Detroit takes 4 of 5 with Twins, face Yankees next – Friday Morning Sports Update

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 3, Minnesota Twins 2
Toronto Blue Jays 8, Chicago White Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 7, St. Louis Cardinals 5

Tigers 3, Twins 2 – Daz Cameron’s HR in 8th lifts surging Tigers past Twins 3-2
Daz Cameron hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the surging Detroit Tigers held on to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 3-2. Cameron’s 416-foot shot to left-center came off Emilio Pagan. Alex Lange gave up two walks and struck out one in the pivotal eighth inning and Gregory Soto earned his 10th save. AL Central-leading Minnesota has lost seven of 10 games and is still the division’s only team with a winning record. The fourth-place Tigers have won seven of their last nine games after a poor start this season.

Blue Jays 8 White Sox 3 – Manoah sharp as Blue Jays beat White Sox, win 8th straight
Alek Manoah pitched into the eighth inning, Teoscar Hernández homered and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their winning streak to eight games by beating the Chicago White Sox 8-3. Santiago Espinal had three hits and three RBIs as the surging Blue Jays won for the 12th time in 15 games. Chicago was swept in the three-game series and has lost six of eight. Manoah allowed three runs and six hits, walked one and struck out five in 7 2/3 innings. He’s 9-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 career home starts.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 5 – Schwindel, Contreras and Happ homer as Cubs top Cards 7-5
Frank Schwindel launched a long solo homer and doubled among his three hits and the Chicago Cubs topped the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 for their third straight victory. Willson Contreras went deep for the third time in four games and Ian Happ also homered to help Chicago end the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak. St. Louis has also won five in a row at Wrigley Field dating to last July. Paul Goldschmidt doubled to extend his hitting streak to 24 games and reached safely for a career-best 38th consecutive game. Keegan Thompson allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for a win in his fourth straight outing.

Today
St. Louis (Mikolas 3-3) at Chicago Cubs (Stroman 2-4), 2:20 p.m.
Detroit (Rodriguez 0-0) at N.Y. Yankees (Cole 4-1), 7:05 p.m.               WSJM/WCSY 6:45
Chicago White Sox (Velasquez 2-3) at Tampa Bay (McClanahan 5-2), 7:10 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2022 NBA Finals
Last Night
Boston Celtics 120, Golden State Warriors 108              (BOS Leads 1-0)

Celtics 120, Warriors 108 – Celtics have huge 4th, beat Warriors in Game 1 of NBA Finals
Jaylen Brown fueled a comeback charge and scored 24 points, Al Horford hit six 3-pointers and the Boston Celtics rode the most lopsided fourth quarter in NBA Finals history to a 120-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Horford finished with 26 points and the Celtics outscored the Warriors 40-16 in the final 12 minutes after trailing by 15 points late in the third quarter. Boston made its first seven tries from long distance in the fourth and wound up 9 of 12 beyond the arc over the final 12 minutes as almost everybody got involved in the 3-point flurry.

NBA – Silver says NBA likes ‘parity of opportunity’ for its teams
Over the last three seasons, six franchises have reached the NBA Finals. The league has seen five Eastern Conference champions in the last five seasons. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the team which hoists the trophy won’t be the same as the one who did the year before. Adam Silver likes all these numbers. The NBA Commissioner, in his annual pre-NBA Finals address Thursday night held just before Game 1 of the series between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics, repeated his familiar refrain that he doesn’t care who wins. But he also sees the value in some unpredictability from one year to the next as far as which teams make it to the title round.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals
Last Night
Colorado Avalanche 4, Edmonton Oilers 0                        (COL Leads 2-0)

Avalanche 4, Oilers 0 – Francouz, Kadri lead Avs to 4-0 win over Oilers in Game 2
Nazem Kadri had three assists in a 2:04 span in the second period, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Avalanche broke through in the second after a scoreless opening period that featured something rarely seen so far in this series — defense. Artturi Lehkonen and Josh Manson scored 15 seconds apart to get things going in the second, with Mikko Rantanen adding another on Kadri’s third assist. Nathan MacKinnon scored late in the third. Game 3 is Saturday in Edmonton.

Tonight
Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers, 8:00 p.m.          (NYR Leads 1-0)

NHL – Flames’ Sutter wins Jack Adams as NHL coach of the year
Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames is this season’s recipient of the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top head coach.  Sutter oversaw the biggest one-year improvement by any team in the league guiding the Flames to the Pacific Division title a year after they missed the playoffs.  Sutter received 54 first-place votes to beat Florida’s Andrew Brunette and New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant for the honor.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Tonight
Chicago Sky at Atlanta Dream, 7:30 p.m.

WNBA – Griner receiving, answering WNBA players’ emails
Brittney Griner has been able to receive emails and letters from WNBA players through an account Griner’s agent set up to allow them to communicate with her.  The emails are printed out and delivered sporadically in bunches to Griner by her lawyers after being vetted by Russian officials. Griner doesn’t have access to email. She’ll either write a response on paper and her lawyers will take a photo of it or she’ll dictate a response.  The two-time Olympic gold medalist has been detained in Russia for more than 100 days after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage at an airport near Moscow.

Tennis – French Open – Gauff to face Swiatek in final
It will be top-ranked Iga Swiatek against American Coco Gauff for the French Open women’s singles title on Saturday. Swiatek won her 34th straight match today, dominating Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1. Gauff has reached her first Grand Slam final by beating Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-3, 6-1.

NCAAFB – CFP board chair: New format ideally in place by June 2023
The university leaders who oversee the College Football Playoff want the next format for determining a champion settled by this time next year. Mississippi State President Mark Keenum says the conference commissioners in charge of building the postseason system for the 2026 season and beyond will restart the task in the coming weeks. Keenum is the chairman of the CFP board of managers. He added that he intends to meet with his fellow presidents and chancellors in August to discuss what comes next for the playoff. An attempt to expand the playoff from the current four-team format to 12 teams before the current 12-year contract with ESPN expires after the 2025 season fell apart last fall.

NCAA – Roger Valdiserri, Notre Dame SID for 3 decades, dies at 95
Roger Valdiserri, who helped tell the story of some of Notre Dame’s greatest football teams as the school’s sports information director for three decades, has died. He was 95. Valdiserri’s family says he died of natural causes at a retirement community outside Chicago. The family said he was surrounded by his five children at the time of his death. Valdiserri was a native of Pennsylvania who graduated from Notre Dame in 1954. His first job at the school was an administrative assistant for football coaches Frank Leahy and Terry Brennan. He took over as the school’s sports information director in 1966 under coach Ara Parseghian. Notre Dame won the first of four national titles in football during Valdiserri’s tenure that season.

NBAGL – NBA G League – Grand Rapids Gold moving to Van Andel Arena
One month after officials decided that the DeltaPlex Arena will close, the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G-League have had to search for a new home venue.  The team will move to the downtown Van Andel Arena starting this upcoming season.  Van Andel Arena is the 4th largest arena in the state of Michigan and is currently the home of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, who are the Detroit Red Wings primary affiliate.  Van Andel Arena holds just under 11,000 for hockey, and 11, 500 for basketball.  The Gold, who are the affiliated of the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, won’t be the first professional basketball team to call Van Andel Arena home, the Grand Rapids Hoops of the now defunct CBA played there from 1996-2001.  The 2001 Big Ten Women’s Basketball tournament was also held at Van Andel Arena.

MILB – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
South Bend Cubs 5, Dayton Dragons 1 – Game 1
Dayton Dragons 7, South Bend Cubs 2 – Game 2
West Michigan Whitecaps 16, Lake County Captains 8
Lansing Lugnuts 7, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3
Great Lakes Loons 5, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2

Today
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lake County Captains, 7:00 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Kernels at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Girls Soccer – District Championships
Division 3 (Delton-Kellogg)
Otsego 2, Portland 0 – OT

Today
Baseball
Division 1 (Hudsonville)
St. Joseph vs. Zeeland West, 1:00 p.m.
Hudsonville vs. Holland West Ottawa, 1:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 3:30 p.m.

Division 4 (River Valley)
River Valley vs. Eau Claire, 2:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran vs. New Buffalo, 4:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 6:00 p.m.

Softball
Division 4 (River Valley)
River Valley vs. Eau Claire, 2:00 p.m.
Bridgman vs. New Buffalo, 4:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 5:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer – District Finals
Division 2 (Marshall)
Gull Lake vs. Marshall, 6:00 p.m.

Division 2 (Zeeland East)
Plainwell vs. Zeeland West, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Berrien Springs)
Three Rivers vs. South Haven, 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Buchanan)
Our Lady of the Lake vs. Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Hartford)
Saugatuck vs. Holland Black River, 5:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Saturday
Girls Tennis – State Finals
Division 2 at Hope College & Holland Christian HS
St. Joseph, Battle Creek Lakeview, Portage Central, Mattawan, Berkley, Birmingham Groves, Birmingham Seaholm, Dexter, East Lansing, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Grosse Pointe, North Grosse Pointe, South Holly, , Midland, Petoskey, South Lyon, Temperance Bedford, Trenton

Division 3 at Midland Tennis Center & Midland HS
Lakeshore, Edwardsburg, Allegan, Otsego, Ada Forest Hills, Eastern Armada, BH Cranbrook Kingswood, Bloomfield Hills Marian, Chelsea, Detroit Country Day, East Grand Rapids, Grosse Ile, Haslett, Holland Christian, Ludington, Parma Western, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, St. Johns, Whitehall, Williamston

MHSAA – High School Sports
Saturday (Continued)
Girls Soccer – District Finals
Division 2 (Mattawan)
St. Joseph vs. Mattawan, 10:00 a.m.

Division 1 (Portage Northern)
Portage Central vs. Kal. Loy Norrix, 10:00 a.m.

Baseball – District Semifinals/Final
Division 1 (Portage Northern)
Kalamazoo Central vs. Portage Northern, 10:00 a.m.
Mattawan vs. Portage Central, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 1 (Coldwater)
Sturgis vs. Coldwater, 10:00 a.m.
BC Lakeview vs. Jackson, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:30 p.m.

Division 2 (Edwardsburg)
Berrien Springs vs. Dowagiac, 10:00 a.m.
Lakeshore vs. Edwardsburg, 12:30 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:30 p.m.

Division 2 (Holland Christian)
South Haven vs. Hamilton, 10:00 a.m.
Holland Christian vs. Zeeland East, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 2 (Gull Lake)
Gull Lake vs. Olivet, 10:00 a.m.
Marshall vs. BC Pennfield, 12:30 p.m.
-Championship game, 3:30 p.m.

Division 2 (Parchment)
Vicksburg vs. Three Rivers, 10:00 a.m.
Paw Paw vs. Parchment, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 2 (GR South Christian)
Otsego vs. Wayland, 10:00 a.m.
Hopkins vs. GR South Christian, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:30 p.m.

Division 3 (Buchanan)
Buchanan vs. Lawton, 10:00 a.m.
Bridgman vs. Constantine, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Bangor)
Coloma vs. Bloomingdale, 10:00 a.m.
Watervliet vs. Hartford, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Centreville)
Centreville vs. Climax-Scotts, 10:00 a.m.
Schoolcraft vs. Comstock, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Calvin Christian)
Calvin Christian vs. Covenant Chr., 10:00 a.m.
Fennville vs. Saugatuck, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Decatur)
Decatur vs. Marcellus, 10:00 a.m.
Cassopolis (Bye)
-Championship game, 12:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Kalamazoo Hackett)
Kal. Hackett vs. Kal. Christian, 10:00 a.m.
Lawrence vs. Gobles, 12:15 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:45 p.m.

Softball – District Semifinals/Final
Division 1 (Mattawan)
St. Joseph vs. Portage Northern, 10:00 a.m.
Mattawan vs. Kalamazoo Central, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 1 (Coldwater)
Coldwater vs. BC Lakeview, 10:00 a.m.
Sturgis vs. BC Central, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:30 p.m.

Division 2 (Berrien Springs)
Niles vs. Edwardsburg, 10:00 a.m.
Lakeshore vs. Berrien Springs, 12:30 p.m.
-Championship game, 3:00 p.m.

Division 2 (Paw Paw)
Plainwell vs. Otsego, 10:00 a.m.
South Haven vs. Paw Paw, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 2 (BC Pennfield)
Gull Lake vs. Three Rivers, 10:00 a.m.
Vicksburg vs. Harper Creek, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Buchanan)
Buchanan vs. Brandywine, 10:00 a.m.
Lawton vs. Schoolcraft, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Bangor)
Watervliet vs. Bangor, 10:00 a.m.
Coloma vs. Bloomingdale, 11:30 a.m.
-Championship game, 1:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Centreville)
Homer vs. Quincy, 10:00 a.m.
Centreville vs. Bronson, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 3 (Parchment)
Parchment vs. Galesburg-Augusta, 10:00 a.m.
Comstock vs. Climax-Scotts, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Lawrence)
Gobles vs. Kal. Christian, 10:00 a.m.
Decatur vs. Lawrence, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.

Division 4 (Marcellus)
Marcellus vs. Howardsville Chr., 10:00 a.m.
White Pigeon vs. Mendon, 12:00 p.m.
-Championship game, 2:00 p.m.