Burger’s walk off grand slame gives Sox series sweep over Detroit – Monday Morning Sports Update


MLB – Major League Baseball
Chicago White Sox 6, Detroit Tigers 2
Chicago Cubs 7, San Diego Padres 1

White Sox 6, Tigers 2 – Hendriks gets win on Burger slam, White Sox beat Tigers 6-2 for 3-game sweep
Jake Burger’s game-ending grand slam handed Liam Hendriks his first win since returning from cancer, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-2 for a three-game series sweep. Hendriks worked a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two. It was the third big league appearance for the All-Star closer since he missed the start of the season after he was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson walked with one out to load the bases for Burger, who hit a drive to left-center off Alex Lange for his 12th homer of the season. It was his first career slam and game-ending homer.

Cubs 7, Padres 1 – Stroman wins 4th straight start, Amaya hits 1st homer as Cubs beat Padres 7-1
Marcus Stroman pitched six strong innings to win his fourth consecutive start and rookie Miguel Amaya went 3 for 3 with his first major league home run as the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 7-1. Yan Gomes and Trey Mancini hit back-to-back homers off Padres starter Ryan Weathers, and Dansby Swanson added a two-run double later in the second inning. Amaya’s two-run drive off reliever Drew Carlton made it 7-0 in the third. Stroman allowed just an unearned run and four hits, striking out six. He lowered his ERA to 2.39. Julian Merryweather, Michael Fulmer and Brandon Hughes each tossed a scoreless inning to finish the five-hitter.

Detroit (Wentz 1-5) at Philadelphia (Nola 4-4), 6:40 p.m.          News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:15
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-1) at San Diego (Snell 1-6), 9:10 p.m.
White Sox are off

MLB – Las Vegas ballpark pitch revives debate over public funding for sports stadiums
A proposal to help finance a new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Athletics in Las Vegas has revived nationwide debates about public funding for private stadiums. And that has pitted Nevada’s powerful tourism industry and labor unions against some progressive groups, raising concerns about ceding tax revenue when services such as public schools are funded below the national average. Proponents say the proposal could create new jobs, increase the state’s general revenue and further diversify the city’s casino and gaming-based economy. But skeptics warn of empty promises, citing growing evidence that minimal dollars generated from the new stadium would not otherwise be spent among nearby resorts and restaurants.

NBA – 2023 NBA Finals – (best of seven)
Last Night
Miami Heat 111, Denver Nuggets 108                                               (Series tied 1-1)

Heat 111, Nuggets 108 – Heat roar back in the 4th quarter, beat Nuggets 111-108 in Game 2 of NBA Finals
Gabe Vincent scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 21 and the Miami Heat evened up the NBA Finals by overcoming a monster effort from Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets 111-108 in Game 2 on Sunday night. Max Strus scored 14 and Duncan Robinson had 10 for the Heat, who had a big early lead, then got down by as many as 15 — before reclaiming the lead in the fourth. And even then, they had to dig deep to finish it off. Jokic was 16 of 28 from the floor, the last of those shots a 4-footer with 36 seconds left to get the Nuggets within three.

Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat, 8:00 p.m.                                           (Series tied 1-1)

NHL – 2023 NHL Stanley Cup Finals – (best of seven)
Florida Panthers at Vegas Golden Knights, 8:00 p.m.                          (VGK leads 1-0)

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Chicago Sky 86, New York Liberty 82
Las Vegas Aces 84, Indiana Fever 80

Sky 86, Liberty 82 – Copper, Williams help Chicago rally from 19-down to beat New York 86-82
Kahleah Copper scored 27 points and Courtney Williams added 12, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to help the Chicago Sky rally to beat the New York Liberty 86-82 in the second meeting between the teams in three days. The Sky were down 19 early in the third quarter before rallying and taking the lead midway through the fourth. Breanna Stewart had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead New York, which saw its four-game winning streak snapped.

Aces 84, Fever 80 – Wilson scores 27 with 10 boards, Parker hits 2 late FTs as Aces beat Fever, improve to 6-0
A’ja Wilson scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Candace Parker made two free throws with 24 seconds left and the Las Vegas Aces beat the Indiana Fever 84-80 to extend its franchise record for consecutive wins to open a season to six games. Kelsey Mitchell made 5 of 6 from 3-point range and led Indiana (1-4) with 22 points but missed an open potential tying layup in the closing seconds.

IndyCar – Alex Palou wins Detroit Grand Prix in IndyCar’s return to downtown track
Alex Palou started and finished first in the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday, winning his second IndyCar race in less than a month and for the sixth time of his career. The Spaniard won the Indianapolis Grand Prix in May. He led 74 of 100 laps on Detroit’s new street course and went ahead for the last time on lap 77. He stayed in front after Will Power made a move that didn’t pan out as he made contact with Scott Dixon on lap 91. Palou pulled away in his Honda with five laps left and Power finished second in his Chevrolet.

NASCAR – Kyle Busch holds off Denny Hamlin for NASCAR Cup Series win outside St. Louis
Kyle Busch held off Denny Hamlin through a series of late restarts to win the chaotic, caution-filled NASCAR Cup Series race at World Wide Technology Raceway just outside of St. Louis in overtime Sunday. Bubba Wallace brought out the 11th and final yellow when his brake rotor let go with five laps remaining. Busch won a green-white-checkered shootout to the finish. There also were two red flags to go with a two-hour weather delay that caused the mid-afternoon race to finish in the twilight. Hamlin finished second while Joey Logano, the winner a year ago in the Cup Series debut at the track, got around Kyle Larson on the final lap to finish third. Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five ahead of Ryan Blaney, last week’s winner at Charlotte.

Tennis – French Open – Carlos Alcaraz faces Stefanos Tsitsipas at French Open
Novak Djokovic has broken a tie with rival Rafael Nadal by reaching the French Open quarterfinals for the record 17th time. Djokovic was never truly in trouble during a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Juan Pablo Varillas on Sunday. Djokovic is closing on bettering Nadal in a more prestigious category: Grand Slam singles championships. Both currently sit at 22. Djokovic will face No. 11 Karen Khachanov next. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz beat Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets and now plays No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka beat Sloane Stephens at night to reach the quarterfinals. Elina Svitolina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Karolina Muchova also advanced.

Tennis – French Open –Gauff and Swiatek can set up a rematch of last year’s final in Paris
Coco Gauff can get another shot at Iga Swiatek in the French Open. Each just needs to win one more match. A year ago at Roland Garros, Swiatek defeated Gauff for the championship at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. This time, they would meet in the quarterfinals. Swiatek is a 22-year-old from Poland. Gauff is a 19-year-old from the United States. No. 1 seed Swiatek will face Lesia Tsurenko on Monday, while No. 6 Gauff’s fourth-round match comes against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Swiatek has had a smoother path so far: She won all three of her matches in Week 1 in straight sets, and four of those sets ended 6-0.

Golf – LPGA – NCAA champ Zhang becomes 1st LPGA Tour winner in pro debut in 72 years
Two-time NCAA champion Rose Zhang became the first LPGA Tour winner in her pro debut in 72 years, capturing the Mizuho Americas Open with a par on the second hole in a playoff against Jennifer Kupcho on Sunday. The last female player to win in her pro debut was Beverly Hanson, who edged Babe Zaharias to take the Eastern Open in 1951. Zhang shot a 2-over 74 Sunday and squandered a chance to win the LPGA event on the 72nd when she missed an 8-foot par saver after making at least a half dozen in a gritty final round performance.

NFL – Norma Hunt, wife of late Chiefs founder, dies at 85
Norma Hunt, the second wife of the late Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and the only woman to attend every Super Bowl, has died. She was 85. The Hunt family, which still owns the franchise, announced the passing of the Chiefs’ matriarch in a statement released by the team Sunday night. No cause of death was given. Norma Hunt was among the few to have attended every Super Bowl when she was present for the Chiefs’ 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. Norma Hunt had two sons, Clark and Daniel, and was closely linked to the Chiefs franchise through her charitable work. The team had yet to announce memorial details.

Soccer – Racist abuse of Vinícius Júnior highlights entrenched problem in soccer
The vicious, relentless and high-profile racist insults directed at Brazilian soccer player Vinícius Júnior underscore an entrenched and decades-old issue that refuses to go away in the world’s most popular sport. It is a deeper societal problem that is manifested in soccer matches predominantly in Europe, but also all around the world, and has been amplified by the reach of social media. Federations have been slow and, in some cases unwilling, to use powers to sanction teams for the racist behavior of their fans. Players past and present worry racism is just an accepted part of soccer. Experts say more education and stronger punishments are required to combat racism.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Lansing Lugnuts 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 2
Dayton Dragons 12, West Michigan Whitecaps 5
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 8, South Bend Cubs 2
Beloit Sky Carp 6, Great Lakes Loons 0

No games tonight

MHSAA – St. Joseph wins Division 1 Boys Track and Field State Championship
Even though St. Joe didn’t win the last race of the day, a fourth place finish in the 1600 meter relay by 0.16 seconds helped secure the Bears first Boys Track and Field State Championship since 1997, when the Bears won the Class B State Title.  St. Joe finished the meet with 40.75 points,2.75 points ahead of Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.  Chippewa Valley finished 3rd in that final race, earning 6 points, while the Bears 4th place finish earned 5 points and the state title. St. Joe’s 1600 meter relay team of Shay White, Will Fiesbeck, Alex Moyer and Trey McGinnis as the Anchor.  McGinnis came in 2nd in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.79 seconds.  He also came in 2nd in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.28. St. Joe’s Jerry Capaccio was and individual State Champion in the Discuss with a throw of 167 feet 2 inches.   He came in second in the shot put with a throw of 56 feet and 11 and a quarter inches.   Capaccio earn 18 points on the day. St. Joe also earned points in the High Jump, Joshua Scott had .75 points with a 7th place tie with a jump of 6 feet 3 inches. The 3200 meter relay team of Fiesbeck, Moyer, White, and Eli Toney added another point with an 8th place finish with a time of 7:58.57.  The times in the Boys 3200 Meter Relay and 1600 Meter Relay were St. Joe school records.  It’s the seventh state championship for the St. Joseph boys track and field team, and first since 1997 when the Bears won the Class B championship.