NHL – National Hockey League
Winnipeg Jets 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Jets 4, Red Wings 1 – Connor Hellebuyck makes 35 saves, leading the Jets to a 4-1 win over the Red Wings
Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor scored in the first period and Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves, leading the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The Jets won their third straight and improved to 6-4-0 in their last 10 visits to Detroit. Mason Appleton and Nino Niederreiter scored in the third period. Lucas Raymond scored at 3:18 of the second period for Detroit. Dylan Larkin and defenseman Moritz Seider assisted on the goal. James Reimer finished with 28 saves. The assist was Seider’s 100th point in 172 career games. He is the third-fastest Red Wings defenseman to reach 100 points behind Reed Larson (139 games) and Nicklas Lidström (160 games).
Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights, 6:00 p.m.
NBA – National Basketball Association
Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
NFL – National Football League – Week 8
Buffalo Bills 24, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18
Bills 24, Buccaneers 18 – Josh Allen gets Bills off to fast start in 24-18 win over Buccaneers
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, and the Buffalo Bills hung on to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 on Thursday night. After a week of questions about his “low-energy” approach and Buffalo’s slow-starting offense, Allen came through for the Bills. He had been listed on the Bills’ report with a right shoulder injury and was checked in the blue medical tent in the second quarter, but remained in the game. Gabriel Davis had a career-best nine catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Baker Mayfield tried to rally the Buccaneers late, but the game ended on a Hail Mary attempt. Tampa Bay has lost three straight.
New Orleans Saints at Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m.
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m.
Las Vegas Raiders at Detroit Lions, 8:15 p.m. Rock 107 WIRX 7:10
NFL – Lions and Raiders are both looking to bounce back from bad losses on Monday night
The NFC North-leading Detroit Lions and the Las Vegas Raiders will have something in common on Monday night. Both teams are trying to bounce back from lopsided losses. Detroit’s four-game winning streak ended in Baltimore with a 32-point loss. Las Vegas had won two straight games before losing at Chicago by 18 points. The Raiders may get a boost from the return of Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been out for 1 1/2 games with a back injury.
NFL – Bears rookie Tyson Bagent could have encore performance against Chargers
Tyson Bagent generated plenty of headlines in leading the Chicago Bears to a victory in his first NFL start. The undrafted rookie gets a chance on a prime-time stage to show he is more than a one-game wonder. Bagent and the Bears travel to Southern California to face the reeling Los Angeles Chargers Sunday night. Chicago has won two of three since a 14-game losing streak while Los Angeles has dropped two straight. Bagent gets the start again with Justin Fields sidelined due to a dislocated thumb. He will face a LA defense ranked last against the pass at 310 yards per game.
NFL – Colts face another stingy defense as Saints make a rare trip to Indianapolis
Alvin Kamara and Jonathan Taylor have been two of the most successful and versatile running backs in the NFL. On Sunday, they will be on opposite sidelines for the first time when the New Orleans Saints visit Indianapolis. Both missed the first part of the season, but seem to be rounding into midseason form. The Saints are trying to snap a two-game losing streak against a foe it has beaten four straight times. The Colts also have lost two straight since quarterback Gardner Minshew replaced injured rookie Anthony Richardson as the starter.
NCAAFB – College Football – Week 9
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 p.m.
Michigan State at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 2:00
Pittsburgh at (14) Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
(2) Michigan is off this week Central Michigan is off (CMU plays Tuesday night)
NCAAFB – NCAA investigators interview Jim Harbaugh’s staff about sign-stealing scheme
NCAA investigators interviewed members of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh’s staff about a sign-stealing scheme on Thursday, a person familiar with the governing body’s visit told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. The NCAA’s inquiry into Michigan’s sign-stealing operation was triggered by an outside firm’s investigation, which turned up videos of and documented plans and budgets for impermissible scouting of opponents.
NCAAFB – Coach-to-player technology could have prevented sign-stealing scandal
Even before the Michigan sign-stealing scandal, college football coaches are eager to eliminate the need for sideline signals. The NCAA football playing rules committee has been slow to embrace the use of coach-to-player communication technology because of concerns that it could provide a competitive advantage to schools that could afford better tech. The NFL has allowed it for years.
NCAAFB – No. 14 Notre Dame and Pitt renew old rivalry without the bells and whistles
The Notre Dame-Pittsburgh rivalry doesn’t have a cool nickname or a prized trophy. Instead, only one thing matters Saturday when the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish and Panthers meet for the first time in three years — bragging rights. Yes, the odds are stacked against Pitt, which has only won two of seven games this season and draws Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish are fresh off their bye week. But rivalry games don’t always go as expected, either.
NCAAFB – Minnesota coming off a grind-it-out win over rival Iowa, host reeling Spartans
Minnesota is aiming to maintain momentum from an emotional win over rival Iowa and keep up in the Big Ten West Division race. The Gophers host reeling Michigan State on Saturday. Minnesota is 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The Gophers are favored by seven points according to FanDuel Sportsbook odds. They are tied for second in the Big Ten with nine interceptions. Spartans quarterback Katin Houser will make his third career start as the entire team tries to bounce back from a 49-0 loss to second-ranked Michigan. Michigan State is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten.
MLB – Major League Baseball – 2023 World Series – Best of seven
Arizona (Gallen 17-9) at Texas (Eovaldi 12-5), 8:03 p.m. (Game 1)
MLB – Diamondbacks take series of slights into surprise World Series against Rangers
Overlooked by oddsmakers and angered by analysts, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves in a Surprise Series against the also unexpected Texas Rangers. But the mindsets couldn’t be more different ahead of Friday night’s opener in Major League Baseball’s third all-wild card title matchup. The Diamondbacks listen to all the slights and keep track of them. The Rangers say they ignore all the outside chatter. Zac Gallen starts the opener for the Diamondbacks and Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound for the Rangers.
MLB – Former President George W. Bush to throw out ceremonial first pitch
Former President George W. Bush, the former Rangers owner, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Texas plays the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series opener on Friday night. This will be Bush’s fourth World Series ceremonial first pitch but his first before an opener. Bush, 77. headed the group that bought the Rangers from Eddie Chiles in 1998 and was general partner through November 1994, when he stepped down as he prepared to become Texas governor.
MCCAA – Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Lansing Community College 3, Lake Michigan College 2
Muskegon Community College 3, Southwestern Michigan College 2
MCCAA Championships at Byron Center, 12:30 p.m. (men)/1:30 p.m. (women)
ECHL – ECHL Hockey League
Wheeling Nailers at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.
Toledo Walleye at Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m.
AHL – American Hockey League
Cleveland Monsters at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m
MHSAA – High School Sports
Three Rivers 3, Dowagiac 0
Edwardsburg 3, Brandywine 1
Kalamazoo Hackett 3, Comstock 0
South Haven 2, Saugatuck 0
South Haven 2, GR Covenant Christian 0
Decatur 2, Lawton 0
Decatur 2, Paw Paw 0
Boys Soccer – Regional Semifinals
Division 1 at GR Forest Hills Northern
Rockford 3, Portage Central 1
Division 2 at Gull Lake
Holland Christian 1, Plainwell 0
Division 4 at Lansing Christian
Kalamazoo Hackett 5, Lansing Christian 4 – OT
Tonight and Saturday
11-Man Football (District Semifinals) – All games are tonight at 7:00 unless noted otherwise
Division 2 – Region 2 – District 1
Byron Center (8-1) at Portage Central (8-1)
Portage Northern (8-1) at Caledonia (8-1)
Division 3 – Region 2 – District 2
Harper Creek (6-3) at Parma Western (8-1)
Lakeshore (5-4) at St. Joseph (6-3) ***
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Division 4 – Region 2 – District 1
Vicksburg (4-5) at Niles (8-1)
Edwardsburg (5-4) at Paw Paw (8-1)
Division 5 – Region 2 – District 2
Benton Harbor (4-5) at GR Catholic Central (8-1).
Berrien Springs (5-3) at South Haven (6-3)
Division 6 – Region 3 – District 1
Olivet (3-6) at Constantine (8-1), S 1:00 p.m.
Buchanan (6-3) at Kalamazoo United (5-4) **
** Game at Gull Lake
Division 7 – Region 2 – District 1
Union City (6-3) at North Muskegon (9-0), S 1:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft (7-2) at Lawton (8-1)
Division 8 – Region 3 – District 1
Saranac (5-4) at Saugatuck (7-2)
Centreville (5-4) at White Pigeon (9-0)
8-Man Football (Regional Semifinals)
Division 1 – Region 4
Marcellus (7-2) at Martin (7-2)
Mendon (7-2) at Gobles (7-2)
Cross Country (Regionals)
Division 1 at Portage Central, Girls 3:30 p.m., Boys 4:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview, Byron Center, Caledonia, East Kentwood, GR Forest Hills Central, FH Northern, Ottawa Hills, Kalamazoo Central, Loy Norrix, Lowell, Mattawan, Portage Central, Portage Northern
Division 4 at Portage Central, Girls 3:00 p.m., Boys 4:00 p.m.
Athens, Centreville, Climax-Scotts, Colon, Concord, Decatur, Eau Claire, Heritage Christian, Kalamazoo Hackett, Howardsville Christian, Marcellus, Mendon, New Buffalo, BC St. Philip. Tekonsha, White Pigeon, Our Lady of the Lake
Cross Country (Regionals)
Division 2 at Portage Central, Girls 10:30 a.m., Boys 11:30 a.m.
Allegan, Berrien Springs, Coldwater, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Lakeshore, Niles, Otsego, Paw Paw, Plainwell, South Haven, St. Joseph, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Vicksburg
Division 3 at Portage Central, Girls 10:00 a.m., Boys 11:00 a.m.
Bangor, Bloomingdale, Bridgman, Buchanan, Cassopolis, Coloma, Comstock, Constantine, Galesburg-Augusta, Hartford, Kalamazoo Christian, Lawton, Brandywine, Olivet, Parchment, Schoolcraft, Union City, Watervliet.