Red Wings

The Red Wings lost to the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in Detroit.   Montreal got on the board early and led 2-0 after a period.  Riley Sheahan scored the first Wings’ goal in the second. The two teams scored five times in the third period. Tomas Tatar scored twice and Johan Franzen once. But the Canadiens got the winning goal from newly-acquired Thomas Vanek, who also had two assists. Montreal wins their fourth in a row, and their first against Detroit this season in 3 tries.  With the loss, goalie Jimmie Howard slips below .500 for the season, but the Wings still held on two a wild card playoff spot with nine games left.   They play in Toronto on Saturday.

Cabrera to Sign 8-year extension

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera could be in Detroit for awhile, as he's expected to sign a long-term contract extension on a deal that may be the largest in Major League Baseball history.  According to reports, it’s an 8-year deal worth $248 million dollars, or about 31 million a year.  Cabrera is set to be paid 22-million-dollars this season and in 2015, the two remaining years of his current contract, making the entire deal worth around 292-million-dollars, more than the 275-million-dollar ten year agreement signed by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

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Tigers Win

Miguel Cabrera belted a three-run homer to help lift the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 Grapefruit League win over the Atlanta Braves yesterday afternoon.  Bryan Holaday had two hits with a walk and scored three runs for Detroit.  Starter Max Scherzer gave up a couple of homers and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings.  The Tigers host Tampa Bay today and finish with Washington at Nationals’ Park on Saturday before heading North for Monday’s opener in Detroit.   Broadcast time Monday against the Royals is 12:40 on WBCK, with the Rush Limbaugh Show on line at wbckfm.com.

Pistons       

The Detroit Pistons host the Miami Heat tonight.  At halftime, the Pistons will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1989 NBA Championship as members of the “Bad Boys” including Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Bill Laimbeer Joe Dumars and Rick Mahorn will be on hand.

76ers go for Loss Record

The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 26th straight game on Thursday to tie the NBA record set by the Cavaliers.  Philadelphia, which will try to avoid breaking the all-time mark on Saturday at home against Detroit. The Sixers are still not the worst in the league.  The Bucks are 14-and-58.

NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament resumes tonight with four Sweet 16 games.   Last night, top-seeds Florida and Arizona both advanced.  Wisconsin and Dayton also move on to the Elite Eight.   Michigan will play Tennessee tonight…. 6:40 on Sports 930 the Score. Michigan State plays Virginia.   Broadcast time tomorrow night at 9:00pm on WBCK.

High School Baseball

Marshall’s baseball team opened its season with a 5-1 win over Jackson.  Dan Welke scattered four hits for the win.  Alex Walton had two hits.

NASCAR

NASCAR heads to Ridgeway, Virginia. There are 45 cars on the entry list for Sunday’s running of the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.  The shortest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be the host to 500 laps of action. Jimmie Johnson won this race a year ago for his eighth win at the track while Jeff Gordon won his eighth in the fall race.