Friday Sports – – Tigers explode for 5 runs in the 7th inning in 5-2 win over Washington


MLB – Major League Baseball
Detroit Tigers 7, Washington Nationals 2
Chicago White Sox 3, Seattle Mariners 2 – 10 Innings
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Chicago Cubs 2

Tigers 7, Nationals 2 – Tigers rally in 7th inning to end Nationals’ 5-game win streak with 7-2 victory
Justyn-Henry Malloy homered and drove in three RBIs and the Detroit Tigers ended the Washington Nationals’ five-game winning streak with a 7-2 victory. After striking out in the third inning, Malloy was hitting .143 in the first 10 days of his big-league career. However, he hit his second career homer in the sixth and added a two-run double in the seventh. The Tigers had lost five of six. Detroit’s Casey Mize allowed one run and four hits in six innings, while Patrick Corbin gave up a run in 5 1/3 innings. Shelby Miller (4-4) picked up the win, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings.

White Sox 3, Mariners 2 – F/10 – Crochet weaves a gem with 13 strikeouts and White Sox top Mariners 3-2 in 10
Garrett Crochet struck out a career-high 13 over seven dominant innings, Andrew Vaughn homered and drove in the tiebreaking run in the 10th, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2. Chicago avoided being swept in the four-game series, but needed extra innings after Seattle star Julio Rodríguez tied it at 2 in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer off closer Michael Kopech. Crochet allowed two hits and has 42 strikeouts over his last four starts.

Rays 3, Cubs 2 – Taj Bradley ties career high with 11 strikeouts as the Rays rally to beat the Cubs 3-2
Taj Bradley tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2. Bradley gave up two unearned runs and three hits. After starter Justin Steele pitched six scoreless innings for the Cubs, the Rays scored three times in the seventh off Mark Leiter Jr. Pinch-hitter Josh Lowe had an RBI single and pinch-hitter Ben Rortvedt drove in a run on a groundout before Yandy Díaz made it 3-2 with another RBI single. Tampa Bay took two of three in the series and is 8-14 over the last 22 games. Meanwhile, the Cubs have lost 14 of 20.

St. Louis (Gibson 4-2) at Chicago Cubs (Wicks 1-2), 2:20 p.m.
Detroit (Skubal 8-1) at Houston (Brown 2-5), 8:10 p.m.            News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 7:45
Chicago White Sox (Flexen 2-5) at Arizona (Nelson 3-5), 9:40 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League – 2024 Stanley Cup Finals (best of 7)
Last Night
Florida Panthers 4, Edmonton Oilers 3                                            (FLA leads 3-0)

Panthers 4, Oilers 3 – Barkov, Bobrovsky and the Panthers beat the Oilers 4-3 to move within win of Stanley Cup
Aleksander Barkov and Sergei Bobrovsky led the way as the Florida Panthers moved within a victory of their first Stanley Cup title, holding on to beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 3 of the final. Barkov set up a goal and scored another while Bobrovsky made 32 saves to continue his run of dominance in the series. The Panthers pounced on turnovers and silenced a fired up Edmonton crowd witnessing the first Cup final game with fans in the city in 18 years. Florida can win the first title in franchise history as soon as Game 4 on Saturday night in Edmonton. To avoid that fate, the Oilers will need to complete a 3-0 comeback done just four times in NHL playoff history — and once in the final all the way back in 1942 — to end Canada’s Cup drought.

Florida Panthers at Edmonton Oilers, 8:00 p.m.                                 (FLA leads 3-0)

NHL – Utah Hockey Club will be the name of NHL team in Salt Lake City for 24/25 season
The NHL team that moved from Arizona to Salt Lake City will be known as the Utah Hockey Club during its inaugural season. Ownership announced the move Thursday and unveiled the initial logos and jerseys that will be used in 2024-25 before permanent branding from names to logos are established following a fan vote. They were revealed in concert with the $1.2 billion sale of the club to Smith Entertainment Group closing. The color scheme of light blue, black and white is expected to last long term.

NBA – National Basketball Association – 2024 NBA Finals (best of 7)
Boston Celtics at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.                                   (BOS leads 3-0)

NBA – Celtics on the brink of an 18th title, can close out Mavs in Game 4 of NBA Finals
It’s over. That’s what the numbers say. There will be a record-setting 18th championship for the Boston Celtics to celebrate soon, maybe very soon. They have a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals, a lead that has never been wasted in any NBA series, ever. The stats are absolute. The Celtics, to their credit, are taking nothing for granted. On perhaps the next-to-last day of the NBA’s 78th season, the Celtics — who could finish off the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 on Friday night — were desperately trying to keep things as close to business as usual as could be expected.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Fever 91, Atlanta Dream 84

Fever 91, Dream 84 – Boston has 27 to tie career high, Clark gets 7 and Fever use late run in 91-84 win over Dream
Aliyah Boston matched a career high with 27 points, Kelsey Mitchell added 24 and the Indiana Fever closed on a 10-2 run for a 91-84 win over the Atlanta Dream despite getting just seven points from Caitlin Clark. Indiana (4-10) scored 59 in the first half but had just 14 points in the first 14 minutes of the second half as Atlanta rallied to retake the lead, 80-79. But Indiana scored the next four points and pulled away. Rhyne Howard had 26 to lead Atlanta (5-6). Clark finished 3 for 11 shooting.

Chicago Sky at Washington Mystics, 7:30 p.m.

Chicago Sky at Indiana Fever, 12:00 p.m.

Golf – McIlroy showing major form with bogey-free 65 to share Open lead with Cantlay
Rory McIlroy and Patrick Cantlay are tied for the lead after one round of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. McIlroy had tremendous control on a course that demands precision. He was bogey-free for a 65 in the afternoon. Cantlay had six birdies in his round of 65 in the morning. McIlroy hasn’t had a bogey-free start to a major since last winning one 10 years ago at the British Open. They led by one shot over Ludvig Aberg. Bryson DeChambeau powered his way to a 67 and was tied for third with Matthieu Pavon on France.  Scottie Scheffler began his pursuit of the U.S. Open title on Thursday with a 1-over 71, leaving the world’s top-ranked player in contention but with some ground to make up. He bogeyed the par-4 third at Pinehurst No. 2 and played the rest of the round over par, a rarity for him. Tiger Woods survived an inconsistent round in his first appearance at the U.S. Open since 2020 on Thursday, shooting a four-over 74 at Pinehurst No. 2.

Golf – Korda stumbles again in 1st event since US Open, shoots 76 in Meijer LPGA Classic
Nelly Korda stumbled again Thursday in her first event since missing the cut in the U.S. Women’s Open, dropping four strokes on the first three holes in a 4-over 76 at the windy Meijer LPGA Classic. The top-ranked Korda was tied for 133rd in the 144-player field, 11 strokes behind leader Alison Lee at Blythefield Country Club. Korda shot 80-70 — making a 10 on a hole in the first round — two weeks ago in the U.S. Women’s Open in Pennsylvania. She came into the Women’s Open with six victories in her last seven tournaments, including a major that tied an LPGA Tour record for five wins in a row. On Thursday at Blythefield, where she won in 2021, Korda opened double bogey-bogey-bogey.

NFL – QB Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars agree to a 5-year, $275M contract extension
A person familiar with the negotiations says Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a five-year, $275 million contract extension that makes him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side had announced the contract publicly. The person says Lawrence’s deal averages $55 million and ties him with Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow for the most ever. Lawrence’s extension includes $142 million fully guaranteed and a $37.5 million signing bonus. Lawrence is now the sixth QB making more than $50 million a year.

NFL – Atlanta Falcons forfeit fifth-round pick, fined for tampering with Kirk Cousins
The Atlanta Falcons were stripped of a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft on Thursday for violating the NFL’s anti-tampering rules prior to signing quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Falcons and Cousins agreed on a four-year, $180 million contract with $100 million guaranteed shortly after the league’s 52-hour legal tampering window opened. It’s normal for teams and players to reach agreements quickly and there were other players who agreed to deals even before Cousins. But Cousins’ comments at his introductory news conference raised questions that led to the NFL’s investigation.

Tennis – Nadal will skip Wimbledon so he doesn’t have to switch to clay for Olympics
Rafael Nadal is going to skip Wimbledon, as expected, and instead prepare for the Paris Olympics by entering a clay-court tournament in Bastad, Sweden. The 22-time Grand Slam champion said Thursday he wants to just remain on clay, rather than switching over to grass for the All England Club and then needing to go back to clay. The Summer Games will hold the tennis competition at Roland Garros starting on July 27. That is the site of the French Open, where Nadal has won a record 14 titles. Nadal will play doubles — with Carlos Alcaraz — and singles at the OIympics. Wimbledon runs from July 1-14.

NCAAMBB – Ex-Illinois star Terrence Shannon Jr., not guilty of rape
Former Illinois standout Terrence Shannon Jr., a potential first-round NBA draft pick, was found not guilty Thursday on a rape charge in Kansas. A jury in Douglas County spent less than two hours deliberating the verdict. The 23-year-old Shannon was accused of committing sexual assault last September while visiting Kansas for a football game between the Illini and the Jayhawks. He was charged with rape or an alternative count of sexual battery, which led to him being suspended for six games; a a federal judge later reinstated him, ruling that his civil rights had been violated. Shannon is among the top guards available in the draft, which is scheduled for June 26-27. He was first-team All-Big Ten and a third-team All-American this past season.

IndyCar – IndyCar moves to Fox Sports in 2025 and now has Daytona 500 and Indy 500
Fox Sports has acquired the rights to broadcast IndyCar starting in 2025. The move gives the network two of the biggest races in the world, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Fox Sports already broadcasts the first half of the NASCAR schedule. Terms of the deal between IndyCar and Fox Sports were not revealed but Fox promised all the races would receive network broadcasts, as well as qualifying for the Indy 500. NBC had held the rights to IndyCar since 2009. Fox Sports says all races with be on Fox and the Fox Sports app, while Fox Deportes will carry Spanish-language coverage.

UFC – Conor McGregor out of UFC 303 because of an undisclosed injury
An injury caused Conor McGregor to pull out of the upcoming pay-per-view event June 29 in Las Vegas that he was scheduled to headline. Organization President Dana White announced the change Thursday night on X. White saying light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira will face top-ranked challenger Jiri Prochazka in UFC 303. McGregor was scheduled to fight Michael Chandler. The first indication that bout was in trouble when his news conference June 3 in Dublin was abruptly canceled. No immediate explanation was provided.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Wisconsin 6, West Michigan 1
Great Lakes 8, Dayton 2
Lansing 8, Cedar Rapids 0
South Bend at Peoria, Suspended

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Kernels at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Peoria Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. completion of 6/13
South Bend Cubs at Peoria Chiefs, 8:05 p.m. – Game 2

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Baseball – State Semifinals
Division 3 at Michigan State University
Jackson Lumen Christi 3, Charlevoix 2
Watervliet 7, Detroit Edison 2
–Championship Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Girls Softball – State Semifinals
Division 2 at Michigan State University
Gaylord 9, Milan 0
Vicksburg 4, North Branch 0
–Championship Saturday 12:30 p.m.

Baseball – State Semifinals
Division 2 at Michigan State University
Flint Powers Catholic vs. Trenton, 2:30 p.m.
Gull Lake vs. Spring Lake, 5:00 p.m.
–Championship Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Girls Softball – State Semifinals
Division 3 at Michigan State University
Clare vs. Ottawa Lake Whiteford, 10:00 a.m.
Buchanan vs. Evart, 12:30 p.m.
–Championship Saturday 3:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer – State Championship
Division 4 at Michigan State University
Kalamazoo Christian vs. Jackson Lumen Christi, 1:00 p.m.