Red Wings

The Red Wings came from behind to beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime at Joe Louis Arena.  Niklas Kronwell scored the first Wings’ goal.  Detroit trailed Pittsburgh 3-1 late in the third period, but Henrik Zetterberg scored with less than three minutes left.  Niklas Kronwall lit the lamp with his second goal of the night with just 39 seconds remaining in regulation. Justin Abdelkader scored the game-winning goal just over four-minutes into overtime. Jimmy Howard stopped 23 shots in the win.  The Wings travel to Philadelphia to skate against the Flyers on Saturday.

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Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons closed out the preseason with a 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace last night.  Kyle Singler was the high-scorer for Detroit with 19 points.   Caron Butler added 18 and Josh Smith had 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Spencer Dinwiddie, who had ACL reconstruction surgery in January, scored eight points in his Pistons debut.  Detroit ends the exhibition season at 5-2 and opens the regular season next Wednesday in Denver.

Thursday Night Football

Peyton Manning threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns to Emmanuel Sanders as the Broncos cruised past the Chargers 35-21 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.  Sanders ended with nine catches for 120 yards, while Juwan Thompson had a pair of rushing scores for the Broncos, who lead the AFC at 6-and-1.

World Series 

The World Series is even at one game apiece and shifts to San Francisco for the next three games starting with Game Three tonight at AT&T Park.  Jeremy Guthrie starts for KC.  Tim Hutson pitches for San Francisco.

College Football

It’s Michigan at Michigan State this Saturday. .   It’ll be the 107th meeting between the two rivals, playing for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. The eighth-ranked Spartans head into the game with a record of 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines are 3-4 overall and 1-2 in conference play.  Broadcast time is  2pm on WBCK and 2:30 on Mix 104.9.  The WMU Broncos host Ohio U. this Saturday at 2pm.   If you’d like to go to Saturday’s game at Waldo Stadium….be the third caller right now at 441-9595.


The Detroit Lions play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London. Wide receiver Calvin Johnson, with a high ankle sprain, was limited in practice for the second straight day yesterday. Running back Reggie Bush, tight ends Eric Ebron, Joseph Fauria, and Brandon Pettigrew and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle were all held out of practice with injuries.  Running back Theo Riddick returned to drills yesterday after being limited earlier this week with a hamstring injury.  We’ll join the game in progress at 11am Sunday on WBCK.


KCC ended their season, losing to Mott Community College in three.  KCC Head Coach Amy Julien says it was a fun ending to the season, as they had the privilege of honoring some of Kellogg's former Men’s National Championship Volleyball team members! She says the girls had their ups and downs but says she’s proud that they left it all out on the court. KCC ends the season 3-11 in the conference and 5-22 overall.

High School Football

This Friday, WBCK will broadcast the Lakeview game, as the Spartans travel to Gull Lake.  With a win, Lakeview would wrap up their second-straight division title and possibly earn a home-field spot in the pre-district playoff game next week.

Battle Creek Central has an outside shot at the postseason as they host Loy Norrix.  Harper Creek hits the road to the Capital City to take on Lansing Everett in a battle of 5-3 squads. Pennfield wraps up their season, hosting Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard.

Tomorrow, it's a battle of state-ranked, undefeated 8-Man teams as fourth-ranked St. Philip hosts second-ranked Lawrence.

Friday, October 24th

Lakeview 6-1 (4-0 SMAC East) - Gull Lake 4-4 (2-2 SMAC East)

Loy Norrix vs. Battle Creek Central (BC Central 4-4)

Harper Creek vs. Lansing Everett (Harper Creek 5-3)

Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard vs. Pennfield (Pennfield 2-6)

Napoleon vs. Athens (Athens 1-7)

Bellevue vs. Manistee Catholic Central @ Alma College (Bellevue 1-7)

Bronson vs. White Pigeon (Bronson 0-7)

Climax-Scotts vs. Colon (Climax-Scotts 7-1)

Delton vs. Kalamazoo United (Delton 4-4)

Galesburg-Augusta vs. Hartford (Galesburg-Augusta 3-5)

Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills vs. Hastings (Hastings 1-7)

Jackson Vandercook Lake vs. Homer (Homer 6-2)

Dansville vs. Maple Valley (Maple Valley 3-5)

Portland vs. Marshall (Marshall 2-6)

Olivet vs. Parchment (Olivet 6-2)

Hanover-Horton vs. Quincy (Quincy 6-2)

Manchester vs. Union City (Union City 8-0)

8-Man Football - Litchfield vs. Tekonsha (Tekonsha 2-6)

Saturday, October 25th

8-Man Football - Lawrence vs. St. Philip (St. Philip 8-0)

Lewan to Settle out of Court

Tennessee Titans and former Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan is choosing to settle instead of going to trial. Lewan was facing three misdemeanor assault charges stemming from last December. His attorney says there will be a public hearing on October 30th to discuss details about the settlement.  The 23-year-old was arrested in December for allegedly hitting two men outside an Ann Arbor restaurant. The altercation occurred hours after his final game at Michigan. Lewan says he was only trying to break up a fight. He's played in all seven games in his rookie season. Lewan was taken 11th overall.

MSU Gets 10 Mil from the Skandalaris Family

Michigan State University (MSU) athletics is getting the largest single gift ever received by the school.  According to the University's website, alumnae Bob and Julie Skandalaris are providing a $10 million facilities gift that enhances the Spartan football, golf and basketball programs, while providing momentum for MSU's university wide capital campaign.  MSU says part of the gift, $3 million, will be used to renovate and make improvements to the training and locker rooms in the Skandalaris Football Center, named in honor of Bob and Julie after their lead gift helped construct the facility in 2008.  An additional $4 million has been designated for capital improvements in support of the basketball program as the Breslin Center is renovated.  The remaining $3 million will support construction of a new MSU golf facility.

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 and also get a trophy from Recognition Inc. in Battle Creek. We’ll announce a new WBCK/Meijer Athlete of the Week each Wednesday.