Morning Sports for Thursday, April 24th:

MLB: Tigers Slammed by White Sox
Marcus Semien’s grand slam off Ian Kroll lifted the White Sox to a 6-4 victory over the Tigers last night. Kroll had entered the game in the seventh inning after Evan Reed loaded the bases. The blast spoiled a good start by Drew Smyly… who gave up a couple of runs in the first inning… but then settled in, and pitched through the sixth. The Tigers wrap up that home set against the White Sox this afternoon. Max Scherzer will pitch against Jose Quintana. Hear the first pitch at 1:08 on AM 1400, WCCY. Full details from yesterday’s game are here.

Kyle Lohse held the Padres to five hits over seven innings, as the Brewers beat the Padres 5-2. Jean Segura and Khris Davis homered for Milwaukee… which has the best record in baseball. The Brewers have today off, and open a weekend home series against the Cubs tomorrow night. Former Cub Matt Garza will start against Carlos Villanueva. Full details from last night’s game are here.

NHL: Red Wings
The Red Wings host the Bruins in the fourth game of their opening-round N-H-L playoff series tonight. Detroit trails the best-of-seven set two games to one. Captain Henrik Zetterberg took part in a full team practice yesterday… but wouldn’t say if he felt sufficiently recovered from back surgery to ask doctors for permission to play tonight. Faceoff is at 8:00 on AM 1400, WCCY. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400, WCCY.

O’Donnell to Coach Finlandia Men’s Hoops
Mike O'Donnell
Finlandia University has turned to a former team captain to be its new head basketball coach. Mike O’Donnell will return to the Lions… where he was a four-year letter winner, and a member of the team that won the 2001 Small College National Tournament…

Since he graduated in 2004, O’Donnell has been a teacher and hoops coach in the Negaunee School District. His teams won six Mid Peninsula Conference championships, eight district championships, six regional championships and played in the Class C State Semifinals three times. O’Donnell was voted U.P. Class A-B-C Coach of the Year three times by the Upper Peninsula Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, He was also named Negaunee Teacher of the Year last year… and admits it will be hard to leave that all behind…

O’Donnell will take over his new duties at Finlandia after Negaunee ends its school year.

Devin Kero to Join Huskies Hockey
Devin Kero
With former Michigan Tech goalie Phoenix Copley having moved on to the pros, the Huskies didn’t need to look far from home to find a potential replacement. Hancock’s Devin Kero will join the team next year… after two years in junior hockey. Devin’s older brother, Tanner, also plays for the Huskies. Devin spent this past season with the Merritt Centennials… where he earned a place on the British Columbia Hockey League All-Rookie Team. He becomes the 13th player to make a commitment to Tech next season. Check out all of the incoming new talent here.

NFL: Lions, Packers Release 2014 Schedules
Both the Lions and the Packers released their 2014 regular-season schedules yesterday… and both will begin the season with nationally-televised games. The Lions will open on Monday night, September 8th… at home, against the Giants. They’ll face the Falcons in London on October 26th… and will host the Bears in their traditional Thanksgiving game. The Packers will open on Thursday, September 4th, at Seattle. The two games between the Lions and Packers will be played September 21st in Detroit… and December 28th in Green Bay… the final game of the regular season.

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Morning Sports for Wednesday, April 23rd:

Finlandia Names First Football Coach
Michigan Tech defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Tim Driscoll was introduced yesterday as Finlandia University’s first head football coach. Driscoll hopes the new program will give lots of area kids a chance they haven’t had until now:

And, as for the challenges of starting a program from scratch?

Driscoll will begin his job immediately… starting with recruiting the school’s first players.

Finlandia HelmetAthletic Director Chris Salani said Finlandia’s football program will play its first game at McAfee Field on September 5th, 2015, against Alma College. By that time, the University hopes to complete the next set of improvements at McAfee Field… which will include new bleachers, a pressbox, and locker facilities. Fundraising efforts to pay for that project continue.

MLB: Tigers Outslug White Sox
Miguel Cabrera broke out of his slump, and powered the Tigers to an 8-6 victory over the White Sox last night. Cabrera homered, and drove in three runs. Avila had three hits. Justin Verlander gave up two runs over seven innings to earn his third win. Chicago mounted a late comeback… scoring a run off Al Alburquerque in the eighth. Phil Coke gave up a three-run homer to Adam Dunn in the ninth. The Tigers continue that home set against the White Sox tonight. Drew Smyly will pitch against Andre Rienzo… who was recently brought up from the minors to fill in while Felipe Paulino is on the disabled list. Hear the first pitch at 7:08 on AM 1400, WCCY. Full details from yesterday’s game are here.

The Brewers left 11 runners on base, and fell to the Padres 2-1 in 12 innings. The loss wasted another strong start by Yovani Gallardo… who scattered five hits over seven innings. Chase Headley finally won the game for San Diego with a home run off Alfredo Figaro to lead off the 12th inning. The Brewers host the Padres again tonight. Kyle Lohse will start against Tyson Ross. Full details from last night’s game are here.

Finlandia Baseball Falls at Crown
The Finlandia University baseball team lost both ends of a doubleheader to Crown College yesterday afternoon. The Lions scored in the first inning of the first game on a single by C.J. Lepisto… but the Storm scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 2-1 victory. In the second game, Crown scored six runs in the fourth inning, en route to a 7-1 victory.

Game one details are here. Game two details are here.

Red Wings
Tuukka Rask stopped all 23 shots he faced, and the Bruins blanked the Red Wings 3-0 in the third game of their opening-round N-H-L playoff series last night. Boston leads the best-of-seven set two games to one. Full game details are here. Game four will be played in Detroit tomorrow night. Faceoff is at 8:00 on AM 1400, WCCY. Hear the broadcast on AM 1400, WCCY.

Packers Re-sign Flynn
The Green Bay Packers confirmed yesterday that they’ve re-signed backup quarterback Matt Flynn.

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