Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 8/7/15

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MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 8, Kansas City Royals 6
Chicago Cubs 5, San Francisco Giants 4
White Sox were off

Tigers 8, Royals 6 – Kinsler hits 2-run homer in ninth, Tigers top Royals 8-6
Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer off Ryan Madson in the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers an 8-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Jose Iglesias led off with a single against Madson (1-2) before Kinsler hit a 2-0 fastball into the bullpen in left field. Alex Wilson (2-3) got the win after getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer in the third and a two-run shot in the fifth to help the Tigers take a 6-3 lead. Martinez hadn’t homered since July 17 and hadn’t had a multi-homer game since hitting two for Boston against Toronto on Sept. 17, 2010. The Royals tied it with a three-run seventh. Drew Butera led off with a homer, and Kendrys Morales had a two-run double. The game was delayed for several minutes when a squirrel ran on the field. It briefly ended up in the Tigers’ dugout, then raced into left field.

Cubs 5, Giants 4 – Schwarber homers in 2nd straight game, Cubs beat Giants 5-4
Rookie bopper Kyle Schwarber homered in his second consecutive game and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Thursday night. The Cubs, playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in years, won for the seventh time in eight games. They also moved a half-game ahead of the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card. Jorge Soler drove in the game’s first two runs with a bases-loaded single in the first inning, and Schwarber made it 5-0 with a three-run drive off Chris Heston (11-6) in the second. But instead of an easy win, the Cubs had to hang on.  San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off Jason Hammel in the fourth and Brandon Crawford added another one off Tommy Hunter in the sixth to make it 5-4.

Today
San Francisco (Vogelsong 7-7) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 6-8), 4:05 p.m.
Boston (J.Kelly 3-6) at Detroit (Da.Norris 2-1), 7:08 p.m.          WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 6-8) at Kansas City (Volquez 10-6), 8:10 p.m.

NCAA Football – Harbaugh says Wolverines about to go quiet
Jim Harbaugh was in an upbeat, somewhat playful mood at media day Thursday, but after one question about the amount of attention his arrival has drawn, he indicated that the coming days will be much quieter. The new Michigan coach says the Wolverines are going into “a bunker mentality” and that his team may not be seen or heard for a while. After months of seemingly nonstop anticipation, Michigan’s season opener at Utah is a month away. The Wolverines start practice Friday, and it’s time to forget about a summer in which their coach’s every move seemed to create a buzz.

NCAA Football – Kelly says Russell will practice with Irish, Williams won’t
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says cornerback KeiVarae Russell will take part when the Fighting Irish begin practice on Friday while defensive end Ishaq Williams will not.  The two were among five players held out of practices and games a year ago while the school investigated whether homework and papers they turned in had been completed by others. Kelly says Notre Dame feels confident the NCAA will rule Russell eligible, saying he did everything necessary. Kelly described the process with Williams as “ongoing.” Kelly says he doesn’t expect the rulings to take much longer.  Kelly also announced that sophomore defensive lineman Kolin Hill of Schertz, Texas, plans to transfer to a school closer to home. Hill played in nine games last season and had seven tackles.

NCAA – NCAA looking for new ways to help college athletes
NCAA leaders are considering two new ways to help college athletes determine if they should turn pro and earn a degree. Committee members will look for better ways to evaluate draft prospects and debate whether former college athletes should be allowed to return to school and complete their degrees. No formal proposals have been made.

NHL – NHL watching investigation involving Patrick Kane
The NHL says it is “following developments” of a rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.  The Blackhawks said they are in the process of gathering information and declined further comment. The Buffalo News first reported the investigation Thursday. Neighbors of Kane, who lives in Hamburg, New York, in the offseason, told the Chicago Tribune that police arrived at his lakefront property Sunday night and that several plainclothes officers entered his house using flashlights. At least one wore gloves and was seen taking pictures out front.  Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett would not describe the nature of the investigation. Wickett says police will provide the information if an arrest is made. The investigation comes after Chicago’s third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Kane has been lauded in recent years for his growth after several off-ice incidents earlier in his career.

NFL – NFL is working with CFL in study
The NFL and Canadian Football League are partnering on concussion testing during CFL games and practices this season. During CFL training camp and regular-season games that began in June, team medical staffs have been using a remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test based on eye movement. It is being used in addition to the CFL’s established sideline concussion examination, and the NFL will contribute funding to help determine whether the tests improve the ability to diagnose concussions.

NFL – DA criticizes judge who ended Peterson’s probation early
A Texas chief prosecutor is criticizing the judge who ended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson’s probation in a child abuse case early. Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said Thursday that the judge gave the appearance of being “enamored with an elite athlete.” The 2012 NFL most valuable player’s probation was reduced from two years to nine months already served without input from prosecutors.  Requirements for Peterson to complete a public service announcement about child abuse, check in monthly with a probation officer and complete mandatory drug testing were also waived. Peterson pleaded no contest last year to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. State District Judge Kelly Case declined to comment on his decision to the Houston Chronicle. Peterson’s attorney told the newspaper his client didn’t receive special treatment.

Golf – Lee tops field
Danny Lee has a one-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk through one round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron. Lee carded seven birdies for a 5-under 65. He was one of just 21 players in the 77-man field go break par. The major championship pairing of Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson produced two rounds of even-par 70 as the two prepare for next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Golf – PGA – McIlroy videos hint he’ll be at Whistling Straits
Rory McIlroy posted two videos on Instagram that suggest he might be able to return for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits next week. The world’s No. 1 player has not played since he finished fourth in the U.S. Open. He ruptured ligaments in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland the first weekend in July, forcing him to miss title defenses at the British Open and this week at the Bridgestone Invitational. McIlroy is in the field for the PGA Championship and doesn’t have to decide whether he plays until his tee time at the start of the tournament.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Yesterday
West Michigan 9, Clinton 3
Kane County 4, South Bend 3
Wisconsin 6, Lansing 3
Great Lakes 9, Beloit 0

Tonight
Kane County at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Wisconsin at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Beloit at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
Clinton at South Bend, 7:35 p.m.