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Canal Run Goes Virtual – Thursday Sports Wrap


The Finlandia University women’s hockey team has added another recruit. Kayla Savoie-Penton is a goaltender from Calgary. She’s transferring in from Liberty University, where she played on their ACHA hockey team.


Even as Major League Baseball begins to prepare for competition, more reports of COVID-19 infections are coming in. The Detroit Tigers say one player and one staff member have tested positive. They have not been identified, but both are said to be recovering. General manager Al Avila said the player was living and working out in Florida, but not at the team’s facility in Lakeland. The Seattle Mariners and the Boston Red Sox have also revealed infections within their organizations.

Avila also revealed that pitcher Michael Fulmer should be ready to join the team. Fulmer missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. He will probably pitch out of the bullpen, as he rebuilds his arm strength.

Baseball teams must formalize a 60-man spring training roster by this weekend. Eventually, that will be trimmed to a 40-man regular-season roster. The remaining 20 players will be kept on a reserve roster, and can continue to work out at an alternate location. The Tigers will use the Toledo Mud Hens’ facility for that.

The Tigers have agreed to terms with Daniel Cabrera. The LSU outfielder was the 62nd overall pick in the recent MLB amateur draft. The only draftee who has not been signed is Spencer Torkelson, whom the Tigers drafted first overall.

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that veteran broadcaster Bob Ueker will call their 30 home games. At age 86, he will not travel to away games. This will be Ueker’s 50th season behind the mic in Milwaukee.


The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with their third-round draft pick, Ohio State University offensive guard Jonah Jackson.


Former Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been selected for membership in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Holland led the Wings from 1997 to 2019. His teams won three Stanley Cup championships. He is now the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Holland will be installed in the builder’s category.

Other new members of the Hall include Jarome Iginla and Marián Hossa, who played one season for Detroit in the middle of his 19-year career. The class also includes defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, and Canadian goaltender Kim St-Pierre in the women’s category. She is a three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Slow Pitch Softball

In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball league play last night…

  • At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Downtowner Two defeated A and S Industrial 29-12. The result of the game between A and S and Pat’s Foods/Bucko’s was not reported.
  • Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics and Coca Cola/Monte Carlo split a doubleheader. Coca Cola won the first contest 23-10. Auto Pro took the nightcap 13-7. Logan Rastello homered.


This year’s Hancock Canal Run will be a virtual event. Race Director Angela Luskin said it became apparent that they could not stage the in-person event and assure the safety of those involved. Sign-up is free, and can be completed on the Canal Run website. Runners may participate anytime between July 13th and July 19th. Instructions for posting individual results are on the website. A special t-shirt is being designed, and can be purchased for $20.00. Those who have already paid this year’s registration fee may opt for a refund, have their payment credited toward next year’s race, or donate their fee to the non-profit Canal Run.

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