Tigers  

The Tigers had the day off Monday, and will open a three-game series against the Yankees at Comerica Park tonight. The Yankees are six games behind Baltimore in the East, after pounding the Royals 8-1 last night in Kansas City.  Rick Porcello will be on the mound tonight against the Yankees.  This will also be Yankees Captain and Kalamazoo native Derek Jeters' final series in the Motor City.   Broadcast time is 6:40 tonight on WBCK.

 

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Lions

Nate Freese wins the job as the Lions’ kicker.  The seventh-round pick will get the job after the Lions cut kicker Giorgio Tavecchio.  The Lions also released cornerback Jonte Green, Quarterback James Franklin, fullback Chad Abram, punter Drew Butler and cornerback Aaron Hester to trim the roster to 75.  Safety DeJon Gomes was placed on  injured reserve.  The team has to cut 22 more players by Saturday's deadline.    The Lions’ final pre-season game is Thursday night at Buffalo.  Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says backup quarterbacks Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore will see most of the playing time.

Kaminsky to Ohio U

Former Michigan State forward Kenny Kaminski, who was dismissed from the team earlier this month by Coach Tom Izzo, is transferring to Ohio University.   Kaminski has two years of eligibility remaining and is applying for a waiver so he can play right away.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Medina, Ohio averaged 4.9 points in 12.2 minutes a game last season for the Spartans. He led MSU in three-point percentage at 49.4%, connecting on 38 triples in 77 tries.

High School Soccer

The Harper Creek boys’ soccer team beat Delton Kellogg 1-0.  Noah Eckert had the game-winning goal with eight minutes left. Jack Bohannon made seven saves to earn the shutout.

Pennfield 3, Olivet 0.  Trevor Cameron, Jared Frisbie and Gavin Cleland had goals for the Panthers and Keith Browand had 14 saves.

Boys Tennis

Lakeview 7, Niles 1.

Marshall 7, Leslie 1.

Girls’ Golf

Marshall’s Girls’ golf team was second at the 14-team Hanovoer Horton Invite at Cascades Golf Course in Jackson. Sammi Price led the Redhawks with an 89.

Volleyball

Lakeview’s volleyball squad dropped three matches, losing to Three Rivers, Kalamazoo Central and Niles.

Michigan Football Saturday

The Michigan Wolverines will host Appalachian State Saturday at noon. U-of-M is looking to bounce back from a 7-and-6 season. Michigan was upset at home by Appalachian State 34-32 back in 2007.

The Michigan State Spartans hit the field this Friday to open the 2014 campaign against Jacksonville State. The Spartans are coming off a 13-and-1 season a year ago, including an 8-and-0 mark in Big Ten play.  MSU's only loss last year was a 17-13 setback at Notre Dame.

FIBA World Cup

Pistons center Andre Drummond and the rest of USA Basketball will play one final exhibition game today ahead of the FIBA World Cup.  Team USA takes on Slovenia this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Spain and will open World Cup play there this Saturday against Finland.

Tennis

The season's final tennis major is underway in New York.  The U.S. Open began on Monday with a number of favorites advancing past the first round. Men's top seed Novak Djokovic won his match, as did Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

On the women's side of the draw Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Sloane Stephens each cruised in their opening round matches.

USC Captain Saves Nephew from Drowning

Southern California senior cornerback Josh Shaw injured both ankles after leaping from a second-story balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, from drowning in a pool. Shaw was named a team captain on Saturday and later that night was attending a family function at a cousin's apartment in his hometown of Palmdale when he saw his nephew, who can't swim, struggling in the pool. With no one around, Shaw jumped from the balcony onto the concrete below and crawled to the pool, where he pulled Carter to safety. Unable to step out of the pool because of the pain in his ankles, Shaw lifted himself up the ladder with his upper body.  Shaw was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with two ankle sprains. He said Carter was traumatized, but physically in good shape.