Weekday Morning Sports – 10/7/16

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, October 07, 2016

NFL – National Football League – Week 5
Last Night
Arizona Cardinals 33, San Francisco 49ers 21

Cardinals 33, 49ers 21 – Cardinals top Niners
David Johnson rushed for 157 yards and two short touchdowns in the Arizona Cardinals’ 33-21 victory at San Francisco. The Cardinals scored 17 points off three 49ers turnovers and improved to 2-3 while dropping the Niners to 1-4. Larry Fitzgerald grabbed a pair of touchdown passes from Drew Stanton, who was just 11 of 28 for 124 yards in place of Carson Palmer.

Sunday
Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) at Detroit Lions (1-3), 1:00 p.m.          WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 11:00 a.m.
Chicago Bears (1-3) at Indianapolis Colts (1-3), 1:00 p.m.

MLB Playoffs – Division Series (Best of 5)
Last Night
ALDS: Toronto Blue Jays 10, Texas Rangers 1                                      (TOR leads series 1-0)
ALDS: Cleveland Indians 5, Boston Red Sox 4                                      (CLE leads series 1-0)

Blue Jays 10, Rangers 1 – Jays bash Rangers
The Toronto Blue Jays have taken Game 1 of their American League Division Series by pounding Cole Hamels for seven runs through the first four innings of a 10-1 laugher over the Rangers in Texas. Center fielder Ian Desmond misplayed Troy Tulowitzki’s fly ball into a three-run triple that capped the Blue Jays’ five-run third off Hamels. Jose Bautista added a three-run homer in the ninth and finished with four RBIs to support Marco Estrada, who surrendered just one run and four hits over 8 1/3 innings.

Indians 5, Red Sox 4 – Indians hang on
Roberto Perez, Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor hit solo homers off Rick Porcello in the third inning of the Indians’ 5-4 triumph over the Red Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Cleveland. Winning pitcher Andrew Miller worked two innings of scoreless relief and Chad Allen recorded five outs to get the save. Andrew Benetendi,  Sandy Leon and Brock Holt homered for Boston.

Today
ALDS: Toronto (Happ 20-4) at Texas (Darvish 7-5), 1:08 p.m.                                   (TOR 1-0)
ALDS: Boston (Price 17-9) at Cleveland (Kluber 18-9), 4:38 p.m.                             (CLE 1-0)
NLDS: Los Angeles (Kershaw 12-4) at Washington (Scherzer 20-7), 5:38 p.m.           (Game 1)
NLDS: San Francisco (Cueto 18-5) at Chicago (Lester 19-5), 9:15 p.m.                     (Game 2)

MLB – Cueto, Giants set for Game 1 of NLDS against Lester, Cubs
It’s October in an even-numbered year, and the San Francisco Giants appear to be following their usual routine. The Chicago Cubs think their time is now. Welcome to one intriguing NL Division Series. Fresh off a dramatic wild-card victory in New York, the Giants were brimming with confidence when they arrived in Chicago on Thursday, albeit a bit late due to travel problems. Madison Bumgarner’s four-hitter in Wednesday night’s 3-0 victory against the Mets means he likely is pushed back until at least Game 3, but the Giants have 18-game winner Johnny Cueto ready to go for Friday night’s series opener at Wrigley Field. San Francisco stumbled in the second half of the season, then closed with five wins in six games to hold onto the second NL wild card. The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, and manager Bruce Bochy and company feel this is their part of the calendar_ again. The Giants’ sustained success is exactly what the Cubs are hoping to string together. It has been 108 years since the North Siders last won the World Series in 1908 _ a number that will chase them around for as long as they stick around in this year’s playoffs _ but the Cubs made it to the NL Championship Series in 2015 and led the majors with 103 wins this season.

NHL – National Hockey League Preseason
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association Preseason
Tonight
Indiana Pacers 115, Chicago Bulls 108
Brooklyn Nets 101, Detroit Pistons 94

NBA – Derrick Rose defense picks at accuser testimony
A defense lawyer has picked away at the testimony of a woman accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends of raping her while she was incapacitated. Rose’s lawyer used text messages Thursday at the trial of the woman’s $21.5 million lawsuit to create a timeline that raised questions about whether she was actually lucid after several drinks or had blacked out as she claims. The woman testified that she only remembers “flashes” after drinking vodka, wine and then downing tequila shots at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion in August 2013. Attorney Mark Baute showed her a string of text messages hours later inviting Rose to come to her apartment. He says she even used punctuation and wrote in sentences. The woman recalled little of the texting.

NCAAFB – College Football Saturday
Saturday
Notre Dame at NC State, 12:00 p.m.
Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 3:00 p.m.
Ball State at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
BYI at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m.                                       Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 2:00 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
#4 Michigan at Rutgers, 7:00 p.m.                                    News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, 6:00 p.m.

NCAAFB – Spartans will be tested by BYU running game
The last time Michigan State lost two games in a row was in 2012, part of a disappointing year in which the Spartans barely qualified for a bowl. It’s happened again over the past couple of weekends, but there’s still time for Mark Dantonio’s team to limit the damage.  “If you saw the 2012 situation, it mirrored some things that are going on right now and the fact that you’ve got to get off the field on third down, you’ve got to play well in the kicking game, you’ve got to make third-down conversions,” said Dantonio, who is in his 10th season as Michigan State’s coach. “When you don’t … then you come up inches short.” The Spartans fell out of the Top 25 after losses to Wisconsin and Indiana, and they’ll host Brigham Young in a tricky nonconference matchup Saturday. Michigan State hasn’t lost three in a row since early in the 2009 season. BYU (2-3) is coming off a wild 55-53 win over Toledo in which Jamaal Williams set a single-game school record with 286 yards rushing. He also ran for five touchdowns. Williams ranks second in the nation with 703 yards rushing on the season. Michigan State is averaging 74.5 yards a game in penalties, over 20 yards more than its opponents.

NCAAFB – Gators, Tigers postponed
Saturday’s Top-25 game between No. 18 Florida and LSU has been postponed because of Hurricane Matthew. The storm has already been blamed for more than 100 deaths and is threatening the southeastern U.S. coast.  The Southeastern Conference says efforts will be made to reschedule the Florida home game, though the Gators and Tigers do not have a common open date. Also in the SEC, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said his team’s home game with Georgia has been moved from Saturday night to Sunday because of Hurricane Matthew. Meanwhile, Saturday’s game between Florida Atlantic and Charlotte has been pushed back to Sunday. The Tulane at Central Florida game will be played next month instead of Friday. And Saturday night’s ACC battle between 23rd-ranked Florida State and No. 10 Miami remains on the top-25 docket but could be moved.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Soccer
Gull Lake 2, St. Joseph 0
Lakeshore 2, Kalamazoo Central 1
Niles 3, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 2
Hartford 3, Lake Michigan Catholic 1
Bridgman 2, New Buffalo 0

Girls Volleyball
Michigan Lutheran 3, Lake Mich. Catholic 0
Benton Harbor 3, Muskegon Heights 0
Watervliet Grace Christian 3, Countryside 1

Boys tennis
Division 3 Regional at Three Rivers
1. St. Joseph                  31 (SJ won 7 of 8 flights)
2. Coldwater                 18
3. Sturgis                      17
4. Vicksburg                   10
5. Paw Paw                    9
6. Edwardsburg             7
7. Lakeshore                  4
8. Niles                        2
9. Three Rivers              0
St. Joe and Coldwater advance to state finals

Girls Swimming
St. Joseph 104, Otsego 79

Tonight
Football – All games start at 7:00 p.m.
SMAC
St. Joseph (4-2) at Niles (3-3)                                              95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports, 6:30 p.m.
Lakeshore (4-2) at Birmingham Brother Rice (3-3)                    97.5 Y Country, 6:40 p.m.
Portage Central (5-1) at Portage Northern (4-2)
Battle Creek Central (2-4) at Mattawan (1-5)
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0-6 at Battle Creek Lakeview (3-2)
Kalamazoo Central (3-3) at Gull Lake (2-4)

Wolverine
Three Rivers (5-1) at South Haven (3-3)                                 Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 6:40
Edwardsburg (6-0) at Plainwell (2-4)
Dowagiac (3-3) at Sturgis (3-3)
Allegan (0-6) at Otsego (0-6)
Vicksburg (5-1) at Paw Paw (3-3)

Independent
Benton Harbor (6-0) at Charlotte (2-4)                                 News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, 6:40 p.m.

SAC
Kalamazoo Hackett (3-3) at Coloma (1-5)
Delton-Kellogg (4-2) at Watervliet (4-2)
Bloomingdale (0-6) at Eau Claire (0-6)
Hartford (1-5) at Lawton (5-1)
Martin (4-2) at Decatur (3-3)
Constantine (4-2) at Fennville (2-4)
Galesburg-Augusta (3-3) at Bangor (0-6)
Schoolcraft (6-0) at Gobles (5-1)
Marcellus (3-3) at Saugatuck (6-0)

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic (5-1) at Bridgman (4-2)
Mendon (4-2) at New Buffalo (3-3)
River Valley (0-5) at Brandywine (2-4)
Berrien Springs (3-2) at Parchment (4-2)
Buchanan (3-2) at Comstock (2-4)
Cassopolis (5-1) at Centreville (1-5)
Bronson (1-5) at White Pigeon

8-Man Footbal
Litchfield (0-6) at Michigan Lutheran (2-4)                   at River Valley
Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian (6-0) at Lawrence (6-0)

Saturday
8-Man Football
Elyria Open Door Christian (OH) (0-6) at Covert (0-5), 2:00 p.m.