The Tigers overcame a ninth-inning meltdown Tuesday night to beat the Marlins 8-7 on a wild opening day in Miami.  The Tigers built a 5-0 lead, as Ian Kinsler hit a three run homer.     Justin Verlander didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning.   The Tigers added to their lead with back-to-back homers by Anthony Gose and Victor Martinez in the 9th to make it 7-4.  But new closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth.  The Tigers ran themselves out of scoring chances in the final three innings, as they had two runners picked off first base.  The Tigers went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position before Kinsler put them ahead in the 11th with a clutch rbi hit.   Shane Green pitched the 11th for the save. The Tigers and Marlins have a day game today.  Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers against his old team.   Broadcast time is 4:30pm on WBCK.  The Tigers will be off Thursday and play the home opener with the Yankees on Friday at 12:45.


The Miami Heat pounded the Pistons 107-89 on Tuesday.   Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris each scored 21 for the Pistons, who remained two games ahead of Chicago for the No. 8 spot in the East. The Bulls lost in Memphis on Tuesday.  The Pistons play at Orlando tonight.

Women’s Final

Connecticut is the women's college basketball champion -- again.  The Huskies made women's college basketball history with their fourth straight national championship, an 82-51 rout of Syracuse.  It's the Huskies' 75th straight win, and 24th straight NCAA tournament game victory. UConn scored the first nine points of the game, built a 50-23 halftime lead and coasted to another title.  Connecticut has beaten Syracuse 24 straight times in a streak dating to 1996.  Syracuse Coach Quentin Hillsma says his team wasn’t ready for UConn. Breanna Stewart led UConn with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  She was named tournament most outstanding player for the fourth straight year, also an unprecedented feat. Morgan Tuck added 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

The UConn seniors finished their careers with an amazing 151-5 record that includes four national titles.  The victory gave UConn coach Geno Auriemma his 11th championship, moving him past UCLA men's coach John Wooden for the most in the history of college basketball.  Phil Jackson coached 11 NBA championship teams with the Lakers and Bulls.

Men’s NCAA Ratings

The television rating for Villanova’s thrilling win over North Carolina on Monday night  was a record low.  The game averaged a 10.6 rating across TBS, TNT and truTV in the first title game to air on cable. The 17.8 million viewers are down 37 percent from the 28.3 million for last season's Duke-Wisconsin matchup on CBS.

Red Wings

The Red Wings are battling Philadelphia for a possible playoff spot and host the Flyers tonight in Detroit.   The Wings head to Boston on Thursday and finish the regular season in New York on Saturday against the Rangers.

Lions Sign Running Back

The Detroit Lions have signed running back Stevan Ridley.  Ridley played eight games for the New York Jets last season, starting one. He had 90 yards on 36 carries and caught four passes.  Before playing for the Jets last season, Ridley spent his first four years in the NFL with the New England Patriots. He rushed for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.

Masters Golf

Jack Nicklaus says he thinks Tiger Woods will win again. After seeing him a few weeks ago, Nicklaus is surprised Woods isn't playing the Masters this week.  Woods is missing the Masters for the second time in three years as he recovers from two surgeries on his back last year. He has not played since a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August, and he has not won since Firestone in August 2013.  "I don't think he's done," Nicklaus said before going to the Champions Dinner. "I think Tiger is going to win more tournaments."  Nicklaus leads Woods 18-14 in the race for most majors.