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Red Wings Play today and Then It's Time for the Super Bowl

A FREQUENT SIGHT: Detroit Red Wings players celebrate in front of Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo (R) after one of their eight goals in an 8-3 triumph over the Canucks on Feb. 24, 2013. (Photo courtesy Detroit Red Wings)
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (R) listens to Broncos head coach John Fox late in the fourth quarter in their NFL football game a
A FREQUENT SIGHT: Detroit Red Wings players celebrate in front of Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo (R) after one of their eight goals in an 8-3 triumph over the Canucks on Feb. 24, 2013. (Photo courtesy Detroit Red Wings)

UNDATED (WHTC)-- Super Bowl Sunday is finally here.  The first outdoor, cold weather NFL title game takes place this afternoon when the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clash in Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It'll be a battle of the league's best offense, led by five-time MVP Peyton Manning for the Broncos against the NFL's No. 1 defense, spearheaded by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.  The NFL announced its awards last night, naming Peyton Manning as home offensive player of the year along with his fifth MVP.  Conditions at kickoff are expected to be well above freezing, as temperatures will be in the 40s with a slight chance of showers.  Super Bowl coverage on 1450 WHTC begins right after the Red Wings game, most likely around 4 P.M.

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Today is the final regular-season game between the Red Wings and Washington Capitals. They've split the first two in Detroit, both in shootouts: The Capitals won 4-3 Nov. 15 at Joe Louis Arena and the Red Wings prevailed by the same score in a tiebreaker Friday night.  Game coverage on 1450 WHTC begins at 12: P.M.

Brandon Saad had the lone goal for Chicago while Corey Crawford turned away 38 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.  The Hawks stay in California to take on the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night.

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Andre Drummond totaled 22 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Pistons over the 76ers 113-96 at The Palace, making it two-in-a-row.  Greg Monroe added 21 points and 12 boards for Detroit.  Kyle Singler and Brandon Jennings added 20 points each in the win.  The Pistons head to Florida to take on the Heat on Monday night.

The Chicago Bulls fell to New Orleans on Saturday, 88-79.  The Bulls had to California to take on the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

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Hope College won a pair of basketball games on Saturday afternoon. The Flying Dutchmen beat Trine in Angola, 67-56.  The Flying Dutch topped visiting Calvin at DeVos Fieldhouse, 78-47.  On Monday evening, Hope’s teams are back in action, with the women at Alma and the men entertaining Kalamazoo in a game that is on 92.7 The Van and http://927thevan.com/listen-live, beginning at 7:10 PM.

Grand Valley State dropped two very close games at the Fieldhouse Arena to visiting Wayne State on Saturday.  The Wayne State Warrior men prevailed in overtime, 68-64.  The Lady Lakers fell to WSU, 78-76. GVSU welcomes arch-enemy Ferris State to Allendale in another doubleheader on Monday night.

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The Detroit Tigers and catcher Alex Avila have avoided arbitration.  The two sides have agreed on a one-year deal with an option for the 2015 season.  The 27-year-old backstop hit .227 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 102 games for the Tigers last season.  Avila had two separate stints on the 15-day disabled list during the 2013 season.  The Washington Nationals have avoided arbitration with offseason acquisition Doug Fister, agreeing to terms on a contract for 2014. The Nationals obtained the pitcher in a December  trade  with the Detroit Tigers.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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