Thursday Morning State Sports Summary
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:35:56 EDT


The Detroit Red Wings two game winning streak has been snapped with a 4-to-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild last night at Joe Louis Arena.
Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored for the Red Winds, while Jimmy Howard gave up four goals on 19 shots.
The Wings will be on the road for the next four games, beginning with a stop in Anaheim to take on the Ducks tomorrow night and then again on Saturday before moving onto Phoenix and San Jose.

(N-H-L Scoreboard)

Anaheim Ducks 4, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Detroit Red Wings 2
Colorado Avalanche 4, Dallas Stars 3
San Jose Sharks 4, Edmonton Oilers 3 (SO)

---College Basketball---

The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans tip-off the NCAA Tournament today.
The Wolverines and Spartans are both playing in Auburn Hills.
The third-seeded Spartans (25-8), playing out of the Midwest Region, will take on 14th-seeded Valparaiso (26-7) this afternoon at the Palace. Tip-off is set for 12:15 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Wolverines (26-7), playing out of the South Region, will take on 13th-seeded South Dakota State (25-9). Tip-off for that match-up is 7:15 p.m.

Jahii Carson nearly registered a triple-double in leading the Arizona State Sun Devils to an 83-68 rout of the Detroit Titans in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
Jason Calliste scored 19 points, Ray McCallum, added 16 and Doug Anderson chipped in 12 for Detroit (20-13).

James Madison and La Salle have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following wins in the First Four.
A.J. Davis posted 20 points and five rebounds as the Dukes defeated LIU Brooklyn 68-55 in a battle of 16-seeds in Dayton.
James Madison will meet top-seeded Indiana on Friday. The Explorers beat Boise State 80-71 in a meeting of 13-seeds. La Salle will face fourth-seeded Kansas State Friday in Kansas City.

The Round of 64 gets underway today with 16 games on tap.
Number-one seeds Louisville and Gonzaga are both in action today. The Cardinals play North Carolina A&T as part of theMidwest Region in Lexington, while the Bulldogs face Southern University in the West Region in Salt Lake City.


After a day off, the Detroit Tigers return to Grapefruit League play this evening against the Houston Astros in Lakeland, Florida. First pitch is 6:05 p.m.
Justin Verlander will make his next to last spring training start, while Bruce Rondon will also work from the mound.
Outfielder Andy Dirks is listed as day-to-day after he bruised his right knee crashing against a wall in Detroit's loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Outfielder Quintin Berry is not expected to play today as he deals with a sore left knee.

(M-L-B Spring Training)

at NY Yankees 4, Boston 0
at Baltimore 6, Toronto 5
at Atlanta 18, Pittsburgh 9
Washington 7, at Miami 5
at LA Angels 6, Cleveland 5
Arizona 4, at Chicago White Sox 2
at Kansas City 7, LA Dodgers 2
San Francisco 6, at San Diego 4
NY Mets 7, at Houston 5


LeBron James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Heat rallied past the Cavaliers 98-95 for their 24th straight victory.
Mario Chalmers added 17 points for Miami, which came back from a 27-point deficit to improve to 53-and-14.
Miami was outscored 23-to-10 in the second quarter, but scored 64 points in the second half compared to Cleveland's 40 points. The Lakers hold the NBA record for most consecutive wins at 33, which was set in 1971-72.

If the Detroit Pistons want to end the Heat's 24-game winning streak in Miami Friday, they're going to have to do it short handed.
Guard Brandon Knight is questionable because of a sprained left ankle.
Forward Andre Drummond is doubtful because of a stress fracture in his lower back.
Knight and Drummond have worked out this week, but have not been cleared to practice.
Guard Jose Calderon is listed as probable against the Heat because of flu-like symptoms. Detroit has lost nine straight games.

(N-B-A Scoreboard)

Miami Heat 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 95
Charlotte Bobcats 107, Toronto Raptors 101
Atlanta Hawks 98, Milwaukee Bucks 90
New York Knicks 106, Orlando Magic 94
New Orleans Hornets 87, Boston Celtics 86
Brooklyn Nets 113, Dallas Mavericks 96
Memphis Grizzlies 90, Oklahoma City Thunder 89 (OT)
Houston Rockets 100, Utah Jazz 93
San Antonio Spurs 104, Golden State Warriors 93
Washington Wizards 88, Phoenix Suns 79
Los Angeles Clippers 101, Philadelphia 76ers 72

---College Football---

Michigan Wolverines junior linebacker Jake Ryan is out with a torn ACL.
The Wolverines' leading tackler from last season was injured at the start of the team's spring practices. Ryan led U-of-M with 88 tackles, four-and-a-half sacks and was third in the Big Ten with 16 tackles for a loss.
He also set a Michigan single-season record wtih five forced fumbles.
Head coach Brady Hoke says Ryan will attack his rehab like everything else and will be back when he's ready.


The NFL eliminated, approved and changed rules Wednesday during the annual league meetings in Phoenix.
Gone is the infamous tuck rule, which was eliminated by a 29-1-2 vote.
NFL owners also passed a new rule that bans players from leading with the top, or crown, of their helmets outside of the
tackle box.
In addition, league owners also voted to change a rule which relates to the illegal throwing of the challenge flag.

The Brian Urlacher (URR-lock-er) era is over in Chicago.
Bears General Manager Phil Emery says they have been unable to agree to a new contract with the eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker and are moving forward without him.
Urlacher has spent his entire 13-year career with Chicago, but was slowed by a knee injury last season. The 34-year-old is now a free agent for the first time.

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