Wednesday Morning Sports Update


The Big 10 has announced its 2020 football schedule. Here are the schedules for Michigan State and Michigan…
Sept. 5 vs. Minnesota
Sept. 12 at Maryland
Sept. 19 vs. Northwestern
Sept. 26 at Penn State
Oct. 3 at Michigan
Oct. 10 bye week
Oct. 17 vs. Ohio State
Oct. 24 vs. Rutgers
Oct. 31 at Iowa
Nov. 7 vs. Indiana
Nov. 14 bye week
Nov. 21 at Nebraska

U of M
Sept. 5 vs. Purdue
Sept. 12 at Minnesota
Sept. 19 vs. Penn State
Sept. 26 at Rutgers
Oct. 3 vs. Michigan State
Oct. 10 bye week
Oct. 17 at Indiana
Oct. 24 at Ohio State
Oct. 31 vs. Wisconsin
Nov. 7 vs. Maryland
Nov. 14 bye week
Nov. 21 at Northwestern


Baseball last night…
Jose Abreu hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, helping Lucas Giolito and the White Sox edge the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The Sox have won six consecutive games for the first time since April 2017 as they attempt to snap a string of seven straight losing seasons. This latest victory may prove costly. White Sox rookie second baseman Nick Madrigal left the game with an injured left shoulder in the third inning after he was thrown out trying to get from first to third on a single up the middle.

The Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras homered and the Chicago Cubs overcame another shaky outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 for their fifth straight win. Kimbrel took over to begin the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but struggled again and allowed two runs and two hits while getting only one out. Kyle Ryan closed it out for his first save, getting Bubba Starling to ground out with a runner on third to end it.

The Tigers were off

Minnesota 7,  Pittsburgh 3
Cleveland 4,  Cincinnati 2
Miami 4,  Baltimore 0
Atlanta 10,  Toronto 1
Houston 8,  Arizona 2
Tampa Bay 5,  Boston 1
Oakland 5,  Texas 1
L.A. Angels 5,  Seattle 3
Washington 5,  N.Y. Mets 3
Colorado 5,  San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 5,  San Diego 2

Baseball tonight…
Cubs (Yu Darvish) at Kansas City (Kris Bubic), 8:05
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser) at White Sox (Dallas Keuchel), 8:10


NBA last night…
Indiana 120,  Orlando 109
Brooklyn 119,  Milwaukee 116
Dallas 114,  Sacramento 110  OT
Phoenix 117,  L.A. Clippers 115
Miami 112,  Boston 106
Portland 110, Houston 102


WNBA last night…
Chicago 82,  Dallas 79
Phoenix 81,  Atlanta 74
Seattle 87,  Connecticut 74


NHL Playoffs last night…
N-Y Islanders 4,  Florida 2
Nashville 4,  Arizona 2
Toronto 3,  Columbus 0
Calgary 6,  Winnipeg 2
Carolina 4,  N-Y Rangers 1
Vancouver 4,  Minnesota 3

NHL tonight…
Edmonton at Blackhawks, 10:30


The Detroit Lions removed Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list, saying he received a false positive test result. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative. The team issued a statement saying Stafford does not have the virus and never did.


UConn is announcing today that it is suspending its football program for the 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Huskies are the first FBS program to suspend its football season.


Minnesota Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman has opted out of the 2020 season amid concerns about the coronavirus. He will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL draft. Bateman posted a video on Twitter that he narrated in explanation of his decision. The university confirmed his departure, which Bateman called “the hardest decision that I’ve ever had to make in my life.” The native of Tifton, Georgia, totaled 111 receptions, 1,923 yards and 17 touchdowns over two seasons. Bateman was a third team All-American in 2019. He was the Big Ten Conference’s Receiver of the Year.


A group of Pac-12 football players with the #WeAreUnited movement met with officials from the California governor’s office to discuss concerns about their schools’ COVID-19 protocols and protecting their college eligibility. The Pac-12 players hope an executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsome mandating third-party oversight of COVID-19 rules at the Pac-12’s four California schools ensuring players who opt out of the coming season because of coronavirus won’t lose a year of eligibility. The group is expected to meet with Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott later this week.


Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms. The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan. According to the newspaper report, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say that coaches told them not to report COVID-19 symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine.


Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month. The 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year even during the Great Depression. It was a flip for Penske, who initially said he wouldn’t run the 500 without fans. But as the pandemic continued to spread through the nation, the decision was made to limit capacity to 50%. The speedway then lowered that number to 25% and now has decided on no fans at all.