Friday Morning State Sports Summary
Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:26:46 EST
                       ---College Basketball---

Branden Dawson scored a career-high 17 points to help the 22nd-ranked Michigan
State Spartans escape the Carver-Hawkeye
Arena with a 62-59 win over Iowa last night.
Gary Harris had 14 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Spartans
(13-3, 2-1 Big Ten), who faced a Hawkeyes team that was without leading
scorer Roy Devyn Marble.
Michigan State, who came back from a 12-point first half deficit, will play host
to the Nebraska Cornhuskers Sunday at the Breslin Center.




The University of Detroit Mercy rolled over Youngstown State 101-60 in Horizon
League play last night.
Jason Calliste led all scorers with 27 points, Ray McCallum contributed 19 and
Evan Bruinsma ended the night with 17.
The Titans, winners of their last five contests, are 11-and-5 overall and
3-and-0 in the conference. UDM returns to action on the road Saturday against
Cleveland State.   




And then there was two.
Top-ranked Duke and 2nd-ranked Michigan are the two remaining unbeaten teams in
college basketball as 4th-ranked Arizona was upset by Oregon last night
70-to-66.
E.J. Singler had 14 points with seven assists and seven rebounds for the Ducks,
who moved to 2-and-0 in Pac-12 play with a 13-and-2 overall record.




     (Top-25 College Basketball)

Oregon 70, (4) Arizona 66
(9) Gonzaga 83, Saint Mary's 78
(22) Michigan State 62, Iowa 59




                        ---N-B-A---

The Detroit Pistons are back on the court tonight as they take on the Bucks in
Milwaukee.
Detroit has idle since a 108-101 overtime loss on Sunday to the Charlotte
Bobcats.
Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank has spent this week evaluating his players and
coaches. On Wednesday, Frank said he used different player mixes during a
full-court scrimmage.
At 13-and-23, Frank says they need to focus on defensive fundamentals and
execution.
Forward Corey Maggette, who has been dealing with flu-like symptoms this week,
is questionable tonight against the Bucks.




A deal to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle appears to be falling apart.
The "Seattle Times" is citing an unnamed NBA source who says the Kings' owners
won't sell unless they can maintain some control over the team.
Yahoo! Sports had reported Wednesday the Maloofs were close to finalizing a
500-million-dollar deal with billionaire hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen.
Now that it's been revealed the team may be for sale, Sacramento Mayor Kevin
Johnson says he's trying to get a group of local investors together to buy the
team and keep them in Sacramento.




                   (N-B-A Scoreboard)

Indiana Pacers 81, New York Knicks 76
Dallas Mavericks 117, Sacramento Kings 112 (OT)
Portland Trailblazers 92, Miami Heat 90




                          ---N-H-L---

Two more Red Wings joined the mix at yesterday's informal skate in metro
Detroit.
Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg practiced with the team prior to the
start of training camp this weekend.
Filppula, who hurt his knee while playing in Finland during the lockout, said he
doesn't expect to miss any games.
Zetterberg, who played in Switzerland during the work stoppage, is expected to
be named the Red Wings captain following the retirement of Nick Lidstrom.




NHL players have begun voting on ratification of the new Collective Bargaining
Agreement.
The NHLPA says voting started last night at 8 p.m. Eastern and will continue for
36 hours, through tomorrow at 8 a.m. Eastern. Secret ballots will be cast
electronically and the results will be announced tomorrow morning. The NHL Board
of Governors ratified the new 10-year CBA on Wednesday. The Board voted its
approval by a 30-0 vote.
If players approve the deal, training camps are expected to open on Sunday with
the regular season expected to begin Saturday, January 19th.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the regular season schedule would be released
as soon as the players ratify the CBA.




                           ---N-F-L---

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (en-DOM-uh-kon Soo) has reportedly
settled a lawsuit stemming from an auto accident in December of 2011 in
Portland, Oregon.
The passenger in Suh's vehicle had filed the suit but agreed to a settlement and
the lawsuit was dismissed on January 3rd.
Saddia (SAY-dee-UH) Van Winkle charged Suh was negligent and was driving
recklessly when he crashed his vehicle into a light pole. Terms of the
settlement were not disclosed.




The Cleveland Browns have a new head coach.
Multiple outlets are reporting the Browns have hired Panthers offensive
coordinator Rob Chudzinski to lead the team.
The 44-year-old Chudzinski is a Toledo, Ohio native and was the Browns offensive
coordinator in 2007 and 2008 under head coach Romeo Crennel. He also spent time
in Cleveland as the tight ends coach in 2004.
An official announcement on the hiring could come as early as today.




                       ---M-L-B---

Major League Baseball is strengthening drug testing for players this year.
MLB and the Players Association have announced they will start random,
unannounced, in-season blood testing for human growth hormone this season.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig says the testing will begin this season.
Players were previously subject to unannounced blood testing only during spring
training and the offseason.
MLB has been randomly testing minor league players for HGH since July 2010 and
is now the only major North American sport to blood test unionized players.




                        ---NASCAR---

Thirty-four Sprint Cup Series teams have begun a three-day test session of the
new "G6" car at Daytona International Speedway. Teams are familiarizing
themselves with the new car ahead of the season-opening Daytona 500 on February
24th.
Defending Daytona 500 winner Matt Kenseth turned in the fastest time in Thursday
morning's session with a lap at just over 192 miles-per-hour.
The most recent test with the new car was last month at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. Testing will continue today and tomorrow at Daytona.

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