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How an elbow to the face sparked Michigan basketball’s big rally at Wisconsin.

The turning point in Michigan basketball’s 67-59 win at Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon involved an outstretched elbow and Mike Smith’s face.

With just over 18 minutes remaining and the Wolverines trailing by 10, Smith went up to contest Brad Davison’s layup.

Davison’s attempt missed. But his left elbow did not, connecting squarely with Smith’s head.

Michigan is senior point guard went down in a heap on his own baseline. His head coach, Juwan Howard, objected — and was called for a technical foul.

Up until that moment, it had been that type of game for the Wolverines, who were playing their first contest in 23 days and looked predictably rusty. They trailed by 12 at halftime and seemed in danger of being blown out in Madison, Wis.

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Then Smith caught Davison‘s elbow and the tide turned UFA.

“I think we were trying to have the fire lit already,” said freshman center Hunter Dickinson. “I think we were trying to come out there at the beginning of the second half with that fire but I think we came together after the foul and really said, ‘This is our time. This is the run we have to go on right now in order to come back and win this game.’ ”

“Tough win versus a very good team in Wisconsin. Winning a game like this on the road does a lot. It says a lot about the character of this group.”

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Red Sox agree to deal with utility man Marwin Gonzalez.

The Detroit Tigers signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a one-year, $1.75 million contract, a source with knowledge of the agreement told the Free Press on Thursday.

The source requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move.

Mazara, 25, played 42 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2020. A left-handed hitter, he logged a .228 batting average with one home run and 15 RBIs. In 2019 with the Texas Rangers, he hit .268 with 19 homers 66 RBIs.

He non-tendered by the White Sox in December. One year earlier, the White Sox acquired him from the Rangers for 24-year-old minor-league outfielder Steele Walker.

Nomar Mazara

Mazara is the fifth significant signing by the Tigers this winter, following right-handed pitcher Jose Urena, outfielder Robbie Grossman, catcher Wilson Ramos and second baseman Jonathan Schoop UFA.

Across five big-league seasons, Mazara has played for the Rangers (2016-19) and White Sox (2020). In 579 career games, he has a .258 batting average, 80 homers and 323 RBIs. He has defensive experience in right field (460 games) and left field (87 games).

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers sign outfielder Nomar Mazara for one year, $1.75 million

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Indiana hands Northwestern 10th straight loss, 79-76 in 2OT.

Aljami Durham

Aljami Durham scored a career-high 24 points, Armaan Franklin tied his best with 23 points and Indiana beat Northwestern 79-76 in double overtime on Wednesday night for the Wildcats’ 10th straight loss.

Indiana trailed by as many as 14 points, and led for just 14 seconds through regulation and the first overtime UFA.

Jerome Hunter put Indiana ahead 75-71 with 16.2 seconds left in the second overtime on a step-back 3-pointer. Chase Audige answered at the other end on a corner 3-pointer, and Aljami Durham helped the Hoosiers seal it by making four free throws in the final 5.7 seconds.

Trayce Jackson-Davis had 10 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana (11-8, 6-6 Big Ten). Hunter, who did not play in Indiana’s previous two games due to a coach’s decision, finished with seven points.

Franklin and Durham combined to score 16 of Indiana’s 20 first-half points. Each team shot under 31% from the field in the first half. Indiana only made one field goal in the opening eight minutes as Northwestern took a 12-3 lead. The Wildcats were held to two field goals in the final eight minutes.

Northwestern led 54-47 with 2:16 remaining in regulation, but Durham closed on a personal 7-0 run, capped by a runner in the lane with 25.8 seconds left. The Wildcats weren’t able to get off a shot before the buzzer.

Audige led Northwestern (6-11, 3-10) with 19 points. Pete Nance and Robbie Beran each added 12 points, and Ryan Young had 11. Northwestern reserve guard Ty Berry did not play following the passing of his father. Fellow guard Boo Buie wore Berry’s No. 3 jersey.

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Curry leads Warriors to 114-91 victory, ending Spurs’ streak.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) Even after three NBA championships and two MVP awards, Stephen Curry has never looked better to his coach.

Curry scored 32 points and the Golden State Warriors dominated San Antonio 114-91 on Tuesday night, snapping the Spurs’ three-game winning streak.

”This is the best I’ve ever seen him, just from a confidence and strength standpoint. ”Two-time MVP. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him look better.”

”I worked my butt off over the offseason,” Curry said. ”I’m just happy to be playing. I feel strong. I feel in rhythm, in ultimate control of my game. Shots are falling. ”

”Man, I have to go back in the fault for that,” Warriors veteran Draymond Green said. ”That was nice. It was very close to an (Michael Jordan) little flip. That was a good one for sure. That was up there.”

‘Nothing high flying or above the rim about that,” Curry said. ”I’ll take that recognition.

Golden State ended a five-game losing streak in San Antonio. Eric Paschall had 15 points and Andrew Wiggins added 14 for the Warriors.

It was the Spurs’ final home game before embarking on their annual nearly month-long road trip while the city’s Stock Show & Rodeo is held at the AT&T Center.

After blowing a 14-point lead in a 105-100 loss to San Antonio on Monday, Golden State did not let up in the second night of a back-to-back.

The Spurs received a spark off the bench with Lyles scoring nine points in the first half after entering the game with 3:21 left in the opening quarter. Lyles, who was averaging 10.8 minutes in 12 games this season, played 26 minutes.

The Spurs were without injured starters Derrick White and LaMarcus Aldridge, who has a sore right hip.

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Extra-inning, doubleheader rule changes back for 2021 MLB season.

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Extra-inning, doubleheader rule changes back for 2021 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago.

A couple of the more noteworthy rule changes enacted for the shortened 2020 baseball season will be back in 2021.

According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball and the MLB. Players Association have agreed on health-and-safety rules for spring training and the regular season.

Among those rules are the shortening of doubleheader games to seven innings apiece and the rule that starts every extra inning with a runner on second base.

The changes received mixed reviews from baseball fans in 2020, particularly the extra-inning rule change. Which was a dramatic departure from previous years.

Certain aspects of these changes from seasons past are undoubtedly in response to the pandemic. Shortening the length of doubleheaders and attempting to shorten the length of games that spin into extra innings reduce the amount of time.

Players are in close proximity to one another at a time when social distancing continues to be encouraged UFA.

But baseball known to have mulled these changes prior to the pandemic, with both the extra-inning rules, specifically, in effect in the minor leagues in 2019 as part of experimentation to decrease the length of games.

Not part of the reported agreement are the designated hitter’s return to the National League or the expanded postseason field .

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Toni Breidinger signs with Young’s Motorsports for historic run.

Toni Breidinger

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Young‘s Motorsports announced that Toni Breidinger has joined the organization to compete in a limited ARCA Menards Series. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule beginning with the 2021 ARCA season-opener on Feb. 13 at Daytona International Speedway.

Toni Breidinger, a native of Hillsborough, Calif. will make her first ARCA Menards Series start since 2018 where she competed in three races, earning a career-best 10th-place finish in her series‘ debut at Madison International Speedway.

When Breidinger makes her Truck Series debut in 2021, she will become the first-ever Arabic-American female driver to participate in any NASCAR national series.

A record 19-time female USAC winner, Breidinger shifted her attention from dirt to asphalt and most recently finished fourth in the Carolina Pro Late Model Series in 2020 with DLP Motorsports.

Breidinger has accumulated over 1 million social media followers across several platforms and has partnered up with several brands including. Head and Shoulders, Sunny D, Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS, Tory Burch, Sparco and Bell Helmets UFA.

Additionally, she has attracted attention from the media being featured exclusively in Paper Magazine, Flaunt Magazine and ESPN.

A detailed schedule for Breidinger aboard the No. 02 Young‘s Motorsports Chevrolet ARCA car and No. 82 Chevrolet Silverado NASCAR Camping World Truck Series truck will be announce at a later date.

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Todd Gurley on Jared Goff trade: Another situation where I wasn’t surprised.

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On this day two years ago, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley were playing in Super Bowl LIII with the Rams UFA.

Todd Gurley had signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension just before the start of the 2018 regular season. Goff would sign a four-year, $134 million extension in August 2019.

Now neither player will be with Los Angeles when the blockbuster trade for Matthew Stafford is finalized at the start of the new league year in March.

It’s been a fairly remarkable turn of events for both players over the last 24 months. Gurley was released last March and signed a one-year deal with the Falcons. He rushed for just 678 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games in 2020 — the lowest yardage total of his career.

Since 2019, Goff is second in the NFL with 38 giveaways. Only Jameis Winston has more, and he didn’t start a game in 2020.

But during a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network, Gurley took a bit of a swipe at his old team when addressing the trade.

“Well, another situation where I surprised again,” Gurley said, via NFL Media. “But you know, I like Goff, I like Goff, he’s a good guy. Don’t nobody care about who’s a good guy.

I’m just happy he’ll be able to go somewhere and hopefully those guys welcome him with open arms and just not be judgmental and just let him play. He’s been a No. 1 pick for a reason, and he has a lot of balls left in him.”

As Goff said himself, Gurley thinks the change could be a positive development for the 26-year-old quarterback.

“It could be a good thing for him, you know? Just add an extra chip on your shoulder,” Gurley said. “A lot of players like to play with chips on their shoulder.

It’s a lot different when you’re a franchise quarterback. You take your team to the Super Bowl and two years later you’re on a whole other team. Like I told him, man, love him, just want him to be happy and keep doing what you’re doing.”

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Celtics slip past Warriors, win 111-107 despite Curry’s 38.

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The Boston Celtics looked like they might get blown out of the arena early as Golden State Warriors. Stephen Curry star started hot And finished with 38 points, but with some solid play particularly in the fourth quarter. The Celtics were able to steal a road win at the start of a five-game west coast road trip UFA.

It was a much-needed victory for Boston after dropping their last two contests, and a more even scoring effort from the team as well.

Star swingman Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 27 points and 9 rebounds, point guard Kemba Walker had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, and forward Jaylen Brown added 18 points and 10 boards.

Second-year forward Grant Williams added 15 points and 2 blocks off the bench along with 9 points from reserve guard Jeff Teague. And Boston improved to 11 – 8, good enough for fourth in the East.

“I’m just trying to stay ready,” shared Williams after the contest. “Sometimes you don’t know [if you’ll play], but that’s understandable.”

Head coach Brad Stevens related he wasn’t sure if Walker would play in Wednesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings. But the UConn product expected to sit on the second night of back-to-backs this season.

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NBA postpones Nuggets-Pistons game minutes before tip after inconclusive COVID-19 test.

The NBA called off the Denver Nuggets game against the Detroit Pistons just minutes before it was set to tip off on Monday night.

The NBA called off the Denver Nuggets game against the Detroit Pistons just minutes before it was set to tip off on Monday night.

The league said that the Pistons did not have the required number of players to participate due to ongoing COVID-19 contact tracing within the organization.

The game marks the 23rd that the league has postponed already this season due to the coronavirus. All but two of those postponements came in January.

The Pistons are in the middle of a five-game road trip, which start with Saturday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.

They set to take on the Utah Jazz on Tuesday before making the trip to Phoenix. Ending in Los Angeles against the Lakers on Saturday. It’s unclear how they will finish the trip.

The Nuggets beat the Jazz 128-117 on Sunday behind a 47-point outing from Nikola Jokic. Which snapped Utah’s 11-game win streak. They are now schedule to travel to the Lakers next on Thursday UFA.

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New York Rangers waive controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo in stunning move.

New York Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo (77) handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena.

The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Tony DeAngelo on waivers, less than a month after the defenseman publicly declared his preference for Parler after Twitter deactivated President Donald Trump’s account.

A 2014 first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Lighting, DeAngelo signed a two-year, $9.6-million deal in October as a restricted free agent with the Rangers. They acquired him in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017.

In 2019-20, DeAngelo led all Rangers defensemen with 53 points in 68 games. But in 2021, he’d already been a healthy scratch in two games this season after earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the opener.

Tony DeAngelo had not been shy about his support of Trump in the past, particularly on social media. Although he denounced the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, he told the USA TODAY Network, he left Twitter for Parler which has since been shut down.

He has also in recent months challenged a fan to a fight on social media. after the election.

DeAngelo’s controversial past goes beyond this year, however. He is suspend in juniors and the NHL for abuse of officials. Also is suspend twice in juniors for violating the Ontario Hockey League’s policy for keeping.

DeAngelo has averaged 18 minutes, 29 seconds of ice time this season, with one assist and a minus-6 plus/minus in six games UFA.

He played 20 minutes, 28 seconds and was on the ice for three goals against in last night’s 5-4 overtime loss.

Each team has the ability to claim DeAngelo and his remaining contract over the next 24 hours. It is unclear what the Rangers’ plans are if the defenseman clears waivers by noon ET tomorrow.