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West MI SportsCenter Morning Edition - 05/06/2014

 
Posted May 6th, 2014 @ 8:06am

Well, the Detroit Lions are not looking to trade defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to move up in the upcoming NFL draft.  General manager Martin Mayhew said yesterday that the team has no plans to trade Suh and has not had any discussions with teams since January.  Suh is in the final year of his contract and the organization is trying to work out an extension. 

The Detroit Tigers opened a six-game homestand by shutting out the Houston Astros (2-0) last night.  Max Scherzer earned his fourth win of the year, scattering three hits over eight innings while striking out nine, and Joe Nathan notched his sixth save of the season.  Pitcher Robbie Ray makes his MLB debut tonight for Detroit in place of the injured Anibal Sanchez.  First pitch is set for 7:08pm.  Also, Tigers reliever Luke Putkonen is expected to report to Class-A West Michigan tomorrow to begin a rehab assignment with the Whitecaps. 

Speaking of the West Michigan Whitecaps, they played their longest game in franchise history last night defeating Lake County (4-3) at Fifth-Third Ballpark.  The Whitecaps have now won 6 of their last 7 games and are (18-13) on the season. 

The Big East and Big Ten are teaming up for an early-season college basketball series.  The Gavitt Tipoff Games will feature eight games to be played on four consecutive days in the first full week of the season beginning in 2015.  The current agreement between the conferences is for eight years, running through 2022. 

In high school football recruiting news, Grand Rapids South Christian junior quarterback Jon Wassink will be playing Division 1 football after his high school career is done.  Yesterday Wassink verbally committed to the Broncos of Western Michigan University.  He joins East Grand Rapids junior linebacker Carter Masek who committed to Miami of Ohio a couple of weeks ago and East Kentwood junior offensive lineman John Keenoy who also verbally committed to WMU from the Class of 2015. 

And finally, don't forget to enter our ESPN 96.1 NFL Mock Draft Contest brought to you by Richard Engels Jewelers.  Give us your top 10 picks for Thursday night's 1st. Round of the NFL Draft, and you could win a pair of tix to a Detroit Lions home game and a custom made watch from Richard Engels Jewelers in Grandville valued at $450!  Entry deadline is this Thursday by 8pm.

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