Sports 12-6-2014

Red Wings

The Red Wings beat the Dallas Stars 5-2 at Joe Louis Arena.  Darren Helm scored twice.  Stephen Weiss and Pavel Datsyuk also scored in a three-goal first period.

Photo by Bruce Bennett, Getty Images

Detroit has won five of six. Jimmy Howard had 22 saves for the win. The Wings are back in action Saturday when they host the New York Rangers.

 

Alfredsson to Retire

Daniel Alfredsson would have played another season with the Red Wings, but back problems have forced him to call it a career.  Alfredsson returned to Ottawa last night to officially announce his retirement. He played his first 17 NHL seasons with the Senators.

Thursday Night Football

The Cowboys beat the Bears 41-28 at Soldier Field last night.  DeMarco Murray carried the ball 32 times for 179 yards and a touchdown. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is in a Chicago hospital after leaving the in the first half. Marshall has a rib injury after he was kneed in the back and helped off the field in the second quarter.

Lions

The Lions host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at Ford Field.  Running back Reggie Bush was a full participant in practice yesterday and could be ready to return to the lineup Sunday against Tampa Bay.  He had missed the last three games with an ankle injury. Tackle Riley Reiff and guard Larry Warford also practiced for a second day in a row yesterday and they should be ready to play against the Buccaneers. Warford has been out for the last three games and Reiff did not play against Chicago as both were dealing with knee injuries.  Broadcast time is 12 noon on WBCK.

College Football

Bowling Green and Northern Illinois meet in the Mid American Conference Football Championship game at Ford Field tonight.

WMU’s Fleck is MAC Coach of the Year

WMU Football Coach P.J. Fleck is the Mid-American Conference Football Coach of the Year. The 34-year-old Fleck is the youngest coach in the U.S. at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

When Fleck was hired at WMU in Kalamazoo in 2012 and is the sixth Bronco head coach to be named MAC Coach of the Year.

College Basketball

MSU is 5-3 on the season and hosts Arkansas Pine Bluff at the Breslin Center on Saturday.  Broadcast time is 1 pm on WBCK.  Michigan will host the New Jersey Institute of Technology in tomorrow in Ann Arbor.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons are off until tomorrow when the Philadelphia 76ers visit The Palace.

Greenman Steps Down

Harper Creek football coach Ed Greenman is stepping down.   After 30 years and 203 wins, Greenman is calling it a career as the head varsity football coach at Harper Creek, but he’ll  continue in his role as Athletic Director .

Martinez wins Martinez Award

Victor Martinez has been given the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Hitter Award.  That makes Martinez the first Tiger to win the top DH award since Rusty Staub in 1978. Last month, Martinez signed a 68-million-dollar contract extension which will keep him in Detroit for the next four seasons.

Athlete of the Week

Go on line today to nominate our WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week!   It’s easy to nominate someone you think is deserving of an award.  The winner will get mentioned on WBCK and at wbckfm.com and also get a trophy from Recognition Inc. in Battle Creek. We’ll announce a new WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week each Wednesday.