Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 9/15/16

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 15, 2016

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 9, Minnesota Twins 6
Chicago White Sox 8, Cleveland Indians 1
Chicago Cubs 7, St. Louis Cardinals 0

Tigers 9, Twins 6 – Cabrera’s late homer leads Tigers to key 9-6 win over Twins
Miguel Cabrera’s homer broke a seventh-inning tie, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a crucial 9-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. The Tigers trailed 5-2 in the fourth inning, but came from behind to pull one game behind Toronto for the second AL wild card. Ian Kinsler had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle, and drove in three runs while scoring two. Brian Dozier and Kurt Suzuki homered for the Twins. Both starting pitchers made early exits. Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, while Anibal Sanchez gave up six in four-plus. Shane Greene (5-4) got the win, while Ryan Pressly (6-7) took the loss after surrendering Cabrera’s homer. Bruce Rondon pitched the eighth for Detroit, while Francisco Rodriguez put up a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.

Indians 6, White Sox 1 – Tomlin, Crisp lead Indians over White Sox 6-1
Josh Tomlin pitched five effective innings in his return to the Indians rotation, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to break the game open and Cleveland defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Wednesday night to remain six games ahead of Detroit in the AL Central. Tomlin (12-8) allowed one run on four hits and walked none as he ended a personal five-game losing streak that led to the right-hander being demoted to the bullpen after his last start on August 30th. Jose Ramirez had two hits, including a triple that drove in two runs in a three-run third inning, and scored two runs. Brandon Guyer and Rajai Davis had two hits each. Crisp, who also doubled, went deep to left with none out in the sixth to chase Carlos Rodon (7-9) who allowed six runs to match his season high and lost for the first time since July 31st.

Cubs 7, Cardinals 0 – Rizzo’s 2 HRs help Cubs beat Cardinals, clinch playoff spot
Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of home runs and Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch at least a wild-card playoff berth.  The Cubs improved their MLB-best record to 93-52 and their magic number is one to clinch their first National League Central title since 2008. Chicago secured a playoff berth because St. Louis and San Francisco are the only teams that could pass them in the standings, but since those teams open a four-game series on Thursday both teams wouldn’t be able to do so. The Cardinals began the day a half-game behind the New York Mets and a full game behind the Giants for one of the two wild-card spots. Lester (17-4) allowed four base runners, none of which got past first. Cubs catcher David Ross threw out two Cardinals trying to steal second and Lester faced just two batters over the minimum. St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (14-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings.
 
Yesterday
Minnesota (Santiago 11-8) at Detroit (Pelfrey 4-9), 1:10 p.m.     WSJM Sports/WCSY-FM 12:45
Cleveland (Clevinger 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Shields 5-17), 2:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Nelson 7-14) at Chicago Cubs (Montgomery 4-5), 8:05 p.m.

NBA – AP Exclusive: Accuser in Derrick Rose rape case has a secret
A woman who accuses NBA star Derrick Rose of raping her says not even her parents or brothers and sisters know about her claim or the lawsuit she is pursuing. The woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe in court filings, tells The Associated Press in her first media interview that it is critical her identity remain a secret so she can maintain her relationship with her religiously conservative family. The 30-year-old woman claims Rose and two of his friends raped her in her apartment after a night of drinking in August 2013. She had dated Rose for nearly two years, and his lawyer says the sex was consensual and her lawsuit is a money grab. The case is scheduled to go to trial in Los Angeles on October 4th. The trial date coincides with Rose’s 28th birthday and comes as his new team, the New York Knicks, will be underway in the preseason.

NFL – National Football League – Week 2
Tonight
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills, 8:25 p.m.                WSJM Sports 8:00

NFL – Lions potentially have versatile, dynamic duo in backfield
A year after having the NFL’s worst running game, the Detroit Lions look as if they potentially have a dynamic duo in the backfield. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick combined for 120 yards receiving and 108 yards rushing in the Lions’ season-opening 39-35 victory at Indianapolis. Detroit was determined to establish its improved ground game early against the Colts, including on the opening drive that was capped by Riddick’s 21-yard touchdown run. And late in the game, the coaches didn’t abandon that part of the game plan as they called running plays to set up Riddick’s second score on a 13-yard reception. The Lions had a one-dimensional offense last season, relying on Matthew Stafford’s arm, a receiving group led by Calvin Johnson and Riddick’s pass-receiving skills. Detroit averaged an NFL-low 83.4 yards rushing per game, gaining just 3.8 yards per rushing attempt. Abdullah approached that average by himself in Week 1, running for 63 yards on 12 carries. Riddick had seven carries _ matching a career high _ for 45 yards and a score against the Colts.

NFL – Titans coach: Mariota will learn quickly from his turnovers
Titans coach Mike Mularkey believes Marcus Mariota got a very important reminder that taking a sack is much better than turning the ball over. Mariota’s second NFL season started much differently than his first with two crucial turnovers returned for touchdowns, and now the quarterback taken second overall in the 2015 draft has to show he can make better decisions with the ball when Tennessee visits Detroit on Sunday.

NCAA Football – College Football
Tonight
(6) Houston at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA – ACC to relocate athletic championships from North Carolina
The Atlantic Coast Conference has followed the NCAA’s lead and is removing all its athletic championships from North Carolina over a state law that some say can lead to discrimination against LGBT people. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league’s championships until North Carolina repeals the law. The decision includes all championship this academic school year, which means relocating the ACC football title game that was scheduled to be played in Charlotte in December. On Monday, the NCAA said it was relocating seven of its championships scheduled to be played in the state, including the men’s basketball first- and second-round matchups scheduled for next March in Greensboro, North Carolina. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said after the NCAA’s decision that his league would review its next steps.

NHL – NHL adding more concussion spotters for this season
The NHL is revamping its concussion monitoring system for the upcoming season. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the league will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either Toronto or New York, as well as spotters at each game to check for visible symptoms. Those spotters will have the authority to have players removed from games. Previously, there had been team-affiliated concussion spotters in each arena and they could recommend but not require players be removed from a game.  Daly says the new concussion policy goes into effect for the eight-team World Cup of Hockey, which begins Saturday in Toronto, and that the NHL will release more details closer to the start of the regular season.

WADA says Russian hackers have struck again
The World Anti-Doping Agency says a group of Russian “cyber-hackers” called Fancy Bears have leaked another batch of confidential athletes’ information from its database. It said the targeted athletes included 10 from the United States, five from Germany, five from Britain, and one each from Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russia. It did not identify the athletes. On Tuesday, confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked and posted online.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Dowagiac 4, South Haven 0
Paw Paw 2, Plainwell 1
Edwardsburg 3, Vicksburg 0
Sturgis 3, Otsego 2
Allegan 8, Three Rivers 1
Bridgman 8, Buchanan 0
Kalamazoo Hackett 15, Gobles 0
Hartford 3, Coloma 1 – 2 OT
Lawton 8, Marcellus 0
Gull Lake 6, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Fennville 8, Bangor 1

Girls Volleyball
Kalamazoo Central 3, St. Joseph 0
Mattawan 3, Lakeshore 2
Michigan Lutheran 3, Countryside Academy 0
Lake Michigan Catholic 3, River Valley 0
Parchment 3, Berrien Springs 0
Niles 3, Battle Creek Lakeview 0
Bridgman 3, Brandywine 2
Buchanan 3, Comstock 0

Tonight
Football
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer
St. Joseph at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Niles at Portage Northern, 6:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Battle Creek Lakeview, 6:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central, 6:45 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Allegan, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Covenant Christian at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Three Rivers at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Berrien Springs, 5:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Barry County Christian at Howardsville Christian, 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Lake Michigan Catholic at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Allegan, 6:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at South Haven, 6:30 p.m.
Sturgis at Three Rivers, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Decatur, 7:00 p.m.