KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 10/3/2020

MLB Playoffs:

National League Wild Card Series: 

Miami 2, Chicago Cubs 0

–Garrett Cooper blasted a solo home run in the 7th inning to help the Marlins complete the sweep of the Cubs in the best-of-three series. Miami plays Atlanta in the Division Series

San Diego 4, St. Louis 0

–Jake Cronenworth had three hits, including a home run to help the Padres beat the Cardinals and advance to the National League Division Series. San Diego will play top-seeded Los Angeles in the NLDS. 

NBA Finals: 

LA Lakers 124, Miami 114

–LeBron James scored 33 points, Anthony Davis added 32 as the Lakers cruised to a win to take a 2-0 series lead over the Heat. Game Three is Sunday night. 

Sports Headlines: 

>>Packers Could Be Missing WR Adams and Lazard Against Atlanta

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers could be missing their top two wide receivers against the Falcons Monday night at Lambeau Field.  Allen Lazard is out indefinitely after having surgery on a core muscle injury.  Lazard is coming off a career performance in Sunday night’s win at New Orleans.  Pro Bowl wide out Davante Adams missed the win over the Saints and continues to battle a hamstring injury.  Adams did return to practice this week as a “limited participant.”  Adams has said he will not return until he’s 100 percent.  Nose tackle Kenny Clark was also limited again Friday due to a groin injury while outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Rashan Gary had ankle injuries.

>>Falcons Banged Up For Monday Night Football at Lambeau

(Atlanta, GA)  —  The Atlanta Falcons bring a banged-up team into Lambeau Field for Monday Night Football.  The Atlanta defense that gives up a league-high 36 points per game gets to face Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers high-scoring offense. Nose tackle Grady Jarrett, end Takk McKinley, rookie cornerback A-J. Terrell, safety Keanu Neal and safety Ricardo Allen are the most prominent names hurting on defense.  Cornerback Darqueze Dennard was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, and end defensive end Dante Fowler Junior has been playing with a sore ankle.  Falcons wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley were also limited in practice with injuries Friday.  Atlanta is 0-3 following a pair of last-minute collapses to the Bears and Cowboys.

>>UW Badgers Football Begins Daily COVID-19 Testing During Camp

(Madison, WI)  —  The Wisconsin Badgers kick off the COVID-shortened Big Ten season against Illinois three weeks from today (Saturday) at Camp Randall.  Fall camp is underway at UW-Madison and daily testing has begun for the program.  Deputy U-W athletic director Chris McIntosh called the antigen testing the “linchpin” of the Big Ten’s plan, which he said is better than that of any league — from youth to professional — for returning to sports in a non-bubble environment.  Game attendance will be very limited to family members and essential staff and anyone traveling must have tested negative that day.

>>Former Dodger, Milwaukee Brave Sweet ‘Lou’ Johnson Dies

(Los Angeles, CA)  —  Former Los Angeles Dodgers hero Sweet Lou Johnson died this week at age 86.  Johnson hit a key home run for the Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series and scored the only run in Sandy Koufax’s perfect game the same year.  Johnson played 17 seasons in professional baseball, including eight years in the majors with the Chicago Cubs (1960, ’68), California Angels (1961, ’69), Milwaukee Braves (1962), Dodgers (1965-67) and Cleveland Indians (1968).  The Braves acquired him as part of a working agreement with Toronto, and he hit .282 in 61 games for Milwaukee in 1962.  Johnson had a career .258 batting average with 48 homers and 232 RBI in 677 games.

>>Cardinals Hall of Famer Pitcher Gibson Loses Battle to Cancer

(St. Louis, MO)  —  St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson lost his battle with cancer at age 84 Friday.  Hard-throwing Gibson won a record seven consecutive World Series starts and set a modern standard for excellence when he finished the 1968 season with a one-point-12 E-R-A. The Cardinals confirmed Gibson’s death shortly after losing to San Diego 4-0 in the National League playoffs. Gibson had long been ill with pancreatic cancer in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.