Sports Roundup: Tigers and Royals tied for first!
The Tigers beat Kansas City 4-2 to move into a first-place tie in the Central Division. Max Scherzer escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Scherzer (16-5) allowed a run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez homered. Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 36 chances, allowing two infield singles to start the ninth before ending it with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner. Seattle lost in the 9th to Houston, to drop a half game out of wild card contention. Game 3 with the Royals is tonight. Rick Porcello will pitch for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK.
Soria Off the DL
Tigers' relief pitcher Joakim Soria will be activated from the disabled list today. Soria had no issues after pitching a simulated game earlier this week. He had been on the DL since early August with an oblique strain. Manager Brad Ausmus says he expects Soria to return to pitching in the later innings.
FIBA World Cup
The US national team missed 10 of its first 11 shots, but still beat Slovenia easily in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, 119-76. The Americans will take a 61-game winning streak in international competition into the semifinal match-up against Lithuania on Thursday in what is predicted to be their first significant test of the tournament. The bronze medal game is on Saturday and the gold medal game on Sunday.
Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay after pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired in Michigan. Monroe's suspension will begin with the first game of the regular season.
Former Piston star guard Chauncey Billups is retiring from the game. Billups played six full seasons with the Detroit Pistons including 2004 when he was named NBA Finals MVP in a five-game win over the Lakers.
The Detroit Lions have put cornerback Bill Bentley on injured reserve after an ACL knee injury in Monday night's 35-14 win over the New York Giants. The Detroit's secondary played fine in the season opener but it's already a bit thin after losing Bentley. Rookie Nevin Lawson played in Bentley's place Monday night, but the team is expected to add another cornerback to the roster. Safety James Ihedigbo was inactive for the game — he's been dealing with knee and neck injuries. Detroit hosted several veteran cornerbacks last week, including Champ Bailey, Chris Clemons and Roc Carmichael. The Detroit Lions are on the road Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
NFL Drug Vote
The NFL Players' Association won't be voting on a new substance-abuse policy after all. A vote was expected to take place Tuesday with 32 player representatives following negotiations with the league. Instead, the NFLPA saw too many issues with the proposal from the league to even vote on the matter. FOX Sports reports the main issue that a disagreement was found was over punishment for a DUI.
High School Girls’ Golf
At the Interstate 8 Jamboree, Marshall won the event at Parma Western, led by medalist Sammi Price with a 42. Coldwater placed third and Harper Creek was fourth.
Coldwater won the I-8 Jamboree at Marshall. Marshall was 3rd and Harper Creek 5th.
Bronson at St. Joe Invite
Lumen Christi 7, Harper Creek 1
Coldwater 8, Pennfield 0
KCC lost to LCC in 3. KCC played them close in all three matches. Coach Julien says it was the small mental lapses that held them back from getting the win, but says it’s still early in the season.
Marshall Academy beat Pansophia Academy in 3. Elaina Hoyt had 5 aces; Maddy Swan 5 kills; Carley Travis 4 kills, 2 aces
Quincy beat Calhoun Christian in 3.
Waldron 3, Tekonsha 1
Nathan Donates $50 K to Fire Department
Tigers’ pitcher Joe Nathan and the Detroit Tigers Foundation are giving $50,000 to the Detroit Fire Department. On the eve of the 9-11 anniversary, the Tiger closer wants to show his appreciation for the hard working men and women of the Detroit Fire Department to be divided throughout the City among five deserving neighborhood fire houses to help buy necessary equipment, supplies and essentials. Nathan is scheduled to meet and greet with Detroit firefighters this afternoon to hand out five $10,000 checks.
Michigan is home to host the Miami Red Hawks this Saturday. MSU has a bye week and host Eastern Michigan a week from Saturday.
Rice Loses Nike Deal
Embattled running back Ray Rice is taking another hit to the pocketbook. After having his contract terminated by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, Bloomberg reports that apparel giant Nike is dropping its endorsement deal with the 27-year-old. Rice was cut by the Ravens after surveillance video was released Monday showing him knocking out his now-wife with a punch to the face in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.
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