Tigers/MLB

The Tigers the Twins battled for 12 innings last night in Minnesota.   Daniel Norris came off the disabled list to start the game and gave up just one run before hitting his pitch limit in the 4th and leaving the game.   But the Tigers found themselves down a run in the 9th.  Tyler Collins came through with a double, followed by a clutch RBI single from Jeffry Marte.   Bruce Rondon blew the save in the bottom of the 9th, sending the game into extra innings.  The Twins almost won it in the 10th, but Rajai Davis tracked down a ball to send it to the 11th.  In the 12th, Ian Kinsler came through with a clutch RBI single to give the Tigers the lead.  J.D. Martinez put the game away with his 37th homer.

Ian Krol pitched three innings of relief to get the win.  He gave up a walk and that’s all.

Andrew Romine had three hits in the win.  The Tigers are off today and head home to play the Royals.  We’ll join the game following High School Football on WBCK.

Also last night…the Cubs beat the Pirates 3-2 in 12 innings, a possible preview of the National League Wild Card playoff game.

Sanchez OK, but Done for 2015

Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez's season is over, but his injured shoulder should be ok.  That’s the word from  Dr. James Andrews confirmed Sanchez has a right rotator cuff strain and testing showed no major structural damage.   The righty has been sidelined since August 19th with the issue and had been scheduled to pitch in Minnesota last night, but had some soreness in his shoulder during a session earlier this week.

Lions

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford says he is ready to go this weekend against Minnesota after he was hit in the right arm during Sunday's loss to the Chargers. Stafford was a full participant at practice Wednesday, but wore a sleeve over his elbow.  The Lions play at Minnesota this Sunday.  Broadcast time is

Thursday Night Football

AFC West rivals share the "Thursday Night Football" spotlight this week as the Kansas City Chiefs host the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium.

MSU

The MSU Spartans win over Oregon was the most-watched college game this past weekend. ESPN says about nearly 7.9 million viewers tuned into the ABC broadcast of the game.   The fourth-ranked Spartans take on Air Force this Saturday at Spartan Stadium.  Broadcast time is 10:30 on WBCK.

Michigan

Michigan is a 34 point favorite as the host UNLV this Saturday.  Broadcast time is 11am on Mix 104.9 WBXX.

WMU Football

WMU hosts Murray State on Saturday night, as the Broncos try for their first win, after two losses to start the season.

CMU

CMU heads to Syracuse on Saturday afternoon after getting a win for new Coach John Bonamego.

EMU

Eastern Michigan hosts Ball State.

High School Football

Friday night…..Marshall at Pennfield.  6:35 on WBCK.

Coach Williams Steps Down at BC Central

Longtime Battle Creek Central boys' basketball coach Greg Williams is stepping down, citing personal reasons.  Williams’ brother, George Dorian, was hit by a car on the 4th of July and remains in the hospital.  Coach Williams says he’s not able to meet the responsibilities and obligations to the Bearcats at this time.  Williams has been coaching for 32 seasons, starting as an assistant under Chuck Turner, and taking over as head coach in 2006.

Volleyball

Harper Creek beat Jackson Northwest 3-0.  The Beavers were led by Olivia Leson with 14 kills, nine digs and three aces; Charley Andrews had 12 kills.

Lakeview beat Portage Northern, but lost to Portage Central and host team Niles.   Battle Creek Central lost all three at that SMAC Jamboree.

Calhoun Christian beat Burr Oak and Marshall Academy to go 3-0.  Kirby Frodge had 17 kills and 15 digs.

Class C second-ranked Bronson beat New Buffalo 3-0.

Cross Country

St. Philip’s girls won the SCAA Jamboree at Jackson Christian.  The boys finished second.

Boys Tennis

Gull Lake 5, Kalamazoo Central 3.

Charlotte 6, Marshall 2.

Red Wings

The Red Wings begin preseason workouts today in Traverse City.

They'll undergo physicals and off-ice testing before starting four days of practices and intra-squad scrimmages Friday. For the first time in a decade the Wings head to training camp with a coach. Jeff Blashill has been with the Wings’ organization for four seasons – the past three as head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins and one before that as an assistant under Mike Babcock.

There were significant changes on the ice, too, as the Red Wings signed free agents defenseman Mike Green, and Brad Richards, a skilled center and two-time Stanley Cup winner.

Soccer

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champion U.S. national team will take on Haiti tonight at Ford Field as their victory tour continues. The U.S. had been scheduled to play Australia on the tour, but the Australian players have refused to take the field in a dispute with their federation.   Tonight's game will be the first friendly match between the teams, but the U.S. has played Haiti four times previously in qualifying tournaments.