KFIZ Sports Scoreboard : 10/8/2020

KFIZ Sports Scoreboard: 

MLB Playoffs: 

National League Division Series: 

Atlanta 2, Miami 0

–Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud each hit a solo home run as the Braves defeated the Marlins to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Atlanta can complete the sweep on Thursday afternoon. 

LA Dodgers 6, San Diego 5

–Corey Seager had three hits as the Dodgers held off the Padres to take a 2-0 series lead. The Dodgers go for the three game sweep tonight. 

American League Division Series: 

Oakland 9, Houston 7

–Chad Pinder’s three-run home run tied the game in the seventh, then his sacrifice fly sealed it for the A’s in the 8th as they won game three to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. Houston can win the series with a victory in Game Four this afternoon. 

Tampa Bay 8, NY Yankees 4

–Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle had three hits each as the Rays beat the Yankees to take a 2-1 series lead. Tampa can win the series with a victory in game four tonight. 

Sports Headlines: 

>>LB Za’Darius Smith Named NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

(Green Bay, WI)  —  Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith had eight tackles, three sacks, and four tackles-for-loss in Sunday’s 30-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons.  That has earned the six-foot-four, 275-pound athlete the honor of NFC Defensive Player of the Week.  Smith was dominant as Green Bay improved its spotless record to 4-0 entering its bye week.  With five sacks, Smith is tied with Myles Garrett for the league lead.  At 28 years old, he is proving to be one of the Packers’ best-ever free agent signings.

>>Wisconsin Badgers Putting New Limits On Who Can Attend Illinois Game

(Madison, WI)  —  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is responding to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and resulting hospitalizations by putting new limits on who will be allowed to attend the Illinois game.  Only essential personnel will be allowed at the season opener inside Camp Randall Stadium.  Families of players and coaches will also be kept away.  The Badgers are scheduled to play the Illini the weekend of October 23rd or 24th.  The specific game date and time haven’t been officially established yet.  Tailgating and loitering will also be banned for game day.

>>4 Months Of Meetings, Discussions Haven’t Developed A UW Basketball Sked Yet

(Madison, WI)  —  We know the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team will return to game action next month, but four months of meetings and discussions haven’t developed an official schedule yet.  As it stands now the Badgers will play in the Fort Myers Tip-Off around Thanksgiving, but the dates are going to be changed.  Badger coach Greg Gard is a member of the Big Ten Conference scheduling sub-committee, along with three other coaches and five athletic directors.  The university hasn’t ruled out having fans inside the Kohl Center for home games, but attendance will be limited.  The Department of Athletics had budgeted more than six-point-three million dollars for ticket sales this year.

>>Brewers 2020 MVP Is Corbin Burnes

(Milwaukee, WI)  —  The Milwaukee chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America has chosen pitcher Corbin Burnes as the Brewers Most Valuable Player for the 2020 season.  After a lost campaign in 2019, Burns led the team with a two-point-two bWAR (BEE war) after pitching to a two-point-11 earned run average in 12 appearances, with 88 strikeouts in just under 60 innings.  Reliever Devin Williams was named the team’s Pitcher of the Year after a standout rookie season.  The Top Newcomer was infielder Jedd Gyorko, the Unsung Hero award went to reliever Eric Yardley, and pitcher Josh Lindblom was the recipient of the Good Guy award.

>>It’s Not Like A “Real” Bye Week For Packers, Lions

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Green Bay Packers are on their bye week, taking time to recover from injuries and relax for a few days – but, 2020 in a new kind of season.  Even on a bye week the Packers and the Detroit Lions players have to provide daily specimens for COVID-19 testing.  In the past, players have returned to their hometowns, taken families on quick trips, or visited their alma maters for a college football game.  Not this year. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has warned all 32 teams that any violations of COVID-19 protocols that force schedule changes could result in penalties – including forfeiting games, fines, or loss of draft picks.