The Red Wings have signed center Luke Glendening to a $7.2 million, four-year extension.  Glendening, who had a year left on his contract, has missed only one game with the Wings the last two seasons.  The former Michigan star had eight goals and a career-high 21 points last season.

Bombers

The Battle Creek Bombers fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, 6-3, Thursday evening at Witter Park, dropping their third straight game on their six-game road trip.  The Rafters scored a pair of unearned runs in the second off starter Andrew Click.  More sloppy play hurt the Bombers in the7th.   Three errors and a wild pitch gave the Rafters the lead for good.   Cody Young homered for the Bombers, as they drop to 4-5 in the second half and 22-23 on the year.   Battle Creek will try to split the two-game set against the Rafters at Witter Park tonight at 8:05 with Scott Sency toeing the rubber for the Bombers.

Tigers

The Tigers start the second half of the season tonight  as the World Champion Kansas City Royals come to Comerica Park.   It will be Justin Verlander versus Ian Kennedy.  Broadcast time is 6:45 on WBCK. Cleveland is on top of the Central Division with a 6 ½ game lead over Detroit.  The Royals and White Sox are 7 games back.

Goguac Swim Saturday

The 89th annual Goguac Lake Swim  starts at 8:30 Saturday at Willard Beach. Proceeds from the event will go to help teach kids to swim in our local YMCA “Begin to Swim Program”.  The event dates back to 1928 when Leroy Sparks started the event as part of a summer swim program.

Draymond Green Hearing

A judge has agreed to move a hearing for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green in his misdemeanor assault and battery case before he leaves next month for the Olympics.  His pre-trial conference originally set for Aug. 4 will be held next Thursday. The former Michigan State basketball player is accused of striking former Spartans football player Jermaine Edmondson in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near the East Lansing campus.  Police arrested Green with a blood-alcohol level of 0.10.  The reports said he was “sorry" and sought "to make things right."  Michigan State says Edmondson has received his release to transfer.

 

Pistons Sign Gbinije

The Detroit Pistons have signed second-round draft pick Michael Gbinije to a multiyear contract.  The amount wasn’t disclosed.  Gbinije averaged 17.5 points as a senior at Syracuse and helped the Orange to a Final Four appearance last season. After being drafted by the Pistons, the 6-foot-7 guard missed most of summer league because of a sprained right ankle.

British Open

Phil Mickelson tied the major championship record-low round of 63 and has a 3-shot lead in The British Open at Scotland's Royal Troon course. Patrick Reed and Martin Kaymer are in 2nd place at 66.  Mickelson nearly became the first player to shoot 62 in a major championship. At the 18th hole, a 16-foot birdie putt lipped out of the cup, costing Lefty a truly historic round.

Nascar

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway due to symptoms of a concussion. Doctors declined to clear him to race after evaluating him in Charlotte this week. Earnhardt was involved in a 22-car wreck in Daytona earlier this month but said last weekend that he was feeling fine and thought the problem was allergies.  Alex Bowman will drive in his place.