Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 9/15/15

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NFL – National Football League – Week 1
Yesterday
Atlanta Falcons 26, Philadelphia Eagles 24
San Francisco 49ers 20, Minnesota Vikings 3

Falcons 26, Eagles 24 – Falcons hold off Eagles
Julio Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons held off the Eagles 26-24 in the NFL season opener for both teams. Jones reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, including a 22-yard grab that put the Falcons ahead 20-3 with 45 seconds left in the first half. DeMarco Murray scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns but finished with just nine yards on eight carries in his Eagles debut.

49ers 20, Vikings 3 – 49ers top Vikings 20-3
Carlos Hyde helped Jim Tomsula win his 49ers head coaching debut by rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-3 stifling of Minnesota. Hyde had scoring runs of 17 and 10 yards while outplaying Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had 31 yards on 10 carries. The second-year back never compiled more than 55 yards in a game last season. Colin Kaepernick threw for 165 yards and improved to 5-0 on Monday night.

NFL – Bears sign LB Acho, place DL Washington on IR
The Chicago Bears signed linebacker Sam Acho on Monday after releasing him last week and placed defensive lineman Cornelius Washington on season-ending injured reserve because of a quad injury. The Bears terminated Acho’s contract Saturday after ruling him out for the season opener against Green Bay because of an illness. Acho signed a one-year contract with Chicago in April after four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears host Arizona this week.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Minnesota Twins 7, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 8, Oakland A’s 7 – 14 Innings
Cubs were off

Twins 7, Tigers 1 – Twins hit Tigers hard early, cruise to 7-1 victory
Eduardo Escobar homered and drove in two runs and Tyler Duffey struck out seven while pitching into the seventh inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 7-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Duffey (3-1) gave up one run on seven hits and walked two in 6 1-3 innings, and Joe Mauer went 3 for 5, extending his streak of games reaching base to 34 for the Twins, who entered the night trailing the Texas Rangers by one game for the American League’s second wild card. Kyle Lobstein (3-8) gave up six runs on seven hits in just 1 2-3 innings for the Tigers. J.D. Martinez had two hits for Detroit, but Steven Moya had four of the team’s 11 strikeouts.

White Sox 8, A’s 7 – F/14 – Cabrera, White Sox outlast Oakland
Melky Cabrera drove in Geovany Soto with two outs in the 14th inning to give the Chicago White Sox an 8-7 win on Monday night over the Oakland Athletics. Cabrera singled off Arnold Leon (0-2) to end the season’s longest game for both teams. Dan Jennings (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for Chicago, which squandered a 7-3 lead in the ninth. Jose Abreu and Trayce Thompson hit two-run homers off Sonny Gray in the third. John Danks went seven innings and allowed three runs and three hits. Danks only surrendered solo homers to Jake Smolinski in the third, Brett Lawrie in the fourth and Josh Reddick in the seventh.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Hammel 8-6) at Pittsburgh (G.Cole 16-8), 1:35 p.m., 1st game
Chicago Cubs (Lester 9-10) at Pittsburgh (Happ 5-1), 7:05 p.m., 2nd game
Detroit (Simon 12-9) at Minnesota (P.Hughes 10-8), 8:10 p.m. WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Oakland (Brooks 1-3) at Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 9-12), 8:10 p.m.

NCAA Football – Michigan needs QB Jake Rudock to cut down on turnovers
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says redshirting quarterback Shane Morris is a consideration. Harbaugh acknowledged that possibility on Monday, two days after Morris wasn’t the player Harbaugh put in the game to run out the clock by kneeling down. If starter Jake Rudock is hurt, it appears Morris would play because Harbaugh says he is the team’s No. 2 QB. But if the graduate transfer from Iowa can stay healthy, Morris may get an extra year of eligibility. Morris, a junior, started in two games and appeared in 10 the previous two years for the Wolverines. Rudock, though, does not appear to be in danger of losing his job despite turning the ball over five times in two games going into Saturday’s matchup at home against UNLV.

NCAA Football – ND’s Zaire, Gamecocks’ Mitch join long list of injured QBs
College football’s early-season injury bug is wreaking havoc with quarterbacks. Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire fractured an ankle and South Carolina’s Connor Mitch separated his shoulder Saturday, joining a growing fraternity of quarterbacks with significant injuries. Zaire is out for the season. Mitch, who also has a bruised hip, is out four to six weeks. Virginia Tech’s Michael Brewer, Kansas State’s Jesse Ertz, BYU’s Taysom Hill and Syracuse’s Terrel Hunt were injured in the season’s opening week. Hill, Hunt and Ertz are expected to miss the remainder of the season. Brewer will miss four to eight weeks. Some of these teams have still found a way to succeed. Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and BYU’s Tanner Mangum have provided some highlight-worthy moments since replacing their teams’ injured starters.

NCAA Football – Ohio State coach expects more from his quarterbacks
Cardale Jones will start. J.T. Barrett will play. That has not changed at Ohio State after neither quarterback was particularly impressive during one of the more uninspiring 38-point victories a team can have. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer was not happy with the performance of his quarterbacks and even less impressed with his offensive line during the team’s 38-0 win against Hawaii last Saturday. Jones went 12 for 18 for 111 yards against the Rainbow Warriors. Barrett went 8 for 15 for 70 yards. Neither threw a touchdown pass. So fans online and on talk radio already are wondering if the right player is starting. Meyer said the Buckeyes will stick with the status quo for this week’s game against Northern Illinois.

NBA – Indiana Pacers owner seeks court ruling on team ownership
The owner of the Indiana Pacers has asked a court declare that his late brother’s estate and widow have no financial stake in the team. That’s according to wording in a Hamilton County court document that The Indianapolis Star reports was meant to be redacted, but instead was visible. The court has scheduled an Oct. 16 hearing on Pacers owner Herb Simon’s request to keep documents on the matter under seal. He argues public release could harm people who signed a 2012 confidential settlement pertaining to Melvin Simon’s estate. The brothers co-owned the Pacers until months before Melvin Simon’s 2009 death, when full ownership was transferred to Herb Simon. Melvin Simon’s widow, Bren, is trying to recover $21 million in federal taxes the Pacers’ reorganization forced her to pay.

NBA – Malone death from natural causes
he Virginia medical examiner’s office says Hall of Fame basketball player Moses Malone died of natural causes. Malone was found dead in a Norfolk hotel Sunday morning. He was 60. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says Malone’s cause of death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

NASCAR – New deal for Johnson
Six-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and sponsor Lowe’s have worked out two-year contract extensions with Hendrick Motorsports that run through the 2017 season. In addition to the extensions for Johnson and Lowe’s, crew chief Chad Knaus had previously inked a new three-year deal through the 2018 season. The extensions solidify a powerhouse team that has been together since Lowe’s came aboard in 2001, when Hendrick formed the No. 48 specifically for Johnson.

FIFA – Lynch: more arrests expected in FIFA corruption probe
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she expects more indictments in a widening investigation of corruption implicating FIFA. Lynch says “we do anticipate being able to bring additional charges against individuals and entities.” In May, Lynch’s department indicted 14 soccer and marketing officials and unsealed six guilty pleas in a $150 million bribery and racketeering conspiracy. Lynch did not comment Monday on whether FIFA President Sepp Blatter is targeted. In a separate investigation of money laundering in World Cup bidding, Swiss federal agencies have seized properties in the Swiss Alps. Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber says houses were also searched in western Switzerland and evidence was seized. Lauber says 121 different bank accounts have been reported as suspicious by a Swiss financial intelligence unit.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball – East Division Finals – (Best of 3)
Last Night
West Michigan Whitecaps 14, Lansing Lugnuts 5 (WM Wins 2-1)

Wednesday
Cedar Rapids Kernels at West Michigan Whitecaps (Game 1)
2015 Midwest League Finals

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Portage Central 2, St. Joseph 0
Michigan Lutheran 4, Cassopolis 2
Bridgman 3, Dowagiac 1
Vicksburg 2, Comstock 0
Hartford 6, Bangor 0
Otsego 5, Parchment 0
Coloma 8, Saugatuck 0
Fennville, Kalamazoo Hackett 0 – TIE

Girls Volleyball
Benton Harbor 3, Muskegon Heights 1
Michigan Lutheran 3, Lawrence 1

Boys Tennis
Holland Christian 7, St. Joseph 1
Allegan 8, South Haven 0
Buchanan 6, Dowagiac 1
Sturgis 7, Edwardsburg 1
Brandywine 8, Coloma 0
Berrien Springs 4, Kalamazoo Central 4 – TIE

Tonight
Boys Soccer
Portage Northern at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Central, 6:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball
Fennville at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Martin, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Gobles, 6:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Marcellus, 6:00 p.m.

MHSAA – HS Football AP Poll
Division 1
1. Saline (4) (3-0) 49
2. Detroit Cass Tech (1) (3-0) 45
3. West Bloomfield (3-0) 32
4. Canton (3-0) 31
5. East Kentwood (3-0) 22
6. Warren Mott (3-0) 20
7. Romeo (3-0) 16
8. Macomb Dakota (2-1) 14
(tie) Detroit Catholic Central (2-1) 14
10. Clinton Twp. Chippewa Vly (2-1) 10
Others: 11, Lapeer (3-0) 9. 12, Howell (3-0) 4. 13, Brighton (3-0) 1.

Division 2
1. Detroit King (5) (3-0) 50
2. Walled Lake Western (3-0) 40
3. Warren De La Salle (2-1) 37
(tie) Muskegon Mona Shores (3-0) 37
5. Midland (3-0) 24
6. Detroit East English (2-1) 21
7. Farmington Hills Harrison (2-1) 14
8. Portage Central (3-0) 11
9. Southfield (2-1) 9
10. Wyandotte Roosevelt (3-0) 8
Others:11, Birmingham Groves (3-0) 7. 11, Caledonia (2-1) 7. 13, Traverse City Central (3-0) 6. 14, Midland Dow (2-1) 4.

Division 3
1. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (4) (3-0) 49
2. Mount Pleasant (1) (3-0) 42
3. Zeeland West (3-0) 39
4. East Grand Rapids (3-0) 32
5. Muskegon (2-1) 21
6. Zeeland East (3-0) 20
7. DeWitt (3-0) 18
8. Gaylord (3-0) 17
9. GR Forest Hills Northern (3-0) 10
10. GR Forrest Hills Eastern (3-0) 8
Others:11 , Lowell (2-1) 7. 12, Chelsea (3-0) 6. 13, Coldwater (3-0) 3. 14, Lakeshore (2-1) 2. 15, Haslett (3-0) 1.

Division 4
1. Comstock Park (3) (3-0) 47
2. Hudsonville Unity Christian (2) (3-0) 44
3. Whitehall (3-0) 38
4. Detroit Country Day (2-1) 33
5. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep (3-0) 28
6. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (2-1) 16
7. Lake Odessa Lakewood (3-0) 15
7. Croswell-Lexington (2-1) 15
9. Coopersville (2-1) 10
10. Escanaba (2-1) 8
Others: 11, Saginaw Swan Valley (2-1) 7. 12, Detroit Collegiate Prep (3-0) 6. 13, St. Clair Shores South Lake (3-0) 4. 14, Eaton Rapids (2-1) 3. 15, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (3-0) 1.

Division 5
1. Lansing Catholic (5) (3-0) 50
2. Menominee (3-0) 43
3. Frankenmuth (3-0) 34
4. River Rouge (3-0) 33
5. Freeland (3-0) 26
6. Dearborn Heights Robichaud (3-0) 22
7. Muskegon Oakridge (2-1) 17
8. Richmond (3-0) 11
9. Portland (3-0) 10
10. Clinton Township Clintondale (3-0) 7
(tie) Almont (3-0) 7
Others:12, Reed City (3-0) 6. 12, Stockbridge (3-1) 6. 14, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard (3-0) 3.

Division 6
1. Ithaca (4) (3-0) 49
2. Jackson Lumen Christi (1) (3-0) 43
3. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central (3-0) 42
4. Boyne City (3-0) 30
5. Millington (3-0) 28
(tie) Negaunee (3-0) 28
7. Schoolcraft (3-0) 21
8. Montague (3-0) 18
9. Sanford-Meridian (3-0) 9
10. St. Louis (3-0) 2
(tie) Maple City Glen Lake (2-1) 2
(tie) Burton Bendle (3-0) 2
Others:13, Manchester (2-1) 1.

Division 7
1. Ishpeming (3-0) 44
2. Detroit Loyola (1) (2-1) 39
3. Flint Beecher (3-0) 33
4. Traverse City St. Francis (3) (3-0) 30
5. Pewamo-Westphalia (3-0) 23
6. New Lothrop (3-0) 22
7. Clinton (3-0) 21
8. Saugatuck (3-0) 13
9. Flint Hamady (1) (3-0) 10
10. Cassopolis (3-0) 7
Others:11, Gobles (3-0) 6. 11, Bridgman (3-0) 6. 13, Cass City (3-0) 5. 13, Lincoln-Alcona (3-0) 5. 15, Saginaw Nouvel (2-1) 3. 15, Decatur (2-1) 3. 17, Iron Mountain (2-1) 2. 17, Harbor Springs (2-1) 2. 19, Sandusky (3-0) 1.

Division 8
1. Beal City (2) (3-0) 42
2. St. Ignace LaSalle (1) (3-0) 36
3. Muskegon Catholic Central (1) (2-1) 28
4. Saginaw Mi. Lutheran Seminary (1) (3-0) 24
(tie) Lake Linden-Hubbell (3-0) 24
6. Fowler (3-0) 22
(tie) Bark River-Harris (3-0) 22
8. Waterford Our Lady (3-0) 19
9. Climax-Scotts (3-0) 17
10. Munising (3-0) 15
Others:11, Morenci (3-0) 11. 12, Johannesburg-Lewiston (3-0) 8. 13, Bay City All Saints (2-1) 4. 14, Frankfort-Elberta (2-1) 2. 15, Indian River-Inland Lakes (3-0) 1.

8 Player
1. Lawrence (6) (3-0) 75
2. Powers North Central (2) (3-0) 69
3. Rapid River (3-0) 62
4. Battle Creek St Philip (3-0) 54
5. Deckerville (3-0) 35
Others:11, Cedarville (2-1) 12. 12, Owendale-Gagetown (3-0) 7. 13, Webberville (3-0) 6.