Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 7/14/17

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, July 14, 2017

MLB – Major League Baseball
Tonight
Chicago Cubs (Montgomery 1-6) at Baltimore (Gausman 5-7), 7:05 p.m.
Toronto (Sanchez 0-2) at Detroit (Verlander 5-6), 7:10 p.m.                WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 6:45
Seattle (Paxton 7-3) at Chicago White Sox (TBD), 8:10 p.m.

MLB – Cubs acquire Quintana in blockbuster trade with White Sox
The Chicago Cubs have acquired ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals. Trailing Milwaukee by 5 ½ games at 43-45, the defending champions shook
things up in a big way on Thursday by acquiring Quintana, a 2016 All-Star. In exchange, the Cubs sent four prospects to the White Sox _ outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.  Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts this season. He went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA last year and made his first All-Star team.

MLB – White Sox reliever Nate Jones has season-ending surgery
Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones has undergone season-ending arm surgery. Sidelined since April 28 because of inflammation in his right elbow, he experienced discomfort during a throwing session last week. General manager Rick Hahn says the issue stems from Tommy John elbow surgery Jones had in 2014. He says scar tissue formed around the nerve and caused the irritation. Hahn says Jones is expected to make a full recovery by the start of spring training.  Jones had a 2.31 ERA with 15 strikeouts and six walks in 11 appearances this year. He is 20 -10 with a 3.12 over six seasons with the White Sox.

MLB – Francona back with team
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona rejoined his team Thursday for an extended stay in Northern California, one week after undergoing a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat. Francona smiled and laughed as he talked about his health while the Indians held an evening workout at the Oakland Coliseum. Cleveland begins a three-game series against the A’s tonight.

Timely Tim: Tebow hits first pro walk-off HR for St. Lucie
Tim Tebow seems to have found his stroke since getting back to his home state of Florida. Tebow hit the first game-ending home run of his pro baseball career Thursday night, lifting the Class A St. Lucie Mets over the Daytona Tortugas 5-4 in a seven-inning game. Tebow was doused with Gatorade and mobbed by teammates when he reached home plate.

Tennis –  Venus Williams to meet Garbine Muguruza in final
Venus Williams has reached the Wimbledon final for the ninth time. The five-time champion at the All England Club will play Garbine Muguruza for the title on Saturday. Williams improved to 9-1 in Wimbledon semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Johanna Konta, who was hoping to become the first British woman to reach the final since Virginia Wade won it in 1977.  At 37, Williams is the oldest Wimbledon finalist since Martina Navratilova was
the 1994 runner-up at that age. It will be the second trip to the Wimbledon final for Muguruza, who advanced by beating unseeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1.

NBA – Knicks, Rockets talking, no Anthony deal imminent
A person with knowledge of the situation says the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets are still talking about a trade involving Carmelo Anthony but that no deal is imminent. The person says Anthony has told the Knicks he would accept a move to the Rockets but the teams are still trying to find a trade that works for both sides. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the talks between the teams remain private. Anthony has a no-trade clause and would have to agree to any deal. He has told the Knicks he would waive it to go to Houston or Cleveland. The Knicks have been trying to trade the All-Star forward but finding a deal is difficult. Anthony is 33 and still has two years and $54 million remaining on his contract, and teams have been hesitant to engage New York on talks knowing Anthony could block a deal.

NBASL – NBA Summer League
Tonight
Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 8:00 p.m. (at Las Vegas)

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Tonight
Washington Mystics at Indiana Fever, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Sky at New York Liberty, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Hurricanes: Owner Karmanos considers offer to sell team
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. is considering selling the NHL team. Hurricanes spokesman Mike Sundheim said in a statement that Karmanos is deciding whether to accept an offer for the franchise or remain the owner, but he declined to say who made the offer.  The offer could have come from former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg. Bloomberg News and WRAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, reported that Greenberg is close to purchasing the team and will not move the Hurricanes. Bloomberg reported the sale price at roughly $500 million. Karmanos bought the Hartford Whalers franchise in 1994 and moved it to North Carolina three years later. He had been publicly seeking a local buyer for at least three years.

Golf – PGA – Howell, Schniederjans shoot 63 to share John Deere lead
Charles Howell III and Ollie Schniederjans each shot 8-under 63 in perfect morning conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.  Howell birdied seven his first nine holes and added a birdie on No. 7 at rain-softened TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. The two-time PGA Tour winner lost a playoff to Kyle Stanley two weeks ago in the Quicken Loans National. The British Open is holding one spot for the leading player among the top five who is not already exempt next week at Royal Birkdale.
 
Golf – Champions – Mize shoots 64 for lead in Senior Players Championship
Larry Mize birdied half the holes and shot an 8-under 64 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Senior Players Championship. Seeking his second win on the PGA Tour Champions, the 58-year-old Mize was 5 under after the front nine. He made his only bogey on the par-4 10th hole but rebounded with birdies on 14, 15 and 16. Three-time defending champion Bernhard Langer, Corey Pavin and Steve Flesch were one shot back. Langer enjoyed a bogey-free round on the 7,196-yard Caves Valley Golf Course.
 
Golf – LPGA – Shanshan Feng leads in rain-delayed US Women’s Open
Shanshan Feng had her best round in the U.S. Women’s Open, and the first-round lead. Afternoon rain and lightning forced officials to suspend play for more than two hours Thursday in the biggest event in women’s golf, and play was stopped because of darkness with 39 players still on the course. They will return early Friday to complete the round at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
West Michigan 3, Cedar Rapids 2 – 10 innings
Beloit 7, Lansing 6
Quad Cities 5, South Bend 3
Wisconsin 9, Great Lakes 1

Tonight
Cedar Rapids at West Michigan, 7 p.m.
Beloit at Lansing, 7:05 p.m.
Quad Cities at South Bend, 7:05 p.m.
Wisconsin at Great Lakes, 7:05 p.m.