LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Steve Pearce belted a game-tying homer in the 7th inning and then smacked a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double to put the Boston Red Sox ahead in the 9th as they rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 8-4 Saturday night in Los Angeles over the Dodgers. The Game 4 rally gave Boston a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven series just hours after losing an 18-inning marathon in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series. Boston's rally started with a three-run, pinch hit homer by Mitch Moreland before Pearce's shot tied it up at 4-4. Pearce's dramatic 9th inning delivery in the clutch led to a rally that marked the first time this season that anybody has beaten the Dodgers after trailing by four runs or more. They were 54-0 before Boston rallied. The Red Sox, who would have Game 6 and Game 7 back in Boston at Fenway Park if they are necessary, try to close out the series Sunday with David Price on the mound. Game time is 8:15 pm on Fox TV.
EAST LANSING (CCN) — Red-shirted freshman Rocky Lombardi made his first college football start a memorable one Saturday afternoon in East Lansing as he threw for threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Michigan State Spartans to a 23-13 victory over a Purdue team that was fresh off an upset over then No. 2 Ohio State. Lombardi, starting in place of injury MSU star Brian Lewerke, was xx-for-46 passing and connected on TD strikes to Darrell Stewart for 11 yards and to Jalen Nailor for 48 yards. Matt Coghlin booted three field goals for MSU and Mike Panasiuk came up with a huge blocked field goal with 3:42 left. The victory improved MSU to 3-2 in Big 10 East Division play and 5-2 overall. Purdue's 49-20 upset over Ohio State last week had given the Boilermakers four straight victories overall and had them at 3-1 and tied atop the Big 10's West Division coming into the contest in East Lansing.
(CCN) — The College Football Playoff Selection Committee will reveal its first set of rankings for the 2018 season on Tuesday, and it's expected that the Michigan Wolverines will be in the top 5 with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and LSU. Winning out would likely squeeze them into the national playoff scene since Alabama and LSU still have a game to play against each other. Northwestern took a giant step toward becoming the Big 10's West Division champion when beating WIsconsin 31-17 on Saturday. Wisconsin came into the game in a four-way tie for first place but Northwestern emerged alone atop the standings when Iowa lost 34-20 to Penn State 34-20 and Purdue lost 23-13 at Michigan State. The Penn State-Iowa matchup was between top 25 teams with Penn State coming in at No. 17 and Iowa at No. 18. In a top 25 battle of teams with 6-1 records, No. 7 Georgia beat No. 9 Florida 36-17 and No. 14 Washington State nipped No. 24 Stanford 41-38. Five top 25 teams lost on Saturday. California upset No. 15 Washington 12-10, Mississippi State upset No. 16 Texas A&M 28-13, Syracuse upset No. 22 North Carolina State 51-41, Houston upset No. 21 South Florida 57-36 and Georgia Southern upset No. 25 Appalachian State 34-14 just one week after the Mountaineers cracked the top 25 for the first time in school history. Other top 25 teams in action included No. 2 Clemson whipping Florida State 59-10, No. 8 Oklahoma winning 51-14 over Kansas State and No. 12 Kentucky nipping Missouri 15-14.
DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Pistons suffered their first loss of the NBA season on Saturday night when the Boston Celtics came into Little Caesars Arena and beat them in convincing fashion, 109-89. The Celtics improved to 4-2 while the Pistons lost for the first time after a 4-0 start under new Coach Dwane Casey. Blake Griffith, who was averaging 33.8 points per game coming into the game, missed his first seven shots and finished 2-of-13 from the field in a 7-point night. Jaylen Brown played tough defense on Griffith and led the Celtics in scoring with 19 points. Former Piston Marcus Morris added 18 points. Detroit was led by Andre Drummond with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Stanley Johnson added a season-high 16 points off the bench for the Pistons.
It had been a full week and not a single Michigan State fan had sent me a text. Then my phone started blowing up. They were back. Being all MSU again.
So what if the Green and White had won eight of the last 10 football games. The Maize and Blue have now won two of the last three. John Beilein's basketball team also went to the national finals last March for the second time in six years. UM's hockey team made it to the Frozen Four last season. UM's softball team won the Big 10 championship. UM won Big 10 titles last year, too, in men's cross country, women's field hockey, men's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's gymnastics and women's tennis. But there were my Spartans' friends with their mean texts. Usually, they've got jokes. Now, they were being downright nasty about the big cheese over in East Lansing. READ MORE
(CCN) — The state's No. 1 ranked high school football team in Division 1 stayed perfect and so, too, did three others in Saturday afternoon's opening round games of the Michigan state playoffs.
Traverse City St. Francis and Flint Hamady each reached 10-0 records in Division 6 while unbeaten and No. 1 ranked Breckenridge rolled to a 10-0 record in Division 8 and Detroit Cass Tech won big in Division 1 to go to 10-0. Manistee, which had a perfect 9-0 regular season, stumbled in its opening round Division 5 game on Saturday by losing 42-28 to Clare. Cass Tech bombed Detroit Western International 55-7 in Division 1 while Saline went to 9-1 in Division 1 by beating Kalamazoo Central 26-7. READ MORE
DETROIT (CCN) — The second start in a great homestand opportunity turned out just like the first one. The Detroit Red Wings lost another game by dropping a 2-1 affair to the Winnipeg Jets. The loss dropped them 1-7-2 on the season. The Wings, who are dead last in all of the NHL, were making their second home ice appearance during a streak that will see them play eight times there during a 10-game stretch. Veteran Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien picked up his 500th career point he broke a 1-1 tie by scoring the game winner with 6:45 remaining as the Jets improved to 7-3-1 with their fourth victory in five starts. Andreas Athanaiou scored Detroit's only goal while Jimmy Howard shined between the pipes with a 38-save performance.
(CCN) — All but one school kept alive hopes of defending a high school football state championship at Detroit's Ford Field by winning opening round state playoff games around Michigan on Friday night. Grand Rapids West Catholic, which barely got into the 2018 Division 5 tournament with a 5-4 record after winning it all a year ago, lost a 41-22 affair at Hudsonville Unity Christian to exit the field in the first game. While Clarkston, Warren DeLaSalle, Muskegon High, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Jackson Lumen Christi, Pewamo-Westphalia and Ottawa Lake Whiteford all took their first steps toward returning to defend their 11-man crowns at Ford Field on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, both divisions in 8-man competition will have new state champions on Nov. 17 at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome in Marquette with no defending champs back this year to try again. READ MORE
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Max Muncy, who started the year in Triple-A ball but ended up leading the Los Angeles Dodgers in home runs during the regular season with 35, blasted the biggest homer of his career Friday night to end the longest World Series game in history. His walk-off, solo blast in the 18th inning ended a marathon contest that lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in Game 3. Muncy, who nearly hit one out in the 15th inning with a deep drive to the warning track, belted out a 3-2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the 18th inning. It prevented the Dodgers from going down 3-0 — a deficit no team has ever overcome in the World Series. Game 4 will again be in Los Angeles Saturday night. Game time is 8:09 pm on Fox TV as the Dodgers try to even the series at 2-2.
DETROIT (CCN) — Andre Drummond put on a powerful performance Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to help the Detroit Pistons stay perfect on the young NBA season. Drummond scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to help the Pistons improve to 4-0 with a 110-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. New Coach Dwane Casey has Detroit off to its best start since the 2008-09 season while the Cavaliers fell to 0-5 for the first time since LeBron James was a rookie in 2003. Blake Griffith, coming off a 50-point explosion earlier in the week against the Philadelphia 76ers, came up huge again Thursday by scoring 26 points. Reggie Jackson added 16 points for the Pistons.
DETROIT (CCN) — Fans attending Friday's Detroit Red Wings game against the Winnipeg Jets at Little Caesars Arena will likely have some trouble finding a place to park. The 7:30 pm Red Wings game has competition from Luke Bryan performing at Ford Field, former President Barack Obama speaking at Cass Tech High School, Brockhampton will perform at The Masonic and the City Theatre has Evil Dead: The Musical. The Red Wings, who are dead last in all of the NHL so far with a 1-6-2 start, have added new center Jacob de la Rose for Friday's game against the Jets. They claimed the 23-year-old on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens last week and made room for him on the roster by assigning rookie center Christoffer Ehn to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Ehn made his NHL debut on Oct. 4 against Columbus and the Sweedish prospect had one assist in 9 games. Jacob de la Rose, who was also born in Sweden, has played 119 NHL games during four previous seasons in Montreal but has not yet played this season. He has 8 career goals in the NHL with 19 points.
Both divisions in 8-man competition will have new state champions in Michigan high school football but all eight division champions from 2017 are back to defend their titles in 11-man play. Teams across Michigan begin post-season action this weekend with 256 schools hoping their journey ends at Ford Field for the 11-man finals set for the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day and 32 more setting their sights on the 8-man finals Nov. 17 at Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome in Marquette. READ MORE
EAST LANSING (CCN) — Michigan State University's football coach, Mark Dantonio, called it "B.S." but allegations leveled by the head coach of the arch rival Michigan Wolverines have led to a $10,000 fine to MSU by the Big 10 Conference's commissioner. A statement released Wednesday by Commissioner Jim Delaney said as follows: "We are fortunate the series of events that occurred prior to the Michigan-Michigan State game did not escalate into a much more serious matter. While traditions hold great importance on our campuses, traditions do not supersede the values of good sportsmanship or the requirement for player safety. We expect more from our coaches, students and administrators and will continue to work with our institutions to prioritize good sportsmanship moving forward.” READ MORE
LOS ANGELES (CCN) — Rick Porcello was Boston's Game 4 starter in the American League Division Series and in the A.L. Championship Series, but Manager Alex Cora has announced that his 17-game winner during the regular season will ge the ball in Game 3 of the World Series. Porcello, who pitched in the 2012 World Series in relief for the Detroit Tigers, has 313 career starts and is scheduled to make his first World Series start on Friday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Boston won the first two games at Fenway Park and the action now shifts to the west coast for Games 4 and 5, as well as Game 6 on Sunday, if necessary. Cora said he is undecided about a Game 4 starter since Nathan Eovaldi worked the 8th inning of both games in Boston. Eovaldi was Boston's Game 3 starter in the two previous 2018 postseason series.
BOSTON (CCN) — Three former Detroit Tigers' stars played key roles Wednesday night as the Boston Red Sox won Game 2 of the World Series. They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead as the series now shifts to the west coast after the first two games at Fenway Park in Boston. Former Tigers' star David Price was the winning pitcher after allowing only three hits in 6 innings of brilliant work, ex-Tiger Ian Kinsler delivered an RBI single and former Detroit slugger J.D. Martinez broke a 2-2 tie with a clutch bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Red Sox, who have scored 9 of their 12 runs so far in the World Series after two outs in an inning, tied it Wednesday night one batter before Martinez on a bases loaded walk.
DETROIT (CCN) — Blake Griffith's free throw after a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Detroit Pistons a thrilling 133-132 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. The 3-point play also gave Griffith 50 points on a night that fans at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit gave their new superstar "MVP" chants as he neared becoming only the seventh Piston in history to reach the 50-point plateau in a game. Griffith added 14 points and passed out 6 assists while improving his average to 36.3 points for the 3-0 Pistons who have not yet lost under new head coach Dwane Casey. Griffin is so far shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point range after going 20-for-35 against the 76ers, including sinking 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Reggie Jackson added 23 points for the Pistons, Reggie Bullock 17 and Andre Drummond 14. Ish Smith was hot off the bench with 21 points. Drummond led the way on the boards with 16 rebounds. Griffith's 50-point night was a career high and it was the first time anybody has surpassed 50 this season. It was the first time by a Piston since 2006 when Rip Hamilton scored 51.
BOSTON (CCN) — A pinch-hit, three-run home run by Eduardo Nunez over the green monster wall in leftfield broke open a one-run ballgame Tuesday night as the Boston Red Sox won 8-4 in Game 1 of the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrew Benintendi was 4-for-5 for Boston, scoring three times and driving in one more. The Red Sox drove Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw out of the game by roughing him up for 5 runs and 7 hits in 4 innings of work. Chris Sale went the first 4 innings for the Red Sox who used 7 pitchers in the contest with the final 6 combining to allow only two hits. Matt Kemp had a solo homer for the Dodgers, Justin Turner had three hits and Manny Machado had a 3-RBI single. The Red Sox, who were baseball's best team during the regular season with 108 victories, try to go ahead 2-0 Wednesday night. Game time from Boston's Fenway Park is 8:09 pm on Fox TV.
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — Michigan Wolverines football Coach Jim Harbaugh reacted to a statement by Michigan State University's athletic department by calling for an investigation into the controversial incident before Saturday's game in East Lansing. Harbaugh called for the investigation during the "Inside Michigan Football" radio show when learning that MSU officials had issued a statement after he doubled down on his post-game comments during a Monday press conference in Ann Arbor. READ MORE