The Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh have been informed that the defensive tackle will be suspended for this weekend’s wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Suh’s punishment comes a day after he stepped on the leg of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Suh is appealing the suspension. The appeal will be heard by Ted Cottrell. (ESPN)
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will be the next head coach at Pitt, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The deal has yet to be finalized and is not expected not be announced until after Christmas. Barring any eleventh-hour breakdown, Narduzzi will be announced following the Christmas holiday.
Narduzzi is considered the top defensive coordinator in the country, and he received the 2013 Frank Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach. He has led the Spartans to a top 10 finish in the NCAA’s total defense statistics for each of the past four years. (Sports Illustrated)
The Detroit Pistons today waived forward Josh Smith, ending one of the most bizarre tenures in recent Detroit sports history. (Detroit Free Press)
The Detroit Tigers have obtained pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of young players.
Cincinnati got right-hander Johnathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez as part of the deal, announced Thursday on the last day of baseball’s winter meetings.
Simon, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season.
Crawford, 23, was a first-round draft pick in 2013 and went 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA this year at Class A West Michigan.
The 22-year-old Suarez hit .242 with four homers and 85 RBIs for Detroit last season. (USA Today)
The Red Sox traded outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Tigers on Thursday in exchange for pitcher Rick Porcello, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Tigers will also obtain a minor-league pitcher in the trade, according to FOX Sports.
Cespedes is in the final year of a four-year, $36 million contract, while Porcello is in his final year of arbitration.
The 29-year-old Cespedes has a .263 average, .464 slugging percentage and .780 OPS in 416 games over three MLB seasons. Porcello, who won a career-high 15 games and had a career-low 3.43 ERA in 2014, is 76-63 with a 4.30 ERA in six MLB seasons. (CBS Sports)