The Detroit Red Wings play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the Joe, as they start a long home stand.   The Wings activated goaltender Jimmy Howard from injured reserve and he’ll be available if needed.  Detroit has five games at home this week, taking on the Flyers, Coyotes, Kings, Ducks and Blue Jackets. Then it’s a three game trip south leading up to Christmas.


The Pistons are in Minnesota for a game with the Timberwolves tonight.  Detroit hosts Philadelphia on Sunday night, and then hits the road again to play at Dallas and Washington next week.

MLB Winter Meetings

There was interest expressed in several Tigers’, but GM Al Avila left Washington’s Winter Meetings without doing much. The Tigers have picked left-handed pitcher Daniel Stumpf from the Kansas City Royals in the Rule 5 Draft.  The 25 year old pitched with both the Phillies and Royals in the minor league last season.  The Tigers haven’t made a Rule 5 pick in several seasons.  It means the Tigers will need to keep Stumpf on their major league roster all season, or return him to the Royals.  He takes the 40th and final roster spot for the Tigers. M-Live reporter Evan Woodbery said on Twitter that “This is 2nd time Daniel Stumpf picked in Rule 5 Draft. Was suspended 80 games after testing + for an anabolic steroid in April.”   The Phillies had picked up Stumpf, but returned him to the Royals in July.

The Tigers reportedly had heard from at least one interested team in regards to possible deals for Jose Iglesias, Justin Wilson, Shane Green, Anibal Sanchez, Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, and Ian Kinsler. The Tigers are over the salary cap as things stand now, and will have to pay the so-called “luxury tax.”

The Cardinals are expected to announce signing Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler to a long term deal.

Thursday Night Football

Tyreek Hill scored two touchdowns and the Kansas City Chiefs pulled into a virtual tie with the Raiders with a 21-13 triumph against Oakland. Hill torched the Raiders for a 36-yard TD reception before bringing a punt back 78 yards for another score. Both teams are 10-3, but the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker after sweeping their two games with Oakland.


College Basketball

The MSU Spartans host Tennessee Tech on Saturday. MSU versus Tennessee Tech, live from East Lansing’s Breslin Center…Saturday at 1pm on WBCK.

The Wolverines play at UCLA on Saturday night.

WMU is home Saturday to play James Madison.

Division II Football

The Ferris State Bulldogs play defending champion Northwest Missouri State this Saturday in their first trip to the Division II Semi-finals since 1995.

Boys High School Basketball

Bellevue 70, North Adams-Jerome 33.  Coach Joe Costello gets his 100th win for the Broncos.  Wyatt Waterbury had 19.


Lakeview beat Harper Creek (39-28) and Lawton (32-31).

The Lions host the Bears this Sunday.  Broadcast time is 12 noon on WBCK.  Coach Jim Caldwell says the defense has been doing a great job, despite a lot of key injuries, and the offense is improving.   Detroit has a two-game lead in the NFC North over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers

Camp Trophy

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Walter Camp player of the year award Thursday night, beating fellow Heisman Trophy finalists Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.  He is the favorite to win the Heisman on Saturday night in New York.  The last three players to win the Walter Camp have also won the Heisman.