(The Associated Press and Michigan Radio Network contributed to this report)

The 2015 NFL Draft is underway in Chicago, and as expected, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were the top two picks in the first round on Thursday night. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked Winston, making him the first Florida State player ever taken at the top of the draft. The Tennessee Titans then took Mariota.

The Detroit Lions traded down from the 23rd to the 28th pick and drafted Duke guard Laken Tomlinson. He’s 6' 3" and 323 pounds and started all four years at Duke.

Lions’ GM Martin Mayhew said he had three offers to move down Thursday, and he took the one from Denver that netted backup offensive lineman Manny Ramirez and fifth-round picks this year and next.  Ramirez was originally drafted by the Lions in 2007 in the 4th round.  The Minnesota Vikings took the first defensive back, Michigan State's Trae Waynes as the 11th overall pick.  The Lions may try to draft a running back and a defensive lineman as they enter rounds two and three tonight.

Rounds four through seven are Saturday.


The Tigers lost to the Royals 8-1 in the first of four in Kansas City.  Alfredo Simon was rocked for six runs in just four-and-a-third frames to suffer his first loss and fall to 4-1.  Royals’ first baseman Eric Hosmer belted a 2 –run homer. Danny Duffy struck out seven Tigers while giving up just one run on seven hits. Rajai Davis singled in the lone run in the eighth inning for Detroit.  Kyle Lobstein starts tonight for the Tigers.  Broadcast time is tonight at 7:45 on WBCK.


The Chicago Bulls eliminated the Milwaukee Bucks with a 120-66 win. It was the third largest blowout in NBA playoff history. Chicago advances to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The LA Clippers have forced a Game 7 Saturday by beating the defending champions in San Antonio 102-96.

The only N-B-A playoff game on tap tonight is Game 6 pitting the Atlanta Hawks against the Brooklyn Nets.Atlanta has a 3-2 lead in the series.


The second round of the NHL playoffs got underway on Thursday. Joel Ward scored with just 1.3 seconds left, giving the Washington Capitals a dramatic 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Corey Perry had two goals and two assists as the Anaheim Ducks thumped the Calgary Flames, 6-1, out West.

Tonight… Tampa Bay Lightning is at Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota is in Chicago.

Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah is a 5-2 favorite for the 141st Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs. American Pharoah comes into the Derby having won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths.   Stanford has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby, moving Frammento into the 20-horse field for Saturday's race.  The race begins Saturday at 6:24pm.


Masters champion Jordan Spieth was among yesterday's winners in the World Match Play Championship in San Francisco.

Nathan has Surgery

Detroit Tigers closer Joe Nathan underwent season-ending Tommy John and flexor repair surgery yesterday. Nathan logged 35 saves in 2014 for the Tigers. Nathan logged one save this year in the season opener at Minnesota but went on the disabled list the next day with elbow pain.

The Fight

Saturday's welterweight championship boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been billed as the 'Fight of the Century.'  Mayweather, a 38-year-old Grand Rapids native, brings in a 47-0 career record.  Pacquiao, a 36-year-old native of thePhilippines, owns a 57-5-2 career record.   The fight has been at least six years in the making, and the fighters are expected to split a $300 million purse — regardless of who wins.

Girls’ Soccer

Marshall won their fifth straight soccer game Wednesday night, defeating Pennfield 2-1 in overtime.

Harper Creek 0, Charlotte 0 in double OT.

Delton-Kellogg 8, Maple Valley 0

High School Baseball

Portage Central 7,  Lakeview 2
Marshall swept Bronson, 9-3 and 9-2.


Bronson swept Marshall, 14-1 and 14-0.

Benton Harbor took a pair from Battle Creek Central, 24-11 and 18-6.

Girls’ Tennis

Harper Creek 6, Coldwater 2

Marshall 8, Jackson Northwest 0

Stevensville-Lakeshore 8, B.C. Central 0

St. Joseph 8, B.C. Central 0


Lakeview took first place at Bedford Valley golf course in the Tom Collins Invitational. Leading the Spartans was Andrew Walker, who shot a 72.