The New York Islanders beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.  Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit on a power play to end the first period. But that was all of the scoring for the Red Wings.  The winning goal came on in the second period as Calvin de Haan’ s shot was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off  Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net.   John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Tavares Goal

The Wings are 24-26-10 with 58 points and  have 22 games left to try to make the playoffs for a 26th straight season.  There are seven teams ahead of them for the final Wild Card spot.  The Wings are off until next Tuesday night, when they play at Vancouver.

Men’s College Basketball

The MSU Spartans host Nebraska on Thursday and Wisconsin on Sunday.  They’ll also be on the road for games next week at Illinois and Maryland.   Coach Tom Izzo says Alvin Ellis will replace Eron Harris in the starting lineup.  Rocky Marsh called in and won two tickets to Thursday night’s game with Nebraska at the Breslin Center.

Michigan is at Rutgers tonight, home against Purdue on Saturday and then on the road next week at Northwestern and Nebraska.

NIT Experiments

Both Michigan and Michigan State could end up playing in the NIT Tournament this year, depending on these final four games.   The NIT will be experimenting with a few rules in the tournament.  Coach Tom Izzo says he’d welcome a re-set on team fouls. Izzo says he’d also like to see players get 6 fouls in a game, instead of just 5.

Broncos Win in OT

WMU beat Toledo 61-56 in overtime.  Bryce Moore scored his only points of the game on a 3-pointer from the wing with 29 seconds left in overtime for the Bronco’s fifth straight win.   Thomas Wilder led the Broncos with 30 points.  WMU came back from a 15 point deficit and held Toledo to seven points in the last 12 minutes.

Ball State 79, EMU 72.

Northern Illinois 89, CMU 66.

Women’s Basketball

WMU hosts Ball State tonight.  The Broncos are 16-9 and 5th in the MAC West division.

Magic Johnson to Head Up the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have put Magic Johnson in charge of the team.  Johnson is new president of basketball operations. GM Mitch Kupchak and Executive VP Jim Buss are out, after the team went 19-39 so far this season.  Yesterday, the Lakers traded their top scorer, Lou Williams. He goes to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer and a future draft pick.


The Pistons host the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night.

Boys’ High School Basketball

Battle Creek Central 56, Portage Central 52 – OT.  Demetrius Craig had a team-high 21.

Lakeview 65, Niles 57.  Jaylon Johnson had 24 points.

Harper Creek 54, Parma Western 53.  Jeremiah Davis with 18.

Pennfield 67, Jackson Northwest 55.  Ron Jamierson with 20.

Centreville 62, St. Philip 32.

Marshall 53, Hastings 38.  Marcus Waters with 21.

Battle Creek Calhoun Christian 84, Heritage Christian Academy 58.  Caleb Steele had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Athens 62, Bronson 61.  Daniel Jacobs with 28.

Bellevue 72, Marshall Academy 36.

Climax-Scotts 59, Lawrence 58.  Riley Boomershine’s 3-pointer won it with three seconds left.  Boomershine scored 20 on the night.

Kalamazoo Christian 62, Delton 32

Constantine 58, Galesburg-Augusta 47

Portage Northern 69, Gull Lake 60

Hillsdale 73, Homer 49

Olivet 71, Maple Valley 49

Colon 59, Mendon 46.


Girls’ Basketball

Portage Central 47, Battle Creek Central 33.

Harper Creek 45, Parma Western 40.  Jacey Bowers had a career-high 26.

Lakeview 73, Niles 41. Emily Eldridge had 19.

Jackson Northwest 58, Pennfield 42

Marshall 75, Hastings 28.  Nikki Tucker with 23.

Athens 54, Union City 24.  Noelle Fuller finished with 11.

Bellevue 65, Marshall Academy 13.  Bailey Whitcomb with 20.

Lawrence 44, Climax-Scotts 41.

Delton 52, Kalamazoo Christian 46. Lexi Parsons had 14.

Constantine 45,  Galesburg-Augusta 30

Gull Lake 43, Portage Northern 35

Homer 51, Quincy 24

Olivet 67, Maple Valley 22

Will Carleton Academy 46, Litchfield 35.

Grand Prix Detroit

The Motor City's automobile races have a new name and presenting sponsor.   Race officials announced Tuesday the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will be the name of the IndyCar races in June. The race previously was known as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Quicken Loans.

The event will have seven races, including IndyCar's only doubleheader weekend with races on June 3 and 4.  Lear Corporation makes seats and electrical systems for cars. The company is based in Southfield, Michigan.

MLB Changes

Major League Baseball intends to give the players' association the required one-year advance notice that would allow management to unilaterally change the strike zone, install pitch clocks and limit trips to the pitcher's mound starting in 2018. Under baseball's labor contract, management can alter playing rules only with agreement from the union — unless it gives one year's notice. With the one year of notice, management can make changes on its own.


Only one day until the first Tiger spring training game in Lakeland Florida.

Feb. 23: Exhibition game vs. Florida Southern at Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.

Feb. 24: Grapefruit League opener vs. Orioles at Lakeland, 1:05 p.m.

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