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West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 03/25/2014

 
West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 03/25/2014
Posted Tuesday, March 25th 2014 @ 8am  by By Bret Bakita

The Detroit Lions will not pick up defensive tackle Nick Fairley's $5.5 million dollar option for 2015.  At the NFL Annual Meetings in Orlando yesterday, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the move was intended to motivate him to become the player the team believes he can be.  In 15 games last season, he had 35 tackles, six sacks, a safety and a touchdown and was named a Pro Bowl alternate. 

The Tigers return to the field at Joker Marchant Stadium this afternoon to host Atlanta - First pitch is 1:05pm.  Yesterday, Detroit completed a trade with the Baltimore Orioles for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez for utility man Steve Lombardozzi.  Gonzalez is expected to share shortstop duties with Andrew Romine, who was acquired last week from the Angels after infielder Jose Iglesias was diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs. 

Andre Drummond scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Pistons win at Salt Lake City last night (114-94) over the Utah Jazz.  Rodney Stuckey added 19 points. 

The Detroit Red Wings are on the road tonight to skate against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.  The puck drops at 7:30pm.  The Wings have 80 points on the season, two more than the Blue Jackets, and are in the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. 

Tom Izzo and Michigan State basketball picked up their 3rd. recruit for the 2014 Class yesterday as 6'7 swing forward - Marvin Clark of Bel Aire, Kansas, verbally committed. 

Also, Brady Hoke and Michigan football received their 5th. commitment for the Class of 2015 yesterday as DB-Garrett Taylor verbally committed yesterday.  Taylor is regarded as the top player out of Virginia and is rated as a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com.  He chose U-M over Stanford, Michigan St., Tennessee and South Carolina. 

Lastly, don't forget the 7th. annual Champions of Character College All-Star games will take place tomorrow night at Davenport University's Student Athletic Center.  This is your final chance to see college seniors like Wes Hudson of Cornerstone and JaVontae Ford of Davenport play on a local hardcourt.  The Women's game starts at 6pm, and then Men's game will tip-off at 7:30pm.  Tickets are only $5 per person or $15 (max) for families.  With money being raised to support the "Champions of Character Lecturing Initiative" to OK-Conference schools. 

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