Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:49:53 EST
                       ---College Basketball---

The 2nd-ranked Michigan Wolverines kick-off their Big Ten season this evening
when they travel to Northwestern to take on the Wildcats. Tip-off in Evanston is
7:00 p.m.
The Wolverines, 13-and-0 on the season, are coming off an 88-to-73 win over
Central Michigan on December 29th.
U-of-M guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is questionable for tonight's Big Ten opener at
Northwestern because of an ankle injury. Hardaway, who missed Saturday's
contest against CMU, had started 81 straight games. Hardaway is Michigan's
second-leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim picked up his 903rd career victory on Wednesday to
move past Bob Knight for sole possession of second place on the all-time
Division I wins list.
Brandon Triche led the way on the historic night at the Carrier Dome, making
five 3-pointers en route to 25 points to help the
seventh-ranked Orange beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, 78-53, in the Big East
opener for both programs.

      (Top-25 College Basketball)

(1) Duke 67, Davidson 50
(4) Louisville 80, Providence 62
(7) Syracuse 78, Rutgers 53
(8) Ohio State 70, Nebraska 44
Purdue 68, (11) Illinois 61
(16) Creighton 79, Illinois State 72
(17) Butler 70, Pennsylvania 57
(19) San Diego State 72, Cal State Bakersfield 57


Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva has been fined 25-thousand-dollars by the NBA
for committing a flagrant foul during Detroit's 103-97 win over the Sacramento
Kings on Tuesday at the Palace.
Villanueva was ejected with four seconds left in the second quarter following a
hard foul on Sacramento guard Isaiah Thomas.
The Pistons are riding a three-game winning streak. Detroit, now 12-and-22 on
the year, will play host to Atlanta on Friday night at The Palace.
Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey is listed as questionable against the Hawks because
of a sprained left ankle.

                    (N-B-A Scoreboard)

Miami Heat 119, Dallas Mavericks 109 (OT)
Sacramento Kings 97, Cleveland Cavaliers 94
Indiana Pacers 89, Washington Wizards 81
Chicago Bulls 96, Orlando Magic 94
Toronto Raptors 102, Portland Trail Blazers 79
Memphis Grizzlies 93, Boston Celtics 83
Houston Rockets 104, New Orleans Hornets 92
San Antonio Spurs 117, Milwaukee Bucks 110
Brooklyn Nets 110, Oklahoma City Thunder 93
Phoenix Suns 95, Philadelphia 76ers 89
Utah Jazz 106, Minnesota Timberwolves 84
Golden State Warriors 115, Los Angeles Clippers 94


Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew says he expects that he and head
coach Jim Schwartz will return to the team next season.
Mayhew said yesterday he had conversations with team owner William Clay Ford and
vice chairman Bill Ford earlier this week, and there will be a sense of urgency
heading into 2013.
Detroit was expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, after going
10-and-6 in 2011, but finished 2012 with a 4-and-12 record.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire
after the team concludes its playoff run. Lewis suffered a torn right triceps in
October and missed the team's last 10 games of the regular season.
He was activated off the team's injured reserve with a designation to return
last month, but remained sidelined and is expected to play Sunday when
Baltimore hosts Indianapolis in the wild card round of the AFC playoffs.
The 17-year veteran and former Super Bowl MVP is bound for the Hall of Fame
after a stellar career as the heart and soul of Baltimore's defense.

                          ---College Football---

The Louisville Cardinals scored early and often to beat the Florida Gators 33-23
and win the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Louisville's Terell Floyd returned a
38-yard interception to the house on the opening play from scrimmage.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for
the Cardinals. Jeremy Wright ran for 84 yards and a TD in the win.
Jeff Driskell tossed for 175 yards, a score and a pair of picks in defeat.
Florida's Andre Debose had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score. Both teams
end the season at 11-and-2.

Two of the nation's better offenses square off tonight as fourth-ranked Oregon
faces number-five Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix
The Ducks and Wildcats were both 10-and-0 and on pace to meet in the BCS title
game until being derailed by late-season losses. Oregon fell 17-14 in overtime
to Stanford, while Kansas State was beaten 52-24 by Baylor.
The Ducks then rebounded to beat Oregon State and come into this game 11-and-1
overall, including 8-and-1 in Pac-12 play.
The Wildcats also responded with a win over Texas to improve to 11-and-1
overall, with an 8-and-1 Big 12 record.

         (Top-25 College Football)

No. 21 Louisville 33, No. 3 Florida 23


The NHL and the Players' Association met twice on Wednesday to continue talks
for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Earlier Wednesday, the NHLPA made a
response to the latest offer from the league.
Both sides are meeting again Thursday morning with a mediator.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says a regular season schedule of 48 games must
start by January 19th. Games have already been cancelled through January 14th.

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