The Tigers lost to the Pirates last night inBradenton.  Shane Greene gave up 3 runs, two earned on 4 hits in 3 2/3 innings and struck out 4.  Relievers Tom Gorzelanny and Kyle Ryan were touched up for 5 runs by the Pirates.  Ian Kinsler went 3 for 4 and is hitting .409.  Nick Castellanos had two hits and raised his spring average to .296.  With the loss, the Tigers fall to 6-12, and are at the bottom of the Grapefruit League standings. Anibal Sanchez starts this afternoon against the Washington Nationals in Lakeland.  Gio Gonzales goes for the Nats.


The Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.  Detroit, which entered 28th in the league in field-goal percentage at 42.6 percent shot just 33 percent  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 12.  Reggie Jackson, who set a career high with 20 assists on Tuesday, had a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists but shot 4 for 17 and turned it over 5 times. Detroit hosts Chicago on Saturday night at the Palace.

CIT Tourney

Cleveland State beat Western Michigan 86-57 last night in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

Eastern Michiganlost at Louisiana-Monroe, 71-67.

NCAA Tournaments

The second round of the NCAA Tournament kicks off this afternoon with third-seeded Notre Dame against 14th-seeded Northeastern opening a crowded slate of 16 games.

No. 1 seeds Kentucky and Villanova are in action as well against Hampton and

Lafayette, respectively.  7th seed Michigan State will go up against 10th seed Georgia on Friday in Charlotte.  Broadcast time is 11:50am, following “Live with Renk” on WBCK.  If MSU wins, they’ll take on the winner of the Virginia/Belmont game.

Red Wings

The Red Wings play tonight in Florida against the Panthers.  Center Pavel Datsyuk did not travel with the team because of a lower body issue.  Coach Mike Babcock said he was not sure if Datsyuk will return to the lineup when the Wings host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday. The team hopes to have center Darren Helm back on the ice tonight after he missed the last seven games with a strained oblique muscle. The Wings have sent defenseman Alexey Marchenko back to Grand Rapids.  The 23-year-old Marchenko has played 12 for Detroit this season and 41 games for the Griffins. The Red Wings will make a stop in Tampa to skate against the Lightning Friday.

Lions Sign Mathis

The Detroit Lions have reached a two-year deal with Rashean Mathis, keeping the free agent cornerback in theMotorCityafter he started all 16 games this past season.  The 34-year-old Mathis has been a steady part ofDetroit's secondary since the Lions signed him two years ago. He had 42 tackles and nine assists last season.

Former Lion Bush Signs

The San Francisco 49ers officially signed former Detroit Lion running back Reggie Bush on Wednesday.  Bush, released by the Lions last month, is returning to the state of California on a one-year contract.

West Michigan Wolves

The West Michigan Wolves are one of six teams heading to the NA3HL Silver Cup Playoffs inGeneva,Illinois.  The Wolves start Silver Cup Pool B play today at 5 againstGreat Falls, and then playNorth Iowaon Friday night.  Saturday, they playNashvilleat 4pm.  The Wolves’ Michael Tratar and Dakota Ulmer are in the Top 10 in NA3HL scoring, and goaltender Hunter Vorva led the league in save percentage this season.

NHL Changes

The NHL is planning to tweak its overtime format to cut down on shootouts.  The league's 30 general managers are set to recommend that overtime be played in a 3-on-3 format beginning next season.  The NHL brought back overtime before the 1983-84 season with a five-minute period of 5-on-5 play. In 1999 it was amended to 4-on-4 with a point for an overtime loss.   The shootout was added prior to the 2005-06 season, eliminating ties. Any future rule changes must first be reviewed and approved by the joint NHL- NHLPA competition committee before being ratified by the Board of Governors at its June meeting.

High School Basketball

Lansing Everett 91,Kalamazoo Central 78

Otsego 71 ,Benton Harbor 44

Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian 60, Mendon 42.