AUBURN HILLS, MI – Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the new-look Detroit Pistons remained undefeated in the preseason with a 100-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.
The Pistons are now 3-0 even though Charlie Villanueva (hamstring) has yet to play. Richard Hamilton and Will Bynum combined for 26 more points, helping Detroit overcome just eight points from its starting frontcourt.
Marvin Williams led the Hawks (1-1) with 19 points, while Othello Hunter had 14 and rookie Jeff Teague scored 12.
Champiagn Ill. – CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Keith Nichol threw for 179 yards in his first start to lead Michigan State to a 24-14 win over Illinois on Saturday.Larry Caper rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown for Michigan State (3-3, 2-1). Glenn Winston ran for 69 yards and a score in the first half before leaving with a knee injury.
Nichol, a sophomore, started in place of Drew Cousins, who entered the game late. Nichol was 13-for-25 with an interception.
LANSING, MI – The state Legislature worked until midnight Thursday night to pass the K-through-12 schools budget. The budget needed to be approved this week in order to avoid losing millions of dollars from the federal government, and to insure schools continue getting checks.
LANSING, MI – Michigan's public schools will be required to make more of their financial information available on the Internet under terms of a budget bill that soon will be signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.
The K-12 schools bill cuts funding by the equivalent of $165 per student. Schools will get about 3 percent less money overall this academic year than during 2008-09.