WHAT'S WITH HOMSTROM?

     TSN is a source of hockey news and credibility and its report today has Thomas Holmstrom being sidelined for the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals with a groin injury.  I do not have the word officially from the Wings yet, but if it's true, it's a blow to the Wings' offense, just as losing Johan Franzen was.  If Pittsburgh wins Saturday, which I predict, then the Penguins will feel good about themselves and their chances of winning two of the final three games.  Good as the Wings are, they would sure help their cause, obviously, by winning game four on Saturday and providing the Penguins with plenty of doubt.  But if Holmstrom doesn't play, that's a big physical player who is tough and capable of helping his line score.

     The MHSAA reportedly is negotiating with the legal team for Citizens for Equity and a settlement is expected over the $7.4 million dollars the MHSAA has been ordered to pay for fees incurred while going through the nine year legal battle.  The MHSAA threatened bankruptcy, in which case the plaintiff's side likely would have received little if any payment.  The final total likely will exceed $4 million and maybe more and it likely will be paid off over a period of time.  But the MHSAA fully plans to stay in business and change nothing about how it runs the high school athletic programs and tournaments around the state.

     Lansing Community College has been awful in baseball most years, but the Stars were excited Friday to sign four area high school seniors.  Lansing Catholic's Doug Hawley, Okemos' Vinnie Papsadero, Pewamo-Westphalia's Travis Pohl and Grand Ledge's Zach Price all signed at a joint ceremony at the college on Friday and will play for the Stars next spring.

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