Wings fall 4-3 at New Jersey to open season – Friday Morning Sports Update


NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
New Jersey Devils 4, Detroit Red Wings 3

Devils 4, Red Wings 3 – Dougie Hamilton and Jack Hughes help New Jersey Devils beat Detroit Red Wings 4-3
Dougie Hamilton snapped a third-period tie, Vitek Vanecek made 32 saves and the New Jersey Devils beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in the season opener for each team. Hamilton beat Ville Husso with a blast from the point at 15:37, helping the Devils pick up where left off last season when they finished with 112 points. Jack Hughes scored twice in the second period for New Jersey, and Jonas Siegenthaler had three assists. Erik Haula made it 4-2 with an empty-net goal at 18:29, and Detroit’s Robby Fabbri scored at 19:26.  Alex DeBrincat and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Red Wings. DeBrincat, a Michigan native, was acquired in a July trade with Ottawa.

NFL – National Football League – Week 6
Last Night
Kansas City Chiefs 19, Denver Broncos 8

Chiefs 19, Broncos 8 – Mahomes throws TD pass, Kelce has big game with Swift watching as Chiefs beat Denver 19-8
Patrick Mahomes threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, Harrison Butker kicked four field goals, and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the Denver Broncos 19-8. It was the Chiefs’ 16th straight win over their longtime AFC West rivals. Travis Kelce had nine catches for 124 yards for Kansas City with Taylor Swift again cheering him on from an Arrowhead Stadium suite. The Broncos’ Russell Wilson was held to 95 yards passing with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions. Denver has not beaten the Chiefs since Sept. 17, 2015, the year Peyton Manning led the Broncos to the Super Bowl.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m.            Rock 107 WIRX 3:20

NFL – Goff, Mayfield aim to keep first-place Lions, Buccaneers headed in right direction
Like Jared Goff, Baker Mayfield is discovering how a change of scenery can make a big difference in a quarterback’s career. Goff’s stellar play is one of the reasons the Detroit Lions are aiming for their best start in more than a decade. Mayfield’s improved performance with his fourth team in just over two years has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off to a promising start, too. The first-place teams meet Sunday, with the Lions trying to improve to 5-1. The Bucs are looking to begin a season 4-1 for just the sixth time in franchise history.

NFL – Bears have shot at back-to-back wins; won’t have to contain Jefferson against Vikes
The Chicago Bears have a chance to start a different kind of streak after stopping a 14-game slide. They won’t have to worry about containing one of the NFL’s most electrifying players when they host Minnesota on Sunday. That’s because Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson is out with a hamstring injury. The Bears won at Washington last week. They haven’t won two in a row since late in the 2021 season. Both teams are 1-4 heading into Sunday’s game. All four of Minnesota’s losses have come by one score, with turnovers a main reason for those close defeats.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Divisional Playoffs – Best of five
Last Night
Philadelphia Phillies 3, Atlanta Braves 1                                 (PHI wins 3-1)

Phillies 3, Braves 1 – Castellanos hits 2 homers again, powers Phillies past Braves 3-1 and into 2nd straight NLCS
Nick Castellanos became the first player to hit multiple homers in consecutive postseason games, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their NL Division Series that knocked the 104-win Atlanta Braves out of the playoffs for the second straight year. The Phillies head next week to the NLCS and will play the Arizona Diamondbacks, making their first trip 2007. Game 1 is Monday in Philadelphia. Trea Turner hit a solo homer in the fifth for a 2-1 lead as the Phillies make another run at the franchise’s first World Series title since 2008.

American League Championship Series – Best of seven
Texas Rangers at Houston Astros, 8:15 p.m.                            (Game 1)

NCAAFB – College Football – Week 7
Indiana at #2 Michigan, 12:00 p.m.                               News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 11:00
Michigan State at Rutgers, 12:00 p.m.                          Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 10:30
Kent State at Eastern Michigan, 12:00 p.m.
Akron at Central Michigan 3:30 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
#10 USC at #21 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

Division II
#1 Ferris State at #7 Grand Valley, 3:00 p.m.

NCAAFB – Michigan aims to maintain dominance against Indiana in return to Big House
No. 2 Michigan is aiming to keep its momentum toward potentially winning the Big Ten and national championship. Indiana is expected to be the next team routed by the Wolverines, who are favored to win by nearly five touchdowns on Saturday at home. Hoosiers fans have soured on coach Tom Allen, who is 8-21 over the past 2 1/2 seasons. A stunning upset would give him and the program a desperately needed boost. Michigan has won 18 consecutive conference games, one short of the program record set from 1990 to 1992.

NCAAFB – Rutgers will try to remain unbeaten at home when it hosts Michigan State
Michigan State visits Rutgers in a matchup that appears to be make or break for both teams. The Spartans need this one with No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State and No. 6 Penn State still down the road. If Rutgers wants to get to six wins and become bowl eligible, this one is a must. It has Indiana next week and then finishes with Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Maryland, who all have five wins.

NCAAFB Williams expects tough matchup as Trojans renew rivalry at Notre Dame
Defending Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams expects a hard-nosed tussle Saturday when No. 10 Southern California renews its rivalry against No. 21 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are playing their fourth straight game against a ranked, undefeated opponent in prime time. They’ve lost two of the previous three. But Wiliams understands the pressure of rivalries. Before beating Notre Dame last season for the Jeweled Shillelagh, he also competed in the Red River Rivalry with Oklahoma. And with a potential playoff spot on the line for Southern Cal, he expects the Irish to play well.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association – Finals (best of five)
Las Vegas Aces at New York Liberty, 3:00 p.m.                          (LV leads 2-0)

NBA – National Basketball Association Preseason
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 128, Oklahoma City Thunder 125                     at Bell Centre, Montreal
Chicago Bulls 133, Denver Nuggets 124 – 2 OT

Olympics – IOC suspends Russian Committee for incorporating Ukrainian sports regions
The Russian Olympic Committee has been suspended by the IOC for breaching the Olympic Charter by incorporating sports bodies in four regions in eastern Ukraine. Russian Olympic officials provoked the dispute last week by accepting the councils in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia as its members. The suspension does not immediately affect any Russians who are returning to compete in international sporting events as neutral athletes. The Russian Olympic Committee can challenge the IOC decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

AHL – American Hockey League
Colorado Eagles at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey League
Kalamazoo Wings at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Indy Fuel at Cincinnati Cyclones, 7:35 p.m.

MCCAA – Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Women’s Volleyball
Lake Michigan College 3, Glen Oaks Community College 1
Lansing Community College 3, Southwestern Michigan College 1

Women’s Volleyball
Southwestern Michigan, Harper College, Kuyper College at Lake Michigan College Quad, 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Soccer
Marian Ancilla at Lake Michigan College, 1:00 p.m.           at St. Joseph High School

Men’s Soccer
Marian Ancilla at Lake Michigan College, 3:00 p.m.           at St. Joseph High School

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer (Districts)
Division 1 at Portage Central – 1st round at local sites
Battle Creek Lakeview 8, Battle Creek Central 0

Division 2 at Otsego – 1st round at local sites
Otsego 1, Hastings 0 – OT
Plainwell 6, Harper Creek 0
Division 3 at Three Rivers – 1st round at local sites
Three Rivers 8, Berrien Springs 0

Division 4 at Bangor – 1st round at local sites
Covert 4, Schoolcraft 2

Our Lady of the Lake 3, Howardsville Christian 0
River Valley 3, Berrien Springs 1
Eau Claire 3, Lawrence 2
Niles 3, Plainwell 0
Edwardsburg 3, Vicksburg 0
Three Rivers 3, Sturgis 2
Bloomingdale 3, White Pigeon 0

8-Man Football
Martin (6-2)  28, Marcellus (6-2) 14

Football (all games start at 7:00 p.m.)
St. Joseph (4-3) at Mattawan (3-4)                                 News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:35
Portage Northern (6-1) at Lakeshore (5-2)                     97.5 Y-Country 6:45
Portage Central (6-1) at Kalamazoo Central (2-4)
Battle Creek Lakeview (1-6) at Battle Creek Central (0-7)

Benton Harbor (3-4) at Berrien Springs 42
Dowagiac (4-3) at Buchanan (4-3)

Vicksburg (3-4) at Edwardsburg (3-4)
Niles (6-1) at Plainwell (1-6)
Otsego (2-5) at Paw Paw (7-0)
Sturgis (2-5) at Three Rivers (1-6)

Kalamazoo United (4-3) at Allegan (4-3)
Constantine (6-1) at South Haven (5-2)
Parchment (4-3) at Watervliet (2-5)
Lawton (6-1) at Saugatuck (7-0)
Delton-Kellogg (2-5) at Schoolcraft (5-2)

Brandywine (2-5) at Coloma (2-5)
Galesburg-Augusta (1-6) at Comstock (0-7)
Burton-Bently (5-2) at Cassopolis (3-4)
Hopkins (2-5) at Decatur (2-5)
Centreville (4-3) at Muskegon Catholic Central (4-3)
Greenwood Christian (IN) (5-3) at White Pigeon (7-0)
Gull Lake (4-3) at Pinckney (0-7)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (1-5) at Tecumseh (3-4)

SW Michigan 8-Man
Bloomingdale (1-6) at Twin Cities (3-4)
Bridgman (7-0) at Red Arrow (5-2)
Eau Claire (2-5) at Gobles (5-2)
Lawrence (1-7) wins by forfeit over Fennville
Bangor (4-3) at Vermontville Maple Valley (6-1)