Red Wings
The Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.  Pavel Datsyuk scored twice after missing 4 games with a groin injury. Stephen Weiss got credit for the goal on a Darren Helm shot, scoring in his second game back. Tomas Jurco and Henrik Zetterberg had the other two goals.  Jimmy Howard made 22 saves as Detroit won its second straight.  The Wings skate against the Devils in New Jersey tomorrow night.

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Detroit Pistons

The Pistons lost to the Clippers 104-98 on Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.   The Clippers outscored the Pistons 32-25 in the final period. D.J. Augustin scored 19 points for the Pistons, who have lost six in a row. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 13 rebounds.  The Milwaukee Bucks are in Friday and Golden State comes in for a game on Sunday.   The Lakers are at the Palace on Tuesday.

College Basketball

Aerial Powers scored 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds and No. 16 Michigan State beat Oakland 79-64 on Wednesday night in women’s basketball.  Powers is the first player in the MSU women's basketball program to open the season with four straight double-doubles.  Tori Jankoska added 19 points,  Anna Morrissey  had 11 points Jasmine Hines had 10 for the 3-1 Spartans.

Michigan State’s men’s team plays Rider tonight at the Orlando Classic. Broadcast time is 5:30 on WBCK.  The Spartans play again in Orlando on Sunday.

The WMU Broncos play Long Beach State tonight in San Diego.

The Michigan Wolverines take on Nichols State on Saturday.

Lions

The Lions host the Bears today.  Tackle Riley Reiff, with a knee injury and running back Reggie Bush, who has ankle and back issues, are both listed as questionable against the Bears.  Defensive tackle Nick Fairley and guard Larry Warford will not play today because of knee injuries.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah, receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Glover Quin are all dealing with injuries, but are listed as probable against Chicago today.  Broadcast time is 11:30 on WBCK.

Also today…. the Eagles face the Cowboys and the Seahawks are at the 49ers.

Raiola Fined after All

Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola didn't expect to be fined for his actions against the New England Patriots.  He was wrong. The NFL announced Wednesday that Raiola would be docked $10,000. The fine was not for the attempted cut block during the game's final snap, but for a clubbing blow to the back of defensive tackle Zach Moore's head earlier in the drive.

College Football

Western Michigan hosts Northern Illinois tomorrow morning at 11.  It’s Military Appreciation Day.   WMU is 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the MAC.   The Broncos are tied with 9-2 Northern Illinois and Toledo atop the MAC West Division standings, so it’s a must-win game for both teams.

The Michigan Wolverines face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes on the road on Saturday.  Hear it at 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.

Michigan State visits Penn State on Saturday.  Hear the game at 2pm on WBCK.

NABF Meeting Sunday

Should Battle Creek host the NABF World series this August?  That’s to be decided at a public meeting Sunday at Full Blast.  The 11:30 meeting will see a discussion and vote on the proposed contract to host the  NABF World Series August 5-9 at Bailey Park.  All SMABA members are encouraged to attend and the meeting is open to the public.