NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
(3) Michigan 71, Rutgers 64
(3) Michigan 71, Rutgers 64 – Wagner scores 20, No. 3 Michigan handles Rutgers 71-64
Franz Wagner scored 20 points and Mike Smith added 12 to lift No. 3 Michigan to a 71-64 victory over Rutgers. Hunter Dickinson added 10 points for the Wolverines, who won their second straight game since returning from a lengthy layoff after the athletic department paused activities for coronavirus-related reasons. Michigan avoided a slip-up before its showdown at No. 4 Ohio State this weekend. Jacob Young scored 16 points for Rutgers, which led early but lacked the offensive sharpness necessary to keep up with Michigan.
Michigan State at Indiana, 12:00 p.m. Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 11:00
Eastern Michigan at Kent State, 2:00 p.m.
Notre Dame at Syracuse, 2:00 p.m.
(3) Michigan at (4) Ohio State, 1:00 p.m. News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 12:30
Western Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m.
NBA – National Basketball Association
Chicago Bulls at Philadelphia 76ers, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Memphis Grizzlies, 8:00 p.m.
Indiana at Houston, 8:00 p.m.
Sacramento at Chicago, 9:00 p.m.
Detroit at Orlando, 7:00 p.m.
NBA – NBA All-Star captains: It’s LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant
The NBA All-Star Game is taking shape. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant will be the playing captains for the March 7 game in Atlanta. The league says the game will generate more than $2.5 million for historically Black colleges and COVID-19 relief. The game has been criticized by some top players, who voiced concerns about having it during a pandemic. The other starters: Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Denver’s Nikola Jokic, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving.
NHL – National Hockey League
Florida at Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
Florida at Detroit, 5:00 p.m.
Chicago at Carolina, 7:00 p.m.
NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
(14) Indiana 70, (11) Michigan 65
Syracuse at Notre Dame, PPD
(14) Indiana 70, (11) Michigan 65 – Patberg, No. 14 Indiana women edge No. 11 Michigan 70-65
Ali Patberg scored 21 points and No. 14 Indiana made a couple key defensive plays in the final minute to defeat No. 11 Michigan 70-65. Mackenzie Holmes had a key steal under the Michigan basket and a defensive rebound, plays that led to the closing free throws that allowed the Hoosiers to seal the game. The final score was Indiana’s largest lead of the game while Michigan’s big lead of six came late in the first quarter. There were 17 lead changes and 12 ties. Naz Hillmon had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolverines.
Purdue at Michigan State, 11:30 a.m.
(15) Ohio State at (11) Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 5:00 p.m.
NCAAFB – QB Joe Milton enters transfer portal, leaving Michigan
Michigan quarterback Joe Milton has entered the transfer portal, depleting coach Jim Harbaugh’s depth at the position. Milton made the announcement Thursday on Twitter, thanking Harbaugh for giving him an opportunity. Milton wrote that he will have three years of eligibility remaining as a graduate transfer. He won the starting job with the Wolverines last year after beating out Dylan McCaffrey. The brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey chose not to come back to the program for a fourth year in 2020. He transferred last month to play for his father at Northern Colorado.
NCAA – Michigan, AD Warde Manuel agree on 5-year contract extension
The University of Michigan and athletic director Warde Manuel have agreed on a five-year contract extension, shortly after the head of the department negotiated a new deal with football coach Jim Harbaugh. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel recommended the move to retain Manuel and the school’s governing body approved the agreement Thursday. Manuel played football for the late Bo Schembechler and was a part of the Wolverines’ track and field program. He was hired by Michigan in 2016 after he was athletic director at Connecticut and Buffalo, which he helped establish as a Division I program.
NFL – AP source: Eagles send Carson Wentz to Colts for draft picks
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz went 1-2 in the 2016 NFL Draft. Less than five years later, the quarterbacks have gone 1-2 in the NFL trade market. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional second-round selection next year. The 2022 draft pick can turn into a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75% of the snaps this year or 70% and the Colts make the playoffs. Wentz is coming off the worst season of his five-year career and was benched for rookie Jalen Hurts after 12 games. He was 11-2 with the 2017 Eagles before a knee injury ended his season and Philadelphia went on to win its only Super Bowl title. Wentz is an ideal fit to succeed Philip Rivers, who retired after leading the Colts to the playoffs in his only season in Indianapolis. The trade comes three weeks after the Los Angeles Rams shipped Goff to the Detroit Lions for fellow quarterback Matthew Stafford.
CFL – CFL commissioner says league is committed to play in 2021
Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the league remains committed to returning in 2021 but is leaving the door wide open regarding exactly how that will look. The CFL did not play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Plans for an abbreviated season were shelved in August after the league failed to secure an interest-free loan from the federal government. The CFL unveiled a full 18-game schedule for all nine teams last November, one that Ambrosie said remains on track for 2021. However, the commissioner added the league is keeping all of its options — including teams playing fewer than 18 games — open.
MLB – Blue Jays expect to play in Florida, Buffalo and Toronto
The Toronto Blue Jays expect to split the home portion of this year’s regular-schedule among their spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida, their Triple-A ballpark in Buffalo, New York, and the Rogers Center in Toronto. Toronto announced Thursday that it will play the first two homestands of the season in Dunedin because of Canadian government restrictions during the pandemic. Team president Mark Shapiro says a return to Buffalo is a likely option in June because of the heat and humidity in Florida. He hopes for games in Toronto at some point during the summer.
Golf – PGA – Burns leads at Riviera
Sam Burns is the first-round leader at the PGA’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera. Burns birdied three straight holes in a 7-under 64 that puts him two strokes ahead of Matthew Fitzpatrick and Max Homa. Patrick Cantlay is in a group at minus-4, while Dustin Johnson is a 3 under.
AHL – American Hockey League
Grand Rapids Griffins 3, Rockford IceHogs 1
MHSAA – High School Sports
Lakeshore 55, Portage Central 41
- The Lancers started the game on an 11-0 run and led throughout as they improve to 3-0 on the season. Lakeshore got 12 points apiece from JJ Bushu and Grant Gondrezick. Bushu added four assists with Gondrezick also pulling down six rebounds. Will Juday scored a game high 16 points in the loss for Central.
St. Joseph 57, Mattawan 27
- St. Joseph is off to their best start in the last 20 years at 5-0 after a 57-27 win over Mattawan. St. Joe held Mattawan without a field goal in the final quarter and the Wildcats didn’t score a point in the final frame until a free throw with 64 seconds left in the game. Michael Algyre and Troy Pratley each scored 11 points in the win for the Bears. Andrew Foster had 9 to lead Mattawan.
Howardsville Christian 55, Calhoun Christian 23
- The Eagles had two players score in double figures as Jason Jergens poured in 36 points and Josh Parks finished with 12.
Brooklyn Columbia Central 52, Edwardsburg 38
Cassopolis 58, Bloomingdale 37
Battle Creek Lakeview 57, Portage Northern 52
Kalamazoo Central 69, Battle Creek Central 22
Gull Lake 81, Loy Norrix 38
Comstock 59, Battle Creek Academy 38
Benton Harbor 30, Michigan Lutheran 27
- The Tigers took a one point lead into the half and managed to hang on for the three point non-conference win. Desrae Kyles led Benton Harbor with a game high 14 points, Jmya Jordan added eight. Stella Lyons scored 12 points in the loss for the Titans with Elise DeWeerd adding eight.
Niles 60, Berrien Springs 20
- The Vikings took control early, jumping out to a 23-0 lead after the first quarter. Kamryn Patterson scored a game high 16 points for Niles, Alexis Rauch added 10. Kirsten Krause and Grace Constable each scored seven in the loss for the Shamrocks.
Bridgman 33, Decatur 26
- Leading by two at the end of three quarters, Bridgman outscored the Raiders by five in the fourth to seal the win. Samantha Rydwelski led Bridgman with a game high 14 points. Decatur got ten points from Gwen Grosvenor.
Buchanan 45, Brandywine 37
New Buffalo 54, Lawrence 19
Bloomingdale 57, Cassopolis 21
Eau Claire at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Niles at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.
New Buffalo at Lawrence, 7:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at South Haven, 5:30 p.m.
Kal. Phoenix at Kal. Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
Kal. Central at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
Bangor at Bloomingdale, 7:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Hartford at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Decatur at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Kal. Christian at Delton-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m.
Martin at Fennville, 7:30 p.m.
Kal. Hackett at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:30 p.m.
Coloma at Gobles, 7:30 p.m.
Lawton at Watervliet, 7:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Parchment, 7:30 p.m.
St. Joe at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m. News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM
Lakeshore at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Michigan Lutheran 6:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 5:45 p.m.
Allegan at GR Wellspring, 7:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Vicksburg 5:30 p.m.
Comstock at South Haven, 7:00 p.m.
Bangor at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Cassopolis, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Centreville, 6:00 p.m.
Decatur at Mendon, 6:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Constantine, 6:00 p.m.
Kal. Christian at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Martin at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.
Kal. Hackett at Galesburg-Augusta, 6:00 p.m.
Coloma at Gobles, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.