Wednesday Morning State Sports Summary
Wed, 08 May 2013 01:59:25 EDT


The Detroit Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks continue play in the Western
Conference quarterfinals tonight in Anaheim.
The puck drops at 10:00 p.m.
Monday, Detroit tied the best of seven series 2-2 after Damien Brunner scored in
overtime to lift the Wings to a 3-2 win. The teams will return to Joe Louis
Arena for Game Six.

The San Jose Sharks are the first team moving on to the next round in the NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Sharks completed a four-game sweep of the Vancouver
Canucks with a 4-3 overtime victory on Tuesday.
As the sixth-seed, San Jose will wait for its next opponent until teams are
re-seeded going into the next round.
Elsewhere in the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks grabbed a 3-0
victory over the Wild in Minnesota. That gives the Presidents' Trophy winners a
3-1 lead in the best-of-seven set.
In Eastern Conference action, the Ottawa Senators jumped out to a 3-1 series
lead by beating the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, 3-2.
The New York Islanders were able to pull even with the top-seeded Pittsburgh
Penguins by winning 6-4. That series is now tied at two games each.

On Wednesday, a pair of crucial Game Fives take place in the Western Conference.
The Blues clash with the Los Angeles Kings in St. Louis while the Ducks host
the Detroit Red Wings in Anaheim. Both of those series are tied at two games
In the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals and
will try to even their series at two games each.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are faced with the same task as they welcome the Boston

                        (N-H-L Playoffs)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
New York Islanders 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (Series tied, 2-2)
Ottawa Senators 3, Montreal Canadiens 2 (OT) (Senators lead, 3-1)

Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Minnesota Wild 0 (Blackhawks lead, 3-1)
San Jose Sharks 4, Vancouver Canucks 3 (OT) (Shark win series 4-0)


The Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals take the field tonight to open their
two game series, after yesterday's game was postponed due to rain.
First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Anibal Sanchez will make the start for Detroit, while Washington sends Jordan
Zimmerman to the mound. Both teams were already scheduled to be off Thursday,
so the game will be made up tomorrow afternoon.

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. (Jay) Happ was taken off the field by a
stretcher after he was struck in the head by a line drive on Tuesday.
Happ was immediately floored by the shot off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays
outfielder Desmond Jennings.
Blood was seen coming from Happ's head as trainers rushed to attend to him. He
was immobilized but did wave to the crowd before being taken off the field.

                     (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

Toronto Blue Jays 6, Tampa Bay Rays 4
Baltimore Orioles 4, Kansas City Royals 3
Cleveland Indians 1, Oakland Athletics 0
Minnesota Twins 6, Boston Red Sox 1
Houston Astros 7, LA Angels of Anaheim 6

National League

Cincinnati Reds 5, Atlanta Braves 4
Chicago Cubs 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Los Angeles Dodgers 3
San Diego Padres 5, Miami Marlins 1
Philadelphia Phillies 6, San Francisco Giants 2


New York Mets 1, Chicago White Sox 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Seattle Mariners 1
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Texas Rangers 3
Colorado Rockies 2, New York Yankees 0
Detroit Tigers at Washington Nationals, postponed


Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay will miss rookie mini camp this weekend
following knee surgery.
The second-round pick from Mississippi State will most likely miss the entire
offseason training program as well.
Coach Jim Schwartz said it isn't a long-term injury, and that Slay should be
ready for the start of training camp in August.

Former Lions wide receiver Titus Young was reportedly arrested twice in a
15-hour span on Sunday.
Young was pulled over early Sunday morning in California for making an illegal
turn. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
After being booked, issued a citation and later released, Young was arrested
again the same afternoon.
Young was caught climbing over the fence of a local tow yard looking for his
impounded car.
He was arrested for burglary and booked at the same detention center. The Lions
waived Young in February after he was disciplined multiple times last season.


The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies both evened their respective playoff
series on Tuesday.
Carmelo Anthony racked up 32 points and nine rebounds to lead the Knicks to a
105-79 pounding of the Pacers in Game Two of their Eastern Conference semifinal
series at Madison Square Garden.
Game Three is Saturday in Indiana.
In Oklahoma City, the Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 30-19 in the fourth
quarter to pull out a 99-93 win in Game Two of their Western Conference
semifinal series.
Mike Conley just missed a triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine
assists for Memphis, which hosts Game Three on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors try to even their playoff
The Heat battle the Chicago Bulls in Game Two of their semifinal series in
Miami, while the Warriors meet the Spurs in Game Two of that set in San Antonio.

Don't look for Phil Jackson to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. reports he has informed the Nets he is not interested in
replacing the fired P.J. Carlesimo. The Nets had reached out to the 67-year-old
in an effort to gauge his interest in returning to the sidelines.
The former Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls head coach is reportedly seeking
an NBA front office role instead.
He is also helping Joe Dumars to help find the next Pistons coach.

                           (N-B-A Playoffs)

Western Conference Semifinals (Best-of-seven)
Memphis Grizzlies 99, Oklahoma City Thunder 93 (Series tied, 1-1)

Eastern Conference Semifinals (Best-of-seven)
New York Knicks 105, Indiana Pacers 79 (Series tied, 1-1)

                        ---College Basketball---

Oakland University is leaving the Summit League.
The school has decided to join the Horizon League, leaving the Summit with just
seven teams eligible for the league basketball tournament.
Commissioner Tom Douple says there is still a solid foundation for the league
for the future.

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