Sports: Tigers get a win on Davis’ Homers
The Tigers beat Tampa Bay 5-4 in the first of three with the Rays. Rajai Davis homered twice in a game for the second time in his career. James McCann homered for the Tigers, connecting off former college battery mate and former Tiger Drew Smyly. Starting pitcher Randy Wolf did not figure in the decision, giving up four runs on eight hits in four and one third innings. Al Alburquerque (4-1) picked up the win and Bruce Rondon got two outs for his fourth save. Detroit won for just the fourth time in 17 games. The Tigers will call up four more players from Toledo. Outfielder Steven Moya, left-hander Ian Krol and infielders Jefry Marte and Josh Wilson will suit up for tonight’s game. Tonight, Matt Boyd takes the hill for Detroit. Broadcast time is 6:40 on WBCK.
At the US Open, 16 players, 8 men and 8 women will battle it out in the quarterfinals. 15th-seeded Kevin Anderson fired 25 aces to beat third seed Andy Murray. Roger Federer came back to beat American John Isner. No. 5 Stan Wawrinka eliminated American Donald Young. In the women’s quarterfinals, it’ll be the Williams sisters squaring off today. Serena is the #1 seed. Venus is #23.
Carl Edwards rallied from two laps down to win the Bojangles' Southern 500 at the historic Darlington Raceway Sunday. Brad Keselowski led most of the way, but Carl Edwards overtook him late to earn the win despite leading only 15 laps all race. Keselowski finished second, and Denny Hamlin finished third as there were a track-record 18-caution wrecks. Joe Gibbs Racing has won seven of the past 10 races. Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 at the Richmond International Raceway is the final regular-season race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Rickie Fowler rallied from two shots down with five holes remaining to beat Henrik Stenson and win the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.
Fowler sank a 40-foot birdie putt on 14 en route to a 3-under 68 and a 15-under total. Stenson never trailed in the final round until his tee shot on the par-3 16th came up short and bounced into the water for a double bogey.
Top-ranked Ohio State has begun its national championship defense with a 42-24 win at Virginia Tech.
U-of-M hosts Oregon State this Saturday. The Wolverines managed just 76 yards rushing on 29 carries in the loss to Utah. It looks like the Wolverines are sticking with quarterback Jake Rudock for the home opener Saturday. Rudock threw three interceptions last Thursday. Coach Jim Harbaugh said as his press conference Monday that on two of those picks the receiver ran the wrong routes.
MSU entertains Oregon. Michigan State junior safety Mark Meyers has been suspended indefinitely after a reported operating while intoxicated charge (OWI) that occurred over the weekend in East Lansing. Meyers is the backup to starting free safety Montae Nicholson and plays on the kickoff team.
Western Michigan sophomore running back Jarvion Franklin is listed as probable for Saturday's game at Georgia Southern, Broncos coach P.J. Fleck said Sunday evening. Franklin left Friday' game against Michigan State in the third quarter with what appeared to be concussion symptoms and did not return.
Brigham Young stunned Nebraska on Sunday, when quarterback Tanner Mangum threw a 42-yard Hail Mary pass to Mitch Mathews with no time left on the clock . . . and won the game 33 to 28.
Helmet Stickers are Back at Michigan
They've been banned since 1995, and coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing them back as a performance incentive. Officially, helmet stickers are back. Michigan wore helmet stickers during the Bo Schembechler era but they were discontinued in 1995.
Pistons forward Ersan Ilyasova turned in another strong performance Sunday at EuroBasket 2015, leading his native Turkey with 17 points in a 104-77 loss to Pau Gasol-led Spain
The Detroit Lions open the regular season on Sunday in San Diego. The Lions went 3-and-1 during exhibition play, while the Bolts were 2-and-2. Sunday's kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy did not participate during the portion of practice open to reporters Monday. Coach Jim Caldwell says it's not certain if he'll play in Sunday's season opener at San Diego. Defensive tackle Caraun Reid and guard Larry Warford were also helmetless at practice. The Lions put rookie cornerback Alex Carter on injured reserve-designated to return.