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​​​Indians beat Tigers 5-2 for 10th straight victory; Lead at 21 games

   DETROIT —  The Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 Saturday at Comerica Park for their 10th consecutive victory. It's the longest winning streak for the Indians since a 14-game streak last summer. They now lead the Tigers by 21 games in the American League's Central Division and they're now 8 games ahead of the second-place Minnesota Twins.

   Jordan Zimmerman took the loss Saturday by giving up all 5 runs in 5 innings of work. He's now 8-12 on the year.

   Bryan Holaday had an RBI single in the 7th inning and the Tigers had the potential tying run at the plate after Jose Iglesias ripped an RBI single in the bottom of the 9th before closer Cody Allen got Ian Kinsler out for his 23rd save of the season.

   Alex Presley had the first four-hit game of his career for half of Detroit's hits on the night. Holaday also had a double earlier in the game for two hits after getting a call-up from Triple-A Toledo when rosters were expanded on Friday.


Red-hot Indians sweep twinbill from slumping Tigers in Detroit

   DETROIT —  The Cleveland Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season by sweeping a doubleheader at Comerica Park in Detroit Friday. They won 3-2 in the opener when Miguel Cabrera struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning and then romped to a 10-0 victory in the nightcap.

   It was the first action for the Tigers after trading away star pitcher Justin Verlander shortly before the midnight deadline on Thursday for Major League Baseball teams to finalize rosters.

   The Indians have outscored opponents 63-15 during a nine-game winning streak that has now opened an 8 1/2 game lead over the second-place Minnesota Twins in the American League's Central Division. The Tigers are next-to-last in the Central and now 20 games behind the first-place Indians.

   Friday's sweep also marked the second twinbill sweep in three days by the red-hot Indians.

   Roberto Perez belted a solo home run as part of a three-RBI game to lead the nightcap romp in Detroit. A 9th inning RBI single by Francisco Lindor broke a 2-2 tie in the opener after a one-out triple by Jay Bruce off usually reliable Shayne Greene who took the loss.

   Jose Iglesias delivered an RBI double in the 5th inning and Mike Mahtook got the Tigers even at 2-2 with an RBI infield single off closer Cody Allen in the 8th inning.


$100 million guarantee set for Mayweather against UFC star

     LAS VEGAS — Unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., will take on undefeated UFC star Conor McGregor Saturdan night in Las Vegas for one of the biggest paydays ever for a fighter. Mayweather has a $100 million guarantee and could make twice that amount when collecting his share of the pay-per-view broadcast. McGregor will earn a minimum of $30 million but could also top $100 million in earnings after getting his share of the pay-per-view dollars.


White Sox win 3-2 on walk-off RBI single in bottom of 9th inning to spoil great outing by Verlander

   CHICAGO — The Detroit Tigers were beaten 3-2 by the Chicgao White Six Saturday night in Chicago on Yolmer Sanchez's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th inning. The loss spoiled another brilliant outing by Justin Verlander who pitched 7 strong innings, striking out 8 batters and scattering 6 hits before departing with the ballgame tied at 2-2.


Grand Blanc begins new football era with dramatic late rally to pull out 51-46 barnburner over Flint Carman-Ainsworth at Atwood

   FLINT — Clint Alexander's first victory on the sidelines as the new football coach of the Grand Blanc Bobcats may go down in history as one of the most dramatic debut victories ever in the annals of Metro Flint area high school football battles. It's a good bet because the contest will certainly rank among the most exciting football games in local history.  Click Here to Read More


Linden rallies to beat Flushing in exciting middle game at Atwood Stadium during Vehicle City High School Football Kickoff Classic

   FLINT — Fans at the inaugural Vehicle City High School Football Kickoff Classic may have witnessed the Metro League championship game on Thursday when Linden rallied to beat Flushing 26-22. The Eagles scored in the final minute to win it.  Click Here to Read More 

 

Goodrich Martians forget 0-9 mark of 2016 by starting 2017 super strong in 44-6 romp over Bendle 

   FLINT — Tom Alward's football family at Goodrich High School had been accustomed to winning, so an 0-9 campaign in 2016 wasn't something anybody figured would be duplicated any time soon. They got some resounding proof that they can forget all about any repeat of last year's struggles when the 2017 Martians opened with a 44-6 romp over Bendle on Thursday at Atwood Stadium in Flint.   Click Here to Read More 


Reports say PGA Tour returning to Warwick HIlls in Grand Blanc

   GRAND BLANC —  Detroit media reports over the weekend say the PGA Tour is returning to Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc. A press conference has been scheduled for 11 am on Tuesday at Warwick which hosted the Buick Open until 2009.

   The reports indicate that a senior tour event will be on the 2018 PGA calendar, but nobody will know until Tuesday's media event what event will move there next season.


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Detroit Tigers place former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander on revocable waivers

​   DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers may be trying to unload the expensive contract of ace pitcher Justin Verlander. They announced Wednesday that the former Cy Young Award winner had been placed on revocable waivers. The Tigers would be free to trade Verlander is no team claims him off waivers to pay off the rest of his contract.

   The move has sparked rumors that the Washington Nationals might be interested in taking on the high price tag after two of their pitchers were injured this week. They lead the National League's East Division while the Tigers are 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League's Central Division and unlikely to catch anybody ahead of them in the wild card race to make the playoffs this season.



Detroit Tigers beat rain, beat American League East leading New York Yankees

   NEW YORK (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers won 2-0 in a matinee game Wednesday at Yankee Stadium that turned into an evening finish because of two rain delays.

   Jordan Zimmerman pitched 7 innings of shutout ball for the Tigers who got scoreless innings in relief from Bruce Rondon in the 8th and new closer Shayne Greene in the 9th. The Tigers scored their first run in the opening inning on consecutive hits to start the game by Ian Kinsler, Jim Aduci and Justin Upton. Red-hot catcher James McCann added an RBI double later in the game.



Tigers trade veteran Alex Avila, closer Justin Wilson to Cubs for pair of top young prospects

​    DETROIT (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers didn't wait until Monday's 4 pm trading deadline to make another big deal. They traded away two more of their top players late Sunday to the Chicago Cubs for a pair of young prospects. They sent closer Justin Wilson and veteran catcher Alex Avila to the defending World Series champions after an earlier trade that sent fan favorite J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

   The Cubs and D-Backs are contenders in their respective National League divisions this season while the Tigers are 10 games out of first place behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League's Central Division with 59 games to go.

   The latest trade comes after Detroit beat the Houston Astros 13-1 Sunday at Comerica Park to take two out of three from the American League's best team. The West Division leaders have 11 more victories than the Indians and 12 more than the AL East leading New York Yankees.


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Dodgers beat Michael Fulmer on error by third baseman Nick Castellanos; Losing streak at 6

   DETROIT (CCN) — Michael Fulmer became the first starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 10 years to lose despite not allowing an earned run when a two-out error helped the Los Angeles Dodgers beat him on Saturday at Comerica Park in Detroit.

   The Dodgers broke a 0-0 tie when third baseman Nicholas Castellanos dropped a pop up after losing sight of the ball in the sun with two outs in the 7th inning. Adrian Gonzalez delivered an RBI single one batter later after the big error and the Dodgers then added another run in the 8th inning against Alex Wilson and tacked on a third run against Shane Greene in the 9th inning to win it 3-0. The loss was Detroit's sixth in a row and 10th loss in the last 12 games.  
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Detroit TIgers manage only one hit in 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh to Pirates as 4-game streak ends 

   PITTSBURGH (CCN) — The Detroit Tigers were beaten 3-0 Monday night in Pittsburgh for their third straight loss. They lost their last two games in Baltimore after opening the four-game series with victories on Thursday and Friday to create their first four-game winning streak of the season.

   Jordan Zimmerman pitched 7 strong innings for the Tigers in a bid to level his record at 8-8. He was behind 1-0 when pinch hitter John Jason blasted a full count curve ball into the right field stands for a two-run homer. The PIrates had nursed a 1-0 lead until then after Francisco Cervelli's second-inning RBI double came on a full-count slider. Trevor Williams also went 7 innings for the Pirates and he allowed only one hit. ​



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Flint boxer Claressa Shields going for world title against unbeaten German opponent Friday night at MGM Casino in Detroit on Showtime TV 

  DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields will fight for a world championship on national television Friday night. Her bout with an undefeated German opponent will be the main event on the Showtime cable network. Promoter Demitri Selsta said Shields will likely fight at about 10:30 pm.

   Shields is 3-0 in her pro career after becoming the first U.S. Olympic boxer to win two Gold Medals. "Her opponent is 16-0 but Claressa isn't worried," said her trainer, Jason Crutchfield. "She's ready and she's confident. She's ready to go take care of business."

   The fight is part of a seven-bout card at the MGM Casino & Hotel in Detroit. The doors open at 7 pm and the first fight will be at 8 pm. Tickets remain at the $125 each price range.


Tigers jump out to 7-0 lead; Hang on to win 7-5 in Baltimore over Orioles with two rain delays 

   BALTIMORE (CCN) —New closer Shayne Greene came on in the bottom of the 9th inning to get his second straight save Thursday night in his new role as the Detroit Tigers hung on to win 7-5 in Baltimore over the Orioles in Major League Baseball action.

   The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first inning home runs by Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton, then exploded for five runs in the 3rd inning to go ahead 7-0.

   Two rain delays made it a long night for the second straight day after beating two rain delays on Wednesday in New York when blanking the Yankees 2-0.

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Flint boxer Claressa Shields (at right) at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel Friday for her title fight on national TV with Flint rapper Lyric DaQueen performing as she made her way into the ring. 


Flint boxer Claressa Shields wins women's world title on 5th round TKO at MGM Casino

  DETROIT (CCN) — Flint's Olympic champion boxer Claressa Shields won the women's world title Friday night in Detroit with a 5th round TKO over Nikki Adler. It was only the fourth pro fight for the unbeaten Shields who became the first Team USA boxer to win two Gold Medals at the Olympics. Adler was the middleweight champion with a 16-0 record before the German fighter ran into Shields at the MGM Grand Casino & Hotel in Detroit before a rowdy crowd filled with Shields supporters.


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​​Time for review on how our high schools treat superstars after ex Grand Blanc High star charged in murder police call 'revenge' killing 

    GRAND BLANC —  Nobody in Grand Blanc High School's football family wanted to talk on the record about Monday's news that one of its all-time greats is being held without bail at the Genesee County Jail.

   It's a subject that needs to be addressed on the day that high school football practices began across Michigan.

   How many schools employ coaches who allow talent to trump instilling life's most important lessons that come from the privilege of participating in competitive sports? 
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