Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 6/11/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, June 11, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago Cubs 12, Detroit Tigers 3
Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 1

Cubs 12, Tigers 3 – Coghlan, Montero homer as Cubs pound Tigers 12-3
Chris Coghlan and Miguel Montero each hit a three-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs pounded the Detroit Tigers 12-3 on Wednesday night. Jake Arrieta (6-4) shut out the Tigers until Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run shot of his own in the sixth. The Cubs led 6-0 before that, and Chicago added six more runs in the seventh. Shane Greene (4-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings, another poor outing for the right-hander who looked so sharp at the beginning of the season. Greene allowed one earned run over his first three starts for the Tigers. Since then, he’s posted an 8.60 ERA. Arrieta gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings

White Sox 4, Astros 1 – Quintana, White Sox send Astros to 7th straight loss
Geovany Soto hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, leading Jose Quintana and the Chicago White Sox over Houston 4-1 Wednesday night and handing the Astros their seventh straight loss. George Springer went 5 for 5 for the AL West-leading Astros. Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche also homered for Chicago. Quintana and Astros rookie Vincent Velasquez combined for the third pitchers’ duel of the series. Quintana (3-6) earned his first win since May 13, allowing one run and six hits in seven innings. David Robertson got his 13th save in 16 tries.

Tonight
Cincinnati (Lorenzen 1-1) at Chicago Cubs (Wada 0-1), 8:05 p.m.
White Sox at Tigers are off (Sox at Tampa Friday-Sunday, Tigers host Cleveland Friday-Sunday)

MLB – Maddon discusses fan safety, extending protective screen
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he prefers his grandchildren sit behind the protective screen when they’re at games. Major League Baseball has said it will re-evaluate fan safety at stadiums after a woman at Fenway Park was hit in the head by a broken bat last week. Tonya Carpenter was injured while sitting in one of the first few rows between home plate and the third base dugout, an area where fans are not protected by netting. “I’m certain that there’s going to be something done, absolutely,” Maddon said. “I don’t want my kids sitting there, I know that. When my kids are in the ballpark, my grandkids, I definitely want them behind the net.”

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 1                              (Series Tied 2-2)

Game 4: Blackhawks 2, Lightning 1 – Chicago beats Tampa 2-1, evens Final at 2-2
Corey Crawford turned back 24 shots and Brandon Saad (sahd) scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay 2-1 to even the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece. Crawford helped the Blackhawks kill off four power plays and blanked the Lightning after Alex Killorn tied the game midway through the second period. Jonathan Toews also scored for the Hawks. Tampa Bay Lightning were without No. 1 goaltender Ben Bishop for Game 4. Bishop appeared to be dealing with some sort of groin or leg injury while making 36 saves in Tampa Bay’s 3-2 victory on in Game 3 on Monday night. The team says Bishop is day to day with an undisclosed injury.  Game 5 on Saturday in Tampa

NHL – Commission OKs hotel demolition for Detroit hockey arena
A Detroit commission has approved plans to tear down a vacant historic hotel as part of construction of a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena north of downtown. The Detroit Historic District Commission voted 3-1 Wednesday in favor of razing the Park Avenue Hotel, which was built in the 1920s. Olympia Development of Michigan has said demolition of the hotel is needed in order to build a high-capacity loading bay for the arena. Olympia Development is owned by Red Wings’ owners Mike and Marian Illitch. City Council members approved rezoning property for the arena project in April. The $450 million arena with 20,000 seats is expected to open in 2017. The Red Wings currently play at Joe Louis Arena, which opened in 1979.

NHL – Gordie Howe’s son says hockey great had more treatment
Gordie Howe’s son Murray says the hockey legend is “comfortable and happy” and recently had more stem cell therapy in Mexico. Gordie Howe has been recovering from a stroke he had last year. Murray says his father is still participating in a clinical trial where stem cells are being used. Murray said he’d like to wait until the first phase of that clinical trial is complete before providing more updates. He says his father can still walk and do things he enjoys, and he still has his sense of humor.

NHL – Coyotes lease dissolved
Quebec City has spent the last two decades looking for a way to bring the NHL back to its city. It may have one. The Glendale City Council has put the future of the Arizona Coyotes in doubt by voting 5-2 to end the team’s 15-year, $225 million lease agreement signed by the city and the club’s owners in 2013. Members who voted in favor of dissolving the deal cited a state statute that allows an agency to cancel a contract if an employee directly involved with the agreement becomes an employee or agent to the other party. At issue was the Coyotes’ hiring of former city attorney Craig Tindall as general counsel in 2013. The city of Glendale issued a statement before the meeting that it would be open to renegotiating the arena deal, a proposal the Coyotes flatly refused.   Team owners who spoke at the City Council meeting said the team will file a lawsuit against the city for damages in the amount of $200 million, and look for an injunction to allow the team to continue to play in Glendale while the matter will be litigated in court.

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Tonight
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9:00 p.m.            (CLE Leads 2-1)

NBA – Game 4 Preview
Matthew Dellavedova spoke with the media on Wednesday, just a few hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers guard was hospitalized with dehydration. Dellavedova cramped up after Tuesday’s 96-91 victory over Golden State and was hospitalized after receiving IV treatment at Quicken Loans Arena. He said he’s ready to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.   Golden State forward Draymond Green is battling back spasms but is expected to play in Game 4. Coach Steve Kerr says Green is getting treatment and will be evaluated each day, but “should be OK” for tonight’s game.

FIFA – 2015 Women’s World Cup
Today – Group A
Ivory Coast vs. Thailand, 7:00 p.m.
Canada vs. New Zealand, 9:00 p.m.

Today – Group B
Germany vs. Norway, 4:00 p.m.
Netherland vs. China, 6:00 p.m.

Today
No games today

FIFA – International Friendley
Yesterday
United States 2, Germany 1

USA 2, Germany 1 – Wood’s 87th-minute goal lifts US to 2-1 win at Germany
Bobby Wood scored a late goal for the second time in six days to lead the U.S. men’s soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over World Cup champion Germany in a friendly at Cologne. Wood entered in the 74th minute and fired a 23-yard blast that found the net in the 87th minute. He also scored in the 90th minute to lead the U.S. past the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday.

FIFA – World Cup bidding halted
FIFA has suspended the 2026 World Cup bidding process amid a widening corruption scandal implicating previous bid contests. FIFA planned to write to its 209 member federations this week to explain the bidding timetable and rules. The 2026 host is expected to be chosen by the 209 members at their May 2017 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Potential bidders include the United States, Mexico, Canada and countries from Europe.

Horse Racing – Monmouth or Saratoga next step for Triple Crown winner
Bob Baffert’s phone is ringing with calls from racetracks eager to have the trainer bring Triple Crown winner American Pharoah to their places. It appears the early leaders in the sweepstakes are Monmouth Park in New Jersey and Saratoga in upstate New York. In an interview with The Associated Press, Baffert singled out the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth and the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 1 as the likeliest options for the colt’s next race.

Olympics – Baseball, Softball submit proposal for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The World Baseball Softball Confederation has submitted an official proposal to Tokyo organizers for the addition of men’s baseball and women’s softball at the 2020 Games. Baseball and softball were dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics but are considered favorites to return for the Tokyo Games because of their popularity in Japan and the availability of existing facilities. Several other sports, including karate and squash, are also vying to be included on the program. The final decision on which new sports will be added to the program will be made in August 2016. Under the IOC’s “Olympic Agenda 2020” reforms approved in December, host cities can propose the addition of one or more sports for their games.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Burlington 6, South Bend 4
Great Lakes 2, Cedar Rapids 1
West Michigan 5, Peoria 2, 7 innings
Lansing 12, Quad Cities 5

Today
South Bend at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.
Great Lakes at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m.
Lansing at Quad Cities, 8 p.m.
West Michigan at Peoria, 8 p.m.

MHSAA – Midwest Family Broadcasting Students and Coaches of the year announced
The Van Buren/Cass County and the Berrien County students and coaches of the year were announced yesterday at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center.   For Van Buren/Cass County.  Lawrence High School Football coach Cody Caswell, who led the Tigers to the 8-Man Division State Championship was named the Van Buren/Cass County Coach of the Year.    The Van Buren/Cass Co-Male athletes of the year were Lawrence teammates Matt Cammire and Derek Gribler.  Both played on the Lawrence football, basketball, baseball, and track teams.  Decatur’s Lexi Cerven (servin) was the Van Buren/Cass female athlete of the year, she was on the Raiders volleyball, basketball, softball, and powerlifting teams.  For Berrien County, Benton Harbor girls basketball coach Lisa Harvy-Gondrezick was the coach of the year.  Gondrezick’s Lady Tigers made it to the Class B Final Four.    Andrew Duckett of Brandywine football, basketball, and track was Berrien County’s Male Athlete of the Year.  Lakeshore soccer and basketball standout Carley Dubbert (doo-bert) was named as Berrien County’s Female Athlete of the Year.

MHSAA – High School Sports – Baseball/Softball Semifinals
Today
Baseball
Division 1 at Michigan State University
Portage Northern vs. Grosse Pointe South, 11:30 a.m.

Division 2 at Michigan State University
Vicksburg vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, 5:00 p.m.

Softball
Division 1 at Michigan State University
Mattawan vs. Warren Regina, 5:30 p.m.