In high school football Saturday…
• Lake Linden-Hubbell opened its eight-player era with a convincing 46-6 victory over Carney-Nadeau. The Lakes scored 40 points in the first half, on a pair of TD runs by Caleb Klein, two by Brandon LaVigne, and one by William Lyons. They closed their scoring when Klein returned the second half opening kickoff 75 yards for a score. The Wolves’ only touchdown came on a pass from Michael Flanagan to Josh Berg in the closing seconds of the first half.
• William Flaherty’s late field goal lifted Houghton to a 3-0 victory over Bark River-Harris.
• L’Anse pounded Gogebic 40-14.
The Detroit Tigers won a game Saturday, but lost their manager.
After three seasons in Detroit Ron Gardenhire announced his retirement before the game. Citing health issues, Gardenhire said that he needs to take better care of himself, and wants to spend more time with his family. He will turn 63 next month. Before joining the Tigers, he led the Minnesota Twins to six American League Central Division championships over 13 seasons. Gardenhire is a prostate cancer survivor, and missed a couple of games this season with a stomach issue. This was the final year of his contract, but his retirement with a week remaining in the season was not anticipated. Bench coach Lloyd McLendon will manage the team through the rest of the season.
On the field, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2. The Tigers took a quick lead when Harold Castro doubled home Jeimer Candelario in the first inning. Cleveland claimed the advantage on a two-run double by José Ramírez off Spencer Turnbull in the third. Turnbull went six innings, gave up five hits, and struck out seven. Detroit’s small-ball rally in the eighth featured RBI singles from Eric Haase and Daz Cameron, a bases-loaded walk drawn by Victor Reyes, and a sacrifice fly by Willi Castro.
The Tigers host the Indians in their final home game of the season this afternoon. Matthew Boyd will start against Carlos Carrasco. Because of Lions football on 99.3 The Lift, Tigers coverage will begin at 12:45 on KBear 102.3.
The Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Kansas City Royals 5-0 yesterday. Corbin Burnes struck out nine batters over six innings. Devin Williams and Drew Rasmussen combined to strike out six more over the final three frames. Milwaukee scored once in the third inning on an Avisail Garcia groundout, then broke the game open in a four-run eighth inning, with help from a Ryan Braun home run.
The Brewers host the Royals in their final home game today. Josh Lindblom will start against Brad Keller.
Former Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander will miss the rest of this season, and probably all of next season. Verlander, who now pitches for the Houston Astros, announced Saturday that he will need Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his pitching elbow. If he chooses to make a comeback, he would be 39 years old when he returns to the field.
The Stars defeated the Lightning 4-1 in the opening game of the Stanley Cup championship series Saturday night. Game Two will be played tomorrow.
The Celtics downed the Heat 117-106 Saturday. Miami leads the Eastern Conference final 2-1. Game four will be played on Wednesday.
The Lakers and Nuggets will play game two of the Western Conference final tonight. L-A won the opening game.
The Detroit Lions visit the Green Bay Packers for a 1:00 game this afternoon. Hear the broadcast on 99.3 The Lift.
In tonight’s game, the Patriots visit the Seahawks. Coverage will begin at 7:30 on 99.3 The Lift.
Our high school football coverage continues Friday. Calumet welcomes Gwinn on KBear 102.3. Houghton entertains Norway on 97.7 The Wolf. L’Anse hosts West Iron County – streamed coverage from WFER 97.9 will be available on the sports page at KBear102.com. On Saturday, Lake Linden-Hubbell visits Superior Central. Coverage will begin at 11:40 on KBear 102.3.