When the Detroit Lions play the Packers for the NFC North Division title on Sunday in Green Bay, they will be without veteran starting center Dominic Raiola. Raiola was suspended for one game by the NFL for stomping on the ankle of a Chicago Bears player in the Lions 20-14 win last Sunday.
Veteran forward Josh Smith was suprisingly released by the Detroit Pistons on Monday. The NBA team still owes him $27 million over the next two seasons after this year. Smith was signed to a huge four year deal before last season by Joe Dumars, but lasted less than a year and a half in Detroit. He was averaging around 13 points and 7 rebounds a game this season.
Michigan State bounced back from a weekend upset loss to Texas Southern, crushing the Citadel on Monday night 82-56. Denzel Valentine had 18 points and Gavin Schilling added 11 for the Spartans, who open play in the Big Ten next Tuesday at home against Maryland.