Tuesday Morning Sports Update-08/24/2021

NCAAFB – Big Ten teams forfeit if unable to play because of COVID-19
The Big Ten is the latest Power Five conference to announce that a team must forfeit if it doesn’t have enough players available for a league game because of COVID-19. The Big Ten said the team that forfeits will be assessed a loss in the conference standings and its opponent will be credited with a win. If both teams are unable to compete on the date of as scheduled conference game because of COVID-19, and the game can’t be rescheduled, it will be considered a no contest. The Power Five conferences appear headed toward having similar forfeit policies.

NCAAFB – Iowa State, Notre Dame highlight AP preseason All-Americans
Notre Dame and Iowa State each has three players on The Associated Press preseason All-America team. Eight teams have at least two first-team All-Americans. Fighting Irish defensive back Kyle Hamilton is joined by teammates Cain Madden, a guard who transferred from Marshall in the offseason, and running back Kyren Williams, who made the team as an all-purpose player. Iowa State running back Breece Hall is joined by two teammates: tight end Charlie Kolar and linebacker Mike Rose. Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler is the first-team quarterback..

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Toronto Blue Jays 2, Chicago White Sox 1
Chicago Cubs 6, Colorado Rockies 4
Tigers were off

Blue Jays 2, White Sox 1 – Jays score winning run on wild pitch, beat White Sox 2-1
Pinch-runner Breyvic Valera scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1. Valera ran for Reese McGuire after the Blue Jays catcher singled off Craig Kimbrel (2-4) to begin the inning. Valera took second on a wild third strike to Bo Bichette, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored when Kimbrel uncorked another wild pitch, this time to Teoscar Hernández. Tim Mayza (3-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win and Jordan Romano finished for his 12th save in 13 chances. The Blue Jays spoiled a strong outing by Chicago’s Lance Lynn and handed the White Sox their fourth loss in five games.

Cubs 6, Rockies 4 – Cubs top Rockies to end 13-game Wrigley Field losing streak
Rafael Ortega hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs ended their longest home losing streak with a 6-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. Manuel Rodriguez (2-2) earned the victory after pitching the ninth for Chicago, which snapped a 13-game skid at Wrigley Field. Reliever David Bard (7-9) allowed the game-winner after a walk-filled eighth inning helped the Cubs to get closer.

Today
Chicago White Sox at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.
Detroit Tigers at St. Louis Cardinals, 7:45 p.m.                94.9 WSJM-FM/103.7 Cosy-FM 7:25
Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Preseason Week 2
Last Night
New Orleans Saints 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 21

Saints 23, Jaguars 21 – Winston TDs highlight Saints’ 23-21 preseason win over Jags
Jameis Winston passed for touchdowns of 43 and 29 yards to Marquez Callaway, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-21 in a preseason game. Winston completed nine of 10 passes for 123 yards without an interception. The performance bolsters his candidacy to succeed Drew Brees as the Saints’ new starter. Taysom Hill passed for 138 yards and a touchdown for New Orleans. No. 1 overall draft choice Trevor Lawrence completed 14 of 23 passes for 113 yards for Jacksonville. Incumbent Jags starter Gardner Minshew was 13 of 21 for 149 yards and and interception.

NHL – Jimmy Hayes, 31, Boston College star who played in NHL, dies
The Boston College hockey star and former NHL player Jimmy Hayes has died. A law enforcement official says medics on Monday were called to the Hayes home in the Boston suburbs, where he was pronounced dead. No other details were disclosed. Hayes won a national championship at Boston College and went on to play seven seasons with four NHL clubs. The 6-foot-5 right wing was a second-round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Two years later helped Boston College to the national title. He also played for the Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils. Younger brother Kevin Hayes is a center for the Philadelphia Flyers. Jimmy Hayes was 31 years old.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Tonight
Chicago Sky at Atlanta Dream, 7:00 p.m.

WNBA – Biden praises WNBA champs for social justice activism
President Joe Biden has honored the 2020 WNBA champions Seattle Storm at the White House. In doing so, he celebrated their success on the court and hailed the four-time title holders for changing lives with their activism. The visit by the Seattle Storm marks the first time that an NBA or WNBA team has visited the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers were feted by Barack Obama in 2016. Presidents typically host college and major league sports champions for a White House ceremony. But the two big basketball leagues skipped such celebrations during President Donald Trump’s administration.

Golf – PGA – Finau ends long PGA victory drought
Tony Finau is a winner on the PGA Tour again. Finally. Finau ended a drought of more than five years and 142 tournaments on the PGA Tour by winning The Northern Trust in a playoff. But he needed some help. Cameron Smith hit his tee shot over a wall and out of play on the first extra hole. Earlier, Jon Rahm played the closing stretch with two bogeys and no birdies to fall out of the lead.  Finau shot 30 on the back nine and closed with a 65 at Liberty National. The victory moves him atop the FedEx Cup.

NCAAGLF – Smith moves from NBA to college classes, golf at N.C. A&T
J.R. Smith has gone from the NBA to attending classes and playing golf at North Carolina A&T. The 16-year NBA veteran skipped college basketball in 2004. He went on to win two world championships and make millions. Now he’s a freshman walk-on for the Aggies. Smith says he was drawn to the Greensboro, North Carolina, school because of his interest in attending a Historically Black College or University. Smith was originally supposed to play college basketball in the same state at North Carolina under Roy Williams. Now Smith is focusing on finishing assignments like his first-ever Powerpoint presentation for an English class.

MILB – Minor League Baseball – High-A Central
Yesterday
No games last night

Today
West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Loons at Lake County Captains, 7:05 p.m.
South Bend Cubs at Peoria Chiefs, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – Thursday’s Dowagiac/Vicksburg game moved to St. Joseph
Thursday’s season opening football game between Dowagiac and Vicksburg has been moved to St. Joseph High School’s Steve Upton Field at Dickinson Stadium.   The game originally was scheduled to be played at Bulldog Stadium in Vicksburg.   During the spring, Vicksburg voters approved a bond proposal for some upgrades to the athletic complex, two of them involving the stadium, a replacement of the artificial turf field, which has already been completed, but a replacement of the running track surrounding the field was delayed and the game cannot be played in Vicksburg.  St. Joseph is not playing until Friday which made Dickinson Stadium available.  Berrien Springs played their 2019 home games at St. Joseph while the new Sylvester Stadium was being built.   St. Joseph also hosted a neutral site game in 2015 between Ypsilanti and Rock Island Illinois.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph 0, Plainwell 0 – TIE
Lake Michigan Catholic 1, New Buffalo 0
South Haven 4, Allegan 2
Berrien Springs 4, Howardsville Christian 1
Kalamazoo Central 8, Parchment 0
Comstock 7, Lawton 0
Hartford 8, Saugatuck 0
Gull Lake 4, GR Forest Hills Northern 2
Vicksburg 7, Schoolcraft 0
Battle Creek Lakeview 9, Jackson Northwest 1
Harper Creek 2, Battle Creek Central 2 – TIE

Girls Volleyball
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, Bangor 0    
Buchanan 3, Cassopolis 2                            

Boys Tennis
Kalamazoo Christian 8, Buchanan 0
Vicksburg 8, Niles 0
Edwardsburg 8, Vicksburg 0

Girls Golf
SMAC West at Lake Michigan Hills
Team Scores
1. St. Joseph                     171
2. Lakeshore                    195
3. Mattawan                     200
4. Portage Central           212
5. Portage Northern        No team score

Individual

  1. KT Leinwand (PN)           36
  2. Madison Jackson (SJ)     40
  3. Zoey Quinn (PN)             41
  4. Maddy Cleveland (SJ)     42
  5. Charlotte Stenger (MAT) 43
  6. Morgan Guzzo (SJ)        44
  7. Gracie Thomas (SJ)        45
  8. Methmi Amaratunga (PC) 46
  9. Anna Griffioen (PN)       47
    Lydia Bailey (LKSH)        47

Today
Boys Soccer
Buchanan at Dowagiac, 5:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Paw Paw, 6:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Zion Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Central at Okemos, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Academy at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.

Volleyball
South Haven at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.

Tennis
Berrien Springs at Three Rivers, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Central, 6:00 p.m.