris led the Spartans in scoring in games against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and
Loyola Chicago, shooting 60 percent from the floor and averaging 16-and-a-half
points per game.
He was also named conference Freshman of the Week November 19th. MSU plays in
an alumni game Friday before hosting Tuskegee Saturday.

The 3rd-ranked Michigan Wolverines are back in action tonight when they host
Binghampton. Tip-off at the Crisler Center is 7:00 p.m.
The 9-and-0 Wolverines are coming off Saturday's 80-to-67 win over Arkansas to
reamin undefeated on the season.

The top nine teams are unchanged in this week's "USA Today" top-25 men's college
basketball poll.
Indiana remains number-one in the nation. The 9-and-0 Hoosiers received 25
first-place votes and 769 total points. Duke received the other six first-place
votes and is ranked second with 749 points.
Michigan, Syracuse and Florida round out the top-five. Illinois jumped four
spots to number-ten. The Illini swapped places with Gonzaga after beating the
Bulldogs over the weekend.

        (Top-25 College Basketball)

(15) Georgetown 89, Longwood 53


The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with catcher Brayan (Brian)
Pena batted .236 with two home runs and 25 RBI last season with the Royals. He
has also played for the Atlanta Braves during his eight seasons at the major
league level.
General Manager David Dombrowski says the Tigers plan to use Pena as a back-up
catcher to Alex Avila for the 2013 season.

Zack Greinke (GRAIN-kee) is the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The team announced it has signed the free-agent right-hander to a six-year,
147-million-dollar contract. It's the highest annual salary ever given to a
The 29-year-old former AL Cy Young winner went 15-and-5 with a 3.48 ERA while
splitting last season between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Angels.
Greinke is 91-and-78 with a 3.77 ERA in nine seasons overall.


The NHL labor talks are reportedly scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports the league and Players' Association will meet, but
neither side would reveal a location.
Recent talks broke off last week despite the appearance that the two sides were
making progress.
On Monday, the NHL announced it was cancelling games through December 30th,
eliminating 16 more calender days than had already previously been wiped out.
Overall, 526 games have been cancelled to account for nearly 43-percent of the
regular season.

                          ---College Football---

Western Kentucky has introduced Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach.
The 51-year-old was fired as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks in April
after failing to disclose an affair with a female football staffer following a
motorcycle accident.
Petrino replaces Willie Taggart, who is now the head coach at South Florida.
Petrino spent four years at Arkansas and four years at Louisville, with one
season in between as head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

The University of Colorado has named Mike MacIntyre its new head football coach.

MacIntyre received a five-year deal worth two-million-dollars annually.
MacIntyre has spent the last three seasons at San Jose State, leading the
Spartans to a 10-and-2 record this year and a berth in the Military Bowl. His
hiring comes after the Buffs failed to land Cincinnati's Butch Jones, who went
to Tennessee instead.

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