The Michigan State men's basketball team has earned a spot in the Final Four for the sixth time in 12 years. They'll play Butler in the national semi-final game tomorrow night, with a berth in the championship game Monday on the line.
The road from East Lansing to Indianapolis has been lined with potholes.
NEW YORK – Conductor Leonard Slatkin has withdrawn from the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Verdi's "La Traviata" after one performance and critical reviews in New York.
Slatkin, the music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, had been hired by the Met several years ago to conduct a revival of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles." Met general manager Peter Gelb changed it a year ago to "La Traviata" to cut costs.
INDIANAPOLIS – One major injury is usually enough to derail a team come NCAA tournament time. Three? Better plan for some quality time on the couch, not a trip to the Final Four.
With apologies to hometown favorite Butler, the Spartans might be the most unlikely team in Indianapolis.
The starting point guard is on the bench after blowing out his Achilles. Another starter is playing on a torn meniscus, which causes such excruciating pain "it feels like somebody is doing surgery on it." Yet another key player has a bum foot.
LAKELAND, FL – Eddie Bonine pitched four shutout innings to lift the Detroit Tigers past the Atlanta Braves, 4-1.
Bonine, who will pitch long relief for the Tigers this season, allowed one hit and struck out three, allowing no walks in his final spring outing. He was 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA for the Tigers last season after spending most of the year at Triple A Toledo.
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead, and Johnny Damon and Robinson Diaz each had two hits.
Two state lawmakers unveiled a proposal to bolster consumer protections for health insurance customers.
AUDIO: The proposal would allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26 and discourage insurance companies from cherry-picking customers based on pre-existing conditions.
A state panel has named an emergency financial manager to run the city of Benton Harbor. Governor Granholm declared a financial emergency in Benton Harbor in February.
AUDIO: State officials say Benton Harbor's financial troubles include a deficit that has been growing by double digits. The city asked for an emergency infusion of cash from the state last month to make its payroll.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is questioning why his main opponent in the Democratic race for governor isn't more supportive of the new federal health care law.
Bernero said in a Thursday news release that House Speaker Andy Dillon's measured support of the changes puts him close to being in the same camp as Republicans such as Attorney General Mike Cox, who's challenging the law in court. Cox also is running for governor.