KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 10/12/2020

KFIZ Sports Scoreboard: 


Seattle 27, Minnesota 26

–Russell Wilson connected with DK Metcalf for a six yard touchdown pass in the final seconds to lift the Seahawks past the Vikings on Sunday Night Football. Kirk Cousins threw for 249 yards and two scores in the loss for Minnesota, who falls to 1-4. Minnesota hosts Atlanta on Sunday. 


American League Championship Series: 

Tampa Bay 2, Houston 1

–Mike Zunino’s run-scoring single in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and helped the Rays beat the Astros in game one of the ALCS. Game Two is this afternoon. 

NBA Finals: 

LA Lakers 106, Miami 93

–LeBron James recorded a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Lakers won game six over the Heat and claimed the 2020 NBA Championship. The title is the 17th in franchise history for the Lakers. 

Sports Headlines: 

>>Undefeated Packers Much-Improved On 3rd Down Conversions

(Green Bay, WI)  —  One of the reasons the undefeated Green Bay Packers are averaging 38 points-a-game is the team’s major improvement on third-down conversions.  Head coach Matt LaFleur had said his team had to get better in that phase of the game when he spoke with reporters in the off-season.  Mission accomplished.  The Packers have gone from a 36-percent conversion rate in 2019 to above 51 percent this season.  Better results from the running game on first and second downs, the improved performance by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and a reduction in disabling penalties have all been factors.  Rodgers is leading the league in passing yards on third down, fourth in passing touchdowns, and third in passer rating.

>>Brewers Reliever Williams Named Best Reliever In Major League Baseball

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams has been named the best reliever in Major League Baseball.  Williams was nearly untouchable when he came out of manager Craig Counsell’s bullpen.  He pitched to a point-33 earned run average while striking out 53 batters in 27 innings. Baseball Digest honored the hard-throwing right-hander with the devastating change-up last week.  Williams was almost left off the Opening Day roster when the delayed season finally got underway.  By the time Milwaukee was playing in the postseason, he was one of the team’s biggest weapons.

>>Freshman Guard Leaves Badgers, Returns Home To Deal With “Personal Business”

(Madison, WI)  —  Freshman guard Lorne Bowman is taking a leave of absence from the Wisconsin basketball team while he returns home to Michigan to take care of some “personal business.”  Bowman is still enrolled and still a member of the team.  He was a part of Greg Gard’s strong 2020 recruiting class and is expected to be a starter in the backcourt before his college career is over.  The school says Bowman will use the virtual learning option to continue taking classes.  There have been no indications of what the six-foot-two standout is having to deal with while he is back home in Detroit.

>>Badgers Football Remains High In Both Polls Despite Not Playing For 2 More Weeks

(Madison, WI)  —  Sitting on the sidelines isn’t hurting the Wisconsin Badgers’ status in national college football polls.  The Badgers kick off their season against Illinois October 24th.  The Coaches Poll ranks coach Paul Chryst’s team 15th and the Associated Press Poll ranks the Badgers 16th.  Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Minnesota are all in the top-25 of both polls this week.  Several upsets scrambled the standings.

>>Marquette Starts Life Without Markus Howard Wednesday

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Marquette Golden Eagles start life without the nation’s leading scorer, Markus Howard, when practice starts Wednesday for all college programs.  Six-foot-four redshirt senior Koby McEwen is the top returning scorer for coach Steve Wojciechowski after averaging nine-and-a-half points-a-game last season.  The Golden Eagles coach will have to retool the offense around players like Ohio State transfer D-J Carton, a sophomore, and six-11 freshman Dawson Garcia.  Many people with the Marquette program expect six-four sophomore guard Dexter Akanno to have a breakout season.