Tigers, Cubs, Sox return to action tonight – Tuesday Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Tigers, White Sox, and Cubs were off

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Thompson 6-0) at Baltimore (Bradish 1-3), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Skubal 4-2) at Pittsburgh (Quintana 1-2), 7:05 p.m.                WSJM/WCSY 6:45
L.A. Dodgers (White 1-1) at Chicago White Sox (Kopech 1-2), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – AP Source: Keuchel agrees to minor league deal with D-backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kuhl), according to a person with knowledge of the situation.  The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on the condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. The left-hander was recently released by the Chicago White Sox after having a 2-5 record with a 7.88 ERA through eight starts. He was in the final season of a $55 million, three-year deal. The 34-year-old Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros in 2015 and is also a two-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals
Last Night
Colorado Avalanche 6, Edmonton Oilers 5 – OT                 (COL Wins 4-0)

Avalanche 6, Oilers 5 – OT – Avalanche sweep Oilers, advance to Stanley Cup Final
Artturi Lehkonen scored 1:19 into overtime, and Colorado rallied to beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-5 Monday night, completing a four-game sweep in the Western Conference final and sending the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2001. Colorado will take on the winner of the Eastern Conference final between the New York Rangers and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Cale Makar, Devon Toews Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen also scored for Colorado. Pavel Francouz stopped 30 of 35 shots. Zach Hyman scored twice for the Oilers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Zack Kassian also scored for Edmonton. Leon Draisaitl had four assists and goalie Mike Smith finished with 36 saves.

Tonight
New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning, 8:00 p.m.          (NYR Leads 2-1)

NHL – Bruins fire coach Bruce Cassidy after 1st-round playoff exit
The Boston Bruins have fired coach Bruce Cassidy several weeks after losing in the first round of the playoffs. General manager Don Sweeney says the search for a replacement will begin immediately. Boston made the playoffs in each of Cassidy’s six seasons behind the bench. He coached the Bruins within one victory of the Stanley Cup in 2019. Cassidy immediately becomes a top candidate for vacancies in Philadelphia, Chicago, Winnipeg, Vegas and Detroit and any others that may now come open. The Bruins are expected to be without first-line left winger Brad Marchand and top defenseman Charlie McAvoy for at least the first two months of next season.   Cassidy was previously an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks, he was also a head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins.

NHL – Jets’ Kyle Connor wins Lady Byng for gentlemanly conduct
Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor has won the Lady Byng Trophy, given to the NHL’s most gentlemanly player. Connor tied for the second-fewest number of minor penalties during the regular season. He was penalized just twice in over 1,700 minutes of ice time that included regular short-handed shifts and matchups against top offensive opponents. It’s his first Lady Byng honor. Last year’s winner, Jaccob Slavin of Carolina, was second in voting by the Professional Hockey Writer Association. Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon was third.

Soccer – Canada men back at practice after meeting with federation
Canada Soccer says its World Cup-bound men’s team has returned to practice after refusing to play in an exhibition match against Panama because of strained labor negotiations. The nation’s governing body announced on social media on Monday that the two sides had met the night before. The team returned to practice and future meetings were scheduled. Canada is set to play Curacao at Vancouver’s BC Place on Thursday in the CONCACAF National League.

NFL – Denver Broncos sale could come as early as this month
The Denver Broncos could have a new owner as soon as this month in what’s expected to be the most expensive deal in sports history at around $4.5 billion. A second round of bids for the franchise was due Monday from prospective buyers. The Pat Bowlen Trust will have to accept the winning bid, and NFL owners will need to approve the sale of the team that’s been in the Bowlen family for nearly four decades.

NFL – Romeo Crennel retires after almost 40 years as NFL coach
Romeo Crennel announced his retirement Monday, ending a 39-year NFL coaching career that included five Super Bowl titles. Crennel, spent the past eight seasons with the Houston Texans. He was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2014-16 and assistant head coach from 2017-19. In 2020 he was the associate head coach before becoming the interim head coach after coach Bill O’Brien was fired after just four games.

NFL – All-Pro Aaron Donald returning to LA Rams with a big raise
All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald is getting a big raise to stay with the Los Angeles Rams under a reworked contract through 2024. The team didn’t disclose terms of the new deal, but the NFL Network reported Donald is getting a $40 million raise that will make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league. Donald was already under contract for the next three seasons, but he openly contemplated retirement after he won his first ring with the Rams in February. Instead, the seven-time All-Pro will be back to torment offenses at the heart of Los Angeles’ defense.

NFL – Browns’ Watson named in 24th lawsuit by massage therapists
A 24th woman has filed a civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is also awaiting possible discipline from the NFL. The latest lawsuit was filed in Houston by attorney Tony Buzbee, who is representing all 24 women. Buzbee says in a statement that the women “continue to stand firm for what is right." Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin said he could not immediately comment on the latest lawsuit. Hardin has repeatedly said Watson has done nothing wrong. Watson has been accused by massage therapists of harassing, assaulting or touching them during appointments and the latest lawsuit makes similar allegations.

NCAABSB – Louisville wins 3 straight to reach super regionals
Levi Usher hit a two-run single in the eighth, Cameron Masterman added a go-ahead homer in the inning and No. 12 national seed Louisville beat Michigan 11-9 to win the Louisville Regional. Louisville won three straight regional games, after a loss to Michigan on Saturday, to advance to the super regionals against Texas A&M. Usher went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and Masterman added three RBIs, including his fourth homer of the regional. Michigan started the game with three straight doubles to take a 2-0 lead, but Louisville scored seven runs with two outs in the bottom of the first.

Golf – LIV – Mickelson joins Saud-funded league
Phil Mickelson is ending his 4-month hiatus from competitive golf and is joining the Saudi-funded rival league. Mickelson was the last big name added to the 48-man field for the LIV Golf Invitational outside London that starts Friday.  The six-time major champion was the chief recruiter for the Saudi league. But it appeared to backfire when he was quoted as accusing the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed.” He also says while he’s aware of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, it would be worth it to join if it meant having leverage against the PGA Tour.  Mickelson says he’ll still play the majors.

Golf – Jack Nicklaus to become honorary citizen of St. Andrews
Jack Nicklaus is returning to St. Andrews in July to become an honorary citizen. And this time he’ll be joining some exclusive company. The honor from the town council has been awarded to only two other American citizens. One was amateur great Bobby Jones in 1958. The other was Benjamin Franklin in 1759. Nicklaus won two of his three British Open titles at St. Andrews. He loves the Old Course so much that he chose St. Andrews in 2005 to play in his 164th and final major championship. Nicklaus says he won’t be playing in the Champions Challenge exhibition.

Olympics – Phelps, Vonn among those heading to US Olympic & Para Hall
Lindsey Vonn, Michelle Kwan, Mia Hamm, Billie Jean King and the late Pat Summitt are among the nine individual women who will be inducted into the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame this summer. Michael Phelps and hurdling great Roger Kingdom are also going in. Others voted onto the 2022 class were Natalie Coughlin, Muffy Davis, David Kiley, Trischa Zorn-Hudson and Gretchen Fraser. The 1976 women’s 4×100 freestyle relay swimming team, anchored by Shirley Babashoff in its stunning upset over the East Germans, and the 2002 men’s Paralympic sled hockey team also were voted into the hall by a mix of Olympic and Paralympic athletes, media and administrators and fans. The induction ceremony is set for June 24 at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs.

NCAAFB – Tim Tebow among first-timers on College Football HOF ballot
Tim Tebow is among the former players making a first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.  Tebow led Florida to two national championships and won a Heisman Trophy and has been outspoken in his Christian beliefs. Some of the other former players on the ballot for the first time are quarterback Alex Smith of Utah, wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State, running back Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State, linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College and defensive lineman Dewey Selmon of Oklahoma.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
No games yesterday

Today
Lansing Lugnuts at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Kernels at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Today
Girls Soccer – Regional Semifinals
Division 1 at Caledonia
Portage Central vs. Traverse City West, 5:00 p.m.
Hudsonville vs. Rockford, 7:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Otsego
Otsego vs. Brooklyn Columbia Central, 5:30 p.m.
South Haven vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Portage Northern
Kalamazoo Christian vs. Lansing Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of the Lake vs. Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.