Sports Roundup: Tigers win on Walk-Off!
The Tigers won it on a walk-off Sunday to take the series from Minnesota, 3-2. Detroit took the early lead on a misplayed fly ball off the bat of Victor Martinez in the first to score Ian Kinsler, who had doubled. After the Tigers built a 2-0 lead, the Twins finally got to starter Rick Porcello with 3 runs in the 6th. But the Tigers answered back in their half of the inning on a big hit from Nick Castellanos. In the bottom of the ninth, Torii Hunter, and went to third on another misplayed fly ball off the bat of Victor Martinez. Hunter then scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by J.D. Martinez. Rick Porcello allowed 3 runs in 7 innings of work. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless 8th. Joe Nathan got into trouble in the top of the ninth, but pitched out of it and got the win. The Tigers host Kansas City tonight. Justin Verlander gets the start. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK-FM.
The Bombers beat the Rafters in Wisconsin Rapids on Sunday, 6-3 to get a split in the two-game set. Battle Creek got good hitting from the top of their order, with Joe Havrilak and Spencer Thornton leading the attack. Kyle Slack went 7 innings for the win, giving up just two earned runs. The Bombers are home tonight to host the Green Bay Bullfrogs, in the first of two before heading to Madison on Wednesday.
Gull Lake’s girls’ soccer won a second straight state championship tomorrow beating top-ranked Bloomfield Hills Marian 2-1 in double overtime. Senior forward Sydney Nikitas scored to give Gull Lake the Division 2 state title on Saturday at Williamston High School. Sophomore Riley Wisser put Gull Lake up 1-0 in the first half on a left corner kick. The Blue Devils finish the season at 24-1-1. Gull Lake senior goalkeeper Maggie Harma allowed just the one goal for the win. Harma is headed to Wayne State College in Nebraska in the fall.
The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA title, dominating the Miami Heat 104-87 in Game Five of the NBA Finals at the AT&T Center, getting revenge for last season's series loss. Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Five-time champion Tim Duncan posted 14 points and eight boards. LeBron James did all he could going off for 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Martin Kaymer went wire-to-wire to win the U.S. Open at Pinehurst Number-Two. The German fired a final round 69 to finish at nine-under-par for the tournament. It's Kaymer's second major title after winning the 2010 PGA Championship. He finished eight strokes ahead of Americans Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler, who shared second place at one-under-par. Phil Mickelson finished at seven-over in a tie for 28th place.
World Cup Soccer
The U.S. Men's National Team will face Ghana in its opening match at the World Cup tonight at 6pm. Ghana is the team that eliminated the US at the last two cups.
Jimmie Johnson drove to the checkered flag in Sunday's Quicken Loans 400, earning his first career win at Michigan International Speedway. Johnson's victory gives Hendrick Motorsports five straight wins on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, with three out of the last four races going to the number-48 team. Kevin Harvick finished second to Johnson, followed by Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne. Next week, the Sprint Cup Series heads to Sonoma for road course racing. Lion’s tight end Eric Ebron served as the race's grand marshal at Michigan International Speedway. Ebron was selected 10th overall in last month's NFL Draft.
Battle Creek Coyotes
The Battle Creek Coyotes beat Miami County Blitz 24-0 Saturday at Harper Creek High School. The Coyotes (2-1) averaged nearly 10 yards per play and accumulated over 400 total yards in the win. RB Robbie Crockett had his best game of the season for the Coyotes, with a pair of long touchdown runs. QB Jake Hart completed 18 of 23 passes and finishing with 250 yards through the air.
The Lions have a hole to fill at cornerback after cutting Chris Houston on Friday. Houston underwent major toe surgery last month because of a degenerative condition in his foot. Houston was coming up on year two of a 5-year $25 million dollar contract. With money saved by releasing Houston, the Lions signed first-round pick Eric Ebron to a four year contract. The Lions likely will start cornerbacks Darius Slay, a second-round pick last year, and Rashean Mathis, who turns 34 next month, this season. A pair of 2012 draft picks — Bill Bentley and Jonte Green — are expected to get a chance to compete for playing time.