MLB – Major League Baseball
Cleveland Guardians 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Tigers and Cubs were off
Guardians 3, White Sox 1 – Gallagher gets key hit as Cleveland Guardians beat Chicago White Sox 3-1
Cam Gallagher hit an RBI single during Cleveland’s two-run seventh inning, and the Guardians beat Dylan Cease and the Chicago White Sox 3-1. Gabriel Arias homered as Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series. Nick Sandlin (2-1) got four outs for the win, and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 15th save. The Guardians went ahead to stay in the seventh. With one out and runners on second and third, Brayan Rocchio hit a grounder that shortstop Tim Anderson flubbed for an error. Rocchio was credited with his first major league RBI when Will Brennan scampered home to make it 2-1.
Detroit (Boyd 2-3) at Washington (Irvin 1-1), 7:05 p.m. News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Stroman 2-4) at Philadelphia (Suárez 0-0), 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City (Greinke 1-4) at Chicago White Sox (Kopech 1-4), 8:10 p.m.
MLB – Could the A’s really play in Las Vegas’ minor league park? Recent history says yes
A major professional team playing in a minor league venue would’ve been unheard of just a few years ago. That is what the Oakland Athletics likely will do if they move to Las Vegas. There is recent precedent. The Chargers played in an MLS stadium after moving from San Diego to Los Angeles. The Arizona Coyotes call a college arena home while awaiting what they hope is a new building of their own. A’s president Dave Kaval has said he would like to break ground next year and move into the Las Vegas stadium in time for the 2027 season.
NHL – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida Panthers 3, Carolina Hurricanes 2 – 4 OT (FLA leads 1-0)
Panthers 3, Hurricanes 2 – 4OT – Tkachuk ends 6th-longest game in NHL history, Panthers win 3-2 in 4OT
Matthew Tkachuk beat Frederik Andersen in the final seconds of the fourth overtime to lift the Florida Panthers past the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 early Friday to open their Eastern Conference final series. Tkachuck took a feed from Sam Bennett after Florida had won a battle for the puck as Carolina tried to clear the puck. He then whipped a shot from the right circle past Andersen with 12.7 seconds left for the winner. It marked the longest game in either franchise’s history, as well as the sixth-longest game in NHL history.
Western Conference Finals
Dallas Stars at Vegas Golden Knights, 8:30 p.m. (Game 1)
NBA – National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conference Finals (Best of 7)
Western Conference Finals
Denver Nuggets 108, Los Angeles Lakers 103 (DEN leads 2-0)
Nuggets 108, Lakers 103 – Murray’s big fourth quarter propels Nuggets past Lakers 108-103
Jamal Murray scored 23 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, propelling the Denver Nuggets to a 108-103 come-from-behind win over the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Nikola Jokic had another triple-double for the Nuggets, who have never been this close to reaching the NBA Finals before. Game 3 is Saturday night at Crypto.com Arena, where LeBron James and the Lakers are 8-0 in the playoffs. The Nuggets have lost to the Lakers all three times they’ve advanced to the Western Conference Finals in 1985, 2009 and 2020 in the NBA bubble.
Eastern Conference Finals
Miami Heat at Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. (MIA leads 1-0)
WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association – Season Opener
Connecticut Sun at Indiana Fever, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Sky at Minnesota Lynx, 8:00 p.m.
WNBA – Super teams and Brittney Griner’s return headline upcoming WNBA season
Expectations and intrigue surround the WNBA as the league tips off its 27th season this weekend. There are super teams in Las Vegas and New York loaded with star power and championship aspirations. Brittney Griner is set to make her long-awaited return to the league with the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night in a road game at Los Angeles. She missed last season while detained in a Russian jail on drug-related charges before the saga ended with a prisoner swap in December. On Sunday, Griner plays her first regular-season home game since her release when the Mercury face the Chicago Sky at 4 p.m. EDT on ESPN.
Golf – PGA – DeChambeau resurfaces at Oak Hill and leads PGA Championship
Bryson DeChambeau is the leading the frost-delayed PGA Championship. It’s been more than a year since DeChambeau was the incredible bulk who tried to overpower golf courses. Now he’s slimmer and feels healthy. That much is evident with his 66 at Oak Hill. That gives DeChambeau a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler, Dustin Johnson and Corey Conners among those who finished. Thirty players have to finish the round Friday. Eric Cole is at 5 under and has four holes to complete. Johnson was tied for the lead until making his only bogey on the final hole.
Tennis – Rafael Nadal to miss French Open with hip injury, expects 2024 to be last season
Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the French Open because of a lingering hip injury that has sidelined him since January and says that he expects 2024 to be his last year on the tennis tour. Nadal owns a record 14 championships at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament and will miss it for the first time since making his debut in 2005. Nadal announced his withdrawal at a news conference at his tennis academy in Manacor, Spain. The 36-year-old Nadal has a career record of 112-3 across 18 appearances at the French Open and he won the title there a year ago. He is tied with Novak Djokovic with a men’s-record 22 Grand Slam titles.
Indy500 – Ericsson, Dixon keep Ganassi atop Indianapolis 500 speed chart for 2nd day
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson looked like double trouble in Indianapolis 500 practice. First he charged to the top of the speed chart with a lap of 229.607 mph. Then he posted the top no-tow speed of the day at 224.414. Scott Dixon had the second-fastest overall lap for the second straight day as Chip Ganassi Racing had the two fastest cars in practice again. Dixon went 229.186. Speeds are expected to increase Friday when extra power is added to the cars. Qualifying is set for Saturday and Sunday. The race is set for May 28.
Indy500 – Kyle Larson and Hendrick crew arrive for Indianapolis 500 immersion
Kyle Larson was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday to begin his immersion in the Arrow McLaren Racing program. It will help him prepare for next year’s Indianapolis 500. The NASCAR superstar was accompanied by Jeff Gordon and several Hendrick Motorsports executives. The two-year Indy 500 deal with Larson and McLaren is backed by Hendrick Motorsports. Larson will also rac in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway the same night. Five drivers have previously tried the double. Only Tony Stewart in 2001 was able to complete all 1,100 miles in the two races.
Horse Racing – Secretariat’s 1973 Triple Crown record times now official
When Secretariat won the Preakness a half-century ago, his final time of 1 minute, 55 seconds wasn’t all that noteworthy. It was a second slower than the Preakness mark set two years earlier by Canonero II. But the dispute over that time was only beginning. It wasn’t until 2012 when owner Penny Chenery finally succeeded in securing her horse’s record. After a hearing and a review of video footage, the Maryland Racing Commission changed the official time of the race to 1:53. Secretariat still holds all three Triple Crown time records from his magical year in 1973.
MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Great Lakes 10, West Michigan 0
Lansing 5, Lake County 2
Beloit 5, South Bend 3
West Michigan Whitecaps at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
Lake County Captains at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Beloit Sky Carp, 7:35 p.m.
MHSAA – High School Sports
Lakeshore 12, St. Joseph 6 – Game 1
Lakeshore 9, St. Joseph 2 – Game 2
Niles 11, Berrien Springs 5 – Game 1
Berrien Springs 4, Niles 2 – Game 2
Constantine 9, Buchanan 1 – Game 1
Buchanan 11, Constantine 7 – Game 2
Dowagiac 3, Coloma 1 – Game 1
Dowagiac 12, Coloma 6 – Game 2
Decatur 13, Comstock 1 – Game 1
Decatur 3, Comstock 2 – Game 2
Hartford 21, Bloomingdale 9 – Game 1
Hartford 11, Bloomingdale 1 – Game 2
Lawrence 15, Bangor 0 – Game 1
Lawrence 16, Bangor 1 – Game 2
Lakeshore 4, St. Joseph 2 – Game 1
Lakeshore 10, St. Joseph 2 – Game 2
Niles 13, Berrien Springs 3 – Game 1
Niles 12, Berrien Springs 2 – Game 2
Coloma 11, Dowagiac 6 – Game 1
Coloma 8, Dowagiac 6 – Gae 2
Hamilton 10, South Haven 5
Kalamazoo Christian 15, River Valley 2 – Game 1
River Valley 6, Kalamazoo Christian 3 – Game 2
Parchment 3, Plainwell 2
Parchment 4, Plainwell 3
Bangor 13, Lawrence 0 – Game 1
Bangor 8, Lawrence 7 – Game 2
Three Rivers 7, Michigan Lutheran 0
Kalamazoo Hackett 8, Bridgman 0
Holland Black River 0, Fennville 0 – TIE
Saugatuck 6, Schoolcraft 0
End Regular Season
Edwardsburg at Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Allegan, 6:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Buchanan, 5:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6;30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Portage Northern, 6:30 p.m.
Otsego at Marshall, 6:30 p.m.
Vicksburg at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Edwardsburg, 4:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Paw Paw, 4:00 p.m.
Mishawaka Penn at Lakeshore, 4:30 p.m.
Decatur at Centreville, 4:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Burr Oak, 4:00 p.m.
Track and Field
Division 1 at Portage Central, 11:00 a.m.
Byron Center, Caledonia, East Kentwood, GR Forest Hills Central, GR Forest Hills Northern, GR Ottawa Hills, Greenville, Kalamazoo Central, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, Lowell, Mattawan, Portage Central, Portage Northern, St. Joseph, Wyoming
Division 2 at Berrien Springs, 11:00 a.m.
Allegan, Benton Harbor, Berrien Springs, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Gull Lake, Lakeshore, Niles, Otsego, Paw Paw, Plainwell, South Haven, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Vicksburg
Division 4 at Gobles, 11:00 a.m.
Countryside Academy, Covert, Decatur, Eau Claire, Gobles, Holland Calvary, Kalamazoo Hackett, Kalamazoo Phoenix, Lawrence Marcellus, Martin, Mendon, New Buffalo, Our Lady of the lake, River Valley, White Pigeon