Sports Roundup for 2-4-14

Red Wings

A very different hockey game last night at the Joe, a night after the Red Wings lost in Washington 6-5…..all six given up by Jimmy Howard. Jimmy Howard came in to start the second period, in relief of Jonas Gustavsson who left with dizziness.  The two goalies combined for a shutout, as the Wings beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena.  Justin Abdelkader did all the scoring for the Red Wings.  Gustavsson was examined at a nearby hospital and released.   It was the first combined shutout by two goalies since 2001.  The Wings will hit the road to take on the Florida Panthers Thursday.

Nyquist to Olympics

The Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist has been named to replace Johan Franzen on Team Sweden in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Franzen withdrew from the games after suffering concussion-like symptoms again. Nyquist joins Detroit teammates Daniel Alfredsson, Jonathan Ericsson, Jonas Gustavsson, Niklas Kronwall, and Henrik Zetterberg on Sweden's roster.  

Pistons

The Detroit Pistons lost to the Miami Heat, 102-96.   The Detroit Pistons' had won two straight.  Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 26 points; Rodney Stuckey added 20 and Greg Monroe had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Pistons continue their swing through Florida tomorrow night when they visit the Magic in Orlando.

College Rankings

Syracuse is the new number-one team in the "USA Today" top-25 men's college basketball poll.  The undefeated Orange received all 32 first-place votes to take over the top spot from Arizona, which lost at Cal on Saturday.   Michigan State is 8th.  Michigan is 16th.

Big Ten

The Wolverines host Nebraska Wednesday night.  The Spartans host Penn State on Thursday.

Super Bowl Ratings

Even though the game was a blow-out, Sunday's Super was watched by an average audience of 111.5-million people, which is more than any television program in U.S. history.  Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records.

Boys High School Basketball

Harper Creek beat Lakeview 87-74 in OT in our radio game last night.  James Cadena scored 23 and Khylen Watkins had 22 for the Beavers.  Harper Creek improves to 9-and-2 while Lakeview drops to 6-and-6.

Pennfield 59, Parchment 44  Jake Grimes had 15

Union City 65, Bronson 48  Jalen Boes had 16

Maple Valley 54, Springport 53

Sturgis 49, Marshall 38

Athens 63, Concord 56 Austin Cole had 16 points

Girls’ High School Basketball

Harper Creek 44, Lakeview 42 in OT  Haley Burritt’s jumper made the difference. Reagan Dishaw had 10 points. Olivia Leson had 9 points and 13 rebounds.

Parchment 59, Pennfield 35

Mendon 54, St. Philip 28

Bellevue 51, Barry Co. Christian 34  Alliceea Moreno had 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Climax-Scotts 53, Burr Oak 30

Olivet 76, Hackett 28

Leslie 44, Maple Valley 35

Tonight…Boys’ Basketball  

Harper Creek at Pennfield…7:06 on WBCK-FM.

Lakeview at Mattawan

St. Philip at North Adams-Jerome

Coldwater at Galesburg-Augusta

Marshall Academy at Burr Oak

Will Carleton at Tekonsha

Calhoun Christian at Litchfield

Girls’ Basketball

St. Joe at Harper Creek

Mattawan at Lakeview

Pennfield at Marshall

Calhoun Christian at Litchfield

Jonesville at Athens

Galesburg-Augusta at Coldwater

Stevensville-Lakeshore at Gull Lake

Marshall Academy at Burr Oak

Union City at Quincy

Incognito-Martin Texts On Line

The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga filed another chapter on Monday.

Thousands of text messages exchanged between the two were obtained by TheBigLead.com and posted there. The texts seem to back Incognito's argument that he did not bully or harass Martin and that the two were friends. There are many racial exchanges and profane language used between the two, much like what has been revealed in previous voicemails. NFL special investigator Ted Wells will release his findings about the situation later this week.

Olympics

The Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony is set for Friday, with competition coming to a close on Sunday, February 23rd.  The first events actually begin Thursday, with the team men's and pairs figure skating short programs, women's freestyle skiing moguls, and men's and women's snowboard slope style qualification.

Tiger Pitchers and Catchers report…in 10 days.  (Feb 14)