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February 16, 2014

Sports in Brief: Spartans rout OSU

EAST LANSING (AP) — Annalise Pickrel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as No. 25 Michigan State rolled to a 70-49 victory Saturday over Ohio State.

Michigan State closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking a 42-21 lead into the break and led by double digits the rest of the way. Becca Mills scored 17 points for Michigan State. Aerial Powers added 15 points and tied a career-high with five assists.

The Spartans (17-8, 9-3 Big Ten) have won five of their last six games, bouncing back after losing to Nebraska 76-56 last Saturday. Michigan State is one game back of No. 11 Penn State for the top spot in the conference and holds a half-game lead over No. 21 Nebraska.

AUTO RACING

PETTY STANDS BY COMMENTS: Richard Petty stood by his comments that Danica Patrick can’t win a Cup race and the Hall of Famer said it was unfair he has been labeled a sexist.

Petty, the seven-time champion, took some heat when he said Patrick only gets attention because she’s a woman, but added that publicity is good for NASCAR.

He said the only way Patrick, the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole, could win a Sprint Cup race was “if everybody else stayed home.”

Petty said Saturday night that no one would make a fuss about his remarks if he was talking about a male driver.

“What’s unfair is the sexist part,” Petty said at Daytona International Speedway. “If her name had been Danny, OK, nobody would have said anything about it. So y’all are bringing up the sexist part of it, not me.”

NASCAR’s career victory leader, Petty added, “It was definitely not sexist, OK? Hey look, I’ve been married 55 years to the same woman. So I am not a sexist by any ways. I love women.”

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