The Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in pre-season play at Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.  Both teams are 2-2-1 so far.  Most of the Penguin’s stars stayed in Pittsburgh, but the Wings fans had a good look at two big young players, in Anthony Mantha and Michael Rasmussen, who both scored.   Thomas Tatar made it 3-0 in the second, and Xavier Oullet had an empty netter at the end of the game.  Jimmy Howard was sharp in stopping 11 of 12 shots in two periods.

The Red Wings host Chicago on Thursday night and Toronto on Friday.

The regular season starts there October 5th against the Wild.


Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is giving a thumbs-up to Little Caesar’s Arena.  He says the sight lines are excellent and fans will be closer to the court. The Pistons open the regular season there Oct. 18 against Charlotte. Their first home exhibition game is also against the Hornets on Oct. 4.


Dallas beat the Cardinals 28-17 on Monday Night Football in Arizona.  Before the game the Cowboys kneeled at midfield with owner Jerry Jones in a show of unity that followed widespread protests across the NFL of critical comments by President Donald Trump over the weekend.  After kneeling, they stood and walked to the sideline for the national anthem.


The Lions play at Minnesota next Sunday.


Anibal Sanchez will try to help the Tigers break a seven game losing streak tonight in Kansas City, as the Tigers play the Royals.   Detroit has lost 14 of 16.  They are in last place in the Central Division, and are 36 games behind first-place Cleveland.  After three in Kansas City, the Tigers will play their final three games of the season in Minnesota this weekend.  Hear tonight’s game at 7:50 on 95.3 WBCK.


Aaron Judge set a major league rookie record for home runs.  Judge slammed his 49th and 50th homers to pass the rookie mark of 49 home runs set by Oakland's Mark McGwire in 1987.  Judge is the fifth Yankee to homer at least 50 times in a season, joining Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Alex Rodriguez.

Colorado has a 1 ½ game lead over Milwaukee for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.  The Cardinals are 2 ½ games out.  The Cubs now have a six game lead in the Central division and can clinch the division title today.

College Football

Michigan is off this week, while Michigan State will host Iowa.  95.3 WBCK will bring you the Spartan game Saturday at 2:30.  The following week is the Michigan-Michigan State game in Ann Arbor, and it’ll be a nationally televised night game….only the fourth in U of M history.

Western Michigan is now 2-2 on the season and will begin defending its Mid-American Conference championship Saturday when it hosts Ball State.

Big Ten Coaches Complain about Locker Rooms

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer are complaining about the visitor’s locker rooms at some Big Ten stadiums.   Harbaugh was particularly unhappy after the Purdue game, and wants the league to look into it.

Harbaugh is calling for the Big Ten to come up with standards for space, cleanliness and comfort in visitor facilities.