Michigan Sports

Pistons set season high for points in rout of 76ers

By AARON BRACY Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to get more energy from his first unit, especially Reggie Jackson. So, he used a new approach to Jackson’s minutes and it produced high-octane results. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 of his 26 points ...

Big East, Big Ten teams eye final NCAA bids

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The Big East has been strong at the top, led by defending national champion Villanova. The second-ranked Wildcats (23-3, 14-3 Big East) won the regular-season conference title and will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big East Tournament regardless of ...

Slow start forces Newberry to play catch up before falling

By Journal Sports Staff RUDYARD — A slow start hurt Newberry in the Class C girls basketball championship game played Friday as St. Ignace held on for a close 43-38 victory. “We were a little flustered to start the game,” Newberry head coach Fred Bryant said. “It took a while for us ...

Bemidji shuts out NMU in   playoff opener

By Journal Sports Staff BEMIDJI, Minnesota — Heading into their first-round WCHA playoff matchup with Bemidji State, the Northern Michigan University Wildcats knew that they would be dealing with a stout defense and a sharp goaltender. But that knowledge didn’t help out on the ice as ...

Detroit Red Wings trade Thomas Vanek to Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Thomas Vanek is headed to the Florida Panthers, who added some offensive punch on trade-deadline day in an effort to get back to the playoffs for a second straight season. Vanek was sent to Florida by the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a ...

Anthony Davis leads New Orleans Pelicans past Detroit Pistons, 109-86

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS — For all of power forward Anthony Davis’ usual dominance, a feisty play by point guard Tim Frazier seemed to turn a tight game into a fourth-quarter romp for the previously slumping Pelicans. Davis had 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, ...

Detroit Pistons defeat Portland at home in OT, 120-113

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer AUBURN HILLS — The Detroit Pistons rallied for another win after trailing by double digits. “That’s not a good formula,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I applaud our resilience. ... To be good, I’d like to play a more solid game from beginning to ...

Detroit Red Wings pull off pair of trades while winning game in overtime

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks got much the same result on Tuesday night — a farewell to a veteran teammate after the game. Justin Abdelkader scored 2:31 into overtime and Detroit beat Vancouver 3-2 while both teams dealt away players ahead ...

Detroit Red Wings sign defenseman Nick Jensen to 2-year deal

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a two-year deal, counting $812,500 against the salary cap each season. Jensen has three goals and eight points in 27 games this season. Detroit drafted the Minnesota native in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. The ...

Michigan State Spartans knock off No. 16 Wisconsin, 84-74

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING — Nick Ward made the most of his limited time on the court. Ward had 22 points and nine rebounds despite playing just 19 minutes because of foul trouble, helping Michigan State beat No. 16 Wisconsin 84-74 on Sunday. “He’s a big body. He’s ...

Late 5-point possession helps Boston Celtics get past Detroit Pistons, 104-98

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer AUBURN HILLS — Jaylen Brown was ready to shoot when the ball came to him in the right corner. Even he couldn’t have anticipated what was to come. Brown sank a 3-pointer while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, and the Boston Celtics ended up with ...

NHL teams expected to pick up trading pace over next week

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT (AP) — Brendan Smith was planning to spend his bye week in Florida, trying to relax. It might be tough for him to truly get away. The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, potentially an unrestricted free agent this summer, acknowledged he planned to keep an ...

Michigan beats Rutgers 68-64 behind Wilson’s double-double

By MATT SUGAM Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — D.J. Wilson scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, three other Wolverines scored in double figures, and Michigan beat Rutgers 68-64 on Wednesday. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14 points, Derrick Walton Jr. had 13 and Zak Irvin ...

Detroit Red Wings lose at home to New York Islanders, 3-1

By LARRY LAGE AP Hockey Writer DETROIT — The New York Islanders need to turn around their lackluster rate of success on the road to rally into the NHL playoffs. At the start of a nine-game road trip, they skated in the right direction. Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that ...

Detroit Pistons’ Reggie Jackson among those in trade talks

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer NEW ORLEANS — Jahlil Okafor viewed New Orleans during All-Star weekend with a different lens than usual, since he thought there was a chance it may have been his next home. That’s life in the rumor mill. Welcome to trade season, already underway in ...