Sports: Big Ten Showdown
Number 12 University of Michigan hosts seventh ranked Michigan State in Ann Arbor tomorrow afternoon. The game marks the 108th meeting between the Wolverines and Spartans, and the winner will take home the Paul Bunyan Trophy. U of M leads the all-time series 68-34-5, but MSU has won six of the last seven meetings. Spartan Fans can hear the game, starting at 2pm on WBCK. The Wolverine pre-game starts at 2:30 on Mix 104.9 WBXX.
Western Michigan plays at Ohio U Saturday at noon.
Central Michigan will host Buffalo and EMU is at Toledo.
High School Football
Harper Creek vs. #9 Marshall….6:35 Friday on WBCK.
Battle Creek Central vs. Portage Northern
Lakeview vs. St. Joseph
Jackson Lumen Christi vs. Pennfield
#3 St. Philip vs. Portland St. Patrick
Athens vs. Reading
Bellevue vs. Pittsford
Bronson vs. Cassopolis
#5 Climax-Scotts vs. Spring Lake
Saugatuck vs. Delton
Galesburg-Augusta vs. Martin
Niles vs. Gull Lake
Hastings vs. Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills
Union City vs. Homer
Portland vs. Olivet
Concord vs. Quincy
St. Joseph Michigan Lutheran vs. Tekonsha - 8-Man Football
The New York Mets are back in the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2006. The Mets held on for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in the decisive Game Five of their NL Division Series Thursday night in Los Angeles. David Murphy snapped a 2-2 tie with a homer off Zack Greinke in the sixth inning, lined an RBI double in the first and went from first to third on a walk in the fourth before scoring the tying run.
The Mets play the Chicago Cubs for the right to advance to the World Series. Game One in the best-of-seven set is Saturday in New York. Cubs’ Manager Joe Maddon also says Jon Lester will start the series opener on Saturday night, followed by Jake Arrieta in Game 2 on Sunday. The Royals will host the Blue Jays in the opener of the best-of-seven ALCS tonight.
Thursday Night Football
The Falcons are no longer undefeated as they turned the ball over three times in a 31-21 loss to the Saints on "Thursday Night Football" at the Superdome. The New Orleans defense recovered three fumbles and piled up five sacks, including three from Cameron Jordan. Drew Brees threw for 312 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans, which is 2-and-4. Atlanta couldn't slow down Benjamin Watson, who racked up 10 receptions for 127 yards and a score.
Lions safety James Ihedigbo did not participate in practice for the second day in a row yesterday because of a quad injury. He leads Detroit with 34 tackles and three forced fumbles and he could miss Sunday's game against Chicago. Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, with a calf issue, did not take part in drills yesterday. Running back Theo Riddick, cornerback Darius Slay and receiver Golden Tate were limited participants because of injury. Broadcast time is 12 noon on WBCK.
NFL Refs Reprimanded
The NFL has reassigned Greg Wilson, the back judge who missed an end-zone penalty in the final moments of the Lion's loss at Seattle and the league is suspending side judge Rob Vernatchi one game for missing a clock runoff late in the fourth quarter of Monday's game between the Steelers and Chargers in San Diego.
The Red Wings host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit is 3-0 and the ‘Canes are 0-3. Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has been placed on the short term injured reserve list with concussion symptoms, lingering from last January. Center Luke Glendening may not play tonight after blocking a shot in Tuesday’s game.
Michigan State’s basketball team will start the season ranked No. 13 in the coaches poll. The ranking comes a month before the Spartans start the season looking for a return trip to the Final Four, but without starting guard Travis Trice and forward Branden Dawson.
Speaking at Big Ten media day on Thursday, Spartans coach Tom Izzo said he was optimistic about his team's versatility and enthusiasm.
The Pistons play their next pre-season game in San Antonio Sunday.
Kansas this weekend…Talledega next.