MLB – Major League Baseball – Division Series (Best of 5)
Baltimore Orioles 12, Detroit Tigers 3 (Orioles Lead Series 1-0)
Kansas City Royals 3, Los Angeles Angels 2 – F/11 (Royals Lead Series 1-0)
Orioles 12, Tigers 3 – Cruz, Hardy HRs carry Orioles past Tigers 12-3
Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy homered, and the Baltimore Orioles hammered out 12 hits in defeating Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers 12-3 Thursday in the opener of their AL Division Series. Rookie Jonathan Schoop had two hits and two RBIs for the Orioles, who turned a close game into a rout with an eight-run eighth inning against Scherzer and three ineffective relievers. The 12 runs set a postseason record for Baltimore, making its second playoff appearance since 1997. Cruz led the majors with 40 homers during the regular season, a good portion of Baltimore’s big league-best 211 long balls. His first-inning drive off Scherzer put the Orioles up 2-0 before Detroit’s Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected off winner Chris Tillman in the second to tie it.
Royals 3, Angels 2 – F/11 – Royals strike first
Mike Moustakas led off the 11th inning with a homer to lift the Kansas City Royals past the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. Moustakas also scored the game’s first run on an RBI double by Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar in the second inning. Chris Iannetta (eye-ah-NET’-uh) and David Freese (freez) homered for the Angels.
Detroit (Verlander 15-12) at Baltimore (Chen 16-6), 12:07 p.m. WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 11:40
San Francisco (Peavy 7-13) at Washington (Strasburg 14-11), 3:07 p.m.
St. Louis (Wainwright 20-9) at Los Angeles (Kershaw 21-3), 6:37 p.m.
Kansas City (Ventura 14-10) at Los Angeles (Shoemaker 16-4), 9:37 p.m.
NFL – National Football League – Week 5
Green Bay Packers 42, Minnesota Vikings 10
Packers 42, Vikings 10 – Packers thump Vikes
Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and Eddie Lacy had his best game of the season as the Green Bay Packers crushed Minnesota 42-10. Lacy finished with 105 yards on 13 carries, including scoring runs of 10 and 11 runs to put the Packers ahead 42-0 in the third quarter. Julius Peppers returned an interception 49 yards for a TD and helped the Pack blank the Vikings for 3 quarters.
NFL – Bears announce NFL draft headed to Chicago in 2015
The 2015 NFL draft will be held in Chicago, according to a tweet by the Bears. The Bears posted the announcement on their Twitter account Thursday, saying: “2015 NFL Draft will be held in Chicago next April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.” Moving the draft out of New York, where it has been held for decades, was likely once the league began taking bids for the event. Los Angeles and Chicago were the finalists for next year’s event. The NFL soured on Radio City Music Hall after it was forced to move the draft back two weeks into May this year. But under Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league also has considered moving around the draft for a while.
NFL – Bears’ Bushrod suffers knee injury
Chicago Bears left tackle Jermon Bushrod suffered a knee injury in practice, throwing his status for this week’s game at Carolina into question. Coach Marc Trestman wouldn’t say how the injury happened on Wednesday, other than Bushrod fell and it was an accident. He said he wasn’t sure how severe the injury is.
Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:00
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Arizona 31, (2) Oregon 24
Wildcats 31, Ducks 24 – Arizona upsets No. 2 Oregon again, 31-24
Terris Jones-Grigsby scored the tiebreaking touchdown with 2:54 left, plowing into the end zone from a yard out, and Arizona stunned Oregon once again with a 31-24 victory Thursday night over the second-ranked Ducks. True freshman Nick Wilson ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught another for the Wildcats (5-0), who have won their first five games for the first time since 1998. It was the second straight season that an unranked Arizona team upset the Ducks (4-1).
Eastern Michigan at Akron, 2:00 p.m.
(14) Stanford at (9) Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Ohio at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Toledo at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan at Rutgers, 7:00 p.m. WSJM-AM/WSJM-FM 6:00
(19) Nebraska at (10) Michigan State, 8:00 p.m. WCSY-FM 6:30
NCAA Footbal – Michigan AD suggests coach Hoke safe… for now
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he prefers to wait until the end of the season before evaluating his coaches, suggesting Brady Hoke is safe for now at the helm of the school’s storied football program. Brandon says the athletic department feels strongly that coaches deserve “every opportunity” to compete through the season, and that all 31 of the school’s coaches are then evaluated _ with football being no different. Hoke and Brandon have both received criticism for the handling of injured quarterback Shane Morris in last week’s loss to Minnesota. Brandon said in an interview with The Associated Press that Hoke is a “terrific” coach _ and that fans should support players and coaches as they try to turn this season around.
NCAA Football – Kelly understands suspended player’s frustration
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he understands the frustration expressed on a social media account belonging to cornerback KeiVarae Russell about being held out of practices and games, adding he hopes to get Russell “back soon.” Kelly was talking about a posting on Russell’s Instagram account Wednesday, since deleted, about being held out of practice since mid-August “becoming ridiculous.” The posting says Russell had his hearing before the honesty committee and he had been able to refute “near every suspicion they had.” Kelly believes the hearings will be done by Friday. Kelly says he doesn’t have any firsthand knowledge of when the players will learn their fates, but says he expects it to be next week. University rules give students a week to appeal those decisions.
NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Chicago Blackhawks at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.
Olympics – No interest in 2022
The International Olympic Committee will not reopen the bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games after Oslo’s withdrawal left just two cities in the race. IOC President Thomas Bach (bahk) told The Associated Press that the Committee will not suspend the bidding or reopen the process to invite new candidates. Oslo became the fourth city to drop out of the bidding on Wednesday after the Norwegian government declined to provide financial support, citing concerns over the cost of hosting the games. The move leaves Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the only two remaining candidates. Neither is an established winter sports country.
MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Ancilla 3, Lake Michigan College 0
MHSAA – High School Sports
St. Joseph 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Lakeshore 1, Battle Creek Central 1 – (2OT) TIE – Game called because of lightning
Lake Michigan Catholic 5, Buchanan 1
Plainwell 4, Dowagiac 0 (Wolverine Conf. Tournament – Round 1)
Bridgman 4, Cassopolis 0
Hartford 3, Marcellus 1
Michigan Lutheran 3, Eau Claire 0
Edwardsburg 3, South Haven 1
Dowagiac 3, Coloma 0
River Valley 3, Howardsville Christian 0
Decatur 3, Watervliet 0
MHSAA – High School Football – Week 6
Tonight – All games start at 7:00
Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference – SMAC
St. Joseph (3-2) at Benton Harbor (0-5) Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 6:35 (Phil McDonald/Bret Witkowski)
Portage Northern (4-1) at Lakeshore (4-1) 94.9 WSJM-FM, 6:40 (Al Pscholka/Denny Kniola)
Niles (4-1) at Portage Central (3-1)
Mattawan (2-3) at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (1-4)
Gull Lake (2-3) at Battle Creek Central (3-2)
Battle Creek Lakeview (3-1) at Kalamazoo Central (0-5)
South Haven (2-3) at Edwardsburg (4-1) Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 6:45 (Mark Savage/Vince Bowman)
Coloma (1-4) at Dowagiac (2-3)
Paw Paw (3-2) at Berrien Springs (3-2)
Allegan (0-5) at Plainwell (4-1)
Otsego (3-2) at Sturgis (2-3)
Vicksburg (4-1) at Three Rivers (3-2)
Southwestern Athletic Conference – SAC
Marcellus (2-3) at Watervliet (4-1)
Hartford (2-3) at Lawton (2-3)
Bangor (2-3) at Fennville (3-2)
Bloomingdale (1-4) at Gobles (4-1)
Martin (1-4) at Saugatuck (3-2)
Red Arrow Conference
Lake Michigan Catholic (2-2) at River Valley (1-4)
-Lake Michigan Catholic will win the Red Arrow Conference outright with a win. If RV wins, 3-way tie with LMC, RV, and Eau Claire
Berrien/Cass/St. Joseph Conference – BCS
New Buffalo (2-3) at Centreville (2-3)
Bronson (0-5) at Brandywine (4-1)
Cassopolis (2-3) at White Pigeon (3-2)
Buchanan (2-3) at Mendon (4-1)
Eau Claire (2-3) at Bridgman (3-1)
LaPorte-LaLumiere (IN) (2-3) at Decatur (5-0)
Michigan Lutheran (0-5) at Burr Oak (2-3)
#2 Lawrence (5-0) at #5 Deckerville (5-0)