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Tigers still among AL favorites despite injuries PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 07:50
DETROIT  — When Justin Verlander takes the mound for Detroit on opening day, maybe then the Tigers will be able to enjoy a much-needed sense of normalcy.
As an offseason of drama gave way to spring training injuries, it was easy to forget the Tigers still have one of the most talented rosters in baseball. Sure, there have been some early problems for new manager Brad Ausmus to address, Detroit still figures to be the favorite to win its fourth consecutive AL Central title.
“We have a new look this year,” outfielder Torii Hunter said. “Little bit more speed and we’ll miss the big man, but we’ll score some runs.”
The “big man” is Prince Fielder, whom the Tigers traded to Texas in a blockbuster deal that brought second baseman Ian Kinsler to Detroit. That move gave the Tigers more financial flexibility, although they weren’t all that aggressive in pursuing free agents. Detroit did sign Joe Nathan to replace departed closer Joaquin Benoit.
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Cavaliers hold off Raptors 102-100 PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:47
CLEVELAND  — The Toronto Raptors aren’t officially in the NBA playoffs. They don’t look ready for them, either.
Dion Waiters scored 24 points, Luol Deng added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers prevented Toronto from getting closer to a postseason spot with a 102-100 win over the sloppy Raptors on Tuesday night.
Toronto fell behind by 21 points in the third quarter, and then battled back to take a 95-94 lead. But the Raptors fell apart in the final minutes.
With their fourth loss in six games, the Raptors dropped one-half game behind Chicago for the No. 3 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
“We gotta get back to who we are,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said in disgust. “It’s easy to get up for OKC, Miami and Indiana, but the other teams are playing for something too, which is pride. That can be even more dangerous.”
Despite playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who missed his fifth straight game with a strained biceps tendon, the Cavs were able to hold on and snap a five-game losing streak at home.
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Ohio State wrestler wins NCAA title, AD gets $18,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:50

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Athletic director Gene Smith will receive a bonus of more than $18,000 — one week of his base salary — for Ohio State's Logan Stieber winning the 141-pound weight class at the NCAA wrestling championships.

Smith signed a new contract this year that pays him a bonus for "exceptional athletic achievements," including Final Four and Bowl Championship Series appearances or titles won by individuals in any of 20 sports.

Stieber, a redshirt junior, won his third consecutive NCAA title on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.

As one of the highest-paid athletic directors in the nation, Smith has a base salary of $940,484. He could earn more than $1.5 million a year in salary and bonuses under the pact that runs through June 2020.


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Atkinson’s disputed goal stands in Columbus win PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 06:46
COLUMBUS — Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard felt the deciding goal shouldn’t have counted in the Red Wings’ 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
“I guess it’s something to remember here and keep in the back of our minds — if you knock the net off, just throw (the puck) in there,” he said. “It should count.”
Cam Atkinson scored a goal confirmed by video replay in the third period, and Ryan Johansen added an empty-netter for his second of the game to lead the Blue Jackets to a win that further tightens the already close Eastern Conference playoff race.
On an odd-man rush, Matt Calvert’s shot from the left wing was stopped by Howard, although the puck popped loose behind the goalie. Atkinson, racing down the right wing, was hit by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith. Atkinson’s leg knocked the net off its moorings as he backhanded the loose puck into the cage as it was sliding away from the goal line.
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Orioles acquire Lombardozzi from Tigers for Gonzalez PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 07:58
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers think Alex Gonzalez is not too old to be a solution to their shortstop problem.
In need of a replacement for injured Jose Iglesias, Detroit acquired the 37-year-old from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for infielder Steve Lombardozzi.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Gonzalez could get the bulk of the playing time, sharing the position with Andrew Romine, who was acquired Friday from the Los Angeles Angels.
“I’m not looking at 150 games,” Dombrowski said. “He’s an older guy. But we do think he can be a key guy for us.”
Gonzalez has a .246 average with six major league teams and was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. Gonzalez agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract that calls for a $1.1 million salary in the major leagues. He had a .429 batting average during spring training with Baltimore and is to report to Tigers on Tuesday.
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