Thursday Afternoon State Sports
Thu, 04 Oct 2012 12:22:32 EDT

         --Sports Headlines--

The NHL has canceled regular-season games through October 24th due to the
lockout. The Red Wings were scheduled to host Nashville in the season-opener
October 12th as well as Vancouver on October 22nd. Detroit also lost four road
games at Buffalo, St. Louis, Chicago, and Columbus. The NHL and the Players
Association remain without a collective bargaining agreement.

The Tigers and A's will play Game One of the ALDS on Saturday in Detroit. The
Tigers, at 88-and-74, won the American League Central for the second straight
year. Oakland clinched the AL West by beating the Rangers 12-5 in the
regular-season finale. Former Tigers infielder Brandon Inge won't play for the
A's after having season-ending shoulder surgery in September. Inge hit .226
with 11 home runs and 52 RBI in 74 games with Oakland.

One of the Tigers greatest postseason heroes, Mickey Lolich, will throw out the
ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's Game 1 against the A's at Comerica
Park. Tony Lucca, a Metro Detroit native and Season 2 runner-up on NBC's "The
Voice," will sing the national anthem. First pitch for the game is set for 6:07
p.m.; pregame ceremonies, including the on-field introductions of both teams,
will begin at 5:45.

The Pistons will play a regular season game in Europe. The NBA announced this
morning that Detroit will face the Knicks on January 17th in London. This year,
the NBA also features seven preseason games taking place in Istanbul, Milan,
Berlin, Barcelona, Beijing, Shanghai and Mexico City.

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