Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 9/21/15

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NFL – National Football League – Week 2
Last Night
Minnesota Vikings 26, Detroit Lions 15
Arizona Cardinals 48, Chicago Bears 23

Vikings 26, Lions 16 – Peterson, Vikings keep Lions winless with 26-16 victory
Adrian Peterson had 192 total yards and the Minnesota Vikings rebounded from a rough season opener for a 26-16 victory Sunday over the Detroit Lions. Peterson, playing in front of a pro-Vikings crowd for the first time in 658 days, rushed 29 times for 134 yards after receiving a pregame standing ovation out of the tunnel and a couple of “AP! AP! AP!” chants from the fans on a sun-soaked afternoon. Teddy Bridgewater threw one touchdown and rran for another while finishing 14 for 18 for 153 yards and no turnovers. Matthew Stafford was erratic for Detroit (0-2), which fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter and netted just 38 yards rushing against a defense that surrendered 230 yards on the ground to the 49ers.

Cardinals 48, Bears 23 – Palmer throws 4 TDs in Cardinals’ 48-23 win over Bears
Carson Palmer threw for four touchdowns to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 48-23 victory over the Chicago Bears, who lost Jay Cutler to a hamstring injury Sunday. Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald for three TDs, David Johnson returned the opening kickoff a club-record 108 yards and added a rushing TD. Cutler walked to the locker room after he was stiff-armed trying to tackle Tony Jefferson on a 26-yard interception return late in the first half. That was the biggest development in a game that included several big plays and ended with a familiar result: with Palmer and the Cardinals (2-0) prevailing again and Chicago (0-2) remaining winless under new coach John Fox.

Sunday
N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.                WSJM-FM 7:45

NFL – Costly win for Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys beat the Eagles 20-10 in Philadelphia on Sunday, but they also lost quarterback Tony Romo to a broken left collarbone that will be re-evaluated on Monday. Romo was knocked out of the game in the third quarter when Jordan Hicks sacked him. Romo suffered a similar injury in Week 7 in 2010 and missed the rest of the season.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Kansas City Royals 10, Detroit Tigers 3
Cleveland Indians 6, Chicago White Sox 3
St. Louis Cardinals 4, Chicago Cubs 3

Royals 10, Tigers 3 – Morales hits 3 homers for Royals in 10-3 win at Detroit
Kendrys Morales homered three times and set a team record with 15 total bases as the Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 10-3 on Sunday. Morales also hit a triple. Paulo Orlando also homered for Kansas City. Danny Duffy pitched four innings for first career save.

Indians 6, White Sox 3 – Chisenhall homers to lead Tomlin, Indians over White Sox 6-3
Josh Tomlin pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 Sunday. Tomlin allowed four hits and matched a season high with eight strikeouts. Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 31st save in 35 chances.

Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 – Molina exits with thumb sprain as Cardinals beat Cubs 4-3
Yadier Molina exited with a sprained left thumb as the St. Louis Cardinals ended the Chicago Cub’s five-game winning streak and avoided a sweep with a 4-3 win Sunday. Molina was injured tagging out Anthony Rizzo on a sacrifice-fly attempt in the eighth. Jon Lester allowed four runs in six innings.

Today
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 9-13) at Detroit (K.Ryan 2-3), 1:08 p.m. – Game 1 WSJM-AM/WCSY 12:45
Chicago White Sox (E.Johnson 2-0) at Detroit (Wolf 0-3), 7:08 p.m., Game 2 WSJM-AM/WCSY 6:45
Milwaukee (W.Peralta 5-9) at Chicago Cubs (Hammel 8-6), 8:05 p.m.

NCAA Football – Big-Ten tops the poll
Ohio State and Michigan State of the Big-Ten hold down the top two spots in the new Associated Press Top-25 poll.  The Buckeyes picked up 40 of 61 first-place votes after surviving a tough game against Northern Illinois. Michigan State got seven and third-ranked Mississippi 11. Ole Miss actually shares the No. 3 spot with TCU, just ahead of Baylor. Notre Dame is sixth, followed by LSU, Georgia, UCLA and Florida State. LSU’s Tiger received one first-place vote.

NCAA Football – Michigan State’s Copeland out for the season
Michigan State cornerback Vayante Copeland will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured vertebra. Coach Mark Dantonio says Copeland should heal fine and be back next spring, but he will not return this tear. Copeland, a redshirt freshman, did not play in Michigan State’s victory over Air Force on Saturday. He started the first two games of the season. The Spartans moved up to No. 2 in the AP poll after their victory over Air Force, but they’ve lost some key defensive players to injury. Linebacker Ed Davis went down with a season-ending knee injury before the season started.

NCAA Football – Tranquill 6th Notre Dame player lost
Notre Dame safety Drue Tranquill tore a ligament in his right knee while celebrating a pass breakup in the end zone against Georgia Tech and became the sixth player to suffer a season-ending injury for the sixth-ranked Fighting Irish. Coach Brian Kelly said Sunday that Tranquill is expected to undergo surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament within two weeks. The sophomore was making his first start this season. He started three games last year, then missed the final two games with a torn ACL in his left knee. Tranquill started against Georgia Tech because Max Redfield struggled against Virginia. Redfield didn’t play against the Yellow Jackets. Kelly said it’s too early to say whether Redfield will start against Massachusetts on Saturday.

NASCAR – Hamlin goes last to first at Chicagoland
Denny Hamlin gave Joe Gibbs Racing a victory in the opening round of NASCAR’s playoffs by rallying from a disastrous start at Chicagoland Speedway. Hamlin spun on the second lap Sunday and immediately fell a lap off the pace. He and his JGR team didn’t panic, then used a gutsy call not to pit during the final caution to give Hamlin a shot at the victory. He jumped from third to first on the restart with five laps remaining, and has now earned an automatic spot in the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. In far worse position is reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick, who hit the wall during the race and finished 42nd. He’s now ranked last in the 16-driver field.

NASCAR – Harvick crashes in opening race of NASCAR’s playoffs
NASCAR champion Kevin Harvick has crashed in the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The defense of his title hit a snag on a restart with 132 laps remaining Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Jimmie Johnson made contact with Harvick on the restart and it created a tire rub on Harvick’s Chevrolet. Harvick drove for two laps with the sheet metal rubbing against his left rear tire, and he wiggled the car in an apparent attempt to correct the issue. Instead, after he thought the problem was fixed, the left rear tire blew and Harvick’s car shot into the wall. He limped the damaged Stewart-Haas Racing car to the garage, where he climbed from the cockpit as the No. 4 team began extensive repairs.

WNBA – WNBA Playoffs – Round 1 – (Beset of 3)
Tonight
Indiana Fever at Chicago Sky, 8:00 p.m.                   (Series Tied 1-1)

Golf – PGA – Day Dominates
Jason Day is enjoying a tremendous finish to the 2015 season. The winner of the PGA Championship has won his second FedEx Cup playoff tourney with a six-stroke win over Daniel Berger in the BMW Championship. Day finished 22-under-par.

Golf – Solheim Cup – Americans roar back for win
After being infuriated by a call they found unsportsmanlike, the Americans staged the biggest comeback in Solheim Cup history to win the trophy back from Europe. Paula Creamer defeated Germany’s Sandra Gal to complete the turnaround and secure a 14 ½ -13 ½ victory for the United States, which had trailed by four points going into the singles.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – 2015 Midwest League Finals – (Best of 5)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1                    (Series Tied 2-2-)

Saturday
West Michigan Whitecaps at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 8:35 p.m.       (Game 5)
-Winner wins 2015 Midwest League Championship

MLS – Fire let Yallop go as coach, hire Rodriguez as GM
The Chicago Fire have dismissed coach Frank Yallop and hired MLS executive Nelson Rodriguez as general manager. Technical director Brian Bliss will serve as interim coach for the final five games. The shakeup announced Sunday comes with the Fire at league-worst 7-16-6. Besides parting ways with Yallop, who was 13-26-24 in nearly two seasons with Chicago, the Fire let go of assistants Marc Bircham and Clint Mathis. Rodriguez, a former Chivas USA and MLS executive, is scheduled to join the organization Oct. 19 and will lead the coaching search.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Football
Constantine 46, Coloma 0

Tonight
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph at Paw Paw, 6:45 p.m.
Brandywine at Lake Michigan Catholic, 5:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Vicksburg, 6:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Lawton, 6:00
Cassopolis at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
New Buffalo at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Cassopolis, 7:00 p.m.