VIDEO: Detroit Red Wings’ Brandon Robinson Suffers Scary Injury at Annual Prospects Tournament

Frightening moment from the Detroit Red Wings’ annual prospects tournament in Traverse City on Monday, as the Wings’ Brandon Robinson had to be stretchered off the ice after awkwardly slamming head-first into the end boards. Robinson was down for several minutes before being strapped to a backboard and taken to a local hospital.

Here’s the video of the incident:


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Detroit Red Wings Rumors: Daniel Alfredsson Still Sitting Out After Recent Setback

If Daniel Alfredsson was planning to use these couple weeks before training camp as a measuring stick for his health, suffice it to say that things are not going well. Alfredsson has yet to inform the Detroit Red Wings if he plans to play in 2014-15, and the Wings continue to await that verdict.

But the veteran forward suffered “a little bit of a tweak” in his ailing back last week, according to the Detroit Free Press, which dubbed the incident a “setback” for Alfredsson. As of Monday, he’s still not skating with the Red Wings, who are holding some player-led practices before heading up to Traverse City.


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VIDEO: Alex Avila’s Clutch Two-Run Home Run vs. Cleveland

Alex Avila may not be hitting the cover off the ball on a regular basis this season, but he has delivered some huge hits when the Detroit Tigers have needed them most.

The latest came Saturday night, with Detroit trailing the Indians by one in the eighth. With the tying run on second and two outs, Avila turned on a 3-2 pitch from Bryan Shaw and launched it into the right-field seats.

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Local Big Ten Review: Unfair to Lump Michigan State in With Big Ten’s Embarrassments

big-ten-logo-pentagramSaturday, after one dominating half, the Michigan State Spartans looked to be on their way in Oregon. In the second half, things fell apart fast, and the Spartans were eventually throttled 46-27 by the Oregon Ducks.

The loss came in the middle of an ugly day for the Big Ten, as traditional powerhouse teams such as the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes lost, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers badly struggled with McNeese State. Otherwise, the Purdue Boilermakers were wiped out by Central Michigan, Northwestern fell to 0-2. As a result, plenty were tempted to label the Spartans paper tigers. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Joe Nathan Picks Off Jarrod Dyson

Jarrod Dyson committed one of the all-time boneheaded baserunning you’ll ever see on Tuesday night, and the Detroit Tigers’ Joe Nathan took advantage to lock up a save. With the Tigers clinging to a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning, Dyson, a pinch-runner at second base for Nori Aoki, was picked off despite the tying run standing at first.

Nathan set, then wheeled toward second base and fired a pickoff throw to Ian Kinsler, who tagged Dyson out. Two pitches later, Nathan K’d Salvador Perez to finish the contest.

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Detroit Pistons Rumors: Greg Monroe Reportedly Signs Qualifying Offer

Greg Monroe will be a Detroit Piston to start the 2014-15 season. He’ll likely be in a different uniform for the ’15-16 campaign.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday that Monroe has signed his qualifying offer with the Pistons, meaning he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
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From The Spartan Sideline, Ducks Edition: Michigan State vs. Oregon Preview and Prediction

Michigan-State-Spartans-Logo-jpgArguably, the Michigan State Spartans will compete in their biggest September regular season game in history on Saturday afternoon, when they head to take on the Oregon Ducks in front of a rowdy Autzen Stadium crowd.

Not only will this game be a clash of two top titans in 2014, but it will likely be a matchup which goes a long way towards determining if either school makes the first college football playoff, which will take place after the season. A loss may puncture either the Spartan or Duck case quick, putting some additional pressure on the match up.

What are the keys to this seemingly larger than life non-conference clash? Spartan Sideline is ready for week two, and a much bigger challenge from the opposition. Continue reading

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Local Big Ten Review: Old And New On Display For Michigan, Michigan State This Weekend

big-ten-logo-pentagramThe Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans have been headed in different directions for the past few years, and this weekend, that dynamic will be showcased again in a big way.

Saturday, the Wolverines will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the last time, while the Spartans will head out west to tangle with the Oregon Ducks in a heavyweight battle. In a way, the match ups are an indication of where all four programs are heading.

One side will be competing in a match up with playoff implications, fighting for national acclaim. The other will be competing in a battle for relevance. While the winner between Michigan State and Oregon will take a leap forward in the polls and national consciousness and the loser might even do the same, the outcome of the other game won’t matter nearly as much. Continue reading

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