Red Wings

The Red Wings started a six game road trip with a 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks in Chicago on Wednesday night.

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Tomas Tatar and Darren Helm scored in regulation,  while Gustav Nyquist and Tatar were able to beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford in the shootout round to give Detroit the victory.  Tatar’s goal put the Wings ahead 2-1 late in regulation, but the Hawks tied it :41 seconds later. But in the shootout, the Wings prevailed. Jimmy Howard notched his first shootout win of the season and made 32 saves in the game. The Wings stop in Dallas Saturday to face off against the Stars.

College Basketball

Austin Richie finished with 19 points, including a key jump shot to cool off an Ohio rally late in the game as Western Michigan held on to defeat the Bobcats 80-69 on Wednesday night.  The Broncos are 16-10.  Connar Tava added 15 points, and David Brown and Kellen McCormick had 12 each for the Broncos.

Central Michigan got its school-record 14th win on its home court this season, holding off Northern Illinois for a 68-66 win Wednesday night to move to 19-5 on the season.

Buffalo beat Eastern Michigan 78-63.

Jackson Community College beat the KCC men’s team, 84-79.   The KCC women lost 77-64.

MSU, now 18-8 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten, is on the road Sunday to take on Illinois. Michigan, 13-13 overall and 6-8 in the conference, hosts Ohio State on Sunday.

Pistons

The Pistons are off until tomorrow when they welcome the Chicago Bulls in to the Palace. Detroit is 21-and-33, and are just two-games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The NBA trade deadline ends at 3:00 p.m. today and sources say Detroit is interested in trading for Miami defensive minded point guard Norris Cole.   Former Spartan and soon to be free agent Draymond Green is said to be interested in signing with Detroit in the off-season.

Wrestling

In Division 4 at Holton, The Climax-Scotts/Martin co-op team beat Kent City 37-36 in a regional final.   Sam Smith won by major decision in the final match at 140 pounds to give Martin/Climax-Scotts the win. Kent City had beaten Maple Valley in a semi-final.

10th ranked Allendale beat Pennfield in a regional semi-final at Lake Odessa on Wednesday to end the Panthers’ wrestling season.  Grand Rapids Catholic Central beat Allendale 38-33 in the regional final.

Hudson then beat Springport 39-33 to win the Division 4 team regional at Bronson on Wednesday.  Hudson defeated Bronson 45-27 in semifinal, and Springport beat Addision 37-29.

Danica Patrick Wrecks Car

The biggest week of the NASCAR season is off to a bad start for Danica Patrick. Patrick's primary car for the Daytona 500 was destroyed Wednesday after she crashed during practice in an incident triggered by Denny Hamlin.

NFL Combine

Detroit Lions officials are in Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine to check out over 300 prospects.  Lions’ GM Martin Mayhew says he remains optimistic the team can work out a deal with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.  He said that while the organization is prepared to sign him to a long-term deal, they have not yet decided if they will use the franchise tag on Suh.  Mayhew also said he has not determined if veteran running back Reggie Bush will return this season. Bush has two years remaining on a four-year contract he signed in 2013.

Cabrera Examined

The Detroit Tigers say Miguel Cabrera has been cleared for hitting and throwing by doctors and could be ready for opening day as he recovers from surgery on his right foot. The Detroit first baseman had surgery in late October to remove bone spurs in his ankle and repair a stress fracture in the arch of his foot.  Dr. Robert Anderson says in a statement released by the team that Cabrera shows "a good progression of healing." He will begin light running. There is no definite timetable for his full recovery.

Tigers Spring Training

Just 1 day until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Lakeland.