Red Wings

Henrik Zetterberg picked up his first hat trick in almost two years as the Detroit Red Wings erased an early 3-0 deficit and topped the luckless Buffalo Sabres, 6-4, at the Joe Louis Arena last night.  Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar each posted a goal and one assist for the Red Wings, who scored five unanswered goals to win their fourth straight and sixth in seven. Thomas McCollum picked up his first career win in relief by stopping 7-of-8 pucks.  Petr Mrazek worked the first 13:37 before being pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots. The Wings will host the Minnesota Wild tomorrow night.

 

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Scherzer Signs with Washington

Max Scherzer won’t be signing with the Tigers, as reports this morning say he’s headed back to the National League.  Those reports say that Scherzer has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals.   Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com says that the agreement is worth more than $180 million.   The Tigers will receive a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of the 2015 draft based on the fact that they made a qualifying offer to Scherzer following the season.

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Don Kelly is headed back to the National League.  Kelly has signed a minor-league contract with the Miami Marlins after six seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

NFL

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots secured spots in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday.  The defending champion Seahawks advanced to the NFL title game with an improbable 28-22 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in Seattle.  After trailing by 12 late in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson's 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse 3:19 into OT gave Seattle the comeback win.  Meanwhile, the Patriots cruised to their eighth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history with a dominating 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.   New England never trailed and outscored Indy 28-0 in the second half. The Pats and Seahawks will square off in the big game in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 1st.

Vonn Gets World Cup Record

Lindsey Vonn wins super-G for record 63rd World Cup victory this morning at Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy.  It was Vonn's first win in super-G this season and her fourth overall this campaign, showing a return to top form after two knee injuries kept her out of last year's Sochi Olympics.

Pistons

The Pistons head to Atlanta today for a 2:30 game on Martin Luther King Day.  Detroit beat Philadelphia on Saturday, 107-89.  (Detroit hosts Orlando on Wednesday).

Michigan Loses LeVert

Michigan's season took a turn for the worse on Sunday.  The Wolverines will be without junior Caris LeVert for the rest of the season after he injured his left foot in a win Saturday at home against Northwestern.  He will have surgery this week, on the same foot he had surgery on in May.  LeVert is Michigan's leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. The Wolverines play Rutgers on Tuesday. They're 11-and-7 overall and 4-and-2 in the Big Ten.

College Basketball

The Michigan State Spartans are home Wednesday against Penn State. Listen for your chance to win tickets to the Breslin Center on WBCK.

Oakland rolled to an 83-68 victory over Division III Albion on Sunday.

This Wednesday in the MAC…

Buffalo at Central Michigan, Eastern at Akron, and Western Michigan is at Miami of Ohio.

Lions News

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Golden Tate have been added to the Pro Bowl.  Stafford, who will replace Broncos QB Peyton Manning, is the first Lions signal-caller to play in the Pro Bowl since Greg Landry in 1972.  Tate will replace Eagles wide-out Jeremy Maclin, who opted out due to personal reasons.   This marks the first season that five Lions were named to the Pro Bowl since 2000.  Calvin Johnson, Glover Quin and Ndamukong Suh were also selected for next Sunday’s game.

High School Basketball

Boys Basketball tonight….

North Adams-Jerome at Bellevue (Be 4-3)

Girls Basketball

St. Philip at North Adams-Jerome (St. P 8-2)

Bellevue at Hillsdale Academy (Be 3-4)

Quincy at Bronson (Q 1-7, Br 5-2)

Climax-Scotts at Jackson Christian (C-S 7-2)

Pittsford at Tekonsha (T 2-4)

Union City at Centreville (UC 2-8)

Tuesday, Janauary 20th

Boys Basketball

Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central (GL 0-7, BCC 3-6)
Harper Creek at Parma Western (HC 7-0)

Jackson Northwest at Pennfield (P 5-2)

Burr Oak at Calhoun Christian

Climax-Scotts at Jackson Christian (C-S 8-0)
Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta (G-A 1-7)

Athens at Homer (At 2-4, Ho 5-3)

Delton at Maple Valley (D 2-4, MV 1-4)

Charlotte at Marshall (Ma 6-1)

Lakewood-Lake Odessa at Olivet (O 4-3)

Springport at Quincy (Q 6-0)

Reading at Union City (UC 6-1)

Girls Basketball

Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central (GL 4-5, BCC 4-6)

Parma Western at Harper Creek (HC 4-4)

Pennfield at Jackson Northwest (P 5-3)

Burr Oak at Calhoun Christian

Maple Valley at Delton (MV 2-6, D 1-5)

Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta (G-A 7-3)

Homer at Jackson Vandercook Lake (Ho 6-3)

Marshall at Charlotte (Ma 8-1)

Olivet at Lake Odessa Lakewood (O 6-3)

West Michigan Wolves

The West Michigan Wolves lost to the Wisconsin Whalers, 7-1 on Friday, but gained a split with a 4-0 win on Saturday.   The Wolves stay in second place, 2 points behind the Whalers.  West Michigan next travels to face Chicago this coming Friday night, and then heads back to Wisconsin for Saturday and Sunday battles against La Crosse.  They have 11 regular season games remaining.

Tigers Spring Training

32 days until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Lakeland.