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Subban Blanks Red Wings 4-0

Malcolm Subban made 29 saves for his second shutout of the season, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 on Saturday night.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 17: Riley Stillman #61 of the Chicago Blackhawks congratulates teammate Malcolm Subban #30 after an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on April 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago defeated Detroit 4-0.(Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist for Chicago, which was coming off a 4-1 loss to last-place Detroit on Thursday night. Alex DeBrincat, Wyatt Kalynuk, and Pius Suter also scored, and Vinnie Hinostroza had three assists.

The Blackhawks are trying to catch Nashville for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. They got a big lift from Subban, who turned in his third career shutout while starting goaltender Kevin Lankinen got the night off for rest.

The Blackhawks play the Predators on Monday night in Nashville and Wednesday and Friday at home.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 17: Troy Stecher #70 of the Detroit Red Wings skates by Vinnie Hinostroza #28 of the Chicago Blackhawks and his teammates as they congratulate Wyatt Kalynuk #48 for scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on April 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

“Everyone knows where we are in the standings. To win this game how we did, 4-0, battled the whole game, it’s great going into this three-game series we have with Nashville,” Hinostroza said. “These will be the biggest three games of the year. This group is excited and it’s huge we got the momentum going into it.”

Jonathan Bernier stopped 23 shots for Detroit, which had won a season-high three straight.

The Red Wings were 0 for 6 on the power play, including a four-minute power play in the first period and a 1:07 5-on-3 advantage in the third.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 17: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings turns up ice between Ian Mitchell #51 and Brandon Hagel #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks during an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on April 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Chicago defeated Detroit 4-0.(Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

“I would say that the difference in the game was our power play was brutal,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.

Despite being outshot 10-5 in the first period, Chicago led 1-0 at the first intermission, thanks to Kane’s 15th goal with 21 seconds left. Kane put a one-time shot from the right circle into the open side of the net after taking a cross-slot pass from Hinostroza, who stole the puck from Detroit defenseman Troy Stecher in the Red Wings zone.

DeBrincat made it 2-0 when he put in a rebound with 7:20 left in the second. It was the 22nd goal for DeBrincat, who is from the Detroit-area suburb of Farmington Hills.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 17: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks pounds gloves with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on April 17, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Kalynuk scored his second goal 1:16 into the third period, and Suter collected an empty-net goal with 4:33 left. It was Suter’s 12th goal.

MILESTONE

Chicago defenseman Nikita Zadorov played in his 400th career game.

SIGNED

Detroit signed forward Lucas Raymond, the fourth-overall pick in the 2020 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday. Raymond, 19, is with Frolunda of Sweden’s top league but is out with an injury.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Visit Nashville on Monday night.

Red Wings: Visit Dallas on Monday night.

 

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Tigers Loss In The Ninth

Matt Olson scored from second base on a fielding error by Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Oakland Athletics past the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Seth Brown #15 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 17, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sean Murphy hit a tying home run in the eighth as the A’s swept the four-game series.

“We feel pretty good about the way we’re playing right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We weren’t getting a ton of good swings, but as long as we’re close we feel like we find a way to win the game.”

Olson hit a one-out double off Gregory Soto (1-0) when Tigers center fielder Victor Reyes lost a high fly ball in the sun. After Matt Chapman struck out looking, Murphy walked before pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a sharp grounder that rolled under Candelario’s glove into left field.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Manager A.J. Hinch #14 of the Detroit Tigers comes out of the dugout to make a pitching change against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 17, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

“Everything that kind of could go wrong did go wrong in this four-game series,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t hit and then ultimately we just couldn’t finish them all off. I thought today was a breakthrough day for us early and then ultimately they did more than we did to win.”

Ramón Laureano had an RBI triple for the A’s.

The A’s are 9-1 since starting the season 0-6.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics bats against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 17, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

“Everybody’s kind of rolling right now,” said Moreland, who had a walk-off single to beat the Dodgers on April 7. “We feel good as a group. Seems we’re playing good baseball on all sides of it.”

Harold Castro had three hits for the Tigers, including a two-run single in the sixth that snapped Detroit’s 23-inning scoreless streak.

The Tigers have lost four straight after sweeping three from the Astros in Houston.

“Just how it happens,” starting pitcher Matthew Boyd said. “I wouldn’t say it’s any sort of luck or anything like that. I had an opportunity to close out the eighth inning and gave up a run.”

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers throws to first base to throw out Vimael Machin #39 of the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on April 17, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Lou Trivino (1-0) retired three batters for the win.

STRONG STARTS

Both starters pitched effectively but left with no decisions.

Detroit’s Boyd gave up four hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Murphy’s home run was the first off Boyd this season after the lefty allowed an AL-leading 15 in the shortened 2020 season.

A’s starter Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high eight in six innings and allowed five hits and two runs.

ESCAPE ACT

Bassitt pitched himself into trouble in the first but wriggled out of the jam with a little luck. After Tigers leadoff man Robbie Grossman walked and Candelario singled, Willi Castro lofted a short fly that fell in front of A’s center fielder Laureano. Laureano alertly threw to third to nail Grossman, who had paused to see if the ball would drop. Wilson Ramos singled to load the bases but Bassitt retired Renato Núñez on a popup then fanned Harold Castro on three pitches.

“I was trying to pitch a little bit too much in the first and hit spots instead of going right at them,” Bassitt said.

MELVIN’S MILESTONE

The game marked the 1,471st for Melvin as manager of the A’s, tying current White Sox skipper Tony La Russa for second-most in Oakland history. Connie Mack holds the franchise record with 7,396. “It means I’ve dodged a few bullets along the way and remained in place,” said Melvin, whose 776 wins are 22 fewer than La Russa’s.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Spencer Turnbull threw a bullpen at the Tigers’Triple-A facility in Toledo and is scheduled to come off the IL to pitch against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Turnbull has been on the COVID-19 list since March 29.

Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty is due to come off the paternity list Monday.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Following a day off, RHP Michael Fullmer (1-0. 3.00 ERA) faces the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday to begin a seven-game homestand.

Athletics: Melvin is undecided on his rotation for the series against the Twins after Monday’s game was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns involving some of the Minnesota players. A doubleheader is scheduled for Tuesday pending further testing.

 

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Bowman Overtakes Hamlin With Late Move At Richmond

Another week, another agonizing loss for Denny Hamlin.

And this time it was to Alex Bowman, who came from nowhere with 10 laps to go at Richmond Raceway to put the No. 48 Chevrolet in victory lane for the first time in nearly four years.

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 18: Alex Bowman (48) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Ally leads a pack of cars to the finish line winning the Toyota Owners 400 on April 18, 2021, at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. (Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Bowman won for the third time in his career Sunday and denied Hamlin a win in a race he had dominated to become the eighth winner in nine Cup races this season. He dedicated the victory to crew member William “Rowdy” Harrell and his wife, Blakley Harrell, who were killed in a November car crash in Florida while on their honeymoon.

“This one is for Rowdy and his family. Miss him and Blakley every day,” Bowman said.

Bowman’s victory in the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports came on the same day the former driver of the car, seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson made his debut in the IndyCar Series in Alabama. It was the first victory for the No. 48 since June 4, 2017.

Johnson was the only driver of the No. 48 when it was formed in 2001 and Bowman was hand-picked by sponsor Ally to replace him.

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 18: Alex Bowman (48) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Ally pits for the final time before winning the Toyota Owners 400 on April 18, 2021, at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. (Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Bowman overcame a penalty on lap 247 for a loose tire on pit road to rally for the win.

For Hamlin, it was the third defeat in three races.

At the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway he didn’t do enough to move Joey Logano out of his way to earn the win, and last week at Martinsville Speedway he was caught late by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr.

In Richmond, Hamlin raced with the hashtag #fedexstrong on the back of his car and on his pit wall to honor the eight people who were fatally shot at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on Thursday. He again had the dominant car and led 207 of the 400 laps. He’s led 483 laps the last two weeks.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 18: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Root Insurance Toyota, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 18, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/23XI Racing via Getty Images )

“First and foremost, we want to think of all of the families in Indy right now,” Hamlin said. “Awful tragedy to happen there. Our thoughts and prayers are with these names. We will get (wins). We will keep digging. We are dominating — just have to finish it.”

Hamlin won the first two stages and notched his eighth top-five finish in nine starts this season.

“We just didn’t take off quite as good there at the end. I tried to warm it up and do everything that I could — just the 48 had a little more on those last few laps and I couldn’t hold the bottom,” Hamlin said.

Last week, he led 276 laps at Martinsville Speedway but lost the lead to Truex with 15 laps to go.

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – APRIL 18: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Root Insurance Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 18, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/23XI Racing via Getty Images)

Hamlin did hang on Sunday to finish second, followed by Logano, Christopher Bell, and Truex, who led 107 laps and overcame a penalty for speeding on pit road. Kyle Busch finished eighth, the second week in a row that all four JGR drivers finished in the top 10.

“Denny and I had a hell of a race,” Logano said. “It was pretty fun there for a minute, but here we are third. It stings. We were up there all day.

“The 48 kind of snookered everybody.”

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 18: Alex Bowman (48) Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Ally does a burnout after winning the Toyota Owners 400 on April 18, 2021, at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA. (Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WIPEOUT

Kevin Harvick raced in the top 10 for much of the race but his day was ruined about 20 laps from the end when a blown tire sent him into the Turn 1 wall. He finished 24th.

MELLOW YELLOW

A week after the race at Martinsville featured plenty of paint-trading and 15 cautions for 102 laps, this race saw only five yellow flags and only two for incidents on the track. Besides Harvick’s crash, Ryan Newman brought out a yellow when he spun in Turn 3.

BACKFIRE

Brad Keselowski, the winner of the only race at Richmond last year, gambled during the second stage by staying on the track when the leaders pitted on lap 184. It gave him a huge lead, but with 50 laps left in the stage, he had no chance to hold off the leaders and wound up going a lap down just before the stage ended. He finished 14th.

UP NEXT

After three straight races on short tracks, the series heads to the largest track in NASCAR — 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

 

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Livers Not Returning

Michigan senior Isaiah Livers is not returning for an extra year of eligibility.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 25: Isaiah Livers #2 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half at Crisler Arena on February 25, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

A team spokesman confirmed Livers’ decision Thursday. At this point, guard Eli Brooks is the only Michigan player who has decided to take advantage of the extra year that the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic — although the school said Jaaron Faulds is still considering whether he will do so.

Michigan loses Livers, guard Mike Smith, guard Chaundee Brown, and forward Austin Davis from this year’s team that won the Big Ten title and reached the Elite Eight.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 28: Franz Wagner #21 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates in the final minutes of the teams victory against the Florida State Seminoles in the Sweet Sixteen round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 28, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The Wolverines also await NBA draft decisions from sophomore guard Franz Wagner and freshman center Hunter Dickinson.

Livers missed this year’s NCAA Tournament because of a right foot injury and is recovering from surgery earlier this month.

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Red Wings Beat Chicago 4-1

Jakub Vrana scored in his Detroit debut, and Troy Stecher added two goals for the Red Wings in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 15: Jakub Vrana #15 of the Detroit Red Wings catches a pass during the first period of an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on April 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Vrana and Richard Panik played for the first time since the Red Wings acquired them in a trade Monday with Washington. Vrana put Detroit up 2-1 with a breakaway goal in the second period.

“It does a lot,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “When you are a guy who is counted on to score, and you get that first one right away, you don’t have the pressure building up of waiting to get one.”

Duncan Keith scored the only goal for Chicago, which remained four points behind Nashville for the fourth spot in the Central Division.

“It’s of course frustrating, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. “We’ve got to prepare for the next one.”

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 15: Michael Rasmussen #27 of the Detroit Red Wings and Connor Murphy #5 of the Chicago Blackhawks battle to the side of the net during the second period of an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on April 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Michael Rasmussen scored into an empty net for the Red Wings, who have a three-game winning streak for the first time this season.

Chicago hit the post twice in rapid succession during one first-period sequence, and Keith eventually gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead, taking a cross-ice pass from Alex DeBrincat and scoring from the left circle.

Stecher tied it in the second when his seemingly harmless shot from behind the right circle hit Kevin Lankinen’s blocker and bounced over the goalie and in.

Vrana then put the Red Wings ahead immediately after serving a bench minor for too many men on the ice. When he came out of the box, he took a pass from Gustav Lindstrom and was in alone for his 12th goal of the season.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 15: Gustav Lindstrom #28, Sam Gagner #89, Danny DeKeyser #65 and Vladislav Namestnikov #92 of the Detroit Red Wings congratulate teammate Jakub Vrana after he scores a goal in his first game as a Red Wing during the second period of an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on April 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

“The problem with doing that is if we go 4-on-4 we don’t have him,” Blashill said. “But I wanted to put him out there with (Dylan Larkin) and (Filip) Zadina after the kill. It worked out with a nice goal.”

Stecher capped Detroit’s three-goal second period, tucking the puck into an open net with Lankinen out of position after a nice pass from Danny DeKeyser.

“DK put it right on my tape and I think the goalie bit on DK, so I had an open net,” Stecher said.

Rasmussen’s goal came with 1:26 left in the game.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 15: Marc Staal #18 of the Detroit Red Wings and teammates line up to congratulate Thomas Greiss #29 of the Detroit Red Wings after an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on April 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Thomas Greiss had 24 saves for the Red Wings.

“Two huge points were up for grabs, and we couldn’t manage to get it done,” Chicago’s Dylan Strome said.

NOTES: Vrana played 16:57. That’s more ice time than he had in any of his last nine games with the Capitals. … Detroit won for only the second time in seven meetings with Chicago this season.

UP NEXT

Blackhawks: Complete the two-game set in Detroit on Saturday.

Red Wings: Host Chicago in the second of two games on Saturday.

 

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Henry To Skip Senior Year At Michigan State, Enters NBA Draft

Aaron Henry has decided to skip his senior season at Michigan State to enter the NBA draft.

COLLEGE PARK, MD – FEBRUARY 28: Aaron Henry #0 of the Michigan State Spartans handles the ball against the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center on February 28, 2021 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Maryland Terrapins/Getty Images)

Henry said Monday he plans to sign with an agent.

He helped the Spartans push their NCAA Tournament streak to 23, extending the longest run in Big Ten history, which trails only Kansas’ 31-year stretch among active streaks.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – MARCH 18: Aaron Henry #0 of the Michigan State Spartans grabs a rebound against the UCLA Bruins in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament held at Mackey Arena on March 18, 2021 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/NCAA Photos/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The 6-foot-6 Henry was the team’s only double-digit scorer, averaging 15.4 points. He led Michigan State with 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game, along with being tied for the team lead with 5.6 rebounds a game and being its top defender.

Henry, who is from Indianapolis, averaged 10 points over a three-year career that included 77 starts and 97 games.

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Michigan’s Brooks Returns For Extra Season

Michigan guard Eli Brooks is returning for a fifth season with the Wolverines.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 22: Hunter Dickinson #1, Franz Wagner #21 and Eli Brooks #55 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrate their win over the LSU Tigers in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament held at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The team announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Brooks has accepted the chance to play an additional year, which the NCAA is allowing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brooks started 27 games this season and was one of the key players on a team that won the Big Ten title. Michigan reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 22: Eli Brooks #55 of the Michigan Wolverines shoots the ball against the LSU Tigers in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament held at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 22, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Tafoya/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Brooks averaged 9.5 points per game and shot 40% from 3-point range.

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Clippers Get 100-98 Win Over Pistons With Late Jumper

Reggie Jackson and Luke Kennard both spoke highly of their time in Detroit.

Small consolation for the Pistons after those two led the undermanned Los Angeles Clippers to a remarkable victory in Motown.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 09: Reggie Jackson #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a play during the game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on April 09, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Jackson sank a jumper with 2.3 seconds left against his former team, giving the Clippers their seventh straight victory, 100-98 over Detroit on Wednesday night. The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter despite playing without several key players.

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley, and Marcus Morris were all out for Los Angeles.

“We have a deep team,” Kennard said. “We’ve got guys that can play.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 30: Luke Kennard #5 of the Los Angeles Clippers brings the ball up court during the third quarter against the Orlando Magic at Staples Center on March 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

The Clippers trailed by five in the final minute, but Terance Mann made it 98-95 with a dunk, and after Detroit’s Jerami Grant turned the ball over near midcourt, Jackson connected from 3-point range to tie it with 19.0 seconds left.

Amir Coffey then came up with a steal on the ensuing inbound pass, and after a timeout, Jackson dribbled the clock down and sank a jumper from near the top of the key.

Killian Hayes missed a 3-pointer at the other end.

“I made a couple of mistakes at the end,” Grant said. “I’ll take the blame for it.”

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 15: Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons looks on against the San Antonio Spurs during the second quarter at Little Caesars Arena on March 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Jackson and Kennard were both with the Pistons last season. Jackson agreed to a contract buyout before the season was over, and Kennard was dealt in the offseason.

“To come here, play here for 5 1/2 seasons was a blessing,” Jackson said. “Learning how to try to be consistent. It shaped me on and off the court. … I’ll forever have that Piston blood running through my veins.”

Kennard’s comments were similar.

“I love the city of Detroit. I always will,” he said. “The people here were really great to me.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Saddiq Bey #41 and Josh Jackson #20 of the Detroit Pistons react to the play during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Grant scored 28 points and Saddiq Bey added 17 for Detroit.

Jackson finished with 29. Kennard had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Detroit led 77-73 after three quarters, and a 3-pointer by Bey made it 89-80 around the midway point of the fourth. Grant’s jumper made it 93-82.

The Pistons played two games in a row against the Clippers. They lost 131-124 at Los Angeles on Sunday. The Clippers had a game in between.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Nicolas Batum #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a foul call during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

TIP-INS

Clippers: Los Angeles had only 10 assists on 37 made field goals. The Clippers tied the lowest assist total in a single game in the NBA this season. … Ivica Zubac had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Pistons: Detroit finished with 16 turnovers, including the two big ones late. … Isaiah Stewart had 12 points and Mason Plumlee added 11.

NO REST

Los Angeles beat Indiana 126-115 on Tuesday night and improved to 10-1 on the season in the second half of back-to-backs.

“Very proud,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “To keep clawing, keep fighting, and never give in.”

INJURIES

Leonard was out with a sore right foot, Ibaka had lower back tightness and Beverley was sidelined by a broken left hand. The Clippers said they were resting George and Morris for this game.

Rodney McGruder (sprained right elbow) and Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee inflammation) missed the game for Detroit.

UP NEXT

Clippers: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night. The Clippers beat the 76ers 122-112 on March 27.

Pistons: Host Oklahoma City on Friday night. Detroit beat the Thunder 132-108 on April 3.

 

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Harbour Town ‘Requires You Really To Think Your Way Around The Golf Course,’ Says Dottie Pepper On The RBC Heritage

(CBS Miami) — The RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head returns to its usual spot on the PGA Tour calendar this year. The 2020 tournament was pushed from April to June, thanks to the COVID pandemic that shut down golf and the rest of the sports world. It was the second tournament back after a three-month break. The 2021 RBC Heritage once again finds itself in the shadow of the Masters.

The field, however, doesn’t appear to be suffering from following a major or not following a pandemic lag. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson, a native of South Carolina, leads a group that includes five of the world’s top-10 players and 10 of the world’s top-20. Defending champion Webb Simpson, who is ranked ninth, will look to rekindle some of the magic that led to his 22-under showing last year. All but one of the last decade’s champions also return.

“It looks very, very good, with some outstanding pairings,” confirms CBS Sports on-course reporter Dottie Pepper. “The Thursday-Friday layout; Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson, Will Zalatoris are all paired together. Daniel Berger right behind them. Cam Smith, Webb Simpson, Paul Casey, Collin Morikawa, the reigning PGA champion. Patrick Cantlay is in the top 10 in the world. It’s a wonderful field.”

Masters runner-up Will Zalatoris will also tee it up again, looking for the PGA Tour win that secures his full-time Tour membership. “From walking with him on Saturday at the Masters, he seems to be a guy that just wants the ball and wants to take it to the hoop,” says Pepper. “He’s got momentum. He seemed to enjoy being in the spotlight last week, and I don’t see any reason why he can’t be in contention if not win.”

Among the players in the top 10 teeing it up this week, Simpson had the best score at the Masters. He tied for 12th at 2-under, 8 strokes behind winner Hideki Matsuyama. Morikawa and Tyrell Hatton tied for 18th at 1-under. And Johnson and Cantlay both missed the cut. They will have another chance this week to slip on the winner’s jacket, though it will be tartan instead of green.

Harbour Town is built on flat, low-lying marshy ground. A par-71 track measuring 7,099 yards, the course is on the shorter side for the PGA Tour. But what it lacks in length it makes up for in difficulty. The strategic minimalist design features harrowingly narrow fairways and small greens. Harbour Town demands shot-making excellence to avoid the hundreds of trees — pared down after the ravages of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — and the many sharp, crisp bunkers that designer Pete Dye once said are its best asset.

Scoring low at Harbour Town requires precise placement. The last six holes are among the best stretches on Tour. This portion of the course begins with the 373-yard par-4 13th, which features a relatively big green guarded by a giant front-side bunker. It ends with the 472-yard, par-4 18th, which plays along Calibogue Sound toward the red-and-white-striped Harbour Town lighthouse. Full view of the lighthouse will depend on whether they need grandstands to accommodate the approximately 27,000 spectators (as opposed to the usual 135,000) who will be let in.

“It requires you really to think your way around the golf course,” Pepper notes. “It’s a point-A-to-point-B golf course, where it’s not just a power game, it’s a smarts game. And I think you see a really great balance of players who have played well or won there.”

“Look at a guy like Webb Simpson last year,” Pepper continues. “Webb’s not the longest player in the world. He’s plenty long enough, so you can take advantage of the par-5s. But he’s also a really smart player, and has a really good short game, because that is crucial at this golf course. The greens are, if not the smallest, among the smallest on Tour. So you’re inevitably going to, when you get coastal winds, you’re going to miss some greens. And you have to have a creative and solid short game to get around at Harbour Town.”

Here are the favorites:

Dustin Johnson (10-1)

Johnson remains the top player in the world, but he hasn’t looked all that sharp lately. He missed the cut at the Masters and finished tied for 48th at the Players and tied for 54th at the WGC-Mexico Championship before that. Johnson last cracked the top 10 at the Genesis Open in February. Still, he has found a little success at Harbour Town, a course that doesn’t seem to fit his skillset.

Webb Simpson (12-1)

Harbour Town sets up nicely for Simpson, who can put the ball on the fairway and on the green. He is the world’s ninth-ranked player and the tournament’s 2020 winner. Simpson also set the aggregate record for the tournament with a 262, which was 22-under par. He has two other top-five finishes at the RBC Heritage in 2013 and 2018. Simpson is coming off a T12 at the Masters and managed a T6 in the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession in late February.

Patrick Cantlay (16-1)

Cantlay sits right behind Simpson in the world golf rankings. Despite missing the cut at the Masters and Players, he’s had a solid year to day, with four finishes in the top 15. That includes a second place at the American Express. He’s also had three strong showings at the RBC Heritage, placing third in 2017, seventh in 2018 and third again in 2019.

Watch the RBC Heritage Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18, 3:00 – 6:00 PM ET on CBS.


Superstar Racing Experience Names Broadcast Team For Debut Season On CBS: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Lindsay Czarniak And Matt Yocum

(CBS Local)- The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) inaugural season debuts this summer on CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount and the series now has its broadcast crew for all six races. Starting on June 12, the series will run races on six straight Saturday nights in primetime on CBS.

Allen Bestwick will handle the play-by-play duties with former NBA player and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty serving as an analyst. Lindsay Czarniak will be the host for the broadcasts and Matt Yocum takes viewers into the pits as a reporter providing behind the scenes content with drivers and crew members.

Joining those four broadcast veterans will be a trio of former drivers to serve as a driver analyst for two races each on the schedule. Former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will join the crew for the season’s first two races at Stafford Motor Speedway and Knoxville Raceway. Then, current IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe will hop on the mic for the third race at Eldora Speedway on June 26. He will also be with the crew for the season finale on July 17 at Nashville Fairgrounds. For the fourth and fifth races at Lucas Oil Raceway and Slinger Speedway, former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti will provide his analysis.

“The exceptional broadcast crew we have put together is a great reflection of what SRX is all about, bringing together all-stars from a variety of racing backgrounds to create a made-for-TV racing experience,” said Pam Miller, CBS Sports SRX Producer in a statement. “Each member of the team brings his or her own unique experience in the racing world with deep knowledge of the legacies involved and the entertainment value of racing. Between the amazing drivers behind the wheel, best-in-class television production and historic tracks, SRX will be a tremendous viewing experience for race fans across the nation.”

The SRX series was created in 2020 by The Montag Group, NASCAR Hall of Famers Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart and investor George Pyne. The six race series features drivers from a wide variety of backgrounds all going head-to-head on short tracks. The drivers who will be competing in the inaugural series are: Stewart, Tony Kanaan, Willy T Ribbs, Paul Tracy, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Ernie Francis Jr., Michael Waltrip and Marco Andretti.

The full schedule for the first SRX season on CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount is as follows:

Saturday June 12- Stafford Motor Speedway

Saturday June 19- Knoxville Raceway

Saturday June 26- Eldora Speedway

Saturday July 3- Lucas Oil Raceway

Saturday July 10- Slinger Speedway

Saturday July 17- Nashville Fairgrounds


Jimmie Johnson Ready To Reintroduce Himself

Jimmie Johnson, with wisps of gray in his beard, is a 45-year-old rookie in the IndyCar Series ready to reintroduce himself.

He’s a windbag, a craft-o-maniac, a guy who goes, is really into eggs, and keeps things fresh.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JANUARY 28: Jimmie Johnson, L, talks with Scott Dixon before practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, IMSA WeatherTech Series race, Daytona International Speedwayon January 28, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Those are just some of the labels Carvana has tagged Johnson within a series of seven spots highlighting the online car dealer’s first partnership with a professional athlete. The seven-time NASCAR champion begins his official transition to IndyCar this weekend with Sunday’s season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama with three ads debuting during the NBC broadcast.

This won’t be the vanilla version of Johnson fans became accustomed to during 19 Cup Series seasons driving for buttoned-up Hendrick Motorsports. Those who know Johnson away from his day job have always decried his image, insisting he’s actually a hard-partying daredevil who never shies away from a bad idea.

Carvana, which is new to motorsports with its Johnson sponsorship and has a light sports marketing portfolio, decided to use Johnson’s true personality in making its ad campaign for the IndyCar season. It hired The Malloy Brothers for the spots and Johnson already knew both Brendan Malloy and Emmett Malloy through other connections.

SEBRING, FL – MAR 18: Chad Knaus, left, and Jimmie Johnson, center, are shown in the pits during practice before the 12 Hours of Sebring, IMSA WeatherTech Series race, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL, March 18, 2021. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

He was comfortable when the Malloys came to him about using a laxative to demonstrate how quickly Carvana can complete a car sale, or eating seven hard-boiled eggs for the seven-day test it out policy. Johnson even bedazzled a pair of jeans to demonstrate personalized financing options.

So who is this loose and easy-going Johnson? The same guy he always was.

“You know, this is just what I’ve figured in my own head and I’ve got nothing to back it up, but I’ve given people a reason to hate me for so many years, right?” Johnson said in an interview with The Associated Press.

“I was Jeff Gordon’s hand-picked guy and there was a crowd I was never going to win over. Then in my final year, people were like ‘OK, it’s his last year, he’s been here a long time, we’re not going to cheer him but we’re giving him some credit.’ Now that I am not there, I wonder if there’s a fan base that has finally decided, ‘Alright, he’s cool. He’s served his time. I respect him for doing something different.’ I don’t know, but there’s some kind of shift going on and people are finally starting to lighten up about me.”

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JANUARY 29: Jimmie Johnson sits in his race car before practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, IMSA WeatherTech Series race, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL, January 29, 2021. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

The road ahead won’t be easy for Johnson as he unlearns two decades of driving a heavy stock car and adapts to a nimble, open-wheel machine against drivers half his age. Johnson is slated to drive just the 13 road and street course events on the IndyCar schedule for Chip Ganassi Racing with Tony Kanaan picking up the four oval races in the No. 48.

His barometers have so far only been in testing with his first true action this weekend at Barber.

“I’ve got a lot of territory to cover yet and a lot of things I haven’t done yet. I haven’t had any practice yet, and I have to be honest with myself, I haven’t been through a race weekend yet,” Johnson said. “I haven’t qualified a car. I haven’t seen a track truly evolve. I’ve never been on a red tire, I’ve never been in traffic. I’ve not passed a car. I’ve not done a start or a restart. I’ve not done an in or an out yet lap. I just have so much stuff to learn.”

And yet he’s excited. The challenge has invigorated him. Johnson won 83 Cup races and a record-tying seven titles but went winless his final three seasons. Pushing himself in a new formula has been galvanizing.

SEBRING, FL – MAR 20: Jimmie Johnson is shown in the pits before the 12 Hours of Sebring, IMSA WeatherTech Series race, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL, March 20, 2021. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

He’s found fresh energy in the IndyCar paddock. The NASCAR routine sees many drivers rush to the airport after the race. In IndyCar, they often stick around for parties or wine-fueled dinners.

Johnson has said for years that the Indianapolis 500 is off the table — in part because his wife doesn’t approve of the dangers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — but that stance seems to be softening. He’s a no for the race next month but told AP that 2022 is no longer off the table.

“I need to test on an oval, that’s the first step, and I’ve let the team know that’s certainly the first step I need to do to work through this process,” Johnson said. “I think a year in this sport certainly is going to help me in understanding the risks. Chani really looks to me to where my gut is on these things and the journey where I’ve taken her on how safe Indy cars are… we’re both tracking in the same direction and she’s like, ‘Go try one on an oval, go see what you think.'”

Until then, he will go to Alabama this weekend and then look to his very first street course, in St. Petersburg, Florida, in following his childhood dreams. IndyCar is what Johnson wanted to race growing up watching hero Rick Mears but his path instead took him to NASCAR.

Now he gets his chance after a full career and no reason not to start anew.

“I’m nervous and excited. Some days more nervous than excited, but I dig this,” Johnson said. “I love the accountability of fear and excitement and fear and all that goes with it, and putting in the time and learning all about the process everywhere I can right now.”

 

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Tigers Slug Astros For 2nd Straight Win

Wilson Ramos hit two home runs and Renato Núñez and rookie Akil Baddoo each homered for the second straight game as the Detroit Tigers slugged their way to an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Ramos has stepped into the cleanup spot with Miguel Cabrera sidelined by a biceps injury, and his six homers lead the majors.

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 12: Detroit Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) hits a hard shot to center during the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 12, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Miggy is one of the leaders of this team and we need him back,” Ramos said. “But since he’s not here right now I have to take that spot he left. I’m very happy with what I’m doing right now. I don’t want to be Miggy’s bat, but I want to give support to my team.”

Baddoo, a Rule 5 pick, is off to a scorching start to his major league career with four homers in eight games. Nomar Mazara also homered to give the Tigers a season-high five long balls as they won their second straight following a four-game skid.

“We’ve made them come inside the strike zone,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think we’ve been selective and punished some mistakes when they’ve made mistakes.”

The Tigers spoiled the Astros debut of Jake Odorizzi (0-1), who got a late start to the season after signing on March 8. Detroit tagged him for seven hits and five runs, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings to hand the Astros their fourth consecutive loss after a 6-1 start.

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 12: Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner (17) is congratulated by Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro (9) after his two-run shot in the top of the second inning during the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 12, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“This one’s on me,” Odorizzi said. “Anytime you give up multiple runs in a mid-game inning it’s usually a tough one to come back from. Maybe treat it as a learning tool and try to move from it differently and how to attack it. Having a short area in left field is a different aspect and I got my firsthand experience tonight.”

In his first visit to his former team, Hinch won the opening two games, securing the Tigers’ first series win against the Astros since July 28-30, 2017, and the first series win in Houston since May 2-5, 2013. Hinch was suspended for a year by MLB in January 2020 and subsequently fired by the Astros for his role in the team’s sign-stealing scandal before being hired by Detroit this offseason.

Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (2-1) yielded six hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 12: Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch (14) is welcomed back to Minute Maid Park for first time since he left as Houston Astros Manager during the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 12, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel hit consecutive singles with no outs in the second and Alvarez scored on a one-out single by Myles Straw that made it 1-0. But Boyd struck out Jason Castro and Jose Altuve to limit the damage.

Those strikeouts were the first of 10 batters in a row retired by Boyd. He allowed a single apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Tigers tied it in the third with Baddoo’s full-count homer to the seats in left field. The ball landed in a sea of Astros fans clad in orange and navy jerseys. But a lone fan in a white Detroit jersey in the middle of the group collected it off the floor and beamed as he held it high in the air.

Jeimer Candelario, who had two hits, doubled to open the fourth before Mazara’s homer with one output the Tigers up 3-1. Jonathan Schoop singled and Núñez made it 5-1 with his shot to left field.

HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 12: Detroit Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner (17) crosses homeplate after his two-run shot in the top of the second inning during the baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 12, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

There was one on and one out in the fifth when Ramos blasted his fifth homer this season to extend the lead to 7-1.

With two outs in the ninth, he connected to right field again, this time off Nivaldo Rodriguez.

LIMITING THE LONG BALL

The Astros have given up 13 homers during their four-game skid.

“They’ve been hitting the ball out of the ballpark on us with consistency the past four days,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “We’ve got to find a way to not give up those homers. This ballpark helps but we play in this ballpark, too. We’ve got to find a way to stop that ball from going over the fence.”

UP NEXT

Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) opposes Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80) when the Tigers try for the sweep on Wednesday night.

 

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Harbour Town Golf Links Profile: Shot-Making Excellence Required At RBC Heritage

(CBS Miami/CBS Local) — Harbour Town Golf Links hosts this week’s RBC Heritage, the PGA Tour’s first event after this year’s Masters. The famous course on Hilton Head Island first opened and hosted a tournament more than 50 years ago. Designed by the dynamic team of Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye, it was completed, under time constraints, just in time to watch Arnold Palmer end a 14-month victory drought with a three-stroke win over Bert Yancey and Richard Crawford.

“I just want to thank Jack for building a course so that I could win again,” Palmer said after the victory in late November, a few months after he turned 40 years old.

The beauty of Harbour Town, built on flat, low-lying marshy ground, is not just its serene and inspiring setting on Hilton Head Island, just off Calibogue Sound. It’s also in its strategic minimalist design, which was controversial at the time (as many designs with the Dye signature tended to be) with its harrowingly narrow fairways and small greens.

The par-71 layout measured just 6,657 yards when it opened (now 7,099 yards), short even by 1960s standards. But what it lacked in length it made up for in its routing and unique features. Harbour Town demands shot-making excellence to avoid the hundreds of trees — pared down after the ravages of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 — and the many “sharp, crisp” bunkers that Dye once said are its best asset. (A historical nugget: some of the larger tracts of sand became known as “waste bunkers,” a term first coined at Harbour Town, according to Dye.)

“We tried to make it so that it demands an accurate well-played shot,” Nicklaus said prior to the initial Heritage, which began on November 28, Thanksgiving Day. “A bad shot can put you in trouble.”

Nicklaus found out how much trouble when he ended up tied for sixth place with a closing 75 and 5-over 289 total. But the Golden Bear would go on to win the event himself in 1975, not a small achievement given that Harbour Town shackled his power game. The victory was one of only four among Nicklaus’ 73 PGA Tour wins that came on courses carrying his design signature. The others were two victories in the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in 1977 and ’84, the event he has hosted since 1976, and the 1973 Ohio Kings Island Open on the Grizzly Course near Cincinnati.

Dye has credited his fellow Ohio native Nicklaus for embracing the design concept at Harbour Town and refining its features, which was enlightening to the creative architect, who, of course, knew well that Nicklaus’ game was built on power. That design, which requires precise play, includes the 192-yard, par-3 14th hole, played over water, and the 472-yard, par-4 18th, among the most picturesque finishing holes on the PGA Tour.

The co-designers paid earnest attention to the reaction from players that first year and were generally pleased that, although there were some questions about the design, most players were complimentary, perhaps none more than Lee Trevino, one of golf’s most renowned shot-makers. But there was bound to be grumbling when rounds in the 80s numbered twice as many as rounds under par.

When legendary writer Dan Jenkins called it the “Pebble Beach East,” Dye and Nicklaus felt satisfied that they had created an iconic golf course, one that has stood the test of time as a supreme challenge in this modern era of ever-longer drives.

The list of winners speaks to the quality of layout. Virtuosos like Johnny Miller, Hubert Green, Hale Irwin and, of course, Palmer and Nicklaus showed the way. Later came Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman, plus the event’s all-time leader in victories, five-time winner Davis Love III. Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar and Webb Simpson are among the notable winners of the last decade.

When Nicklaus took a final tour of the layout two weeks before the inaugural tournament, he understood that the Heritage Classic (a name inspired by what is believed to be the first golf club in the U.S. — South Carolina Golf Club, chartered in 1896) needed a course to match what founder Charles Fraser and the PGA Tour hoped would be a special event on the schedule. Said Jack, prophetically, “They have the capability in the course to do just that.”


Baseball Report: J.D. Martinez, Red Sox On Fire

(CBS Boston) — It’s been an exciting week of baseball, even though the calendar still says mid-April. Two weeks in is far too early to draw any real conclusions from the standings or the play that led to those wins and losses. But it’s the perfect time to look at some of the action making headlines.

MLB already has its first three-home run game this season, courtesy of Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez. It also has its first no-hitter so far, thanks to San Diego Padres’ Joe Musgrove. And what would a week in baseball be without a little controversy? The Philadelphia Phillies edged out the Atlanta Braves on a call at the plate that could have easily gone the other way.

This week’s Baseball Report looks at Martinez’s three homers, Musgrove’s complete game shutout and the Phillies’ win.

J.D. Martinez On Fire

The Red Sox are on a tear, winning six straight after losing their first three. Some of the credit goes to slugger J.D. Martinez. He’s been on a torrid pace so far, stroking 17 hits, 16 RBI and five home runs en route to an early-season average that’s pushing .500. And batting as designated hitter in the third spot on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, Martinez mashed three home runs, as part of a four-hit, four-RBI afternoon.

His first at-bat ended in a strikeout. So did his last. But in the third, he pushed Boston’s lead to 4-0 on a solo shot down the right field line. An RBI single two innings later added another run. His second solo home run of the game came in the sixth inning, and his third, this time to center, followed in the eighth. Those three home runs made him just the fifth player in history to go long three times in a game with three different teams.

Martinez’s absurd stat line on Sunday continues his unbelievable start to the season. He’s currently batting .472, and slugging 1.083, both among the top five in the Majors. His home run and RBI totals top the League as well. Martinez  And all this has happened in just eight games and 38 plate appearances. With an extra-base hit in every game so far, he has also tied a major-league record.

Boston won, 14-9, Sunday to complete the three-game sweep of Baltimore. They now sit atop the American League East at 6-3. After starting the season with three losses to the rebuilding Orioles, the Red Sox have swept the Tampa Bay Rays and Orioles. The start of their next series with the Minnesota Twins was postponed Monday following the shooting of Daunte Wright in a suburb of Minneapolis.

“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interest of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today’s game,” the Twins’ statement said. “The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials.”

Joe Musgrove’s No-Hitter

The San Diego Padres were considered one of the best teams in baseball to start the season. And pitching like Musgrove’s shutout outing against the Texas Rangers will help them fulfill expectations.

Musgrove threw nine innings of no-hit ball on Friday evening, leading the Padres to a 3-0 win. He also struck out 10 batters. The Padres right-hander threw 112 pitches in the game, 70 percent of which were strikes. Aside from hitting Joey Gallo with a pitch in the fourth inning, he did allow any baserunners.

Here’s the celebration that ensued after the final out:

POV: You just witnessed the first no-hitter in @Padres history. pic.twitter.com/qC8FUBWX1s

— MLB (@MLB) April 10, 2021

This was the first no-hitter in Padres franchise history, the first of the MLB season and the first of Musgrove’s career. The Padres, founded in 1969, were the last team without a no-hitter on the books. MLB has now seen 305 of them in its history. The most recent no-hitter is also the first to happen at Globe Life Field, which the Rangers just started playing in this season.

Musgrove was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the offseason. He has now tossed 15 scoreless innings and racked up 18 strikeouts for San Diego in two appearances. In his previous appearance, Musgrove gave up three hits in six innings, to help the Padres blank the Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-0. San Diego is now 7-3, one game behind the Arizona Dodgers in the National League West.

Phillies-Braves Controversial Call

The Phillies picked up an early-season win over the Braves that could have easily gone the other way. Tied at six runs apiece in the top of the ninth, Phillies’ Didi Gregorius skied a short flyball down the leftfield line. Alec Bohm tagged and scored on the flyout. But replay seems to show that Bohm may have missed tagging the plate.

If we are going to have instant replay, we need to make sure to overturn calls when replay makes it clear that the original call was wrong.pic.twitter.com/idFJAyO0S8

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) April 12, 2021

Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected after instant replay upheld the initial call. Phillies manager Joe Girardi is reported to have thought that the runner’s big toe glanced the plate.

The final play at the plate was a fitting end to a game that saw six home runs and multiple lead changes. It also may have saved the Phillies from the series sweep. The Braves won the first two games, 8-1 and 5-4. Philadelphia holds the National League East lead, with Atlanta two games back.


Red Wings Top Hurricanes 3-1 After Trade Deadline

The Detroit Red Wings emerged from a stressful few days before the deadline with yet another standings-defying win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 12: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the Carolina Hurricanes makes a short-handed attempt on goal as Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Detroit Red Wings makes the save during an NHL game on April 12, 2021 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Adam Erne and Flip Zadina scored two quick third-period goals while Jonathan Bernier finished with 37 saves to help the Red Wings beat the Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night, sweeping a two-game road set against a team tied for the Central Division lead.

Detroit, sitting at the bottom of the division, won here in a shootout on Saturday then earned a fourth win in seven meetings this season Monday — which also spoiled Carolina captain Jordan Staal’s 1,000th career regular-season NHL game.

It came after the Red Wings completed four trades since Friday, the biggest sending right wing Anthony Mantha to Washington before the Monday afternoon deadline. The potential for more moves left coach Jeff Blashill waiting until “really late” to post his lineup.

RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 12: Jonathan Bernier #45 and Dylan Larkin #71 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrate their victory over the Carolina Hurricanes after an NHL game on April 12, 2021 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

“The stress was I guess behind us and we could focus on the game tonight,” captain Dylan Larkin said.

“We were in a 0-0 game going into the third and a lot of times this year and in the past, you’ve seen that go the other way. But I’ve said we’ve have to start finding ways to win those games, and we did tonight.”

To Larkin’s point, Detroit had been outscored 57-33 in the third period before Monday.

Erne scored off a behind-the-net feed from Michael Rasmussen less than a minute into the third. That was the start of a game-turning sequence that saw the Hurricanes take two quick penalties to give the Red Wings a chance to strike again.

RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 12: Filip Hronek #17 of the Detroit Red Wings leaps to avoid the puck on a shot by teammate Dylan Larkin # 71 during an NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 12, 2021 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Hurricanes unsuccessfully challenged the goal seeking a missed offside call on Erne. That led to an delay of game penalty, followed by another when Brady Skjei’s clear attempt sailed over the glass — potentially glancing off the stick of Detroit’s Evgeny Svechnikov — to give Detroit a two-man advantage.

The Hurricanes survived the 5-on-3, but Rasmussen slipped the puck to Zadina on the right side to beat James Reimer for the 2-0 lead at 2:34 of the third.

That lead held up, with Nino Niederreiter getting Carolina on the board to make it 2-1 at 13:54 of the third. But the Hurricanes couldn’t beat Bernier again, then Gagner finished it off with his empty-net score in the final minute to seal it.

Reimer finished with 27 saves for the Hurricanes.

“We were not good,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “I coached a terrible game because I didn’t get the lines going right, I couldn’t find the right matchups. It was no good from start to finish. And we got what we deserved in that one.”

STAAL HONORED

In a bit of perfect timing, Jordan Staal’s brother, Marc, was on the opposite bench for his milestone night that began with a pregame ceremony.

RALEIGH, NC – APRIL 12: Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes prepares for a face-off during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on April 12, 2021 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Hurricanes took the ice all wearing Staal’s No. 11 jersey before the ceremony that included taped video messages from former teammates such as Sidney Crosby, Cam Ward, Justin Williams and brothers Jared, Eric and Marc Staal.

“I think that’s what hurts the most: I mean, it was a big night for Jordan,” Niederreiter said, adding: “We showed up like that, it’s definitely not acceptable.”

DEADLINE DAY

The NHL’s trade deadline passed a few hours before the puck dropped in this one.

The Hurricanes traded defenseman Haydn Fleury to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round draft pick in 2022. That gave Carolina a physical boost to the blue line with the 6-foot-5, 218-pound Hakanpaa.

As for the Red Wings, their deadline-day trade moved Mantha for wingers Richard Panik and Jakub Vrana as well a first-round draft pick this year and a second-rounder next year.

“I wished him great luck,” Blashill said of Mantha, who had played his entire NHL career in Detroit. “I think he’s going to be a real good fit in Washington.”

UP NEXT

Detroit: The Red Wings return home Thursday for the first of two straight games against Chicago.

Carolina: The Hurricanes open a two-game home set with Nashville on Thursday, followed by the second game Saturday to close an eight-game homestead.

 

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Wings Busy At Trade Deadline

With the championship window beginning to close on the Alex Ovechkin-led roster, Washington Capitals went all-in on Anthony Mantha by trading wingers Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first- and a 2022 second-round pick to Detroit. They have literally no room to maneuver now with $0 in salary cap room but felt it was worth the risk.

NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 23: Anthony Mantha #39 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on March 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have bolstered their blue line depth ahead of the NHL trade deadline.

The club acquired veteran defenseman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021 and minor-league forward Hayden Verbeek.

Merrill appeared in 36 games with the Red Wings in 2020-21, picking up five assists while averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time. The 29-year-old from Oklahoma City has 12 goals and 66 points in 392 regular-season games with the New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and Red Wings since making his NHL debut in 2013-14.

DETROIT, MI – APRIL 08: Calle Jarnkrok #19 of the Nashville Predators and Jon Merrill #24 of the Detroit Red Wings battle for the puck in the second period of an NHL game at Little Caesars Arena on April 8, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche reacquired Patrik Nemeth, trading a fourth-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for the veteran defenseman.

The teams announced the deal Friday night. Detroit received Colorado’s fourth-rounder in 2022.

Nemeth spent two seasons in Colorado from 2017-19. He had 25 points — four goals, 21 assists — in 142 games in an Avalanche sweater.

Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman has 12 selections in this year’s draft, including two in the first round and three in the second round. They have nine picks in 2022.

 

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Pistons Drop One To The Clippers

Marcus Morris Sr. scored a season-high 33 points, Paul George added 32 and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a nine-game homestand with a 131-124 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Paul George #13 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against Saddiq Bey #41 of the Detroit Pistons during the first quarter at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

George has three straight 30-point games despite dealing with a nagging toe injury. He had six points during the fourth quarter as the Clippers rallied for their fifth straight win, which is currently the longest win streak in the NBA.

Morris, who was five points shy of tying his career-high, made six 3-pointers and went over 1,000 for his career.

“It was never about offense for us, it was about defense. We got it done at the end, in the fourth quarter,” said Clippers center Ivica Zubac, who had a career-high seven assists to go along with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Los Angeles was missing Kawhi Leonard, who sat out to rest as the Clippers were playing their third game in four nights. Everyone else picked up the slack though as they had seven players in double figures and concluded a homestand where they went 7-2 despite still being short-handed.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Reggie Jackson #1 of the Los Angeles Clippers drives to the basket against Hamidou Diallo #6 of the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

“The team is coming together. You feel it and the last thing we want to do is not leave a stone unturned. I definitely think there will be some carryover on the road,” George said.

Josh Jackson scored 26 points and Saddiq Bey added 25 for the Pistons, who have dropped three of their last four.

The Clippers shot 62.5% from the field but trailed for most of the night against the Eastern Conference’s worst team. Mason Plumlee’s layup with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter gave the Pistons a 93-81 advantage before LA started rallying.

“Despite their record, teams are going to get hot and play hard. For our team to stay together and continue to keep playing was important. We were able to chip away when we got a couple of stops and converted,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball against Marcus Morris Sr. #8 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the third quarter at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

The game was tied at 110 with 6:23 remaining before the Clippers seized momentum with a 10-2 run. A 3-pointer by Nicolas Batum gave them the lead for good while George had four points during the run, including a driving dunk on Isaiah Stewart to extend the advantage to five.

“We knew they were going to make a run, eventually. When it was coming, we didn’t know,” Jackson said.

Los Angeles extended its lead to 11 points in the final minute.

The Clippers were 25 of 36 from the field for the first half but didn’t lead for the first time until Zubac’s dunk gave them a 61-60 advantage with 2:06 remaining in the second quarter.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 11: Nicolas Batum #33 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a foul call during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center on April 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

“It is just tough to sustain getting tough field goals when they have the firepower on 3-pointers along with getting a stop here and there. They’re a great shooting team. That is what they do,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “That is why you’re nervous because we didn’t get consistent stops, especially in the fourth quarter.”

TIP INS

Pistons: Detroit is 3-9 during the second game of back-to-backs. … They were 15 of 32 on 3-pointers as Wayne Ellington (15 points) and Bey made five apiece. … Corey Joseph, who was acquired from Sacramento on March 25, had 18 points and is averaging 11.7 points since joining the Pistons. … Jerami Grant, who leads the team in scoring with 22.5 points per game, was out for the third straight game due to right knee soreness.

Clippers: LA had a season-high 35 assists … Zubac got his 11th double-double, which is the most he has had in a season in his four-year career. … Nicolas Batum scored nine of his 14 points in the second half. … Luke Kennard scored 11 points and went over 2,000 for his career on a driving layup during the third quarter. … Serge Ibaka, who missed his 15th straight game due to back issues, will not be on the upcoming road trip. That means the earliest the center could return is April 18 against Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.

Clippers: Begin a three-game road trip on Tuesday at Indiana.

 

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Truex Wins Again At Martinsville

Martin Truex Jr. admits to being surprised by his success at Martinsville Speedway.

Truex won a stirring, laps-long duel for the lead with teammate Denny Hamlin in the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday night, winning for the third time in the last four stops at the 0.526-mile oval — the oldest and shortest in the series.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – APRIL 11: #42: Ross Chastain, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Accessories, #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro during the running of the rain delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on April 11, 2021 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,Virginia (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“This place has become a playground for us I guess,” Truex said in Victory Lane. “We didn’t have the best car all day, but we just kept working on it and never quit on it.”

Truex, who nudged Hamlin repeatedly in the turns and tried to get to his inside on the straightaways without success, finally made the pass with 15 laps to go, ducking underneath Hamlin coming out of the second turn. He sailed off to victory without another challenge as Hamlin and Chase Elliott battled the rest of the way for second.

Truex became the first repeat winner in NASCAR’s top series this season.

The race was rained out after 42 laps Saturday night and was completed as the second part of a doubleheader that started with the completion of the rain-delayed Xfinity Series race from Friday night.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – APRIL 11: #9: Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet Camaro NAPA Auto Parts, #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro during the running of the rain delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on April 11, 2021 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,Virginia (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Elliott, who won here last fall on his way to winning the series championship, held off Hamlin for second. Hamlin was third, followed by William Byron and Kyle Larson.

“That was a lot of fun there at the end, racing with Denny,” Truex said about his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate. “We raced clean and we were able to come out on top.”

The Gibbs team had all four of its drivers finish in the top 10 as Christopher Bell took seventh and Kyle Busch 10th, leaving team owner Joe Gibbs excited, and relieved.

“I was just praying that Denny and Martin didn’t get together running up front,” Gibbs said.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – APRIL 11: #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Office, #12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Pennzoil #19: Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry Bass Pro during the running of the rain delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on April 11, 2021 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,Virginia (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The outcome was not only disappointing for Hamlin, who had a dominant car and led 276 laps, but also for Ryan Blaney, who won the first two stages and led 157 laps but dragged an air gun out of his pit after the final stop and was sent back to 19th in the field.

Blaney rallied to finish 11th, but earlier, he and Hamlin were dominant.

Blaney passed Hamlin for the lead on Lap 75 and cruised to victory in the 130-lap Stage 1, and Stage 2 played out much the same. Hamlin was fast early in the run, pulling comfortably ahead, but Blaney eventually ran him down to win that stage, too.

Hamlin’s third-place finish was his series-best seventh top-five run in eight races.

“We had a really fast car for 20 laps or so, and then it would just kind of go away,” Hamlin said. “We just continue to run top-three every single week. Every stage, every finish — we’re right there. We just need to get a little better. We’re barely missing it.”

MARTINSVILLE, VA – APRIL 11: #11: Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry FedEx Office, #12: Ryan Blaney, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Menards/Pennzoil lead the field during the running of the rain delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on April 11, 2021 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,Virginia (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The race featured several drastic changes in fortunes, perhaps none bigger than for Joey Logano. He was in danger of being lapped at the end of the first stage but gambled with others midway through the race by staying on the track to gain position when most of the leaders pitted.

It worked because another caution flew shortly thereafter, allowing him to pit for the fresh tires most other teams already had and stayed near the front the rest of the way.

Logano finished sixth.

MARTINSVILLE, VA – APRIL 11: #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Mustang Shell Pennzoil during the running of the rain delayed Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 on April 11, 2021 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville,Virginia (Photo by Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Misfortune was the case for Alex Bowman, Brad Keselowski and several others because of a major pileup on the backstretch involving more than a dozen cars on Lap 387. Bowman had gotten as high as second before getting caught up in the mess that ended his day, and Keselowski, a two-time winner at Martinsville, also had to call it a day after the wreck.

“It’s just part of the short track deal,” Keselowski said.

The accident started when Kyle Busch and Chris Buescher got together exiting Turn 2.

Daniel Suarez also was involved and rode around the oval to the entrance to Turn 1, climbed out of his car when it caught fire, and walked away as it burst into flames.

UP NEXT

The series stays in Virginia, and on a short track, at Richmond Raceway next weekend.

 

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Pistons Beat Kings 113-101

Cory Joseph had a season-high 24 points and seven assists in his first game against his former team, Jhalil Okafor made a timely return after missing nearly two months following knee surgery, and the short-handed Detroit Pistons beat the Sacramento Kings 113-101 on Thursday night.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 29: Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons handles the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena on March 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Isaiah Stewart added 16 points and 13 rebounds in place of injured Mason Plumlee for the Pistons. Okafor, who had missed 27 games following left knee surgery, scored 11 points. Killian Hayes also had 11.

“I felt like it was very important that we come out from the start and throw the first punch and play hard throughout the whole game,” Stewart said. “We were diving on the floor in the first quarter. That’s the way it has to be every game.”

Detroit entered an East-worst 15-16 but led comfortably against slumping Sacramento after going up by 22 early in the third quarter.

It’s the Pistons second win on their five-game road trip. Detroit still has to go to Portland and Los Angeles to face the Clippers.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 19: Head coach Dwane Casey of the Detroit Pistons watches play against the Washington Wizards during the second half of a preseason game at Capital One Arena on December 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

“The one thing that the guys set the tone was our fight and our intensity,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “The second thing that happened was our ball movement. That set the tone even with our two starters out. Attention to detail defensively was huge for us and had them playing catch-up the entire night.”

The Pistons were without starters Plumlee (concussion evaluation) and Jerami Grant (sore right knee) but did get Okafor back.

Joseph was the difference after spending two seasons with the Kings before getting traded to Detroit along with two second-round picks at the deadline in exchange for Delon Wright. The veteran guard hadn’t scored more than 17 since then but broke out in his return to Golden 1 Center.

Joseph shot 10 of 14 and scored six of Detroit’s final eight points after the Kings had pulled to 105-94.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 29: Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons shoots the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Little Caesars Arena on March 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

“Obviously playing against my former team, you want to get the,” Joseph said. “We had a complete game. We have a lot of young guys, a lot of young talent and they’re just soaking it up. It’s lovely to see. That’s an organization that is going in the right direction.

De’Aaron Fox had 23 points, seven assists and nine rebounds for the Kings. Sacramento has lost five straight. On Monday the Kings fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the worst record in the West.

“That was absolutely unacceptable,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s not OK. It’s frustrating. We’re making a lot of the same mistakes.”

Buddy Hield added 15 and Harrison Barnes scored 13.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MARCH 29: Frank Jackson #5 of the Detroit Pistons high fives Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons during the fourth quarter of the game at Little Caesars Arena on March 29, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Joseph made a three-point play following Buddy Hield’s third foul to put the Pistons up by 17 late in the first half then later added a layup just before the buzzer to make it 62-44.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Hamidou Diallo scored 10 points.

Kings: Fox picked up his fourth foul with seven minutes left in the third and had only one the rest of the game. … Sacramento was outrebounded 43-38.

UP NEXT

Pistons: At Portland on Saturday. The Trail Blazers have won two straight in the series, dating to last season.

Kings: At Utah on Saturday. Sacramento hasn’t won in Salt Lake City since Nov. 21, 2018.

 

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Lions Sign Ex-Bills S Dean Marlowe

The Detroit Lions have signed safety Dean Marlowe, hoping he can help a defense that was one of the worst in NFL history last season.

Marlowe played in 15 games last year in his third season with the Buffalo Bills. He had a career-high two interceptions along with 16 tackles and a fumble recovery last season. Marlowe started four games last year and has started seven in his 31-game career.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – OCTOBER 25: Dean Marlowe #31 of the Buffalo Bills tackles Denzel Mims #11 of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 25, 2020 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)

The former James Madison player earned a spot in the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in 2015 and spent his first two years in the league with them.

Detroit gave up 519 points and 6,716 yards last season, breaking team records set by its winless team in 2008 and ranking among the league’s all-time worst in both categories.

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