Your Five Things For July 22nd: Tigers Top Diamondbacks
1. Tigers Beat Diamondbacks In First Game Of West Coast Road Trip
The Detroit Tigers take game one of the 3 game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Tigers took charge behind the bats of Jackson, Cabrera and Hunter all of whom who had RBI's. Verlander pitched better as he pitched 6.2 innings giving up 3 runs with 5 K's and 3 walks. With this outing Verlander improves to 9-8. Joe Nathan was able to pick up his 20th save of the year after pitching a scoreless 9th. The Tigers play tonight at 9:40 in Arizona as Porcello takes the mound.
2. Sterling and Ballmer Meet
Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about the sale of the Clippers. Sources say they discussed the $2 Billion franchise sale. This was their first face-to-face meeting since Ballmer said he wanted to buy the franchise. The sale of the team is still up in the air because the NBA may need to sell it via an auction in September. The 90 minute meeting occurred at Sterlings house in California.
3. Big 12 Commissioner Says "It's Easy To Cheat"
Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12, said during the state-of-the-league address and he went after the NCAA enforcement department. "Enforcement is broken, the infractions committee hasn't had hearing in almost a year, and I think it's not an understatement to say cheating pays presently. If you seek to conspire to certainly bend the rules, you can do it successfully and probably not get caught in most occasions." Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State football coach made some comments which can be found here.
4. Tony Dungy Wouldn't Have Drafted Michael Sam
Ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy said he would not have drafted Michael Sam. As he told Ira Kaufman, “I wouldn’t have taken him. Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it. [...] It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.” As Dungy said he should get a chance but because of the things that go on, it would have made it harder for a coach to keep track of. Read the full article here.
5. Nibali Still Leads The Tour
In the 101st Tour de France, Italian Vincenzo Nibali is the leader and has been for 13 of the 15 total stages. With stage 16 starting today, this is the last stretch of The Tour with the end going to be this Sunday going back into Paris. Coverage can be found on NBC Sports and can be found here on the Tour de France's website.