Sports Roundup: Nathan Blows it in the 9th
It was a brilliant pitching duel between the Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez and the A’s Scott Kasmir. Kasmir went 9 innings and only made one mistake: a solo homer by Torii Hunter in the 4th. Sanchez went 8 shutout innings, striking out 9. But in the 9th, closer Joe Nathan gave up a double to Cocoa Crisp, and John Jaso reached base on a play that 3rd sacker Nick Castellanos should have made, and then Josh Donaldson ended it with a 3-run walk off homer. It was Nathan’s 4th blown save of the season. Outfielder Rajai Davis bruised his shoulder making a diving catch in the second inning and later left the game. He’s day-to-day. Detroit sends Rick Porcello to pitch today in the series finale in Oakland. Broadcast time is 3:10 on WBCK-FM.
The Bombers lost 4-2 in Green Bay. The Bullfrogs scored two in the first and one in the second for all the runs they would need.
The Bombers start their home season tonight against the Kalamazoo Growlers.
The Indiana Pacers live to see another day. Behind 37 points from Paul George, the Pacers bounced the Heat, 93-90, in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami failed to close out the series as LeBron James only played 24 minutes and didn't reach double digits in the playoffs for the second time in 151 career playoff games. James had a chance to tie it up in the final seconds. He was driving to the net but passed it off to Chris Bosh, who missed a three-pointer from the corner. The Heat still lead the series 3-2 and will try to avoid going back to Indiana by winning Game Six Friday in Miami. The Oklahoma City Thunder are in San Antonio for Game Five tonight, with that series tied at 2.
The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks are still alive. Michal Handzus scored the game-winning goal 2:04 into double-overtime as the Blackhawks clipped the Kings 5-4 in Game Five. Game Six is Friday in LA.
Montreal and the Rangers in shift back to Madison Square Garden for Game Six on tonight. The Rangers still own a 3-2 advantage. Rangers’ defenseman John Moore will miss the remainder of the team's contentious Eastern Conference finals series with the Montreal Canadiens for committing an illegal check in Tuesday's Game 5.
Pennfield Names New Football Coach
Mike McGuire has been named as the new head coach of the Pennfield varsity football team after former Panther coach Nick Koenigsknecht stepped down. McGuire started as a volunteer assistant coach at Pennfield in 1990 and has been a part of the varsity program since 1999, including the entire era under Koenigknecht when the team went 130-34 over 16 seasons, making the postseason each year
Lakeview split with Plainwell, losing 17-13 and winning 6-0. Shayna Starring earned the win for the Spartans in the second game, pitching a shutout and allowing just four hits. Harper Creek will open district play on Saturday at Jackson Northwest. Pennfield advances to play at Parma Western.
Otsego 5, Pennfield 0. Pennfield finishes the season 12-6-2.
The Gull Lake boys’ golf team saw its season end on Wednesday Tyler VanDermolen will move on to state competition.
The Detroit Lions continue Organized Team Activities this week at the team's Allen Park facility. Yesterday, wide receiver Calvin Johnson said he loves the fact that he's being used in different positions within the offense. Johnson said he's healthy after having surgery on his knee and finger which limited his practice and kept him out of two games last season. Despite the medical issues, he had 84 catches for 1,492 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games.
Tiger to Skip the Open
Tiger Woods will not be playing in next month's U.S. Open. The 14-time major champion is still recovering from back surgery and made the announcement on his website. It will be the second straight major Woods has missed this season, having also skipped The Masters in April.
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