Friday Morning State Sports Summary
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:55:09 EST
---College Basketball---

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points as fifth-ranked Michigan bounced back from its first loss of the season by posting a 83-75 win
over ninth-ranked Minnesota in a key Big Ten clash from Williams Arena last night.
Trey Burke added 18 points and nine assists for Michigan (17-1, 4-1 Big Ten), which shot 54.9 percent from the floor as a team. Minnesota (15-3, 3-2) also went 50 percent (8-of-16) from 3-point distance, but was hurt by 15 turnovers that the Wolverines converted into 24 points to hand the Golden Gophers a second straight defeat following an 11-game win streak.
The Wolverines are back in action January 24th against Purdue.




(Top-25 College Basketball)

(3) Duke 73, Georgia Tech 57
(5) Michigan 83, (9) Minnesota 75
(8) Gonzaga 71, Portland 49
(10) Florida 68, Texas A&M 47
(21) Oregon 76, Southern California 74
(22) VCU 92, Saint Joseph's 86 (OT)
Northwestern 68, (23) Illinois 54
(24) UCLA 74, Oregon State 64




---N-B-A---

Carmelo Anthony posted 26 points and four assists as the New York Knicks beat the Detroit Pistons, 102-87, in London yesterday. Iman Shumpert made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury to score eight points, and he hit two from behind the arc.
Amar'e Stoudemire added 17 points off the bench including hitting 11-of-12 from the free throw line. New York improved to 25-and-13.
Reserve Will Bynum paced Detroit with 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting. Andre Drummond contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in only 23 minutes.
The Pistons, who dropped their record to 14-and-25, is back in action Sunday against Boston.




(N-B-A Scoreboard)

New YorK Knicks 102, Detroit Pistons 87
Los Angeles Clippers 90, Minnesota Timberwolves 77
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Phoenix Suns 94
Miami Heat 99, Los Angeles Lakers 90




---N-F-L---

The Detroit Lions have signed former Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas to a reserve/futures contract.
Thomas was taken by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 draft and has also played with the Panthers and the Giants.
He has 43 career receptions for 482 yards and three touchdowns, and also averaged just over 24 yards per carry on 60 kickoff returns.




The conference's top two seeds square off Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers face the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome.
The 49ers are back in the conference title game after outgunning the Green Bay Packers 45-31 in last weekend's divisional playoff matchup in San Francisco.
Atlanta is a win away from its first Super Bowl since 1999 after a thrilling 30-28 victory over Seattle in the divisional round. The top-seeded Falcons blew a 27-7 lead before pulling out the win on Matt Bryant's 49-yard field goal in the closing seconds.




Familiar foes meet in the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year as the Baltimore Ravens battle the New England Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The Ravens lost a heartbreaking, 23-20 decision in last year's matchup, with kicker Billy Cundiff missing a potential game-tying, 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.
The Patriots reached this year's AFC title game by humbling the Houston Texans 41-28 in last weekend's division round. New England is seeking its sixth Super Bowl berth in the Brady-Bill Belichick era.




The NFL's final head coaching vacancy has been filled, as the Arizona Cardinals have chosen Bruce Arians as their next coach. The deal is for four years with a team option for a fifth.
Arizona will introduce Arians at a Friday press conference.
Arians will replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired on Dec. 31 after recording his second losing season in three years. The 60-year-old Arians served as the offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts this past season.




---N-H-L---

The Detroit Red Wings returned to Joe Louis Arena yesterday for practice.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl and forward Mikael Samuelsson are listed as questionable for Saturday's game at St. Louis because of groin injuries.
Head coach Mike Babcock says forward Darren Helm won't play against the Blues because of a back injury.
Babcock also said that goalie Joey MacDonald continues to rehabilitate his back and expects to play at some point this season.




---College Football---

A young Southern California woman is the victim of identity theft in the hoax involving Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o (MAN-tye TAY-oh), her friends and family say.
The "New York Daily News" reports that friends of Diane O'Meara say the 23-year-old woman found herself at the heart of the scandal after a photo of her was taken from her Facebook page and passed off as a shot of Te'o's tragically dead but ultimately fictitious girlfriend.
O'Meara is a former classmate of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (RO-nah-EE-ah TOO-ee-ah-suh-SO-po). He's said to be the mastermind of what Te'o now calls an embarrassing scam.




---Cycling---

Lance Armstrong finally admitted that he doped and repeatedly used several banned substances throughout his once-distinguished, now tarnished cycling career, confirming years of rumors and accusations of illegal drug use by the disgraced former 7-time Tour de France champion and putting an end to Armstrong's repeated defiant denials that he cheated.
In the first of a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on the television personality's OWN Network on Thursday, Armstrong revealed that he did in fact take part in blood doping and transfusions, used EPO, testosterone, cortisone and human
growth hormone and performed all of the above throughout the entirety of his record-setting run of seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999-2005.


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