Sports Roundup: Scherzer, Tigers no deal!
The Red Wings won in Minnesota but lost to the Wild last night 4-3 in OT at Joe Louis Arena. With the overtime loss, the Wings salvage an all-important point in the race for a playoff spot. Gustav Nyquist scored the first two Red Wing goals. With the Wings behind 3-2 in the third, Thomas Tatar tied it up. But Matt Moulson’s deflected shot won it for the Wild in overtime. The Red Wings are at Columbus on Tuesday night. Detroit is tied for 7th in the Eastern Conference with Toronto, a point ahead of Washington and two points ahead of the Blue Jackets.
In the Women’s Tournament…
Fifth-seeded Michigan State jumped out to a 32-point halftime lead and cruised to an easy 91-61 victory over No. 12 Hampton on Sunday to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Freshman Aerial Powers had 26 points and 18 rebounds and senior Annalise Pickrel had 21.
In the Men’s Tournament…
Some of Sunday’s upsets….
Number-8 Kentucky Wildcats came up from behind to put an end to Wichita State's perfect season, 78 to 76 -- and ending their bid to become the first team in nearly forty years to notch a perfect season.
Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83
Stanford 60, Kansas 57
Michigan will play 11th-seeded Tennessee in the Sweet 16 Midwest Regional this Friday at 6:40 on Sports 930 the Score. If Michigan wins on Friday, Michigan will play on Sunday against the winner of the Louisville-Kentucky game. Tonight, it’s “Inside Michigan Basketball” with Coach John Beilein, 7pm on Sports 930 the Score.
Michigan State plays top-seeded Virginia in the East Regional. Broadcast time is Friday night at 8:30 on WBCK, and tonight, hear the Tom Izzo Show tonight at 7 on 95.3.
The Tigers lost Sunday 8-4 to the Miami Marlins. Starter Drew Smyly allowed a few long balls, including a two-run moonshot to Giancarlo Stanton. Smyly worked five innings and gave up eight hits and three walks but held the damage to just three runs.
Former Tigers’ top prospect Jacob Turner, shipped to Miami in the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade a year and a half ago, retired the first 11 batters and didn’t surrender a hit until the fifth. Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers’ hope to replace injured Bruce Rondon as the setup reliever, gave up a run in the eighth, but Danny Worth tied it in the bottom of the 8th with a 3-run homer. But closer Joe Nathan gave up 4 runs in the 9th. Miguel Cabrera made his first appearance at third base this spring, just in case they decide to play him over there during interleague games this season. Don Kelly left the game with a tight hamstring, forcing Miggy back to first. Kelly will be re-evaulated today. The Tigers head to Bradenton today to play the Pirates.
Tigers and Scherzer Can’t Make a Deal
The Detroit Tigers said Sunday that reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer has rejected a "substantial" extension offer and as a result they have tabled contract talks with the right-hander until after the season. Agent Scott Boras says it was the Tigers that rejected Scherzer's offer. Reports say the Tigers recently offered Scherzer a 6-year, $144 million dollar deal. Both sides agree that talks are over until after the season. The Tigers say they still want to re-sign Scherzer after the season, but it looks like they’ll have to compete against every other major league club for his services.
The Detroit Pistons lost their fifth straight Saturday to the Clippers and end a four-game road trip tonight in Salt Lake City against the Utah Jazz.
Kyle Bush won the NSCS-Auto Club 400 in Fontana, California on Sunday. Bush won it for the second straight year, holding off Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart and older brother Kurt on a frantic two-lap sprint to the finish. Jimmy Johnson led half the race, but blew a tire and finished 24th.
Matt Every won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando with a 70 on Sunday. Every finished at 13 under for the weekend, beating Keegan Bradley by a stroke for a 6.4 million dollar prize. Adam Scott was third, two shots off the pace. The PGA Tour heads to San Antonio next week for the Valero Texas Open.