Pistons

The Pistons have played 54 games this season, and are 12 games under .500.   But with 28 games left, Detroit is only two-games out of a playoff spot in the East.  They were busy in the minutes leading up to yesterday afternoon's trade deadline as they made deals for guard Reggie Jackson and former Piston Tayshaun Prince.

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Jackson was acquired from Oklahoma City for guard D.J. Augustin and forward Kyle Singler.   Prince comes back to the Pistons from the Celtics in exchange for forwards Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome.  The Pistons plan to sign small forward Quincy Miller to a 10-day contract.    They’re home tonight as the Chicago Bulls come in to the Palace.

 

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Red Wings

The Red Wings stop in Dallas Saturday to face off against the Stars.  The Wings will be in Anaheim on Monday night. The Wings will also make stops in Los Angeles, San Jose and Nashville before hosting the New York Rangers on March 4th.

High School Boys Basketball

Mattawan at Battle Creek Central (BCC 9-7)

Lakeview at Loy Norrix (L 1-14)

Harper Creek at Coldwater (HC 14-2)

Pennfield at Charlotte (P 9-6)

St. Philip at Climax-Scotts (St. P 11-5, C-S 13-3) Broadcast time at 7:06 on WBCK.

Calhoun Christian at Coldwater Pansophia (CC 1-10)

Union City at Athens (UC 13-3, At 4-10)

Colon at Bellevue (Be 11-5)

Buchanan at Bronson (Br 5-9)

Galesburg-Augusta at Delton (G-A 4-12, D 8-6)

Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central (GL 1-13)

Concord at Homer (Ho 8-7)

Maple Valley at Lake Odessa-Lakewood (MV 3-12)

Jackson Northwest at Marshall (Ma 8-7)

Olivet at Leslie (O 9-6)

Jonesville at Quincy (Q 13-1)

Tekonsha at Burr Oak (T 5-11)

High School Girls Basketball

Mattawan at Battle Creek Central  (BCC 5-11)

Lakeview at Loy Norrix  (L 9-7)
Harper Creek at Coldwater  (HC 11-6)
Pennfield at Charlotte  (P 8-9)
St. Philip at Climax-Scotts  (St. P 14-4, C-S 10-6)

Jackson Northwest at Marshall (Ma 15-1)

Calhoun Christian at Coldwater Pansophia (CC 6-9)

Union City at Athens (UC 3-14, At 10-6)

Colon at Bellevue (Be 8-8)

Bronson – BCS Crossover

Galesburg-Augusta at Delton (G-A 13-4, D 6-10)

Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central (GL 11-6)

Concord at Homer (Ho 14-3)

Maple Valley at Lake Odessa-Lakewood (MV 3-14)
Olivet at Leslie  (O 12-4)

College Basketball

MSU, now 18-8 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten, is on the road Sunday to take on Illinois.

Broadcast time is 6:30pm Sunday on WBCK.

Michigan, 13-13 overall and 6-8 in the conference, hosts Ohio State on Sunday.

Nascar

Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead the pack in Sunday's Daytona 500.  Earnhardt won the first Duel Race to secure his spot in front. Johnson cruised to a win in the second duel, while Gordon finished second in the first duel and had already secured the second starting position in last Sunday's qualifying.

The headline of the day was Danica Patrick barely making the field.  Patrick wrecked on Wednesday, after an incident with Denny Hamlin and the same happened Thursday in her backup car.

Tigers Sign 11 Players

The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms with the following 11 players on contracts for the 2015 season.  They include pitchers Drew VerHagen and Blaine Hardy, catcher James McCann, infielders Jose Iglesias and Dixon Machado and outfielder Steven Moya.  The Tigers now have 26 players of the club's 40-man roster under contract for the 2015 season.

Tigers Spring Training

Today (Friday)  is the day!  Tiger pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Lakeland.    Starter Justin Verlander believes the Central Division champs for the last four seasons are still the team to beat.  Verlander said yesterday that while other teams in the division have gotten better, he thinks Detroit has just as good a chance as they've had in the past.  Verlander reported to camp a day early and 25 pounds heavier than last spring, after an off-season of weight training.

The rest of the team will report Monday and the Tigers begin their Grapefruit League schedule March 3rd when they host the Baltimore Orioles.