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Eles, McCloud, Sayen Earn Repeat Canal Run Wins – Sunday Sports Wrap

Little League League Baseball

The Portage Lake Little League Majors team opened play in the state tournament with a 3-0 victory over Edwardsburg Saturday afternoon. Pool competition continues today at 2:30 with a game against the host Grosse Pointe Farms team, and tomorrow against Taylor North. There are four pools of four teams each. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals beginning Tuesday. If you would like to support the team’s trip downstate, you can contribute through their GoFundMe page here.


The Bucks defeated the Suns 123-119 last night. After dropping the first two games of the NBA championship series, Milwaukee has won three straight, and could claim the title with a victory at home Tuesday night.


The Detroit Tigers earned two narrow victories over the Minnesota Twins yesterday.

In game one of their doubleheader Robbie Grossman’s lead-off home run provided all the scoring in a 1-0 victory. It was the first time in Tigers’ history that a home run by the first batter turned out to be the game-winner. Starting pitcher José Ureña left the game after the third inning after pulling a groin muscle. Daniel Norris earned the win in relief.

In the nightcap, Detroit came from behind to claim a 5-4, eight-inning victory. Akil Badoo staked Detroit to an early lead, clearing the bases with a triple in the second inning. Minnesota came back to tie the contest, then scored a run on a Joe Jiménez wild pitch in the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Derek Hill opened the inning as the runner at second base. He stole third, then scored on a single by Jonathan Schoop. Schoop sped home from first with the winning run after Miguel Cabrera’s two-out soft pop fly to center field fell between two defenders.

The Tigers host the Twins again this afternoon. Wily Peralta will start against J.A. Happ. Coverage begins at 12:50 on 99.3 The Lift.

Detroit wasted no time in placing Ureña on the disabled list. It’s not yet known how much time he might miss. Reliever Alex Lange was rushed up I-75 from Toledo, and was activated in time for the second game. The Tigers have also placed utility player Niko Goodrum on the injured list. He fouled a ball off his calf a week ago, creating a significant bruise that’s taking a long time to heal. Victor Reyes has been brought up to fill in.

The Milwaukee Brewers scored three runs in the top of the 11th, to earn a 7-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds yesterday. Milwaukee fell behind early, as Cincy scored twice off Brandon Woodruff in the second inning. That was all the damage Woodruff would allow, though, as he pitched into the sixth. Milwaukee took a brief lead, scoring three times in the top of the seventh, but Jonathan India’s homer in the bottom of the eighth re-tied the game. Each squad scored once in the 10th. Jandel Gustave loaded the bases in the bottom of the 11th, but Wade Miley’s infield ground-out ended the threat.

The Brewers play at Cincinnati again this afternoon. Corbin Burnes will pitch against Sonny Gray.

Canal Run

At the Hancock Canal Run Saturday…
• Houghton’s Steven Eles won the half marathon, finishing a full six minutes ahead of Thomas de Triquet from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Kate McCloud of Atlantic Mine finished third overall, and first among women. Eles adds this year’s trophies to the ones he won in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015. McCloud also won the half marathon in 2017 and 2016.
• Clayton Sayen from Houghton claimed the 10-mile Bob Olson Memorial Run, 12 seconds faster than Nicholas Wimmer from Minneapolis. Michelle Bollini was the fastest woman, finishing 10th overall. Sayen also won the 10-mile run in 2019
• Brandon Peterson from Chassell claimed the five-mile run, with a nearly two-minute advantage over Tom Knewtson of Houghton. Ingrid Seagren of Hancock was the top women’s finisher, in eighth place overall.
• Liddy Markham of Houghton finished first in the 10-mile walk, nearly 10 minutes better than Hancock’s Brienne Sporalski. Brent Isaacson of Houghton place third overall, and was the top men’s finisher.
• Amy Hughes of Hancock won the five-mile walk, a minute better than Robert Haase of Calumet.

See full results here.

Miners Revenge

At the Miners Revenge mountain biking event at the Adventure Mine in Greenland Saturday…
• Zechariah McCarthy of Marquette won the downhill race, with his best run a second faster than Sam Anderson of Eleva, Wisconsin.
• Rob Cole dominated the men’s 24-mile cross country race, finishing 15 minutes better than the nearest competitor. Amanda Kautzer claimed the 18-mile women’s cross country race.

The Enduro events are scheduled for today.

See full results here.

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