Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 10/21/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports      wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NFL – National Football League – Week 7
Last Night
Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Houston Texans 23

Steelers 30, Texans 23 – Steelers beat Texans
The Pittsburgh Steelers scored three touchdowns over the final 87 seconds of the first half and pulled out a 30-23 win over Houston to improve to 4-3. The Steelers took advantage of two Houston turnovers while Ben Roethlisberger sandwiched two scoring passes around receiver Antonio Brown’s option pass for a TD. Ryan Fitzpatrick had 262 passing yards for the Texans, who led 13-0 in the second quarter before falling to 3-4.

NFL – Bears a mess after another home loss
If the Chicago Bears are coming apart as a team within the locker room, it’s news to coach Marc Trestman. An emotional postgame locker room scene following Sunday’s 27-14 loss to Miami featured players yelling and wide receiver Brandon Marshall calling the 3-4 start to the season “unacceptable.” That had the Bears coach on Monday calling the situation similar to what he’s seen in numerous other locker room situations. Some reports said the relationship between Marshall and quarterback Jay Cutler had been strained, while others said Marshall was yelling at kicker Robbie Gould, among others.

MLB – 2014 World Series
Game 1: San Francisco (Bumgarner 18-10) at Kansas City (Shields 14-8), 8:07 p.m.

MLB – 2014 World Series – Rest or rust? Royals, Giants set for World Series
Buster Posey and the San Francisco Giants zipped through the playoffs, Lorenzo Cain and the Kansas City Royals zoomed along. And then, they all got some time off. Almost an eternity, by October standards. When the World Series begins Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust? The Royals went 8-0 in the playoffs, giving them five off days before James Shields starts in Game 1. The Giants went 8-2 and had four days to relax before Madison Bumgarner pitches the opener. The clubs held workouts, studied video and checked out scouting reports. But as several teams that stumbled in the World Series after long breaks discovered, nothing can duplicate playing a real game.

MLB – Tigers hire former Pirates GM Littlefield as scout
The Detroit Tigers have hired former Pittsburgh general manager Dave Littlefield as a major league scout. The team announced the move Monday. Littlefield replaces Mike Russell. The 54-year-old Littlefield has spent more than 25 seasons in major league front offices. He recently wrapped up a seven-season stint as a major league scout for the Chicago Cubs. Before that, he spent seven seasons as the general manager of the Pirates. Littlefield was also an assistant general manager to Dave Dombrowski with the Florida Marlins. Dombrowski is now the GM of the Tigers.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings send Mrazek back to minors
The Detroit Red Wings have assigned goalie Petr Mrazek to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.  The Red Wings recalled Mrazek before Saturday night’s game against Toronto, but he didn’t play. He is 1-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average for the Griffins this season. Mrazek appeared in nine games for the Red Wings in 2013-14, posting a 1.74 GAA. Mrazek was on the bench when the Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in overtime on Saturday night.  Starting goalie Jimmy Howard was resting an injury so regular backup Jonas Gustavsson got the start.

NBA – National Basketball Association Preseason
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 107, Chicago Bulls 98

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98 – Irving scores 28 as Cavs beat Bulls 107-98
LeBron James was the star attraction but Kyrie Irving stole the show with 28 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-98 win against the Chicago Bulls in an exhibition game Monday night at Ohio State. Irving had 20 points in the second half. James had 18 points in 31 minutes in his first game in Columbus since rejoining the Cavaliers this summer from the Miami Heat. Derrick Rose led Chicago with 30 points. Chicago was without guard Jimmy Butler. His replacement in the starting lineup, Kirk Hinrich, had two points in 16 minutes.

NBA – Pistons waive Thabeet, 3 others
The Detroit Pistons have waived center Hasheem Thabeet, forward Brian Cook and guards Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown. The team announced the moves Monday. Detroit hosts Philadelphia on Thursday night in a preseason game. The Pistons open the regular season at Denver on Oct. 29.  Thabeet was the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft by Memphis, but the 7-foot-3 center has never averaged more than 3.1 points per game. He played 23 games for Oklahoma City last season.

NCAA – NCAA big holds firm on autographs
NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday there is no talk about allowing compensation for autographs and signed memorabilia. Emmert made his remarks at a luncheon with business leaders while Georgia running back Todd Gurley remains suspended due to a school investigation into possible violations of NCAA rules involving autographs and memorabilia. Florida State also is reviewing whether star quarterback Jameis Winston received improper benefits from a large number of autographs being sold online.

NCAA – Emmert says scholarship changes coming up
NCAA President Mark Emmert says sweeping changes in scholarship regulations could be in place as early as the next academic year. He also says there is no talk about allowing compensation for autographs and signed memorabilia. Emmert made his remarks at a luncheon on Monday. Georgia running back Todd Gurley is suspended while the school investigates possible violations of NCAA rules involving autographs and memorabilia, and Florida State is reviewing whether star quarterback Jameis Winston received improper benefits from a large number of autographs being sold online. Regarding regulations covering autographs and memorabilia, Emmert says “There’s not anyone talking about change in that rule right now. All of those things will be debated by all of the conferences and the member presidents going forward.”

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Volleyball
South Haven 3, Bridgman 0

Boys Soccer – Districts
Division 2 at Gull Lake: St. joseph vs. Mason, 5:00 p.m.
Division 3 at GR South Christian: Paw Paw vs. Lansing Catholic, 5:00 p.m. 
Division 4 at Lawton: Lake Michigan Catholic vs. Kalamazoo Hackett

Girls Volleyball
River Valley at Michigan Lutheran, 6:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Watervliet Grace Christian, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Central, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Bridgman/Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Plainwell, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Football Poll
Division 3
School                                                       Total Points
1. Zeeland West (5)                                        (8-0)   50
2. DeWitt                                                         (8-0)   45
3. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s                             (7-1)   40
4. St. Johns                                                      (7-1)   35
5. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern         (6-2)   24
6. Allen Park                                                   (7-1)   21
7. East Grand Rapids                                       (6-2)   20
8. Cedar Springs                                    (7-1)   10
   9. Edwardsburg                                             (7-1)   9            
10. Grand Rapids Christian                             (5-3)   8
Others receiving votes:  11, Byron Center (6-2) 5. 11, Lakeshore (6-2) 5. 13, Plainwell (7-1) 3.

Division 4
School                                                               Total Points
1. Saginaw Swan Valley (4)                          (8-0)   49
2. Lansing Sexton (1)                                    (8-0)   46
3. Cadillac                                            (8-0)   40
4. Grand Rapids South Christian                  (6-2)   35
5. Richmond                                                    (7-1)   28
6. Goodrich                                                    (7-1)   25
7. Dearborn Heights Robichaud                     (7-1)   16
(tie) Yale                                                        (6-2)   16
   9. Vicksburg                                                 (6-2)   9            
10. Grosse Ile                                                 (6-2)   3
   (tie)Paw Paw                                                (5-3)   3            
Others receiving votes:   12, Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central (5-3) 2. 12, Williamston (6-2) 2. 14, Three Rivers (5-3) 1.

Division 7
School                                                               Total Points
1. Ishpeming (5)                                             (7-0)  50
2. Detroit Loyola                                           (8-0)  45
3. New Lothrop                                               (8-0)  40
4. West Iron County                                       (8-0)  34
5. Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker                   (8-0)  26
6. Union City                                                  (8-0)  22
(tie) Whittemore-Prescott                            (8-0)  22
   8. Decatur                                                     (7-1)  15           
9. Traverse City St. Francis                          (6-2)  12
10. Hudson                                                      (7-1)  4
Others receiving votes: 11, Gobles (6-2) 3. 12, Homer (6-2) 2.

8-Man Football
School                                                             Total Points
1. Peck (6)                                                     (8-0)  78
   2. Lawrence (2)                                           (8-0)  71           
3. Rapid River                                                (8-0)  64
4. Battle Creek St Philip                              (8-0)  47
5. Cedarville                                                 (7-1)  45
Others receiving votes: 11, Portland St Patrick (7-1) 8. 12, Bellaire   (7-1) 7.

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