KFIZ Sports Scoreboard – 8/29/2020

KFIZ Sports Scoreboard: 

Major League Baseball: 


Milwaukee 9, Pittsburgh 1

–Jedd Gyorko hit two home runs, and Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the third for his 800th extra-base hit as the Brewers rolled past the Pirates at Miller Park Friday night. Jacob Nottingham also joined the home run party – hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning as the Crew built an 8-0 lead, before Pittsburgh scored a run. Game two of the series is tonight – first pitch is 6:10 pm. 


Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 5


Chicago White Sox 6, Kansas City 5


Cleveland 14, St. Louis 2


Minnesota at Detroit (Doubleheader – Postponed)


Sports Headlines: 


>>Major League Baseball Players Alliance Donating Salaries To Combat Racial Inequality

(Undated)  —  The Major League Baseball Players Alliance is pledging to donate salaries from Thursday and Friday games to a fund to combat racial inequality.  The Alliance is made up of more than 100 current and former Black pro baseball players.  The money donated will help Black families and communities.  A statement from the Alliance Thursday said its members are determined to use their platform to speak out and encourage teammates and fans to help make their combined voices even louder.  Friday was Jackie Robinson Day across MLB and all players wore his number 42 jersey.


>>Milwaukee Bucks Face Orlando Magic in Game 5

(Lake Buena Vista, FL)  —  The Milwaukee Bucks can eliminate the Orlando Magic with a win in game five of their playoff series this afternoon in the NBA Bubble at Walt Disney World (Saturday 2:30 p-m). The Bucks have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five series.  Milwaukee boycotted Wednesday’s scheduled game five in protest of the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake.  The team issued a statement Friday saying, “As we return to the court today, our team focus will be on our overall performance and well-being.”  Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging more than 31 points, 15 rebounds and nearly seven assists in the series.  The winner moves on to the Eastern Conference semifinals to face the fifth-seeded Miami Heat. Listen to the game starting at 2 pm with pregame coverage on News/Talk 1450. 


>>Big Ten Reportedly Working Late Fall/Winter College Football Season

(Rosemont, IL)  —  The Big Ten Conference is reportedly working on several plans to have a football season earlier than next spring.  Big Ten coaches, university athletic directors and health officials are trying to hammer out a proposal.  One source says the football season could start as soon as Thanksgiving or possibly in January.  The conference called off the fall football season in mid-August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A Fox Sports report indicates the Big Ten could potentially reverse course.  Another college football analyst said neutral sites are being considered for Big Ten games including U-S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Ford Field in Detroit.  Players for Nebraska filed a lawsuit to restore a fall Big Ten football season.


>>Green Bay Packers Players Criticize Kenosha Police

(Green Bay, WI)  —  The Packers returned to the field Friday, one day after canceling practice along with eight other NFL teams to discuss social justice issues following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.  Packers safety Adrian Amos and linebacker Christian Kirksey criticized a comment made by Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis after two protesters were shot to death Tuesday.  Chief Miskinis said that if people hadn’t been violating Kenosha’s curfew order, ”perhaps the situation that unfolded would not have happened.”  Kirskey tweeted out a video clip of Miskinis’ news conference and added that ”you’re a part of the problem. Point, blank, period.”  Amos tweeted that ”people like this in positions of power are a problem.”  Asked about the tweet Friday, Kirksey said he considered Miskinis’ comments a ”slap in the face.”  Amos offered a similar opinion, saying ” two people died, and you’re focusing on whether people were out past curfew. I just feel as though there was another way to handle that.”


>>Ex-Badger Melvin Gordon Sounds Off on Kenosha Police Shooting

(Englewood, CO)  —  Former Badgers star Melvin Gordon is speaking out against the police shooting of a Black man in his hometown of Kenosha.  The Denver Broncos running back said, “It was just sad to see, just do so much for the community and to see on T-V what’s going on, it was just heartbreaking.”  Gordon commented Friday when the Broncos returned to the practice field following Thursday’s protest.  Gordon told reporters, “and seeing people from my community getting shot in the street and then the kid getting offered water (by police officers) before or after, I don’t care when it was, it was just sad to see, man.”  Safety Justin Simmons said Gordon’s heart-felt speech before the team on Thursday really resonated with his new teammates.  Simmons wondered if the NFL and its players would do more than sit out practice in protest if a player’s family was directly impacted by racial injustice or police brutality.