Sports: Lions Broom Offensive Coaches
The Detroit Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan on Monday. Quarterbacks coach Jim Bob Cooter will take over for Lombardi.
Tight ends coach Ron Prince will take Washburn's place and will also remain Detroit's assistant head coach. X-rays on the left hand of quarterback Matthew Stafford came back negative and defensive back Rashean Mathis was cleared after going through the concussion protocol. The Lions are 1-6 and play the 2-5 Chiefs in London this Sunday. Kansas City is coming off a win over the Steelers.
Monday Night Football
Tony Jefferson intercepted Joe Flacco in the end zone in the closing moments of the fourth quarter as the Cardinals avoided collapsing in a 26-18 win over the Ravens on "Monday Night Football". Arizona jumped out to a 26-10 lead behind two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer to Michael Floyd and John Brown. Chris Johnson ran for 122 yards on 18 carries, including a 26-yard score and a 62-yard scamper. The Cardinals hold first place in the NFC West at 5-and-2. Baltimore fell to 1-and-6 with all six losses coming by eight points or less.
The Red Wings are home tonight as they host the Carolina Hurricanes. Red Wings defensemen Mike Green and Kyle Quincey along with center Brad Richards are sidelined with injuries. According to Detroit general manager Ken Holland, Green will be out two to three weeks with an upper body issue after he was injured against Calgary. Quincey was also hit in the game against the Flames and is going through the league's concussion protocol and could be out for at least the next three games. Holland said Richards has gone to see a specialist in New York for a lower back injury. Center Pavel Datsyuk was on the ice at the beginning of yesterday's practice. Datsyuk is on schedule to return to the team in mid-November as he continues to heal from off-season surgery on his right ankle.
After tonight, the Wings will host the Ottawa Senators in the first of a home-and-home series on Friday.
The Pistons will open the regular season on the road against the Hawks tonight.
The Detroit Pistons have waived forward Danny Granger. The 32-year-old Granger came to Detroit in the offseason deal in which the Pistons also acquired Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock from the Phoenix Suns. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed the final exhibition game and did not practice over the weekend with a sprained foot, but is expected to be in the lineup tonight. The Pistons will host the Utah Jazz tomorrow night at The Palace in the home opener.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost has named Edinson Volquez to be his starting pitcher for Game 1. He'll be opposed by Matt Harvey for the Mets, who are making their first World Series appearance in 15 years. Yost will go with Johnny Cueto in Game 2, followed by Yordano Ventura and Chris Young. Kelly Johnson will be the Mets' designated hitter in the World Series opener. He hit .250 with five homers and 13 RBIs for New York after being acquired from Atlanta on July 24. He is 1 for 6 in the postseason. New York outfielder Curtis Granderson has a jammed thumb, but the Mets said he will play in Game 1. He'll be joined by fellow outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who says he'll be ready to go despite an ailing left shoulder that forced him to leave Game 4 of the NLCS after two innings. Game 2 is Wednesday in KC, games 3, 4, and 5 are in New York starting Friday night.
Michigan State quarterback Conner Cook has been named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Spartans to a 52-26 win over Indiana Saturday. The fifth-year senior set a school record of 416 yards of total offense, including a career-high 398 passing yards. Cook completed 30 passes out of 52 attempts and had four passing touchdowns in the win. MSU has a bye this week and will next take the field November 7th against the Cornhuskers in Nebraska. The Wolverines go up against the 4-3 Golden Gophers in Minnesota this Saturday.
High School Football
Pre-District games for High School Football are this weekend, with almost all games scheduled for Friday night. WBCK will broadcast the game between Portland St. Patrick and undefeated St. Philip, Friday at C.W. Post Field. On Saturday, we’ll broadcast a battle of 7-2 teams, as the Vicksburg Bulldogs visit the Marshall Redhawks. Galesburg Meats will be there with WBCK and you’ll be able to enjoy some free Barbeque before the game with Nate Adams and Jim Hughes.
In other area games on Friday night….
Battle Creek Lakeview (6-3) 72.111 at Lowell (8-1) 101.333. 7 p.m. Friday
Parma Western (6-3) 59.889 at Coldwater (9-0) 97.778
Delton-Kellogg (5-4) 51.889 at Montague (9-0) 85.333
Mendon (5-4) 41.111 at Climax-Scotts (9-0) 67.000
Colon (6-3) 41.667 at Pittsford (6-3) 41.778
Springport (5-4) 44.333 at Homer (7-2) 61.778
Former Tiger outfielder Torii Hunter is retiring after a 19 year career with the Twins, Angels and Tigers.
Joey Logano completed a three-race sweep of the "Contender" round of NASCAR's playoffs by winning the CampingWorld.com 500 on Sunday. Logano headlines the field of eight for the "Eliminator" round, which includes Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch.