Michigan Loses Harbaugh Debut

The Jim Harbaugh era starts with a loss as the Utah beat Michigan 24-17 in Salt Lake City.   Quarterback Jake Rudock beat out Shane Morris for the start and the Iowa transfer had a reputation for limiting turnovers. Rudock promptly threw three against Utah.   Michigan outgained Utah, 355-348, but 3 turnovers cost U-M in the 2015 opener. Utah's Justin Thomas returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Next up for Michigan is Oregon State at the Big House a week from Saturday.

CMU Loses

Oklahoma State spoiled John Bonamego's debut as Central Michigan's coach on Thursday, as the Cowboys handed the Chippewas a 24-13 loss in Mount Pleasant. Central quarterback Cooper Rush was 28 for 41 passing for 225 yards and ran for 51 yards.

MSU-WMU

Fifth-ranked Michigan State opens its season tonight on the road against Western Michigan. WMU has never beaten a ranked football team.  Broadcast time is 5:30pm tonight on WBCK.

Lions

The Detroit Lions wrapped up the preseason with a 17-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Both teams rested starters as expected, choosing not to risk any of them getting hurt a little more than a week before the season begins.  Rookie Zach Zenner, fighting for a roster spot, ran for a go-ahead 3-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.  Detroit opens the regular season on September 13th in San Diego.

High School Football

Benton Harbor 14, Battle Creek Central 9 (BCC 0-2)

Portage Central 28, Lakeview 21 (L 1-1)

Harper Creek 27, Jackson Northwest 7 (HC 1-1)

Parma Western 28, Pennfield 14 (P 1-1)

St. Philip 2, Litchfield 0 forfeit - 8-Man Football (St. P 1-0)

 

Homer 38, Athens 0 (Ho 1-1, At 0-2)

Bridgman 33, Bronson 22 (Br 0-2)

Delton 34, Hartford 26 (D 1-1)

Bloomingdale 34, Galesburg-Augusta 7 (G-A 1-1)

Hastings 52, Gull Lake 6 (GL 1-1)

Hastings 28, Wyoming Godwin Heights 12 (Ha 1-1)

Parchment 38, Maple Valley 6 (MV 0-2)

Coldwater 9, Marshall 7 (Ma 1-1)

Middleville 28, Olivet 0 (O 1-1)

Springport 22, Quincy 20 (Q 1-1)

Concord 44, Union City 36 (UC 1-1)

Webberville 34, Tekonsha 32  - 8-Man Football (T 1-1)

Tonight….

Climax-Scotts is at Colon

Volleyball

KCC lost at Mott Community College in three to fall to 1-4 on the season.

Tigers

The Detroit Tigers were pounded for a second straight night by the Kansas City Royals, dropping the series finale by a final of 15-7.  Starter Matt Boyd was hammered for six runs before getting the hook four batters into the second inning.  The last batter he faced was Cain, whose skyscraping homer barely cleared the wall in left field on its descent for his second home run in as many nights.  The Tigers head home to host Cleveland on Friday.  The Tigers have activated left-hander Kyle Lobstein from the 60-day disabled list to start tonight’s game.  Alfredo Simon will start Saturday for Detroit. Justin Verlander takes the mound Sunday.  The Tigers host Tampa Bay on Labor Day afternoon in the first of three with the Rays. 

US Open

A New York City teacher has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the U.S Open.   Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open.   French Open champ Stan Wawrinka advanced, as did second seed, Roger Federer.

Last year’s runner up Caroline Wozniacki lost to 149th-ranked Petra Cetkovska.  Second seed Simona Halep won, as did Petr Kvitova.

Deflategate Decision

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have their first victory of the 2015 season. A judge overturned star quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension, allowing him to play in the season opener next Thursday night against Pittsburgh. The NFL says it will appeal the matter known as "Deflategate." 

Golf

The second of four FedExCup Playoff events gets underway today with the Deutsche Bank Championship.   Up for grabs are 2,000 FedExCup points and a share of 8 ¼ million dollars.  The winner gets about 1 ½ million.

Nascar

Just two races to go before NASCAR’s post-season gets underway as teams attempt to tame the track that's "too tough to tame" in the Southern 500.

Pharoah to Race again

The owner of American Pharoah says the Triple Crown winner will run again before he is retired at the end of the year. Ahmed Zayat tweeted "The champ deserves another chance!"  After American Pharoah finished second in the Travers Stakes on Saturday Zayat said his "gut feeling" was retirement. But after a four-hour meeting with trainer Bob Baffert and others, Zayat decided to keep going.  American Pharoah has won eight of 10 races and earned nearly $6 million.

Schilling off the Air

ESPN says commentator Curt Schilling won't appear on the air for the next month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet.  ESPN says Schilling won't be on telecasts for the rest of the regular season or the American League wild-card game on Oct. 6. The former star pitcher was pulled by ESPN from coverage after he retweeted a post that compared Muslims and Nazi-era Germans.