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West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 04/29/2014

 
Posted April 29th, 2014 @ 6:53am

Demonstrators are expected to be out in full force tonight to protest Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his suspected racist remarks.  A group of organizations, including the NAACP and the National Action Network, plan to hold a rally outside Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The Clippers are set to host the Golden State Warriors in Game Five of their NBA first-round playoff series tonight.  Several sponsors have announced they are ending or suspending their sponsorship agreements with the team over the alleged comments.  The NBA is planning to announce potential action against Sterling today at a 2pm press conference with NBA commissioner - Adam Silver. 

The Detroit Tigers continue their road trip with a stop in Chicago for a two game set against the White Sox - First pitch is set for 8:10pm.  Justin Verlander gets the start for Detroit, while Jose Quintana goes to the hill for Chicago. 

The West Michigan Whitecaps lost last night in Midwest League action (5-4) at Lake County.  They will square off with the Captains again tonight - First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.  The Whitecaps come in at (12-12) on the season. 

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will meet with doctors this week to decide if he needs surgery on his injured left knee.  Detroit General Manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk would need three months to recover if he has the minor procedure.  The Wings have also assigned forwards Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan, defenseman Xavier Ouellet and goalie Jake Patterson to the Grand Rapids Griffins. 

Just a reminder that the Griffins will host Abbotsford tomorrow night at Van Andel Arena in Game #3 of their best-of-5 playoff series - Faceoff time is 7pm and Grand Rapids holds a 2 games to none lead in the series. 

In NFL news, the Detroit Lions have signed TE Jordan Thompson to a one-year contract. 

And finally, the Michigan Wolverines basketball team got a verbal commitment yesterday for their incoming 2014 class from guard Aubrey Dawkins of New Hampton High School.  Dawkins is the son of Stanford coach and former NBA veteran Johnny Dawkins.  He is rated as a three-star recruit and becomes the sixth commitment for coach John Beilein's 2014 class.

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