Tigers

Brad Ausmus was a winner in his first game as a manager as the Detroit Tigers started spring training with their annual pre-exhibition game against Florida Southern.  The Tigers pounded out 13 hits and scored 11 runs.  Minor league outfielder Steven Moya knocked in 4 runs for the Tigers.   Infielder Steve Lombardozzi and lefty Robbie Ray, both acquired in the off season from Washington in the Doug Fister deal, had good games.   Ray struck out 5 in two innings.  The Tigers play their first official spring game today against Atlanta at Disney.  The game will not be broadcast locally, as the new owner of Sports 930 the Score, Midwest Communications, does not want the games to be aired on the station.   WBCK-FM will bring you regular season Tiger games and a few of the spring training games.

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Boys Basketball

Harper Creek 56, Lakeview 46 in a game heard on WBCK-FM.  Harper Creek improves to 14-5 James Cadena had 17.

Battle Creek Central 58, Gull Lake 55.  BC Central is now 18-2 on the season.  Mohammed Albagami led the Bearcats with 17 points and five rebounds.

Pennfield 75, Kalamazoo Hackett 71   Ryan Lowe had 25, all but 4 in the second half.
St. Philip 69, Litchfield 49 St. Philip is 17-1.  Tyler Hubbard-Neil had 12 points and six rebounds.

Jonesville 51, Athens 36
Bellevue 68, Hillsdale Will Carleton Academy 36 Cole Madry with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Climax-Scotts 62, Pittsford 40  Dallas Froberg with 21.
Colon 67, Bronson 59
Delton-Kellogg 50, Kalamazoo Christian 44 Jeff Minehart had 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Homer 78, Reading 39
Sturgis 43, Marshall 33
Olivet 49, Laingsburg 46 Connor Dart with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Quincy 82, Union City 50
Tekonsha 48, North Adams-Jerome 46 Riley Lloyd with 18 points.

Among Thursday’s Boys Games: Harper Creek takes on St. Joseph…7:06 on WBCK-FM

Girls Basketball – Districts Tonight

Class A @ Gull Lake – Lakeview vs. Gull Lake - 7pm

Class B @ Parchment – Harper Creek vs. Pennfield - 6pm

Class C @ Springport – Galesburg-Augusta vs. Springport - 8pm

Class C @ Mendon – Bronson vs. Union City - 6pm

Class C @ East Jackson – Homer vs. Concord - 5:30pm

Class D @ St. Philip – Calhoun Christian vs. Martin - 5:30pm

Class D @ St. Philip – St. Philip vs. Climax-Scotts - 7pm

Class D @ Burr Oak – Athens vs. Marcellus Howardsville Christian - 6pm

Class D @ Tekonsha - Final – Bellevue vs. Jackson Christian - 7pm

Pistons

The Pistons are 11 games under .500 and travel to San Antonio to take on the Spurs tonight.   They’re now three and a half games out of final playoff contention.

College Basketball

16th ranked Michigan tips off against Purdue on the road tonight.

Hear the game…Michigan at Purdue, tonight at 6:30 on Sports 930 the Score.

MSU is off until Saturday’s game with Illinois.

In Mid American Conference games tonight Western Michigan goes for its 7th straight win at Ball State tonight.   CMU is at EMU.

Red Wings

The Red Wings return to action for the first time in 18 days tonight as they head to Montreal.  Center Stephen Weiss, who had been hoping to be back in the lineup after he was sidelined by a sports hernia in December, will not play in the next two games.

Weiss says he still needs some more practice before he returns.  Center Pavel Datsuyk, with a lower body injury, is listed as questionable against the Canadians. Johan Franzen, who has been dealing with post-concussion symptoms, may be activated tonight.  And Henrik Zetterberg is out indefinitely after back surgery.  The Wings have also recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins for back-to-back games against Montreal and Ottawa.

Dantonio Contract Amended

Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio has agreed to an amended contract following the school's first Rose Bowl victory in more than a quarter-century. Dantonio is scheduled to earn $3.6 million in annual compensation, an increase from nearly $2 million. Michigan State won the Big Ten title and beat Stanford in the Spartans' first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988.

National Holiday

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith and Budweiser are making a pitch to the federal government to make baseball's Opening Day a national holiday.  A petition on WhiteHouse.gov will get an official review by the Obama administration if 100-thousand people sign it. Anheuser-Busch will be releasing videos throughout spring training in March to promote the movement to formalize the event every year.