The Detroit Red Wings lost to the Florida Panthers 2-1 in overtime last night at Joe Louis Arena.  The Red Wings went ahead 1:23 into the game when Henrik Zetterberg scored on their first shot, ending a six-game drought. But they struggled on offense the rest of the night. Zetterberg had a great chance to win it in overtime but Roberto Luongo denied the Wings’ captain.  Aleksander Barkov scored on a breakaway 2:04 into overtime giving interim coach Tom Rowe his first victory with the Panthers.  Detroit heads to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Pistons

The Pistons play the Hawks tonight in Atlanta to end the road trip.   Detroit has beaten Charlotte and Boston on the road this week.  Pistons center Andre Drummond was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for striking Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the back of the head with an elbow.  They’ll host Orlando on Sunday.

Thursday Night Football

The Dallas Cowboys won their 11th straight last night, 17-15 over the Vikings in Minnesota. Dez Bryant had 4 catches for 84 yards and the go ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery and missed the game.  Special teams coach Mike Priefer was the interim coach.

WMU MAC Championship Game

Western Michigan is a 19 point favorite over Ohio University for tonight’s MAC Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit.  A win sends the undefeated Broncos to the Cotton Bowl on January 2nd.

NCAA Football

The Wisconsin Badgers and Penn State Nittany Lions will play for the Big Ten title in Indianapolis on Saturday.

In Division II Football….#2 Grand Valley State will host #15 Ferris State in a Division II Super Region 4 quarterfinal Saturday at 1pm in Allendale.

Lions
The NFC North leading Lions play at New Orleans on Sunday.  The Lions still have four games left after Sunday, the Bears and Packers at home, and the Giants and Cowboys on the road.

College Basketball

The Michigan State Spartans will host Oral Roberts on Saturday afternoon in East Lansing.  Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges is expected to be out at least a couple of weeks with a sprained left ankle.  Spartans coach Tom Izzo made the announcement Thursday night after practice.  Bridges is leading the team with 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 32.5 minutes per game.  Michigan State has lost to four ranked teams: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 5 Duke, No. 9 Baylor and No. 16 Arizona.  The 4-4 Spartans will host Oral Roberts (1-6) on Saturday.  Oakland cruised to a 92-64 win over Oral Roberts on Thursday night.  Broadcast time is 3:30pm on WBCK.

The Michigan Wolverines will host Kennesaw State on Saturday

High School Basketball

High School Basketball on WBCK starts this Monday as St. Philip travels to Athens.

Tiger Returns

Tiger Woods had an eratic return to golf yesterday, with two double bogies over the final three holes at the Hero World Challenge.  Woods finished with a 1-over 73.  It’s the first competitive golf event for Woods in 15 months, as he recovered from back surgery. Woods finished 17th in the 18 person field, but all golfers make the cut at the event in the Bahamas.

Cleaves on Trial

A woman who says she was sexually assaulted by former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves says she twice ran out of a motel room to try to get away from him.  The woman is testifying Thursday in a Flint-area courtroom. A judge must decide whether there's enough evidence to send Cleaves to trial. He's pleaded not guilty.  The woman says she met Cleaves at a golf event in September 2015 and was with him at a bar later that day. She says Cleaves was supposed to drive her back to the golf club but they ended up at a motel.  Two weeks ago, a witness at the motel testified that Cleaves twice forced the woman back into the room.  Cleaves led Michigan State to the 2000 national championship.