Bombers Start Playoffs
The Battle Creek Bombers are in the playoffs in the Northwood’s League. The Bombers lost to the Mallards 6-1 the final game of the regular season on Sunday night in Madison. Tom Stoffel’s 9th home run of the season in the 5th inning accounted for all the Battle Creek scoring. Game one of the playoffs will begin tonight, as Battle Creek will host the Rockford Rivets in the first playoff game at C.O. Brown Stadium since 2011. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET, with right-hander Dakota Edwards (Cal State Stanislaus) getting the start for the Bombers.
The NABF World Series came down to one game on Sunday in the “Battle of Buffalo”. Battistoni Diesel beat Orville’s 8-5 to win it all. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd, when Orville’s scored two runs. Battistoni Diesel scored one in the top of the 4th and two in the fifth to go ahead for good. Orville’s scored three in the bottom of the 9th, but lost 8-5.
The BC Merchants were eliminated at the NABF World Series on Friday, after going 1-2 in the first three games at Bailey Park. The Merchants began the series with a 13-inning loss last Wednesday.
Kyle Larson got his third NASCAR Cup win of the year and third straight at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. He is the first driver since Bill Elliott in the 1980s to win three straight Cup races at MIS. Larson held off Martin Truex Jr. following an overtime restart. Larson's victory came a day after he was permitted by team owner Chip Ganassi to compete in a sprint car event at Iowa before returning to Michigan.
Jeter to Get Ball Team
Derek Jeter is a step away from becoming one of the new owners of the Miami Marlins. Marlins president David Samson says a signed $1.2 billion sales agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball. Jeter, the Kalamazoo native, is part of a group headed by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman. Samson says Sherman will serve as the controlling owner, while Jeter will be in charge of business and baseball operations. The league will review the deal on Wednesday and could approve it in September.
The Lions beat the Colts 24-10 to start the exhibition football season. Jake Rudock threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Golladay. Rudock played most of the first three quarters, after Matthew Stafford led the Lions on one series. Rudock was 13 of 21 for 142 yards. Stafford was 2 of 3 for 36 yards and had an interception.
The Tigers dropped the weekend series to the Twins, after a 6-4 loss in the game Sunday in Detroit. Matt Boyd started for the Tigers and was tagged for four runs in the first three innings. But Boyd got on track and the Tigers battled back to tie it at 4 with a three-run fifth. Boyd and Alex Wilson shut down the Twins for four innings, but Bruce Rondon blew it in the 8th, walking two straight hitters, which opened the door for the Twins to re-take the lead. Alex Presley went 3 for 5 for the Tigers. Nick Castellanos, Victor Martinez and James McCann each had two hits, but the other five guys in the lineup managed just one hit. The Tigers are in Texas for three games starting tonight. Michael Fulmer is scheduled to come off the disabled list and start for Detroit. Hear the game at 7:40 tonight on 95.3 WBCK.
Justin Thomas won his first major at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow. Thomas, his family’s third generation pro-golfer, closed with a 3-under 68 that included four birdies in a six-hole stretch. He eventually made a putt where his ball lingered on the left edge of the cup for about 12 seconds before falling in.
Sophia Schubert birdied the first hole and cruised to a 6-and-5 victory over Albane Valenzuela in the final of the 117th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Sunday. The 21-year-old Schubert, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will be a senior at Texas this year.
Bryan Murray Dies
Former Red Wing coach and GM Bryan Murray has died at 74 from colon cancer. Murray joined the Red Wings in 1990 after coaching the Capitals for nine seasons. He most recently served as the Ottawa Senators’ GM for 9 seasons. In between, Murray ran the Panthers and Ducks.
Sovern Steps Down at Lakeview
Lakeview baseball coach Jeff Sovern is stepping down. Coach Sovern has been at the helm there for 13 seasons, leading the team to a 318-117 record. During that time, Lakeview won one state championship, and made it to the final four another time. He will be succeeded by assistant coach Kyle Kracht.