T25-N CAROLINA-MICHIGAN ST
North Carolina beats No. 1 Michigan State 79-65
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.
The Tar Heels (5-2) have been talented enough to defeat the top-ranked Spartans and then-No. 3 Louisville this season, but they've also lost to Belmont and UAB.
Michigan State (7-1) fell to an unranked nonconference team at home for the first time in more than a decade.
The Tar Heels took control from the start, never trailed and used a 12-1 run to take a 65-52 lead with 6:02 left.
Kennedy Meeks scored 15 points for North Carolina and Brice Johnson had 14. Marcus Paige and Nate Britt added 13 apiece.
Gary Harris had 17 points and Keith Appling scored 13, but both Michigan State guards missed 10 of 15 shots.
Drummond carries Pistons past Bucks 105-98
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Andre Drummond had 24 points and 19 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons rode a strong second-half performance to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-98 Wednesday night.
Greg Monroe contributed 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who had three players with double-doubles and five score 15 or more points.
Ersan Ilyasov scored a season high 22 points and had 10 rebounds off the bench to lead the Bucks, who have lost 13 of 14. Khris Middleton added 14 points for Milwaukee.
Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings had 17 points and 11 assists in his return to Milwaukee. Jennings spent four seasons with the Bucks after the team drafted him 10th overall in 2009.
Flyers roll past Red Wings 6-3
DETROIT (AP) - Sean Couturier had two goal and two assists and the Philadelphia Flyers scored four goals in third period to rally for a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Couturier got the winner at 8:28 of the third period by tipping in a shot.
Scott Hartnell and Matt Read had a goal and two assists and Steve Downie and Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist each for Philadelphia. Steve Mason stopped 32 shots.
Tomas Tatar scored twice and center Johan Franzen also scored for Detroit. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.
Pearson scores 30, Toledo rolls past Detroit 91-75
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Rian Pearson poured in 30 points, sank five 3-pointers and hauled in eight rebounds to lead Toledo past Detroit 91-75 Wednesday night.
The Rockets (7-0) used an early 17-0 run ignited by a jumper and a three-point play from Nathan Boothe, and Pearson netted four 3-pointers in the first half to help Toledo coast to a 56-39 advantage at the break. They shot 52.7 percent for the game and made 12 of their 21 3-point attempts.
Pearson was 12 of 16 from the field and a perfect 5 of 5 from beyond the arc. Justin Drummond and Jonathan Williams each had 11 points for the Rockets and Julius Brown had eight with six assists.
Detroit (4-5) held a 40-34 advantage in rebounding, but finished 29 of 68 on field goal attempts. Evan Bruinsma paced the Titans with 25 points and 14 rebounds while Matthew Grant had 10 points.
Tigers finalize deal with Joe Nathan
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.
The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
It's been a busy offseason already for Detroit, which traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler in a move that, coupled with the trade of Fister, gave the Tigers more financial flexibility.
Detroit's bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. Nathan was with the Rangers last season.
NFL IN LONDON EARLY KICKOFF
London NFL game to start early next season
LONDON (AP) - London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
The NFL says Wednesday that the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions at Wembley on Oct. 26 will start at 1:30 p.m. local time, making it a 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff in the U.S.
The league said the switch will make it easier for a large global audience to tune in, and create an unprecedented fourth game window for American viewers that Sunday.
The Wembley games have traditionally started at the same time as the 1 p.m. kickoffs in the U.S. The other two London games scheduled for next season - Dolphins-Raiders on Sept. 28 and Cowboys-Jaguars on Nov. 9 - will both start at 6 p.m. local time.
Up-tempo Eagles next test for Suh, Lions
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - Detroit coach Jim Schwartz offered one obvious antidote to Philadelphia's fast-paced offense, which his Lions will try to contain this weekend.
Schwartz figures if his defense can force the Eagles to go three-and-out on a consistent basis, Philadelphia won't be able to find a rhythm. Of course, he admits that's easier said than done.
After a dominating performance on Thanksgiving against Green Bay, the Detroit defense heads to Philadelphia to face the Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy has already rushed for 1,088 yards this season, and Nick Foles has thrown for 19 touchdowns with no interceptions.
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