DETROIT – Johan Franzen scored twice, and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and two assists in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and an assist, and Drew Miller also scored for Detroit, which at least temporarily, moved into the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot. Jimmy Howard made 21 saves.
Andrew Ebbett scored for Minnesota, and Josh Harding stopped 25 shots.
CLEARWATER, FL – Joe Blanton used a mix of fastballs and changeups to shut down the Detroit Tigers, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-0 victory Thursday.
Blanton has focused solely on the fastball-changeup combination in his first two spring starts before he incorporates breaking pitches into his repertoire. So far the results have been promising: Blanton held the Tigers to three singles in four innings of work.
ROMULUS, MI – A federal report has confirmed an air traffic controller's complaints about a pattern of unsafe practices at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Thursday it confirmed Vincent Sugent's claims that Federal Aviation Administration managers "compromised the safety of the flying public" in how they operated a former flight arrival and departure system known as the "Southwest Flow."
Corunna, MI – CORUNNA, Mich. (AP) - A jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of a man who admits shooting an anti-abortion activist and a businessman in a small Michigan community.
The jury convicted Harlan Drake of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of James Pouillon and Mike Fuoss last September.
Prosecutors say Drake held grudges and didn't like Pouillon's aggressive protests in front of kids. Defense lawyers asked the jury to find him not guilty by reason of insanity. The trial began March 1.
Lansing, MI – The state Senate subcommittee that oversees the higher education budget has approved a measure requiring universities to report the number of embryos it receives and stores for stem cell research.
The measure to require reports on embryonic stem cell research is being added into the universities budget after more serious stem cell bills have failed to generate support in the Legislature.