Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 10/1/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, October 01, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Texas Rangers 6, Detroit Tigers 2
Kansas City Royals 5, Chicago White Sox 3 – 10 innings
Chicago Cubs 10, Cincinnati Reds 3

Rangers 6, Tigers 2 – AL West-leading Rangers win again, 6-2 over Tigers
Adrian Beltre hit the first of three Texas home runs as the AL West-leading Rangers moved closer to a postseason berth with a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. Robinson Chirinos and Mike Napoli also went deep for the Rangers (86-72), who open a four-game series at home Thursday against the Angels. Los Angeles lost 8-7 Wednesday against Oakland to fall three games back in the division. Houston, with the same 83-75 record as the Angels, played at Seattle later Wednesday night. Yovani Gallardo (13-11) allowed nine hits over 5 1-3 innings, but gave up only two runs to win for the first time in his last four starts. The right-hander struck out five and walked one. Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd (1-6) allowed all three Texas homers while giving up seven hits in 2 2-3 innings.

Royals 5, White Sox 3 – F/10 – Hosmer, Royals beat White Sox 5-3 in 10 innings
Eric Hosmer hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Wednesday night to clinch home-field advantage in an AL Division Series. Ben Zobrist singled with one out, and Hosmer drove a pitch from David Robertson (6-5) into the bullpen in right field to give the Royals the lead. For Hosmer, it was his 18th homer of the season. Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas also homered for Kansas City, which had already clinched the AL Central title. They will host the first two games of their ALDS, and a Game 5 if necessary. Combined with Toronto splitting its doubleheader in Baltimore, the Royals pulled within a game of the Blue Jays for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. Toronto did win the season series, giving it the tiebreaker over the Royals.

Cubs 10, Reds 3 – Jackson drives in 5; Cubs beat Reds 10-3
Austin Jackson drove in a career-high five runs and Jon Lester set a Chicago season record for strikeouts by a left-handed pitcher, leading the playoff-bound Cubs to a 10-3 victory over the last-place Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, their fourth straight win. The Cubs will play the Pirates in next week’s NL wild-card game, as St. Louis clinched the NL Central Wednesday. Lester’s strikeout of Ivan De Jesus Jr. in the fifth inning was his 203rd of the season, snapping the franchise record for a left-hander set by Ken Holtzman in 1970. Lester (11-12) finished with nine strikeouts and retired the last 20 batters he faced. The Reds lost their 11th straight, equaling their longest losing streak since dropping 12 straight in 1993. Starlin Castro homered and had four hits for Chicago.     Anthony DeSclafani (9-13) allowed five runs in five innings.

Today
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 9-7) at Cincinnati (Jo.Lamb 1-4), 12:35 p.m.
Kansas City (Medlen 5-2) at Chicago White Sox (Joh.Danks 7-14), 8:10 p.m.
Tigers are off (Open a three game series at the White sox on Friday)

MLB – Judge dismisses rooftop clubs’ lawsuit against Chicago Cubs
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Chicago Cubs by rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall dismissed the nine counts in the lawsuit Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in January by Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, saying a right-field video board would block their views into the stadium and violate a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement with the Cubs. The contract includes allowing “any expansion of Wrigley Field approved by governmental authorities.” Kendall said the video board fit the definition of expansion, but the rooftop clubs had argued that it refers only to added seating. A preliminary injunction request to halt construction on the right-field video board was denied in April. Wrigley Field now has video boards in left and right field.

NFL – National Football League – Week 4
Last Night
Baltimore Raven at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:25 p.m.             WSJM-AM, 7:45
NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 7, Pittsburgh Penguins 2

Red Wings 7, Penguins 2 – Athanasiov Leads Red Wings Past Penguins
Andreas Athanasiov scored two goals and Petr Mrazek made 36 saves in the Detroit Red Wings’ 7-2 victory over the Penguins. Athanasiov, Dylan Larkin and Brendan Smith scored first-period goals, Riley Sheahan and Justin Abdelkader connected in the second, and Athanasiov and Anthony Mantha in the third. Daniel Sprong and Beau Bennett scored for Pittsburgh.  Jeff Zatkoff allowed all seven Detroit goals on 22 shots.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketballb – Michigan State forward Goins has sports hernia surgery
Michigan State redshirt freshman forward Kenny Goins is expected to miss six weeks due to a sports hernia injury. The school says Wednesday in a release that surgery to repair the hernia was successful. The 6-foot-6 Goins joined the Spartans as a walk-on before the 2014-15 season. Goins is from Troy in suburban Detroit.

NCAA – Chalk one up for the NCAA
A federal appeals court in San Francisco says the NCAA does not have to allow schools to pay players up to $5,000. As part of the same ruling the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the NCAA’s use of college athletes’ names, images and likenesses in video games and TV broadcasts violated antitrust laws. The NCAA had appealed U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s 2014 decision to allow players in the top division of college football and in Division I men’s basketball to be paid. The money would have been put in a trust fund and given to them when they left school. The Appeals Court said the NCAA could not stop schools from providing full scholarships to student athletes but vacated a proposal for deferred cash payments.

NBA – Bulls star Derrick Rose has surgery, no timetable on return
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose had surgery to repair his left eye socket Wednesday, a day after being elbowed in the face. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the operation to repair a left orbital fracture “went as expected.” He would not put a timetable on Rose’s return or rule him out for the opener Oct. 27 against Cleveland. Hoiberg says the 2011 NBA MVP was elbowed in the face by one of the team’s big men after making a “great baseline drive” and passing to the corner. A spokeswoman at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where Rose had the operation, referred questions to the team. Dr. Nicholas Volpe is chairman of ophthalmology at Northwestern Medicine. He is not handling the case, but predicted Rose could be back within 2-4 weeks.

NASCAR – NASCAR champion Stewart will retire after 2016 season
Tony Stewart says he will retire following the 2016 season. The three-time NASCAR champion announced his decision Wednesday at the team shop in North Carolina, saying “next year will be my last year in the Sprint Cup Series.” He said it was “100 percent” his choice. His planned departure is not a surprise. Stewart will be 45 next season, hasn’t won a race in over two years and has been privately working on finding a successor for the No. 14 Chevrolet all year. The last three years have been trying for Stewart. He struck and killed a sprint car driver during a 2014 event in New York. He also missed the final third of the 2013 season with a broken leg suffered in a sprint car crash.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Women’s Soccer
Lake Michigan College 4, Ancilla College 2

Tonight
Men’s Soccer
College of DuPage at Lake Michigan College, 4:00 p.m.
MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Volleyball
Lakeshore 3, St. Joseph 2
Portage Central 3, Benton Harbor 0
Niles 3, Portage Northern 0
Mattawan 3, Battle Creek Lakeview 0
Brandywine 3, Parchment 1

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph 6, Portage Northern 2
Bridgman 5, South Haven 3
Edwardsburg 5, Niles 3
Allegan 4, Zeeland East 4 – TIE

Boys Soccer
Edwardsburg 3, Dowagiac 0
Coloma 9, Lawton 1
Three Rivers 2, Otsego 2 – TIE
Sturgis 1, Vicksburg 1 – TIE
Hartford 8, Marcellus 0
Bridgman 5, Brandywine 1

Girls Golf
SMAC Meet at Gull Lake

Place Team

Final

Place Player

School

Score

1

St. Joseph

338

1

Yuna Yang (Medalist)

SJ

77

2

Richland Gull Lake

369

2

Cailey Rooker

SJ

83

3

Portage Northern

379

3

Morgan Janke-Wolff

PN

84

4

Stevensville Lakeshore

389

4

Jenna VandenBerg

GL

87

5

Battle Creek Lakeview

408

5

Maddie Wright

SJ

88

6

Portage Central

429

6

Taylor Ramage

GL

88

7

Mattawan

469

7

Claire Stebbins

SJ

90

8

Niles

499

8

Maddie Yorke

BCL

90

9

Kalamazoo Central

550

9

Katie Schmidt

SJ

92

10

Battle Creek Central

11

Benton Harbor

12

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Tonight
Boys Soccer
Lakeshore at Battle Creek Central, 6:45 p.m.
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:45 p.m.
Niles at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:45 p.m.
Portage Central at Gull Lake, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Howardsville Chr. 5:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Watervliet Grace Chr. 5:00 p.m.
South Haven at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Otsego at Hamilton, 5:45 p.m.
Cassopolis at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.
Granger Christian at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
River Valley at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Sturgis, 5:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Paw Paw, 5:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Berrien Springs, 6:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet Grace at Howardsville Chr. 7:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Hartford, 6:00 p.m.