VIDEOS: Henrik Zetterberg Sets Up Johan Franzen for a Pair of Goals

Henrik Zetterberg assisted on all four of the Detroit Red Wings’ goals Friday night, in an impressive 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Johan Franzen capitalized on the first two Zetterberg feeds — their first connection handed Detroit an early 1-0 lead, then Franzen made it 2-0 in the second period. Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader tacked on goals later in the game.

The two Zetterberg-to-Franzen hookups:

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From the Spartan Sideline, Hoosier Edition: Michigan State vs. Indiana Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgFresh off their second straight win that was closer than it needed to be in the end, the Michigan State Spartans continue their trip across the state of Indiana this week by preparing to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on the road.

Like Purdue, the Hoosiers put a small scare into Michigan State last year in Spartan Stadium, using an explosive offense to score early on the Spartans and plant some small seeds of doubt in the team and the crowd.

The Spartans roared back, however, and used that game to kick-start their own offensive rebirth. Now, the Hoosiers are down their starting quarterback and look ripe for the picking. Can they circle the wagons and pull the upset the Boilermakers couldn’t? Continue reading

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Will Bynum Traded by Detroit Pistons for Joel Anthony

Update: The Pistons confirmed the deal — Will Bynum to the Boston Celtics for Joel Anthony.

The Detroit Pistons are “finalizing” a deal with the Boston Celtics that would swap guard Will Bynum for center Joel Anthony, ESPNBoston reports.

Trading away Bynum would help the Pistons relieve their glut of point guards — Brandon Jennings is the projected starter there, with free-agent signee D.J. Augstin behind him; rookie Spencer Dinwiddie also is battling for a roster spot.

It also would seem to indicate that Aaron Gray could be out for an extended period of time still. The veteran center suffered a “cardiac episode” this offseason. Detroit did sign Hasheem Thabeet as an extra big man before the preseason began, but Anthony would count as an upgrade there.
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Detroit Pistons Trade Rumors: Chase Budinger a Possible Fill-in for Injured Jodie Meeks?

With newcomer Jodie Meeks out for up to two months with a back injury, the Detroit Pistons may be shopping for other options before the regular season begins.

Case in point: Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowksi and the Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill each reported that the Pistons are interested in Chase Budinger. The Timberwolves are shopping Budinger because they “have a glut of forwards, and Budinger could struggle to find minutes this season”, according to Wojnarowski.

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Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option Budinger’s deal has in 2015-16, as are the Pistons, sources said. Nevertheless, the Pistons are taking a long look at Budinger and considering the possibility of making a deal. No trade is considered imminent for Budinger.

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PHOTOS: Ben Affleck Visits Michigan State Football Practice

It’s a pretty good time to be a member of the Michigan State Spartans right now.

The defending Rose Bowl champions are back in the college football playoff hunt. And Thursday they were visited by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, who has been working out at the Michigan State facility as he films “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” in the Detroit area.

A couple shots of Affleck at practice, from the MSU football Twitter account:

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Back Injury to Jodie Meeks Presents Some Early Concerns For Detroit Pistons

pistons-logo1Even after coming to terms with Stan Van Gundy, arguably the biggest coup of the NBA offseason not named LeBron James, the Detroit Pistons still can’t catch a break.

Unfortunately for them, they caught a stress reaction when it was revealed that Van Gundy’s first major free agent signee Jodie Meeks would miss eight weeks with the injury. Meeks is not expected back for “a couple of months,” per Van Gundy through Perry A Farrell of the Detroit Free Press. Continue reading

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Detroit Tigers Free Agency: Victor Martinez ‘Prefers to Work Something Out With the Tigers’

Detroit Tigers fans will be crossing their fingers that a report by the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo concerning Victor Martinez is on the money.

According to Cafardo, Martinez “prefers to work something out with the Tigers, so they will get first crack at him.” He mentions Baltimore, Texas, Chicago (presumably the White Sox) and Toronto as other suitors should Martinez hit free agency; Cleveland also would figure to be near the top of the list given that Martinez played there for several successful seasons.
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From the Spartan Sideline: Boilermaker Edition: Michigan State vs. Purdue Preview

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgIn a game that finished closer late than it probably needed to, the Michigan State Spartans hung on to defeat the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday night in chilly, rainy Spartan Stadium, netting their first win of the conference slate.

This week, they hit the road for the first time in Big Ten play, and the destination is Indiana for an afternoon date with the Purdue Boilermakers. Last season, Purdue was the only team to put a scare into the Spartans during the Big Ten slate, nearly pulling the upset on the road and losing 14-0.

How will this year’s Boilermaker squad—by all accounts an improved one from last year—finish off the upset this time around? Spartan Sideline has some ideas for week two in the conference. Continue reading

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