NBA Playoffs

The Heat lost Game 1 of the NBA playoffs in San Antonio. 110-95/    The AC didn’t work at the AT&T Center, and LeBron James left the game with 4 minutes remaining with cramps.  San Antonio closed the game on a 31-9 run.  Tim Duncan posted 21 points and 10 rebounds while Tony Parker chipped in with 19 points.  Game Two is Sunday night in San Antonio.

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Tigers

The Tigers lost their 5th straight game and were swept at home by the Toronto Blue Jays.   Thursday’s score was 7-3.  The Tigers built an early 2-0 lead on an Ian Kinsler triple and a sacrifice fly.  But the Jays took a 3-2 lead, thanks in part to an error by right fielder Torii Hunter.  Toronto has hit a major league-leading 87 home runs and put on a demonstration with a few more against the Tigers.   Justin Verlander went 7 innings, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and took the loss for the Tigers. Nick Castellanos had three hits for Detroit.  The Tigers are still in first place, but have lost 13 of their last 17.  Drew Smyly starts tonight against the Red Sox in the first of three at Comerica Park. Boston has lost three straight.  Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK-FM.

Tigers Draft Outfielder

The Tigers selected outfielder with their first pick in the 2014 First Year Player Draft. With the 23rd overall pick, Detroit took Derek Hill out of Elk Grove California.  In the second round, the Tigers selected right handed pitcher Spencer Turnbull from the University of Alabama. The draft continues today and tomorrow.

Tigers Short-handed at short

The Tigers may find themselves short-handed, with injuries to their two shortstops.  Eugenio Suarez and Andrew Romine are both dealing with injuries that could force another call-up.   Suarez injured his knee on an awkward slide in his first major league game on Wednesday, the same day the Tigers designated Danny Worth for assignment. If Worth clears waivers, he has the right to decline an assignment and, instead, elect free agency. With Worth likely out of the picture, Detroit could call up infielder Hernan Perez if Suarez or Romine are forced to miss several days.

Bombers

The Bombers three game win streak ended Thursday as they lost to the Waterloo Bucks 9-3 at C.O. Brown Stadium.   The Bombers hit the road for a game tonight with the Wisconsin Woodchucks.  They’ll be home Sunday to host the Madison Mallards.

NHL Playoffs

The Rangers play the Kings in LA tomorrow.  LA won game one on Wednesday.

Battle Creek Coyotes Home Opener Saturday

The Battle Creek have their home opener Saturday at Harper Creek against the Indiana Cardinals.  Longtime fan Ron Ludwa will be the beneficiary for the home opener.

High School Baseball

High School Baseball Regionals this weekend:

Harper Creek plays Carleton Airport at Chelsea High School.

Lakeview plays Howell at Holt.

Gull Lake travels to Otsego to play Stevensville-Lakeshore.

Union City will take on Decatur at Bronson.

Olivet plays Grand Rapids West Catholic.

Softball

Harper Creek plays Carleton Airport at Chelsea High School.

Gull Lake plays Stevensville Lakeshore.

Girls’ Soccer

Gull Lake’s girls’ soccer team hosts a Regional Final with Haslett on Saturday.

Belmont Stakes

Ten horses will try to keep California Chrome from ending horse racing's Triple Crown drought.

Michigan gets USC Transfer

USC tailback Ty Isaac will transfer to the University of Michigan next year, but may have to sit out a year.   Isaac, from Joliet, Illinois, says he wants to be closer to his family. Last season he had 40 carries for 236 yards as a true freshman at USC.  Because of NCAA rules, he will have to sit out the upcoming season, unless he is given a hardship waiver.

Soccer

The U.S. plays Nigeria in Jacksonville on tomorrow for their final send off before the World Cup in Brazil.

PGA

Ben Crane fired a 7-under 63 Thursday to grab the lead of the FedEx St. Jude Classic prior to play being suspended due to

darkness. There was a 3 hour and 30 minute rain delay earlier in the day

LPGA

Defending champion Hee Young Park and Michelle Wie carded matching 6-under 65s on Thursday to share the lead after

the opening round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

BC to Host Symetra Tour Event this Weekend

The Road to the LPGA brings 144 female golfers from around the world to Battle Creek Country Club for the Fire Keepers Casino Hotel Golf Championship, a $100,000  Symetra Tour event.   Players on the tour are playing to earn their LPGA Tour cards for next season.  One of the event’s two “exemption” players will be Lakeview grad Grace Labrecque, who just finished her junior year at CMU and Gabrielle Shipley, a standout at Hastings High who is now at Grand Valley State.

Golf Card

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