Friday Morning State Sports Summary
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 02:02:13 EDT

The Detroit Tigers begin postseason play tomorrow evening as they host the
Oakland A's in Game One of their American League Division Series in Detroit.
First pitch is set for 6:07 p.m.
Justin Verlander will take the mound, while 1968 World Series hero Mickey Lolich
will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
In the new playoff format, the Tigers and A's will play games one and two in
Detroit tomorrow and Sunday, then the series will switch to Oakland for game
three on Tuesday and if needed, games four and five on Wednesday and Thursday.




The Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers will clash tonight in the American
League Wild Card game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Joe Saunders will start for Baltimore, while Texas counters with Yu (Yoo)
Darvish. The Orioles are back in the postseason for the first time since 1997.
The Rangers squandered a bid for their third straight AL West crown by losing
five of their last six games down the stretch.
Texas blew a 5-1 lead in a 12-5 loss to Oakland on the final day of the regular
season that gave the Athletics the division title. The Rangers have won the
last two American League pennants, but came up short in the World Series both
times.
The winner will face the New York Yankees.



The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves meet in tonight's National League
Wild Card game at Turner Field.
It's a one-game playoff as part of Major League Baseball's new postseason
format, with the winner advancing to take on the NL East champion Washington
Nationals in the best-of-five National League Division Series.
Kyle Lohse (Loash) will start for St. Louis, while Atlanta counters with Kris
Medlen.
The Braves have won a record 23 consecutive starts by Medlen.




It didn't take long for the managerial axe to fall, as the Boston Red Sox fired
Bobby Valentine on Thursday, one day after the club finished last in the
American League East with a record of 69-93.
The team's worst mark since 1965 wasn't the only problem for Valentine, who was
back in a big league dugout for the first time since 2002.
He had issues with some members of his coaching staff, saying in a radio
interview Wednesday that he didn't feel loyalty from
all of his coaches, and there were problems with players as well.
It started in April when Valentine said Kevin Youkilis wasn't playing with as
much passion as in the past, and was magnified by a reported mutiny in July,
when players allegedly went to management to complain about Valentine.




                         ---N-H-L---

The NHL is cancelling regular-season games through October 24th due to the
ongoing labor stalemate between the league and the Players Association.
A total of 82 regular-season games were scheduled between October 11th and
October 24th.
The two sides are at odds over the splitting of hockey-related revenue and
remain without a collective bargaining agreement.
The NHL locked out the players after the previous CBA expired September 15th.
The stalemate first led to preseason games being cancelled through the end of
September.
The league later called off the rest of the exhibition slate through October
7th. The regular season was slated to begin next Thursday.
The Red Wings were scheduled to host Nashville in the season-opener October 12th
as well as Vancouver on October 22nd. Detroit also lost four road games at
Buffalo, St. Louis, Chicago, and Columbus.




                               ---N-F-L---

Sam Bradford passed for 141 yards and two touchdowns as the St. Louis Rams
battered the previously-undefeated Arizona Cardinals, 17-3, on "Thursday Night
Football."
Lance Kendricks and Chris Givens had the TD grabs for the Rams, who improved to
3-and-2.
The St. Louis defense recorded nine sacks, three of which were by Robert Quinn.
Kevin Kolb (Cobb) was 28-of-50 for 289 yards for Arizona, which dropped to
4-and-1. Larry Fitzgerald had eight catches for 92 yards in the loss.




                     (N-F-L Scoreboard)

St. Louis Rams 17, Arizona Cardinals 3




                                   ---College Football---

The Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines both play Big Ten road games
tomorrow.
The 3-and-2 Spartans will travel south to take on the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday
afternoon.
M-S-U is coming off last Saturday's home loss to Ohio State in their Big Ten
opener.
The 2-and-2 Wolverines will kick off their Big Ten season Saturday when they
travel to take on the 3-and-1 Purdue Boilermakers.
Michigan is coming off a road loss to Notre Dame two weeks ago.




Michigan State offensive lineman Jack Allen will not face disciplinary action
from the Big Ten after video taken during the Ohio State game showed him and OSU
defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins grabbing each other's masks.
Allen had been accused of poking Hankins in the eye, but MSU athletic director
Mark Hollis said yesterday that Big Ten officials reviewed the video and found
Allen did not violate the conference's sportslike conduct policy.
Buckyes head coach Urban Meyer had asked for the Big Ten to investigate the
incident.




                         ---N-B-A---

The Detroit Pistons continue training camp and will hold an open practice at
Oakland University's O'Rena tomorrow from noon until 1 p.m.
Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and first-round draft pick Andre
Drummond are expected to take part in the scrimmage.
Detroit opens preseason play October 10th when it hosts the Toronto Raptors at
The Palace of Auburn Hills.




The NBA exhibition season officially gets underway this afternoon overseas.
The Boston Celtics will take on Turkish League team Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul
at 2 p.m. Eastern.
The Celtics will also play an exhibition in Milan, Italy on Sunday before
returning to the States.
Four games are on tap for Saturday, with Dallas, Memphis and San Antonio all
playing exhibitions against non-NBA clubs while the Los Angeles Clippers host
the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
LeBron James and the defending champion Miami Heat begin play Sunday on the road
at Atlanta. The NBA's regular season begins October 30th.




Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning could soon become part-owner of the
Memphis Grizzlies.
ESPN reports Manning is a part of the proposed ownership group led by Robert
Pera to buy the NBA club.
Pera agreed to purchase the team from Michael Heisley for about
350-million-dollars this summer. The ownership stake is actually in the name of
Peyton's wife, Ashley, but the Broncos' QB is also involved.
The Mannings' percentage and how much they paid is unknown.


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