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  SPORTS                                     Monday, April 12, 2010                     |    Section B         •
                                                                                                                                                                                 Gamble pays off for
                                                                                                                                                                                 city as event a success
                                                                                                                                                                                 FROZEN FOUR, 10B

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lions bringing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              back DeVries
Wings get their wish: the Coyotes                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Lions are bringing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              back veteran defensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              end Jared DeVries, who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is expected to
                                                                                                   BY CHRIS MCCOSKY                                                                  The Wings are headed to the              sign a one-
                                                                                                     The Detroit News                                                                                                         year contract
                                                                                                                                          Red Wings                              desert. They earned the trip with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              today.
                                                                                               Chicago — The Red Wings                                                           a thrilling, 3-2 overtime victory
                                                                                            have nothing against the city of
                                                                                                                                          vs. Coyotes                            over the Chicago Blackhawks.                     DeVries,
                                                                                            Vancouver, mind you. Nor do                   (Best-of-seven)                        They finish as the No. 5 seed in             who has
                                                                                            they have a phobia about playing              Wednesday: at Phoenix, 10 p.m.         the Western Conference and will              spent his
                                                                                            the Canucks in the first round of             Friday: at Phoenix, 10 p.m.            open the playoffs against the                entire 11-year
                                                                                            the playoffs.                                                                        Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.                NFL career in
                                                                                                                                          Sunday: at Detroit, 3 p.m. (NBC)
                                                                                               No. What the Wings went into                                                          “It’s great to be going into the         Detroit, was      DeVries
                                                                                                                                          April 20: at Detroit, 6:30                                                          released by
                                                                                                             Sunday desper-                                                      playoffs feeling good, obviously,”
                                                                                                                                          *April 23: at Phoenix, 10 p.m.                                                      the team in late February
                                                                                                             ate to avoid was                                                    said Brad Stuart, who scored the
                                                                                                WINGS        the extra dis-               *April 25: at Detroit, 2 p.m. (NBC)    winner with 1:49 left in the over-           with an expectation he
                                                                                                  3          tance it takes to            *April 27: at Phoenix, TBA             time. “But we have to remember               might be back after testing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the free-agent market. The
                                                                                             BLACKHAWKS get to Vancouver                  *if necessary                          that it’s going to be a whole differ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lions avoided paying him a
                                                                                               2 (OT)
                                                                                                             and the extra                                                       ent ballgame once we get there. It
                                                                                                             hassles      that                                                   will be nothing like we just faced.          $400,000 roster bonus due
                                                                                                             come with cross-           was Vancouver because of immi-           It’s going to be a lot tougher so we         in early March, but his new
                                                                                            ing the Canadian border.                    gration. That’s an extra hour and        have to make sure we are ready.              contract is worth $1.7 mil-
                                                                                               “For us, all we talked about             a half each trip.                        The season can end real quickly if           lion, the same as he
                                                                                            was, let’s have the best travel we             “So sometimes you get lucky           you’re not ready.”                           would’ve earned on his
                                                     Charles Cherney/Associated Press       possibly can — whether that’s               and get what you wanted. But you             The Wings closed the regular             previous deal.
Brad Stuart scored the winner in overtime that sent the Red Wings to a                      San Jose or Phoenix,” coach Mike            better be careful of what you                                                             DeVries, 33, started 29
first-round playoff series against the Coyotes.                                             Babcock said. “The third choice             want sometimes, too.”                    Please see Wings, Page 6B                    games from 2006-08, but is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              coming off a ruptured
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Achilles tendon suffered in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              training camp last summer.

Tigers                                                                                                         THE MASTERS                                                                                                    He says his injury rehabil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              itation is complete — he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              met with the Lions’ coach-

pull out                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing staff three weeks ago —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and is expected to join the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              team’s offseason workouts.


another                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bonds says he’s ‘proud’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of friend McGwire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Home run king Barry

thriller                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Bonds said he is “proud”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of slugger Mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              McGwire for returning to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              baseball as the Cardinals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hitting coach and for ad-
They score three                                                                                                                                                                                                              mitting his use of perform-
in ninth, including                                                                                                                                                                                                           ance-enhancing drugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I have a really good
winner on wild pitch                                                                                                                                                                                                          friendship with Mark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              McGwire. I’m proud of
           BY TOM GAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                        him,” Bonds said Sunday.
          The Detroit News                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We’ve had a great relation-
     Detroit — So how ’bout that                                                                                                                                                                                              ship throughout our entire
for the first week of the season?                                                                                                                                                                                             lives and throughout our
     Never mind what isn’t hap-                                                                                                                                                                                               career. I’m happy for him.”
pening, like Justin Verlander be-                                                                                                                                                                                                 While Bonds didn’t rule
ing winless in two starts; Bran-                                                                                                                                                                                              out also going into coach-
                   don Inge not hav-                                                                                                                                                                                          ing one day, his six-minute
                   ing scored a run                                                                                                                                                                                           session with the media was
     TIGERS        yet, which is kind                                                                                                                                                                                         ended after the question
        9          of weird, and Ger-                                                                                                                                                                                         about McGwire.
    INDIANS        ald Laird going
        8
                   hitless until his fi-
                   nal at-bat of open-
                   ing week, then
getting a standing ovation for it.
     That’s small stuff. Consider,
instead, what is happening.
     The Tigers are 5-1 with Kan-
sas City coming to town. They’ve
bounced back multiple times.
     “That’s when you know you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
have a good ballclub,” said Inge.
“It’s also what I meant about us                                                                                                                                                                  Jamie Squire/Getty Images   More than 20,000 people
being scrappier.”                              Phil Mickelson shares an embrace with caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay after shooting a final-round 67 to win for the third time at the Masters.                                      watched the implosion of
                                               Mickelson also won at Augusta National in 2004 and 2006 — winning by one shot the first time, two the second and three this time.                                              Texas Stadium.
     Nobody’s getting Miguel Ca-
brera out. He was on base in all




                                                  Rivalry revitalized,
six of his plate appearances Sun-                                                                                                                                                                                             Several watch Texas
day. His on-base percentage for                                                                                                                                                                                               Stadium crumble
the first six games is .621.                                                                                                                                                                                                      More than 20,000 peo-
     Both Cabrera and Magglio                                                                                                                                                                                                 ple gathered at tailgate
Ordonez have 12 hits in the first                                                                                                                                                                                             parties and other spots
six games. Not only that, the Ti-                                                                                                                                                                                             Sunday to watch fireworks
gers are looking like a team that                                                                                                                                                                                             go off one last time over




                                                  Lefty gets it right
can’t be counted out at any time.                                                                                                                                                                                             Texas Stadium before a ton
     Now it’s never as easy to think                                                                                                                                                                                          of dynamite lit up the
and       write       complimentary                                                                                                                                                                                           Cowboys’ home and
thoughts about heart and grit as it                                                                                                                                                                                           brought it to the ground.
is right after a team comes from six                                                                                                                                                                                              The building known for
runs down to win — as the Tigers                                                                                                                                                                                              the giant hole in its roof —
did Sunday in their dramatic 9-8                                                                                                                                                                                              “so God can watch his
victory over the Indians.
                                               With Tiger back,                                                                                                                  May 2009. A few months later,                team,” according to local
     But this was a stunning game                                                                                                            The Masters                         his mother, Mary, also was                   lore — was demolished in a
in many ways.                                  lurking, Phil wins                                                                            1. Phil Mickelson            -16
                                                                                                                                                                                 diagnosed with breast cancer.                planned implosion set off
     In the way the Indians took a                                                                                                                                               The burden of concern has                    by the 11-year-old winner of
5-0 lead in the first with the help of         third Green Jacket                                                                            2. Lee Westwood              -13    weighed heavily on Mickelson                 an essay contest.
Luis Valbuena’s grand slam off                                                                                                               3. Anthony Kim               -12    and his family.                                  The Cowboys played 38
Verlander. Also in the way they                                     Augusta, Ga.                                                             T4. K.J. Choi                 -11       “It’s been an amazing week,”             seasons in Texas Stadium,

                                               T
                                                      here’s a small antebellum                                                              T4. Tiger Woods               -11   said Mickelson, as emotion                   winning five Super Bowls
Please see Tigers, Page 8B                            town, Madison, Ga., about                                                              6. Fred Couples               -9    began to overtake him. “This has             during that time. The local
                                                      90 miles west of Augusta                                                               7. Nick Watney                 -8
                                                                                                                                                                                 been a very special day. To have             landmark also was home
                                               National Golf Club. It is the                                                                                                     Amy and my kids here to share it             for the world famous Cow-
                                                                                                                                             T8. Y.E. Yang                  -7
                                                                   home of the                                                                                                   with, I can’t put it into words.             boys Cheerleaders.
                                                                   late, great                                                               T8. Hunter Mahan               -7       “We’ve been through a lot this               Jerry Jones bought the
                                                                   Oliver Hardy,                                                             T10. Ricky Barnes             -5    year and it means a lot to share             Cowboys and the stadium
                                                                   revered in                                                                T10. Ian Poulter              -5    some joy together. She’s an in-              lease for $160 million in
                                                                   these parts as                                                                                                credible wife and incredible                 1989. The night he agreed
                                                                   the genius of                                                             Tough time: Woods isn’t             mother and has been an in-                   to the deal, he went to the
                                                                   comedy.                                     Harry How/Getty Images        sharp in return to golf. 7B         spiration for me this past year,             stadium, lay on the 50-
                                                                       Like Har-              Phil Mickelson celebrates with                 Complete results: Entire            seeing what she’s been through.              yard-line and looked up
                                                   VARTAN          dy had his                 wife Amy, who a little less than a             Masters scoreboard. 7B              To cap it off with this victory, I
                                                                                              year ago was diagnosed with                                                                                                     through the roof.
                                                 KUPELIAN          legendary                                                                                                     can’t put it into words but it’s
                                                                   sidekick,                  breast cancer.                                                                     something we’ll share and re-
                                               Stan Laurel, golf has had its                                                                                                     member the rest of our lives.”               Contact us
                                               share of odd, entertaining, and,               Tom Watson.                                the man who has been his prin-              The personal circumstances               You can reach Ruben Luna,
                                               in a historical context, insepa-                  Now Tiger Woods has Phil                cipal adversary for 13 years at a       of the two men, Mickelson and                Sports Editor, by calling
            Robin Buckson/The Detroit News     rable couples. Bobby Jones, the                Mickelson.                                 time when Mickelson needed              Woods, added to the longstand-               (313) 223-4642, faxing
Ramon Santiago, with a key walk in             founder of Augusta National                       And Mickelson has Woods.                something to reawaken him               ing contrast between them.                   (313) 496-5248 or at
the ninth inning, is mobbed by his             and the Masters, had Walter                       The return of Woods after a             and his golf game.                      Mickelson wore a pink ribbon on              ruben.luna@detnews.com.
fellow Tigers, who’ve come from                Hagen. Arnold Palmer had Jack                  five-month absence from com-                  Mickelson’s wife, Amy, was
behind in four of their five wins.             Nicklaus. Then Nicklaus had                    petition brought out the best in           diagnosed with breast cancer in         Please see Masters, Page 7B

				
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