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  • 21 June 2019



    A Michigan State University trustee has been charged with
    assault following a dispute over a referee’s calls during a girls’ basketball

    Lyons ,
    47, was coaching one of the teams when he allegedly pushed a referee after a
    December game at Grass Lake Middle School. Lyons faces a misdemeanor charge of
    assault and battery, the Lansing State Journal reported .

    Lyons denies the allegations, said Brian Lennon, his attorney. Lennon said he
    hopes the case will be dismissed.

    ”We have identified numerous witnesses who refute the alleged victim’s
    account of the events,” Lennon said.

    The referee told police that he had to make a couple calls that caused one
    team to lose and then issued two technical fouls following a verbal dispute. The
    referee said that an unidentified coach confronted him after the game and twice
    pushed him in the chest with his hands.

    Lyons either pushed the referee or was attempting to illustrate what one of
    his players was doing during the game, one witness told Michigan State Police.
    Another witness told police she was standing near the two men and didn’t see
    Lyons push the referee.

    A court hearing is set for Feb. 12 in Jackson County District Court.

    Lyons played football from 1988 to 1992 at Michigan State. He spent seven
    years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. Lyons has
    been a university trustee since 2011 and said doesn’t plan to seek another term
    when his current term expires at the end of the year.

    Lyons last month was the only member of the Michigan State trustees to
    publicly call for university President Lou Anna Simon to step down before she
    resigned over the handling of the sex assault scandal involving former
    university sports doctor Larry Nassar.

    Information from: Lansing State Journal, Bobby Wilson helped Kyle Gibson turn
    around his pitching after a rough first inning.
    Then ,
    for at least one afternoon, the veteran catcher fixed his own struggles at the

    Wilson went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, Gibson recovered from a shaky first to
    throw seven innings, and the Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on

    Max Kepler homered in his second straight game to help send the Twins to
    their third win in a row.

    ”You take them any way you can get them,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
    ”We haven’t had the luxury of any kind of run here as of late, so to start out
    the home stand with three, it feels pretty good.”

    The Twins didn’t bring in Wilson for his offense – his two-hit day raised his
    batting average to .134 – so they’re not expecting him to deliver game-turning
    hits on a regular basis. But that’s exactly what he did with an RBI single in
    the fifth that made it 3-2, and a two-RBI double the next inning that proved the

    It was Wilson’s first multi-hit game since Sept.
    21 ,

    ”I feel like I’ve been doing everything I can defensively but it’s time to
    start turning that corner and start contributing offensively as well,” Wilson

    Earlier in the day, the team needed Wilson’s smarts behind the plate to
    recover from an early hole.

    Gibson (3-6) allowed three runs in the first inning – including a two-run
    homer by Chris Davis – but only gave up two hits after that while striking out
    nine. It was Gibson’s highest strikeout total since fanning 10 batters on April
    26 against the New York Yankees.

    ”After the first inning we sat down and I said `Gibby talk to me, what do we
    got to do? What’s going to turn this around?’ So we talked about a few things
    and we kind of stuck with that game plan for the rest of the game,” Wilson

    Kepler’s solo shot off Kevin Gausman sparked a three-run fifth that tied it.
    Wilson’s two-run double off Miguel Castro (2-5) in the sixth gave Minnesota the
    lead for good.

    Trevor Hildenberger worked a scoreless eighth for the Twins. Jace Peterson’s
    RBI double off Fernando Rodney pulled the Orioles to 5-4, but Rodney got Tim
    Beckham on a grounder to short to convert his 19th save in 24 chances.


    The team with baseball’s worst record, meanwhile, lost its fifth in the row
    and fell 40 games below .500.

    ”It’s kind of hard to believe that’s where we’re at right
    now ,”
    Davis said. ”I feel like anytime we start to build some momentum, we either give
    it right back to the other team or we do something to kind of take ourselves out
    of the game.”

    That certainly seemed the case Saturday.

    Coming off his best start of the season against the L.A. Angels, Gausman had
    a 3-0 lead before ever taking the mound and looked sharp early. Gausman faced
    the minimum number of batters through the first three innings, and allowed a
    single hit through the first four.

    But things turned quickly in the fifth. With one out, Kepler homered to
    left-center, Robbie Grossman doubled, and Jake Cave and Wilson followed with
    singles. After Joe Mauer walked, Cave scored on a wild pitch to tie the

    ”I don’t think I really got away from anything. They just did a good job of
    battling and put some long at-bats
    together ,
    and fought some pitches off and really got my pitch count off.”

    Gausman, who held the Angels to one run and two hits without a walk in eight
    innings last Sunday, didn’t return for the sixth.


    The Orioles loaded the bases in the third with two outs, but Gibson struck
    out Danny Valencia swinging to end the threat. After that, Gibson allowed a
    leadoff double to Jonathan Schoop before retiring 10 in a row.

    ”We scored three in the first and then just didn’t do anything,” manager Buck
    Showalter said. We had a chance to open it up there, but that’s the hit that’s
    been eluding us to really get to that five or six-run lead.”


    Orioles: OF Trey Mancini got a rare day off, but manager Buck Showalter said
    he was fine. The manager said it was more about getting Peterson a chance to
    play. Peterson went 1-for-3 on Saturday.


    Davis’ strikeout against Hildenberger in the eighth was the
    1 ,306th
    of his career, moving him past Cal Ripken, Jr. for Baltimore’s franchise

    ”You play long enough, you’re going to swing and miss enough to apparently
    set some records. There’s not really much to say about that,” Davis said.


    Orioles: Alex Cobb (2-10) takes the mound for Baltimore in the finale. He
    hasn’t won since June 5 against the New York Mets.

    Twins: Jake Odorizzi (3-6) makes his 19th start of the year as the Twins go
    for the sweep. His last outing against Baltimore was March 29, when he shut out
    the Orioles over six innings on two hits and two walks.