Sports: Wings vs. Avs Tonight
The Red Wings host the Colorado Avalanche tonight. Detroit has won their last three games, including a 3-1 victory over Ottawa Wednesday. The Wings expect to have defenseman Danny DeKeyser in the lineup Friday against the Colorado Avalanche at Joe Louis Arena. DeKeyser suffered a bruise on his right leg after being hit with a shot. The Boston Bruins come in on Sunday afternoon. The Red Wings are in second place in the Atlantic Conference, just 6 points behind first-place Florida.
The team has announced details for their final season, 2016-17, at Joe Louis Arena. As part of the campaign, players will wear special "a Farewell Season at the Joe patch" on their uniforms. The Wings have played at Joe Louis Arena since 1979 and will move into their new home in time for the 2017-18 season.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he expects to be working the phones as the Feb. 29 trade deadline approaches. But whether a deal happens depends on several factors."Before we do anything we got to get close to the trade deadline and see where we're at in the standings," Holland said on Thursday. The Red Wings have eight games remaining before the trade deadline. If they're still in the playoff hunt, which seems likely, then Holland will see if he can upgrade the roster.
The Pistons are off until a week from Friday, when they play at Washington. The Pistons are in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, with a 27-27 record.
NBA All Star Game
Pistons center Andre Drummond will be the lone representative for Detroit at NBA All-Star Weekend. He will participate in the Slam Dunk contest tomorrow night against 2015 champion Zach LaVine from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Aaron Gordon from the Orlando Magic and Will Barton from the Denver Nuggets. Drummond leads the NBA with 15 rebounds per game and 45 double-doubles. He is the first Detroit player to make the All-Star team since Allen Iverson in 2009 and the first Piston to compete in the Slam Dunk contest since Jerry Stackhouse in 2000. The 65th NBA All-Star Game will be held Sunday night at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Big Ten Basketball
Penn State upset No. 17 Michigan State 65-61 in Women’s Basketball. MSU's Aerial Powers had 18 points and 14 rebounds for her eighth double-double this season and 42nd of her career before fouling out with 43 seconds left. MSU had 20 turnovers turn into 27 Lions points and gave up a 14-point, third-quarter lead.
The Michigan Wolverines, 18-7 overall and 8-4 in Big Ten play, hosts Purdue Saturday. at 2pm.
MSU hosts Indiana this Sunday ….Hear the game at 12 noon on WBCK.
In the MAC
WMU is at Bowling Green on Saturday at 2.
Kent State is at EMU.
Ball State at CMU.
KCC hosts Jackson Community College on Saturday at 3pm. The women’s game is at 1pm.
High School Girls Basketball
Springport 52, Union City 25
Mendon 42, Bronson 28
Waldron 60, Bellevue 52
Boys and Girls Basketball Tonight (Friday)
Harper Creek at Pennfield …7:30 on WBCK.
Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central
Lakeview at Kalamazoo Central
Hillsdale Academy at Climax-Scotts
Delton Kellogg at Galesburg-Augusta
Maple Valley at Lansing Christian
Leslie at Olivet
Bronson at Mendon
Boys Basketball Tonight (Friday)
Quincy at Athens
Bellevue at Waldron
Reading at Homer
Jackson Lumen Christi at Marshall
Tekonsha at Camden-Frontier
Springport at Union City
Girls Basketball Tonight (Friday)
Marshall at Jackson Lumen Christi
Leslie at Olivet
Mayhew Gets Job
The Giants are adding former Lions general manager Martin Mayhew to their front office. He's been hired as the team's director of football operations/special projects. Mayhew was fired by Detroit in November. He replaces Matt Harriss, who is now in the Lions' front office.
There are only 6 Days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland. (Fri)
The Associated Press (AP) and Michigan Radio Network contributed to this report.