Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 1/10/17

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NCAAFB – College Football FBS National Championship
Last Night
(2) Clemson Tigers 35, (1) Alabama Crimson Tide 31

#2 Clemson 35, #1 Alabama 31 – Clemson wins national championship, 35-31
Deshaun Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson a wild 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Watson completed 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards and three scores in his last college game, as the Tigers (14-1) got their first national title since 1981. Renfrow caught two scoring passes for Clemson, which rallied from a 14-0 deficit and snapped Alabama’s 26-game winning streak. Bo Scarbrough ran for two touchdowns for Alabama (14-1), which failed in its quest to be the first 15-win major college team since Penn in 1897. Scarbrough left the game with a leg injury in the second half. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 last season in the title game. This sequel was as thrilling as the original. Clemson put up 511 yards on Alabama’s defense, held the ball for nearly 35 minutes and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Clemson then recovered an onside kick, and fittingly that gave Watson a chance to kneel down for the game’s final play _ then streamed onto the field in celebration.

NCAAFB – Clemson number 1 in Final AP Poll
Clemson finished atop The Associated Press College football poll Tuesday, knocking Alabama from the spot it held all season, and Southern California became the first team to finish as high as No. 3 with three losses. The Tigers were voted No. 1 in the final poll for the first time since 1981. The Crimson Tide was trying to become only the third team to go wire-to-wire as No. 1, but lost 35-31 to Clemson on Monday night in the College Football Playoff championship game. USC, which started the season 1-3 _ including a 52-6 opening loss to Alabama _ jumped from all the way from ninth in the final regular-season rankings to third. Washington was fourth and Oklahoma finished fifth. Ohio State was sixth and Penn State seventh, followed by Florida State at eighth. Wisconsin was No. 9 and Michigan 10th.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Oklahoma City Thunder 109, Chicago Bulls 94

Thunder 109, Bulls 94 – Westbrook, Thunder cruise past Bulls 109-94
Russell Westbrook had 21 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder pull away from the Chicago Bulls for an easy 109-94 victory Monday night. Steven Adams scored 22 points and Enes Kanter had 20 points and 11 rebounds, leading a dominant performance inside for Oklahoma City. Victor Oladipo added 13 points. Dwyane Wade led Chicago with 22 points, and Michael Carter-Williams had 15. Cristiano Felicio finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulls had won three in a row and five of seven, but they were no match for the Thunder with Jimmy Butler hampered by an illness. The reigning Eastern Conference player of week had one point on 0-for-6 shooting and seven assists in 29 minutes before exiting in the third quarter.

Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings, 10:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Ovechin ties Rocket Richard for 29th on all-time scoring list
Alex Ovechkin tied Canadiens great Maurice “Rocket” Richard with his 544th career goal and had two assists in the Washington Capitals’ 4-1 victory over Montreal. That’s the Caps sixth straight win. They are 11-0-2 in their last 13 meetings at the Bell Centre. Ovechkin, who has won the Maurice Richard Trophy as the league’s goal-scoring leader six times, tied Richard for 29th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list.

NFL – Jaguars hire new coach
The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping the old-school combination leads to better results in the future.  Owner Shad Khan hired Doug Marrone as head coach and brought back Tom Coughlin to oversee football operations. Marrone replaces Gus Bradley, who was fired in late November after going 14-48 in three-plus seasons.

NFL – Steelers play coach on leave after weekend arrest
The Steelers have placed assistant coach Joey Porter on leave while the team reviews information about his arrest early Monday morning at a bar in Pittsburgh. The former Pro Bowl linebacker has been charged with assaulting a doorman at a bar and a police officer who intervened.

NFL – Packers WR Nelson will miss practice with injured rib
Receiver Jordy Nelson will sit out Green Bay Packers practice at midweek to focus on rehab for his rib injury. But coach Mike McCarthy says Nelson could play in the Packers’ divisional-round playoff game this weekend in Dallas if he can practice Saturday.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
Toledo at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Akron at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 7:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – A new No. 1
Baylor has moved into the top spot in the weekly Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Bears replace Villanova which was upset last week by Butler. The 15-0 Bears have made a meteoric rise in the poll, going from a team that didn’t receive a vote in the preseason poll to one that received 55 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The second-ranked school is Kansas, which received eight first place votes, with Villanova third after getting one first place nod. Ranked No. 4 is UCLA and the Bruins were given the remaining first place vote. The fifth-ranked team is unbeaten Gonzaga while Kentucky is sixth followed by Duke, Creighton, Florida State and West Virginia.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Tonight
Indiana at Michigan, 6:00 p.m.
(11) Ohio State at Michigan State, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Northwestern women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins found dead
Northwestern women’s basketball player Jordan Hankins has been found dead in her room at the university. The university said in a statement that the 19-year-old Hankins’ body was found Monday afternoon. The statement from spokesman Carsten Parmenter said there is no indication of foul play or “any danger or threat to other members of the Northwestern community.” The nature and cause of Hankins’ death will be determined by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Women’s basketball coach Joe McKeown called the 5-foot-8 sophomore a “remarkably dynamic young woman,” adding her death is a “devastating loss for our basketball family.” Hankins was recruited out of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, where she received Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Subway Underclass All-State Honorable Mention in both 2013 and 2014. Hankins averaged 3.6 points in 11 games this season. Northwestern’s scheduled game against Minnesota on Wednesday has been postponed.

NBA – NBA Developmental League
Last Night
Reno Bighorns 107, Grand Rapids Drive 101

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Basketball
Buchanan 51, Cassopolis 44

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Gull Lake at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Niles, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
B. C. Central at Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.  WSJM Sports
Cassopolis at Eau Claire, 7:00 p.m.
North Muskegon at Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
Dowagiac at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.      WCSY-FM
Edwardsburg at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Berrien Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Bronson, 7:00 p.m.
Dream Academy at River Valley, 6:00 p.m.
Athens at Mendon, 7:00 p.m.

SAC
Coloma at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Bangor at Hartford, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Marcellus, 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at Watervliet, 7:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.
Constantine at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
Niles at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
Benton Harbor at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.
Bronson at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Brandywine at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Barry County Christian at Grace Christian, 5:30 p.m.

SAC
Coloma at Gobles, 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Marcellus, 5:30 p.m.
Fennville at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.