Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 9/14/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, September 14, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 1
San Diego Chargers 33, Detroit Lions 28
Green Bay Packers 31, Chicago Bears 23

Chargers 33, Lions 28 – Rivers rallies Chargers to 33-28 victory over Lions
Philip Rivers rallied San Diego to 30 straight points, including throwing a go-ahead, 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green early in the fourth quarter, and the Chargers stunned the Detroit Lions 3-28 in what could be their final home opener at Qualcomm Stadium. Rivers overcame two interceptions, including a 31-yard return for a touchdown by Glover Quin, to complete 35 of 42 passes for 404 yards and two scores. Keenan Allen had 15 for 166 yards. The Chargers trailed 21-3 after Matthew Stafford threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ebron midway through the 2nd quarter. Rivers was picked off by Darius Slay in the end zone just before halftime to keep the score at 21-10. But the second half was all San Diego. Rivers also threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson and Danny Woodhead’s 1-yard TD run gave San Diego a 33-21 lead.

Packers 31, Bears 23 – Rodgers, James Jones lead Packers over Bears 31-23
Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, two to James Jones, and the Green Bay Packers beat Chicago 31-23 to spoil John Fox’s debut as Bears coach Sunday afternoon. The Packers got all they could handle from the rebuilding Bears, but took control down the stretch to beat them for the 10th time in 11 games, including the postseason. Rodgers improved to 13-3 lifetime against Chicago. The 2014 MVP completed 18 of 23 passes for 189 yards. Jones, who spent seven seasons in Green Bay before signing with Oakland last year, caught four passes for 51 yards. That included a one-handed grab on a 13-yard score late in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD in the third _ a good start after being released by the Raiders in the spring and by the Giants on the final roster cut.

Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m.                           BOTH GAMES ON WSJM-FM STARTING AT 6:30
Minnesota at San Francisco, 10:20 p.m.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Cleveland Indians 7, Detroit Tigers 2 – Game 1
Detroit Tigers 9, Cleveland Indians 2 – Game 2
Minnesota Twins 7, Chicago White Sox 0
Philadelphia Phillies 7, Chicago Cubs 5

Indians 7, Tigers 1/Tigers 9, Indians 2 – Tigers split doubleheader with 9-2 win over Indians
J.D. Martinez drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers scored four times in the fourth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 9-2 and split a doubleheader Sunday. Cleveland won the first game 7-2. Trevor Bauer allowed six runs in three-plus innings in the second game.

Twins 7, White Sox 0 – Hunter, Gibson lead Twins over White Sox 7-0
Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer and an RBI single as the Minnesota Twins beat Chris Sale and the White Sox 7-0 Sunday. Hunter homered in a four-run first for the Twins. Gibson gave up five hits in 7 2-3 innings, struck out seven and walked one. Casey Fien and Michael Tonkin followed with hitless relief.

Phillies 7, Cubs 4 – Howard goes deep, Phillies beat Cubs 7-4
Ryan Howard homered and drove in three runs to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Sunday. Chris Coghlan hit a homer and two triples for the Cubs. Aaron Altherr scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch by Clayton Richard with two outs.

Detroit (Lobstein 3-7) at Minnesota (Duffey 2-1), 8:10 p.m.        WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Oakland (S.Gray 13-7) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 7-12), 8:10 p.m.

NCAA Football – Buckeyes lose some votes, still No. 1
Ohio State remains the top team in this week’s Associated Press college football poll. The Buckeyes were a unanimous choice last week, but they have since lost two of the first-place votes to Michigan State. That helped the Spartans jump one spot to No. 4 after their three-point win at home to Oregon, which slipped five spots to No. 12. Alabama and TCU remain second and third respectively, with Baylor rounding out the top five. Sixth-ranked Southern Cal is followed by Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and UCLA.

1 Ohio State(59) 2-0
2 Alabama 2-0
3 TCU 2-0
4 Michigan State(2) 2-0
5 Baylor 2-0
6 USC 2-0
7 Georgia 2-0
8 Notre Dame 2-0
9 Florida State 2-0
10 UCLA 2-0
11 Clemson 2-0
12 Oregon 1-1
13 LSU 1-0
14 Georgia Tech 2-0
15 Ole Miss 2-0
16 Oklahoma 2-0
17 Texas A&M 2-0
18 Auburn 2-0
19 BYU 2-0
20 Arizona 2-0
21 Utah 2-0
22 Missouri 2-0
23 Northwestern 2-0
24 Wisconsin 1-1
25 Oklahoma State 2-0

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Last Night
Connecticut Sun 86, Chicago Sky 75
Indiana Fever 83, New York Liberty 76

Sun 86, Sky 75 – Bone leads Sun over Sky 86-75; Delle Donne scoring champ
Kelsey Bone scored a career-high 31 points and the Connecticut Sun ended their season with an 86-75 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday. Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne had four 3-pointers and finished with 28 points to take the WNBA scoring title at 23.4 points per game. She also became the sixth player in league history to make over 200 free throws in a season with 207.

Fever 81, Liberty 76 – Zellous scores 22 points to lead Fever past Liberty, 81-76
Shavonte Zellous scored 11 of her season-high 22 points in the final five minutes on Sunday to help the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty 81-76. Indiana had already secured the third seed in the Eastern Conference when Washington lost to Atlanta. The Fever will open up the postseason in Chicago on Thursday night.

Tennis – US Open – Djokovic wins Open
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has picked up his second U.S. Open men’s single and 10th major crown with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 triumph over No. 2 Roger Federer. It’s the second time Djokovic has won three major championships in the same year. He also topped Federer in the Wimbledon final in similar fashion, dropping the second set and taking the next two.

NBA – NBA Legend Malone passes
Three-time NBA MVP Moses Malone has died at 60. Malone’s body was discovered when he failed to report to a celebrity golf tournament in which he was scheduled to play. The Hall of Fame center was part of the 76ers’ 1983 NBA championship team, led the league in total rebounds for five straight seasons and remains the NBA’s career leader in offensive boards.

Golf – LPGA – Ko is youngest to claim a major
Lydia Ko fired an 8-under 63 to win the Evian Championship and become the youngest major champion in LPGA Tour history. The South Korean-born New Zealander ran away for a six-shot win over Lexi Thompson at the final major of the season. Ko is 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old. She eclipsed the previous record set by American Morgan Pressel, who was 18 years, 10 months and nine days old when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – East Division Finals – (Best of 3)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 8, Lansing Lugnuts 3                           (Series Tied 1-1)

West Michigan Whitecaps at Lansing Lugnuts, 7 p.m.                     (Game 3)
-Winner will advance to the Midwest League Finals vs. Cedar Rapids

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Soccer
Portage Central at St. Joseph, 6:45 p.m.
Cassopolis at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Otsego at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.
Comstock at Vicksburg, 6:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Muskegon Heights at Benton Harbor, 6:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Lawrence, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Coldwater, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Holland Christian at St. Joseph, 4:30 p.m.
South Haven at Allegan, 4:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Buchanan, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Golf
Point O’ Woods Invitational, 10:00 a.m.
St. Joseph, Michigan Lutheran, Lake Michigan Catholic, South Haven, Mattawan, Sturgis, Big Rapids, Comstock, Kalamazoo Hackett, Harper Creek, Hillsdale Academy,