Red Wings

The Red Wings host the Florida Panthers tonight.   Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is expected to miss tonight's game a shoulder injury.  He reportedly hurt his shoulder during a collision with a Vancouver defenseman late in the second period in Sunday's win. Abdelkader leads Detroit with 57 hits and is second among forwards with 15 blocked shots.    Detroit has won four straight, while Florida heads into tonight's action after winning two of their last three games.


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Monday Night Football

Miami beat the New York Jets 16-13.  Caleb Sturgis hit a short field goal with 1:57 left for the win, capping 10 fourth quarter points for the comeback win. The Dolphins improved to 7-5, tying them with five other teams battling for the final AFC wild-card berth. The Jets ran for 277 yards but attempted an NFL season-low 13 passes in falling to 2-10.

Lions Preview

The 8-4 Lions host Tampa Bay this Sunday. Tampa Bay lost 14-13 to the Bengals yesterday to slip to 2-and-10, after a penalty for having too many men on the field cost the Bucs a chance for a win.

The Lions have no interest in signing free-agent running back Ray Rice.  Coach Jim Caldwell said yesterday at his weekly press conference that the Lions haven't considered that at this point. Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back, was reinstated from an indefinite suspension for domestic violence last week.  Caldwell coached Rice for two seasons in Baltimore.

No Discipline for Rams Protest Supporters

The St. Louis Rams say the team and the NFL will not discipline the five players who stood with their hands raised in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters before Sunday's game. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he plans to talk with the players but those conversations will remain confidential.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons try to break an 8-game losing streak as they host the Lakers are at the Palace tonight.    Detroit is 3-14 on the season and in fifth place in the Central, eight games behind the division leading Chicago Bulls.

The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-17 and one loss away from tying the NBA record for worst start following a 109-103 loss to San Antonio.

College Basketball

The 17th-ranked Michigan Wolverines are back in action tonight in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. They will play host to Syracuse in a Final Four rematch from two seasons ago.

MSU is back on the floor Wednesday at Notre Dame.

High School Basketball

Girls’ high school basketball gets underway tonight for most area teams.

Battle Creek Central hosts Jackson.

Pennfield hosts Comstock.

Lakeview is at Stevensville-Lakeshore

Harper Creek is at St. Joseph

Gull Lake is at Caledonia.

Delton Kellogg hosts Allegan.

St. Phillip hosts Athens on Wednesday.

College Football

According to media reports, University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke will meet with interim athletic director Jim Hackett today.  Hoke has been under fire for several incidents this year. Michigan finished with a record of 5-7 this season and will not go to a bowl game for the first time since 2009.

Michigan State had two players named best in their position group in the Big Ten and five more named to the league's first team by the conference's coaches and media.  Tony Lippett was named the Big Ten Receiver of the Year, while Kurtis Drummond was selected Defensive Back of the Year.  Other Spartans named first team were junior center Jack Allen, junior cornerback Trae Waynes and junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun.

NABF Meeting Sunday

Plans are moving forward for Battle Creek to once again host the NABF World series.  The event would be August 5th through 9th at Bailey Park.   The proposed contract was approved Sunday at a public meeting at Full Blast.  The contract is being sent to the NABF for final approval.

Mariners to sign Nelson Cruz

The Seattle Mariners are on the verge of signing free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz. Cruz led the major leagues with 40 home runs last season and had 108 RBIs for Baltimore.  Reports say he’ll make $57 million over four years and will follow Robinson Cano in the batting order.

OSU Player Suicide

A neuropathologist will look for signs of traumatic brain injury in Ohio State athlete Kosta Karageorge who was found dead in a trash bin of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and had a reported history of concussions. The Franklin County, Ohio, coroner said preliminary results from Monday's autopsy confirmed that Karageorge died of a gunshot wound, but she hasn't yet definitively ruled it a suicide. His mother told police her son had had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, and players knew of Karageorge's history of concussions.