Avalanche beat Red Wings 3-2 in overtime
DETROIT (AP) - Andre Benoit scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
MacKinnon has a point in 13 straight games, breaking Wayne Gretzky's record for an 18-year-old NHL player.
Colorado's P.A. Parenteau made it a 2-all game 5:49 into the third period.
Detroit took leads on Niklas Kronwall's goal midway through the first period and Tomas Jurco's score with 7:50 left in the second.
Matt Duchene tied it at 1 midway through the second period.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 35 saves for the Avalanche, who have won four straight. Detroit's Jimmy Howard stopped 22 shots.
The Red Wings retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey before the game.
No. 22 Michigan State beats No. 24 Iowa 86-76
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Thursday night.
Appling showed his old aggressiveness before hip and wrist injuries and scored 12 points for the Spartans. Travis Trice, Appling's backup, was 3 for 4 from 3-point range and had 16 points, while Adreian Payne added 14 points in his final home game.
Denzel Valentine had 13 points and nine assists for Michigan State, which looked a lot like the team that is 19-2 with a healthy Branden Dawson in the lineup.
Roy Devyn Marble had 24 points for Iowa.
Michigan women top Indiana 82-57 in Big 10 tourney
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Cyesha Goree scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and had five assists as the seventh-seeded Michigan women rolled past No. 10 seed Indiana, 82-57, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
Shannon Smith added 16 points, Madison Ristovski 12 and Siera Thompson 10 for the Wolverines, who will face second-seeded Michigan State in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Nicole Elmblad finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots in the win.
Indiana jumped out to a 7-2 lead but Michigan responded with a 30-8 run and took a 43-28 advantage into the break.
Milika Taufa's layup with 9:50 to play pulled the Hoosiers within 10 before the Wolverines scored 12 straight to put the game away.
Alexis Gassion led Indiana, which shot 26 percent from 3-point range and 29 percent from the free-throw line, with 12 points.
Phillies-Tigers game called off
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies has been canceled because of rain.
The announcement was made a few minutes after the scheduled start of Thursday's game, with wet weather making its way across Florida. There were some fans who had come to the ballpark, but the tarp remained on the field and there were puddles all around the warning track.
Detroit's Justin Verlander was scheduled to make his first start of spring training against Philadelphia's split squad.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
Freshmen are making their mark among Big Ten women
(AP) - The Big Ten women's basketball tournament starts Thursday in Indianapolis with four games.
Regular-season co-champions Penn State and Michigan State, along with Nebraska and Purdue, have earned the top four seeds for the second straight year.
Purdue, which has won six straight games, is the two-time defending champion. The Boilermakers have put together their longest win streak of the season, and the longest current streak in the Big Ten, without injured point guard KK Houser.
Northwestern plays Ohio State in the tournament opener. Other games Thursday match Iowa against Illinois, Michigan against Indiana, and Minnesota against Wisconsin.
Wings owner won't be at Lidstrom jersey retirement
DETROIT (AP) - Owner Mike Ilitch missed a jersey retirement ceremony for Detroit Red Wings great Nicklas Lidstrom due to health reasons.
In a statement Wednesday, Ilitch said he underwent a medical procedure "this past year" that has kept him "out of the spotlight for a while."
As a result, Ilitch and his wife, Marian, weren't be able to attend Thursday night's festivities, when Lidstrom's No. 5 was retired before the Wings faced off against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. The defenseman retired in 2012 after winning four Stanley Cups with Detroit.
The 84-year-old Ilitch says he feels "much better," is "stronger every day" and never misses a Red Wings game on television. He says Lidstrom is "very deserving" of the honor.
RED WINGS-LIDSTROM'S JERSEY
Red Wings retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have retired Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey.
Lidstrom was honored Thursday night before Detroit hosted the Colorado Avalanche. A red banner - with his last name and number in white - was raised to the rafters to end the pregame ceremony.
The storied franchise previously retired six jerseys: Gordie Howe's No. 9, Steve Yzerman's No. 19, Ted Lindsay's No. 7, Terry Sawchuk's No. 1, Alex Delvecchio's No. 10 and Sid Abel's No. 12.
Lidstrom retired after the 2011-12 season - his 20th with the Red Wings. He won four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's best defenseman.
The Swede played in 1,564 games - the most by someone who was on only one NHL team - and could still be making millions in the league.
Tigers laughing it up during spring training
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Whether it's a player posing with a reptile or a backup catcher donning a women's swimsuit next to Kate Upton, the Detroit Tigers certainly look like the class of the American League when it comes to viral photos.
The three-time AL Central champions are laughing their way toward opening day, approaching spring camp with a mix of relaxed lightheartedness and serious focus. The Tigers had fun under Jim Leyland, too, but new manager Brad Ausmus seems to place a premium on clubhouse camaraderie.
Torii Hunter tweeted a link of himself puckering up to an alligator. That was a couple days after reliever Joba Chamberlain's Twitter followers were treated to a shot of catcher Bryan Holaday modeling a women's swimsuit - next to a more conventionally dressed Upton.
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