Tigers 

The Tigers lost game three in Cleveland 7-0.  The Tribe scored early and often against Justin Verlander, who gave up all 7 runs in just under 7 innings of work.  Cleveland starter Danny Salazar went the distance for the shutout. Miguel Cabrera had two of the Tigers’ 8 hits against Salazar. The Royals beat the Rangers to move 1 ½ ahead of the Tigers in the Central division. Max Scherzer goes for his 16th win tonight in Cleveland.  6:40 is broadcast time on WBCK.

 

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V-Mart Honored

Tigers’ DH/First Baseman Victor Martinez has been named the American League's Player of the Month for August.  Martinez ended last month with 41 hits and a .350 batting average, including six home runs and 30 RBI. He also had 14 multi-hit games and was walked 19 times.

FIBA World Cup

Kenneth Faried scored 16 points and the U.S. clinched the No. 1 seed in their group at the Basketball World Cup by whipping the Dominican Republic 106-71. DeMarcus Cousins came off the bench and added 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting as the Americans improved to 4-0.  Next up for the Americans is theUkrainetoday.

Boys’ Tennis

Lakeview 8, Mattawan 0

Marshall 7,Three Rivers 1

Soccer

Nati Nuzzi took a rebound off his own shot and fired it back in for a goal during double overtime on Tuesday to lift Battle Creek Central over Loy Norrix, 2-1, in SMAC boys' soccer.  Isaac Engelhardt made 11 saves in goal.

Quincy 9, Calhoun Christian 1

Volleyball

Homer went 2-0 on the day at their tri-match, beating Climax-Scotts and Dundee.

Cross Country

Lakeview's boys defended their Cross Country city championship, winning for the fourth straight year, while the Spartan girls’ squad won the event for the 16th-straight season. The top girl’s finishers were Logann Haluszka of Lakeview, Ava Strenge from St. Philip and Allegra Baird of Harper Creek.  Top Boys finishers were Brad Thomas (Harper Creek), Jon Haadsma and Nate Jones (Lakeview).

Former Bomber a Cub

Rafael Lopez, who played for the Battle Creek Bombers in 2007, made his Major League debut for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.  Lopez is the 121st former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.  Nolan Sanburn, who pitched for the Battle Creek Bombers for six games during the team's 2011 Northwoods League championship season, has been traded from the Oakland A's to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for slugger Adam Dunn.

Michigan gets Player

Michiganis adding basketball transfer Duncan Robinson fromWilliamsCollege. Robinson will sit out the 2014-15 season. He started 31 games and became the first Williams freshman to reach 500 points in a season.

NASCAR

Comcast Corp. has signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series. The series will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2024. The deal matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in its history. Sports Business Daily has valued the package at worth close to $200 million.

Sam to Cowboys

Michael Sam has been signed to the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. The NFL's first openly gay player landed in Dallas after being released in the Rams' final cut down to the 53-man roster on Saturday.  The Cowboys are seeking help with their pass rush because of injuries and the offseason release of franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware. Sam isn't likely to be on the active roster for Sunday's opener againstSan Francisco.

Battle Creek Coyotes in 2nd Round Saturday

Battle Creek Coyotes play round two of the playoffs Saturday as they head to atDetroitFordsonHigh Schoolto play the Michigan Lightning.   The Lightning (8-2) had a first-round bye during the Wildcard Round and had their  first loss of the season at to Battle Creek, 34-21 back in June.

NFL Opener

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks start the defense of their title against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field in the NFL's Thursday night opener.

Lions

Detroithosts the New York Giants in the season opener Monday night at Ford Field.

US Open Tennis

Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori are into the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Djokovic is heading to his eighth straight U.S. Open semifinals following his win over Andy Murray.

Nishikori is the first man from Japan to make it to the semis since 1918 after outlasting Stan Wawrinka.  On the women's side, all four quarterfinal matches were decided in straight sets.

Serena Williams will play Ekaterina Makarova, who ousted Victoria Azarenka. Shuai Peng will face Caroline Wozniacki, who bested Sara Errani in the quarters.

Athlete of the Week

Go on line to nominate a high school athlete for our “Meijer Athlete of the Week”   Go to wbckfm.com and click on Athlete of the week.   We’ll announce another winner next Wednesday.