Wings acquire Quincey in three-team trade

Defenseman Kyle Quincey returns to Detroit, where he made his NHL debut.

Kyle Quincey didn’t have much time to celebrate landing a spot on the Tampa Bay Lightning roster before being acquired by the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday.

The former Avalanche defenseman has appeared in 54 games this season, recording five goals and 18 assists.

Quincey, 26, is an Ontario native who originally entered the NHL as Red Wing in 2005.

After being drafted 132nd overall, he appeared in 13 games over three seasons before moving to Los Angeles.

The defenseman posted a career-high 38 points as a King during the 2008-09 season.

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No time to Celebrate

 

Columbus, Ohio native Trey Burke (left) and sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. (right) hug after beating Ohio State. Photo Credit: Melaine Maxwell / Ann Arbor.com

After beating rival No. 8 Ohio State Saturday night the No. 13 rated Michigan basketball team is feeling pretty good.

The Wolverines are currently third in the Big Ten and has their best rank nationally since 1997.

That is all fine and great but it won’t mean a thing if they can’t finish out the Big Ten schedule.

Yes, it has the easier road to finish out the season in comparison to No. 6 Michigan State and the Buckeyes, but the Big Ten this season is one of, if not, the best conference and Michigan has to hit the road for three of the last four games.

Starting Tuesday the Wolverines head to Welsh-Ryan Arena to face a desperate Northwestern team who is ridding the bubble for a tournament bid and a win Tuesday could secure that bid. Continue reading

MacDonald proves his worth; Conklin waived

Ty Conklin congratulates Joey MacDonald following a recent Red Wing victory. Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

Backup goaltenders in the NHL hold a special responsibility, called on when the starter begins to slip, needs a break or falls to injury.

The Detroit Red Wings found themselves relying on Ty Conklin after losing all-star Jimmy Howard for the last six games with a broken finger.

Conklin has slipped to 3-5, with a 3.40 goals against average this season and was recently waived by Detroit.

He last appeared in the 5-4 overtime loss to Edmonton on Feb. 4 when he was replaced by third-string netminder Joey MacDonald.

Despite dropping the game to Edmonton, MacDonald has led the team to six straight wins, building up a 6-1-1 record in the month of February.

MacDonald holds a 1.66 goals against average, solidifying his position as No. 2 netminder.

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And1 Shoe Company Sponsors Michigan State Against Wisconsin

When No. 7 Michigan State hosted No. 15 Wisconsin last night, the announcers seemed to spend the whole game yelling “And one!”

At one point, Michigan State had four straight possessions that resulted in and-ones. By dominating Wisconsin throughout on their way to a 69-55 win, Michigan State demonstrated that they are just plain good and the shoe company And1 is yet again irrelevant.  Continue reading

Lions Shake Up Secondary Coaching Staff

Titans corner back Cortland Finnegan intercepts a pass. Photo Credit: Gary Ashton/Tennessee Titans

After finishing 22nd in the league in total pass defense last season the Detroit Lions will have different coaches in the secondary in 2012.

The Lions announced on Monday that they have hired Marcus Robertson as an assistant secondary coach and have promoted Tim Walton to Secondary/Third Down Package coach.

Robertson, an all-pro safety in 1993 and 97, replaces defensive assistant Brandon Fisher, who will join his father, Jeff, with the Rams next season.

Walton will oversee the team’s third down package on defense, an area the Lions ranked third in the NFL last year. They allowed teams to convert on third down only 32.7 (67-of-205) percent of the time.

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Jared Sullinger’s Payne: Michigan State Snaps Ohio State’s 39 Home Game Streak

Michigan State did something that no team has done since 2010.

Win at Ohio State.

The No. 12 ranked Spartans battered the No. 3 Buckeyes Saturday night to snap Ohio State’s 39 home-game winning streak. The streak was the second-longest in the nation, only behind Kentucky.

Ohio State center Jared Sullinger and Michigan State center Adreian Payne go way back. The two both grew up in Ohio and have been playing against each other ever since AAU.

It was a personal battle for Payne, who was playing in front of his home state. Payne played excellent defense on Sullinger, and it was clear that Sullinger was frustrated with the physical play by the Spartan defense.

Payne was a force for the Spartans on the offensive side of the ball as well, scoring a career-high 15 points. Sullinger was able to get his points with 17 and rebounds with 16, but the duo of Payne and Derrick Nix caused Sullinger to turn the ball over a career-high 10 times. Sullinger looked dazed on the offensive side and scored most of his points on easy put backs.

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