Wednesday Morning Sports Update-08/04/2021

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 4, Boston Red Sox 2
Chicago White Sox 7, Kansas City Royals 1
Colorado Rockies 13, Chicago Cubs 6

Tigers 4, Red Sox 2 – Miguel Cabrera’s 498th homer helps Tigers top Red Sox 4-2
Miguel Cabrera hit his 498th home run and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2. Cabrera added a single, giving him 2,944 career hits and moving him one ahead of Frank Robinson for 36th place all-time. The Red Sox have lost a season-high five straight games, including an 0-4 start to a 10-game road trip. Tigers starter Wily Peralta allowed two runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings, and five relievers combined to shut out the Red Sox in the final 4 1/3 innings. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances.

White Sox 7, Royals 1 – Cease blanks Royals for 6 innings, White Sox win 7-1
Dylan Cease allowed one hit in six scoreless innings, matching a season high with 11 strikeouts, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Tuesday night. Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn homered for AL Central-leading Chicago, which had dropped three of four at fourth-place Kansas City last week. Cease walked two and threw 103 pitches, allowing only Edward Olivares’ leadoff single in the third inning, to nab his first win since June 30.

Rockies 13, Cubs 6 – Díaz hits slam, Freeland earns win as Rockies top Cubs 13-6
Elías Díaz hit a grand slam, Kyle Freeland got his first win in more than a month and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 13-6. Freeland pitched five innings and earned his first win since June 28 before being removed after the fifth inning with a left foot contusion. He was hit by a line drive with one out in the fifth, finished the inning and was replaced after throwing warmup pitches in the sixth. He allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five. Sam Hilliard also homered and C.J. Cron had three hits and three RBIs for the Rockies. Ian Happ homered for the Cubs, who played most of the game without manager David Ross. Ross was ejected in the second inning.

Tonight
Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers, 7:10 p.m.            103.7 Cosy-FM/94.9 WSJM-FM 6:50
Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox 8:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies, 8:40 p.m.

NBA – AP source: DeRozan agrees to $85 million deal with Bulls
The Chicago Bulls made another major upgrade, acquiring high-scoring small forward DeMar DeRozan a day after adding point guard Lonzo Ball. The Bulls agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $85 million contract with DeRozan as part of a sign-and-trade with San Antonio. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on the condition of anonymity. It was not clear what the Spurs are getting in return. A four-time All-Star, DeRozan has averaged more than 20 points in each of the past eight seasons with Toronto and San Antonio.

NFL – QB Dalton impresses Bears with prized rookie Fields lurking
Chicago Bears Coach Matt Nagy is so confident his starting quarterback is ready he wouldn’t be too nervous if the NFL decided to open the season this week. That’s how strong an impression veteran Andy Dalton is making. The Bears open the preseason Aug. 14 against Miami, and their first regular-season game is Sept. 12 at the Los Angeles Rams. Dalton and prized rookie Justin Fields have plenty of work to do. All eyes are on the quarterbacks as the Bears get ready.

NFL – Vikings owner on league-low vax rate: ‘We’re very concerned’
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been absent from practice this week due to COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Mike Zimmer has expressed deep frustration with his unvaccinated players. That has created some tension at the outset of training camp. The Vikings have continued to express confidence in their team chemistry to tamp down any potential division over a polarizing issue. They could be in for a lot of work on that front this season. According to a person with knowledge of the data, the Vikings have the league’s lowest vaccination rate at 70% of players with at least one dose.
NCAABKB – Report drills NCAA on equity, calls for combined Final Four
A law firm hired to investigate gender equity concerns at NCAA championship events says the association has not lived up to its own standards. The report recommended holding the men’s and women’s Final Fours at the same site. It also calls for financial incentives to schools to improve their women’s basketball programs. The review by Kaplan Hecker and Fink had been highly anticipated. The firm was hired in March after the NCAA failed to provide equal amenities to the teams in the men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments.

NCAA – AP sources: Pac-12, Big 12 commissioners consider alliances
The commissioners of the Pac-12 and Big 12 are discussing how the two conferences might benefit from working together or maybe even merging. Two people with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press about the talks between Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby and George Kliavkoff from the Pac-12. The Big 12 is trying to rebound after learning Texas and Oklahoma plan to leave for the Southeastern Conference in 2025. The Big 12 has to start looking at how to move forward without their flagship programs immediately.  The Pac-12 has not indicated it is in a rush to add members.

NCAAFB – Doctor says Charles Woodson’s future includes saving lives
Charles Woodson walked onto his covered patio to share some sources of pride with visitors. Two were expected and one was not. Woodson cradled the Heisman Trophy and Thorpe Award he won as a three-way, national championship player at Michigan. The former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers defensive back also was holding the shoes and brace he wore after he was born with clubfoot. He overcame the deformity and went on to become a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, who will be inducted about 100 miles from his hometown on Sunday.

NCAAFB – Deal allows Ohio State players to profit from jersey sales
Football stars at Ohio State now will be able to make money from the sale of Buckeyes jerseys bearing their names and numbers. The school says it entered into a group licensing agreement allowing athletes from all 36 sports who opt in to the program to make money from team jerseys bearing Ohio State trademarks and their names and numbers. Last month, the NCAA lifted its longtime ban on athletes being compensated for their names, images and likenesses.

MILB – Minor League Baseball – High-A Central
Yesterday
South Bend Cubs 5, Peoria Chiefs 4
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Dayton Dragons 3
Lansing Lugnuts 8, Lake County Captains 1
Great Lakes Loons 5, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3

Tonight
Peoria Chiefs at South Bend Cubs, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton Dragons at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7:05 p.m.
Lansing Lugnuts at Lake County Captains, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.

Tokyo 2020 – Summer Olympic Games – Games of the XXXII Olympiad

Gymnastics – Biles returns to competition, wins bronze on beam
Simone Biles stuck the landing and won a bronze medal. The American gymnastics superstar delivered during the women’s balance beam final. Biles drilled a slightly altered routine in front of a crowd that included IOC President Thomas Bach a week after taking herself out of several competitions to focus on her mental health. Biles earned her seventh career Olympic medal while dealing with a mental block surrounding twisting. She scored a 14.000. Chinese teammates Guan Chenchen and Tang Xijing finished first and second.



Track – McLaughlin outsprints teammate Muhammad for hurdles record
Sydney McLaughlin of the United States broke her world record Wednesday and won the Olympic 400-meter-hurdles gold. She finished in 51.46 seconds in yet another close victory over teammate and rival Dalilah Muhammad. McLaughlin came from behind after the last hurdle to top the defending Olympic champion. Muhammad’s time of  51.58 also beat McLaughlin’s old record, set just last month. Femke Bol of the Netherlands finished third.

Wrestling – Mensah-Stock 1st first Black U.S. woman wrestler to win gold
American Tamyra Mensah-Stock defeated Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu 4-1 in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final to become the first American Black woman to win Olympic gold in the sport and the second American woman overall. Mensah-Stock was proud of the fact that she wrestled a Black African woman for the gold medal. Mensah-Stock’s father is from Ghana, a nation in West Africa. Oborududu made history also as the first Nigerian — male or female — to earn a wrestling medal at the Olympics.

Basketball – Tokyo Games may send even more international players to NBA
There were 49 NBA players at the Tokyo Games when the Olympics started. Make it 50. The San Antonio Spurs agreed to terms with Australia center Jock Landale to a two-year contract on Wednesday — one day before Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the coach of the U.S. men’s national team, faces Landale and the Australians in the Olympic semifinals. And Landale likely won’t be the last to get an NBA chance from these Tokyo Olympics.

TV – NBC wonders: where are the Olympic viewers this year?
For most nights in Tokyo, NBC’s prime time Olympics coverage is drawing about half the audience than the Games in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. Sunday night is a typical example: the audience of 13 million was down 51 percent from the corresponding night in Brazil’s audience of 26.7 million. An NBC Universal executive says the ratings are less than expected, and blamed some bad luck. The company fares slightly better when cable and streaming coverage is added in. Part of the decline is simply due to fewer people watching live television than five years ago, but the Olympics rating drop is steeper than might have been expected through that factor alone.

Equestrian – Sumo scare? Riders say horses might be spooked by statue
Riders say a life-size sumo wrestler positioned next to an obstacle on the Olympic equestrian course may have distracted several horses in qualifying for the individual jumping final. A few pairings pulled up short of the barrier, accumulating enough penalty points to prevent entry into Wednesday’s finals. The statue is positioned to the left of a jump placed in the corner of the arena. Hunched over and seemingly ready to attack, the wrestler is facing away from approaching riders. That means that when they complete a sharp turn to take on the jump, the first thing horse and human see is the wedgie created by the wrestler’s mawashi.

Equestrian – Springsteen makes Olympic debut, falls short in qualifier
Jessica Springsteen had no luck going solo in Tokyo. Perhaps she’ll do better with a band. The daughter of famed rocker Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band wife, Patti Scialfa, failed to qualify for the Olympic individual jumping finals at Tokyo’s Equestrian Park. She’ll ride again Friday night as part of America’s four-rider entry in the jumping team event. The 29-year-old’s Olympic debut was off to a strong start on the 14-jump course before her horse got uneasy around the 11th obstacle, and the pair earned four penalty points for knocking down a rail.

Track – Belarus sprinter says punishment awaited her back home
A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who had a public feud with officials from her team at the Tokyo Games says that they “made it clear” she would face punishment if she returned home to an autocratic government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is waiting to leave Japan to seek refuge in Europe. She said in an interview Tuesday that she hopes she can continue her career, but for now her safety is the priority. After she criticized the management of her team on social media, she accused officials of hustling her to the airport and trying to put her on a plane back to Belarus. In the dramatic standoff, several countries offered her help. Poland granted her a humanitarian visa Monday. Belarus’ government has relentlessly stifled criticism.