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Five-game suspension to top scorer Ryan Moore for homophobic slur doomed Firebirds
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO —- The season came to an end here Friday night for the Flint Firebirds, and it's my opinion that it's time for the Ontario Hockey League's top brass needs to come clean about whether or not they really want a franchise in Flint. Commissioner David Branch suspended owner Rolf Nielsen five years and fined him $250,000 for firing his coach twice last season. The team made tremendous improvement on the ice this winter without Rolf's interference. The Firebirds made the playoffs —- striking fear into the second-seeded Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds by winning Game 2 in their house to steal away home ice advantage in the seven-game series. But top scorer Ryan Moore was then hit with a five-game suspension for a homophobic slur directed near the end of Game 2 at top Soo player Bobby McIntyre. They then lost two in a row on home ice before the Soo ended the series with a 6-1 victory Friday night in Game 5. Click Here to Read More
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7th annual Mid-Michigan alumni hockey tournament attracts 32 teams from 20 schools
The 7th Annual Mid-Michigan Annual Alumni Hockey Tournament is on tap for this weekend at two arenas and has attracted 32 teams representing 20 high schools. One of the co-directors of the tournament, Rico Phillips, was on Friday's Morning Gazette Radio Show to promote the event. "Players have been flying in from around the country, even Finland and other places from Europe," Phillips said. "It's a great event to see old friends and renew old rivalries. We even had to have the referees break up a few near fights last year, so the guys are serious out there!" Divisions are set up for players in 18-&-over, 30-&-over and a new 40-&-over field for this year. Click Here to Read More
Long-time sports anchor Greg Molzon let go in yet another firing at Flint station ABC TV 12
FLINT — Viewers of ABC TV 12 who have missed seeing long-time sports anchor Greg Molzon for the past two weeks may be shocked to learn he isn't returning to the air. That's the word confirmed to The Daily Gazette Sports Weekend Show by a source who asked not to be identified. Molzon has not responded to an e-mail asking for a comment by The Daily Gazette. No on air comments have been made about his absence at the station owned by Gray Television. Click Here to Read More
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Fenton pair Kenny Allen, Mitchell Shegos invited as NFL free agents
FENTON — Two Fenton football players are getting a chance to play in the National Football League. Kenny Allen and Mitchell Shegos didn't hear their names called in last weekend's draft, but got phone calls instead to attend camps as free agents. Allen, a punter with the Michigan Wolverines, has signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Shegos, who was one of the top receivers in all of Division II football this past fall at Notre Dame of Ohio, signed with the Cleveland Browns.
Davison's Taylor Davis wins 2017 Miss Bowling honor in Michigan
DAVISON — The city of flags is now the city of Miss Bowling! Davison High School senior Taylor Davis won the sport's highest honor Monday after also winning all-state accolades in Division 1 this past season for the Cardinals.
Tigers roll to 7-1 romp over Indians at Comerica Park to pull one game out of first place in AL Central
DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 14 times in 18 games last season, but a 7-1 romp Monday night at Comerica Park gave the Tigers three victories in four tries against them so far this season. Click Here to Read More
Tonight's TV sports schedule:
The Detroit Tigers face the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of a four-game series Tuesday at Comerica Park at 7:10 p.m. The Tigers won the opener on Monday night for their third victory in four starts this season against the Indians who beat them 14 times in 18 games last season en route to the Central Division title in the American League.
The action in the NBA playoffs on Tuesday features the defending champion Golden State Warriors hosting the Utah Jazz in a second round contest. Game time is 10:30 pm on the TNT cable TV network for the opener of a best-of-seven series between them. The Jazz won Game 7 in Los Angeles Sunday against the Clippers while the Warriors are well rested after an opening-round sweep over the Portland Trailblazers.
The Warriors-Jazz game follows an 8 pm tip-off on TNT between the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards. The Celtics won the series opener in Boston on Sunday.
Two games are also on tap Tuesday in the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. The Senators-Rangers series shifts to New York for Game 3 after Ottawa's 6-5 victory in double overtime on Saturday gave the Senators a 2-0 jump in their best-of-seven second round series. The Nashville Predators try to go up 3-1 in their second round best-of-seven series Tuesday against the visiting St. Louis Blues. Both NHL battles will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. The Ottawa-New York game starts at 7 pm and the Nashville-St. Louis face-off is set for 9:30 pm.
Cavaliers draw first blood in NBA series against Raptors behind double-double by LeBron James
CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a double-double effort that led the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers to an 11-point victory on home court against the Toronto Raptors to open their best-of-seven second round series. They won 116-105 for their fifth straight triumph of the 2017 NBA playoffs. The Cavs had a four-game sweep over the Indiana Pacers in the opening round. Click Here to Read More
Penguins lose 3-2 OT thriller to Capitals; Sidney Crosby injured
PITTSBURGH — Kevin Shattenkirk scored 3:13 into overtime Monday night to give the Washington Capitals an important victory in their best-of-seven series in the second round of the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. They were facing the prospects of going down 3-0 in the series after the Pittsburgh Penguins were poised to start thinking about a sweep when catching fire to the delight of their hometown fans late in regulation. The Penguins, who played most of the game without star Sidney Crosby after he was hurt early in the game, rallied to force overtime on goals by Evgeni Malkin and Justin Schultz 48 seconds apart late in the third period. But then Shattenkirk scored the big OT tally to take the Caps off life support in the series. Click Here to Read More
Lions select Florida linebacker as No. 1 draft choice in 2017 draft
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions went for defense with their first round draft pick Friday. They selected Florida Gators linebacker Jarrod Davis who is expected to step into a starting role as a rookie. His defensive coordinator at Florida compared his field leadership abilities to one of the great defensive stars he coached many years ago at the University of Miami — Super Bowl champion and MVP Ray Rice, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Click Here to Read More
Darius Slay takes to Twitter for some trash talking on Bears QBD
DETROIT — Mitchell Trubisky got a quick welcome to the NFL's North Division shortly after the Chicago Bears made the North Carolina quarterback Friday's No. 2 pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Cornerback Darius Slay of the Detroit Lions went to Twitter for some immediate trash talking, tweeting: "Homie go get picked off lol." Slay faces the Bears in Week 11 this season, but Trubisky first must beat out Chicago starter Mike Glennon to get on the field. Click Here to Read More
Detroit Lions go for trio of MAC players to complete NFL draft
PHILADELPHIA — After taking Northern Illinois wide receiver Kenny Golladay in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday in Philadelphia, the Detroit Lions surprised many fans on Saturday by picking two more Mid-American Conference players. They drafted tight end Michael Roberts of Toledo in the fourth round and then went for defensivel lineman Pat O'Connor of Eastern Michigan in the seventh round. Click Here to Read More
Michigan Wolverines softball club rolls to 35th in a row at home to finish perfect for 2017 campaign
ANN ARBOR — A first-time visitor to Alumni Field inside the Wilpon Complex in Ann Arbor Sunday afternoon could easily understand how the Michigan Wolverines are nearly unbeatable within the normal sellout crowd atmosphere there. The Wolverines beat Indiana 8-0 to complete a three-game weekend sweep over the Hoosiers that finished off a perfect 16-0 regular season campaign at home They've now won 35 regular season games in a row at Alumni Field, so it will be nice to be staging the 2017 Big Ten Tournament there in mid-May. Click Here to Read More
Ducks get clutch 6-3 victory in Edmonton after losing twice at home to open NHL playoff series
EDMONTON — The Anaheim Ducks won 6-3 Sunday in Edmonton to get themselves off life support in their second round Western Conference series in the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Jakob Silfverberg scored two goals and set up another one to lead the Ducks to Sunday's clutch victory on the road after losing the first two games of the series in Anaheim. Click Here to Read More
Predators win 3-1 over Blues to take 2-1 edge in NHL playoff series
NASHVILLE — A 3-1 victory on home ice Sunday gave the Nashville Predators a 2-1 lead over the St. Louis Blues in their best-of-seven Western Conference series in the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Defenseman Roman Josi scored with 5:49 remaining to give Nashville a two-goal margin and dim any hopes of a St. Louis comeback. Click Here to Read More
Utah Jazz win Game 7 battle in L.A. over Clippers for first NBA playoff series triumph since 2010 victory
LOS ANGELES — The Utah Jazz went into the Staples Center for Game 7 Sunday and beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-91 for their first NBA playoff series triumph since 2010. The Jazz now move on to play the NBA's defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in the second round. The Warriors are well rested after a four-game sweep over the Portland Trailblazers. Click Here to Read More
Isiah Thomas Jr. fires in 33 points, dishes 9 assists to lead Celtics past Wizards in series opener
BOSTON — Isiah Thomas Jr. lost a tooth and overcame the grief of a sister's funeral a day earlier to lead the Boston Celtics to a 123-111 victory Sunday. They deeated the Washington Wizards in the opening round of their second round playoff series behind Thomas scoring 33 points and passing out 9 assists. Click Here to Read More
TV commercials start airing to promote Prep Football Kickoff involving Davison Cardinals
DAVISON (CCN) — The rest of the spring sports seasons and a full summer of events are still on the calendar, but the excitement revved up a couple notches on Sunday about the upcoming fall football campaign at Davison High School. Commercials began airing on Fox Sports Detroit TV Sunday by the Detroit Sports Commission for its 2017 Prep Football Kickoff that will feature Davison in one of seven games at Wayne State University during the opening weekend of high school action. Davison will be part of the 13th annual event to be staged by the Detroit Sports Commission. Click Here to Read More
Pair of horses scratch from 143rd running of Kentucky Derby May 6
LOUISVILLE — Two horses have been scratched by their owners from running in the 143rd annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Click Here to Read More
Michigan Wolverines finish strong in weekend series at Rutgers to gain ground in Big 10 baseball race
PISCATAWAY, JEW JERSEY (CCN) — The Michigan Wolverines didn't start well at Rutgers for a weekend series but they finished with their best overall record in college baseball since 1989. They won 8-3 in a romp on Sunday to take 2-out-of-3 on the weekend road trip to gain ground in the Big Ten race when first-place Maryland lost twice this weekend at Indiana. Click Here to Read More
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Detroit Tigers end 3-game losing streak by beating Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Sunday
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers beat the rain and beat the Chicago White Sox 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Tigers used a big 4th inning when batting around despite only 14 pitches being issued by White Sox pitching. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Tigers who continue a nine-game home stand by starting a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians Monday night. Game time is 7:10 pm on Fox Sports Detroit. The radio broadcast can be heard locally on 97.1 FM The Ticket and WTRX 1330 AM. Click Here to Read More
FIFA official Sheikh Ahmad resigning amid bribery claims after Thursday court proceedings in Brooklyn on Lai guilty plea
GENEVA (CCN) — The Associated Press reported Sunday that Pressure from allegations in an U.S. court has led to a FIFA Council member from Kuwait resigning his position on the world's soccer rules organization. The resignation followed stunning allegations that surfaced Thursday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn at the guilty plea proceedings of another key player in the bribery scandal case involving world soccer officials. Click Here to Read More
Former football star Aaron Hernandez found dead in prison cell after apparently hanging self
SHIRLEY, MASSACHUSETTS (CCN) — A statement Wednesday morning from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections revealed that former NFL football star Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison. The statement said he was discovered hanging in his cell at 3:05 am and was pronounced dead about an hour later at a hospital. Click Here to Read More