Weekday Morning Sports Report – Monday 10/8/18


Other NFL Scores

Buffalo 13, Tennessee 12
Cincinnati 27, Miami 17
Pittsburgh 41, Atlanta 17
N.Y. Jets 34, Denver 16
Carolina 33, N.Y. Giants 31
Kansas City 30, Jacksonville 14
Cleveland 12, Baltimore 9, OT
L.A. Chargers 26, Oakland 10
Minnesota 23, Philadelphia 21
L.A. Rams 33, Seattle 31
Arizona 28, San Francisco 18
Houston 19, Dallas 16, OT

NFL – National Football League – Week 5
Last Night
Detroit Lions 31, Green Bay Packers 23
Chicago Bears (bye week)

Lions 31, Packers 23 – Lions take advantage of mistakes in win over Packers
Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes and LeGarrette Blount ran for two scores, lifting the Detroit Lions to a 31-23 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Detroit (2-3) earned a win it desperately needed under first-year coach Matt Patricia, going into its bye week. Green Bay (2-2-1) could not overcome uncharacteristic mistakes by veteran kicker Mason Crosby and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who lost two fumbles for just the third time in his 14-year career.  Crosby missed a career-high four field goals in one game and missed an extra point to boot. He connected on a field goal with 2 seconds left. Detroit recovered the onside kick to seal the win, preventing Rodgers from getting another chance at a game-winning Hail Mary in Detroit. Blount had a pair of 1-yard TD runs in the first quarter and Stafford’s 8-yard pass to Marvin Jones late in the second quarter put Detroit up 24-0.  Rodgers was 32 of 52 for 442 yards with three TD passes. Stafford was 14 of 26 for 183 yards with two TDs and no turnovers.

Tonight
Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m.               95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 7:30

MLB – Major League Baseball Playoffs – Division Series (best of 5)
Last Night
Milwaukee Brewers 6, Colorado Rockies 0                                   (MIL wins 3-0)
Atlanta Braves 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 5                                     (LAD leads 2-1)

Brewers 6, Rockies 0 – Brewers sweep Rockies, advance to 1st NLCS since 2011
The Milwaukee Brewers have swept themselves into the National League Championship Series with their second straight shutout of the Rockies.  Light-hitting Erik Kratz had three hits and the Brewers homered three times in a 6-0 rout in Denver. Kratz scored once and was 3-for-4 to finish the three-game series with a .625 average. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) walked and scored the game’s first run on Travis Shaw’s grounder in the opening inning. Jesus Aguilar doubled Milwaukee’s lead with a fourth-inning homer off loser German (hur-MAHN’) Marquez) before the Brewers scored twice in the sixth on a balk and a wild pitch. Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton hit back-to-back homers in the ninth off Wade Davis to ice the victory. The Rockies scored just twice on 14 hits the entire series. Their runs tied Game 1 in the ninth inning before Colorado failed to score over the final 19 innings of the series.

Braves 6, Dodgers 5 – Vizcaino, Braves stop Dodgers 6-5, cut NLDS deficit to 2-1
The Braves have forced a Game 4 in their NL Division Series by downing the Dodgers, 6-5. Shut out in the first two games of the series, the Braves finally broke through with a five-run second off Dodgers starter Walker Buehler. Pitcher Sean Newcomb ended Atlanta’s 19-inning shutout string with a bases-loaded walk before scoring on Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr.’s grand slam. The Dodgers stormed back to tie the game, only to fall behind again on Freddie Freeman’s sixth-inning home run off loser Alex Wood. Arodys Vizcaino (ah-ROH’-dees vihz-kay-EE’-noh) worked in and out of trouble in the ninth to get the save. He put runners on first and second with nobody out before fanning Max Muncy, Manny Machado and Brian Dozier to end it. Winning pitcher Touki Toussaint (TOO’-kee too-SAHNT’) worked a scoreless sixth despite loading the bases.  Muncy and Chris Taylor homered for Los Angeles. Game 4 is Monday in Atlanta.

Today
Houston (Keuchel 12-11) at Cleveland (Clevinger 13-8), 1:30 p.m.        (HOU leads 2-0)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Hill 11-5) at Atlanta (TBA), 4:30 p.m.                 (LAD leads 2-1)
Boston (Eovaldi 6-7) at New York (Severino 19-8), 7:40 p.m.                (Series tied 1-1)

NHL – National Hockey League – Opening Night
Last Night
Toronto Maple Leafs 7, Chicago Blackhawks 6 – OT
Los Angeles Kings 4, Detroit Red Wings 2

Maple Leafs 7, Blackhawks 6 – OT – Rielly scores in OT as Maple Leafs beat Blackhawks 7-6
Morgan Rielly scored 19 seconds into overtime, John Tavares had three goals and the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled Chicago’s home opener with a wild 7-6 victory over the Blackhawks on Sunday night. Auston Matthews added two goals and two assists for Toronto in the opener of a four-game trip. Rielly also had two assists and Kasperi Kapanen finished with a goal and an assist, helping the Maple Leafs bounce back from Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to Ottawa. Garret Sparks, who is from the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, made 25 saves to get the win in his first NHL game since 2016. Chicago was looking for its first 3-0 start since the 2012-13 season, but it was unable to clamp down on Toronto’s high-scoring lines. Patrick Kane scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, and defensemen Duncan Keith and rookie Henri Jokiharju each had three assists.

Kings 4, Red Wings 2 – Alex Iafallo, Ilya Kovalchuk push LA Kings past Detroit, 4-2
Alex Iafallo scored two goals and Ilya Kovalchuk had his first two NHL assists in nearly 5 1/2 years, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night.  Captain Anze Kopitar and Paul LaDue also scored as the Kings earned their first victory of the new season.  Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, and rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski had two assists.  Kovalchuk’s first point with the Kings also was his 400th career assist when he set up Kopitar’s goal in the second period. The Russian star then pounced on a puck in the corner during the third period and made a beautiful pass to Iafallo for the Kings’ third goal. Jack Campbell made 36 saves for the Kings in place of Jonathan Quick, who went on injured reserve earlier with a lower-body injury sustained in practice Saturday. Campbell earned his third career NHL victory with a series of solid stops. Former Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 21 shots in his Detroit debut. The Red Wings signed Bernier as a free agent in July. He was drafted 11th overall by Los Angeles in 2006 and was Quick’s backup on Los Angeles’ 2012 Stanley Cup championship team.

Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m.

AP Top 25

1

Alabama (59)

6-0

2

Georgia

6-0

3

Ohio State (1)

6-0

4

Clemson (1)

6-0

5

Notre Dame

6-0

6

West Virginia

5-0

7

Washington

5-1

8

Penn State

4-1

9

Texas

5-1

10

UCF

5-0

11

Oklahoma

5-1

12

Michigan

5-1

13

LSU

5-1

14

Florida

5-1

15

Wisconsin

4-1

16

Miami

5-1

17

Oregon

4-1

18

Kentucky

5-1

19

Colorado

5-0

20

NC State

5-0

21

Auburn

4-2

22

Texas A&M

4-2

23

South Florida

5-0

24

Mississippi State

4-2

25

Cincinnati

6-0

NCAAFB – Irish, Longhorns rise in poll
Notre Dame has moved into the top five, Texas and UCF reached the top 10 and the SEC placed a season-high eight teams in the latest Associated
Press college football poll.  After three teams in the top eight and eight ranked teams overall lost on Saturday, there was significant movement throughout the AP Top 25, except in the first four spots. Alabama stayed No. 1, with Georgia second, Ohio State third and Clemson No. 4. Notre Dame reached a season-high fifth after beating Virginia Tech. Texas jumped 10 spots to No. 9 after beating Oklahoma, which fell to No. 11. West Virginia is No. 6, followed by Washington, Penn State, Texas and UCF.

NASCAR – Elliott wins at Dover
Chase Elliott has gained an automatic berth in the next round of the NASCAR Cup playoffs by pulling away to win in overtime at Dover International Speedway. Elliott was the surprise winner in a race that had been dominated by Stewart-Haas Racing drivers until a pair of wrecks over the final laps jumbled the field.  Denny Hamlin was second, followed by playoff driver Joey Logano. NASCAR playoff drivers took 10 of the top 15 spots.  The top eight drivers after the next two races move on to the next round. Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson and Alex Bowman are the bottom four following the first playoff race in the round of 12.

Golf – PGA – Tway outlasts Moore, Snedeker to win Safeway Open
Kevin Tway made a 10-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to win the season-opening Safeway Open for his first PGA Tour title. The son of eight-time PGA Tour winner Bob Tway beat Ryan Moore on the par-4 10th after Brandt Snedeker dropped out on their second extra trip down the par-5 18th.  Tway birdied the final two holes in regulation for a 1-under 71, then birdied all three holes in the playoff.

NBA – National Basketball Association Preseason
Tonight
Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Girls Volleyball
South Haven at Berrien Springs, 1:15 p.m.
St. Joseph at Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kalamazoo Central, 5:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Countryside, 5:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer
Lake Michigan Catholic at Howardsville Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Covert at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
Lawrence at New Buffalo, 5:00 p.m.
Countryside/Eau Claire at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Dowagiac, 5:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Allegan, 6:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Paw Paw, 6:30 p.m.
Otsego at Sturgis, 6:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Vicksburg, 6:30 p.m.
Hartford at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Constantine, 5:00 p.m.
Fennville at Kalamazoo Hackett, 5:00 p.m.
Lawton at Saugatuck, 6:00 p.m.