Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 10/7/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports      wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, October 07, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball – Division Series (Best of 5)
Last Night
Washington Nationals 4, San Francisco Giants 1               (Giants lead series 2-1)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 1                    (Cardinals lead series 2-1)

Nationals 4, Giants 1 – Nats stay alive
The Washington Nationals are still alive in the National League Division Series after Doug Fister allowed four hits in seven shutout innings of a 4-1 triumph at San Francisco in Game 3. The game was scoreless in the seventh until Giants starter Madison Bumgarner threw away Wilson Ramos’ bunt attempt, allowing two runs to score. Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI single later in the seventh before Bryce Harper slammed a ninth-inning homer.

Cards 3, Dodgers 1 – Lackey, long balls lift Cards over Dodgers 3-1
Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer to snap a seventh-inning tie as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 last night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five NL Division Series. The Dodgers will turn to ace Clayton Kershaw on short rest tonight in Game 4. Two runners reached against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth before he earned his second save of the series.

Tonight
Los Angeles (Kershaw 21-3) at St. Louis (Miller 10-9), 5:07 p.m.
Washington (Gonzalez 10-10) at San Francisco (Vogelsong 8-13), 9:07 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 5
Yesterday
Seattle Seahawks 27, Washington Redskins 17

Seahawks 27, Redskins 17 – Seahawks win
Russell Wilson accounted for 323 total yards and three touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks downed Washington 27-17. Wilson rushed for a career-high 122 yards, including a nine-yard TD that put Seattle ahead 17-0 in the first half. He also completed 18 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two more scores as the defending Super Bowl champs improved to 3-1 this season.

NFL – Lions cut K Henery after loss to Bills
Kicker Alex Henery is no longer with the Detroit Lions. Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed the move Monday, a day after Henery missed three field-goal attempts during Detroit’s 17-14 home loss to the Buffalo Bills, including a 50-yard try in the final minute that would have given the Lions the lead. Henery also missed from 44 and 47 yards and went 1 for 5 during his two-week stint. Caldwell said Detroit is looking to find a consistent performer under pressure. The Lions cut rookie kicker Nate Freese after he made 3 of 7 attempts in the first three weeks of the season. Caldwell would not answer questions regarding star wide receiver Calvin Johnson’s status for Sunday’s game at Minnesota. Johnson suffered a right ankle injury against Buffalo.

NFL – Bears stumbling in 2nd half
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman found no simple explanations Monday for why a team ranked second in scoring last year has dropped to the middle of the pack after five games and a 2-3 record. While quarterback Jay Cutler received some blame for the Bears after suffering a second straight second-half collapse on offense Sunday in a 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Trestman and the players say they have enough mistakes for everyone to share equally in the scrutiny being brought on their offensive leader. “You know, honestly we in the past have just been shooting ourselves in the foot, and it’s like everybody takes a turn at it,” tackle Michael Ola said Monday.

NFL – Testing system in place
The NFL has begun testing for human growth hormone for the first time, three years after the league and players’ union tentatively agreed to do so.  A total of 950 tests will be performed during the regular season, postseason and preseason, with another 385 tests to be completed in the offseason. Five players on eight teams will be chosen randomly to test each week of the season as part of the normal testing procedures under the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy.

NHL – Red Wings send Porter to AHL
The Detroit Red Wings have assigned center Kevin Porter to Grand Rapids of the AHL. The 28-year-old Porter _ a Detroit native _ has 29 goals and 26 assists in 206 NHL games with Phoenix, Columbus and Buffalo. He was one of nine players cut by the Red Wings on Monday. Forwards Mitch Callahan, Landon Ferraro, Tomas Nosek and Teemu Pulkkinen and defensemen Nick Jensen and Alexey Marchenko were assigned to Grand Rapids. The team also released forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Aaron Rome from their tryouts. Detroit opens the season Thursday against Boston.

NCAA Football – Michigan RB Green out with broken collarbone
Michigan running back Derrick Green has a broken collarbone and will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The team’s leading rusher was injured Saturday night in the fourth quarter of a 26-24 loss at Rutgers. It was the latest blow in a dreadful season so far for the struggling Wolverines. No timetable was given for Green’s return when Michigan coach Brady Hoke discussed the injury during his Monday news conference. Hoke, however, had previously made it clear he does not want to talk about player injuries this year unless they are season-ending issues. Green has 82 carries for 471 yards in six games this season, including the first two 100-yard games of his career against Appalachian State and Miami (Ohio). He had 12 carries for 74 yards against Rutgers.

NBA – National Basketball Association Preseason
Last Night
Washington Wizrds 85, Chicago Bulls 81

Wizards 85, Bulls 81 – Wizards beat Bulls
Glen Rice scored 18 points as the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 85-81 last night in the preseason opener for both teams. Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Wizards newcomer Paul Pierce exchanged minor shoves in the game. Bradley Beal added 11 points for the Wizards.

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

Swimming – Phelps suspended 6 months
USA Swimming has suspended 18-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps for six months and forced him to withdraw from next year’s world championships, slowing his comeback attempt. Phelps also lost six months of funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of his second DUI arrest. The 29-year-old swimmer is banned from participating in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through April 6, 2015. Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program last weekend, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.

MHSAA – High School Football Rankings (divisions with local teams only)

Division 3 Division 4 Division 7
   1. Zeeland West (5)       (6-0) 50
2. DeWitt                         (6-0)  45
3. GR Forest Hills Northern    (6-0)  36
4. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s          (4-2)  35
5. East Grand Rapids                     (4-2)  27
6. St. Johns                             (5-1)  22
7. Petoskey                              (5-1)  19
8. Grand Rapids Christian            (4-2)  18
   9. Lakeshore                (5-1)  16           
10. Byron Center                 (5-1)  4
Others receiving votes:
11, Allen Park (5-1) 2. 12, Gaylord (4-2).
1. Saginaw Swan Valley (4)            (6-0)   49
2. Lansing Sexton (1)                    (6-0)   46
3. Cadillac                              (6-0)   39
4. Williamston                           (6-0)   34
5. Whitehall                             (6-0)   32
6. GR South Christian          (4-2)   24
7. Richmond                              (5-1)   21
8. Dearborn Hts Robichaud      (6-0)   15
9. Goodrich                              (5-1)   10
10. Kalamazoo Hackett    (4-2)   2
(tie) Detroit Country Day          (4-2)   2
Others receiving votes:
12, Vicksburg (4-2) 1.
1. Ishpeming (5)                   (6-0)  50
2. Detroit Loyola                  (6-0)  45
3. New Lothrop                     (6-0)  40
4. Decatur                         (6-0)  33           
5. West Iron County                (6-0)  30
6. Homer                           (6-0)  25
7. Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker    (6-0)  20
8. Whittemore-Prescott             (6-0)  17
9. Union City                      (6-0)  8
10. Traverse City St. Francis       (4-2)  6
Others receiving votes:
11, Gobles (5-1) 1.
Division 9 – 8 Man Football  
   1. Peck (8)                  (6-0)  80
   2. Lawrence                  (6-0)  70           
3. Rapid River               (6-0)  64
4. Cedarville                (5-1)  40
5. Battle Creek St Philip    (6-0)  20
(tie) Portland St Patrick    (6-0)  20
Others receiving votes:
12, Owendale-Gagetown (6-0) 13. 13, Bellaire (6-0) 7. 14, Deckerville (5-1) 6.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night 
Boys Soccer
Hartford 4, Bridgman 2

Wolverine Conference – Tournament Round 2
Championship Round
Plainwell 4, Edwardsburg 0
Paw Paw 5, Sturgis 0

Consolation Matches
Otsego 2, Dowagiac 0
Allegan 4, South Haven 2 – OT
Berrien Springs 4, Three Rivers 3
Coloma at Vicksburg, ppd – field was deemed unplayable, will play today on Vicksburg’s turf football field

Girls Volleyball
Niles 3, Brandywine 0
River Valley 3, Granger Christian (IN) 0

Today
Boys Soccer
SMAC Tournament – Round 1
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Lakeshore
Portage Northern at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Home School at Gull Lake
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Central
Battle Creek Central at Niles

Wolverine Conference – Tournament Round 2
Consolation Matches
Coloma at Vicksburg

Lake Michigan Catholic at Howardsville Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Cassopolis, 5:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
St. Joseph, Lakeshore at Gull Lake Mini Invitational, 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph, Lakeshore, Mattawan, Gull Lake, Hudsonville, Bronson
Berrien Springs at Otsego, 5:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Decatur, 5:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Marcellus, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman at New Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Swimming
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Central
South Haven at Battle Creek Harper Creek

Cross Country
Red Arrow Conference Championship at River Valley, 5:15 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic, Countryside, Eau Claire, New Buffalo, River Valley

South Haven Quad Meet
South Haven, Berrien Springs, Coloma, Paw Paw