1.30.15:  Super Bowl XLIX kicks off in Arizona


Super Bowl XLIX takes place this Sunday in Arizona.

The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the 8th appearance for the Patriots and third appearance for Seattle.

The game takes place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and can be viewed on NBC-TV.

The players share in this game:  Winners- $97,000 per man,  and Loser – $49,000 per man.


1/30/15  Good night for the Griffins but not for the Wings


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette had three goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record ninth consecutive home win.

Steven Stamkos and Mark Barberio also scored for the Lightning, who leapfrogged the Red Wings into first place in the Atlantic Division by a point. Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn had two assists apiece.

Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead at 11:03 of the second when Paquette completed his first hat trick from the right circle during a short-handed 2-on-1. The center has four goals in the past two games after going 29 straight without one.


Meanwhile, the Grand Rapids Griffins skated past Iowa 6-0, Thursday night and play hockey in Milwaukee Friday night.

1.29.15:  76ers snap 6-game skid, beat Pistons 89-69


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington scored 19 points, Michael Carter-Williams had 14 points and 10 assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 89-69 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

JaKarr Sampson had 13 points and Luc Mbah a Moute added 12 for the Sixers (9-37). Carter-Williams, back after missing the Sixers’ last game due to an upper respiratory infection, finished one rebound shy of a triple-double.

Greg Monroe led the Pistons (17-30) with 20 points, and Jodie Meeks scored 19 off the bench. Detroit shot just 2 of 20 from 3-point range in a matchup of slumping squads missing their top scorers.

The Pistons have lost four straight, and three since leading scorer Brandon Jennings ruptured his left Achilles in a 101-86 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday. Before Jennings’ season-ending injury, Detroit had won 12 of 15 behind the play of their star point guard.

1.28.15:  A good night for the Wings but not the Pistons


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-95 over the Detroit Pistons last night. Detroit is struggling to overcome the loss of Brandon Jennings. He ruptured his left Achilles tendon last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Luke Glendening scored twice to lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 5-4 last night for their sixth straight victory. Petr Mrazek made 37 saves in his eighth consecutive start. The Red Wings have won eight of nine. They beat the Panthers for the first time in three games this season.

1.27.15:  Blizzard postpones Michigan State-Rutgers men’s basketball


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — The Big Ten Conference men’s basketball game on Tuesday between Michigan State and Rutgers has been postponed by a blizzard that is threatening to bring 2 feet of snow to New Jersey.

Rutgers officials on Monday did not know when the game would be rescheduled.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency and closed state offices as the National Weather Service warned of a “crippling and potentially historic blizzard” expected to hit portions of the state Monday into Tuesday.


Meanwhile, Michigan takes on Nebraska tonight.

1.26.15:  Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack



CHICAGO (AP) — An attorney representing the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack.

Mark Bogen spoke Sunday at a downtown hotel with Banks’ widow, Liz. He said Banks suffered a heart attack on Friday, the same day he died.

Bogen declined to elaborate. Banks’ widow also declined to comment about her husband’s death.

Banks spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs. He hit 512 home runs and was twice named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

His death has prompted tributes across the country.

In Chicago, the Cubs and the city announced Sunday that a statue of Banks will be temporarily moved from outside Wrigley Field to downtown. It will be on display in Daley Plaza from Wednesday through Saturday.


1.26.15:  AFC beat the NFC: 32-28



GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jimmy Graham, Matthew Stafford and J.J. Watt were the stars in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, which was won by Team Irvin 32-28 over Team Carter.

Graham grabbed two touchdown passes, including a 1-yard scoring grab from Matt Ryan on fourth down with 3:10 remaining. Stafford was the offensive game MVP after throwing for 316 yards and two TDs. Watt came away with defensive MVP honors by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble.

Greg Olsen and Emmanuel Sanders also caught a pair of touchdown passes apiece.

The goal posts were narrowed to from 18.6 feet to 14 feet on all kicks, not just PATs as had been previously announced. The PATs also were moved back to make it a 33-yard kick. Adam Vinatieri missed two extra points and a 38-yard field goal. The 42-year-old Colts kicker hasn’t missed an extra point in real games in five years.

1.23.15:  Whitecaps want your ideas


The West Michigan Whitecaps are looking for ideas for new food items to be served at Fifth Third Ballpark this season.

Fans can submit their ideas regarding what new food items they would like to see served this year.

Submissions will be taken through Friday, February 6.

They can be made through the Whitecaps facebook page (, twitter account (@wmwhitecaps) or via e-mail (

All submissions should be accompanied by a complete description and picture if possible.

The good idea submissions will be whittled down, and starting Thursday, February 26, fans will be able to vote for their choice for the new 2015 concessions item.

The winning entry will be on the menu for all fans to enjoy.

The Whitecaps open the 2015 season on Thursday, April 9 against Dayton.

1.22.15:  Jennings brilliant as Pistons turn back Magic 128-118


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists, and the Detroit Pistons held off the Orlando Magic 128-118 on Wednesday night.

Andre Drummond added 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 12 of 15. Detroit nearly blew a 21-point third-quarter lead, but Jennings helped the Pistons hold off the Magic’s rally in the fourth.

Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 26 points.

Greg Monroe had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which never trailed. The Pistons led by 11 after the first quarter and by 17 at halftime.

Orlando cut the lead to two in the fourth, but the Pistons went on a 14-2 run to regain a comfortable margin.

1.21.15:  The Red Wings beat Minnesota 5-4


DETROIT (AP) — Gustav Nyqust and Pavel Datsyuk scored in a shootout, and the Detroit Red Wings outlasted Minnesota for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night after the Wild rallied from three goals down in the third period.

Detroit won for only the second time in nine shootouts this season and came away with their fifth consecutive victory overall. Nyquist also scored in regulation, but the Red Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the third period.

Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota, but he missed his attempt to start the shootout. Mikko Koivu, who also scored in regulation, had his shootout attempt stopped by Detroit’s Petr Mrazek.

Nyquist’s backhander under Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper gave the Red Wings the win.