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Pistons beat Pacers 117-97 to end 11 game slide – Tuesday Morning Sports Update


Detroit Pistons center James Wiseman (13) attempts a layup as Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith (23) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 13, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 117, Indiana Pacers 97

Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Livers (12) passes to center Jalen Duren (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Monday, March 13, 2023, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pistons 117, Pacers 97 – Wiseman’s double-double helps Pistons end 11-game skid
James Wiseman had 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons ended an 11-game losing streak with a 117-97 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. The Pistons, who hadn’t won since beating San Antonio 138-131 in double overtime on Feb. 10, led by 31 points in the first half and held off an Indiana surge late in the second quarter and early in the third. Cory Joseph led Detroit with 22 points, Jalen Duren put up 12 points and 11 rebounds and Killian Hayes had 10 points and 11 assists. Jordan Nwora had 20 points off the bench for Indiana.

Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards, 7:00 p.m.

NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
NIT – Round 1
Toledo at Michigan, 7:00 p.m.         News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 7:00 (following Robotics Rountable on WSJM)

NFL – Agent: Lions agree to $33M, 3-year deal with CB Cam Sutton
The Detroit Lions have addressed pressing needs in free agency by adding standout cornerback Cameron Sutton and retaining a veteran linebacker bolster their lackluster defense. The Lions and Sutton agreed to a three-year contract worth $33 million with $22.5 million guaranteed, agent David Canter told The Associated Press on Monday. Detroit also agreed to a $18.75 million, three-year deal with linebacker Alex Anzalone, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced.  The Lions also kicked off the week tendering exclusive rights free agents: tight ends Shane Zylstra and Brock Wright, linebacker Anthony Pittman, defensive lineman Benito Jones and long snapper Scott Daly.

NFL – Bears get lift at LB, add Edmunds, Edwards
The Chicago Bears made two big additions at linebacker, agreeing to contracts with Buffalo Bills two-time Pro Bowler Tremaine Edmunds and former Philadelphia Eagle T.J. Edwards, two people familiar with the situations said Monday. Edmunds’ deal is worth $72 million over four years with $50 million guaranteed. Edwards is due $19.5 million over three years, with $12 million guaranteed. The Bears also added to their offensive line, agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract with Tennessee guard Nate Davis, a person familiar with the situation said. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agreements can’t be announced until the new league year opens on Wednesday.  The Bears agreed Friday to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to Carolina, two people familiar with the deal said. Chicago addressed a big need for a playmaker to help quarterback Justin Fields by acquiring star receiver D.J. Moore from the Panthers along with the No. 9 and No. 61 overall picks in 2023, a first-rounder in 2024 and a second-rounder in 2025.

NFL – Garoppolo heads long list of QBs on move in free agency
Jimmy Garoppolo is headed to Las Vegas for a new start with the Raiders. Sam Darnold is heading West to replace Garoppolo on the San Francisco 49ers’ roster. Mike White, Case Keenum and Jarrett Stidham have new teams, too. And Deshaun Watson is staying in Cleveland, but with a restructured deal with the Browns. Quarterbacks took front and center on Monday as the NFL free agency began with teams allowed to negotiate — and agree to deals — with unrestricted free agents.

NFL – NFL will consider reviewing roughing-the-passer penalties
The NFL’s competition committee will consider making roughing-the-passer penalties and personal-foul penalties subject to video review. The two potential rule changes were among nine the league announced Monday in its 2023 playing rules, bylaw and resolution proposals submitted by clubs. The Los Angeles Rams proposed the change that would allow teams to challenge roughing-the-passer calls. The Detroit Lions proposed the giving teams an opportunity to challenge personal foul calls. The competition committee will consider the rule changes later this month when NFL owners gather in Arizona for their annual meeting.

FILE – Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant signals from the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Merchant announced Monday, March 13, that she has stepped down as Michigan State’s women’s basketball coach, citing health concerns. The 53-year-old Merchant had not coached the Spartans since she was in a one-car crash after a medical incident in late January. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

NCAAWBKB – Michigan State women’s hoops coach Suzy Merchant steps down
Suzy Merchant has stepped down as Michigan State’s women’s basketball coach, citing health concerns. The 53-year-old Merchant had not coached the Spartans since she was in a one-car crash after a medical incident in late January. Six seasons ago, she fainted and collapsed onto the court during a game and doctors later discovered she had a heart abnormality. She announced she was stepping down on Monday. Associate head coach Dean Lockwood filled in for Merchant this season and will serve as the team’s interim coach while the school searches for a new leader for the program.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators, 8:00 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Baltimore Orioles 11, Detroit Tigers (SS) 7
Tampa Bay Rays 9, Detroit Tigers (SS) 5
Cubs and White Sox were off

Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.
Oakland A’s at Chicago White Sox, 4:05 p.m.
Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs, 9:05 p.m.

MLB/WBC – Nicaraguan pitcher signs with MLB’s Tigers after 1 WBC inning
Duque Hebbert turned just one inning of work in the World Baseball Classic into a contract.  The 21-year-old pitcher for Nicaragua entered Monday’s game against the Dominican Republic in the ninth inning and struck out All-Stars Juan Soto, Julio Rodríguez and Rafael Devers.  That feat impressed the Detroit Tigers enough to offer Hebbert a minor league contract after the game.  After striking out Soto and Rodríguez to start the inning, Hebbert gave up a double to Manny Machado, who also had a home run in the game. Hebbert struck out Devers on a changeup immediately after.

WBC – U.S. routs Canada in WBC
Mike Trout hit a three-run homer, Lance Lynn threw five impressive innings and the United States used a nine-run first to cruise past Canada 12-1 at the World Baseball Classic. The game was called after seven innings because of the tournament’s 10-run mercy rule. The U.S. improved to 2-1 and bounced back from an 11-5 loss to Mexico on Sunday with its best offensive performance of the tournament. Canada fell to 1-1.

USA Soccer – US Soccer: Berhalter eligible to coach after investigation
The U.S. Soccer Federation says Gregg Berhalter remains a candidate to stay on as men’s national team coach after a report by a law firm concluded he did not improperly withhold information about a 1992 domestic violence allegation involving the woman who later became his wife. The report also concluded that Berhalter’s conduct “likely constituted the misdemeanor crime of assault on a female” but that it was an isolated event. He can’t be prosecuted because of the two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors. The law firm Alston and Bird was retained after the Reyna family reported the 30-year-old incident to the USSF.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball – Regionals Semifinals
Division 1 at DeWitt
East Lansing 51, Kalamazoo Central 47 – OT
Battle Creek Central 47, Holt 40

Division 2 at Vicksburg
Grand Rapids South Christian 72, Niles 33
Hamilton 63, Marshall 62

Division 3 at Coloma
Brandywine 58, Kalamazoo Hackett 42
Centreville 55, Lawton 40

Division 4 at Bellevue
Kalamazoo Phoenix 78, Eau Claire 68
Colon 57, Lawrence 52

Girls Basketball – State Quarterfinals
Division 3 at Bangor
Buchanan vs. Hart, 7:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Bellevue
Kalamazoo Hackett vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian, 7:00 p.m.