Michigan State outrebounded Illinois

KANSAS CITY, Mo. . -- The Boston Red Sox placed third baseman Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list because of a back injury Thursday and called up catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway from triple-A Pawtucket. Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced the moves before the opener of a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals. The 24-year-old Lavarnway was scheduled to make his major league debut as the designated hitter, batting seventh in the Red Sox lineup. Youkilis, who is hitting .266 with 17 homers and 78 RBIs, has missed several games recently because of what Francona called "a back strain or sprain." Youkilis remained in Boston after Wednesday nights game against Tampa Bay to be examined by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also received an injection to alleviate some of the pain in his lower back. "His body was so beat up anyway, I think this was the last straw, kind of put him over the edge," Francona said. "But hopefully we can get him back to where he can be Youkilis. I think after the game yesterday, it was obvious we needed to get him checked out." The 32-year-old Youkilis was selected to his third all-star game this summer. He joins a rapidly growing Boston disabled list that includes designated hitter David Ortiz (bursitis in right foot), reliever Bobby Jenks (sore back), and outfielder J.D. Drew (left shoulder impingement)." "You lose one, its kind of a big deal, you lose two it doesnt help," Francona said. "But you know, our challenge is to not let it affect us winning games, so thats what well do." Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles will split time at third base with Youkilis on the DL. Lavarnway could have the opportunity to catch, though his defence has not progressed nearly as rapidly as his bat. He was hitting a combined .293 with 30 homers and 85 RBIs at double-A and triple-A, and thats why Francona expects him to be primarily the designated hitter while hes with the team. "I tried to keep my head out of the roster up here," said Lavarnway, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008 who has shown considerable power at every level. "I didnt want to get too ahead of myself." Lavarnway said he didnt expect to make it to the majors so quickly, and he hardly worked with the starting pitchers in spring training, when young catchers who might have a chance of making the major league team are usually given a look. He flew into Kansas City on Thursday morning, but still wasnt entirely sure he was added to the roster until he landed in the afternoon. "It was bad on the plane. I had knots in my stomach," he said. "Now that Im here, its back to business. The routine of the day will help me get back into it." Maglia Calcio Personalizzata Online . -- The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday. Italia Calcio Maglia . Terry Hawthorne and a stingy defence made sure the Illini didnt have to wait an entire off-season as well.CHAMAPIGN, Ill. -- Coming to Illinois on Saturday, a long list of milestones were on the line for Michigan State. Best start in team history. A chance for Tom Izzo to move up the ladder of Big Ten coaching wins. And, oh yeah, the top spot in the conference standings to protect. The Spartans (17-1, 6-0 Big Ten) checked off all those boxes, holding off Illinois in a sometimes frustrating, physical contest, 78-62. Izzo, who moved past Illinois Lou Henson and into the No. 4 spot on the list of all-time Big Ten wins with 215, called the victory a sign of progress. "Were getting there," he said. "Were gutting things out. Were better defensively than we were a month ago, were better rebounding than we were a month ago." No Spartans team before this one started with 17 wins in its first 18 games. The shot at that served as motivation, said Denzel Valentine, who had a game-high 11 rebounds and 15 points. "We kept saying, Lets make history," he said. While Michigan State won its 10th straight, Illinois (13-6, 2-4) has now lost four in a row. The frustration was apparent during several loud exchanges between coach John Groce and officials. The last one earned him a technical foul. But Groce said Michigan State was just better. "Todays issue wasnt fight; todays issue was we ran into a really, really good basketball team," he said. Izzo said he talked with Henson, who was at the State Farm Center, before the game, but downplayed moving into the No. 4 spot. Bob Knight holds the No. 1 spot with 353. "Its nice," Izzo said. "Im going to call Bob and make sure he realizes theres no worries. Nobodys catching him." Michigan State owned the boards early against the Illini, outrebounding them 24-10 over the first 20 minutes. The Spartans used that edge to open up a 10-point lead by halftime and held the Illini at arms length the rest of the night. Gary Harris had a game-high 23 points and Keith Appling added 15 for the Spartans. Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 15 points. Illinois closed to within six at 59-53 with 6:11 in the game on a pair of free throws by Abrams. But almost as quick as those shots sparked a little hope for Illinois, Appling snuffed it out with a long 3-pointer from the top of the arc. "For wwhatever reason, we fell down in the zone," Groce said. Maglie Calcio a Poco Prezzo. "Appling made a big shot." Michigan was up 62-53 with 5:43 to play, and with the Illini shooting a tepid 37.7 per cent and unable to drum up many second chances, Michigan was comfortably out front. The Spartans played without 6-10 centre Adreian Payne, out for a third consecutive game with an ankle injury. But against an Illinois team with little inside presence, they didnt seem to need him. "We learned to play without him," Harris said. "Some other guys stepped up. Were building a deeper team." Michigan State outrebounded Illinois 38-25. Valentine was at times dominant, particularly in the first half. He had nine rebounds by halftime and held Rice to 12 points. Rice entered as the conferences second-leading scorer, averaging 17.7 points a game. The Spartans also made the most of their shots, sinking 55.8 per cent of them. Illini big men Nnanna Egwu and Maverick Morgan had a combined five rebounds and four points. Egwu hasnt scored in his past two games in spite of starting both and playing 55 minutes. Groces frustration has been growing with the losing streak. After Wednesdays loss to Purdue he charged toward officials to complain about calls. Early in the first half Saturday night, he shouted across the court at his own team after a miss, "I didnt want that!" He then turned and slammed his fist into the scorers table in front of the Illinois radio crew. Late in the game, after several confrontations with officials, he threw his suit jacket and was called for a technical foul. Groce declined to discuss his exchanges with officials or their calls, but both he and Izzo said they believe there are problems with how rule changes designed to increase scoring are being called. "In my opinion, its completely different than maybe what I saw on the (NCAA) video that was sent to me in the fall," Groce said. "I think everybodys confused," Izzo added. "Its hard on everybody." Illinois has a tough road ahead with its next four at No. 11 Ohio State, at Indiana and then at home against No. 14 Iowa and No. 3 Wisconsin. The Spartans play their next two at home, Tuesday against Indiana and Jan. 25 against Michigan. Cheap China Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China China NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '

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