Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 9/18/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, September 18, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Oakland A’s 9, Chicago White Sox 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Tigers were off

A’s 4, White Sox 2 – Butler homers in ninth to give A’s 4-2 win over Chisox
Billy Butler hit a three-run homer in the ninth off David Robertson, and the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Chicago was leading 2-1 heading into the ninth, but Robertson (6-4) blew his seventh save in 36 chances when he allowed a double to Brett Lawrie, a single to Danny Valencia and Butler’s 13th homer. White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia jumped at the wall and appeared to catch Butler’s drive, but the ball fell out of his glove and into the Oakland bullpen as he hit the fence. Sean Doolittle (1-0), the third Oakland reliever, pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. A’s rookie starter Sean Nolin allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in his third start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 4.

Cubs 9, Pirates 6 – Rizzo homers, lifts Cubs to 9-6 win over Pirates
Anthony Rizzo started a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday to take three of four games between NL playoff contenders.  The Cubs moved within two games of the wild card leaders. Should the teams end up tied at the end of the regular season, Chicago would have home-field advantage, having won the season series with 10 wins in 16 games. Pittsburgh trails St. Louis by 4 1/2 games in the NL Central. The Cardinals play a night game against the Brewers at Milwaukee. The Cubs turned a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead with the fifth-inning outburst that included a two-run double by reliever Clayton Richard (4-2) and RBI singles by Addison Russell and Tommy La Stella.

St. Louis (Lynn 11-10) at Chicago Cubs (Haren 9-9), 2:20 p.m.
Kansas City (Cueto 2-6) at Detroit (Verlander 3-8), 7:08 p.m.                        98.3 THE COAST 6:45
Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-9) at Cleveland (Co.Anderson 4-3), 7:10 p.m.

MLB – Pirates lose shortstop after “takeout slide”
The Pirates lost more than a game. Shortstop Jung Ho Kang left in the first inning with a significant left knee injury. According to media reports, Kang is out for the year with a torn MCL and a fractured tibia. The 28-year-old rookie, the first position player to directly make the jump from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors, was hurt when Chris Coghlan slid into him while unsuccessfully trying to break up a double play.

NFL – National Football League – Week 2
Last Night
Denver Broncos 31, Kansas City Chiefs 24

Broncos 31, Chiefs 24 – Denver scores two TD’s 9 seconds apart in the final minute to stun KC
The Denver Broncos scored two late touchdowns nine seconds apart to stun the Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 to improve to 2-0 on the young NFL season. After Peyton Manning found Emmanuel Sanders on a 19-yard TD pass to tie the game with :36 seconds, Bradley Roby scooped up a fumble by Chiefs running back Jamall Charles and ran 21 yards for the winning score 9 seconds later.

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings, 1:00 p.m.          WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM, 12:00
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.

NFL – Picture shows extend of Pierre-Paul’s injuries
New photos show the severity of the injury to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand, clearly showing his index finger mostly missing and his thumb and middle finger also damaged. The New York Daily News posted a photograph showing Pierre-Paul without a bandage over his hand.  Paul still had small bandages on his thumb and middle finger. Part of his thumb appeared to be missing. The two-time Pro Bowler missed all of training camp after the Fourth of July fireworks accident.

NHL – Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane says he has `done nothing wrong’
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is addressing the sexual assault investigation against him for the first time, saying he has “done nothing wrong” and is looking forward to the season. Kane and team officials held a news conference Thursday, one day before training camp begins in South Bend, Indiana, on the Notre Dame campus. Kane is accused of assaulting a woman last month at his home near his hometown of Buffalo, New York. He has not been charged. He said it has been an “incredibly difficult time for many people” and he apologized for causing a distraction. But he also said he was confidence he would be absolved.

NCAA Football – College Football Saturday
UNLV at Michigan, 12:00 p.m.                                  WSJM-AM/FM 11:00 am
Air Force at (4) Michigan State, 12:00 p.m.             WCSY-FM 10:30 am
Central Michigan at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m.
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
(14) Georgia Tech at (8) Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Murray State at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Michigan aims to sustain success under Harbaugh against UNLV
Michigan has a chance to sustain success for the first time under Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines (1-1) don’t want to blow it. After routing Oregon State, Michigan will host UNLV (0-2) on Saturday and doesn’t plan to take the Rebels lightly even though they have lost eight straight and 12 of 13 dating to last year and are nearly five-touchdown underdogs. Harbaugh has drawn a lot of attention, coming back to Michigan after playing quarterback there, and yet he has noticed and admired the climb to college coaching that UNLV’s Tony Sanchez has taken. Sanchez is making the leap from coaching at high school to the highest level of college football.

NCAA Football – No. 4 Michigan State takes on Air Force’s option
If Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was concerned about a letdown after his team’s big victory over Oregon, he had plenty of numbers he could show his team this week. For example: After two games, Air Force has already rushed for 822 yards. The Falcons won both while attempting only 18 passes. Nobody has been able to force Air Force from its comfort zone yet this season, but Michigan State is certainly well equipped to try. The fourth-ranked Spartans contained Oregon’s fast-paced offense well enough to beat the Ducks last weekend, and they’re heavily favored to do the same against the Falcons on Saturday. But Air Force’s unusual option-heavy system has Michigan State’s attention.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Police: 2 Purdue players nabbed after trying to steal bikes
Police say they have arrested Purdue freshmen cornerbacks Evyn Cooper and David Rose for trying to stealing bicycles. Purdue police arrested Cooper for theft and Rose for attempted theft Wednesday on campus. Purdue athletics spokesman Matt Rector says coach Darrell Hazell is aware of the arrests.

WNBA – WNBA Playoffs – Round 1 – (Beset of 3)
Chicago Sky 77, Indiana Fever 72                            (CHI Leads 1-0)

Sky 77, Fever 72 – Quigley scores 20 as Sky beat Fever 77-72 in playoff opener
Allie Quigley scored 20 points to help the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 77-72 Thursday night in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Courtney Vandersloot added 19 points for the second-seeded Sky. League MVP Elena Delle Donne had 14 points. Game 2 is Saturday in Indianapolis.

USA Soccer – Lloyd’s hat trick leads US over Haiti 5-0
Carli Lloyd added three more goals to her remarkable 2015 tally, leading the United States to another rout on its Women’s World Cup victory tour, 5-0 over Haiti on Thursday night at Ford Field in Detroit. Crystal Dunn added a goal and two assists, the 23-year-old’s first points for the national team, and Christen Press also scored for the Americans. The U.S. extended its home unbeaten streak to 99 games. This match was supposed to be against Australia, but the Aussies canceled their tour of the U.S. amid a labor dispute. Haiti agreed to replace Australia for this game and Sunday’s in Birmingham, Alabama.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – 2015 Midwest League Finals – (Best of 5)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1                    (Series Tied 1-1)

West Michigan Whitecaps at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 5:35 p.m.       (Game 3)

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Lakeshore 2, St. Joseph 0
Portage Northern 8, Niles 0
Mattawan 7, Battle Creek Lakeview 0
Kalamazoo Central 3, Battle Creek Central 1
Berrien Springs 6, Cassopolis 1
Hartford 5, Brandywine 2

Girls Volleyball
Otsego 3, South Haven 0
Michigan Lutheran 3, River Valley 0
Paw Paw 3, Edwardsburg 1

Boys Tennis
Edwardsburg 5, Lakeshore 3

Girls Swimming
Mattawan 94, St. Joseph 91

Football – All games start at 7:00
Lakeshore (2-1) at St. Joseph (3-0)                         Sports Radio 1400 WSJM (SJ)/94.9 WSJM-FM (LKSH), 6:35
Benton Harbor (2-1) at Portage Central (3-0)
Portage Northern (1-2) at Niles (0-3)
Mattawan (2-1) at Battle Creek Lakeview (1-2)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (1-2) at Gull Lake (1-2)
Kalamazoo Central (1-2) at Battle Creek Central (1-2)

South Haven (1-2) at Otsego (0-3)                         Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 6:45
Allegan (0-3) at Dowagiac (2-1)
Edwardsburg (3-0) at Paw Paw (2-1)
Three Rivers (1-2) at Sturgis (2-1)
Plainwell (2-1) at Vicksburg (2-1)

Lake Michigan Catholic (0-3) at River Valley (0-3)
Cassopolis (3-0) at Berrien Springs (3-0)
New Buffalo (1-2) at Bridgman (3-0)
Parchment (2-1) at Brandywine (2-1)
Mendon (1-2) at Buchanan (3-0)
White Pigeon (1-2) at Centreville (1-2)
Comstock (0-3) at Bronson (0-3)

Kalamazoo United (1-2) at Watervliet (2-1)
Constantine (2-1) at Coloma (0-3)
Marcellus (1-2) at Eau Claire (0-3)
Hartford (0-3) at Gobles (3-0)
Schoolcraft (3-0) at Bangor (2-1)
Bloomingdale (1-2) at Decatur (2-1)
Galesburg Augusta (1-2) at Lawton (3-0)
Martin (0-3) at Saugatuck (3-0)
Delton-Kellogg (2-1) at Fennville (2-1)

8 Player Football
Lawrence (3-0) at Covert (0-2)

Football, 7:00 start
8 Player Football
Waldron (3-0) at Michigan Lutheran (0-3) at River Valley