The Fan Headlines 10/9/15


It’s On: The National League Division Series begins tonight at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals and Cubs face off for the first time ever in the postseason. Former teammates John Lackey and Jon Lester face off at 5:45pm. Game 2 tomorrow at 4:30pm, Jaime Garcia versus Kyle Hendricks. The series shifts to Wrigley Tuesday afternoon.

Yesterday, the road teams were winner in the ALDS. Texas won in Toronto 5-3, Houston won in Kansas City 5-2. Game 2 of both series this afternoon. Mets-Dodgers Game 1 of the other NLDS is tonight.

Friday Night Lights: High school football Week 7 tonight on 1300 The Fan as the West Frankfort Redbirds travel to Herrin, 6:45 pregame tonight on the Fan and streaming live here.
Elsewhere, 5th ranked Murphysboro is at Harrisburg in the game of the week.
Sparta is at Carterville, DuQuoin’s at AJ, Massac County is at Benton, Nashville’s home to Pinckneyville.
Big Game in the South Seven: Marion hosts Centralia, elsewhere Carbondale hosts Belleville Althoff, Mount Vernon’s at Cahokia.
Black Diamond: Eldorado hosts Fairfield, Johnston City welcomes Breese Mater Dei, Chester visits CZR,
Hamilton County at Carmi White County, Vienna-Goreville’s at Sesser-Valier.

Go Dawgs: Saluki football with a must win tomorrow versus Missouri State. Dawgs are 1-3 and can ill afford to start league play 0-2 with a loss to the 1-3 Bears. Our pregame coverage starts at 5pm on 105.1 VZA. Saluki volleyball’s at Evansville tomorrow night.

On The Ice: The Blues win their home opener, 3-1 over the Oilers. Rookie Robbie Fabbri’s first ever NHL goal was the game-winner, Blues travel to Minnesota tomorrow night. Blackhawks visit the Islanders tonight in Brooklyn.

NFL:  Sunday, the Rams go to Green Bay, the Bears are in Kansas City. The Colts beat Houston last night 27-20.

The Fan Headlines 10/8/15


Fly the W: Jake Arrieta tossed a complete game 4-hitter, and the Chicago Cubs shut out the Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wildcard Game last night in Pittsburgh. Arrieta struck out 11, Cubs scored a run in the 1st and got 2 more when rookie Kyle Schwarber homered off Bucs’ starter Gerrit Cole.

Dexter Fowler also homered. It’s the first Cubs playoff win since 2003, snapping a 9-game playoff losing streak.

Epic: So now it’s the matchup everybody wanted…Cardinals and Cubs in the best-of-5 Division Series. Game 1 Friday night in St Louis at 5:45, former teammates John Lackey and Jon Lester face off. Game 2 is Saturday at 4:30.

Both American League division series start today….Texas is at Toronto, Houston’s at Kansas City. Mets and Dodgers play game 1 of their NL Division series on Friday.

RIP Harry: Former Saluki basketball coach, NBA star and Saluki Hall of Famer Harry Gallatin died yesterday at the age of 88. Gallatin’s won 79 games for Southern from 1959 to 1962 before leaving to coach the NBA’s St. Louis Hawks. The Roxana native played all but 1 of his 10 NBA seasons with the New York Knicks. He was later the AD at SIU Edwardsville. Harry Gallatin dead at the age of 88.

Drop The Puck: Opening night in the NHL: The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks lost at home to the Rangers, 3-2. The Blues open up a new season tonight at home versus Edmonton.

The Fan Headlines 10/7/15


Tonight’s the night, Cubs fans…The National League Wildcard Game is tonight in Pittsburgh. The Cubs and Pirates square off at 7:08pm, it’s the first playoff game for the Cubs since 2008. They send their ace Jake Arrieta to the mound versus Gerrit Cole. The winner goes to St. Louis Friday night for the NLDS. The Astros blanked the Yankees 3-0 in the AL Wildcard last night, the ‘Stros advance to play the Royals in the AL Division Series. The Blue Jays and Rangers begin the other AL Division series tomorrow night in Toronto.

Well this will go over well in St. Louis….Fox broadcaster Joe Buck raising a few eyebrows by telling the Chicago Tribune that calling a CUBS World Series on Fox would be “the highlight of my career”. Says Buck “I want to sit at Wrigley Field, look out and know that a World Series game is about to start. It would be the cherry on top.” He’s definitely not his old man.

Saluki football with a must-win on Saturday versus Missouri State. Speaking on the weekly MVFC coaches’ teleconference, Bears head coach Dave Steckel says if it weren’t for turnovers, his Bears would be facing an undefeated club on Saturday.

Dawgs and Bears play at 6 Saturday night at Saluki Stadium.

NFL: As expected, the Bears place center Will Montgomery on injured reserve with a broken leg, he’ll miss the rest of the season.

If and when St. Louis gets a new football stadium, it will already have a name. Yesterday National Car Rental reached a 20-year naming rights deal to call the new stadium National Car Rental Field.

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Major League Baseball postseason gets underway tonight. The Astros and Yankees in the American League Wildcard Game in New York. Tomorrow at 7:08, it’s the NL Wildcard between the Cubs and Pirates in Pittsburgh. The winner goes to St. Louis for the NLDS, Game 1 will be 5:45 Friday night, Game 2 at 4:37pm on Saturday. Yadier Molina will try to give it go, he’ll wear a splint on his injured right thumb.

Saluki football with another must this Saturday as they welcome Missouri State to town. The Dawgs are 1-3 and are in survival mode. Head coach Dale Lennon saying yesterday at Lennon Live when you play to the level of the competition, this is what you get…

Dawgs and Bears kick at 6pm Saturday at Saluki Stadium.

Saluki volleyball wrapped up their homestand with a big 5-set win over conference leading and 22nd ranked Missouri State, Southern’s now 12-6 and 3-2 in the Valley. They go to Evansville this weekend.

NFL: Monday Night Football, the Seahawks topped Detroit 13-10, the Lions drop to 0-4.
Bad news for the St. Louis Rams…linebacker Alec Ogletree is going to need surgery on his injured right ankle. Head coach Jeff Fisher says Ogletree could miss the rest of the season. The Rams are at Green Bay Sunday.

And the Bears win over the Raiders proved costly…they lose center Will Montgomery with a broken fibula, better news on safety Antrell Rolle, x-rays on his injured right ankle were negative. But Rolle’s 90-game streak of starts is in jeopardy versus the Chiefs this Sunday.

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Saluki football kicks off Missouri Valley Conference play tomorrow at Western Illinois. Both clubs are 1-2. Mike Reis, Gene Green and Connor James on the call starting at 2 tomorrow on 105-1 VZA, kickoff’s at 3.

HIgh School football week 6 kicks off tonight on 1300 The Fan as West Frankfort travels to Murphysboro, pregame coverage at 645 with Rick Westermeier and Brady Haupt, on the air and streaming live here.

Elsewhere in the River to River:
AJ at Pinckneyville, DuQuoin at Sparta, Nashville at Carterville
Harrisburg at Benton and Herrin travels to Massac County

South Seven:
Marion hosts Belleville Althoff, Carbondale’s at Mt Vernon

Black Diamond:
Carmi White County at Chester, Sesser-Valier at Hamilton County, Vienna-Goreville visits Fairfield. CZR’s at Johnston City on Saturday.

Saluki volleyball is home for a pair of MVC matches at Davies Gym this weekend. Southern (10-5, 1-1) plays Bradley tonight at 7 and Loyola Saturday at 7pm.

MLB: The Cubs finished off a 3-game sweep of the Reds with a 5-3 win in Cincinnati. Austin Jackson with a 3-run homer as the Cubs pick up a half game on idle Pittsburgh. Cubs wrap up the regular season with a visit to Milwaukee. The NL Central champion Cardinals finish up in Atlanta, the Pirates finish with 3 at home versus the Reds.

The Texas Rangers clinched at least an AL Wildcard, their magic number to win the West is down to 1, the Yankees clinched a wildcard spot, so the last postseason spot has Houston a game ahead of the Angels and Twins heading into the final weekend.

Thursday Night Football: The Ravens notch their first win of the year 23-20 over Pittsburgh in Overtime. Sunday, the Rams visit the undefeated Cardinals, Bears host the Raiders.

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