Sports Roundup: Wings beat Toronto 3-2
The Red Wings beat Toronto 3-2 at the Joe. Gustav Nyquist scored twice for the Wings. Daniel Alfredsson added what would be the winning goal. Toronto got back in it in the final minute but Detroit hung on for the win and the two points. Jimmy Howard stopped 31 of the shots he faced in goal. Center Landon Ferraro made his NHL debut last night with Detroit in place of Justin Abdelkader, who will be sidelined for up to two weeks after he suffered a cut to his leg against Chicago on Sunday. Defenseman Jonathon Ericksson had an upper body injury and had to leave the game. Detroit is fighting to make the playoffs started the night in 5th place in the Atlantic Division, behind Toronto and moves to within one point of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Red Wings host the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night.
St. Boys Basketball Quarterfinals
St. Philip’s season ended last night, as they lose the Class D state quarterfinal to Adrian Lenawee Christian, 56-51 in overtime at Battle Creek Central. Lenawee Christian started off with a 6-0 run, but it was a close game until the overtime when Christian pulled ahead for good, in spite of missing several free throws. Tyler Hubbard-Neil had 10-points and 11 rebounds to lead St. Philip.
The first two games of the First Four of the NCAA Tournament took place last night in Dayton, Ohio. Albany opened the action with a 71-64 win over Mount Saint Mary's to advance to play Florida in the South Region. Fifth-seeded Saint Louis will get to play NC State, which beat Xavier, 74-59. Tonight, Cal Poly and Texas Southern play for the right to face Wichita State, while UMass awaits the winner of Iowa and Tennessee.
Michigan, Michigan State and Western Michigan all have games tomorrow. Michigan is the #2 seed in the Midwest Bracket and will play Wofford on Thursday. MSU earned the four-seed in the East Region and plays 13th-seeded Delaware on Thursday. WMU is in the Tournament for first time in 10 years. They are a 14-seed in the South Bracket, and they'll take on third-seed Syracuse Thursday afternoon.
The Tigers won and lost in split-squad games Tuesday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 18-4 in Lakeland and losing to the Mets 5-4 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Don Kelly had a grand slam, Austin Jackson smacked a two run shot and Ian Kinsler swatted his third homer of the spring. Starter Drew Smyly gave up two hits and struck out three in five scoreless innings against the Blue Jays. Miguel Cabrera hit a solo home run in the game with the Mets. Detroit is off today, but the full squad will return to the field tomorrow against the Washington Nationals.
The Detroit Pistons open a four game road trip tonight in Denver against the Nuggets. Center Andre Drummond will not play tonight as he continues to deal with injures to his head and neck. Detroit has dropped four of its last five games. The Pistons will also take on the Phoenix Suns, the L.A. Clippers and the Utah Jazz before returning to The Palace.
Phil Jackson to the Knicks
In the midst of a dismal season, the New York Knicks introduced legend Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations on Tuesday. Owner James Dolan promised Jackson autonomy on basketball decisions.
Golf…Tiger is Out
Tiger Woods is out of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The defending champion has withdrawn because of ongoing issues with back spasms. Woods says it's too early to know if he'll be ready for The Masters next month.