The Tigers rallied to beat the White Sox 4-3 last night in Chicago.  Chicago took an early lead with three runs in the third inning off Justin Verlander, but Detroit scored one run in the fourth and two more in the sixth with Austin Jackson hitting the last of four straight hits to tie it at three. In the 9th, Jackson ended up on third on an error. Catcher Bryan Holaday broke the tie with a two-out bunt to score Austin Jackson. Justin Verlander went 7 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and struck out 4, including two key strikeouts to end the 7th with runners on first and third.  Joba Chamberlin got the win and Joe Nathan notched his fifth save of the season.  Max Scherzer will pitch this afternoon. Broadcast time is 1:45 on WBCK-FM.   Detroit will finish their road trip with a weekend series against the Kansas City Royals before returning to Comerica Park for a seven-game home stand.


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NBA Bans Sterling

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took swift action against Clippers team owner Donald Sterling for his remarks about blacks, banning him for life from the NBA and fining him the maximum $2.5 million.  Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he was proud of Silver for providing the leadership and strength necessary in this situation and that the commissioner has his full support.  Hall of Famer and former Spartan Earvin "Magic" Johnson was in Saginaw to host the third-annual promise zone scholarship fundraiser.

He says Commissioner Silver made the right choice and a good call for the league. Johnson says he is not in talks to purchase the Clippers, but hopes the team finds a great new owner.

NBA Playoffs

Los Angeles Clippers 113, Golden State Warriors 103 (Clippers lead 3-2)

Washington Wizards 75, Chicago Bulls 69 (Wizards win 4-1)

Memphis Grizzlies 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 99 (OT) (Grizzlies lead series 3-2)

NHL Playoffs

The Philadelphia Flyers cruised to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers to force a trio of Game Sevens on tonight.   The Minnesota Wild will clash with the Avalanche in Colorado.   The Los Angeles Kings look to make history as they face the Sharks in Game Seven in San Jose.  The Kings are trying to become just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit.

High School Baseball

Harper Creek swept Loy Norrix, 7-0 and 4-2. Joe Stasa struck out 17 in a complete-game shutout.

Lakeview swept Coldwater, 3-0 and 13-3.  Jake Herbers with a 5-hitter to win game 1. Gavin Homer had three hits with two doubles and two runs scored.

Pennfield and Maple Valley split a pair.   Jordan Hultink picked up the game two 7-3 win for the Panthers.   Maple Valley won game 1, 3-1.

St. Phillip blasted Jackson Christian, 16-1 and 17-1. Brendan Gausslin struck out nine in four innings in Game 1.   Nick Hurst was 4 for 4 and added three more hits in game 2.

Union City took two from Springport.

Climax-Scotts walloped Waldron…twice.

Marshall and Gull Lake split two.  Drew Devine struck out 9 in a 9-3 Marshall win


Harper Creek swept Loy Norrix, 14-12 and 12-4.  Haley Burritt had three hits and three RBIs in Game one. Taylor Shellenberger went 4-for-4 with a double and a triple in game 2.

Coldwater swept Lakeview, 17-3 and 10-0.

Pennfield swept Maple Valley.  Alexa Stephenson with a 3-inning no-hitter, and also struck out 7 for the game two win.

Gull Lake swept Marshall, 11-0 and 14-2.

Quincy beat Athens twice.

Springport swept Union City.

Climax-Scotts beat Waldron 8-6 and 8-4.

Boys Track

Maple Valley 72, Pennfield 61.

Harper Creek beat Coldwater and Sturgis.

Lakeview beat Gull Lake.

Olivet over Hackett.

Girls Track

Harper Creek beat Coldwater and Sturgis.

Lakeview 128, Gull Lake 35.

Pennfield 81, Maple Valley 51.

Olivet crushed Hackett.

Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings cleaned out their lockers and posed for team pictures yesterday.

Coach Mike Babcock says with so many injuries to key players, the summer is critical for healing and conditioning. General Manager Ken Holland said he is planning to talk with Babcock about a contract extension over the summer. Babcock has been behind Detroit's bench since the 2005-2006 season and has one year left of his current deal.