Detroit Tigers retiring Lou Whitaker's No. 1 this season

Lou Whitaker

The Detroit Tigers are retiring their former second baseman’s No. 1 this coming season, a clear show of support for Whitaker after he was passed over for Hall of Fame selection this month. “What a thrill it was to watch Lou Whitaker grace the diamond for nearly two decades — a gifted talent in this glorious game,” Tigers Chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch said in a statement. Whitaker will become the ninth player with his number retired by the Tigers, not counting Jackie Robinson, whose No. 42 has been retired throughout baseball. The most recent players honored were Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, Hall of Famers who — like Whitaker — were key members of the 1984 Tigers, who won the city’s most recent World Series title. “There aren’t a whole lot of words that could describe how I’m feeling right now — but surreal might be the closest one,“ Whitaker said. “It was the honor of my life to wear the Olde English ‘D’ for all 19 years of my career, and share the diamond with so many talented ballplayers along the way.”

Fallon Sherrock

The Englishwoman became the first female darts player to beat a man at the PDC World Championship in London. Sherrock, a former runner-up at the women’s world championship, recovered from losing the opening set to beat Ted Evetts 3-2 in front of a raucous crowd at Alexandra Palace. She made six 180s — a perfect score over three darts — and had a match average of 91.12 in their first-round match. She clinched the victory with a second attempt at double 18. Women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki took James Richardson to a sudden-death leg in the fifth set before losing Monday. Three other women — Gayl King, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton — have played matches at a PDC World Championship, darts’ flagship event.

Associated Press