Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 10/22/19

NFL – National Football League – Week 7
Last Night
New England Patriots 33, New York Jets 0

Patriots 33, Jets 0 – Patriots blank dreadful Jets
The New England Patriots are an NFL-best 7-0 after cashing in on numerous miscues by the New York Jets’ second-year quarterback. Sony Michel ran for three touchdowns and Tom Brady was 31 of 45 passing for 249 yards and a TD as the Pats blanked the Jets, 33-0. The Patriots took advantage of five turnovers by Sam Darnold and stayed 1 ½ games ahead of Buffalo atop the AFC East. Brady set the tone with a lone touchdown drive capped by Michel’s three-yard run. Michel added a pair of one-yard scoring bursts for New England, which outscored New York, 63-14 in sweeping the season series. Darnold was miserable just days after being named the AFC offensive player of the week following the Jets’ 24-22 win over the Cowboys. Darnold was intercepted four times and lost a fumble while completing just 11 of his 32 passes for 86 yards for the 1-6 Jets.

NFL – Lions RB Kerryon Johnson likely out due to knee injury
Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson is expected to miss time with a right knee injury he suffered Sunday against Minnesota.  Lions coach Matt Patricia said earlier Monday he had briefly talked with doctors but would not know anything for sure until later on.  Johnson has been Detroit’s lead back this season, rushing 92 times for 308 yards and two touchdowns. He injured the knee in the first half and did not return. Shortly after the injury, he reappeared on the sideline in the second quarter with a brace on the knee and was riding the stationary bicycle behind the bench. He seemed to try and test the knee on the sideline after that, but did not come out of the locker room with the team after halftime. He missed the last six games of last season with a left-knee injury after rushing for 641 yards.

NCAAMBB – Michigan State opens at No. 1
Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball preseason poll for the first time in program history. The Spartans took the top spot on 60 of 65 ballots in results released Monday. Kentucky was No. 2 with two first-place votes, while third-ranked Kansas received the other three. Michigan State had been ranked No. 1 for 12 weeks all-time in the AP poll before Monday, but never to start a season. Tom Izzo’s Spartans return star Cassius Winston, along with starters Joshua Langford, Xavier Tillman and Aaron Henry from a 32-win team that reached the Final Four. Duke is ranked fourth, followed by Louisville, Florida, Maryland, Gonzaga, North Carolina and Villanova to round out the top 10. Reigning national champion Virginia starts at No. 11.

AP Preseason Top 25
1 Michigan State (60)
2 Kentucky (2)
3 Kansas (3)
4 Duke
5 Louisville
6 Florida
7 Maryland
8 Gonzaga
9 North Carolina
10 Villanova
11 Virginia
12 Seton Hall
13 Texas Tech
14 Memphis
15 Oregon
16 Baylor
17 Utah State
18 Ohio State
19 Xavier
20 Saint Mary’s
21 Arizona
22 LSU
23 Purdue
24 Auburn
25 VCU

NCAAMBB – U of M’s Wagner out 4-6 weeks with fractured wrist
Michigan freshman Franz Wagner is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured right wrist. The school said Monday a full recovery is anticipated. The 6-foot-8 Wagner is the younger brother of former Michigan standout Moe Wagner. He’s expected to be a key newcomer in the basketball team’s first season under new coach Juwan Howard. The Wolverines open Nov. 5 against Appalachian State. They face Creighton on Nov. 12 and Louisville on Dec. 3, and play in a tournament in the Bahamas in late November. Those are all games Wagner could conceivably miss if he ends up on the long end of his recovery timeline.  Michigan opens Big Ten play Dec. 6 against Iowa.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

MLB – 2019 World Series – (Best of 7)
Tonight
Washington (Scherzer 11-7) at Houston (Cole 20-5), 8:08 p.m.                       (Game 1)

MLB – Astros pick Verlander for Game 2
Justin Verlander will follow Gerrit Cole and start Game 2 of the World Series for Houston against Washington on Wednesday. Zack Greinke will start for the Astros on Friday when the Series resumes at Nationals Park, which means he will get to hit in the National League park. Astros manager AJ Hinch says, “That’s going to be fun for him.” Greinke has a .225 batting average with nine homers, including three this season for Arizona before he was traded to Houston on July 31. Houston plans a bullpen game for Game 4 on Saturday.

NBA – National Basketball Association – Regular Season Openers
Tonight
New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors, 8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NBA – Detroit Pistons waive veteran Joe Johnson
The Detroit Pistons have waived veteran Joe Johnson.  The Pistons announced the move Monday, setting their 15-man roster for Wednesday night’s season opener at Indiana. Detroit signed Johnson last month, but the Pistons maintained that he would be competing for a roster spot, and there was no guarantee of that. The seven-time All-Star did not play in the NBA at all last season and came to Detroit after being named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league. Johnson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 3.8 points.

NBA – Pelicans’ Zion Williamson out 6-8 weeks after knee scope
It will be a while before the first player taken in the NBA draft gets a chance to showcase his talents in a regular-season game. New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will miss the first six to eight weeks of the season following surgery today to repair a torn right meniscus. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. The 19-year-old Williamson turned pro after averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds, landing on the ACC’s All-Defensive team in his lone season with the Blue Devils.

MHSAA – High School Athletics
Last Night
Girls Volleyball
Michigan Lutheran 3, Cassopolis 1
Buchanan 3, New Buffalo 1
Lawrence 3, Eau Claire 1

Tonight
Boys Soccer – Regional Semis
Division 1 at Rockford
Portage Northern vs. Traverse City West, 4:30 p.m.

Division 2 at Eaton Rapids
Mattawan vs. DeWitt, 4:30 p.m.
Marshall vs. Middleville Thornapple-Kellogg, 6:30 p.m.

Division 3 at GR South Christian
Dowagiac vs. GR South Christian, 5:30 p.m.

Division 4 at Portage
Hartford vs. Dansville, 5:00 p.m. (at P. Central)
Kal. Christian vs. Kal. Hackett, 5:00 p.m. (at P. Northern)

Girls Volleyball
Coloma at Gobles, 6:30 p.m.
Watervliet at Martin, 6:30 p.m.
Lawton at Saugatuck, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Galesburg-Augusta, 6:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Schoolcraft, 6:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Constantine, 6:30 p.m.
Parchment at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming and Diving
St. Joseph at Portage Central, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman/Lakeshore at B.C. Lakeview, 6:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Football Rankings
Division 1
1. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (4) (8-0) 40
2. Belleville (8-0) 36
3. West Bloomfield (7-1) 32
4. Dearborn Fordson (7-1) 25
5. Lake Orion (7-1) 24
6. Grandville (7-1) 16
7. Saline (7-1) 13
8. Rockford (7-1) 11
(tie) Brownstown Woodhaven (8-0) 11
(tie) Plymouth (7-1) 11
Others receiving votes: Brighton 1.

Division 2
1. Midland (4) (8-0) 40
2. Oak Park (7-1) 36
3. Walled Lake Western (7-1) 32
4. Birmingham Groves (7-1) 27
5. Detroit King (6-2) 24
6. Grosse Pointe South (7-1) 15
7. Muskegon Mona Shores (6-2) 11
8. Warren De La Salle (5-3) 10
(tie) Battle Creek Lakeview (8-0) 10
10. Traverse City Central (7-1) 8
Others receiving votes: Livonia Franklin 4. Fenton 2. South Lyon 1.

Division 3
1. Muskegon (5) (8-0) 50
2. Edwardsburg (8-0) 45
3. Byron Center (8-0) 39
4. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (7-1) 34
5. Chelsea (8-0) 29
6. River Rouge (7-1) 25
7. Zeeland West (7-1) 20
8. Mason (8-0) 14
9. Mount Pleasant (6-2) 6
(tie) Coldwater (7-1) 6
Others receiving votes: Cedar Springs 5. Grand Rapids Christian 2.

Division 4
1. Detroit Country Day (5) (8-0) 59
2. Paw Paw (1) (8-0) 55
3. Muskegon Orchard View (8-0) 47
4. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (7-1) 43
5. Milan (8-0) 36
6. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (7-1) 30
7. Ortonville Brandon (7-1) 24
8. Sparta (7-1) 11
9. St. Clair (7-1) 9
10. Flint Powers (6-2) 7
Others receiving votes: Escanaba 3. Goodrich 3. Fowlerville 2. Hudsonville Unity Christian 1.

Division 5
1. Muskegon Oakridge (4) (8-0) 40
2. Kingsley (8-0) 35
3. Frankenmuth (8-0) 33
4. Lansing Catholic (7-1) 25
5. Portland (7-1) 20
(tie) Hopkins (8-0) 20
7. Marine City (8-0) 19
8. Almont (8-0) 11
9. Hillsdale (8-0) 5
(tie) Saginaw Swan Valley (6-2) 5
Others receiving votes: Berrien Springs 4. Olivet 3.

Division 6
1. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (4) (7-1) 40
2. Ithaca (7-1) 34
3. Brandywine (8-0) 32
4. Montrose (7-1) 27
5. Maple City Glen Lake (7-1) 21
6. Ravenna (6-2) 20
7. Grass Lake (7-1) 15
8. Warren Michigan Collegiate (7-1) 14
9. Hemlock (6-2) 7
(tie) Calumet (7-1) 7
Others receiving votes: Flint Hamady 3.

Division 7
1. New Lothrop (2) (8-0) 46
2. Jackson Lumen Christi (2) (8-0) 45
3. Pewamo-Westphalia (1) (8-0) 42
4. Schoolcraft (8-0) 33
5. Clinton (8-0) 30
6. Iron Mountain (8-0) 24
7. Cassopolis (8-0) 17
8. Beaverton (8-0) 11
9. Riverview Gabriel Richard (8-0) 10
10. Cass City (7-1) 9
Others receiving votes: Beal City 3. Traverse City St. Francis 2. Lawton 2. Addison 1.

Division 8
1. Reading (4) (7-1) 49
2. Harbor Beach (1) (8-0) 46
3. Johannesburg-Lewiston (8-0) 38
4. Ubly (7-1) 34
5. Breckenridge (7-1) 23
6. White Pigeon (7-1) 22
7. Clarkston Everest Catholic (7-0) 20
8. Adrian Lenawee Christian (7-1) 18
9. Fowler (7-1) 17
10. Mendon (6-2) 7
Others receiving votes: Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 1.

Division 8 Player
1. Powers North Central (7) (8-0) 78
2. Colon (1) (8-0) 70
3. Pickford (7-1) 58
4. Deckerville (8-0) 43
5. Morrice (7-1) 38
Others receiving votes: Crystal Falls Forest Park 14. Portland St Patrick 7. Climax-Scotts 6. Martin 6.

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