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Rockets get off to hot start, sweep SC

RAPID RIVER — The weather was a major factor in a softball doubleheader here Tuesday as it alternated between rain, snow and sun with gusts of wind as a constant during the opening games as Rapid River overpowered Superior Central 14-7 and 14-4. In the first game, Rapid River gained a ...

Drummond leads Pistons’comeback

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still clinging to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to their biggest second-half comeback in three decades. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Ish Smith matched a season high with 22 points, helping Detroit rally to ...

Spring Swing Softball tournament coming up

By Steve Brownlee Marquette Mining Journal MARQUETTE — The high school softball season kicks off this weekend at about the only place it could in the Upper Peninsula during the early part of April. Indoors. The Superior Dome in Marquette will host the 17th annual Spring Swing Softball ...

La Stella carries Angels past Brewers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tommy La Stella is providing an unexpected power boost for the Los Angeles Angels during their interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The second baseman homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Angels to an 11-8 victory Tuesday night after Mike ...

Indians overpower Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Now down three key players in the season’s early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday. Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that sent the Indians over the ...

Prep schedule

Today’s game Baseball Escanaba at Norway, 5

Briefs

U.P. Sports HOF banquet tickets ESCANABA — Tickets are available for the 48th annual Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. The banquet is May 11 at Island Resort and Casino in Harris. Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased and/or ordered by April 29. They are ...

Redemption complete

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. And quiet those critics, too. Led by De’Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime ...

Norse bats go cold

SAGINAW — The Bay College Norse had great difficulty scoring runs here Monday in 3-1 and 8-0 baseball losses to the Delta College Pioneers. Winning pitcher Jack Rossbach tossed a three-hitter, struck out one and walked four through six innings in the opener. Ben Schwalbach scored Bay’s ...

Trout robs Yelich, Angels top Brewers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout tracked Christian Yelich’s high fly to the warning track and leaped to make a picture-perfect catch above the wall. Yelich could only respond by smiling and doffing his helmet in Trout’s direction. On the rare occasions when Trout doesn’t hit a homer ...

Two champs crowned at Gold Medal tourney

HERMANSVILLE — Two basketball champions were crowned here Sunday as the 81st Annual Gold Medal tournament concluded its opening weekend. Perronville Bloniarz Farms copped the Class B title in a 79-75 triumph over Stephenson Wilson Farms and Carney Juiced Apparel topped Iron River Shamco ...

Bennetts share title together

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dick Bennett has a difficult time watching his son, Tony, coach Virginia. He rarely attends games. “I’m not a model of decorum or poise,” said Dick Bennett, the former longtime high school and college basketball coach. “But I needed to be here.” The Cavaliers ...

Prep schedule

Today’s games Softball Superior Central at Rapid River (DH), 4 Wednesday’s games Softball Bay College at Gogebic (DH), 4 Baseball Escanaba at Norway, 5

Briefs

Games postponed HARRIS — Bark River-Harris’s softball and baseball games, originally scheduled for April 6 at Wausaukee, Wis. were postponed due to weather. Also, BR-H’s baseball game at Menominee and Thursday’s home game with Marquette were postponed. Norway’s baseball game at ...

Tech D stifles Spartans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it’s time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from a title Saturday ...

Braves win a pair at Dells to start 3-0

WISCONSIN DELLS — The Gladstone Braves added two baseball victories to their early-season collection here Saturday, topping Somerset, Wis. 16-8 and Medford, Wis. 4-2. The nightcap was tied 2-2 in the seventh before the Braves (3-0) scored twice on a sacrifice fly by Dan Martin. Riley ...

Tigers sweep Royals, win 5th straight

DETROIT (AP) — Tyson Ross finally pitched at Comerica Park — and certainly enjoyed his new surroundings. Ross pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Ross signed with the ...

Early hole dooms Esky

WISCONSIN DELLS — An early deficit hurt Escanaba’s chances in an 11-6 baseball loss to Hayward, Wis. here Saturday. Esky scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, but the Hurricanes scored four times in the first and twice in the second for a 6-2 cushion. “We had plenty ...

Norse split doubleheader

SAGINAW — The Bay College Norse used a big second inning Sunday to gain a 10-7 victory here over Delta College in the second game of a baseball doubleheader. The Pioneers won the opener 6-1. Bay, taking advantage of three walks, a hit batsman, an error and a passed ball, scored six times ...

Brewers take two from Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Coming off four days of rest, All-Star reliever Josh Hader was ready for an extended outing for Milwaukee on Sunday. Not what the slumping Chicago Cubs needed at the end of a miserable, season-opening road trip. Christian Yelich homered and drove in three, Hader completed ...