Sports Roundup: Tigers win on Avila Walk-off
The Lions finish the pre-season 3-1 after beating Buffalo 23-0 last night. Lions third-string quarterback Kellen Moore was 17 of 28 for 172 yards and no turnovers threw two touchdown passes. Quarterback Dan Orlovsky started for Detroit and finished 7-for-11, passing for 39 yards. Rookie Nate Freese hit all three field-goal attempts, including two 53-yarders.
They rested most of their starters, including quarterback Matt Stafford, receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. The Lions will need to cut another 20 players to get down to the 53 man roster by tomorrow. Detroit opens regular season play September 8th as they host the New York Giants at Ford Field.
The Tigers went into the bottom of the 9th tied at 2 with the Yankees. Victor Martinez led off with a double and was lifted for pinch runner Bryan Holiday. J.D. Martinez walked, but Shawn Kelley struck out Nick Castellanos and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter. That left it up to Alex Avila, who hit an RBI single off the wall in right field with two out in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday. Kyle Lobstein made his first major league start for the Tigers and allowed one earned run in six innings. Phil Coke got one out for the win. The Tigers are 1 ½ games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tigers are in Chicago to play the White Sox tonight, weather permitting. Justin Verlander will take the mound for Detroit.
High School Football
St. Phillip 47, Kingston 14. Draydon Darr ran for 137 yards. Trevor Searls had 12 tackles and a sack.
Stevensville-Lakeshore 2, Battle Creek Central 0
Portage Northern 28, Lakeview 24
Caledonia 38, Harper Creek 7
Olivet 27, Pennfield 22
Bay City All Saints 45, Bellevue 14
Quincy 48, Bronson 6
Constantine 39, Delton 0
Galesburg-Augusta 60, Hale 6
Gull Lake 39, Benton Harbor 0
Homer 34, Pittsford 0
Fowler 35, Maple Valley 8
Milan 26, Marshall 21
Burr Oak 37, Tekonsha 22
Tonight…Athens vs. Climax-Scotts
The Marshall High girls' cross country team won the six-school Barney Roy Marshall Invitational at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds. The Marshall Boys finished second out of five schools.
Central Michigan beat Tennessee-Chattanooga 20-16.
The Michigan State Spartans open the 2014 season tonight against Jacksonville State. Broadcast time is 6pm on WBCK.
The Spartans are coming off a 13-and-1 season a year ago, including an 8-and-0 mark in Big Ten play. Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, senior safety Kurtis Drummond and senior offensive lineman Travis Jackson have been named captains for the team this season.
The Michigan Wolverines will host Appalachian State Saturday at noon. Broadcast time is 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.
Top-seeded Serena Williams is through to the third round at the U.S. Open after easily beating Vania King 6-1, 6-love in just 56 minutes. Top men's seed Novak Djokovic also had an easy time winning his second round match, rolling to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-love, rout of Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.
FIBA World Cup
Pistons Center Andre Drummond and the U.S team play their first FIBA World Cup game tomorrow against Finland.
Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That will end a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.
NFL Cracks Down on Domestic Violence
The NFL says players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and a lifetime ban for a second one in a revamped policy announced in a letter from commissioner Roger Goodell to team owners.
A copy of the letter was obtained Thursday by SportsNetwork.com. In it, Goodell says he "didn't get it right" last month when he suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games over Rice's offseason arrest on assault charges following an altercation with his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino.
Pitcher Breaks Record
Yusmeiro Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 for their third straight win. Petit got the first eight Colorado hitters, breaking Mark Buehrle's record of 45 straight with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.