The Cubs beat the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game 4-0. Jake Arrieta pitched a shutout for the Cubs.  Tempers flared in the seventh inning after Pirates reliever Tony Watson drilled Arrieta in the left side with a fastball. Arrieta hit two Pirates earlier in the game, though neither appeared intentional.  Chicago now plays in St. Louis against the Cardinals on Friday evening. Pittsburgh, which won 97 games in the regular season, goes home for the winter.

The Rangers battle David Price and the Blue Jays in Game One of their American League Division Series this afternoon in Toronto.  The Astros will open their division series tonight in Kansas City.


The next pre-season game for the Pistons is tonight, as they host Brooklyn. Coach Van Gundy’s team dropped their preseason opener to the Pacers Tuesday night at the Palace.


The Lions and Coach Jim Caldwell are moving on from their controversial Monday night loss to the Seahawks.   The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Andre Fluellen and put defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker on injured reserve. Walker is out for the season because of a dislocated ankle and broken leg. The 30-year-old Fluellen has played off and on for the Lions since they drafted him in the third round in 2008. The Lions host the Arizona Cardinals Sunday. Broadcast time is 3pm on WBCK.

Thursday Night Football

It’s the Indianapolis Colts at the Houston Texans.

NHL Hockey

The Blackhawks raised their latest Stanley Cup banner and then lost to the Rangers 3-2 to start the hockey season. Montreal spoiled Mike Babcock's first game as the Maple Leafs' coach as the Canadiens won 3-1. Babcock was successful in making the first coach's challenge in NHL history after replay backed up his argument that there was goaltender's interference an apparent goal in the second period.

Red Wings

The Red Wings host the Toronto Maple Leafs in the season opener at Joe Louis Arena Friday. Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal for the Red Wings. Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill said yesterday that Petr Mrazek will make his season debut Saturday on the road against Carolina.  The Red Wings also waived forward Daniel Cleary yesterday.

MSU Football

MSU, 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, is on the road Saturday night against Rutgers. Broadcast time is 6:30 on WBCK.   Hear the Coach Mark Dantonio show tonight at 7 on WBCK.

Michigan Football

Michigan will host Northwestern on Saturday in Ann Arbor. Broadcast time is 2:30 on Mix 104.9.


Central Michigan hits the road for their biggest game of the season against arch-rival Western Michigan. The Broncos host CMU at noon on Saturday at Waldo Stadium. Western earned a win on the road last season in Mount Pleasant, and the Chippewas did the same the year before in Kalamazoo.

Former Wolverine Charged

Former Michigan football player Logan Tuley-Tillman has been charged with three felonies, nearly a month after the offensive tackle was kicked off the team. Ann Arbor District Court records say Tuley-Tillman was arraigned Wednesday on one count of using a computer to commit a crime and two counts of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person. Jim Harbaugh, who is coaching the 18th-ranked Wolverines, kicked Tuley-Tillman off the team on Oct. 10, releasing a statement in which he said "conduct unacceptable for a Michigan student-athlete," was the reason. Tuley-Tillman played in Michigan's season-opening loss at Utah on Sept. 3. The next day, he is alleged to have committed the crimes. Tuley-Tillman is free on a $5,000 personal bond and is scheduled for a preliminary examination Nov. 12.

Boys Soccer

Harper Creek 3, Parchment 0. Jack Bohannon had the shutout.


Harper Creek 3, Pennfield 0.   Charley Andrews had 18 kills.

Gull Lake 3, Battle Creek Central 0.

Marshall 3, Lumen Christi 0. Mackenzie Benham with 8 kills.

High School Football

Friday night….Battle Creek Central hosts Mattawan….6:35 on WBCK.

Saturday…St. Phillip hosts Waldron…1:06 on WBCK.

NFL Meetings

You are going to see more NFL games played overseas. The owners have approved more international games through 2025, including ones in places other than England. An agreement to stage games in the United Kingdom through 2016 not only was extended at the Fall meetings, but other nations, such as Mexico, Germany and Canada, will be considered for international games. The league also is looking at moving the Pro Bowl to international sites. Brazil has expressed interest in the all-star game, and Mark Waller, a vice president with the league, says Australia and Asia also were potential sites. Also, Commissioner Roger Goodell expects league owners to vote on franchise relocation to Los Angeles in a few months. The current timetable calls for submission of applications to relocate in January, when the owners could vote. Steelers president Art Rooney said he doesn't envision that timetable being changed, noting that St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego are "still are putting together their proposals" to keep their teams.