Friday Morning Sports Update

 

In baseball…
Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers lost to Kansas City 5-3. The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the 7th inning and two in the 8th. Jose
Cisnero suffered the loss for Detroit.  Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless 9th for Kansas City for his first save since 2017.

The final game of a four-game series between the Cubs and Reds in Cincinnati was postponed because of rain. No makeup date has been announced.

The White Sox had a scheduled day off yesterday.

Elsewhere…
Washington 6,  Toronto 4
Atlanta 2,  Tampa Bay 1
Boston 4,  N.Y. Mets 2
Cleveland 2,  Minnesota 0
N.Y. Yankees 8,  Baltimore 6
Seattle 8,  L.A. Angels 5
L.A. Dodgers 6,  Arizona 3
San Diego 12,  San Francisco 7

Baseball tonight…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo) at Tigers (Spencer Turnbull), 7:10 – live on 94.9 WSJM
White Sox (Dallas Keuchel) at Kansas City (Kris Bubic), 8:05
Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams) at Cubs (Yu Darvish), 8:15

NBA…
Utah 106,  New Orleans 104
L.A. Lakers 103,  L.A. Clippers 101

 

Major League Baseball has announced that doubleheaders will now become a pair of seven-inning games. It’s the latest radical rule change during a season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic. A person familiar with the plan tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball and the players’ union reached agreement on the new format. MLB had already added designated hitters to National League games this year and added an automatic runner at second base to start all half-innings in extras.

 

Defending champion Brooks Koepka has matched his career best with an 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Rickie Fowler and Brendan Todd in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Koepka had nine birdies and a bogey on a windy day at TPC Southwind in the World Golf Championship event. The round comes a week after he missed the cut in Minnesota in the 3M Open.

 

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) announced the postponement of conference competition for all fall sports for the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was made by the MIAA Presidents’ Council Wednesday night. Division III members are awaiting some significant NCAA legislative changes — one would allow fall sports to compete in the spring semester while another would allow fall sports to hold practices and team-related activities in the fall without intercollegiate competitions. The NCAA will also be determining whether or not to shift the traditional fall championships to the spring semester. Decisions from the NCAA Board of Governors are expected at the beginning of August. MIAA member schools include St. Mary’s, Kalamazoo, Hope, Albion, Calvin, Alma, Adrian, Olivet, and Trine.

 

Georgia Tech has moved this season’s home football game against Notre Dame to its campus stadium, citing uncertainty over scheduling because of the coronavirus pandemic. Georgia Tech was set to play Notre Dame at Atlanta’s 75,000-seat Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Nov. 14. Uncertainty over the playing date prompted the school to move the contest to its regular home venue, 55,000-seat Bobby Dodd Stadium.

 

The Southeastern Conference announced its football schedule will consist of only league games in 2020 to deal with potential COVID-19 disruptions. The decision pushes major college football closer to a siloed regular season in which none of the power conferences cross paths. The SEC’s university presidents agreed upon a 10-game schedule that eliminated all non-conference opponents and is scheduled to begin Sept. 26. The SEC championship game, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be pushed back to Dec. 19. The Big Ten and Pac-12 will also play only conference games. The ACC announced plans for an 11-game schedule with one non-conference game.

 

The NCAA playing rules oversight committee has announced alterations in football and other sports to accommodate for COVID-19 concerns this coming season. The sideline area college football teams use to congregate will be extended by 20 yards. Currently, as many as four team captains can participate in the coin toss. That has been reduced to one and only two officials will be allowed to participate. In soccer, the penalty for spitting at an opponent has been increased from an ejection and one-game suspension to an ejection and two-game suspension. In volleyball, teams will not switch benches during a match.

 

The NCAA says college athletes in all sports can wear patches on their uniforms to support social justice issues. The NCAA’s playing rules oversight panel adjusted rules in some sports that do not allow patches to be worn. The NCAA says patches can be worn on either the front or back of a uniform to “express support and voice their opinions.” Team members who choose to do so must wear identical patches. The NCAA says players will also be permitted to replace the name plates on the backs of uniforms with “names/words intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.”

 

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz says he will make policy changes after an investigation report detailed racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld says the critical report by an outside law firm shows the “climate and culture must and will change within our football program.” Ferentz apologized to former Black players at a news conference and promised to build on changes made in recent weeks to improve their experience. But he said he would retain all of his current assistants, including his son, offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz.

 

Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by a University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former student who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in 1982. It’s the first time that a victim has said Schembechler was aware of allegations against the late Dr. Robert Anderson. Anderson worked at Michigan from the mid-1960s through 2003. The university believes Anderson assaulted male athletes during routine physicals and injury exams. It has hired a law firm to investigate hundreds of complaints while expressing a willingness to ultimately compensate victims. In response to the latest lawsuit, the school says it condemns all sexual misconduct.

 

The Buffalo Bills are the first team in the NFL to send their rookies home and hold training camp remotely after two more players tested positive for COVID-19. Defensive backs Siran Neal and Dane Jackson both tested positive, upping the team’s total to five since rookies reported on July 21. The Bills did not provide a timeline as to how long rookies would continue working remotely.

 

The list of players placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list now includes Browns punter Jamie Gillan, Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, Raiders running back Devontae Booker and 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. Meanwhile, rookie running back Malcolm Perry is among several Dolphins players who have donated convalescent plasma after recovering from COVID-19.