Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 9/30/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, September 30, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball
Yesterday
Texas Rangers 7, Detroit Tigers 6
Chicago White Sox 4, Kansas City Royals 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Cincinnati Reds 1

Rangers 6, Tigers 6 – AL West leader Texas snaps 3-game skid, 7-6 over Tigers
Cole Hamels won his sixth consecutive decision, overcoming a shaky start to strike out eight in six innings, and the AL West-leading Texas Rangers snapped a three-game skid with a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.  Adrian Beltre had three hits and drove in two runs, including Shin-Soo Choo when they had consecutive doubles in the fourth to break a 6-all tie. Choo also had a two-run homer in the first. Hamels is 6-1 in 11 starts since getting traded from Philadelphia at the end of July, and the Rangers have won his last nine starts after losing the first two.

White Sox 4, Royals 2 – Solo homers not enough for Royals in 4-2 loss to White Sox
Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales homered and Johnny Cueto threw six quality innings, but the Kansas City Royals lost to the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Tuesday night. The Royals, who have lost four of their last five, fell behind 3-0 after Adam Eaton drove a two-run homer into the bullpen in right field off Cueto (10-13) in the fifth inning. Cueto lost for the third time in his four September outings and gave up three runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked two.  Kansas City got within 3-2 in the sixth when Hosmer and Morales hit back-to-back homers off Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija (11-13), who won for the second straight time after losing nine of his 10 previous outings.

Cubs 4, Reds 1 – Cubs score 4 in 1st, beat Reds 4-1 after long rain delay
Miguel Montero doubled home a pair of runs during Chicago’s four-run first inning, and Dan Haren pitched into the eighth on Tuesday night, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds following a long rain delay. The Cubs already have clinched a spot in the NL wild-card game for their first playoff berth since 2008. They trail Pittsburgh by three games for home-field advantage. The Pirates’ game against first-place St. Louis was rained out on Tuesday. The Reds lost their season-high 10th in a row, their longest slump since they dropped 11 straight in 1998.

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.

NCAA Football – Injuries the big obstacle facing No. 2 Michigan State
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans have no new season-ending injuries to report after offensive lineman Jack Conklin and tight end Josiah Price were hurt in last weekend’s win over Central Michigan. The second-ranked Spartans host Purdue on Saturday. Dantonio doesn’t often give updates on injuries, but he’s sometimes willing to disclose if a player has been ruled out for the season. Michigan State has already lost linebacker Ed Davis and cornerback Vayante Copeland for the year, but there’s nobody else to add to the list at this point. Safety RJ Williamson was also shaken up Saturday. Conklin appeared to have an injured knee, and Price was using crutches for support on the sideline toward the end of the game.

NCAA Women’s Basketball – Michigan women’s basketball coach gets contract extension
The University of Michigan says it has agreed to a contract extension with women’s basketball coach Kim Barnes Arico through the 2020-21 season. Barnes Arico’s three-year contract extension was announced Monday. The university’s athletic department says the contract calls for a base salary of $360,000, with chances for performance-based supplemental pay based on measures such as winning the Big Ten regular season championship. Barnes Arico has a 62-40 record in three seasons at Michigan, and is the only women’s basketball coach in school history to have three 20-win seasons. The team made it to the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament in her first season at Michigan.
NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Last Night
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – Bulls’ Rose says woman consented to group sex
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says in a court filing that a woman accusing him of sexual battery consented to group sex and became upset because she felt she should be reimbursed for a sex toy.  The filing is in response to a lawsuit filed by a Jane Doe in California alleging Rose and two other men drugged and gang-raped her at her home. The case has been transferred to U.S. District Court, and a scheduling conference is set for Nov. 9. An attorney for Rose also is accusing three of the plaintiff’s attorneys of making “extortionate and unprofessional demands” for payments by the point guard to Jane Doe. Messages were left Tuesday night seeking comment from the woman’s attorneys and the Bulls.

NBA – Bulls PG Rose to have eye surgery after getting elbowed
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will have surgery on his left eye after being elbowed in the face. The Bulls say the 2011 NBA MVP sustained a left orbital fracture on the first day of practice. He is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, and a timetable for his return will be determined after the operation. The injury is the latest in a long line for Rose and the last thing the Bulls needed with a new coach in Fred Hoiberg. Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing his left ACL during the first round of the 2012 playoffs, and played only 10 games two years ago after tearing the meniscus in his right knee. He also had a minor procedure on the right knee late last season.

NFL – Bears sign S Prosinsky, LB Reynolds; waive S Vereen
The Chicago Bears have signed safety Chris Prosinski and linebacker LaRoy Reynolds and waived safety Brock Vereen. Prosinski has appeared in 56 games with nine starts over four seasons with Jacksonville (2011-14) and Philadelphia (2014), collecting 73 tackles. He also has 27 special-teams tackles. Reynolds appeared in 30 games with three starts for Jacksonville from 2013 to 2015. Vereen had 38 defensive tackles and nine special-teams stops in two seasons for Chicago. The Bears (0-3) have been busy after getting shut out for the first time since 2002 in a 26-0 loss at Seattle, trading Jared Allen to Carolina and Jonathan Bostic to New England. Chicago hosts Oakland this week.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association Playoffs – Conf. Finals (Best of 3)
Tonight
Indiana Fever 66, New York Liberty 51                                       (IND Wins 2-1)

Fever 66, Liberty 51 – Catchings leads Indiana back to Finals with 66-51 win
Tamika Catchings scored 14 points to lead Indiana to a 66-51 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night in the decisive Game 3, advancing the Fever to the WNBA Finals.  They will face the Lynx in the championship that begins Sunday in Minnesota. Catchings, who announced she’s retiring at the end of next season, has willed her team to victories. For the fourth time this postseason, Indiana has staved off elimination. The Fever won the final two games in the opening round against Chicago. Then, against New York, the Fever swept the final two contests, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter in Game 2 to force Tuesday’s contest. Indiana is back in the Finals for the first time since 2012 _ the only season the Fever won the championship.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Women’s Volleyball
Lansing Community College 3, Lake Michigan College 0

Tonight
Women’s Soccer
Lake Michigan College at Ancilla College, 4:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Kalamazoo Central 3, St. Joseph 2
Mattawan 3, Lakeshore 0
Niles 1, Battle Creek Central 0
Portage Northern 5, Gull Lake 0
Portage Central 8, Battle Creek Lakeview 0

Girls Volleyball
Coloma 3, Watervliet 0
Eau Claire 3, Bloomingdale 0
Decatur 3, Lawrence 0
Lawton 3, Saugatuck 0
Marcellus 3, Martin 0
Watervliet Grace Christian 3, Granger Christian 1

Boys Tennis
Niles 6, Dowagiac 2

Girls Swimming
Portage Northern 106, St. Joseph 80
Bridgman 110, Mattawan 73

Tonight
Girls Volleyball
St. Joseph at Lakeshore, 6:30 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Portage Central, 6:30 p.m.
Portage Northern at Niles, 6:30 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mattawan, 6:30 p.m.
Parchment at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.
Mendon at Cassopolis, 7:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at White Pigeon, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Gobles, 5:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Bangor at Kalamazoo Hackett, 6:45 p.m.
Hartford at Marcellus, 6:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer
Dowagiac at Edwardsburg, 5:30 p.m.
Paw Paw at South Haven, 6:45 p.m.
Otsego at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Vicksburg, 6:00 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 5:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Comstock, 5:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
South Haven at Bridgman, 4:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Niles, 4:00 p.m.
Allegan at Zeeland East, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Golf
SMAC Meet at Gull Lake, 10:00 a.m.