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Sports: Playoffs Heat Up; Tigers in Bumbling Loss

Detroit Tigers v Tampa Bay Rays
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The Tigers wasted a comeback effort as they lost 8-7 to Rays in Tampa.   It was a game that featured a lot of odd plays and mis-plays.  A routine fly ball fell between JaCoby Jones, Tyler Collins and Ian Kinsler.   Kinsler let another one land when he thought another player was calling him off.  The Tigers came from behind to take a 7-6 lead into the 9th.   Closer Francisco Rodriguez loaded the bases on two walks and a hit.  In what should have been a game ending double play, Jose Iglesias stumbled over the bag and threw wildly to first and Tampa Bay scored twice for the walk-off win.  The Tigers failed to homer for the first time over their first 14 games this season.   Daniel Norris pitches today for the Tigers.   Broadcast time at 12:45 on 95.3 WBCK.

NBA Playoffs

Houston 115, Oklahoma City 111.  The Rockets came back from being 8-points down in the fourth to take a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA first-round series.

The Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards have 2-0 leads in their NBA first-round series. The Warriors beat Portland, 110-81.

The Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks, 109-101.

NHL Playoffs

The Anaheim Ducks are the first team to advance to the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs after a four-game sweep of the Flames with a 3-1 win.

The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs, 5-4 in Toronto.  They’re tied at two games apiece.

The Senators shut out the Bruins, 1-0 in Boston. Ottawa has a three-games-to-one lead.

Minnesota avoids a four-game sweep with a 2-0 shutout of St. Louis.

ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs – Round 1

Kalamazoo Wings 8, Toledo Walleye 5    (Series tied 2-2)

 Lions to practice at Indy

The Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts will practice together this August, leading up to their opening pre-season game.    Detroit will have joint practices at the Colts’ training facility before playing them at Lucas Oil Stadium.  The Lions traveled to practice with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year ahead of their preseason game.

MSU Signee Injured in Jet-Ski Accident

A Michigan State signee is recovering after a  jet-skiing accident last weekend.    Lashawn Paulino-Bell, a defensive lineman was hurt in an accident in the Bahamas on Sunday.  He was airlifted to a Miami area hospital.  His high school coach says  his condition is “very stable” despite some trauma to his organs.

WMU’s Spillane to Stay

Western Michigan linebacker Robert Spillane is staying with the Broncos.  Spillane posted on Twitter, “I’m excited to announce that I will be returning to Western Michigan University to finish my senior season as a Bronco!! The encouragement and support I have received during this time from my teammates, coaches, and family has been nothing but amazing. I have realized that WMU has been my home for 3 years and is the place I want to call home in 20 years. Thank You to my coaches and teammates at WMU for accepting me back with open arms, Thank You to Bronco nation for having my back, and Thank You to my FAMILY for everything. I can’t wait to be back in brown and gold with the teammates tomorrow preparing for USC!!”

Golf

Jason Knutzon of the United States fired a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Panasonic Open on Thursday.

High School Girls Soccer

Lakeshore 1, Lakeview 0

Gull Lake 8, Niles 0

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