Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 9/29/15

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NFL – National Football League – Week 3
Last Night
Green Bay Packers 38, Kansas City Chiefs 28

Packers 38, Chiefs 28 – Rodgers, Cobb hook up for 3 TDs in Packers win
Aaron Rodgers threw three of his five touchdown passes to Randall Cobb while the Packers were building a 38-14 lead by the fourth quarter of a 38-28 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. Rodgers was 24 of 35 for 333 yards and no interceptions. Cobb finished with seven receptions for 91 yards, while James Jones grabbed seven passes for 139 yards and a TD for the 3-0 Packers.

NFL – Panthers acquire DE Jared Allen in trade with Bears
The Carolina Panthers say they’ve acquired veteran defensive end Jared Allen from the Chicago Bears in exchange for a future late-round draft pick. The Panthers felt the move was necessitated after their top pass rusher Charles Johnson went down with a hamstring injury Sunday. The Panthers lost their other top pass rusher Greg Hardy this past offseason when he signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL – Lions coach Caldwell sticking with Lombardi to call plays
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he is not taking play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Caldwell, though, says he understands why critical questions are being asked Monday one day after his team fell to 0-3. He has hope the Lions can have success on offense, pointing to how they were “humming along pretty well,” in the preseason and early in the season opener at San Diego. It won’t be easy for Detroit to bounce back and get a win. The Lions travel to play the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks next Monday night, then return to host the high-scoring, NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals after a short week of preparation.

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 7, Texas Rangers 4
Chicago Cubs 1, Kansas City Royals 0 – 11 innings

Tigers 7, Rangers 4 – Verlander, Collins lead Tigers past slumping Rangers 7-4
Justin Verlander allowed one run in six innings, and Tyler Collins’ three-run home run sparked a five-run fifth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 7-4 on Monday night, handing the Rangers their third straight loss.  It’s Texas’ longest losing streak since mid-August. Verlander (5-8) gave up a leadoff homer to former Detroit teammate Prince Fielder in the fourth. He allowed six hits and walked two while striking out five. Collins, who graduated from Justin Northwest High School about 45 minutes from Globe Life Park, pulled his fourth homer of the season down the right field line to break a 1-1 tie. The homer followed a leadoff single by Dixon Machado and a double by Anthony Gose. Colby Lewis (17-9) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, his shortest outing since June 5.

Cubs 1, Royals 0 – Denorfia’s HR in 11th gives Cubs 1-0 win over Royals
Chris Denorfia hit a pinch-hit home run leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night. Denorfia hit the first pitch from reliever Miguel Almonte (0-2) into the left-field bleacher for the Cubs’ major league-leading 13th walk-off victory of the season. It was Denorfia’s third homer of the season.     Fernando Rodney (2-0) pitched a scoreless top of the 11th to get the win. The homer ended a pitcher’s duel that was a makeup of a May 30 rainout. Both teams combined for eight hits. Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks allowed just two hits in six scoreless innings. He walked two and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. He was lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the sixth after throwing 90 pitches.

Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Haren 9-9) at Cincinnati (Jos.Smith 0-2), 7:10 p.m.
Detroit (Da.Norris 2-2) at Texas (Hamels 5-1), 8:05 p.m.  WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:45
Kansas City (Cueto 3-6) at Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 10-13), 8:10 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Boston Bruins 1

Red Wings 3, Bruins 1 – Howard’s 31 saves help Red Wings defeat Bruins
Jimmy Howard made 31 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Monday.  Drew Miller and Tomas Jurco scored for Detroit in the second period, and Andreas Athanasiou scored 48 seconds into the third period. Boston forward Loui Eriksson scored a power-play goal with 51 seconds remaining to end Howard’s shutout bid. Tuukka Rask played the entire game for the Bruins and made 21 saves on 24 shots. Detroit was 0-for-3 on the power play; Boston was 1-for-5.

NBA – Spotlight on Drummond as Pistons move on without Monroe
By the time Greg Monroe left the Detroit Pistons via free agency, his departure felt inevitable. Now, his former team must deal with it. The Pistons held media day Monday amid the usual sense of optimism every team shows before the season. Detroit certainly made its share of moves designed to improve a team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2009, but it’s fair to wonder if the loss of Monroe is being underestimated. The Pistons will have to find some way to replace the 6-foot-11 forward who averaged between 15-16 points per game each of the past four years.

NCAA Baseball – Central Michigan gets boost for indoor baseball facility
Central Michigan says its baseball program is getting a boost for its indoor training facility project. The Mount Pleasant school says Monday an anonymous donor gave $500,000 in support of the Performance Development Center project, which will bring the facility to Theunissen Stadium.  In addition, the donor has pledged another $500,000 in matching support toward all new commitments made to the Performance Development Center. The school says the donations and anticipated matching gifts will meet the project’s fundraising goal and represent the biggest gift to the school’s baseball program.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 3)
Tonight
Indiana Fever at New York Liberty, 7:00 p.m.                               (Series Tied 1-1)

Olympics – Baseball and softball could be back in the Olympics
The host city for an Olympics has the right to propose the inclusion of at least one sport in that Olympics. Japan has announced that it would like to include baseball, softball, karate, surfing, skateboarding and climbing. Japan is set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  The recommendations were welcomed by the IOC, which has not said how many sports it would add, if any.
 
HSFB – Autopsy shows death from internal bleeding
A North Jersey high school star quarterback who collapsed after taking a hit on the playing field died from massive internal bleeding caused by a lacerated spleen, according to autopsy reports made public. The Morris County medical examiner’s office found that the spleen of 17-year-old Evan Murray was “abnormally enlarged,” making it more susceptible to injury. There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The death has been ruled an accident.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Women’s Volleyball
Lake Michigan College at Lansing Community College, 6:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Bridgman 6, Lake Michigan Catholic 1
Howardsville Christian 4, Michigan Lutheran 1
Allegan 5, Dowagiac 1
Paw Paw 3, Edwardsburg 0
Sturgis 3, Three Rivers 0
Berrien Springs 8, Covert 0
Plainwell 7, Vicksburg 1
Bangor 5, Marcellus 0
Schoolcraft 7, Saugatuck 1
Delton-Kellogg 3, Bloomingdale
Coloma 8, Gobles 0
Hartford 2, Kalamazoo Hackett 1

Boys Tennis
Berrien Springs 4, Paw Paw 4 – TIE

Girls Volleyball
St. Joseph 3, Berrien Springs 0

Tonight
Boys Soccer
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Central, 6:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Lakeshore, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Niles, 5:30 p.m.
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 6:45 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Central, 6:45 p.m.
Saugatuck at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.

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

Boys Tennis
Kalamazoo Christian at Berrien Springs, 4:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Football Poll
Division 1
1. Saline (5)                              (5-0) 50
2. West Bloomfield                    (5-0) 45
3. Canton                                  (5-0) 36
4. Detroit Cass Tech                   (4-1) 31
5. Romeo                                   (5-0) 29
6. Clinton Twp. Chippewa Valley   (4-1) 24
7. Macomb Dakota                      (4-1) 14
8. Warren Mott                         (4-1) 10
9. Detroit Catholic Central         (4-1) 8
10. Brighton                             (5-0) 7
Others receiving votes: 11, Northville (5-0) 6. 12, Livonia Stevenson (5-0) 5.  12, East Kentwood (4-1) 5. 14, Grand Ledge (5-0) 4. 15, Lapeer (5-0) 1.

Division 2
1. Detroit King (5)                    (5-0) 50
2. Walled Lake Western (5-0) 42
3. Muskegon Mona Shores           (5-0) 36
4. Warren De La Salle                (4-1) 35
5. Midland                                 (5-0) 28
6. Detroit East English             (4-1) 21
7. Farmington Hills Harrison       (4-1) 20
 8. Portage Central                  (5-0) 18
9. Traverse City Central (5-0) 13
10. Sterling Heights                  (5-0) 4
Others receiving votes: 11, Lincoln Park (4-1) 3. 12, Birmingham Groves (5-0) 2. 12, Walled Lake Northern (4-1) 2. 14, Southfield (3-2) 1.

Division 3
1. Zeeland West (3)                   (5-0) 48
2. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (1)     (4-1) 38
3. Muskegon (1)                         (4-1) 36
4. DeWitt                                 (5-0) 35
5. GR Forest Hills Northern       (5-0) 32
6. GR Forest Hills Eastern          (5-0) 24
7. Chelsea                                 (5-0) 21
8. Lowell                                  (4-1) 19
9. Coldwater                             (5-0) 9
10. Gaylord                              (4-1) 6
Others receiving votes: 11, Mount Pleasant (3-2) 4. 12, East Grand Rapids (4-1) 2. 13, Petoskey (4-1) 1.

Division 4
1. Detroit Country Day   (4)        (4-1) 48
2. Comstock Park                       (4-1) 45
3. Lake Odessa Lakewood (1)       (5-0) 42
4. GR Catholic Central               (4-1) 35
5. Croswell-Lexington                (4-1) 26
6. St. Clair Shores South Lake    (5-0) 23
7. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep         (4-1) 17
8. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook     (5-0) 13
9. Detroit Collegiate Prep           (5-0) 11
10. Milan                                  (4-1) 6
Others receiving votes: 11, Whitehall (3-2) 4. 11, Lake Fenton (4-1) 4. 13, Hudsonville Unity Christian (3-2) 1.

Division 5
1. Menominee (5)                        (5-0) 50
2. Portland                               (5-0) 44
3. Frankenmuth                         (5-0) 34
4. Freeland                               (5-0) 32
5. River Rouge                           (5-0) 29
6. Almont                                  (5-0) 27
7. Lansing Catholic                    (4-1) 24
8. Muskegon Oakridge                 (4-1) 19
9. Dearborn Heights Robichaud    (4-1) 6
10. Ida                         (5-0) 4
Others receiving votes: 11, Richmond (4-1) 3. 12, Algonac (5-0) 2. 13, Manistee (5-0) 1.

Division 6
1. Ithaca (5)                              (5-0) 50
2. Monroe St. Mary Catholic       (5-0) 45
3. Negaunee                              (5-0) 36
4. Schoolcraft                           (5-0) 33
5. Jackson Lumen Christi             (4-1) 29
6. Montague                              (5-0) 27
7. Sanford-Meridian                   (5-0) 15
8. Millington                             (4-1) 14
9. Boyne City                             (4-1) 10
10. Manchester             (4-1) 7
Others receiving votes: 11, Madison Heights Madison (4-1) 4. 12, Vassar (4-1) 2. 12, Watervliet (4-1) 2. 14, Maple City Glen Lake (4-1) 1.

Division 7
1. Traverse City St. Francis (5)   (5-0) 50
2. Ishpeming                              (5-0) 43
3. Detroit Loyola                       (4-1) 42
4. New Lothrop                          (5-0) 35
5. Pewamo-Westphalia                (5-0) 29
6. Clinton                                 (5-0) 25
 7. Saugatuck                            (5-0) 18
8. Saginaw Michigan Lutheran     (5-0) 10
9. Flint Beecher                         (4-1) 9
10. Flint Hamady                        (5-0) 6
Others receiving votes: 11, Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (5-0) 3. 11, Saginaw Nouvel (4-1) 3. 13, Sandusky (5-0) 2.

Division 8
1. Muskegon Cath. Central (2)    (4-1) 47
2. St. Ignace LaSalle (1)             (5-0) 42
3. Waterford Our Lady   (1)        (5-0) 38
4. Lake Linden-Hubbell   (1)        (5-0) 33
5. Beal City                               (4-1) 28
6. Climax-Scotts                        (5-0) 27
7. Bark River-Harris                   (5-0) 26
8. Fowler                                  (4-1) 14
9. Johannesburg-Lewiston           (4-1) 8
10. Morenci                               (4-1) 4
Others receiving votes: 11, Frankfort-Elberta 3. 11, Munising 3. 13, Ottawa Lake Whiteford 2.

8 Player
 1. Lawrence (6)                      (5-0) 87
2. Powers North Central (3)       (5-0) 84
3. Battle Creek St Philip (5-0) 68
4. Deckerville                            (5-0) 55
5. Owendale-Gagetown               (5-0) 33
Others receiving votes: 11, Rapid River     (4-1) 14. 12, Waldron (5-0) 7. 13, Posen (5-0) 6. 13, Cedarville (4-1) 6.