Sports: Red Wings win 3-1
The Red Wings beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 last night at Joe Louis Arena. Danny DeKeyser got the Wings on the board in the first few minutes. After a scoreless second period, Henrik Zetterberg scored for the Red Wings. Petr Mrazek was brilliant in net for Detroit, just missing back to back shutouts, after the Senators pulled their goalie on a power play for a two-man advantage. Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots. Darren Helm added an empty-net goal to finish the scoring. The Wings host the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night and the Bruins come in on Sunday afternoon.
The Pistons lost to the Denver Nuggets 103-92 at the Palace. Detroit was without three starters. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been out with a core muscle strain, and the team announced before the game that Reggie Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova had been ill and would be sidelined as well. The Pistons closed a point after consecutive 3’s by Anthony Tolliver, but Denver was able to hold onto its lead the rest of the way. The Pistons honored former star Chauncey Billups and retired his number one jersey during a halftime ceremony at the Palace. Billups spent eight-years in Detroit. The Pistons are off until a week from Friday, when they play at Washington.
The Golden State Warriors enter the All-Star break one game ahead of the pace for the best record in NBA history. The Warriors rolled into the break with a 112-104 win over the Suns. The 48-and-4 Warriors have won 11 in-a-row and are off to the best start in league history. Through 52 games, the Warriors are a game better than the 72-win Chicago Bulls from the record-setting 1995-96 season.
Big Ten Basketball
The Michigan Wolverines hung on to beat Minnesota 82-74 Wednesday and give the Gophers their 13th consecutive loss. Michigan almost let a 19-point second half lead slip away. Derrick Walton Jr. sparked Michigan's strong start with 19 of his career-high 26 points in the first half. Walton added eight rebounds and seven assists. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 16 points. U of M, 18-7 overall and 8-4 in Big Ten play, hosts Purdue Saturday. at 2pm.
MSU hosts Indiana this Sunday ….Hear the game at 12 noon on WBCK.
The KCC Men’s team lost at Ancilla College, 75-67.
KCC’s Women’s team lost to Ancilla, 72-61.
High School Boys Basketball
Union City 76, Bronson 51. Jalen Boes had 16.
High School Basketball Poll
The Marshall Redhawks girls’ team jumped two spots since last week to earn the No. 8 ranking in Class B. Marshall has won 11 straight games. Climax-Scotts fell two spots to No. 7 in Class D. The Panthers are 13-2 overall.
In the boys basketball poll, Climax-Scotts sits in a tie for No. 9 in Class D.
Lakeview lost to Holt in the Division 1 semifinal, at Jackson. The Spartans head to Pinkney Saturday for individual districts.
Host Harper Creek beat Coldwater and Marshall in Division 2. The Beavers head to Coldwater next Thursday to take on Battle Creek Central in the semifinal.
B.C. Central beat Pennfield to advance. The Panthers had beaten Gull Lake in the earlier round.
Athens won the Division 4 district, beating Galesburg-Augusta and Homer.
Bronson won two matches and head to Mendon next Wednesday for a regional meet.
The Climax-Scotts/Martin Co-op team won a Division 4 district at Bangor. They’ll wrestle there again next Wednesday in Regionals.
Maple Valley lost to Springport.
Top-seeded Venus Williams overpowered Urszula Radwanska of Poland, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Taiwan Open on Thursday.
There are only 7 Days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland. (Thu)