Former UofM Lions head coach Gary Moeller dies at 81 – Tuesday Morning Sports Update

NCAAFB – Gary Moeller, former Michigan and Lions coach, dies at 81
Former Michigan football coach Gary Moeller has died. The university says he died Monday at the age of 81. No cause was provided. Moeller coached the Wolverines from 1990 to 1995, succeeding Bo Schembechler. He went 44-13-3 with three Big Ten titles and four bowl wins. After his resignation, he joined the NFL and served as an assistant for four teams. He coached the Detroit Lions for seven games in 2000, going 4-3. Moeller’s first head coaching job was in Illinois from 1977 to 1979. Moeller was from Lima, Ohio. He played linebacker and captained Woody Hayes at Ohio State.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Kansas City Royals 3, Detroit Tigers 1 – Game 1
Kansas City Royals 7, Detroit Tigers 3 – Game 2
Cleveland Guardians 8, Chicago White Sox 4
The Cubs were gone

Royals 3, Tigers 1 – Royals 7, Tigers 3 – Bobby Witt Jr. has 4 hits, Royals sweeps twinbill against Tigers
Bobby Witt Jr. had his first career four-hit game with three RBIs to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 for a double sweep. In Game 1, Brad Keller pitched seven solid innings and rookie Vinnie Pasquantino homered and drove in two runs as the Royals beat the Tigers 3-1. Witt had a hit in each of the first three innings last game, giving him six hits for the doubleheader. He scored two goals and stole three bases on the day. Detroit starter Alex Faedo had a 37-pitch first inning, going full base after Witt tied it with a double.

Guardians 8, White Sox 4 – Rookie Jones leads in 4 as Guardians topple White Sox 8-4
Rookie Nolan Jones had four points in his home debut for Cleveland, leading the Guardians to an 8-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. A 24-year-old outfielder with a smooth swing, Jones hit a two-run single in the first inning against Lance Lynn. He chased the right-hander with a two-run brace in the fifth. Jones is batting .500 (6 for 12) with one home run and eight RBIs in four games since arriving from Triple-A Columbus. Coming back from a 1-6 road trip in Detroit and Kansas City, the Guardians gave Cal Quantrill a five-point lead in the first and came back to .500 at 42-42.

Today
Chicago White Sox (Cease 7-4) at Cleveland (Bieber 3-5), 1:10 p.m. — Game 1
Chicago White Sox (Martin 1-2) at Cleveland (Pilkington 1-1), 7:10 p.m. – Game 2
Baltimore (Lyles 5-7) at Chicago Cubs (Sampson 0-0), 8:05 p.m.
Detroit (Brieske 2-6) at Kansas City (Bubic 1-6), 8:10 p.m. WSJM/WCSY 7:50

MLB – Los Angeles stadium workers authorize strike ahead of All-Star Week
Dodger Stadium concession workers voted to authorize a strike days before the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Los Angeles. Workers employed by concessionaire Compass Group and its subsidiary Levy Restaurants voted 99% to authorize a strike. Unite Here Local 11 says a strike could start at any time. The union is asking for what it calls “a new fair contract”. Levy employs nearly 1,500 servers, bartenders, cooks and dishwashers at the stadium. All-Star Game events begin on Saturday and culminate with the game on July 19.

NHL – Derek King stays with Blackhawks as assistant coach
Derek King remains with the Chicago Blackhawks as an assistant coach on Luke Richardson’s team. King ended last season as Chicago’s interim coach after Jeremy Colliton was fired Nov. 6. He was in the running for the full-time position before Richardson was hired last month. Kevin Dean was also hired as an assistant. Dean was an assistant with the Boston Bruins for the previous five seasons. Dean was an NHL defenseman for seven seasons, ending his playing career with 96 games with the Blackhawks.

NBASL – NBA Summer League
Today
Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors, 5:00 p.m. in Las Vegas
Detroit Pistons vs. Indiana Pacers, 9:00 p.m. in Las Vegas

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
This evening
Atlanta Dream at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Officials: Ex-Cowboys RB Marion Barber dies of heatstroke
Police in a suburb of Dallas have concluded that a heat stroke caused the death of former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III. In a statement Monday, Frisco police said the Collin County medical examiner ruled Barber’s death an accident. Police provided no further details, and the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press. Police conducting a welfare check on June 1 found the 38-year-old former running back dead in a Frisco apartment. Barber spent six seasons with Dallas and one with the Chicago Bears. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007.

NFL – Heinz out, Acrisure as Steelers stadium sponsor
The Pittsburgh Steelers are short on Heinz. And they don’t run to the store to buy more. The Steelers have ended their longstanding partnership with the former Pittsburgh-based food company. Heinz had been the title sponsor of the NFL franchise stadium on the city’s North Shore since it opened in 2001. The site will now be known as Acrisure Stadium after the Michigan-based fintech company agreed a 15-year sponsorship deal with the team.

Golf – Tiger Woods takes part in the celebration of champions at St. Andrews
Talk about a great warm-up act for the 150th British Open at St. Andrews. Monday was the “Celebration of Champions”. Tiger Woods isn’t big on ceremonial golf, but that would be considered a big exception. He has played with Rory McIlroy, Lee Trevino and former British Women’s Open winner Georgia Hall. They were joined at the end by Jack Nicklaus. He wasn’t playing. Nicklaus is in the gray old town to become an honorary citizen of St. Andrews. It led to a lot of laughs and memories. McIlroy says it was a dream to be a part of it all.

Golf – PGA/LIV – Report: DOJ investigates antitrust in PGA-LIV dispute
The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice is now interested in the dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series. The Journal reports that players’ agents have received requests from the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. They involve PGA Tour regulations on players participating in other events and the Tour’s decision to suspend those who have played. The Justice Department had no comment. The tour said in a statement that the investigation was not unexpected. He cites a Federal Trade Commission investigation in the 1990s in believing that it will prevail again.

USA Soccer – Mewis scores late, Americans beat Mexico 1-0 at W Championship
Kristie Mewis scored in the 89th minute to break a deadlock and the United States beat Mexico 1-0 in the CONCACAF W Championship. The United States won Group A in the eight-team tournament and will face Costa Rican in the semi-finals. The Americans had already qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup as one of the top two teams in their group. Mexican Lizbeth Ovalle was sent off with a red card for a foul on Rose Lavelle in the 73rd minute. In other tournaments, Jamaica beat Haiti 4-0, Canada beat Costa Rica 2-0 and Panama beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0.

Tennis – Analysis: Nadal’s pursuit of unvaccinated Djokovic is suspended
Novak Djokovic overtook Roger Federer in the Grand Slam title standings and closed in on Rafael Nadal by winning his 21st major trophy at Wimbledon. Now Djokovic is going on vacation. And what no one knows right now is how long his hiatus will last or when he might be able to start trying to rack up Slam gear again. He is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and repeated on Sunday after beating Nick Kyrgios for a seventh championship at the All England Club that he would not get the shots. As it stands, that means Djokovic won’t be able to enter the United States to play the US Open in August.

MILB – Midwest Baseball League
This evening
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:35 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Dives at Quad Cities River Bandits, 7:30 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Peoria Chiefs, 7:35 p.m.

Charles P. Patton