Sports: Wings call up rookie Mantha
The Wings have called up Grand Rapids Griffins’ left winger Anthony Mantha. The 21 year old Mantha is third on the Griffins with 45 points in 56 games. Mantha was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the first round (20th overall) of the 2013 NHL draft.The Red Wings begin a road trip at Philadelphia tonight. Detroit is in fourth-place in the Atlantic division, and in the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers trail the Wings by three points in the standings.
The Pistons lost to the Wizards 124-81 last night in Washington, D.C. Seven Wizards’ players hit double figures in the game. It was the worst loss of the season as Detroit fell to 0-3 against the Wizards. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points for the Pistons. Darrun Hilliard added 10 points off the bench. The Pistons shot 13 percent from beyond the arc while allowing at least 110 points for the third straight game. The Pistons fell percentage points behind Chicago for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. They return home to take on the Hawks tomorrow.
High School Boys Basketball Regionals
East Lansing 52, Battle Creek Central 34. The Bearcats finish the season 17-7 in Coach Durant Crum’s first season at Battle Creek.
Stevensville-Lakeshore 64, Marshall 57. Marshall ends the season at 19-5.
Homer 55, Niles Brandywine 52. Homer advances to face Kalamazoo Hackett in the regional final on Wednesday at Gobles.
Morenci 52, Bellevue 40. The Broncos end the season at 18-5.
The Marshall Redhawks play Grand Rapids Catholic Central in a Class B State Quarterfinals Tuesday is at 7pm at Otsego High School.
Big Ten Basketball
Michigan State retained the No. 2 spot in this week's Associated Press poll after winning the Big Ten tournament. Kansas remained at No. 1 in the final poll before the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State plays Middle Tennessee State on Friday. WBCK will have the game live at 1:30pm. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said on Monday that redshirt freshman forward Kenny Goins will not be available this weekend due to a knee injury that has kept him out since Feb. 14.
Denzel Valentine is once again a first-team All-American. The Michigan State senior guard earned his latest honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association on Monday. Valentine has also earned All-American honors from USA Today and Sports Illustrated, in addition to winning Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten tournament MVP honors.
Michigan in First Four
Michigan will take on Tulsa in the First Four Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. The winner faces Notre Dame on Friday.
MSU Women in tournament
The MSU women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament as a fourth-seed. State will play 13th-seeded Belmont on Friday. Even though the Spartans were seeded high enough to host first- and possibly second-round games, it will have to go to Mississippi, where it might play Mississippi State on its home court. That’s because the Breslin Center will be used by for the state's high school girl's tournament.
The Tigers beat the Mets, 9-2, at Joker Marchant Stadium. J.D. Martinez homered for a third time this spring. Mike Aviles homered to left field in the seventh inning. It was his first of the spring and Detroit's league-leading 27th. Tigers starter Daniel Norris struck out four and gave up a run. Detroit will be without Victor Martinez for the next few days after leaving the game with a left hamstring strain. He pulled up short rounding first base on a leadoff single. The Tigers take on the Braves today in Lakeland. First pitch is 1:05 p.m.
Michigan Wolverine Hockey Honors
Michigan freshman Kyle Connor has made a strong case that he's deserving of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation's top college hockey player. Connor earned Big Ten Player and Freshman of the Year honors, as well as the Scoring Champion award and a spot on the all-Big Ten first team. He led the conference with 22 goals and 43 points in 20 Big Ten games, and is the NCAA's first freshman to score 30 goals in a season since Thomas Vanek did it for Minnesota in 2002-03. In the conference's three-year history, Michigan has swept the top freshman award. Connor follows 2014 winner JT Compher and 2015 winner Dylan Larkin.
Additionally, Michigan's Red Berenson earned Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 22-7-5 regular season, including 12-5-3 in conference play. It was his third conference coach of the year award, having earned two in the CCHA in 2008 and 1994.
The Wolverines earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 2016 conference tournament after finishing one point behind Minnesota.