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Claressa Shields Wins Her First Olympic Fight And Other Sports Awesomeness

When it comes to the Olympic Games, I’m Team USA, all the way. It doesn’t matter what the sport is, I love me some America. But when you’re cheering for female boxer Claressa Shields, you’re not just cheering for the United States, you’re cheering for the 810. Check out the details on the Flint natives first Olympic fight.


Olympics: Flint Native Claressa Shields Takes First Step Towards Gold Medal

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Claressa Shields made the long trip from Flint to London with only one goal in mind, bringing home a gold medal.  The 17-year-old fought this morning a little before 11 am eastern, taking on a much larger and more experienced fighter, Anna Laurell of Sweden.  The fight lasted four rounds with a final score of 18-14 and though it was close, Shields looked confident and capable through out the match.  Shields’ next fight will be on Wednesday morning, squaring up with Marina Volnova from Kazakhstan.


MLB: Detroit Tigers Are Prowling

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Make no mistake about it, the Detroit Tigers are looking good.  They finished the sweep of the Cleveland Indians last night in the most dramatic of fashions.  The Tigers and the Indians had been exchanging the lead back and forth, when it looked like the Tigers had the game locked up in the 9th.  Cleveland rallied to tie the game up at 8, sending things into extra innings, where things got interesting.  Cleveland scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th, leading the Tigers 8-5.  Detroit took to the plate at the bottom the 10th, and promptly gave up two outs.  With their backs against the wall, Austin Jackson and Omar Infante both came up with big bats, tying things up at 8-8.  Miguel Cabrera ended the game with a two-run, walk-off home run, giving the Tigers a 5 run tenth inning.

These are the types of games that make a big difference in a season.  Championship teams somehow or another win games that they should have lost, and the Tigers are proving they are capable of being that type of team.  It was at about this point in the season last year when the Tigers really started firing on all cylinders,  and it seems they are on pace to do it again.  Detroit squares of with the New York Yankees tonight, which is a team they will probably see in the playoffs.


NFL: Lions Training Camp Continues

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Luckily it’s been more than a week and no players from the Detroit Lions have been arrested.  Keep it up Lions!  But seriously, Lions fans should be excited.  The defensive secondary has been a huge cause for concern, but at least during camp, things look like they are starting to solidify.  Cornerback Bill Bentely has been impressing coaches, fans and media, along with a newly healthy safety, Erik Coleman.

And sometimes, when you have Megatron, it’s easy to forget you need a number two receiver.  Lance Long looks like he could be that man, showing great effort and consistency, two things that are extremely important at the WR position. Also on the offensive side, rookie lineman Riley Reiff is still taking reps with the second team but has looked very capable of playing in the NFL.

 

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