Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 6/16/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NHL – 2015 Stanley Cup Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Tampa Bay Lightning 0                              (CHI Wins Series 4-2)

Game 6: Blackhawks 2, Lightning 0 –Chicago celebrates its latest Stanley Cup
Make that a championship hat trick for these Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith scored, and the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night. Chicago clinched a championship at home for the first time since 1938 and won its third title with Jonathan Toews, Kane and coach Joel Quenneville leading the way. Keith, the Blackhawks’ iron man, gave Chicago a 1-0 lead when he knocked in his own rebound with 2:47 left in the second period. Kane made it 2-0 in the third when he scored on a one-timer on a three-on-two rush with 5:13 left in the game _ his first goal of the series. It was the first time in the final that either team had a two-goal lead. Keith was the unanimous choice as the playoffs MVP, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy.  The victory set off a raucous celebration among the 22,000-plus inside the United Center and across Chicago, which saw scattered tornado warnings and heavy rain throughout the day. In Wrigleyville, the Chicago Cubs game was called off because of bad weather but thousands of fans packed the streets to celebrate.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 6, Cincinnati Reds 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 11, Chicago White Sox 0
Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs, PPD Rain

Tigers 6, Reds 0 – Resurgent Sanchez shuts out Reds, Tigers win 6-0
Anibal Sanchez was outstanding for a second straight start, throwing a two-hit shutout to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Sanchez (5-7) struck out seven without a walk, and he did not allow a baserunner after the fourth inning. The right-hander did not get off to a good start this season, but his past two outings have been a major step in the right direction. He held the Chicago Cubs scoreless for 7 2-3 innings last Tuesday. Cincinnati starter Jon Moscot had to leave the game in the first after dislocating his non-throwing shoulder while tagging out a runner. Pedro Villarreal (0-1) pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief and kept the Reds in the game, but Detroit scored four in the sixth off Nate Adcock. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double and J.D. Martinez added a two-run homer in that inning.

Pirates 11, White Sox 0 – Pirates jump on Rodon early, roll to 11-0 win over White Sox
Francisco Liriano allowed two singles in eight dominant innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates ran their winning streak to five with an 11-0 romp over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. Liriano (4-5) struck out 12 and walked one as Pittsburgh put together its second straight shutout and fourth in its last five games, dropping the team’s ERA to 2.79, the second-best mark in the majors behind St. Louis. Josh Harrison and Starling Marte each had four of Pittsburgh’s season-high 18 hits. Marte, Jung Ho Kang and Francisco Cervelli all drove in two runs apiece as the Pirates posted their most lopsided win of the year. Rodon came in having allowed three runs combined in his previous four starts. He gave up five runs in the first and seven in 3 2-3 innings, the worst start of his brief career. The White Sox have dropped four straight.

Indians at Cubs – PPD, Rain –Indians-Cubs game rained out
The game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs scheduled for Monday night at Wrigley Field was postponed because of rain. The game was called more than hour before it was supposed to start because of severe storms. A makeup date was set for Aug. 24.

Tonight
Chicago White Sox (Quintana 3-6) at Pittsburgh (Morton 4-0), 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati (Lorenzen 1-2) at Detroit (K.Ryan 1-0), 7:08 p.m.       WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Cleveland (Bauer 5-3) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 6-4), 8:05 p.m.

NBA – 2015 NBA Finals (Best of 7)
Tonight
Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers, 9:00 p.m.            (GSW Leads 3-2)

NBA – Hornets trade Stephenson to Clippers for Hawes, Barnes
The Charlotte Hornets have traded former Indiana Pacer Lance Stephenson to the Los Angeles Clippers for center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes. The Hornets gave up on Stephenson after signing him to a three-year, $27 million contract extension. Hornets general manager Rich Cho says Stephenson was a “consummate professional” during his time in Charlotte.

FIFA – FIFA’s Blazer agreed to act undercover for US prosecutors
Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer agreed to act undercover for U.S. prosecutors and has been cooperating since at least 2011 in the government’s investigation of soccer corruption. Blazer’s 19-page plea agreement from Nov. 25, 2013, was unsealed Monday after a federal judge agreed to a request by media organizations. As part of the deal, Blazer agreed he would sign over title of his FIFA pension to satisfy payments owed to the U.S. government. In exchange for Blazer’s cooperation and guilty pleas to 10 counts, the government agreed not to recommend a specific sentence for his crimes and also accepted that a reduction of up to three levels be warranted under sentencing guidelines. After the corruption investigation became public, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he would resign.

NFL – Former NFL player admits guilt
Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper is headed to jail after pleading guilty to rape in a Louisiana drug-and-sexual-assault case, completing a series of pleas in four states that will see him serve at least nine years in prison. Each case arose from allegations that the former player drugged and sexually assaulted women. Formal sentencing is still pending but the deal calls for Sharper to spend nine more years behind bars.

NCAA Baseball – Vandy rallies big on Day 3
The defending NCAA baseball champs have opened their College World Series schedule with a victory. Freshman Jeren Kendall’s two-run homer off Tyler Peitzmeier in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Vanderbilt a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Commodores were down 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when heavy thunderstorms Sunday night forced the suspension of the game. Virginia is 2-0 after Brandon Waddell limited Florida to a pair of hits in seven innings of a 1-0 verdict over the Gators. Robbie Coman supplied the game’s lone run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Arkansas was eliminated from the series when Jacob Heyward singled in the bottom of the ninth to give Miami a 4-3 win over the Razorbacks. Heyward opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the fifth, scored the go-ahead run in the seventh and delivered the walk-off hit after Willie Abreu doubled off the center-field wall.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lansing 8, Cedar Rapids 2
Quad Cities 3, Great Lakes 3, 6 innings, suspended, rain
West Michigan at Burlington, ccd., rain
South Bend at Peoria, ccd., rain

Tonight
Fort Wayne at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Dayton at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Lake County at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.