ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Elfrid Payton had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, Terrence Ross scored 18 points and the Orlando Magic routed the slumping Detroit Pistons 115-87 Friday night. It was another costly defeat for the Pistons, who entered the night just one game out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference and lost for the third straight time and the sixth in their last seven games.
DETROIT (AP) - Nikita Kucherov scored 3:28 into overtime to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night. Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg opened the scoring 8:03 into the second period.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is expected to miss the beginning of the season with a right foot injury. Martinez sprained his foot last weekend, and manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Friday he is expected to be out three to four weeks. The injury is an early blow to a Detroit team that was hoping for improved health this season after keeping its roster largely intact.
Unions representing NHL and Major League Baseball players are backing U.S. Women's National Hockey team players' decision to boycott next week's world championships because of a wage dispute. The NHL Players' Association posted a note on its Twitter account on Friday saying it supports the U.S. players while panning USA Hockey's bid to stock the team with replacements.
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