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Weekday Morning Sports Update with Dave Wolf



Midwest Family Radio Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, July 31, 2014

MLB – Major League Baseball
Last Night
Detroit Tigers 7, Chicago White Sox 2
Colorado Rockies 6, Chicago Cubs 4 (F/10)

Tigers 7, White Sox 2 – Scherzer helps Tigers to 7-2 win
Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer allowed a run and five hits. He struck out six and walked one. Detroit allowed seven runs in the seventh in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday night, but this time the big inning belonged to the Tigers. Hector Noesi allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. He has hit safely in 37 of his last 38 games. Adam Dunn homered for the White Sox.

Rockies 6, Cubs 4 (F/10) – Rockies beat Cubs 6-4 in 10 innings
Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Wednesday night. Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry's third hit of the game before Barnes singled to left with one out against Wesley Wright. Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide. Rob Scahill pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win and Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save. Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, bolstering Colorado's bullpen after it used eight relievers in Tuesday night's 16-inning loss.

Today
Chicago White Sox (Joh. Danks 9-6) at Detroit (Smyly 6-9), 1:08 p.m.       WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 12:40
Colorado (P. Hernandez 0-0) at Chicago Cubs (Arrieta 5-2), 2:20 p.m.

AL Central

W

L

GB

 

NL Central

W

L

GB

Tigers

58

46

--

Brewers

60

49

--

Royals

54

52

5

Pirates

57

50

2

Indians

53

54

Cardinals

56

50

White Sox

52

56

8

Reds

53

54

6

Twins

48

58

11

Cubs

44

62

14½

MLB – Minor league pitcher charged with sexual assault
A pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman last spring after they met at a bar. Evan Reed plays for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens but was with the Tigers when the alleged assault occurred on March 30.

NFL – Lions RB Joique Bell enjoys homecoming at Wayne St
Detroit Lions running back and Benton Harbor’s Joique Bell says a lot of people counted him out when he was undrafted out of Wayne State. Four years later, Bell has established himself as player valued enough to get a multimillion-dollar contract. Bell was back on his college field Wednesday night with his NFL teammates for a public practice. He won the Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2009, but no one drafted him. Buffalo, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and New Orleans gave him chances over his first two years in the league. Bell played in every game the previous two seasons for the Lions, putting him in a position to get a $9.3 million, three-year deal in March.

NFL – Lions claim WR Payton off waivers from Buccaneers
The Detroit Lions have claimed wide receiver Quintin Payton off waivers from Tampa Bay. Detroit added the undrafted rookie from North Carolina State two days after he was cut by the Buccaneers. Payton will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at a position led by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

NFL – NFL retirees lose round in concussion settlement
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.  The players object to the settlement, calling it a ``lousy deal'' for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation. Judge Anita Brody's order says players who object to the deal can raise their concerns at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, or opt out of the settlement.

NFL – Another Raiders move?
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas. City Manager Sheryl Sculley reportedly attended the meeting and sent a memo to the City Council confirming Davis' interest in exploring a possible move.  The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland and Davis has said that his preference is to build a new stadium on the current Coliseum site

NHL – Red Wings hire assistants coaches Hiller, Brewer
The Detroit Red Wings have hired assistant coaches Jim Hiller and Andrew Brewer. The Red Wings made the moves Wednesday. Hiller had led the Tri-City Americans since 2009 in the Western Hockey League. He played in 21 games for the Red Wings during the 1992-93 season. Brewer worked for Hockey Canada as its video coach for three years, including the Sochi Games when Detroit coach Mike Babcock helped the country win consecutive Olympic gold medals.

NCAA Basketball – Pauley court is buckling
UCLA's storied Pauley Pavilion is drying out after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood Tuesday.  The 49-year-old arena is where legendary coach John Wooden led the Bruins men's basketball team to eight of his 10 national championships. The building was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago.  UCLA's top official in charge of campus facilities, Kelly Schmader, said the court is buckling and that the school is working to save it.

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association
Tonight
New York Liberty at Chicago Sky, 8 p.m.

Tennis – Rafa opts out of two events, US Open in doubt
Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open. Although Nadal is left-handed, the injury affects his two-handed backhand.  Those two events would have represented Nadal's hard-court preparation for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.

Tennis – Lisicki unloads fastest serve
The WTA says Sabine Lisicki unleashed 131 mph serve, the fastest recorded in the history of the women's tennis tour.  It came in an opening-round loss to Ana Ivanovic at the Back of the West Classic Tuesday.  The previous record of 129 mph was held by Venus Williams.

NCAA – Report: College sports shows dip in gender hiring
A report on the NCAA and its member institutions shows fewer women holding jobs in college sports and only a small improvement in racial diversity.  The report, released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, gave college sports a B grade for racial hiring practices and a C-plus for gender hiring. The racial score of 82.3 points in 2013 increased from 81 points in 2012, while the gender score decreased from 81.3 points in 2012 to 75.9 in 2013.  College sports has the lowest grade for racial hiring, and only ranks higher than the NFL for gender hiring, among all college and professional institutions the Institute studies. The Institute also produces report cards on the NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.

MWL – Midwest League Baseball
Last Night
Lake County Captains 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
Bowling Green Hot Rods 10, South Bend Silver Hawks 1
Dayton Dragons 3, Lansing Lugnuts 1
Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4, Great Lakes Loons 0

Today
Lake County Captains at West Michigan Whitecaps, 7 p.m.
Bowling Green Hot Rods at South Bend Silver Hawks, 7:05 p.m.
Dayton Dragons at Lansing Lugnuts, 7:05 p.m.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps at Great Lakes Loons, 7:05 p.m.

MWL East

W

L

GB

West Michigan

25

13

--

South Bend

22

16

3

Lake County

18

19

Dayton

18

20

7

Lansing

18

20

7

Great Lakes

17

21

8

Fort Wayne

17

21

8

Bowling Green

16

22

9

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