It’s down to a deciding game seven in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. Mike Hoffman broke a 1-1 tie in the third period to give Ottawa the win over Pittsburgh, 2-1.  Craig Anderson stopped 45 shots for the Senators.   Game 7 set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.  The winner hosts the Nashville Predators starting Monday.

Griffins vs. Barracuda

The Grand Rapids Griffins host the San Jose Barracuda tonight in game 3 of the AHL’s Western Conference finals.  The two teams are tied at a game each.  Game four is Friday in Grand Rapids.

NBA Playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers lead the Boston Celtics three games to one after winning game 4 Tuesday night in Cleveland, 112-99.  The Cavs trailed by 10 at halftime.  Kyrie Irving scored 42 and LeBron James had 34.  Game five is Thursday night in Boston. Cleveland needs one more win to go to their third straight NBA Finals series with Golden State.

NFL Meetings

NFL owners met in Chicago yesterday.  They decided to cut the overtime period from 15 to 10 minutes. The league also decided that Tampa Bay will host the Super Bowl again in 2021 and Los Angeles will host it in 2022.   NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the owners have moved the Raiders a step closer to Las Vegas after the owners approved the lease for the new stadium.  The team is on schedule to kick off their 2020 season from a brand new stadium just off the Las Vegas strip, west of I-15. And the league won't be quite so stringent in penalizing celebrations by players on the field.

Michigan Adds Guard from Ohio U

Michigan added a graduate transfer while waiting to find out if two players are going to keep their names in the NBA draft.  Coach John Beilein announced Tuesday that guard Jaaron Simmons will join the team after graduating from Ohio University.  Simmons averaged 15.9 points and 6.5 assists last season, earning all-conference honors.  D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner are expected to announce their final draft decisions this week.

 

Track

Harper Creek has won the I-8 Conference championship in Girls’ track. It’s their second straight.

The St. Philip boys’ track team is the SCAA Champion again.

Softball

Otsego swept Harper Creek 13-10 and 14-10.

Three Rivers swept Marshall, 10-0 and 18-5.

Homer took two from Athens, 9-0 and 11-0.

High School Baseball

Lakeview swept Gull Lake, 5-4 and 6-0.  Nate Jones had a complete game shutout in game 2 and got the save in game 1 as the Spartans rallied to score the go-ahead run in the 8th.

Harper Creek 6, Jackson Northwest 5.  Jeremiah Davis scored the winning run on Dawson Bartlett’s squeeze bunt in the 8th.

Marshall beat Three Rivers 1-0 but lost the second game 4-2.  Mason Griffith pitched a shutout.

Tigers

The Tigers lost to the Astros 6-2 in Houston.    Jordan Zimmerman started for the Tigers on his 31st birthday.  He went six innings and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, two of those home runs.  The Tigers had just one hit through six, and trailed 3-0.   Tiger centerfielder Mikie Mahtook cut the Astros lead to just one in the 7th, with a home run to left scoring Victor Martinez.  Houston would answer right back in the bottom of the inning with two unearned runs for the 5-2 lead.   The Astros would tack on yet another unearned run in the 8th, and go on to the 6-2 win.  Tiger hitters had just 4 hits in Tuesday night’s game.   With the loss, the Tigers drop 2 games below the .500 mark, for the first time this season, 21-23.  The Tigers will get another crack at the Astros on Wednesday, and again on Thursday.  Daniel Norris gets the start.  Hear the game at 7:45pm on 95.3 WBCK.