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It has been a busy couple nights in Detroit Sports. Here is the latest:
Martin Mayhew tends to talk in generalities at his predraft news conferences, careful not to let any useful information slip into the wrong hands. But in what’s shaping up to be a wild draft, deep in talent but short on special players, Mayhew made one thing clear today: The Detroit Lions won’t be trading up to No. 1, as ESPN analyst Mel Kiper had them doing in his last mock draft.
After cleaning house – getting rid of Rick Nash and the GM – the Columbus Blue Jackets are in a place nobody ever thought it would occupy with four games to go: a playoff spot.
By virtue of a 3-2 OT victory over the Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, the Blue Jackets shoved aside the Detroit Red Wings, who now sit outside looking in and are in danger of ending their 21-year streak of making the playoffs.
The Detroit Pistons have fired Lawrence Frank after two seasons as head coach.
Frank was 54-94 as Pistons coach, including 29-53 this season.
The dismissal leaves the Pistons seeking a new head coach for the 12th time in 22 years, a pattern that has dogged the franchise through good times and bad.
You always like the Detroit Tigers’ chances when Justin Verlander is on the mound, and you like the chances even more when the the opponent is the light-hitting Seattle Mariners. But, through really no fault of Justin’s, Thursday afternoon wouldn’t be the day the Tigers completed their first series sweep of the season.