The worst the Detroit Red Wings could have done in Friday’s National Hockey League draft lottery was wind up with the fourth overall pick – and that’s what happened. It was the fourth straight year in which Lady Luck failed the Wings, and they wound up lower in the selection order than their record would otherwise merit.
Instead, the first pick will go to one of the eight teams that loses in the qualifying round of the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs. The specific team won’t be determined until after the qualifying round ends. The Los Angeles Kings won the second spot. The Ottawa Senators, who had the best chance of winning because they have their own selection and that of the San Jose Sharks, will pick third and fifth.
The Detroit Tigers have announced the names of 58 of the 60 players who will be on their team roster for this summer’s shortened season. The list is heavy on youth, and includes pitching prospects Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning and Alex Faedo. It also includes outfielder Riley Greene, who was Detroit’s first-round pick in last year’s draft, and catcher Dillon Dingler, who was their second-round pick in this year’s draft. This year’s top pick, infielder Spencer Torkelson, is not on the list, because he has not yet signed a contract. There are reports that he and the team are nearing an agreement. When he signs, he’ll likely take one of the two remaining roster spots.
There are multiple reports that free agent quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to a one-year contract to play for the New England Patriots this season. Newton was the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2015. He’ll compete for the Patriots’ starting job, after veteran Tom Brady left the team as a free agent this spring, and joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Detroit Pistons have signed center Justin Patton to a contract. Patton was taken 16th overall in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, after playing just one season at Seton Hall. He has appeared in just nine NBA games since then.
In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball action tonight…
• At Miller Memorial Field in Laurium, Koppers will meet Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics at 6:15, and then face A and S Industrial at 7:45.
• At the Hancock Driving Park, Downtowner Two will play a doubleheader against Bucko’s/Labatts.
• At Hurontown, McGann’s/Northern Auto will play Coca Cola/Monte Carlo at 6:15, and Pat’s Foods/Bucko’s at 7:45.
In Copper Country Horseshoe League play tonight…
• Dreamland Two faces 41 Lumber at the Dreamland Bar.
• Dreamland One meets Bucko’s Party Store at the Drift Inn.
• Rocky’s Bar plays Ahmeek Fire Department at Rocky’s Bar.
• Harter’s Party Store takes on Drift Inn at Ahmeek Park.
• L and L plays Calumet Electronics at the Calumet Dam.
• Calumet One and Loading Zone meet at Agassiz Park.
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