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MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 5, Cleveland Guardians 4
Chicago White Sox 3, Minnesota Twins 1 – Game 1
Minnesota Twins 3, Chicago White Sox 2 – Game 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Baltimore Orioles 0

Tigers 5, Guardians 4 – Vierling homers, drives in 3 runs, and Tigers hang on to beat Guardians 5-4
Matt Vierling hit a home run and drove in three and the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-4. Reese Olson (4-8) improved to 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his past five starts, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings as Detroit won for the fifth time in six games. The Tigers led 5-3 going into the ninth, but the Guardians pulled within a run before Jason Foley secured his 15th save. Vierling hit a two-run homer in the third to put Detroit ahead 4-2, but Daniel Schneemann replied with a solo home run in the fourth. Andy Ibáñez made it 5-3 with a pinch-hit homer in the 8th.

White Sox 3-2, Twins 1-3 – White Sox finally beat AL-Central rival Twins, but end up splitting doubleheader
Brooks Lee and Carlos Correa hit consecutive homers and Ryan Jeffers added the go-ahead RBI as the Minnesota Twins split a doubleheader with Wednesday afternoon’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Jeffers brought home Byron Buxton in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and give the Twins the lead for good. Martín Maldonado homered for Chicago, which won the opener 3-1 to end a three-game skid.  Luis Robert Jr. hit a two-run homer and Erick Fedde (7-3) delivered five scoreless innings and the bullpen hung on to end a string of nine straight losses to the Twins.

Cubs 4, Orioles 0 – Shota Imanaga outpitches Corbin Burnes to carry Cubs past Orioles 4-0
Shota Imanaga outdueled Corbin Burnes in a matchup of All-Star pitchers, and Christopher Morel homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0. Imanaga (8-2) allowed six hits over six innings, striking out six with one walk. Imanaga is the first Cubs rookie to be selected to play in the All-Star Game since Kris Bryant in 2015. The Orioles went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position against the left-hander. Burnes (9-4) gave up three runs and nine hits over six innings, walking none and striking out five.

Today
Cleveland (Howard 1-1) at Detroit (Flaherty 5-5), 1:10 p.m.      News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 12:45
Chicago Cubs (Steele 1-3) at Baltimore (Suárez 5-2), 6:35 p.m.
White Sox are off

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Washington Mystics 89, Indiana Fever 84
Chicago Sky 79, Atlanta Dream 69

Mystics 89, Fever 84 – Atkins scores 26 for the Mystics, who overcome Caitlin Clark’s 29 points to win 89-84
Ariel Atkins scored 26 points, including a key basket in the final minute, and the Washington Mystics held off the Indiana Fever 89-84 on Wednesday to spoil Caitlin Clark’s 29-point performance. Washington led 76-55 after three quarters before Indiana rallied behind 15 fourth-quarter points from Clark. After Clark capped a 14-0 run with a free throw with 1:05 left, Atkins answered with an off-balance shot in the lane. Clark made two more free throws and a jump ball was called with 20.3 seconds left. Indiana forward Aliyah Boston tapped it back, but Atkins grabbed it and fell to the ground before a timeout was called with 16.9. Julie Vanloo secured an inbounds pass and made two free throws with 16.2 left for a five-point lead to secure it.

Sky 79, Dream 69 – Angel Reese secures 14th straight double-double as the Sky beat the Dream
Chennedy Carter scored 19 points, Angel Reese secured her 14th straight double-double in the closing seconds to extend a WNBA record and the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 78-69. Carter sank a jumper from the free-throw line for a 72-69 lead. After an Atlanta miss, Carter found Reese wide open under the basket for a five-point lead with 25.8 left. Evans stole an inbounds pass and was fouled with 20.6 left before making two free throws for Chicago. Marina Mabrey blocked an Atlanta shot and quickly passed it to Reese, who was fouled with 6.4 seconds left. Reese got a friendly roll on the first attempt to complete the double-double. Reese passed Candace Parker for the longest double-double streak in league history on Sunday.

Tonight
Chicago Sky at New York Liberty, 7:00 p.m.
NBA – Bickerstaff says there’s proof he can turn around Pistons after doing it with Cavs
J.B. Bickerstaff believes he can be the coach to finally turn around the Detroit Pistons, a once-proud franchise that has had the NBA’s worst record the last two seasons. The Pistons, who have lost a league-record 14 straight playoff games dating to 2008, hired Bickerstaff after he was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, a franchise the coach helped improve over four seasons. Bickerstaff said Wednesday when he was formally introduced as Detroit’s third coach in three years that he has the experience to get the job done

NBA – NBA agrees to terms on a record 11-year, $76 billion media rights deal
The NBA has agreed to terms on its new media deal, an 11-year agreement worth $76 billion that assures player salaries will continue rising for the foreseeable future and one that will surely change how some viewers access the game for years to come. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the networks have the terms sheets, with the next step being for the league’s board of governors to approve the contracts. The deal sets NBA records for both its length and total value and goes into effect for the 2025-26 season.

US Soccer – Berhalter fired as U.S. men’s soccer coach after Copa America first-round exit
Gregg Berhalter was fired as U.S. men’s soccer coach, nine days after his team’s first-round exit from the Copa America flamed doubts he was the right person to remain in charge for the 2026 World Cup. Berhalter’s second term as coach was cut short 10 months after he returned to the bench with high hopes and proclaimed the team’s goal was “to change soccer in America forever.” The U.S. had seven wins, six losses and one draw in his second stint, leaving his overall record at 44 wins, 17 losses and 13 draws.

Euro – England reaches another Euro final by beating Netherlands 2-1
England has reached a second straight European Championship final by beating the Netherlands 2-1 thanks to substitute Ollie Watkins’ stoppage-time winner. Watkins came on for captain Harry Kane in a bold call by coach Gareth Southgate. He turned and smashed a fierce shot into the bottom corner in the first minute of added-on time. It was a late goal that left King Charles III on the edge of his seat. England will play Spain in Sunday’s final in Berlin. It will be the nation’s first title match on foreign soil having won the World Cup in 1966 and lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

COPA – Colombia beats Uruguay 1-0 and will face Messi and Argentina in final
Jefferson Lerma scored in the 39th minute, and Colombia played a man short the entire second half in a 1-0 win over Uruguay to reach the Copa America final against Lionel Messi and Argentina. Daniel Muñoz was ejected in first-half stoppage time for his second yellow card, but Colombia held on to reach the championship for the first time since winning its only Copa title as host in 2001. Colombia extended its unbeaten streak to a team record 28 games. Players from both teams pushed and shoved on the field at the final whistle and some players went into the stands to scrap with fans.

Tennis – Lorenzo Musetti reaches his first Grand Slam semifinal; will face Novak Djokovic
Lorenzo Musetti has reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by eliminating Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon and will face Novak Djokovic next. The 25th-seeded Musetti beat the 13th-seeded Fritz 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. It was the 37th five-setter at the All England Club this year, the most at any Grand Slam tournament. Djokovic’s trip through the bracket was made even easier when he moved into a record-tying 13th semifinal at the tournament via a walkover. Alex de Minaur withdrew before the match with a hip injury. Elena Rybakina and Barbora Krejcikova earned spots in the women’s semifinals. Rybakina won Wimbledon in 2022. Krejcikova won the 2021 French Open.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
Lake County 5, Lansing 2
Dayton 5, South Bend 04
Fort Wayne at Great Lakes, PPD
Wisconsin 7, West Michigan 0

Tonight
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes loons, 5:35 p.m. (DH)
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 7:00 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Dayton Dragons, 7:05 p.m.
West Michigan Whitecaps at Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 7:40 p.m.