Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 10/29/19

NFL – National Football League – Week 8
Last Night
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Miami Dolphins 14

Steelers 27, Dolphins 14 – Steelers keep Dolphins winless
James Conner ran for 145 yards and a touchdown, and Mason Rudolph overcame a shaky start to guide the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense to a 27-14 victory over the winless Miami Dolphins. Rudolph completed 20 of 36 passes for 251 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown to rookie Diontae Johnson late in the second quarter and a 26-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third. Former Dolphin Minkah Fitzpatrick picked off Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and the 3-4 Steelers forced four turnovers to drop Miami to 0-7.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 96, Indiana Pacers 94
New York Knicks 105, Chicago Bulls 98

Pistons 96, Pacers 94 – Pistons edge Pacers 96-94, keep Indiana winless
Derrick Rose made a driving layup with 28.3 seconds left to give Detroit the lead, and the Pistons went on to a 96-94 victory over winless Indiana on Monday night for their second win against the Pacers in less than a week.  Rose shot just 4 of 16 from the field and was having a particularly tough time in the fourth quarter, but his left-handed layup went in off the glass to put Detroit up 95-94. Malcolm Brogdon missed at the other end, but Indiana got an offensive rebound. T.J. Warren then missed badly on a tough shot from the corner, and the Pistons came up with the ball.  Luke Kennard made one of two free throws for Detroit, and Indiana had one more chance with 2 seconds left. Warren missed a 3-pointer from the left wing.  Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for the Pistons, and Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds. Detroit led most of the game, but the Pacers erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter and led by four late. Kennard then got a fortunate bounce on a 3-pointer to make it 94-93, and Rose’s basket gave the Pistons the lead.  Domantas Sabonis had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Indiana, and Brogdon contributed 15 points and 11 assists.

Knicks 105, Bulls 98 – Portis rallies Knicks past Bulls 105-98 for first win
Bobby Portis scored a season-high 28 points against his former team, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining, and the New York Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 105-98 on Monday night for their first victory of the season.  Portis hadn’t scored in double digits yet in his first season with the Knicks, but was superb in bringing New York back from an 18-point deficit. The reserve was 10 for 14, making all four 3-pointers, and added 11 rebounds.  The Knicks needed all of it on a night when they fell behind with a dreadful start and stayed that way until the fourth quarter. They never even led until Portis’ go-ahead 3, which he followed with another 3 that pushed it to 103-98 during a 15-0 run to finish the game.  Portis was a 2015 first-round pick of the Bulls. He spent 3½ seasons in Chicago before being traded last season to Washington. He signed with the Knicks over the summer.  Zach LaVine scored 21 points for the Bulls, who fell to 1-3. Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

NBA – Pistons’ Morris fined $35,000 for abusive language at ref
The NBA has fined Detroit Pistons forward Markieff Morris $35,000 for his offensive language toward a referee.  NBA Executive Vice President Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the discipline Monday.  Morris’ actions came during the Philadelphia 76ers’ 117-111 victory Saturday in Detroit. He is averaging 10.7 points in his first season with the Pistons.

NBA – LeBron James among SoCal wildfire evacuees
LeBron James is among evacuees from a fire that erupted early Monday in Southern California. The Los Angeles Lakers forward tweeted just before 4 a.m. that he was trying to find rooms for his family after having to “emergency evacuate“ his house, calling the fires “no joke.“ He later tweeted that he found accommodation, said he was praying for those affected and advised people to get to safety.


MLB – 2019 World Series – (Best of 7)
Tonight
Washington (Strasburg 18-6) at Houston (Verlander 21-6), 8:07 p.m.                      (HOU leads 3-2)

MLB – Nationals not sure about Scherzer
The Washington Nationals remain unsure about the health of pitcher Max Scherzer and catcher Kurt Suzuki heading into Tuesday night’s Game 6 of the World Series against Houston. Scherzer was scratched from his Game 5 start Sunday night because of nerve irritation near his neck and had a cortisone shot. Scherzer won the opener and hopes to be able to pitch in a Game 7 if the Nationals get that far. Suzuki missed the last two games after injuring his right hip flexor on Friday.     Houston won three in a row at Washington to take a 3-2 World Series lead. Stephen Strasburg starts for the Nationals and Justin Verlander for the Astros in Game 6.

MLB – Instagram Models banned from MLB parks
The two women who flashed their breasts from behind the backstop during Game 5 of the World Series have been indefinitely banned from major league ballparks. Julia Rose and Lauren Summer identified themselves on social media. They lifted their tops and exposed themselves as Houston starter Gerrit Cole was set to pitch to Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh inning at Nationals Park.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators, 8:00 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings acquire Perlini in trade with Blackhawks
The Detroit Red Wings have acquired forward Brendan Perlini in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 23-year-old Perlini has been a healthy scratch for most of this season, appearing in just one game. But he has 45 goals and 27 assists in 200 career appearances with Chicago and Arizona. Perlini was selected by the Coyotes with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Red Wings parted with defenseman Alec Regula in Monday’s deal. The 19-year-old Regula will remain with the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League. Regula, a West Bloomfield, Michigan, native, was drafted by Detroit in the third round last year.

NHL – ‘Miracle on Ice’ player Pavelich found incompetent in attack
Former New York Rangers forward and “Miracle on Ice” member Mark Pavelich has been found incompetent to stand trial on charges he beat a neighbor with a metal pole. Authorities allege Pavelich attacked his friend after the two returned from fishing in August. A Minnesota judge told the 61-year-old Pavelich a psychologist’s report indicates Pavelich “needs some assistance” to understand the proceedings. The Star Tribune reports the case against Pavelich was suspended as authorities petitioned to have him committed.

NCAA – Athlete compensation comes front and center for NCAA
A key NCAA task force is expected to provide an update on whether it would be feasible to allow athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses while still preserving amateurism rules for the nation’s largest governing body for college athletics. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Big East Conference Commissioner Val Ackerman are leading the working group, which will present a progress report to the NCAA Board of Governors at Emory University in Atlanta this week.  It is an important early step in a process that could take months or even years to work its way through the NCAA various layers. NCAA rules have long barred players from hiring agents and the association has steadfastly refused to allow players to be paid by their schools, with some exceptions. A California law set to take effect in 2023 would prevent athletes from losing their scholarships or being kicked off their teams for signing endorsement deals. Other states could put laws in place earlier than that. The NCAA says it represents some 450,000 athletes nationwide.

Nassar – Ex-Michigan State president to stand trial; trustee quits
Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has been ordered to stand trial on charges she lied about her knowledge of allegations against now-imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar. Eaton County District Judge Julie Reincke ruled Monday. Authorities say Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic. But Simon told police she knew only that a complaint had been filed against a sports doctor. The ruling came after it was disclosed that Michigan State trustee Nancy Schlichting resigned Saturday over the governing board’s decision to drop a promised independent investigation into the handling of complaints against Nassar. Schlichting, who was appointed less than a year ago, says she could no longer serve after the board wouldn’t proceed with the review.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey
Today
Toledo Walleye at Kalamazoo Wings, 10:00 a.m.

MHSAA – High School Athletics
Last Night
Girls Volleyball
Berrien Springs 3, Lake Michigan Catholic 2

Last Night
Girls Volleyball
Paw Paw at Lawton, 6:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at New Buffalo, 6:15 p.m.
Hartford at Berrien Springs, 6:30 p.m.

MHSAA – 2019 High School Football Playoffs
The game days and times have been announced for the area high school football teams.

Division 2
Portage Central (5-4) at Portage Northern (8-1) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan (5-4) at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central (7-2) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Jackson (5-3) at Battle Creek Lakeview (9-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Division 3
St. Joseph (6-3) at Edwardsburg (9-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.           106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports

Division 4
Otsego (6-3) at Hudsonville Unity Christian (6-3) – Friday, 7:00 p.m. (at Jenison)
Vicksburg (5-4) at Paw Paw (8-1) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.        Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Plainwell (5-4) at Marshall (5-4) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Division 5
Kalamazoo United (5-4) at Berrien Springs (8-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m. (at St. Joseph)          News/Talk 94.9 WSJM
Dowagiac (6-3) at Hopkins (8-1) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Division 6
Constantine (7-2) at Brandywine (9-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Division 7
Hartford (6-3) at Schoolcraft (8-1) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Centreville (6-3) at Lawton (9-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.

8-Player – Division 1
Camden Frontier (6-3) at Colon (9-0) – Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
Bellevue (6-3) at Martin (9-0) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.

8-Player – Division 2
Brethren (5-4) at Climax-Scotts (7-2) – Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian (5-4) at Onekama (6-3) – Saturday, 2:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Football Final Regular Season AP Poll
Division 1
1. Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (4) (9-0) 49
2. Belleville (1) (9-0) 46
3. West Bloomfield (8-1) 40
4. Dearborn Fordson (8-1) 35
5. Lake Orion (8-1) 29
6. Saline (8-1) 24
7. Rockford (8-1) 20
8. Brownstown Woodhaven (9-0) 14
9. Lapeer (8-1) 7
10. Romeo (7-2) 5
Others receiving votes: Plymouth 2. Grandville 2. Utica Eisenhower 2.

Division 2
1. Oak Park (3) (8-1) 48
2. Walled Lake Western (2) (8-1) 47
3. Detroit King (7-2) 38
4. Muskegon Mona Shores (7-2) 28
5. Battle Creek Lakeview (9-0) 24
6. Birmingham Groves (7-2) 23
7. Traverse City Central (8-1) 14
8. Fenton (8-1) 13
9. North Farmington (9-0) 8
(tie) South Lyon (8-1) 8
(tie) Midland (8-1) 8
Others receiving votes: Livonia Franklin 7. Grosse Pointe South 6. Port Huron Northern 1.

Division 3
1. Muskegon (5) (9-0) 50
2. Edwardsburg (9-0) 44
3. Byron Center (9-0) 38
(tie) Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (8-1) 38
5. River Rouge (8-1) 28
6. Chelsea (9-0) 27
7. Zeeland West (8-1) 20
8. Mason (9-0) 13
9. Mount Pleasant (7-2) 6
(tie) Cedar Springs (8-1) 6
Others receiving votes: Coldwater 4. Grand Rapids Christian 1.

Division 4
1. Detroit Country Day (6) (9-0) 60
2. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (8-1) 49
2. Muskegon Orchard View (9-0) 49
4. Milan (9-0) 39
(tie) Paw Paw (8-1) 39
6. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (8-1) 31
7. Sparta (8-1) 23
8. Flint Powers (7-2) 17
9. St. Clair (8-1) 16
10. Goodrich (7-2) 5
Others receiving votes: Escanaba 1. Ortonville Brandon 1.

Division 5
1. Muskegon Oakridge (4) (9-0) 40
2. Kingsley (9-0) 36
3. Marine City (9-0) 31
4. Lansing Catholic (8-1) 26
5. Almont (9-0) 19
5. Frankenmuth (8-1) 19
7. Hillsdale (9-0) 18
8. Portland (7-2) 9
9. Hopkins (8-1) 7
(tie) Berrien Springs (9-0) 7
Others receiving votes: Olivet 5. Montague 3.

Division 6
1. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (4) (8-1) 40
2. Brandywine (9-0) 32
(tie) Ithaca (8-1) 32
4. Montrose (8-1) 30
5. Maple City Glen Lake (8-1) 23
6. Ravenna (7-2) 22
7. Grass Lake (8-1) 17
8. Hemlock (7-2) 10
9. Warren Michigan Collegiate (8-1) 8
10. Calumet (8-1) 5
Others receiving votes: Muskegon Catholic Central 1.

Division 7
1. New Lothrop (2) (9-0) 37
2. Pewamo-Westphalia (1) (9-0) 35
(tie) Jackson Lumen Christi (1) (8-0) 35
4. Clinton (8-0) 27
5. Cassopolis (9-0) 21
(tie) Iron Mountain (9-0) 21
7. Schoolcraft (8-1) 11
8. Beaverton (9-0) 10
9. Lawton (9-0) 6
(tie) Riverview Gabriel Richard (7-2) 6
Others receiving votes: Cass City 4. Traverse City St. Francis 3. Detroit Central 2. Centreville 1. Oscoda 1.

Division 8
1. Reading (3) (8-1) 39
2. Harbor Beach (1) (9-0) 37
3. Johannesburg-Lewiston (9-0) 30
4. Breckenridge (8-1) 27
5. Adrian Lenawee Christian (8-1) 23
6. Clarkston Everest Catholic (8-0) 21
7. Fowler (8-1) 18
8. Mendon (7-2) 11
9. White Pigeon (7-2) 8

10. Ubly (7-2) 5
Others receiving votes: Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 1.

Division 8 Player
1. Powers North Central (6) (9-0) 68
2. Colon (1) (9-0) 61
3. Pickford (8-1) 50
4. Deckerville (9-0) 49
5. Morrice (8-1) 19
Others receiving votes: Crystal Falls Forest Park 14. Portland St Patrick 7. Climax-Scotts 6. 13, Martin 6.

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