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Boo Buie and Northwestern host Michigan State

Northwestern Wildcats (20-9, 11-7 Big Ten) at Michigan State Spartans (17-12, 9-9 Big Ten)

East Lansing, Michigan; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE

Northwestern visits the Michigan State Spartans after Boo Buie scored 27 points in Northwestern's 87-80 loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Spartans are 13-4 on their home court. Michigan State is 1-4 in one-possession games.

The Wildcats have gone 11-7 against Big Ten opponents. Northwestern is eighth in the Big Ten, scoring 74.4 points per game and is shooting 46.0%.

Michigan State's average of 6.6 made 3-pointers per game this season is only 0.4 fewer made shots on average than the 7.0 per game Northwestern gives up. Northwestern averages 8.3 made 3-pointers per game this season, 0.7 more makes per game than Michigan State allows.

TOP PERFORMERS

Tyson Walker is scoring 18.0 points per game with 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Spartans. Malik Hall is averaging 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 60.8% over the last 10 games for Michigan State.

Brooks Barnhizer is averaging 14.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals for the Wildcats. Buie is averaging 19.7 points over the last 10 games for Northwestern.

LAST 10 GAMES

Spartans: 5-5, averaging 70.9 points, 31.1 rebounds, 14.1 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 68.9 points per game.

Wildcats: 6-4, averaging 75.3 points, 33.0 rebounds, 15.0 assists, 5.4 steals and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 44.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 71.4 points.


Police say ex-NFL player Braylon Edwards is a hero for saving man during Farmington Hills YMCA assault

Former NFL player Braylon Edwards stepped in and saved the life of an 80-year-old man who was being attacked in the locker room at a suburban Detroit YMCA, police said Monday.

"If it wasn't for that intervention, we could very easily be talking about someone's death," said Jeff King, the police chief in Farmington Hills.

Authorities, meanwhile, filed an attempted murder charge against a 20-year-old man for the incident Friday at the recreation center.

Edwards, 41, said he was "just minding my business" when he heard a dispute about loud music.

"The noise escalates, and then you can hear some pushing and shoving, so you know what fighting sounds like," Edwards told WDIV-TV. "But once I hear a thud, that's when I got up and turned around."

Edwards stopped the assault of an elderly man who had a severe head injury. The 20-year-old suspect fled on foot before he was captured by police.

"He absolutely saved that man's life," King told The Associated Press. "I've been a police officer going on 29 years. When these assaults are ongoing, really bad things can happen."

The chief said the victim was in critical but stable condition at a hospital Monday.

Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald didn't mention Edwards by name but said: "I commend the witness who intervened, and we will seek justice for this victim."

McDonald called it a "vicious, senseless attack."

The alleged attacker appeared in court Saturday and remains in custody on a $250,000 bond.

"At the end of the day, that's what you do," Edwards said of his decision to get involved.

Edwards, a star receiver at Michigan, was a first-round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2005. He played eight seasons in the NFL, mostly with Cleveland and the New York Jets.

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Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin is out 2 weeks with injury

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will miss roughly the next two weeks because of injury, an absence that will test the team over its upcoming road trip and beyond.

Coach Derek Lalonde said Monday that Larkin would be out with a lower-body injury, which occurred in the team's loss to Florida over the weekend. Joe Veleno moves into the top-line center spot between Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane to temporarily fill in for Detroit's leading scorer.

"It's going to be probably more minutes for Joe," Lalonde said after practice. "A good challenge for us. Everyone goes through injuries. We didn't handle it very well the last time Dylan was out. I think we'll respond a little better this time around."

The Red Wings lost three of the four games Larkin missed in December, though as Lalonde pointed out that was also when they were dealing with injuries to several other players at the same time.

"We've been fortunate with our depth all year long, and this will be tested again and I'm confident in the group," Lalonde said. "These are the bumps. You want to stay in that battle, you want to get over that line, you've got to fight through some of these things and this is our opportunity."

Larkin, 27, has 26 goals and 28 assists for 54 points in 55 games this season. The Red Wings hold the first of two Eastern Conference wild-card spots and are on track to return to the playoffs and end a seven-year drought going back to their most recent appearance in 2016.

Lalonde called Larkin a driver for Detroit because of the stability he provides playing big minutes at even strength, on the power play and the penalty kill. It won't just be on Veleno to fill the void.

"Everyone's got to do a little bit more," Lalonde said. "I think they understand the task."

The Red Wings head out to visit Colorado on Wednesday, Arizona on Friday and Vegas on Saturday before wrapping up their stretch of road games next Tuesday, March 12, at Buffalo. Larkin could also miss additional home games against the Coyotes and Sabres and at Pittsburgh that are within this two-week span.

Tied with Tampa Bay in the standings but having played two fewer games, Detroit leads the New York Islanders by six points, Washington by seven and New Jersey by eight in the playoff race.


Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce officially announces retirement

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce has officially retired from the NFL after 13 seasons.

Kelce held an emotional, 45-minute press conference Monday at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia, with his parents, Ed and Donna, and brother, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs, in attendance.

The 36-year-old wore a sleeveless Eagles T-shirt and immediately burst into tears.

"Let's see how long this lasts," Kelce said.

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During his tear-filled press conference, Kelce recounted his storied career with the Eagles and thanked those who helped him reach new heights, both in Philadelphia and from his childhood.

Kelce played 13 seasons for the Eagles, won a Super Bowl and released two Christmas albums.

"It has always been a goal of mine to play my whole career in one city. And I couldn't have dreamt a better one and a better fit if I tried," Kelce said. "I don't know what's next, but I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that await. And I know that I carry with me the lessons from my time here and that forever we can all share the bond of being Philadelphians."

Philadelphia drafted Kelce in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft out of the University of Cincinnati. He played for four head coaches: Andy Reid, Chip Kelly, Doug Pederson and Nick Sirianni.

In his career, Kelce was named to seven Pro Bowls and named an All-Pro six times. He was both in 2023.

"I must admit, I am officially overrated. Vastly overrated," Kelce said. "But it took a lot of hard work and determination getting here. I have been the underdog my entire career and I mean this when I say it, I wish I still was. Few things gave me more joy than proving someone wrong. My mother used to tell people and still says to this day, 'If you want Jason to do something, all you have to is tell him he can't.' And that was true in more ways than I care to admit. I relish doubters, they fueled a fire within."

Kelce will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2029.  

"It is difficult to put into words how much Jason Kelce has meant to everyone in this organization, to the City of Philadelphia, and to our fans," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a lengthy statement posted to X. "He gave everything he had to all of us for 13 years. And he did it in a way that was truly authentic. Jason was an incredible football player; a future Hall of Famer who would have been successful anywhere. But has there ever been a more perfect marriage between a player, a city and a team?"

Highly regarded Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland posted a message on social media thanking Kelce.

"Jason, Some of my fondest coaching moments have been by your side these past 11 seasons. I'm so proud of the player you've worked to become and legacy you've built. I will miss having you by my side. It's been my honor & I congratulate you on an incredible career," Stoutland posted on X.

Kelce on Super Bowl LII parade speech

Kelce has become a legend in Philadelphia, both on and off the field. He adopted the city as his second home, and his 2018 rant during the Eagles' Super Bowl parade will forever be remembered as one of the most memorable speeches in sports history.

The 36-year-old said Monday that the epic speech wasn't his - it belongs to Philadelphia.

"I won't forget the parade and what it meant to the city of Philadelphia. The joy it brought our community and the closure it gave to so many. The stories from fans that had been waiting generations for that moment fulfilled that triumph to another level," Kelce said.

"On the route, I remember meeting a woman with ashes of a dead relative who she had promised wouldn't miss the parade if the Eagles had ever won it. A speech that had written itself and one that symbolized what we all lived as players as a team and as a city. That wasn't my speech. It was Philadelphia's."

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"A great blessing to play" in Philadelphia

During his press conference, Kelce spoke about everyone who helped him along the way to an NFL Hall of Fame career - from his parents to his high school band teacher to Reid and Sirianni to Stoutland.

Kelce also spoke about his relationship with his brother and what it was like to play in the "most passionate sports town in America."

"It's only poetic that I found my career being fulfilled in the City of Brotherly Love," Kelce said. "I knew that relationship all too well."

Then, Kelce described what it takes for an athlete to excel in Philadelphia. 

"Some people struggle in this city. They can't handle the boos, the media, or our fans," Kelce said. "I consider it a great blessing to play in the most passionate sports town in America. The sense of urgency in this city to win has pushed our organization, has fueled it to take chances, fix problems and work tirelessly in an effort to win."

Here's more from Kelce about playing in Philadelphia.

"At times, you hate it as an athlete, especially those new to the city, but when you've been through it enough, you learn to appreciate it. No one celebrates their own like the City of Philadelphia. Athletes become demigods in this city, even ones who deeds span decades before. The Eagles are the No. 1 ticket in town, the most talked about thing in nearly every moment.

But [with] that amount of attention, you better be ready to overcome the lows that will happen and persevere in the face of the criticism. Yes, they will let you know when you are not performing well. Every time. But they will also love you if you show effort, aggression, desire, the will to fight. They will love you in this city if you love it the way you love your brother.

You will be loved by going above and beyond to show that you care because they care. They've been caring for generations in this town about this team and they aren't about to accept excuses and soft-[expletive] nonsense representing the name on the front of the jersey, something they've invested their entire lives in. If you don't like what the fans and media are saying as a player, it's very easy. Love them. Treat them like your brothers. And go out and play your balls off. Wear your heart on your sleeve and I guarantee you change those narratives."


Miami Heat faces conference foe Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons (10-50, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (34-26, seventh in the Eastern Conference)

Miami; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE

Bam Adebayo and the Miami Heat host Cade Cunningham and the Detroit Pistons.

The Heat are 22-16 in Eastern Conference games. Miami is 13-11 in games decided by 10 points or more.

The Pistons are 7-29 in conference games. Detroit is seventh in the Eastern Conference with 14.8 fast break points per game led by Simone Fontecchio averaging 4.1.

The Heat average 110.6 points per game, 10.4 fewer points than the 121.0 the Pistons give up. The Pistons are shooting 47.0% from the field, 0.1% lower than the 47.1% the Heat's opponents have shot this season.

The teams meet for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Oct. 25 the Heat won 103-102 led by 22 points from Adebayo, while Cunningham scored 30 points for the Pistons.

TOP PERFORMERS

Adebayo is averaging 20.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Heat. Jimmy Butler is averaging 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals over the past 10 games for Miami.

Cunningham is averaging 22 points and 7.4 assists for the Pistons. Jaden Ivey is averaging 13.1 points over the past 10 games for Detroit.

LAST 10 GAMES

Heat: 8-2, averaging 113.1 points, 42.3 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 8.4 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.4 points per game.

Pistons: 3-7, averaging 107.8 points, 43.8 rebounds, 26.7 assists, 7.8 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.5 points.

INJURIES

Heat: Josh Richardson: out (shoulder), Tyler Herro: day to day (knee), Dru Smith: out for season (knee), Kevin Love: day to day (heel).

Pistons: Quentin Grimes: out (knee).


Caitlin Clark passes "Pistol" Pete Maravich's record to become all-time NCAA Division I scoring leader

Iowa's Caitlin Clark has become the all-time NCAA scoring leader, breaking the late Pete Maravich's 54-year-old record when she made two free throws after a technical foul was called in the No. 6 Hawkeyes' game against No. 2 Ohio State. 

Clark stood alone at the free throw line on Sunday and made the foul shots that left her standing alone atop the all-time NCAA Division I scoring chart.

The flash and pizzazz of her game have made her the biggest name in all of college basketball. Yet it was two free throws after a technical foul that pushed Clark past the late Pete Maravich's 54-year-old record in No. 6 Iowa's 93-83 win over No. 2 Ohio State.

Clark entered the game in Iowa City needing 18 points to pass Maravich's total of 3,667, amassed in just 83 games over three seasons at LSU (1967-70). She finished with 35 to run her total to 3,685 in 130 games.

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Guard Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates after breaking Pete Maravich's all-time NCAA scoring record during the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on March 3, 2024 in Iowa City, Iowa. Matthew Holst / Getty Images

Maravich's mark fell four days after Clark broke Lynette Woodard's major college women's record with 33 points against Minnesota on Wednesday.

Best known for her long 3-pointers, Clark was called on to go to the foul line after Cotie McMahon was assessed a technical for giving her a little push during a dead ball with less than a second to go in the first half.

Clark had no immediate reaction after the second shot went through, as if it hadn't sunk in yet.

Asked in a television interview at halftime if she was aware of the record when she stepped to the line, Clark said: "Not really. When they announced it and everybody screamed, that's when I knew."

Then the celebration was on, with Clark jumping around and pumping her fists in the air.

She had gotten off to a slow start Sunday. Her first shot was a 3-pointer that bounced off the rim. She missed a layup and from deep on the right wing before making a 3 from the left side for her first basket.

After starting 2 for 7, she made 3 of her next 4 shots - including three straight 3s, each deeper than the previous.

Woodard was among the attendees at Carver-Hawkeye Arena to help Clark celebrate senior day. Also on hand were basketball great Maya Moore, who was Clark's favorite player, and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

"It's a great time for women's basketball," Woodard said in a television interview. "Caitlin is leading the way. As she was chipping away, I said records are made to be broken. Also, they're made to be honored. Because of her, my records are being honored. She's gone beyond that now, she's gone beyond Pete ... I passed her the baton to go ahead and burst through that ceiling, and I'm so happy for her."

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Ohio State forward Cotie McMahon (32) attempts a basket under pressure from Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke (45) and guard Caitlin Clark (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Iowa City, Iowa. Cliff Jette / AP

On Thursday, Clark announced she would enter the 2024 WNBA draft and skip the fifth year of eligibility available to athletes who competed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever, and the WNBA already is seeing a rise in ticket sales.

Logitix, which researches prices on ticket resale platforms, reported an average sale price of $598 for a ticket to Sunday's game purchased since Feb. 1.

Kiran Nanjappa, who was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and now lives in Denver, said he paid more than $200 for his ticket.

"She's a truly once-in-a-lifetime player," he said. "I've been watching Iowa basketball for 40 years, and I've never seen a player like her, men's or women's. I'll just say this - I paid more to see her today than I paid to see Michael Jordan three times at the end of his career. And I never thought I'd say that."

Clark is all but assured of one or two more appearances at the arena in Iowa City. Iowa is projected to be a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament, meaning it would be at home for the first two rounds.

Pearl Moore of Francis Marion owns the overall women's record with 4,061 points from 1975-79 at the small-college level in the AIAW. Moore had 177 points at Anderson Junior College before enrolling at Francis Marion.

Clark is 376 points behind Moore, and she has only two to nine more games left in an Iowa uniform depending on how far the Hawkeyes advance in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

The fall of Maravich's record is subject to scrutiny.

Maravich's all-time scoring mark is one of the more remarkable in sports history. There was no shot clock or 3-point line in his era. The 3-point line was adopted in 1986.

Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game. He scored more than 60 in a game four times, topping out at 69 against Alabama on Feb. 7, 1970.

Clark averages 28.3 points for her career. Her career-best output was 49 points against Michigan on Feb. 15, when she passed Kelsey Plum as the NCAA women's Division I career scoring leader.

Clark has 55 games with at least 30 points, the most of any player in men's or women's college basketball over the last 25 years. She has six triple-doubles this season and 17 in her career.

"What Caitlin's done has been amazing. She's fantastic player, great for the women's game and basketball in general," Maravich's eldest son, Jaeson, told The Associated Press last week.

On Thursday, Clark announced she would enter the 2024 WNBA draft. She is skipping the fifth year of eligibility available to athletes who competed during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Maravich registered 3,667 points with the Tigers from 1967-1970 while averaging an astounding 44.2 points per game, according to CBS Sports.   


Jon Sanderson resigns as Michigan strength and conditioning coach after leaving basketball program

Jon Sanderson has resigned as a strength and conditioning coach at Michigan, two-plus months after he stopped working with the men's basketball program under coach Juwan Howard.

"We appreciate Jon's contributions over the years and wish him the best moving forward," school spokesman Kurt Svoboda said Friday.

A message seeking comment was left with Sanderson.

Howard, who had heart surgery in September, returned to his head coaching duties in mid-December after a review of an incident involving several individuals during a team practice. Sanderson did not join the team on the sideline for its Dec. 10 game at Iowa, and was not on the team's bench in subsequent games.

Athletic director Warde Manuel said in a Dec. 15 statement that a "thorough internal review" did not uncover anything that warranted disciplinary action for anyone involved.

Michigan, Howard and Sanderson have not shared specific details of the review or what led to it.

Former coach John Beilein hired Sanderson in 2009, and Howard retained him a decade later. He previously was the strength and conditioning coach at Clemson for its men's and women's basketball programs and worked at Marshall.

Sanderson played basketball at Ohio State, where he was the starting small forward on its Final Four team in 1999, and finished his college career at Ohio University. His son, Jonathan, is a highly touted sophomore point guard at Saline High School, which is near Michigan's campus.

The Wolverines are 8-21 — one short of a single-season record for losses — after losing by 30 points at Rutgers on Thursday night for their sixth straight loss and 10th setback in 11 games.

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Michigan State University sending Larry Nassar documents to Michigan attorney general

Michigan State University has begun sending documents from its investigation into convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar to state Attorney General Dana Nessel, the school said Friday.

A group of 2,000 documents was being transferred Friday, but the transfer of all 9,000 documents will take about a month, school spokesperson Emily Guerrant said.

The university is reviewing the documents and making redactions in line with privacy laws before sending them, Guerrant said.

"The university is committed to a trauma-informed approach throughout this process," MSU said in a news release. "This includes working closely with the attorney general's office to ensure the handling of the documents prioritizes confidentiality and privacy."

"The document transfer process will happen in several batches as the documents become ready after appropriate review and redactions are completed. The goal is to have this process completed in its entirety by the end of March," the release said.

The university has held onto some Nassar documents for years, claiming attorney-client privilege. But MSU's board of trustees waived that privilege on Dec. 15.

The attorney general's office has sought the documents since 2018, when Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison after admitting to molesting some of the nation's top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment. He was accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of women and girls.

Michigan State has been criticized for its handling of the Nassar investigation and its dealings with survivors in the aftermath of his arrest and conviction. The school has settled lawsuits filed by Nassar victims for $500 million.

Nessel said in December when the trustees voted to turn over the documents that her office will review them and reopen and expedite its investigation as soon as they are received.

"The students, the MSU community at-large, and most importantly, the victims of Larry Nassar have long been owed this transparency," Nessel said at the time.

Nessel previously had asked the school to release the documents to help shine a light on what the school knew about Nassar's abuse. She ended her investigation of the school's handling of the Nassar case in 2021 because the university refused to provide documents related to the scandal.


Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell receives A+ grade on NFL Players Association report card

(CBS DETROIT) - The NFL Players Association released its 2024 report card, showing some improvements in the Detroit Lions.

The team ranked 13th this year, compared to 15th in 2023. 

NFLPA used an A-F grading scale for the treatment of families, food and cafeteria, nutritionist and dietician, locker room, training room, training staff, weight room, strength coaches, team travel, head coach, and ownership.

Lions received its highest grade of an A for head coach Dan Campbell, putting him as the third highest-ranked head coach in the league.

"The players clearly enjoy working for him, with respondents calling out his willingness to listen to their locker room," read the report.

In 2023, Campbell led the team to a historic season, winning its first playoff game in 32 years. The Lions advanced to the NFC championship, losing to the San Francisco 49ers.

The team released a mini-movie highlighting the 2023 season.

In other categories, the team maintained a B grade for the treatment of families and improved its ranking from 12th to eighth. The team also saw a higher grade for its training room, from D in 2023 to B in 2024.

The team received its lowest grade in food/cafeteria (C grade) and nutritionist (C ). According to the report, 67% of players felt they had an individualized plan with a nutritionist. 

When it comes to food, players felt that while there were improvements, they wanted to see more variety in food options.


Steve Yzerman's patient plan paying off for Detroit Red Wings, who may end NHL playoff drought

Steve Yzerman's patient plan to turn around the Detroit Red Wings looks like it may be paying off.

The rolling Red Wings routed the Washington Capitals 8-3 on Tuesday night, winning six straight games for the first time in nearly five years with their first eight-goal game since 2017.

"We've got some work to do in some areas, but it's very encouraging," Yzerman said in an interview with The Associated Press after his team's latest win. "We're getting stronger as the season goes on."

Yzerman returned to Detroit in April, 2019 — three years after its last playoff game — to take on the tall task of fixing a franchise that had fallen on hard times after being one of the league's best for two-plus decades.

The Hockey Hall of Famer spent his entire NHL career in the Motor City, where he's a favorite athlete, and the fan base kept its faith in him even as the postseason drought lingered under his leadership.

The Red Wings seem to have their groove back and are moving toward their first playoff appearance since 2016.

"They're as good as any team in the National Hockey League," Capitals coach Spencer Carbery said.

Lately, that's been a fact.

Detroit has the longest active winning streak in the Eastern Conference — matched by only Nashville in the league — and leads the wild-card standings. The Red Wings are also closing in on Toronto for the Atlantic Division's third guaranteed spot in the playoffs.

Washington and the New York Islanders, who play at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday night, are among the teams chasing the Red Wings for a wild card.

If the Red Wings beat New York, it will be their first seven-game winning streak since January, 2012.

"These four-point games are new for us," Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. "This late in the season, there's a little extra urgency to them.

"But that team that's chasing, they're literally playing for their season. You saw that in New York last night, winning in Dallas, something not many people can do. We'll have (the Islanders') best again on Thursday."

The franchise's fans, which included Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson against Washington, are clearly fired up about the team's chances to make the playoffs. The seven-year postseason drought is Detroit's longest since the 1970s.

Lalonde is hoping Lions coach Dan Campbell is the next to make an appearance.

"I got the bat signal out," Lalonde said. "I know he's in the combine right now. Obviously I would love for him to come and address the boys."

The Red Wings are led offensively by Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond. They're getting plenty of scoring support from the likes of veteran Patrick Kane, who was signed in November, and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, who scored twice against the Capitals.

"We've got a pretty balanced attack with offensive contributions from all four lines, and defense," Yzerman told the AP.

Detroit unleashed its offense throughout the night against the Capitals and seven of its players had at least one point in a game for the first time in eight years.

"Right from the start, you could see the talent through their lineup and through their roster and the plays they make," Carbery said. "With the finish they had, it was on full display."

Yzerman refused to spend significant money in free agency, or via trades, until the team was good enough to compete and he decided the time to make moves was last summer.

Alex Lyon, a career backup, was signed to add depth and he has emerged as the No. 1 goaltender with a four-game winning streak of his own to improve his record to 18-8-2 this season.

Lyon finished with 18 saves for the Red Wings, whose last six-game run was from March 23, 2019, to April 2 of that year, to help hold off wild-card contenders for at least another night.

"All these games matter, but especially against teams that are right behind us," center Joe Veleno said. "That kind of gives us an extra chip on our shoulders when they come in here to play. It definitely feels a lot better to be in these positions."


Detroit Lions release mini-movie highlighting 2023 season: Where to watch

(CBS DETROIT) - The Detroit Lions had a historic season in 2023, winning their first playoff game in more than 30 years. The team released a mini movie Tuesday to highlight the season.

The film features head coach Dan Campbell talking to the team about the season and the desire to make it to the playoffs.

"I want to do something special. You will do something special, gentlemen, and we will never forget this season," Campbell said in the film.

Click here to watch the film.

After taking out the Los Angeles Rams in the wild card, the Lions moved to the divisional round, advancing further after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Lions finished the season at the NFC championship, losing to the San Francisco 49ers, and many cannot forget the unforgettable season the team had.


Zach Edey matches season high with 35 points, helps Purdue bounce back to beat Michigan 84-76

Zach Edey took advantage of Michigan's attempts to defend him with only one player.

Edey matched his season high with 35 points and had 15 rebounds, helping No. 3 Purdue bounce back from a rough start to beat the Wolverines 84-76 on Sunday.

"I'm used to getting doubled as soon as I catch it, as soon as I dribble, but they wanted to play me 1 on 1," he said. "My teammates recognized that and got me the ball a lot. I just tried to do what I do."

The 7-foot-4 Edey made 14 of 18 shots and scored 35 points for the third time this season, falling three short of equaling his career high.

"He probably would have scored 35 on me too," said Michigan coach Juwan Howard, a member of the school's Fab Five and a former NBA standout.

The Boilermakers (25-3, 14-3 Big Ten) are closing in on winning a second straight conference championship, building a 2 1/2-game lead over No. 12 Illinois with three regular-season games left on their schedule.

The Wolverines (8-20, 3-14) moved closer to clinching last place in the Big Ten with their fifth straight loss and 10th setback in 11 games under their embattled coach.

Michigan saw about half of its arena filled with black-and-gold-wearing fans chanting and cheering for the visitors, eight days after Michigan State fans in the stands made it look and sound as if the Wolverines were playing on the road.

"It felt like Mackey Arena in there tonight," Michigan senior forward Terrance Williams II said.

Matt Painter, who played at Purdue in the early 1990s and has coached there for nearly two decades, said he had never had a similar experience on the road in the Big Ten.

"I told our guys at halftime, 'This might never happen again, so give them something to cheer about,'" Painter said.

Dug McDaniel had 19 points and six assists for the Wolverines, who had four more scorers reach double digits.

As usual, Edey had a few teammates contributing offensively. Lance Jones scored 15, Braden Smith had 11 points and Fletcher Loyer added nine.

The Wolverines played well early in the game and led 22-15 before Purdue took control for good, surging into a 47-36 lead at halftime.

"Michigan just played better than us in the first 10 minutes of the game," Painter said. "To our guys credit, our guys stayed with it and just made more shots."

Michigan pulled within seven points midway through the second half, Edey answered with consecutive layups and the Boilermakers were able to keep a relatively comfortable cushion.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey had another dominant performance, perhaps increasing his chances to repeat as The Associated Press men's college basketball player of the year.

Michigan: Howard has a chance to set a single-season school record for losses, faring worse than John Beilein's first team did with a 10-22 record during the 2007-08 season.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Boilermakers might move up Monday in the AP Top 25 because they also routed Rutgers 96-68 and top-ranked UConn lost by 19 points to Creighton.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Saturday night.

Michigan: At Rutgers on Thursday night.


Patrick Kane scores in overtime, sending Detroit Red Wings past the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2

Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway 1:43 into overtime in his return to Chicago, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night.

Kane was all alone when he got the puck before skating in and beating Petr Mrazek for his 12th goal. The dynamic winger then held his arms in the air as the United Center crowd cheered.

Kane starred for the Blackhawks for 16 seasons before he was traded to the New York Rangers a year ago. He signed with Detroit as a free agent and was repeatedly saluted with raucous cheers from a season-high crowd of 21,141 in his first game against his first NHL team.

Kane's Chicago homecoming coincided with the Blackhawks retiring Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios' No. 7 jersey in a pregame ceremony. Chelios also spent time with the Red Wings during his playing career.

Kane has five goals and seven assists during an eight-game point streak. Detroit has won five straight games.

Nick Foligno and MacKenzie Entwistle scored for last-place Chicago, which has dropped four in a row. Mrazek made 28 saves.

Detroit tied it at 2 when Alex DeBrincat scored on a bad-angle shot that just trickled past Mrazek with 4:16 to play. Kane picked up an assist on DeBrincat's 22nd goal.

DeBrincat also played with Kane with the Blackhawks, scoring 160 goals in five seasons before he was traded to Ottawa in July 2022.

Chicago wasted two prime chances to open a 3-1 lead before DeBrincat delivered. Joey Anderson came up empty on a rebound attempt 8:25 into the third, and Connor Bedard was denied by James Reimer on a breakaway midway through the period.

Detroit jumped in front on Daniel Sprong's 16th goal with 41 seconds left in the first period. Christian Fischer found Sprong in the left circle, and he beat Mrazek as he tumbled to the ice.

Chicago responded with two in the second. After whiffing on a check attempt on Sprong on Detroit's goal, Entwistle tied it at 1 when he converted a nice setup by Reese Johnson at 3:29. Foligno then made it 2-1 when he got a piece of Bedard's power-play shot with 2:08 left in the period.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host Washington on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks: Host Colorado on Thursday night.


Federal judge grants injunction suspending NCAA's NIL rules

The NCAA will have to punt on enforcing its name, image, and likeness restrictions for now, due to a preliminary injunction granted Friday in a lawsuit against the organization.

The 13-page memorandum signed by U.S. District Judge Clifton Corker found that an NCAA policy banning college recruits from discussing NIL opportunities before they enroll in university caused "irreparable harm" to student-athletes.

"Without relief, the NCAA will continue to deprive Plaintiff States' athletes of information about the market value for their NIL rights, thereby preventing them from obtaining full, fair-market value for those rights," the opinion states. "Their labor generates massive revenues for the NCAA, its members, and other constituents in the college athletics industry — none of whom would dare accept such anticompetitive restrictions on their ability to negotiate their own rights. Those athletes shouldn't have to either." 

The antitrust lawsuit, filed by the states of Tennessee and Virginia in January, argues that the NCAA is violating the Sherman Act by unfairly restricting how athletes commercially use NIL. 

Following a 2021 Supreme Court ruling, the NCAA changed its policies to allow college athletes and recruits to earn money through extracurricular means, such as endorsement deals and personal appearances, as long as they remain consistent with state laws. However, according to CBS Sports, under the NCAA's policies, universities cannot recruit either high school athletes or transfer portal entrants using NIL opportunities.

"The NCAA is thumbing its nose at the law. After allowing NIL licensing to emerge nationwide, the NCAA is trying to stop that market from functioning," the lawsuit states. 

It goes on to argue that the organization's ban on prospective athletes discussing NIL limits competition and decreases compensation levels versus a true free market.

The states seek a permanent injunction "barring the NCAA from enforcing its NIL-recruiting ban or taking any other action to prevent prospective college athletes and transfer candidates from engaging in meaningful NIL discussions prior to enrollment."

The preliminary injunction issued Friday restrains the NCAA from enforcing any NIL compensation restrictions until a full and final decision is reached.

In a statement Friday evening provided to CBS Sports, the NCAA said that "turning upside down rules overwhelmingly supported by member schools will aggravate an already chaotic collegiate environment, further diminishing protections for student-athletes from exploitation. The NCAA fully supports student-athletes making money from their name, image and likeness and is making changes to deliver more benefits to student-athletes, but an endless patchwork of state laws and court opinions make clear partnering with Congress is necessary to provide stability for the future of all college athletes."


Road to Lakeland: Previewing the 2024 Detroit Tigers season as spring training gets underway

(CBS DETROIT) - If you look around the four major sports teams in Detroit, there are three things they have in common:

They are young, talented, and inexperienced.

The Lions are the clear-cut standout here, winning the NFC North for the first time in decades, taking care of the Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in back-to-back playoff games at Ford Field before losing a heartbreaker to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship.

Across the street at Little Caesars Arena, it's the tale of two very different teams. The Red Wings have a bright future in Dylan Larkin, Alex DeBrincat and Alex Lyon, and are ready to contend right now. 

Meanwhile, the Pistons are dragging their feet through a historically bad season, still trying to build around Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren and Jaden Ivey, and it might be some time before we see them in the playoffs.

Then there's the Tigers.

A look at the Detroit Tigers pitching rotation in 2024 06:34

Entering this season, Detroit hasn't made the playoffs since 2014. Guys like Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, J.D. Martinez and David Price left Detroit to get the one thing done they couldn't do here: win a World Series.

But don't let the smoke and mirrors of 'the rebuild' get in the way; this could be the season the Tigers finally end their playoff drought. Entering this offseason, president of baseball operations Scott Harris was quick to make a move, trading for veteran outfielder Mark Canha.

A trade Tigers radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson says was an important one.

"You're going to still rely on young hitters to make it better this year, but you had to start lengthening the lineup," Dickerson said. "There just were too many dead spots in the lineup; Mark Canha helps lengthen the lineup."

Canha isn't the only new player to don the Old English D this season. Starting pitchers Kenta Maeda, Jack Flaherty and Shelby Miller all signed contracts. Andrew Chafin was also signed, but he's making his second stint in Detroit. Of all the new additions, Detroit might have found lightning in a bottle with Flaherty.

In 2019, Flaherty was one of the league's top arms. A 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts, all while holding batters to a .192 batting average, put him on the map. But hasn't been the same ever since.

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 08: Jack Flaherty #15 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Texas Rangers during the fifth inning in Game Two of the Division Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 08, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. / Getty Images

Last season, he was traded to Baltimore, where he went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in just nine appearances. But at 28 years old, it's very likely he still has something left in the tank.

"The Tigers now see he's (Flaherty) healthy; we can get him back to that level because they've got the staff to do it," Dickerson said.

How the Detroit Tigers can win the AL Central in 2024 03:50

After cycling through 17 different starting pitchers in 2023, the Tigers are no strangers to injuries.

Casey Mize should be back this year but hasn't pitched since April 2022 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and back surgery. Tarik Skubal underwent surgery on his elbow in August of 2022 and returned halfway through last season. Matt Manning could not catch a break in 2023, spending significant time on the injured list, breaking his right foot twice in one season. Fortunately, he is expected to be ready for spring training.

Dickerson says the constant cycle of starting pitchers took a toll on the offense. Some of those pitchers only had a handful of starts in the majors; others were returning from the injured list.

"…that can have an impact on the offense…all of a sudden you're down three nothing, four nothing in the first or second inning, that takes a toll and that sucks the life out of the offense, and that absolutely can have an impact," Dickerson said.

While young and exciting to watch, that offense still has a long way to go.

With Miguel Cabrera retiring at the end of last season, the identity of the team quickly shifts to the future of the young guys: Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter. 

The good news: all three took major strides between their rookie and sophomore seasons. However, this season should answer the question: can they live up to the hype?

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN - SEPTEMBER 28: Spencer Torkelson #20 of the Detroit Tigers hits a three run home run in front of Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on September 28, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan. / Getty Images

From a power standpoint, Torkelson really hit his stride in 2023. In 2022, he only hit eight home runs in 110 games. It's no secret his rookie season was a disappointment. Let's not forget he was optioned back to the minors after months of struggles. In 2023, Torkelson hit 31 home runs in 159 games, finally showing the power that hyped his way to going No. 1 overall in the 2020 draft.

What to expect from Javier Báez in 2024 06:59

In Greene's case, it's injuries that are holding him back from his full potential. He only played in 93 games during his rookie season after fracturing his foot in spring training. It was two more trips to the injured list in 2023, with the second leading to Tommy John surgery on his elbow.

Greene played only six more games last season than he did in 2022, but he hit six more home runs, cut down on strikeouts, and raised his batting average.

As for Carpenter, he put himself on the map in 2023. In 118 games, he hit 20 home runs, showing power to all fields while slashing .273/.340/.471.

So, the young guys are clearly talented, but what does this mean from here on out? Are the Tigers primed and ready to win the division in 2024?

Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Javier Baez #28 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 24, 2023 in Oakland, California. / Getty Images

"The quickest way to get there is with pitching and defense, and I think that's exactly what they're trying to do," Dickerson said. "I will be surprised if they aren't in it, meaning close to first place all season long."

Dickerson says he's looking for a strong start. That's something the Tigers haven't gotten off to in quite some time after going 7-13 and 10-16 in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

The identity of the Detroit Tigers without Miguel Cabrera 06:13

Still, there are plenty more unanswered questions, such as, will Javier Baez finally have a good season at the plate? Can the team stay healthy throughout the year? Which young guys get the call out of camp, and do they come out hot or struggle to hit big-league pitching? The list goes on.

If there was ever a time to be optimistic, surely it's now, and the Tigers can be the third domino to fall of making Detroit sports fun to watch once again.


Detroit Lions re-sign kicker Michael Badgley to one-year contract

The Detroit Lions have re-signed kicker Michael Badgley to a one-year contract.

Detroit made the move Thursday, bringing back the kicker who closed the regular season with the team and played in all three playoff games. Badgley also kicked for the Lions in 2022.

He made all four of his field-goal attempts in four games during the regular season and tied a playoff team record with a 54-yard field goal against the Los Angeles Rams, helping the Lions win their first playoff game in more than three decades.

Badgley has made 98 of 119 field goals with the Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Chicago and the Lions since he made his NFL debut in 2018 with the Chargers.


Patrick Kane scores in OT to give Detroit Red Wings 2-1 victory over Avalanche

The Detroit Red Wings would have lost a game like this a year ago. A year ago, though, they didn't have Patrick Kane.

Kane scored at 3:42 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin dropped a pass to Kane, who whipped a quick shot from the top of the hash marks past Avalanche goalie Justus Annunen for his 10th goal of the season.

The third-highest scoring American player in NHL history, Kane signed with the Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent in late November. He's the 12th player on the team to register at least 10 goals so far this season.

"There's goals out there that we couldn't find last year," Detroit coach Derek Lalonde said. "We find that throughout all the guys. With that depth and that star, we're finding some of those goals."

Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche. Larkin had Detroit's other goal.

The victory ended the Red Wings' 10-game losing streak against the Avalanche. Detroit hadn't won against Colorado since a 5-3 victory on March 18, 2017 at Joe Louis Arena. Thursday's win was the first by the Red Wings over the Avalanche in six tries at Little Caesars Arena.

The Avalanche had won 10 in a row over the Red Wings dating to a 4-3 overtime victory on Nov. 19, 2017.

"I thought we got our legs toward the end of the first," Lalonde said. "I thought from the second on we were a pretty good team. I think we got what we deserved today, a full two points."

Annunen made 28 saves while Detroit goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 30 shots.

"Justus was the reason we got a point," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "I thought he was really good."

Bednar wasn't willing to say the same things about the rest of his team.

"I think when we look at it, we'll see we had the more dangerous chances in the first period and maybe into the second, but they flipped the script on us," Bednar said. "I think we were trying to make the right plays, but the execution wasn't very good."

Following a scoreless first period, MacKinnon gave Colorado the lead 4:49 into the second period. Mikko Rantanen fed MacKinnon as he neared the Detroit net and he flipped a close-range shot over Lyon's right shoulder for his 34th goal of the season. MacKinnon is second in the NHL scoring race with 93 points.

Larkin tied the score on the power play with 7:58 remaining in regulation. Taking a pass from David Perron, Larkin snapped a high shot past Annunen on his stick side for his team-leading 25th goal of the season.

With 66 points, Detroit moved past Tampa Bay into the first Eastern Conference wild-card spot. The Red Wings have two games in hand on the Lightning.

"Every game is huge right now," Kane said. "I think this group and this team has done a great job to get into this position and be playing these meaningful games."

The Red Wings have won three games in a row and are 4-0-1 over their past five home games. Colorado's two-game winning streak came to an end. The Avalanche are 1-4-1 in their last six road games.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Return home to play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Red Wings: Face the St. Louis Blues at home on Saturday.


Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart suspended for 3 games for punching Suns' Drew Eubanks; assault charge dropped

(CBS DETROIT) - An assault charge filed against Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart for punching Phoenix Suns' Drew Eubanks has been dropped, court records show.

This comes the same day that the NBA suspended Stewart on Thursday for three games, making him ineligible to play against the Indiana Pacers.

The charge was dismissed a day before he was set to be arraigned on Friday.

Stewart was arrested on Feb. 14 after Phoenix police said he punched Eubanks during an argument in the parking lot of Footprint Center. Both men were separated by security.

Stewart, who was expected that night against the Suns, received a citation and was released.

While a Suns spokesperson called the attack Eubanks "unprovoked," the Pistons said it was cooperating with the investigation.

Stewart missed seven games prior to the incident due to an injury.


Michigan Wolverines visit Ryan Langborg and Northwestern Wildcats

Michigan Wolverines (8-18, 3-12 Big Ten) at Northwestern Wildcats (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten)

Evanston, Illinois; Thursday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE

Northwestern faces the Michigan Wolverines after Ryan Langborg scored 26 points in Northwestern's 76-72 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Wildcats have gone 13-1 at home. Northwestern is sixth in the Big Ten at limiting opponent scoring, allowing 69.6 points while holding opponents to 45.1% shooting.

The Wolverines are 3-12 in Big Ten play. Michigan gives up 78.9 points to opponents while being outscored by 3.7 points per game.

Northwestern is shooting 45.7% from the field this season, 0.2 percentage points lower than the 45.9% Michigan allows to opponents. Michigan has shot at a 45.3% clip from the field this season, 0.2 percentage points higher than the 45.1% shooting opponents of Northwestern have averaged.

The matchup Thursday is the first meeting this season for the two teams in conference play.

TOP PERFORMERS

Boo Buie is averaging 19 points and 5.1 assists for the Wildcats. Brooks Barnhizer is averaging 14.5 points over the last 10 games for Northwestern.

Tarris Reed, Jr. is averaging 9.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Wolverines. Nimari Burnett is averaging 1.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Michigan.

LAST 10 GAMES

Wildcats: 6-4, averaging 76.6 points, 32.7 rebounds, 15.2 assists, 7.0 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 43.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 73.9 points per game.

Wolverines: 2-8, averaging 67.4 points, 34.3 rebounds, 11.6 assists, 3.6 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 41.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 80.7 points.


Detroit Lions add 3 to defensive coaching staff

(CBS DETROIT) - The Detroit Lions announced the addition of three defensive coaches on Wednesday.

Deshea Townsend will be the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, Terrell Williams will be the defensive line coach and run game coordinator and Jim O'Neil will be the defensive assistant. 

Townsend joins the Detroit Lions after spending two seasons as the passing game coordinator and cornerbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also spent time coaching the Bears, Giants, Titans and Cardinals.

Before starting his coaching career, Townsend played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 13 seasons from 1998 to 2009 and then for the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. 

Williams joins the Lions after coaching the Titans for the past six seasons. Before the Titans, he coached the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders.

O'Neil was recently the defensive coordinator at Northwestern. This will be his 12th season coaching in the NFL. He has spent time coaching for the Raiders, 49ers, Browns, Bills and Jets. 


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