Lions Saying Goodbye To Raiola

The Lions are parting ways with center Dominic Raiola.  Sources say the longest-tenured Lion won’t be asked back for a 15th season next year.  He holds the franchise record with 203 career starts.


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The Pistons lost to Atlanta 93-82. The Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record.  The Pistons were trying for their franchise-record eighth straight road win. Detroit had won 11 of 13 overall before its third straight loss to the Hawks this season.  Greg Monroe led Detroit with 16 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 13 points and 18 rebounds, but made only 3 of 12 free throws.  Detroit hosts Orlando on Wednesday.

College Basketball

The Wolverines play Rutgers tonight, without star Caris LeVert.  He’s out for the season and will have foot surgery this week.

The Michigan State Spartans are home tomorrow against Penn State.  Broadcast time is 6pm on WBCK.   Congratulations to Paula Garrett, who called in to win two tickets to the game on WBCK.

Wednesday, in the MAC…

Buffalo at Central Michigan, Eastern at Akron, and Western Michigan is at Miami of Ohio.  Western’s David Brown was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week.

Red Wings

The Wings will host the Minnesota Wild tonight. The Wings are second in the Atlantic Conference, a point behind Tampa Bay and two ahead of Montreal.  They have the 5th best record in the NHL.

Wilfork Good Samaritan

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork helped Massachusetts State Police at an SUV rollover in Foxborough.  It happened about 1am near Gillette Stadium after the Patriots win over Indianapolis.   Police found the NFL player helping an injured woman from the vehicle. Wilfork reached into the vehicle and helped troopers remove 38-year-old Mary Ellen Brooks of Hanson, authorities said. He then made sure police didn't need any more help before heading home.

Vonn Wins, Tiger Loses Tooth

Lindsey Vonn is now the winningest skier in women's Alpine history. She won a super-G in Italy for her record 63rd World Cup.  Vonn was surprised by her boyfriend, Tiger Woods, after her final run. But the athlete who got more attention was Woods after a photo from the event revealed that he had lost a front tooth.  Woods' agent said the golfer lost the tooth when he was accidentally hit in the mouth by a video camera as media swarmed the awards podium.   A source close to Woods, however, tells a slightly different story.  The friend says, “I know it has been discolored so he is probably just getting it fixed. I think he is just in the middle of having it replaced and this was an unplanned trip.”

High School Boys Basketball

Bellevue 49, North Adams-Jerome 35 (Be 5-3) Chris Patterson with a season-high 18 points and nine rebounds.

Mendon 49, Bronson 47

Girls Basketball

St. Philip 46, North Adams-Jerome 27 (St. P 9-2) Nina Winkler led St. Philip with a season-high 16 points.

Hillsdale Academy 33, Bellevue 24 (Be 3-5)

Bronson 50, Quincy 20 (Br 6-2) Kinslea Blouin and Skyler Sobeski finished with 11

Climax-Scotts 44, Jackson Christian 26 (C-S 8-2)  Brenna Tutt and Taylor Macomber had 10 points each.

Colon 44, Litchfield 30  Anessa Broker had 17 for Colon.

Pittsford 71, Tekonsha 8 (T 2-5)

Centreville 46, Union City 32 (UC 2-9)

High School Rankings

High School rankings are out.  Kalamazoo Central, at 9-0, is 9th in Class A.

Climax-Scotts is ranked 6th in Class D.   Harper Creek, at 8-0, is ranked 8th in Class B.

Tonight in Boys Basketball

Jackson Northwest at Pennfield (P 5-2)….7:06pm on WBCK.

Harper Creek at Parma Western (HC 7-0)

Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central (GL 0-7, BCC 3-6)

Charlotte at Marshall (Ma 6-1)

Burr Oak at Calhoun Christian

Climax-Scotts at Jackson Christian (C-S 8-0)
Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta (G-A 1-7)

Athens at Homer (At 2-4, Ho 5-3)

Delton at Maple Valley (D 2-4, MV 1-4)

Lakewood-Lake Odessa at Olivet (O 4-3)

Springport at Quincy (Q 6-0)

Reading at Union City (UC 6-1)

Girls Basketball

Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central (GL 4-5, BCC 4-6)

Parma Western at Harper Creek (HC 4-4)

Pennfield at Jackson Northwest (P 5-3)

Marshall at Charlotte (Ma 8-1)

Burr Oak at Calhoun Christian

Maple Valley at Delton (MV 2-6, D 1-5)

Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta (G-A 7-3)

Homer at Jackson Vandercook Lake (Ho 6-3)

Olivet at Lake Odessa Lakewood (O 6-3)

Scherzer Signs with Washington

Max Scherzer’s deal with the Washington Nationals is even bigger than earlier reports indicated.   According o a person familiar with the negotiations, the 2013 American League Cy Young will make $210 million over seven seasons.  Only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers makes more…..a six year deal for $215 million.  Justin Verlander’s 6-year contract from 2013 makes him third on the list at $180 million.

Tigers Spring Training

31 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Lakeland.