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Wings Fall To Sharks In O.T. 4-3

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The surging San Jose Sharks weren’t at their best. Still, they did enough to keep their winning streak going.

Kevin Labanc had a goal, two assists and the shootout winner as the beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.

 

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Logan Couture had three assists and Erik Karlsson and Marc-Edouard Vlasic scored for San Jose.

“When you’re putting together a winning streak, you’re going to win all kinds of different ways,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “You’re going to put some solid games together, and you’re going to have to win some like this.”

Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Taro Hirose added one for Detroit, which has lost 12 of 16.

 

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The Sharks have 21 points in 21 games (10-10-1), the first time reaching the point-per-game mark since they were 3-3-0 on Oct. 15.

“We’re obviously in a better spot now than we were six games ago, and we still have a long way to go,” said Karlsson, who played in his 700th NHL game. “I think we’re finding ways to win games now. I don’t think we played well in Anaheim or tonight in long stretches, but we’re finding a way.”

Martin Jones had 25 saves and stopped all three Red Wings attempts in the shootout. Among his saves was a sensational one that robbed Brendan Perlini of a power-play goal midway through the second with San Jose up 2-1.

San Jose’s NHL-best killing unit held the Red Wings scoreless on three power plays including one in overtime.

 

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“He made massive saves,” Couture said of Jones. “That penalty kill, and save in the second was huge … He’s playing great. Big reason we got two points was him tonight.”

Jimmy Howard had 16 saves and stopped 2 of 3 shootout attempts.

 

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Athanasiou tied it at 3 by scoring his fifth of the season with 4:14 left. He took a no-look pass from Valtteri Filppula on a 2-on-1 and fired a 35-footer past Jones.

Karlsson broke a 2-2 tie at 12:32 of the second on a power play.

Labanc snapped a streak of eight games without a goal when he scored his sixth with just under a minute left in the first of a scoreless game. He hadn’t tallied a point in his previous five games.

Vlasic fired a in long shot just over a minute into the second to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead.

 

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The Red Wings answered 13 seconds later on Athanasiou’s fourth goal, and they tied it midway through the second on Hirose’s first goal of the season in his 18th game.

“Overall we played pretty good hockey,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “We weren’t perfect, I thought we played fast a lot of the times, I thought our gaps were better, I thought our O-zone offense was better. We leaked a little oil at the end of the hockey game and I thought we were good in overtime.”

NOTES: Red Wings C Luke Glendening was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a wrist injury. … D Filip Hronek (lower body) missed his second straight game. … D Mike Green missed Saturday’s game for personal reason. … F Givani Smith was assigned to the team’s team’s AHL Grand Rapids affiliate. … Sharks C Tomas Hertl was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday’s game against Anaheim in the third period after sustaining a blow to his right knee. Hertl had his five-game goal scoring streak snapped, one game short of the team record (Owen Nolan, Jan. 20-30, 2003). … Couture 11 pts (two goals, nine assists) in his last five games.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

Sharks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

 

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Lions Defense Is The Weak Link

The Detroit Lions tried to upset Dallas with Jeff Driskel throwing passes and Bo Scarbrough carrying the ball.

Not exactly what this team planned at the beginning of the season.

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Jeff Driskel #2 of the Detroit Lions drops back to pass during the second quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Driskel threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Scarbrough scored in his NFL debut, but despite a decent day from that no-name offense, the Lions lost 35-27 to the Cowboys on Sunday. Detroit has now lost six of its last seven games. Injuries to Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson have hurt, but it was the defense that came up short against Dallas.

“I feel like we just need to be consistent in everything we do,” linebacker Devon Kennard said. “I feel like last week, we came out and played one of our better games defensively overall, and we needed to build on that and not take a step back. Defensively, I think we took a step back today.”

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions walks off the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Stafford missed a second straight game with back and hip problems. The Lions lost 20-13 at Chicago with Driskel at quarterback, but the offense looked sharper against Dallas.

Driskel finished with a passer rating of 109.3 for the game, and he also ran for 51 yards on eight carries. His mobility was a plus for Detroit, which trailed for the entire second half but was in the game at the end.

“Getting the reps during the week helps. Those guys hearing my cadence, things like that, getting in and out of the huddle — the more you do it, the more comfortable you’re going to be,” Driskel said. “We can still clean some things up. We had a couple of penalties, and that’s kind of what set us back at times. Overall, I thought it was definitely cleaner than last week.”

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Bo Scarbrough #43 of the Detroit Lions celebrates a first quarter touchdown with teammate J.D. McKissic #41 during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Scarbrough, signed off the practice squad, made his NFL debut and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run just 2:27 into the game. He ran for 55 yards on 14 carries.

“Everybody needs an opportunity. It felt regular to me,” Scarbrough said. “Playing under coach (Nick) Saban (in college) — this is what we’ve always done. Every week was a different guy up, so you just have to be ready when your number is called.”

Scarbrough’s touchdown came after the Lions had a short field following a Dallas fumble. That was the only real highlight for the defense. Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys, who were 8 of 14 on third down.

Penalties hurt Detroit as well. After Dallas scored a touchdown in the second quarter, the Lions were called for 15-yard infractions on both that play and the ensuing extra point. Both were enforced, leading to the unusual spectacle of the Cowboys kicking off from the Detroit 35. Dallas took advantage, using a squib kick that forced the Lions to start at their 15.

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 17: Randall Cobb #18 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his third quarter touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Late in the fourth quarter, with the Lions down by eight, Detroit reached the Dallas 32. Then the Lions were flagged for an ineligible man downfield. After an incomplete pass, a sack, and another incompletion, Detroit lined up to punt on fourth-and-26 and was called for delay of game, bringing up fourth-and-31.

With two timeouts remaining, the Lions punted, and they never got the ball back.

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WWE Superstar Sonya Deville: ‘Had To Find A Way To Be Comfortable With Who I Was’

(CBSNY/CBS Local) — Growing up in New Jersey, Sonya Deville spent the majority of her life dating men. It was the norm, and it wasn’t really anything she ever questioned, although there were likely times when her love life was like trying to fit a square peg through a round hole. Maybe it wasn’t so much as denial as it was missing the obvious. The future WWE Superstar almost had to get hit over the head with her own sexuality to figure everything out. Her epiphany finally came courtesy of a friend’s mother who flat out told her she was gay. Even then she didn’t initially believe it. The conversation in her own mind went something like, “No, I’m not gay. Am I? No way. But maybe. Am I? Oh my God, I am.”

Deville’s coming-out party was seen by millions, as she inadvertently publicly outted herself on national television. She was among the contestants on the WWE Tough Enough reality series, where would-be wrestlers competed to earn a lucrative contract and a coveted spot on the roster. When she was asked by Paul “Triple H” Levesque whether she was in relationship, she blurted out that she had a girlfriend. Anxiety quickly washed over her, as she had not publicly announced her sexuality, nor had her girlfriend disclosed to her parents that she was gay. Nonetheless, she owned her truth, and everything turned out just fine.

Today, Deville is using her celebrity status as a WWE Superstar to encourage others to own their truth as well. She has become a prominent figure in the LGBT community and an advocate for others still struggling with their identity.

Not long ago a young fan from Kansas City waited hours on end outside of the arena to share her story with the wrestler, whom she idolized. She arrived at six o’clock in the morning for a live broadcast of SmackDown that wouldn’t begin until seven o’clock that night. She was determined to make the connection.

When Deville arrived at the arena at one o’clock that afternoon, she made it a point to have the long awaited meeting. Emotions overcame the young girl, who began sobbing as she presented the wrestler who had inspired her with a heartfelt letter and sign. Through the tidal wave of emotions, she told Deville that she had inspired her to come out and live her life authentically.

Those are the conversations the Deville loves.

I had the opportunity to catch up with the 26-year-old WWE Superstar and LGBT advocate who spoke about her revelation that she was gay and journey to self-acceptance, finding love, having her love life play out on reality TV, same-sex story lines in WWE, pushing back against homophobia, and inspiring others to follow in her footsteps.

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How old were you when you started to realize that, “Hey, boys aren’t my thing. I’m more attracted to women.”

It’s kind of a long journey for me. It took a while to feel comfortable with my sexuality. I dated guys up until I was probably 18 or 19. And then I actually was producing an independent film and in South Jersey. The basis of the film was an LGBTQ script where two women fall in love, and I ended up playing the lead. And the girl that I cast opposite me ended up being my girlfriend, and art kind of imitated life. We ended up kind of playing out the story and moving to LA together. That was my first real relationship with a female.

Here I am, that was six years ago, and obviously it’s not been easy. But I think I would say coming out on Tough Enough four years ago, saying it out loud and saying it on such a public platform was probably what made me have to be comfortable with it. It was almost like I put it into the universe and I made it real for the first time ever by saying it out loud. And so then I kind of had to find a way to be comfortable with who I was.

What was the environment like for you growing up as far as the attitude toward the LGBT community? Pretty open and accepting or was that something you really weren’t even introduced to?

I grew up in a really small town in South Jersey, and I really didn’t know many gay people. So I think that may have made it a little challenging. But that being said, my family was always accepting. They weren’t judgmental when it came to that kind of stuff. My mom was always so open and loving. So I never feared that I would be disowned or abandoned or anything like that, which I was grateful for. In my high school, I don’t think there was any openly gay people at the time. So for me to come out, it would have taken a lot of courage. And I just… I was in denial for a long time.

I moved out of my house when I was 17 to pursue martial arts. I moved to South Florida to train with the best fight team, American Top Team. So I was living on my own, and that’s when I got to really explore and kind of do my own thing. One day one of my best friends’ mom was down in South Florida, and she was like, “Daria, I think you’re gay.” And that was the first time I ever heard anybody kind of say those words to me. And I was like, “Whoa, I think she’s right.”

But I still even denied it to her at the time. So it was a long process of kind of figuring myself out and just… I was the one that had to be comfortable with me in order to be open about it.

You do so much now to embrace this side of you. Do you want your sexuality to define you, or is this really just another part of Sonya’s puzzle?

No, no. It’s definitely one piece of Sonya’s puzzle. I don’t want it to define me, and I don’t want it to take away from my career and what I’m capable inside of the ring. At the end of the day, I’m an athlete. I’m a performer, I’m a former mixed martial artist. There’s so many layers to Sonya, but certainly her sexuality has become a part of her layers, because I firmly believe in love and acceptance for all, but that’s not only in the LGBTQ community. That’s gender, that’s race, that’s anti-bullying. And those are all things that I’m super passionate about. So it’s not just love and acceptance because I’m gay. That just happens to be one facet of what I stand for, because it is close and personal to me. But I also, I represent equality for all and in every other way.

With the Sonya character you’re supposed to be the heel. You’re dressed in all black, except for the LGBT flag in you back pocket. How do you balance the heel persona of Sonya versus the Sonya who’s using this platform to further LGBT causes?

Sonya, at the end of the day is a fighter, right? She likes to kick ass. She likes to get in there and take names and she sometimes does take unorthodox measures to get there. So if that’s what you consider a bad guy, then yeah, Sonya’s bad. But she also is someone who represents equality, and that’s something that’s very close to my heart and something that, whether I’m a good guy or a bad guy, I’m always going to represent, because the really cool thing about WWE is there’s always a larger message.

I work a lot with Girl Up and GLAAD, and I had the opportunity to be in the New York City pride parade this year, WorldPride, on the GLAAD float. There’s so much more to our job than just what you see inside of the ring.

Have you ever been concerned about any blowback that you might face from fans who might be a little bit more conservative that are sitting in the stands, or has it really, you’ve just been welcomed with open arms wherever you go?

No matter where you are in the world, you’re going to have people that accept you for who you are and you’re going to have people that don’t. And my goal is to show my fans and my supporters that I’m not afraid of the critics and the haters. I’m not going to hide who I am because I make people uncomfortable because of who I love. So I think that strength and that kind of courage to be who I am, regardless of what everybody says, is the message that I’m exactly trying to send to my fans.

Speaking of Total Divas, how has that experience been for you? When the season first started, we heard about the trials and the tribulations that you had with your girlfriend. You split up, and now you’re kind of reconciling. How has the test been putting your relationship on such a spotlight on national TV like that?

Yeah, it’s crazy. Nobody kind of warns you for what’s to come when … It’s crazy enough being in the spotlight and sharing your life with the fans on WWE, SmackDown, and Raw, but doing it on Total Divas and getting on that more interpersonal level is super crazy. Then with me and my girlfriend, Ariana, we were only, I don’t know, four or five months into dating when Total Divas came about. So we were still pretty new in our relationship. So originally Ariana didn’t want to do the show. She’s not about the glitz and the glam, and she didn’t date me because I was WWE superstar. It was actually one of the downfalls of her dating me. She didn’t like all the attention and the publicity. So she decided not to do Total Divas.

Then a couple of weeks later, we kept talking and she decided that to miss out on our relationship and how much we cared for each other just because of a show would be silly. So she agreed to do it with me, and it ended up being a really fun experience that we got to share together. Now we have memories of the beginning of our relationship kind of documented for eternity. So it was definitely a bumpy road, and it’s been a really kind of fun thing to experience together.

You do so much with the Be a STAR program and GLAAD and Girl Up. What has your experience been like interacting with younger girls who themselves are wrestling with their sexuality? What’s it like for you to try to empower them and have them embrace their truth and help them along the way?

It’s so cool to have something relatable with your fans and when they come up and talk to me. I have so many young female fans from the LGBTQ community. That is probably the most predominant of my fan base. They come up to me all the time in the airport and even on Instagram, social media or outside the venue. And they’re like, “Oh my God, I came out because you came out on Tough Enough.” And that’s my favorite thing to do is just to be able to relate to them and be like, “I was in your shoes. I understand the struggles of not wanting to come out or being scared to come out and it feeling wrong and weird.” I can relate and get them so much. So it’s so fun for me and it’s so rewarding for me to be able to sit there and look them in the eye and be like, “But you have to be yourself.”

You know, everybody else is already taken, you have to be who you were born to be and to deny yourself that right would be a shame. And so I love spreading that message, and I love doing the Be A STAR rallies. It’s probably one of my favorite things to do with WWE because I hate bullying. I’m sure a lot of us do. I have a younger sister, and she was picked on growing up. And I was always so defensive over her and protective because she’s my little sister of course.

Is it more important for you to be known as this champion of LGBT causes, or is it more important for you to be known as a championship performer?

I think I want to be known as a championship performer. It stands for a good cause and that’s love and acceptance overall. So I think I could do it all. I’ve always had that mindset since I was young. I don’t think any one thing can define me. I think, like we said, there’s layers to Sonya Deville, and those are two of her layers.

Chuck Carroll is former pro wrestling announcer and referee turned sports media personality. He once appeared on Monday Night RAW when he presented Robert Griffin III with a WWE title belt in the Redskins locker room.

Follow him on Twitter @ChuckCarrollWLC.


Fantasy Football Start And Sit Week 11: Sit Carson Wentz, Start Philip Rivers At QB This Week

(CBS Local/CBS Philly)- There are three weeks left in the regular season for most fantasy leagues, which means it is crunch time. Lineup decisions can make or break your seeding heading into the playoffs.

As we do each week, the experts from Fantasy Football Today, have crunched the numbers and have their picks for which players to definitely have in your lineup and which players to avoid in Week 11. There are no surprises when it comes to the quarterback who should sit this week.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has had a fine season, but he is matched up against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots defense this week which does not bode well for his fantasy stats. Lamar Jackson is really the only quarterback that we have seen have success against the Patriots this season, and Wentz is not the same level of athlete that Jackson is. Add in the fact that newly signed receiver Jordan Matthews is likely to have a larger role in the offense due to injuries at the position, and the outlook is not good for Wentz.

On the flip side, Jamey, Dave and Heath all like Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers coming off a rough performance last week against the Oakland Raiders. The main reason? The Chargers face the Chiefs in Mexico City and as Richard notes, “the Chiefs have allowed at least 22 fantasy points to four out of the last five QBs they have faced.” The Chiefs defense has improved, but Rivers’ history against them, combined with their recent play, has the Chargers signal caller squarely in the “must start” position this week.

For more advice on your lineup this week, check out the video above and you can catch Fantasy Football Today each day at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on CBS Sports HQ.

Start

QB: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Mexico City)-Chiefs have allowed 22 fantasy points to four out of the last five QBs

RB: Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

WR: Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sit

QB: Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots

RB: David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

WR: Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins vs. New York Jets


Spartans-Wolverines Look To Settle Score On The Field, Not Off.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — When Michigan faces Michigan State, the actual 60 minutes of football are only part of the show.

Pay close attention to what’s done pregame and said postgame. The participants tend to remember.

 

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Consider last year’s matchup in East Lansing: Well before kickoff, Michigan State players walked across the field with linked arms, making contact with Michigan players who were there. Wolverines linebacker Devin Bush was so incensed he used his cleats to scuff up the Spartans’ midfield logo.

 

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The Big Ten fined Michigan State after that, so perhaps both teams will be on their best behavior before they meet again Saturday in Ann Arbor.

“That’s been addressed pretty thoroughly,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “If there are any pregame traditions, those take place before the two-hour mark — when both teams, at two hours, are allowed to be on the field and share the field.”

 

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – APRIL 25: Football player Devin Bush attends the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

 

After the game last year — a 21-7 Michigan win — Harbaugh was more pointed, calling the pregame incident “bush league” and drawing a reprimand from the league for his comments. That was just another chapter in a heated in-state rivalry in which each school keeps a close eye on what the other does — and says.

It was a postgame comment in 2007 by Michigan’s Mike Hart — calling Michigan State a little brother — that set Dantonio off. The Spartans won eight of the next 10 games in the series. Along the way, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi — now the coach at Pittsburgh — got himself in a bit of trouble for saying the Spartans tried to play “60 minutes of unnecessary roughness” after a flag-filled win over the Wolverines in 2011.

 

Michigan sophomore running back Mike Hart (20) gets mobbed by interviewers after the 34-31 win over Michigan State Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, in East Lansing, Mich. (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

 

Before the 2014 meeting, the Wolverines planted a tent stake in the field at Spartan Stadium, a gesture that annoyed Dantonio so much he had Michigan State keep driving for a touchdown in the final minute of a 35-11 victory.

Before last year’s matchup, Dantonio pointed out that the previous few games against Michigan had been characterized by good sportsmanship and respect. Then the pregame brouhaha unfolded. Both coaches have acted this week like that’s in the past. Just a routine dispute. Can’t have a rivalry without them.

“If you don’t like confrontation, best stay home,” Dantonio said.

STRUGGLING SPARTANS

Michigan State (4-5, 2-4 Big Ten) enters this game at No. 14 Michigan (7-2, 4-2) on the heels of four straight losses. The Spartans blew a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter last weekend and lost at home to Illinois. They might make a bowl game, they might not.

In a sense, the biggest thing they have left to play for is a win over Michigan.

“They have to show up and play just like we do. Any team can lose at any time,” Michigan State linebacker Antjuan Simmons said. “I wouldn’t bet a single dime against us, no matter what. We’re ready, and we’re going to come to play.”

SLOW GROWTH

Michigan lost to Penn State and Wisconsin earlier this season, but the Wolverines got a much-needed win over a big-name rival late last month when they routed Notre Dame 45-14. They’re favored by double digits this week.

RUSHING STAT

This one gets trotted out seemingly every year: The team with more yards rushing usually wins. That’s now happened in 44 of the last 49 meetings between the Wolverines and Spartans.

EXPERIENCED QBS

Brian Lewerke is the first Michigan State player to throw for 7,000 yards and rush for 1,000 in his career. Michigan counters with a senior of its own in Shea Patterson.

OUT OF ACTION

The Spartans lost standout linebacker Joe Bachie last month when he was declared ineligible after testing positive for a banned supplement. Michigan State was also without leading receiver Darrell Stewart last weekend because of an injury, and he’s not listed on the depth chart this week.

 

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Call It November-Madness As Spartans Take Down Seton Hall 76-73

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — No. 3 Michigan State and No. 12 Seton Hall put on a mid-November show worthy of March Madness.

It was showdown of two of college basketball’s best teams and a showcase of two of the nation’s marquee players.

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Seton Hall Pirates fans and cheer staff pose during a free throw against the Michigan State Spartans at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Of course, the eventual hero was a freshman who had failed to score a point in his first two games. That’s college basketball, though.

Freshman Malik Hall hit a layup with 26 seconds to play and scored all 17 of his points in the second half as Michigan State overcame a late five-point deficit to Seton Hall 76-73 Thursday night.

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Aaron Henry #11 and Malik Hall #25 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrate the win over the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 76-73. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

“For a November 14 college basketball game, the atmosphere was great,” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “It was two high-level teams, with high level players going at it, it was a lot of fun.”

Both Willard and Tom Izzo of Michigan State are going to like what they saw from their preseason All-Americas fighting adversity. Myles Powell of Seton Hall (2-1) had a high ankle sprain and Cassius Winston of Michigan State (2-1) played his second game following the tragic death of his brother, Zachary, last weekend.

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates his three point shot in the second half against the Seton Hall Pirates at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 76-73. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Winston scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half for the Spartans (2-1). Powell scored 37 points in a game most felt he would miss.

“I don’t know who could guard Powell,” Izzo said. “He just did an incredible job. He deserves every accolade he gets, but I’ll tell you what, Cassius Winston does too. It might not seem like it tonight, but to play with a broken heart he has, and to play with the mental part of the game that he’s been through, I think we saw two superstar guards tonight, but in different ways.”

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Myles Powell #13 of the Seton Hall Pirates takes a shot as Gabe Brown #44 of the Michigan State Spartans defends at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 76-73. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Winston made two free throws with 3.4 seconds to play to give Michigan State its final three-point lead. The Spartans then saw a desperation half-court heave by Powell bounce off the top of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

Hall, who didn’t score in the Spartans’ first two games, made all seven of his shots, including three 3-pointers. His only missed shots were two free throws with 3:39 to play.

“The kid played terrific,” Willard said of Hall. “Seven of seven and making the shots he made, that was really game. He’s a game changer.”

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Myles Powell #13 of the Seton Hall Pirates celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Powell finished 12 of 27 from the field with six rebounds and two assists.

“I don’t know if God could have stopped him on some of those shots tonight,” Izzo said of Powell.

Trailing 66-62 after Winston hit a 3-pointer with 4:51 to play, Sandro Mamukelashvili hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-0 Pirates’ run that Powell ended with his fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the game to give Seton Hall a 71-66 lead with 2:41 to play.

Rocket Watts closed the gap to two points with a line-drive 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:44 to go and Winston, who picked up two early fouls, briefly put the Spartans back in front 72-71 with a 3-pointer with 1:02 left.

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Myles Powell #13 of the Seton Hall Pirates heads for the net as Xavier Tillman #23 of the Michigan State Spartans defends at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 76-73. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Powell, who played 34 minutes on what his coach described as a high ankle sprain he suffered last weekend, gave The Hall its last lead when he hit two free throws with 43 seconds to go.

Hall’s layup put Michigan State ahead 74-73. Mamukelashvili drove the lane and missed a shot on which the officials ignored contact. After Winston missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 14 seconds to go, Powell drove the lane, drew contact and didn’t get a call.

 

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Kevin Willard of the Seton Hall Pirates reacts in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans at Prudential Center on November 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Seton Hall Pirates 76-73. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Willard felt his players were fouled but insisted the officials called a good game.

Myles Cale added 12 for the Pirates (2-1).

The game drew a crowd of 14,051, and the fans witnessed a contest with 14 lead changes, nine ties and neither team leading by more than seven points.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan State: The superb Spartans should move up in the AP Top 25 with No. 1 Kentucky’s loss.

Seton Hall: The Pirates are a definite NCAA Tournament team for the fifth straight season.

UP NEXT

Michigan State: Hosts Charleston Southern on Monday night in an on-campus game in the Maui Invitational.

Seton Hall: At St. Louis on Sunday to face the 3-0 Billikens.

 

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Khyri Thomas Out For At Least 6 Weeks After Surgery

The Detroit Pistons guard Khyri Thomas had surgery on his right foot and will be out at least six weeks.

The Pistons said Wednesday that Thomas had the procedure on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. They say rehabilitation will begin immediately and that Thomas will be re-evaluated for a status update in six weeks.

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 10: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 and De’Aaron Fox #5 of the Sacramento Kings go for a loose ball against Khyri Thomas #13 of the Detroit Pistons at Golden 1 Center on January 10, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Thomas had missed the Pistons’ last two games due to a stress reaction in his right foot.

Thomas was the 38th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He played in just two games so far this season. He averaged 2.3 points in 26 games last season.

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Juwan Howard Signs 1st Recruit Zeb Jackson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach Juwan Howard has added his first recruit to the program.

 

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Howard says shooting guard Zeb Jackson signed Wednesday to play for the Wolverines next season. The 6-foot-3 Jackson is ranked No. 62 among recruits in the nation by 247 Sports.

 

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Highly touted forward Isaiah Todd is also expected to be a part of Howard’s first recruiting class.

 

 

Jackson averaged more than 25 points and nearly eight rebounds per game over the previous three seasons at Maumee Valley Country Day in Ohio. He will spend his senior season at Montverde Academy in Florida.

 

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No. 3 Spartans Face Tough Week 2 Challenge

Memphis and Michigan State face tough matchups amid difficult off-court situations to headline college basketball’s second week.

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans hugs Cassius Winston #5 during the second half against the Binghamton Bearcats at Breslin Center on November 10, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The 13th-ranked Tigers travel to face 14th-ranked Oregon on Tuesday night amid eligibility concerns for star freshman James Wiseman. Two nights later, the third-ranked Spartans travel to 12th-ranked Seton Hall following an emotional weekend win after the death of preseason Associated Press All-American Cassius Winston’s brother.

Memphis (2-0), which climbed one spot in Monday’s new AP Top 25 poll, had no trouble in its opening-week games. But Friday’s win against Illinois-Chicago came after the school said second-year coach and former NBA star Penny Hardaway had given more than $11,000 to Wiseman’s family in 2017 before taking the Memphis job.

PORTLAND, OREGON – NOVEMBER 12: James Wiseman #32 of the Memphis Tigers and Anthony Mathis #32 of the Oregon Ducks battle for position during the second half of the game at Moda Center on November 12, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Oregon won the game 82-74. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

The school originally said the nation’s top-ranked recruit would miss games after receiving an NCAA rule interpretation, though Wiseman’s attorney got a court order allowing him to play while the school works to resolve the issue.

Afterward, Hardaway was asked why Wiseman played and whether he’d continue to do so.

“I can’t talk about the first part,” Hardaway said, “but he will continue to play.”

That sets up Wiseman to face the Ducks in Portland and Alcorn State on Saturday before a Monday court hearing.

As for the Spartans (1-1), they regrouped from an opening-night loss to Kentucky that knocked them from No. 1 by beating Binghamton, though that win came after the team learned Winston’s brother had died Saturday after being struck by a train.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 05: Immanuel Quickley #5 of the Kentucky Wildcats looks to pass while being guarded by Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans during the first half at Madison Square Garden on November 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Winston decided to play and had a double-double. The Seton Hall trip is the Spartans’ only game this week.

“There will be a lot of talking,” coach Tom Izzo said of how the team moves forward. “There will be a lot of just spending time trying to read people. I told them you can play with a broken heart; there is nothing wrong with admitting that.”

A NEW NO. 1

Kentucky’s win against Michigan State was enough to lift John Calipari’s Wildcats back to No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

The Wildcats (2-0) return to action Tuesday night against Evansville in their first game as the nation’s top-ranked team since December 2016. They could be set for a lengthy stay at the top, too.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 05: EJ Montgomery #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives past Marcus Bingham Jr. #30 of the Michigan State Spartans for a basket in the first half of their game at Madison Square Garden on November 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Kentucky’s next seven games are all at Rupp Arena and they don’t play another power-conference team until meeting Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Dec. 14.

“It’s still early, though,” sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley said of reaching No. 1. “We’ve got a long way to go as far as being the team that we want to be, playing against ourselves each and every day. We just want to be No. 1 at the end of the season.”

FIRST VISIT

There’s one other matchup featuring two ranked teams coming Wednesday with No. 10 Villanova’s visit to No. 16 Ohio State. It will be the first meeting between the schools in 16 years, with the previous three meetings all taking place at neutral sites.

WATCH LIST

VCU, Marquette and Tennessee are among the leading vote-getters of unranked teams, though they have games this week that could help them crack next week’s poll.

The Rams (2-0) were ranked 25th in the preseason before falling just outside Monday’s poll, but they host No. 23 LSU on Wednesday in a matchup against former VCU coach Will Wade.

Marquette (1-0) and preseason AP All-American Markus Howard face a pair of Big Ten teams, first by hosting Purdue on Wednesday and then visiting Wisconsin on Saturday.

As for Tennessee, the Volunteers (1-0) face No. 20 Washington in Toronto on Saturday.

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Izzo And Spartans Land Two Top-100 Recruits

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has signed center Mady Sissoko and point guard AJ Hoggard.

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – APRIL 06: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans looks on prior to the 2019 NCAA Final Four semifinal against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 6, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

 

Izzo said Wednesday he may add another player or two to the recruiting class to help the team next season.

 

 

The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Sissoko is from Mali. Sissoko averaged more than 12 points and nearly nine rebounds last season as a junior at Wasatch Academy in Utah. He is ranked No. 37 among recruits in the nation by 247 Sports.

 

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The 6-3, 220-pound Hoggard, who is from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, averaged 15.6 points last year and won a state title as a junior at Archbishop Carroll High School in suburban Philadelphia. Hoggard is ranked as the No. 71 recruit overall and attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

 

The Spartans were ranked No. 1 to start this season but now hold the No. 3 spot after losing their opener to Kentucky.

 

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Stafford May Miss Another Start

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford seems to be a step closer to missing another start.

Stafford did not practice with teammates Wednesday, a few days after hip and back injuries stopped his streak of 139 consecutive starts counting the playoffs.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions speaks with Jeff Driskel #2 during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Stafford watched as quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and David Blough took snaps. Later in the day, Driskel said he was simply preparing to play as he does each week.

“I’d say the biggest difference for me is all you guys standing around my locker,” he said while surrounded by reporters.

Driskel played in place of Stafford in a 20-13 loss to Chicago, giving Detroit its fifth loss in six games. He was 27 for 46 for 269 yards — all career highs — with a touchdown and an interception in his sixth career start.

The Lions (3-5-1) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday, when Driskel is expected to get another chance to start.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Jeff Driskel #2 of the Detroit Lions passes against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

“Driskel has not played as much, but he’s a really talented guy,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “We had him at the Senior Bowl when he was coming out and was just really impressed with him as a guy, impressed with him as a quarterback and as an athlete.”

Stafford has not been ruled out against Dallas, his hometown team. Stafford insisted earlier in the week he’s going to do everything he can to play.

“That’s just something that’s kind of going to be a decision probably week to week on whether or not I can make it out there,” he said. “But I’m going to do everything I can to try and be out there as soon as possible.”

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Potentially looking to add depth at the position, the Lions will be among the NFL teams planning to attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout for NFL teams on Saturday.

Detroit coach Matt Patricia said someone from general manager Bob Quinn’s staff will be in Atlanta to evaluate Kaepernick. Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season with San Francisco. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.

Patricia was an assistant coach when Kaepernick led San Francisco to a win over New England in 2012 and four years later when the Patriots beat the 49ers.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines during a play review in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

“Just thought he was very athletic, especially the first time we played against him,” Patricia said.

Patricia, though, declined to say if he thinks Kaepernick can still play in the NFL.

“I’m just really focused on the Cowboys right now,” he said.

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Wolverines Handle Creighton 79-69

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — At halftime, Michigan had largely wasted a fine shooting performance by allowing Creighton a 10-0 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Needless to say, that was discussed.

 

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“They shoot a lot of 3s. There’s going to be a lot of long rebounds,” said Jon Teske, Michigan’s 7-foot-1 center. “Go get the rebounds with two hands instead of one. They were just being more aggressive than us in the first half. In the second half we had to change that.”

The Wolverines allowed eight more offensive rebounds in the second half on Tuesday night, but Michigan’s defense was tight enough down the stretch to beat the Bluejays 79-69. The Wolverines outscored Creighton 41-28 after halftime, passing their first significant test under new coach Juwan Howard.

Zavier Simpson had 17 points and nine assists for Michigan, and Isaiah Livers scored 22 points. The Wolverines (2-0) shot 57% from the field.

 

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Michigan was 7 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half but still trailed 41-38 after 20 minutes. Then the Wolverines, who relied heavily on their defense the past couple seasons, were impressive on that end in the second.

Livers put the Wolverines up 60-52 with an alley-oop dunk, and a driving layup by Simpson made it 64-55.

“Not being able to keep Simpson out of the paint ended up being the downfall in the end,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “If he gets into the paint, he’s got room to make decisions. He’s going to pick your defense apart.”

Teske gave the Bluejays problems with his size at both ends of the court. He had 17 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals, and Michigan eventually found him for enough easy baskets to keep Creighton at bay.

 

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Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton (1-1) with 20 points, and Marcus Zegarowski added 18. Mitch Ballock scored the first eight points of the game for the Bluejays but finished with only 11.

“I thought they really got out on our shooters. I thought they did a good job taking Mitch, just not letting him get any open shots, because he got hot early,” Zegarowski said. “I thought they made adjustments down the stretch with the way they defended ball screens and the way they came at us with zones.”

BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays did not have a starter over 6-foot-7, so it’s no surprise that Teske was a problem. They were quick enough to come up with all those offensive rebounds, but ultimately enjoyed just a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points, which wasn’t enough.

Michigan: Simpson and Livers were particularly sharp on this night, and Michigan was impressive on defense while not fouling. Creighton did not make a free throw and attempted only two in the game. The Wolverines won despite attempting 20 fewer field goals than the Bluejays.

ON THE BOARDS

Teske can block or alter a lot of shots with his size and aggressiveness, but that sometimes leaves him out of position for rebounds. That’s something the whole Michigan team should be mindful of.

“Teske does a fantastic job of protecting the paint. That’s his job,” said Howard, who won his debut as Michigan’s coach last week against Appalachian State. “We have to crack back and not allow those bigs to run in freely to get offensive rebounds.”

DOWN LOW

Jacob Epperson, Creighton’s 6-foot-11 center, has dealt with back and knee issues, and he injured his right leg in practice recently. He did not play, 

but 6-foot-11 Kelvin Jones had nine rebounds — seven at the offensive end — in only 15:58.

Despite their size issues, the Bluejays had a 42-32 advantage in points in the paint.

UP NEXT

Creighton: The Bluejays host Louisiana Tech on Saturday.

Michigan: The Wolverines host Elon on Friday night.

 

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Lions Add Offensive Line Help, Put Strong On IR

The Detroit Lions have put defensive tackle Kevin Strong on injured reserve.

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 20: Dalvin Cook #33 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes for a touchdown in the second quarter against Kevin Strong #92 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 20, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The Lions also announced Tuesday that they were awarded tackle Dan Skipper via waivers from the Houston Texans.

Skipper spent time with the Texans and New England Patriots earlier this season. He appeared in three games for the Texans this season and one for the Lions back in 2017.

He originally entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2017 out of Arkansas.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 20: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a second half pass behind Kevin Strong #92 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 20, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota won the game 42-30. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Strong left last weekend’s game at Chicago with rib problems.

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Pistons Struggle Without Rose & Griffin, Lose In Miami

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler knows this Miami Heat team can get much better.

That being said, he’s quite happy with the start.

 

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Butler scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, added 13 assists and the Miami Heat wasted most of what was a 29-point lead before hanging on to beat the shorthanded Detroit Pistons 117-108 on Tuesday night.

“We want it to be tough to come here and play,” Butler said. “We don’t want people to come here and want to play the Miami Heat. We don’t want people to want to play the Miami Heat, home or away.”

Kendrick Nunn also had 20 for Miami, while Bam Adebayo scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Heat. Goran Dragic also had 18 points for the Heat (7-3), who matched the third-best 10-game start in Heat history.

 

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Butler’s 13-assist, zero-turnover game was the fifth in Heat history and the first since Dwyane Wade had one in 2009.

Luke Kennard was 0 for 7 in the first half, but recovered to score 22 for Detroit. Andre Drummond had 16 points and nine rebounds before fouling out, and Christian Wood added 16 for the Pistons — who never led, but made the second half plenty interesting by getting as close as seven late.

 

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“NBA basketball games are long,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And you have to play all the way through to the end. … But these are good experiences for our team.”

Detroit held Blake Griffin (hamstring, knee) and Derrick Rose (hamstring) out, not wanting to play either on a back-to-back after both played Monday.

 

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That wasn’t the Pistons’ only issue.

Record snow — Detroit’s biggest November storm ever, according to the National Weather Service, with 9.2 inches as the official mark and some suburbs reporting more than a foot — made just getting to Miami a problem for the Pistons, who played Monday night at home and then were hoping to be airborne sometime in the 11 p.m. hour.

The Pistons didn’t leave their airport gate in Detroit until 2:40 a.m., got in the air 10 minutes later and were at their gate at Miami International Airport at 5:34 a.m. That was more than four hours behind their intended schedule.

“Whether we got in at 11 o’clock last night or 5 o’clock this morning, we’ve got to have that type of toughness and that type of resilience versus adversity that we haven’t exhibited so far this year,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.

He saw plenty of that.

 

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Detroit got down by as many as 29 in the first half, going into the break trailing 59-37. The Pistons got it down to 13 in the third, only to see Miami push the margin back out to 20 entering the fourth.

Miami’s lead was 15 when Drummond fouled out early in the fourth and it still wasn’t over. Kennard made a 3-pointer with about 2 minutes left to get the Pistons within 111-103, but the Heat escaped.

“They came out ready to go from the jump and we were relaxing and let them punch us in the face,” Pistons guard Bruce Brown said.

TIP-INS

Pistons: The 22-point halftime deficit was the second-largest Detroit has ever faced against Miami. The Pistons trailed the Heat 59-36 at the break of a game in 2012. .. Detroit came into the night shooting a league-best 41% from 3-point range. The Pistons shot 15 of 41 from deep on Tuesday.

Heat: The 1999-2000 and 2011-12 Heat teams were 8-2. There have been eight others to start 7-3, the most recent before now being 2013-14. … Meyers Leonard has started all 10 games this season, the first time he’s had that long a starting streak in his career.

HASLEM PLAYS

Udonis Haslem got in for the first time this season, making this officially his 17th year with the Heat. Miami was without Justise Winslow (concussion), James Johnson (sick), Tyler Herro (ankle), Derrick Jones Jr. (hip), KZ Okpala (Achilles) and Dion Waiters (suspended).

HOME COOKING

The Heat are 4-0 at home for the first time since 2012-13. They haven’t trailed at home at any point in their last 11-1/2 quarters, going back to a 10-9 deficit against Atlanta — a total of 136 minutes, 9 seconds.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Visit Charlotte on Friday.

Heat: Visit Cleveland on Thursday.

 

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Wings Take Down Ducks 4-3 In O.T. For Third Straight Win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings are clawing back from a rough start to the season with an emphasis on tenacity and a renewed attention to consistency.

A couple of extraordinarily poorly timed penalties by Anaheim were more responsible for their latest win.

 

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings is congratulated at the bench after scoring a goal during the third period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Dylan Larkin scored the tying goal during a 6-on-3 advantage with 37 seconds left in regulation, and Dennis Cholowski scored with 2:56 on the clock in overtime to send the Red Wings to their third straight victory, 4-3 over the Ducks on Tuesday night.

Detroit has its first three-game winning streak this season after winning for just the fourth time in 16 games, but the Wings had to capitalize on a pair of mistakes by the Ducks to keep it going at Honda Center.

 

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Dylan Larkin #71, Anthony Mantha #39, and Givani Smith #48 congratulate Dennis Cholowski #21 of the Detroit Red Wings after his goal in overtime of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-3.
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“There was a tough stretch there where we didn’t like the way we were playing, but we kept working hard,” Larkin said. “I think you see our confidence coming through in this win by coming from behind.”

After Ducks defensemen Brendan Guhle and Korbinian Holzer took penalties 21 seconds apart in the waning moments of regulation, Larkin scored from a sharp angle while the Red Wings had three extra skaters on the ice with their goalie pulled.

Cholowski then got his second goal of the season on a long shot past Ryan Miller, who made 32 saves for Anaheim.

 

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Dennis Cholowski #21 of the Detroit Red Wings defends against Derek Grant #38 of the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of a game at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Filip Hronek and Andreas Athanasiou scored in the second period for the Red Wings, and Jonathan Bernier stopped 24 shots against his former team. 

Detroit’s rebuilding project has stalled at times in recent years, but coach Jeff Blashill sees progress.

“Winning is important because of your confidence, but we’ve just got to concentrate on trying to make sure we do things right,” Blashill said. “It was good for our guys to dig in.”

Jakob Silfverberg, Josh Mahura and Cam Fowler scored in the second period for the Ducks, who fell to 2-2-2 on their seven-game homestand.

 

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Anaheim Ducks is congratulated after scoring a goal during the second period of a game against the Detroit Red Wings at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Ondrej Kase and Adam Henrique had two assists apiece, but Anaheim lost for the first time in seven games this season when scoring at least three goals.

Anaheim has dropped four straight overall despite earning a point in two of the defeats, halting the momentum from its strong start to the season. The Ducks have been mediocre penalty killers this season, and a three-man disadvantage was too much to overcome.

“It’s an extremely hard, hard position to be in,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “It’s hard enough to go down six (men to) four, but that’s a tough one to get out of. You do a lot of good things, but you’re left with that result.”

 

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After a scoreless first period, Silfverberg and Mahura scored 29 seconds apart for Anaheim in the opening minute of the second. Silfverberg hacked at a loose puck underneath Bernier to get his eighth goal of the season, and Mahura put a long shot past a screen.

“We score some good goals, but we also make some individual plays that end up costing us at unfortunate times,” Silfverberg said. “But we are doing some positive things, so we’ve got to make sure we take those with us.”

 

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 12: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate defeating the Anaheim Ducks 4-3 in overtime of a game at Honda Center on November 12, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

 

Hronek connected for his first goal in seven games, but Fowler answered with a slick shot off a cross-ice pass from Ryan Getzlaf. Athanasiou scored late in the second with a slick deflection of Valtteri Filppula’s shot.

NOTES: Red Wings D Patrik Nemeth sat out for the first time all season due to an illness. Alex Biega made his sixth appearance of the season in Nemeth’s spot. … F Justin Abdelkader sat out for the first time since sustaining a mid-body injury that will keep him out for three weeks. Givani Smith returned from the minors and fought Anaheim’s Nic Deslauriers in the first period. … Holzer prevented a goal from Anthony Mantha by getting his stick in front of Mantha’s shot at a wide-open net in the second period. … Guhle made his first appearance for the Ducks since Oct. 27. Michael Del Zotto was scratched to make room. … Henrique’s two assists matched his career high. He has hit the mark 25 times.

UP NEXT

Red Wings: Visit the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Ducks: Host the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

 

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Nick Foles A Top QB Option As He Returns From Injury

By Matt Citak

(CBS Boston) Week 11 is upon us, which means time is running out to clinch your spot in the fantasy postseason.

Week 10 was a tough one for many fantasy managers, as six teams, including fantasy-friendly offenses such as the Patriots, Texans, Eagles and Jaguars, had the week off. That is the largest number of teams on bye in the same week that we will have to deal with all season. We’re not completely out of the woods yet, as Weeks 11 and 12 feature four teams on bye each week, but the worst is now behind us.

With bye week replacements soon to be a thing of the past, we can now focus on trying to land some players on the waiver wire that could come up big in the final six weeks of the fantasy season. Having a deep bench can only benefit your team at this point of the season.

With that said, here are the top waiver wire adds for Week 11.

QB Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars– Minshew Mania was fun while it lasted, but now Foles is healthy and ready to go. The veteran quarterback has been activated off injured reserve and named the Jaguars’ starter once again, despite the success of rookie Gardner Minshew in his absence. The veteran didn’t even last a full half of the season opener before breaking his clavicle, but in his limited action back in Week 1, Foles did show encouraging signs. The 30-year-old completed five of eight passes for 75 yards and a touchdown, and Jacksonville is confident that the former Super Bowl MVP can pick up right where he left off. For those of you that have been streaming quarterbacks every week all season, Foles may be your saving grace with matchups against Tampa Bay, Oakland and Atlanta still on the docket.

QB Sam Darnold, New York Jets– Darnold has been included on this list for a few weeks now, and he will continue to appear here until his ownership numbers go up. Darnold enjoyed a solid game against the Giants in Week 10, throwing for 230 yards and a touchdown while adding 25 rushing yards and an additional score on the ground to finish with 21 points. A lot of that can be put on the state of the Giants defense, but check out Darnold’s next four games: Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati and Miami. Starting Darnold certainly comes with some risk, but considering his upcoming schedule, that is a chance that I would be willing to take.

RB Brian Hill, Atlanta Falcons– In the most shocking game of the week, Atlanta went into New Orleans and put the beat down on the Saints. Heading into Sunday, the news around the Falcons was about the team putting Ito Smith on IR with a neck injury. To make matters worse, Devonta Freeman then suffered a foot sprain during the win over the Saints, which led to Brian Hill picking up 20 carries. Hill was unable to do much with those touches, finishing with just 61 yards on those 20 rush attempts, but he was able to save his day with a 10-yard receiving touchdown. We still don’t know how long Freeman will be out, if he misses any time at all, but considering Atlanta’s 2-7 record, it appears as if the Falcons’ backfield is about to become the Hill show.

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RB Derrius Guice, Washington Redskins– Remember Guice? Similar to Foles, Guice has finally been activated off IR and is ready to return to action after getting hurt in the season opener. Guice didn’t do much in Week 1, taking 10 carries for only 18 yards, but the second-year back did also catch three receptions for 20 yards. Adrian Peterson isn’t going anywhere, but Washington has been taking the veteran back off the field on passing downs all season long. Guice has the skill set to be a three-down back for the Redskins, and with Washington’s playoff hopes already dead, the team will likely give their young back some extended playing time moving forward. I wouldn’t start him right away, but Guice is definitely worth a speculative add.

RB J.D. McKissic, Detroit Lions– The Lions’ backfield has been one to avoid since the injury to Kerryon Johnson. Since the starter went down, we have seen several different running backs step up into the lead role, yet none have found success. Tra Carson has since been placed on IR, and on Sunday Ty Johnson suffered a concussion. The Lions are running out of backs, but the next one who is likely going to lead the backfield in touches is McKissic. McKissic is interesting because of his pass-catching abilities, as the injury to Matthew Stafford could leave Jeff Driskel as the team’s starting QB for the next few games. If that is the case, McKissic could actually provide some solid FLEX value, as Driskel is likely to check the ball down to him often. For those desperate for some depth at RB, McKissic could surprise a lot of people, especially with some soft matchups coming up.

WR Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills– Beasley continues to get overlooked, despite putting up consistent numbers throughout the 2019 season. The speedy slot receiver has finished with at least 74 receiving yards or a touchdown in six of nine games, and has quietly developed into Josh Allen’s security blanket in Buffalo. Beasley is never going to light up a defense for 150 yards, but the 30-year-old receiver has shown enough to warrant FLEX consideration on a weekly basis from here on out. Even in tough matchups, Beasley should continue to produce as the Bills’ slot man.

WR Darius Slayton, New York Giants– With Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram both out with injuries, it was the Darius Slayton and Golden Tate show at MetLife Stadium Sunday. You won’t find Tate on the waiver wire, but chances are Slayton is available in your league. If that is the case, go pick up the rookie receiver immediately. Slayton saw a whopping 14 targets against the Jets in Week 10, reeling in 10 of them for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Slayton has developed a nice rapport with Daniel Jones, as the two rookies spent plenty of time together throughout the offseason and training camp. Who knows when or if we will see Shepard and Engram on the field again this season, which makes Slayton a must add as a potential late-season star.

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WR Demaryius Thomas, New York Jets– Thomas has quietly put together some solid performances over the last month. The veteran receiver has finished with over 60 receiving yards in three of his last five games, and has seen nine targets in three of his last six games. Jamison Crowder has emerged as Darnold’s go-to guy underneath, but Thomas has established himself as the team’s most talented receiver on the outside. I already talked about the Jets upcoming schedule and how Darnold should be able to find success over the next four weeks. The same goes for Thomas, who has already been offering WR4 value over the last two months.

TE Noah Fant, Denver Broncos– Denver’s bye week likely caused many to forget about Fant’s strong performance in Week 9. The rookie tight end caught three of four targets for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Browns last week, including a highlight reel touchdown grab that had him bouncing off defenders as if he was a pinball machine. Fant has seen his role in the Broncos’ offense increase since the Emmanuel Sanders trade, as he has seen at least five targets in each of the last three games and 13 in the last two. With the rookie starting to blossom into quite the talented tight end, Fant should continue to see more looks from Brandon Allen over the next six weeks.

TE Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles– Similar to Fant, Goedert and the Eagles are coming off their bye week, which has likely caused many fantasy owners to overlook the second-year tight end. Heading into the bye, Goedert had at least five receptions or a touchdown in three of his last four games, and had accumulated 22 targets over that span. Philadelphia loves lining up with two tight ends on the field, which has resulted in both Goedert and Zach Ertz producing solid fantasy numbers. Philadelphia doesn’t have the easiest remaining schedule, but with Ertz continuing to receive more attention from opposing defenses, Goedert could quietly emerge as a strong TE play for the rest of the year. Considering how weak tight end has been this year, Goedert is worth the speculative add and stash.

Matt Citak is a contributing writer for CBS Local. Follow him on Twitter here for all things fantasy football, New York Giants and more.


Wolverines, Not Future On Mind Of Mark Dantonio

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Mark Dantonio says he is not thinking about his future as Michigan State’s coach as the Spartans prepare to face rival Michigan this weekend.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 28: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans reacts after a touchdown by the Indiana Hoosiers in the first quarter at Spartan Stadium on September 28, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

 

Michigan State has lost four games in a row and will finish the regular season with at least five losses for the third time in four years. Dantonio talked a bit about how he handles criticism and speculation about his program, then he was asked specifically whether he thinks about his own future.

 

LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans leads the team on the field before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

 

His response: “No. I get ready for the next game. I live in the present.”

 

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 09: Head coach Mark Dantonio leaves the field after a 37-34 loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini at Spartan Stadium on November 09, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

The Spartans take on the 14th-ranked Wolverines on Saturday in Ann Arbor. Michigan State will be without tight end Matt Dotson, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.

 

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Gibbs Carefully Manages 3 Title Contenders

Joe Gibbs is a retired Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl titles who changed course in his early 50s to wade into NASCAR and see if he couldn’t build a second career and a family business.

Gibbs not only developed a championship-winning organization that gave both of his son’s leadership roles, but he also turned Joe Gibbs Racing into one of NASCAR’s elite teams.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 07: Martin Truex Jr, driver of the #19 AOI Toyota, talks with team owner Joe Gibbs during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Gibbs is taking three drivers to Sunday’s championship-deciding finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Toyota trio of Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. will race Ford driver Kevin Harvick for the title. The highest-finishing driver wins the Cup.

Gibbs has an interesting week ahead as he figures out how to manage three teammates racing for the exact same thing.

The business model in NASCAR can be messy for multi-car teams and those with alliances with other teams. Each car has its own sponsors to keep happy, its own individual team members and drivers laser-focused on winning a title. Gibbs often says that model makes team-wide orders impossible, but there have been instances that have raised eyebrows, including Hamlin’s pivotal victory Sunday in Arizona.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 10: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, is congratulated in Victory Lane by team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Hamlin had to win to make the final four and a late restart put his chances in jeopardy. He lined up next to fellow contender Ryan Blaney for the three-lap shootout to the finish, and once he cleared Blaney to claim the lead, Busch wedged his car between Blaney and Hamlin as a buffer for Hamlin to drive to the win.

Could Busch have caught Hamlin and won the race for himself? Or did he ride it out in second for the greater good of Gibbs and Toyota?

Busch, who has grown crankier as he’s gone 22 weeks without a Cup Series victory, said he would have passed Hamlin for the win if he could have caught his teammate.

“I was racing for me at that point,” Busch said. “I couldn’t really get close enough to (Hamlin).”

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 07: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, talks with team owner Joe Gibbs during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 08, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In the season finale a year ago, Hamlin won the pole and had first choice of pit stall. But Hamlin was not racing for the title, Busch was, and the team had Hamlin defer so Busch could claim the position. Hamlin wasn’t happy about it but understood the team decision to give Busch every advantage possible to win the title.

Starting with the JGR team meeting Monday all the way into the final debrief before Sunday’s race, Gibbs has a pressure cooker to handle his three drivers, who have very different personalities. Busch is the regular-season champion and won the title in 2015; Truex won the 2017 championship driving for former Gibbs affiliate Furniture Row Racing and is in his first season as a fulltime Gibbs driver; Hamlin has never won a title and lost chances in 2010 and 2014.

“What I love about our sport is we work together at the race shop, try to prepare things, solve problems,” Gibbs said. “When we get to the racetrack, it will be three cars going for it. Three drivers want a championship. Their sponsors mean so much to us, each one of them, and it’s a separate story, each one of those.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 18: Team owner Joe Gibbs stands on pit road during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

He then referred to his past: “When I was in football, it is one team and you’re trying to win with one team. This is four teams. Then when you get to the racetrack, it’s four teams competing against each other. I love that aspect of it. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

It’s been probably the best season for JGR since Gibbs launched the team in 1992. His drivers have won 18 of the 35 races, and even though Busch, Hamlin and Truex have been among the strongest teams all season, it seemed unlikely one organization would grab three of the four slots in the finale.

But this is a special year for “Coach Joe,” who has mourned the death of his eldest son, J.D., all year. The JGR president and co-chairman died in January after a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. Since then, the organization — particularly Hamlin, who was discovered by J.D. Gibbs — has honored the late leader of the entire season.

Hamlin led a 1-2-3 Gibbs sweep of the Daytona 500 in February, and the team has not stopped rolling since. Gibbs never forgets to credit J.D. after every victory and directs the public to a legacy fund that benefits Young Life Ministry.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

On a personal level, Gibbs this year was elected into NASCAR’s Hall of Fame, and his class includes Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart, the first drivers to win championships for the organization. Stewart will sit alongside Gibbs this weekend in the traditional pre-race preview from the team owners.

Gibbs, for now, is figuring out how to handle this unusual championship situation.

“I would say at the race track obviously it’s going to be, you know, our three teams going for it as hard as they can, each one of them,” Gibbs said. “This is going to be kind of a wild week. I think it will be an unbelievable race. I think our fans will enjoy it. I think you got four heavyweights in there. Everybody has a reason to want to win it.”

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Stafford And Lions Prepare For Uncertainty Moving Forward

While saying another 139-game start streak would be “a long one,” Matthew Stafford hopes to get back on the field as quickly as possible.

The Lions quarterback knew Saturday night that he would not start Sunday’s game in Chicago but held out hope until the morning of that day he would dress despite a back and hip injury.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions speaks with Jeff Driskel #2 during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

“It’s tough. I love playing this game,” Stafford said Monday. “I work really hard to be out there for my teammates and wasn’t able to do it.

“It was a tough pill to swallow.”

Jeff Driskel relieved Stafford as the Lions lost 20-13 in Chicago. He was 27 of 46 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

Stafford and coach Matt Patricia said the quarterback’s availability would be a day-to-day, week-to-week decision moving forward for the Lions (3-5-1), who host Dallas on Sunday.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Matt Patricia of the Detroit Lions stands on the sidelines during a play review in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Patricia said scans on Stafford’s back Friday showed an injury that he would likely not be able to play with. Patricia said the team extended Saturday’s walkthrough to get Driskel more reps.

The team was informed Saturday that Stafford might not be able to play, but Stafford held out hope that he might be able to dress.

The ultimate decision came Sunday morning.

“Knowing Matthew Stafford, he wants to play,” Patricia said Monday. “He’s extremely tough; he’s extremely competitive. And honestly, we spent most of Saturday trying to figure out way, if there was a way, for him to play safely.”

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions watches the video board while standing next to Jeff Driskel #2 during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Stafford was in a hooded sweatshirt and helped coax Driskel as much as he could on game day, admitting the first Lions game since 2011 without him starting was a strange one.

“It was an odd feeling,” Stafford said. “I was probably in one of the weirder places mentally than I’ve been in a long time watching that game. Just trying to pull for the guys, and obviously it was a close game down to the wire. I was just hoping we could come away with it.”

WHAT’S WORKING

The offensive line responded strongly to the challenge of the Bears tough defensive front.

Tackles Taylor Decker, Rick Wagner, and Tyrell Crosby kept star linebacker Khalil Mack quiet with three tackles and no sacks, and Chicago had two sacks for the game.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Jeff Driskel #2 of the Detroit Lions runs for a few yards during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

WHAT NEEDS HELP

If Driskel is the guy going forward, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell might need to open the playbook to play to his backup’s strengths.

Driskel threw a bad interception in the third quarter to linebacker Nick Kwiatkowski and connected with wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones for eight receptions, tied for second-to-last this season for their combined output.

“Certainly, there are some plays out there that we would like to have back in those situations, but I thought he handled the situation really well,” Patricia said. “I thought he tried to do everything he could to help the offense.”

STOCK UP

Linebacker Jarrad Davis played his least amount of snaps on the season but may have had his best game.

In a linebacker rotation with rookie Jahlani Tavai and others, Davis played a season-low 77 percent of snaps but looked more comfortable against the run with eight tackles.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears makes a catch as Jahlani Tavai #51 of the Detroit Lions defends him during the second half at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

“It was something that we had kind of scripted through the game of like, ‘Hey, we’re going to give certain guys rest during these series and roll them in and out,'” Patricia said. “I think from that standpoint, some of those rotational type of series, I thought they helped.”

STOCK DOWN

Despite being drafted No. 8 overall, tight end T.J. Hockenson still has not been a big part of the offense.

After catching six passes for 131 yards in Week 1 against Arizona, Hockenson has averaged 2.4 receptions and 26.5 receiving yards per game with one total touchdown.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: T.J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions is unable to make a catch in front of Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

On Sunday, with a backup quarterback throwing short passes, Hockenson had three catches for 47 yards.

INJURED

There’s a bunch for Detroit, with Wagner and running back Ty Johnson joining linebacker Miles Killebrew in the concussion protocol, Patricia said.

In addition to Stafford’s status going forward, defensive linemen Mike Daniels (leg) and Kevin Strong (ribs) left Sunday’s game early, while Romeo Okwara (groin) and Da’Shawn Hand (ankle) missed the game, along with safety Tracy Walker (knee).

KEY NUMBER

5-15: Detroit’s record without Stafford at the helm throughout his career.

Since Stafford was drafted first overall in 2009, the Lions have been without him for 20 games, including Sunday’s loss. They went 0-6 without him during his rookie season, then 5-8 with Shaun Hill and Drew Stanton in Year 2.

The Lions haven’t had to deal with that since 2011, but the early returns suggest this time it wouldn’t be pretty this time either.

NEXT STEPS

The Lions need to find a way to beat divisional foes, starting the season 0-3 against the NFC North. One game each awaits with Chicago, Minnesota, and Green Bay, with Dallas and Washington up next before a Thanksgiving rematch with the Bears.

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Izzo And Spartans Try To Stay Focused Amidst Tragedy

Memphis and Michigan State face tough matchups amid difficult offcourt situations to headline college basketball’s second week.

The 13th-ranked Tigers face 14th-ranked Oregon in the Ducks’ home state Tuesday night amid eligibility concerns for star freshman James Wiseman. Two nights later, the third-ranked Spartans travel to 12th-ranked Seton Hall following an emotional weekend win after the death of preseason Associated Press All-American Cassius Winston’s brother.

 

MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Penny Hardaway of the Memphis Tigers reacts against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the HoopHall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena on December 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

 

Memphis (2-0), which climbed one spot in Monday’s new AP Top 25 poll, had no trouble in its opening-week games. But Friday’s win against Illinois-Chicago came after the school said second-year coach and former NBA star Penny Hardaway had given more than $11,000 to Wiseman’s family in 2017 before taking the Memphis job.

The school originally said the nation’s top-ranked recruit would miss games after receiving an NCAA rule interpretation, though Wiseman’s attorney got a court order allowing him to play while the school works to resolve the issue.

 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 20: James Wiseman #32 warms up at halftime of the Jordan Brand Classic boys high school all-star basketball game at T-Mobile Arena on April 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 

Afterward, Hardaway was asked why Wiseman played and whether he’d continue to do so.

“I can’t talk about the first part,” Hardaway said, “but he will continue to play.”

That sets up Wiseman to face the Ducks in Portland and Alcorn State on Saturday before a Monday court hearing.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 10: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans passes the ball against the Yarden Willis #44 of the Binghamton Bearcats in the second half at Breslin Center on November 10, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

 

As for the Spartans (1-1), they regrouped from an opening-night loss to Kentucky that knocked them from No. 1 by beating Binghamton, though that win came after the team learned Winston’s brother had died Saturday after being struck by a train.

Winston decided to play and had a double-double. The Seton Hall trip is the Spartans’ only game this week.

 

EAST LANSING, MI – NOVEMBER 10: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans and his brother Khy Winston watch warm ups prior to the game against the Binghamton Bearcats at Breslin Center on November 10, 2019 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

 

“There will be a lot of talking,” coach Tom Izzo said of how the team moves forward. “There will be a lot of just spending time trying to read people. I told them you can play with a broken heart; there is nothing wrong with admitting that.”

A NEW NO. 1

Kentucky’s win against Michigan State was enough to lift John Calipari’s Wildcats back to No. 1 in the AP Top 25.

The Wildcats (2-0) return to action Tuesday night against Evansville in their first game as the nation’s top-ranked team since December 2016. They could be set for a lengthy stay at the top, too.

 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 05: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a call against his team in the first half against the Michigan State Spartans during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 05, 2019 in New York City.Duke Blue Devils defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 68-66. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

Kentucky’s next seven games are all at Rupp Arena and they don’t play another power-conference team until meeting Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Dec. 14.

“It’s still early, though,” sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley said of reaching No. 1. “We’ve got a long way to go as far as being the team that we want to be, playing against ourselves each and every day. We just want to be No. 1 at the end of the season.”

FIRST VISIT

There’s one other matchup featuring two ranked teams coming Wednesday with No. 10 Villanova’s visit to No. 16 Ohio State. It will be the first meeting between the schools in 16 years, with the previous three meetings all taking place at neutral sites.

WATCH LIST

VCU, Marquette and Tennessee are among the leading vote-getters of unranked teams, though they have games this week that could help them crack next week’s poll.

The Rams (2-0) were ranked 25th in the preseason before falling just outside Monday’s poll, but they host No. 23 LSU on Wednesday in a matchup against former VCU coach Will Wade.

Marquette (1-0) and preseason AP All-American Markus Howard face a pair of Big Ten teams, first by hosting Purdue on Wednesday and then visiting Wisconsin on Saturday.

As for Tennessee, the Volunteers (1-0) face No. 20 Washington in Toronto on Saturday.

 

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