Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 4/6/18

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 9, Chicago White Sox 7 – 10 Innings
Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee Brewers 0

Tigers 9, White Sox 7 – F/10 – Goodrum homers, Tigers rally late, beat White Sox 9-7 in 10
Niko Goodrum hit a two-run homer after replacing the injured Miguel Cabrera, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the White Sox 9-7 in 10 innings in Chicago’s chilly home opener Thursday.  Goodrum’s shot with two outs in the ninth got the comeback going. Nicholas Castellanos singled and Victor Martinez tied it with an RBI double, drawing boos from a sparse crowd. Mikie Mahtook singled leading off the 10th against Gregory Infante (0-1) and Jose Iglesias walked.  Castellanos and Martinez each had three hits. Goodrum had two after replacing Cabrera at first base in the second inning. The two-time AL MVP fell after his foot hit the bag awkwardly as he rounded first on a single in the first inning. Joe Jimenez (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief, Yolmer Sanchez had three hits and three RBIs for Chicago, while Matt Davidson scored four runs. James Shields gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.

Cubs 8, Brewers 0 – Lester, Cubs blank Brewers 8-0
Jon Lester pitched six sharp innings and hit a tricky grounder that was tough to corral as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-0 Thursday night.  Jason Heyward homered for the Cubs, who had been shut out in the previous two games. Milwaukee was blanked for the second straight day after has lost three of four since a 3-0 start.  Lester (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one for Chicago, which played for the first time since Monday. The Cubs were rained out in Cincinnati on Tuesday and were off on Wednesday.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 0-0) at Milwaukee (Woodruff 0-0), 8:10 p.m.
Tigers and White Sox are off

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 3

Canadiens 4, Red Wings 3 – Deslauriers scores 2 to help Canadiens beat Red Wings 4-3
Nicolas Deslauriers’ second goal put the Montreal Canadiens ahead late in the second period and they held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Thursday night. The Original Six teams are out of the playoff race, finishing up the season playing only for pride. Antti Niemi had 23 saves for the Canadiens, started in place of struggling star Carey Price. Detroit’s Jared Coreau stopped 24 shots, giving Jimmy Howard the night off. Montreal took advantage of the Red Wings turning the puck over, including early in the third period when Artturi Lehkonen scored to create a two-goal cushion. Darren Helm scored less than a minute later to pull Detroit within a goal, but it couldn’t’ score again to extend the game.  Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored for Detroit

Tonight
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks keeping Quenneville, Bowman after poor season
The Chicago Blackhawks are not making changes behind the bench after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Team President John McDonough has told reporters he plans to bring back both coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman. The team has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010 but finished last in the Central Division this season.  Chicago had reached the playoffs every year since Quenneville took over four games into the 2008-09 season, winning it all in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But the Blackhawks lost in the first round each of the past two years and this year was a nightmare. The 59-year-old Quenneville received a three-year contract extension in January 2016 that runs through the 2019-20 season.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Pacers 126, Golden State Warriors 106

Pacers 126, Warriors 106 – Pacers sweep season series vs Warriors with 126-106 romp
The Indiana Pacers have improved their chances for home-court advantage in the NBA’s Eastern Conference quarterfinals by completing a two-game season sweep of the defending champs. Bojan Bogdanovic had 28 points and the Pacers won for the sixth time in seven games by hammering the Warriors, 126-106. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to help Indiana maintain a double-digit advantage over the final two periods. Golden State ended a three-game winning streak despite Kevin Durant’s 27 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

Tonight
Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics, 7:00 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors, 7:00 p.m.

Golf – Masters – Spieth leads late in opening round
Jordan Spieth put together a lengthy birdie run to take the first-round lead at the Masters. Spieth birdied five straight holes in a 6-under 66 that gives him a two-stroke edge over Tony Finau and Matt Kuchar. Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine and ran off three consecutive birdies to pull ahead of Finau. It was the eighth time in his last 13 rounds at August National that he left the course with the lead. Finau managed to play well despite a severe ankle sprain that caused him to consider withdrawing before his tee time. Henrik Stenson and Rory McIlroy were among seven players at 3 under. Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler are in the mix at minus-2. Tiger Woods was in good shape before closing with back-to-back bogeys and a par. Woods is plus-1.

NCAAHKY – NCAA Men’s Hockey – Frozen Four
Last Night
2018 NCAA Frozen Four – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
3 Minnesota-Duluth 2, 1 Ohio State 1
1 Notre Dame 4, 2 Michigan 3

UMD 2, Ohio State 1 – Minnesota Duluth beats Ohio State 2-1 in NCAA semifinals
Louie Roehl and Jared Thomas scored in the first 3:04 and Minnesota Duluth held off Ohio State 2-1 on Thursday night to reach the NCAA championship game for the second straight year. Hunter Shepard made 19 saves for the Bulldogs (24-16-3), allowing only Tanner Laczynski’s power-play goal in the third period. Sean Romeo stopped 26 shots for the Buckeyes (26-10-5). Duluth lost 3-2 to Denver in the title game last season in Chicago.     

Notre Dame 4, Michigan 3 – Jake Evans’ late goal sends Notre Dame to Frozen Four final
Jake Evans scored his second goal of the game with 5.2 seconds left and Notre Dame beat Michigan 4-3 on Thursday in the Frozen Four semifinals. Charging down the slot, Evans redirected a pass from Cam Morrison off the left pad of sliding goalie Hayden Lavigne and into the net to send the Irish to their second championship game in school history.  Notre Dame, which fell to Boston College for the 2008 title, will face Minnesota Duluth Saturday for the title. The Bulldogs scored two quick goals and held off Ohio State 2-1 in the other semifinal. Andrew Oglevie had a goal and an assist, Cal Burke also scored, and Cale Morris stopped 25 shots for the Irish (28-9-2). Jordan Gross had two assists. Tony Calderone and Dexter Dancs had a goal and an assist and Michael Pastujov also scored for the Wolverines (22-15-3), who lost for just the fourth time in 14 games. Lavigne made 25 saves.

Saturday – National Championship
2018 NCAA Frozen Four – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
3 Minnesota- Duluth vs.  1 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.  95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports

NCAAFB – Ohio State’s Meyer gets 2-year extension, $1.2 million raise
Ohio State trustees are expected to approve a two-year contract extension for football coach Urban Meyer on Friday. The extension though the 2022 season will give Meyer a $1.2 million annual raise. A committee of the board of trustees rubber-stamped the deal Thursday. The $7.6 million total cash compensation package makes the 53-year-old Meyer the highest paid coach in the Big Ten and third-highest nationally. Meyer is 73-8 in his six years as head coach, including a 47-3 record in the Big Ten with six consecutive divisional championships and two Big Ten championships. The Buckeyes won the national championship under Meyer in 2014.Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was the highest paid coach in the Big Ten at $7.5 million.

NCAA – Ohio State investigating sex allegations against ex-trainer
Ohio State University is investigating sexual misconduct allegations against a former wrestling team trainer. The university said Thursday a person recently came forward to accuse Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, of sexual misconduct while he was with the team from the 1970s through the 1990s. The person said there were multiple victims over a period of time.  The university says the allegations include acts of sexual misconduct with student-athletes and other instances of sexual misconduct. The Associated Press could not locate any relatives of Strauss who could be asked to comment on the allegations. The university says the state attorney general has appointed an independent investigator. The school also has notified law enforcement.

NFL Draft – Barkley, Chubb, 4 QBs attending draft; Mayfield declines
Six first-team All-Americans, including Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, are among 22 players who will attend the NFL draft. Four of the highly rated quarterbacks in this crop also will be at AT&T Stadium _ Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson and Josh Rosen. Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield has chosen not to attend. Barkley and Chubb are projected to go in the top five picks. The other AP All-Americans planning to be on hand April 26 are Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. The NFL said Thursday that other draft-eligible players attending will be: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander, Florida DT Taven Bryan, Texas-San Antonio DE Marcus Davenport, Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds, Alabama LB Rashaan Evans, UCF LB Shaquem Griffin, LSU RB Derrius Guice, Florida State S Derwin James, UCLA T Kolton Miller, Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch, Washington DT Vita Vea, and Texas T Connor Williams.

Horse Racing – Detroit-area horse racing track to sell assets, close
A horse racing venue north of Detroit is shutting down after nearly 70 years of operations. Hazel Park Raceway says Thursday that it has agreed to sell its assets and is expected to close the deal within a few weeks. Terms of the deal were not released. About 90 employees are expected to lose their jobs. Hazel Park Raceway opened in 1949 with a five-eighths-mile track.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – Opening Day
Last Night
Lansing Lugnuts 12, Great Lakes Loons 1
West Michigan Whitecaps 6, South Bend Cubs 2

Tonight
Lansing Lugnuts at Great Lakes Loons, 6:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Iowa Wild, 8:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Griffins at Tucson Roadrunners, 9:05 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Fort Wayne Komets at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Wings at Quad City Mallards, 8:05 p.m.