Weekday Morning Sports – Monday, 8/17/17

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, August 17, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Houston Astros 6, Detroit Tigers 5
Chicago White Sox 3, Chicago Cubs 1

Astros 6, Tigers 5 – Altuve’s 2-out single in 9th sends Astros over Tigers
Jose Altuve hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros, boosted by two homers from Colby Rasmus, beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Sunday. Miguel Cabrera homered, doubled and drove in three runs for Detroit. Jake Marisnick tripled off Tom Gorzelanny (1-2) with two outs in the Houston ninth. Alex Wilson relieved and Altuve singled on the first pitch for his third hit of the game. The AL West-leading Astros chased Altuve as he rounded second base and rookie Carlos Correa tackled him in jubilation.  Will Harris (5-2) allowed two hits and a run in two innings for the win.

White Sox 3, Cubs 1 – Sale strikes out 15 as White Sox beat Cubs 3-1
Chris Sale matched a career high with 15 strikeouts while pitching seven scoreless innings, and the Chicago White Sox snapped the crosstown Cubs’ nine-game win streak with a 3-1 win on Sunday.  Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez homered for the White Sox, who had lost 10 of 15. Abreu, Cabrera and Carlos Sanchez had two hits apiece. Sale (11-7) allowed one hit, Dexter Fowler’s one-out single in the sixth, and walked two. It was his 11th double-digit strikeout game of the year and ran his total for the season to a major league-best 208.

Chicago White Sox (Rodon 5-4) at L.A. Angels (Heaney 5-1), 10:05 p.m.
Tigers and Cubs are off (Tigers will be at the Cubs for three games starting Tuesday at 8:05 p.m.)

NFL – National Football League – Preseason – Week 1
Philadelphia Eagles 36, Indianapolis Colts 10

Eagles 36, Colts 10 – Tebow runs for a score, Eagles beat Colts 36-10
Tim Tebow received a third quarter standing ovation from the fans in Philly, then ran for a touchdown in the Philadelphia Eagles’ exhibition opener. Kenjon Barner returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown and ran for a score as the Eagles beat the Indianapolis Colts 36-10 Sunday. In his first NFL action since 2013, Tebow completed 6 of 12 passes and was sacked by the Colts twice.

NFL – Fox sees progress as Bears close training camp
The Chicago Bears closed training camp with a handful of skirmishes and players trying to compensate for the loss of key receivers Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. Jeffery has a calf strain suffered Wednesday and missed the first preseason game. He remains day to day and is unlikely to participate when the team goes to Indianapolis for practices against the Colts prior to Saturday’s game. Coach John Fox announced White will have surgery within a week for a stress fracture in his left shin. The team had announced Saturday that White could miss the remainder of the season, or a large portion of it. The Bears also announced third-string quarterback David Fales has been taken off the physically unable to perform list after an undisclosed illness kept him sidelined through all but one day of camp. At Sunday’s final practice, one of three shoving matches included defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff scuffling with center Will Montgomery.

NASCAR – Kenseth in control at Michigan, wins 3rd Cup race of season
Matt Kenseth raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season, winning in convincing fashion Sunday at Michigan International Speedway.  Kenseth, the pole winner, won for the 34th time in his career, leading 146 of 200 laps in the 400-mile race. Joe Gibbs Racing has won five of the last six Cup races.  Kevin Harvick was second, 1.7 seconds behind, and Martin Truex Jr. was third.   Austin Dillon, who was sent to the back at the beginning of the race because of an engine change, managed a fourth-place showing, and Kyle Busch took another step toward wrapping up a spot in the Chase with an 11th-place run in his backup car.  Kenseth had a comfortable lead before a caution with less than 20 laps remaining tightened things up, but he had little trouble holding off Harvick after the restart.

Golf – PGA – Day wins Wanamaker Trophy
Jason Day held at least a share of the 54-hole lead in each of the last three majors. This time, he closed the deal.  Day has won the PGA Championship with a record-setting performance that left him three shots ahead of reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth. The 27-year-old Australian closed with a 5-under 67 for a 20-under total, breaking Tiger Woods’ major championship record for most strokes under par. Woods finished at 19-under when he captured the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews.  Day started the final round with a two-shot lead and continued to extend that advantage. He birdied the par-5 16th hole to get to minus-20 before closing with back-to-back pars.

Golf – LPGA – Henderson pulls away
Brooke Henderson has become the third-youngest champion in LPGA Tour history at 17 years, 11 months, 6 days. The Canadian captured the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes, closing with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267. The margin of victory is the largest in the history of the event and the biggest on the LPGA Tour since 2012.  Pornanong Phatlum, Ha Na Jang and Candie Kung tied for second.

NCAA Football – All eyes on QBs at Ohio State as competition heats up
The Ohio State quarterback competition is heating up as the Buckeyes head into a week of two-a-day practices. Coach Urban Meyer says he likes what he has seen out of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones so far. Even more, he likes how well the two get along and encourage each other. Meyer says he will not make his decision on who starts public on the defending national champion Buckeyes take the field Labor Day night against Virginia Tech. Jones says both players want the job, but mostly they want what’s best for the team.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Los Angeles Sparks 76, Chicago Sky 64
Indiana Fever 75, Phoenix Mercury 63

Sparks 76, Sky 64 – Parker’s 21 points, 10 assists pace Sparks over Sky, 76-64
Candace Parker scored 21 points and had a career-high 10 assists to lead the Los Angeles Sparks over the Chicago Sky, 76-64 on Sunday. The Sparks also won at Chicago 88-77 on July 31st to sweep the season series.  League scoring leader Elena Delle Donne had 23 points for Chicago.

Fever 75, Mercury 63 – Catchings climbs career rebounding list; Fever beats Mercury
Tamika Catchings took sole possession of second place on the WNBA career rebounding list, and Lynetta Kizer scored 19 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Phoenix Mercury 75-63 Sunday night. Catchings grabbed nine rebounds to reach 3,079 and move past Tina Thompson. The Mercury missed all 13 of their 3-point attempts in Phoenix.

USA Soccer – US women rout Costa Rica 8-0 to begin victory tour
Christen Press scored three goals to power the United States to an 8-0 exhibition romp over Costa Rica on Sunday in its first game since winning the Women’s World Cup in Canada last month.  The game marked the opening of a victory tour by the Americans and was played before a crowd of 44,028 at Heinz Field.  Meghan Klingenberg grew up in Pittsburgh and rewarded her hometown fans with a goal. Heather O’Reilly added two goals, with the other scores coming from Julie Johnston and Whitney Engen.  Press was two of Sunday’s six starters who did not start in the World Cup final. Forward Alex Morgan did not play, having undergone minor knee surgery following the World Cup. Goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Abby Wambach entered in the second half.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
South Bend 4, Wisconsin 1
Beloit 9, West Michigan 3
Kane County 11, Lansing 10
Great Lakes 3, Clinton 2 – 10 innings

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