Red Wings
The Red Wings beat the Devils in New Jersey, 5-4 in a shootout.  Gustav Nyquist scored the only goal of the shootout.   Riley Sheahan, Xavier Ouellet, Justin Abdelkader and Drew Miller had the goals for Detroit, which overcame a 4-1 deficit en route to its third straight win.  Petr Mrazek made 21 saves and stopped all three attempts in the shootout. The Red Wings host Vancouver Sunday at 2.

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Detroit Pistons

The Pistons lost their 7th straight, as the Milwaukee Bucks won 104-88 at the Palace.    Ersan Ilyasova dropped 22 points off the bench. Milwaukee improves to 10-and-7 with its third straight win.  Andre Drummond led the Pistons with a huge 26-point, 20-rebound double-double, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21 points.  Josh Smith finished with 13 points and nine assists as the Pistons fell to 3-and-13. Golden State comes in for a game on Sunday.   The Lakers are at the Palace on Tuesday.

College Hockey

Princeton beat Michigan State, 3-1. The Spartans had the early lead on a Mike Ferrantino power play goal. But it was all Princeton after that as they scored three unanswered goals.

Michigan beat Rensselaer, 3-2

Western Michigan scored three unanswered goals in the third period to beat Ohio State, 6-2, at the Shillelagh Tournament in South Bend.

College Basketball

MichiganStatebeatMarquette79-68 at the Orlando Classic. Denzel Valentine scored 25 points. Travis Trice tallied 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds.  #20 MSU will be playing against #11 Kansas in the Orlando Classic Championship game.  Broadcast time is 12 noon Sunday on WBCK.

WMU beat San Jose State, 79-60 at the Wooden Legacy Tournament. .  WMU takes onSan Diegoon Sunday.

The Michigan Wolverines take on Nicholls today inAnn Arbor.  The 4-and-1 Wolverines are coming off their first loss of the season on Tuesday night against Villanova in the Legends Classic.

Also today,OaklandhostsToledoat 3:00 p.m. The Detroit Titans welcomeBowling Greento Calihan Hall on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

 College Football

Northern Illinoiscame from behind to beat WMU 31-21 Friday at Waldo Stadium.  The Broncos had a 16 point first quarter, but only scored 5 points the rest of the way.  They Huskies came up with two touchdowns in the 4th for the win.  Western Michigan needed a win Friday and some help to reach the MAC title.  The Broncos did themselves in by committing six turnovers in the contest.   Toledo beatEastern Michigan 52-16. Northern Illinois andToledo are 7-1 in the MAC West.  The Huskies beat the Rockets earlier and sew up a MAC Championship appearance.

Michigan State visits Penn State today. Hear the game at 2pm on WBCK.

The Michigan Wolverines are at Ohio State Buckeyes tomorrow.   It’s a must-win for the Wolverines to have any hope of a bowl invite, and some speculate that it could be Brady Hoke’s last game as head coach.  Broadcast time 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.

NABF Meeting Sunday

ShouldBattle Creekhost the NABF World series this August?  That’s to be decided at a public meeting Sunday at Full Blast.  The 11:30 meeting will see a discussion and vote on the proposed contract to host the  NABF World Series August 5-9 at Bailey Park.  All members of the SMABA sponsoring committee are encouraged to attend and the meeting is open to the public.

Ray Rice Suspension Lifted by Judge

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been reinstated to the NFL after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the league.  Rice, who had been suspended since Sept. 8 for punching his now-wife in an Atlantic City Casino back in February, is now free to sign with any NFL team.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice for two games over the incident, but later banned him indefinitely for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy following the release of video footage that showed him striking Janay Palmer inside an elevator of the Revel Casino. Goodell based his decision on the premise that he was misled by Rice, but former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones concluded that there was no proof that Rice had lied to the commissioner.

Lions

The 8-4 Lions hostTampaBaya week from Sunday.

Athlete of the Week

Go on line today to nominate our WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week!   We want to salute local kids who are working hard both on and off the field, and it’s easy to nominate someone you think is deserving of an award.  The winner will get mentioned on WBCK and at wbckfm.com and also get a trophy from Recognition Inc. inBattle Creek. We’ll announce a new WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week each Wednesday.