Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 9/24/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, September 24, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 7, Chicago White Sox 4
Milwaukee Brewers 4, Chicago Cubs 1

Tigers 7, White Sox 4 – Verlander up to 99 mph in 7th as Tigers beat White Sox 7-4
Justin Verlander hit 99 mph in evading a bases-loaded jam during his final inning, and Victor Martinez hit his 200th career home run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday. Verlander (4-8) threw five straight fastballs 98-99 mph in striking out Geovany Soto to end the seventh inning and exited with a four-run lead. He allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Melky Cabrera’s 100th career home run, a two-run shot in the fourth, accounted for the first two White Sox runs off Verlander. The Tigers scored six runs off Frankie Montas (0-1) in his first career start. They scored twice in the first on Martinez’s 11th home run, then added four more runs in the third _ two of them scoring on J.D. Martinez’s bases-loaded ground-rule double that gave him 98 RBIs for the season.

Brewers 4, Cubs 1 – Cubs can’t muster offense in 4-1 loss to Brewers
Zach Davies allowed two hits over six innings and Martin Maldonado drove in two runs to lead Milwaukee to a 4-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night, snapping the Brewers’ nine-game losing streak to the Cubs. Jorge Soler homered for the Cubs, who lost for the second time in nine games and finished with three hits total. Davies (2-2) allowed two singles in the second inning, walked one and struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth and picked up his 35th save in 37 opportunities. Luis Sardinas gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead with an RBI single just out of the reach of a diving Kris Bryant at third base. The Brewers took a 3-0 lead in the seventh when Khris Davis followed Adam Lind’s double with an RBI single. Two walks by reliever Justin Grimm loaded the bases and Maldonado hit a sacrifice fly. Maldonado had an RBI single in the ninth.

Tonight
Chicago White Sox (Sale 12-10) at N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 11-8), 7:05 p.m.
Tigers and Cubs are off (Cubs host Pirates on Friday, Tigers host Twins starting Friday)

MLB – Maddon brings cheetah for pregame visit to Wrigley Field
For a second straight day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon turned Wrigley Field into an animal kingdom, bringing a cheetah to the park prior to Chicago’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.  Bibi the cheetah, visiting from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, appeared at Wrigley a day after a pink flamingo, a sloth, a penguin and a snow leopard were brought in. Players like star rookie third baseman Kris Bryant and first baseman Anthony Rizzo posed for selfies with Bibi on the field, quickly adding the photos to their social media channels. Bibi sat patiently and purred contently on the field as players snapped photos. Maddon, who once brought a 20-foot python into the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse while managing there, said pregame events like Wednesday’s help because “this time of the year, things tend to get a little uptight” and that “these little sojourns from the normal I think are good for everybody.”

NFL – National Football League – Week 3
Tonight
Washington Redskins at New York Giants, 8:25 p.m.                    WSJM-AM 7:45

NFL – Lions QB Stafford proud he has proven he can play banged up
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has already taken a beating this season. And, he keeps getting up to take another snap. Stafford says he takes pride in his ability to stay on the field after there were doubts about his durability early in his career. His 68-game starting streak, including two playoff games, over four-plus years might be in jeopardy. Stafford needed X-rays on his chest and ribs after getting roughed up in Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. In the season-opening loss at San Diego, he hurt his right arm. The No. 1 pick from the 2009 NFL draft says he will lean on advice from doctors about whether to play Sunday night at home against the Denver Broncos.

NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 1 – Tomas Tatar scores 3 goals, Red Wings beat Blackhawks 4-1
Tomas Tatar scored three goals in the Detroit Red Wings’ 4-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit. Brad Richards had three assists, and Jakub Kindl and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists. Petr Mrazek made 16 saves in first 29:23, and Jared Coreau stopped 14 of 15 shots in final 30:37. Andrew Shaw for Chicago. Corey Crawford made seven saves in 30 minutes, and Michael Leighton allowed two goals on 16 shots the rest of the way. Red Wings great Gordie Howe attended the game.

NHL – Patrick Kane accuser’s lawyer says evidence left on doorstep
The lawyer for a woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane says an empty evidence bag was improperly left in the doorway of the woman’s mother’s home. Thomas Eoannou (ee-WAHN’-oo) said Wednesday that the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted. Eoannou wants the FBI or state police to probe how the bag left the custody of investigators. Eoannou says it’s not clear how the bag got to the mother’s home or what effect it may have on the investigation. He says the mother made the bizarre discovery when she came home from work for lunch on Tuesday. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita did not immediately return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press. Police have been investigating Kane since early August. He has not been
charged.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 3)
Last Night
New York Liberty 84, Indiana Fever 67                                        (NY Leads 1-0)

Liberty 84, Fever 67 – New York routs Indiana 84-67 in conference final opener
Tina Charles had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead the New York Liberty to an 84-67 victory over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night. Epiphanny Prince had 17 points against Indiana. Kiah Stokes scored a career-best 21 points. Game 2 is Sunday in Indianapolis.

WNBA – AP Source: Seattle’s Jewell Loyd is WNBA rookie of the year
A person close to the situation says Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd has won the WNBA rookie of the year award. Loyd was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft in April after forgoing her senior year at Notre Dame. She averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Storm and is the 10th No. 1 pick to win the award.

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Jones remains starting quarterback for top-ranked Ohio State
Cardale Jones will remain top-ranked Ohio State’s quarterback Saturday against Western Michigan. Coach Urban Meyer announced the decision following practice Wednesday, two days after hinting he was considering starting J.T. Barret. Jones was pulled in the second quarter of a 20-13 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday after throwing two interceptions. Jones led Ohio State to the national championship last season and started the first three games this season.  Barrett was 11-1 last season starting for injured two-time Big Ten player of the year Braxton Miller before breaking his ankle in the regular-season finale against Michigan. Jones replaced Barrett and led Ohio State (3-0) to victories over Wisconsin in the conference title game, Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals and Oregon to the championship game.

Texas HS Football – Principal: Coach told players to hit ref
A high school principal in Texas says the school’s assistant football coach has acknowledged directing two players to a hit a referee during a game earlier this month. In an internal school district statement first reported by ESPN, John Jay High School Principal Robert Harris says assistant coach Mack Breed told him he asked the students to hit the referee because the ref had used racial slurs and missed calls. Referee Robert Watts has denied using any slurs. Breed remains suspended from the district. He did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Cassopolis 5, Lake Michigan Catholic 3
New Buffalo 3, Michigan Lutheran 1
Three Rivers 2, Dowagiac 1
Edwardsburg 3, Otsego 2
Plainwell 8, South Haven 0
Paw Paw 2, Sturgis 0
Berrien Springs 7, Buchanan 1
Bridgman 8, Comstock 0
Hartford 8, Lawton 0
Allegan 7, Vicksburg 1
Bloomingdale 2, Fennville 1

Girls Volleyball
Niles 3, Benton Harbor 0
St. Joseph 3, Portage Northern 1
Portage Central 3, Lakeshore 0
Mattawan 3, Gull Lake 0
Buchanan 3, Bridgman 0
Bronson 3, Mendon 0
Centreville 3, New Buffalo 0
Brandywine 3, Berrien Springs 0

Boys Tennis
Allegan 8, Paw Paw 0
Brandywine 5, Bridgman 3
Buchanan 4, Bronson 4 – TIE

Cross Country
SMAC West at St. Joseph (Riverview Park)
Boys
1.       Portage Central               20
2.       Portage Northern             43
3.       St. Joseph                        80
4.       Niles                               117
5.       Lakeshore                        144

Top area finishers (Top 20)
7.       Kurt Egelhaaf (SJ)           17:17
15.     Zhane Arthur (SJ)            18:02
17.     Devonte Gaskill (NIL)      18:08
20.     Will Lage (SJ)                  18:25

Girls
1.       Portage Northern             38
2.       St. Joseph                        39
3.       Portage Central               45
4.       Lakeshore                        126
5.       Niles                               132

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St. Joe’s Anna Fischer wins the SMAC Meet at St. Joe with a time of 18:59

Top area finishers (Top 20)
1.       Anna Fischer (SJ)             18:59
4.       Kaitlin Newton (SJ)         19:32
8.       Vanessa Veersma (SJ)       20:59
11.     Abigail Tschetter (SJ)      21:05
15.     Maddy Estkowski (SJ)      21:11
18.     Taylor Altergott (NIL)     21:34
20.     Mary Ollis (LKSH)           21:46

Tonight
Boys Soccer
Niles at St. Joseph, 6:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at Portage Central, 6:45 p.m.
Gull Lake at Mattawan, 6:45 p.m.
Vicksburg at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:45 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Covert, 5:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Watervliet Grace Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
St. Joseph at Allegan, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Paw Paw at South Haven, 6:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at Three Rivers, 5:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Countryside Academy, 7:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
River Valley at Watervliet Grace Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Gobles at Hartford, 5:00 p.m.
Constantine at Marcellus, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Schoolcraft, 5:00 p.m.