Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 6/2/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, June 02, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Chicago Cubs 5, Miami Marlins 1
Tigers and White Sox were off

Cubs 5, Marlins 1 – Jason Hammel strikes out 11 and Cubs beat Marlins 5-1
Jason Hammel had a career-high 11 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 Monday night. With his start pushed back because of a cracked fingernail and a rainout, Hammel (4-2) pitched for the first time in eight days, and he seemed to benefit from the extra rest. He allowed one run, five hits and no walks, lowering his ERA to 2.82. Hammel threw 117 pitches, his highest total since 2009. Two relievers completed a six-hitter, and the Marlins struck out 13 times. The Cubs had scored only 13 runs in their previous seven games, and they showed a little offensive life with eight hits. Starlin Castro hit his fourth homer, and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant each had an RBI double.  Jose Urena (0-2), making his second major league start, improved on his rocky debut but allowed three runs in six innings.

Tonight
Oakland (Graveman 2-2) at Detroit (Simon 5-2), 7:08 p.m.          WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 6:40
Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 1-1) at Miami (Hand 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 4-2) at Texas (Lewis 4-3), 8:05 p.m.

NBA – AP Source: Bulls plan to introduce Hoiberg as coach
A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Bulls plan to introduce Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized. Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago. The Bulls announced in a release that they would make a major announcement on Tuesday. Hoiberg went 115-56 with the Cyclones, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles. He had open-heart surgery in April.

NHL – Quenneville plays it coy on Blackhawks lineup for Game 1
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville says Trevor van Riemdsyk skated Monday and will travel with the team to Tampa Bay ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie defenseman was recalled from the minors on May 22, but did not play in the Western Conference finals against Anaheim. The Blackhawks are going for their third NHL title in six seasons. Quenneville was noncommittal when asked Monday about his last two defensemen for Game 1 on Wednesday night. He also said he was unsure about keeping captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane together on Chicago’s top line.

NCAA Softball – Haeger’s 3 RBIs lift Florida past Michigan 3-2
Lauren Haeger’s three RBIs helped Florida beat Michigan 3-2 on Monday, moving the Gators within one win of a repeat Women’s College World Series title. Michigan (59-7) saw its 28-game win streak snapped. The teams will meet again Tuesday in the best-of-three championship series. Haeger opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, her third home run of the World Series. In her next at-bat, she doubled in a run to give Florida (59-6) a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Michigan’s Abby Ramirez singled in the sixth to score Olivia Richvalsky and Kelsey Susalla and cut Florida’s lead to 3-2. Michigan had runners at first and third with no outs in the seventh against reliever Delanie Gourley, but did not score.

Tennis – French Open – Serena, Raffy advance
Serena Williams has reached the French Open quarterfinals, but defending champ Maria Sharapova was beaten by 13th seed Lucie Safarova, 7-6, 6-3. No. 21 Garbine Muguruza Sara Errani and Alison Van Uytvanck and reached the quarters, and Timea Bacsinszky eliminated No. 4 Petra Kvitova. Winners on the men’s side were top seed Novak Djokovic, nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Federer, along with third seed Andy Murray and No. 7 David Ferrer.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – 30-second shot clock idea doesn’t bother top coaches
If the NCAA decides to shorten the shot clock in college basketball from 35 to 30 seconds, the best coaches in the game say they’re fine with it. Kentucky coach John Calipari says shortening the shot clock to 30 seconds won’t have any impact. North Carolina’s Roy Williams echoed that sentiment, if a bit less forcefully. And Michigan coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) figures the adjustment should be easy enough. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee has recommended shortening the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, a change that still has to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee. Williams says it’s no big deal. He remembers when the shot clock was lowered from 45 seconds to 35, and he’s not sure going from 35 to 30 will change much.

NFL – Panthers, Newton close to agreement
The Carolina Panthers are close to locking up their starting quarterback past this season. A person close to the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Panthers and Cam Newton are close to finalizing a contract extension that could be completed within the next two days. Newton is expected to command a contract in excess of $20 million per season, which would be in line with what several other starting quarterbacks have accepted. The 26-year-old Newton is entering his fifth season with the Panthers and has led them to back-to-back NFC South championships.

NCAA Football – UAB to restore dropped football program for 2016 season
UAB President Ray Watts is bringing the football program back. Watts told The Associated Press that he decided on Monday morning to reverse the earlier decision after meetings with UAB supporters continued through the weekend. He says donors have pledged to make up the estimated $17.2 million deficit over the next five years if football is restored. Watts was scheduled to announce the decision to reinstate football, bowling and rifle in 2016 later Monday. He cut the programs last December after UAB commissioned a report saying it would cost $49 million over five years to field a competitive program. Watts says they have dropped an indoor practice facility from that equation, but are still raising about $13 million toward a turf practice field and new fieldhouse. Without football, UAB would have likely not have remained in Conference USA.

Horse Racing – Belmont Stakes field reduced to 8 horses
The Belmont Stakes field is down to eight after two horses dropped out.  Trainer Todd Pletcher said Monday that Carpe Diem won’t run Saturday when American Pharoah goes for the Triple Crown. Also, trainer Ken McPeek withdrew The Truth or Else. Carpe Diem was 10th in the Kentucky Derby and will point toward the Haskell Invitational or Jim Dandy Stakes this summer. The Truth or Else did not run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness and has an ankle issue. That leaves seven rivals to face Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah in his bid to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Pletcher still has two other Belmont runners: Materiality and Madefromlucky. John Velazquez will ride Materiality, who was sixth in the Derby, while Javier Castellano will be aboard Madefromlucky. Entries will be taken and post positions drawn Wednesday.

AHL – American Hockey League – 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 7)
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins at Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m.                        (UTI leads 3-2)

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 7, Fort Wayne Tin Caps 2
South Bend Cubs 4, Lake County Captains 0 – Game 1
South Bend Cubs 5, Lake County Captains 4 – Game 2
Lansing Lugnuts 4, Dayton Dragons 2
Bowling Green Hot Rods 8, Great Lakes Loons 4

Today
No games today

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Baseball
Division 1 at Mattawan
Mattawan 2, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Portage Northern 7, Gull Lake 0
Championship – Portage Northern 5, Mattawan 1

Division 2 at Niles
Niles 9, Dowagiac 1
Edwardsburg 5, Paw Paw 2
Championship – Edwardsburg 5, Niles 1

Division 3 at Bangor
Bangor 3, Watervliet 0
Saugatuck 6, Fennville 0
Championship – Saugatuck 6, Bangor 0

Division 3 at Bridgman
Championship – Buchanan 10, Bridgman 3

Division 4 at River Valley
Championship – Lake Michigan Catholic 13, River Valley 0

Division 4 at Decatur
Lawrence 15, Byron Center Zion Christian 0
Decatur 5, Holland Calvary 0
Championship – Decatur 4, Lawrence 1

Softball
Division 1 at Mattawan
Portage Central 14, Portage Northern 1
Mattawan 9, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 7
Championship – Mattawan 5, Portage Central 4

Division 2 at Niles
Edwardsburg 7, Paw Paw 2
Dowagiac 8, Niles 3
Championship – Edwardsburg 13, Dowagiac 1

Division 3 at Bangor
Fennville 13, Saugatuck 1
Watervliet 8, Bangor 3
Championship – Fennville 10, Watervliet 6

Division 4 at Decatur
Decatur 16, Martin 5
Watervliet Grace Christian 6, Lawrence 3
Championship – Decatur 6, Watervliet Grace Christian 1

Today
Girls Soccer – Regionals
Division 2 at Vicksburg
Lakeshore vs. Holland Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Gull Lake vs. Mason, 7:30 p.m.

Division 3 at Hope College
Paw Paw vs. Grand Rapids South Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Hudsonville Unity Christian vs. Muskegon Oakridge, 7:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Kalamazoo College
Lake Michigan Catholic vs. Holland Black River, 4:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian vs. Manchester, 6:00 p.m.