Morning Sports Report – 1/6/2017

Columbus delivered a clunker in its try for a historic win. The Blue Jackets lost 5-0 to the Washington Capitals last night, ending their winning streak at 16 games, one shy of the NHL record. Columbus lost for the first time since Nov. 26, ending a captivating run for coach John Tortorella’s team that fell short of the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins’ record of 17 consecutive wins. The Capitals kept the Blue Jackets’ league-leading power play off the board in five chances, and scored five goals to chase goalie Sergei Bobrovsky off the ice. Bobrovsky had been rock solid during the streak but stopped just 18 of 23 shots Thursday.

The Ohio University Bobcats return to the hardwood tonight when they welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes to the Convocation Center for a Friday night MAC showdown in Athens. Antonio Campbell scored 22 points with six 3-pointers and grabbed 12 rebounds and Ohio never trailed in beating Western Michigan 89-58 in Tuesday night’s MAC opener for both teams. Kenny Kaminski hit four 3-pointers and Jaaron Simmons added 11 points for Ohio. Tonight’s game versus Kent State can be heard live on Power 105 with pregame at 8:30 and tipoff at 9:00.

The Athens Bulldogs return to the Hardwood and on 970WATH tonight when they welcome the Meigs Marauders to McAfee Gymnasium on The Plains. Griffin Lutz scored a team high 28 points to lead the Bulldogs past Logan Elm 70-62 last week for their sixth win of the year. The Marauders meanwhile are perfect in the TVC-Ohio and have won an astounding seven straight games. Friday’s important Ohio Division match-up between Athens and Meigs can be heard live on 970WATH with pregame at 7:15 and tip off at 7:30.

Edwin Encarnacion has a new home in the heart of Cleveland’s lineup. The Indians made their signing of the coveted free agent official on Thursday, introducing the slugger, who signed a three-year, $60 million contract that will include some attendance bonuses. The deal also includes a $5 million buyout and $25 million club option for 2020. He averaged 39 homers over the past five seasons with Toronto. He will make a major impact with the AL champions, who outmaneuvered several big-market clubs to sign one of baseball’s most feared hitters. Team president Chris Antonetti credited owner Paul Dolan’s “leap of faith” in making the financial commitment to sign Encarnacion to the richest deal in team history.

On your radio dial this evening, tune into the sports fan at 6:06 presented by J & K contracting on 970WATH and 97.1FM.