Sports: Tigers blow 8-run lead; still win
The Tigers scored 8 runs in the first inning against the Twins last night, blew the entire lead, and then came back to win game one of their 9-game home stand. Shoddy play and some bad breaks combined to give the Twins 8 runs to tie the game by the 7th. But the Tigers got home runs from Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez to put the game away in the 8th. Jordan Zimmerman stayed in the game long enough to get his 6th win against 2 losses. Manager Brad Ausmus put on quite a display as he was ejected from the game in the 4th inning. The Tigers and Twins play game 2 in Detroit tonight. Mike Pelfrey, still looking for his first Tiger win, will go against his former team. Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK.
Russell Westbrook finished with 27 points, 12 assists, seven steals and six rebounds as the Oklahoma Thunder rallied to beat the Warriors 108-102 at Golden State in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference finals. Game 2 is Wednesday night at Golden State.
The Toronto Raptors are in Cleveland tonight for game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
NBA Rookie Award
Karl-Anthony Towns is a unanimous winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year award after averaging 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for Minnesota this season. The first pick in last year's draft is the second straight Timberwolves player to win the award, following Andrew Wiggins.
The NHL's Eastern Conference finals are tied at a game apiece after Sidney Crosby scored 40 seconds into overtime to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Game 3 is Wednesday at Tampa.
The St. Louis Blues host the San Jose Sharks tonight. The Blues are up 1-0.
The Grand Rapids Griffins season ended last night with a 4-3 overtime loss to Lake Erie. The Griffins jumped off to a 2-0 lead and built a 3-1 lead in the second.
Former U of M Guard to Purdue
Former Michigan guard Spike Albrecht will finish his basketball career at Purdue. Albrecht is a graduate transfer and will be eligible to compete immediately — once he is granted a waiver from Big Ten officials. Last December, Albrecht announced he would no longer play because a nagging hip injury was forcing him to finish his career.
Meijer Lots into Street Hockey
Meijer plans to turn 10 of its store parking lots into street hockey rinks this July in a program for kids. The retail chain says the sessions will include an hour of instruction followed by a 30-minute game at the 10 stores, with reps from the Detroit Red Wings to join local hockey players and coaches.
Tiger Great Dick McAuliffe Dies
Long time Detroit Tigers infielder Dick McAuliffe died Friday at the age of 76. There was no cause of death given. McAuliffe, a fiery competitor with an unorthodox batting stance joined the Tigers as a 20-year-old in 1960. He was a fixture in the middle of the infield until 1973. He played in three straight All-Star Games in the mid 60’s and led the American League with 95 runs scored in the Tigers Championship season of 1968. Despite coming to the plate 658 times that season as Detroit's leadoff hitter, he didn't ground into a double play.