Sports: Bombers beat Rafters, 11-4; Pistons’ Pope now a Laker
The Battle Creek Bombers beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 11-4. Winston Welch homered to tie it at one, and Justin Felix hit a three run shot in the fifth, following a one-hour rain delay, to make it a 4-1 Bombers lead. Tom Stoffel added a home run. The Bombers had good pitching from starter Christian Griffin, who worked the first 4 2/3 until the long rain delay. Mark Quinby got the win in relief. Welch knocked in four of the Bombers’ 11 runs. The Bombers head home as they host the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and Wisconsin Woodchucks through Sunday. Friday will be a “Front Row Fireworks Night ” at C.O. Brown and WBCK’s Richard Piet and Heather McGregor will be on hand. The Woodchucks come in on Saturday and Sunday, and then it’s the Northwood’s League All-Star Break.
Pope Leaves Pistons
Reports say that at the Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard and former Piston Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year, $18 million contract. The deal comes five days after the Detroit Pistons pulled his qualifying offer and traded for Avery Bradley. Caldwell-Pope was among the top handful of talents remaining on the free agent market after spending his first four NBA seasons with Detroit. The former eighth overall pick averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season while starting 75 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook won ESPN’s award for best male athlete. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles earned best female athlete. Westbrook, the NBA MVP, won the trophy at the ESPYs Wednesday night over the Cubs' Kris Bryant, Sidney Crosby of the Penguins and swimmer Michael Phelps.
The Tigers are 8 games below .500, the first time they’ve had a losing record at the break in eleven years. Detroit is 8 games behind the first place Tribe, with a 39-48 record. They resume action as the Toronto come in Friday, with Justin Verlander pitching. Broadcast time from Comerica Park is 6:45 on 95.3 WBCK. Next week the Tigers hit the road for Kansas City and Minnesota.
It’s women's semifinals today at Wimbledon. Garbine Muguruza faces Magdalena Rybarikova. Venus Williams takes on Johanna Konta. Tomorrow, it’s men's semifinals with Roger Federer, Tim Berdych, Marin Cilic and American Sam Querrey
Jordan Morris broke a 2-2 tie with his second goal of the game and the United States beat Martinique, 3-2 in Gold Cup action at Tampa. The U.S. blew a 2-0 lead but held on for the win. The U.S. is 1-0-1 and leads Group B.
Cowboys the Most Valuable
The Dallas Cowboys are the most valuable franchise in sports, according to Forbes Magazine. The Cowboys' are worth about $4.2 billion, $500 million more than the New York Yankees. The next three are all European soccer clubs.