Friday Morning Sports Update-11/05/2021

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Philadelphia 76ers 109, Detroit Pistons 98

Sixers 109, Pistons 98 – Curry, Maxey lead 76ers past Pistons, 109-98
Seth Curry scored 23 points, Tyrese Maxey added 20 and the short-handed Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 109-98. Joel Embiid had 19 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia. Shake Milton scored 16 points. The Sixers, playing for the second straight night, only used eight players. Furkan Korkmaz (wrist) sat out, while former Pistons forward Tobias Harris remained sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. Jeremi Grant scored 27 for the Pistons, but only five in the second half. Cade Cunningham had 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Tonight
Brooklyn Nets at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Portland Trailblazers, 10:00 p.m.

NBA – NBA: Firm will probe Suns after report of racism, misogyny
The NBA has asked a law firm to investigate the Phoenix Suns after a published report detailed allegations that owner Robert Sarver has a history of racist, misogynistic and hostile incidents during his 17-year tenure in charge of the franchise. ESPN says it talked to current and former team employees for the story, including some who detailed inappropriate behavior by Sarver. An NBA spokesman says the allegations are “extremely serious” and that the league has asked the Wachtell Lipton law firm to “commence a comprehensive investigation.” Sarver said he would “entirely welcome an impartial NBA investigation.”

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Boston Bruins 5, Detroit Red Wings 1

Bruins 5, Red Wings 1 – Patrice Bergeron scores 4, Bruins beat Red Wings 5-1
Patrice Bergeron scored his first four goals of the season, Brad Marchand had four assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1. Marchand assisted on all four of Bergeron’s goals, Mike Reilly scored his first of the season and Charlie McAvoy had a pair of assists for Boston. Jeremy Swayman finished with 14 saves for the Bruins, who remained unbeaten at home and handed Detroit its fourth straight loss, the last three coming in regulation.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m.

NHL – NHLPA board approves review of Kyle Beach’s 2010 allegations
The executive board of the NHL Players’ Association has voted to approve an independent investigation into the union’s handling of sexual assault allegations by Kyle Beach in 2010. Executive director Don Fehr recommended on a call earlier this week bringing in outside counsel to review what happened more than a decade ago when the PA learned of Beach’s allegations. An investigation commissioned by the Chicago Blackhawks found that Fehr was sent an email about Beach. Players have expressed concern about the union not looking into the matter even though Beach was not technically a dues-paying member.

NHL – Sabres end 8-month stalemate by trading Jack Eichel to Vegas
The Jack Eichel era in Buffalo is over. The Sabres have ended an eight-month stalemate by trading their former captain and face of the franchise to the Vegas Golden Knights. The trade ends a bitter feud between Eichel and Buffalo over how to repair his herniated disk, which has sidelined him since March. The dispute revolved around the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement giving teams the final say over the treatment of injuries. The Golden Knights have granted Eichel permission to have the artificial disk replacement surgery he preferred, though the recovery timetable means he’ll likely miss most if not all of the remainder of the season. Buffalo acquired forward Alex Tuch, rookie center Peyton Krebs and two draft picks.

NCAAFB – College Football – Week 10
Saturday
Navy at (10) Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
(3) Michigan State at Purdue, 3:30 p.m.                   Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 2:00
Indiana at (7) Michigan, 7:30 p.m.                           News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 6:30

NCAAFB – No. 8 Notre Dame renews long-time rivalry with Navy
Notre Dame begins month of November on three-game winning streak and is No. 10 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The Fighting Irish need to beat Navy, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Stanford and get plenty of help if they hope to make the four-team CFP for the third time in four seasons or receive an invite to a New Year’s Six bowl. Navy was very competitive in seven-point losses against No. 24 SMU and No. 2 Cincinnati but needs to win out to be bowl eligible.

NCAAFB – No. 5 Spartans try to keep unbeaten quest on track at Purdue
No. 5 Michigan State will try to keep its unbeaten season on track Saturday when it visits Purdue. The Spartans are playing for more than just a conference crown. They’re the Big Ten’s last unbeaten team and the conference’s top playoff contender. Purdue already has beaten one top-five team and a second would make them bowl-eligible for the first time in three years.

NCAAFB – No. 9 Michigan aims to bounce back vs. Indiana
The Wolverines are trying to recover from their late collapse to in-state rival Michigan State and remain in the Big Ten title hunt. Michigan gave away a 16-point, second-half lead to the Spartans while suffering its first loss this season. The Hoosiers started this season with Big Ten title hopes. They still haven’t won a conference game and another loss Saturday could end their hopes of making a third consecutive bowl game.

NCAAFB – College Football Playoff expansion talks to continue Dec. 1
The administrators in charge of the College Football Playoff plan to meet again on Dec. 1 to continue expansion talks, which need to reach a consensus by the end of the year if a new postseason format is to be implemented for the 2024 season. Executive Director Bill Hancock released a statement after two days of meetings in Dallas with the CFP management committee that he called “productive.” “Hancock says support for expansion is evident, but there are several crucial details that remain under discussion. The most crucial detail being how big should the expansion from the current four-team format be?

NFL – National Football League – Week 9
Last Night
Indianapolis Colts 45, New York Jets 30

Colts 45, Jets 30 – Taylor, ground game help Colts find easy path past Jets
Carson Wentz threw three touchdown passes and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 172 yards and two scores as Indianapolis beat the New York Jets 45-30. Indy ran for 260 yards for the highest-single game total in the NFL this season. The Jets have lost seven straight night games and also lost quarterback Mike White with an injured right forearm. He watched the final three quarters from the sideline as Indy built a 28-10 halftime lead. The Colts also scored the first two TDs of the second half to make it 42-10.

Sunday
Detroit Lions (bye week)

Monday
Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m.

NFL – Steelers look to keep Monday night dominance going vs Bears
The Pittsburgh Steelers will try to push their home winning streak on Monday nights to 20 when they host Chicago. The Steelers haven’t lost in Pittsburgh on Monday night since 1991. The Bears have won each of their last three meetings with the Steelers but come to Pittsburgh struggling. Chicago has dropped three consecutive games, all by double digits. The Steelers have won three in a row following a 1-3 start to climb out of last place in the AFC North.

NFL – Fields feeling more confident as other Bears return
Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is feeling a higher sense of confidence because of his own recent play and also because he has some missing pieces back: his coach, Matt Nagy, and running back David Montgomery. The Bears began a three-week period when they can assess Montgomery to return from injured reserve because of a knee injury suffered against Detroit on Oct. 3. Montgomery could be activated this week to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. Nagy returned to Halas Hall on Tuesday after he tested positive for COVID-19 and spent a week away from the team, including watching the 33-22 loss to San Francisco on Sunday in quarantine at a hotel room.

NFL – Packers prepare for Chiefs amid Rodgers, COVID-19 questions
The Green Bay Packers added a backup quarterback Thursday with reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers on the reserve/COVID-19 list and questions swirling over how the team handled the NFL’s COVID protocols. With Rodgers out at least Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Packers signed veteran Blake Bortles to the practice squad. Jordan Love, the 2020 first-round pick, will make his first NFL start. and Bortles will be added to the game-day roster to serve as the backup. While the Packers are focused on extending their winning streak to eight games, the larger issue revolves around how the team and Rodgers handled the league’s COVID protocols.

MCCAA – Junior College Athletics
Today
Women’s Basketball
Bryant & Stratton College (WI) vs. Lake Michigan College, 1:00 p.m.              @KVCC

Men’s Basketball
Bryant & Stratton College (WI) vs. Lake Michigan College, 3:00 p.m.              @KVCC       

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Iowa Wild, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey League
Tonight
Toledo Walleye at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Volleyball – District Semifinals
Division 4 at Michigan Lutheran
River Valley 3, Eau Claire 0
Michigan Lutheran 3, New Buffalo 1
Championship – Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Volleyball – District Finals
Division 1 at St. Joseph
Portage Northern 3, St. Joseph 1

Division 1 at Battle Creek Central
Battle Creek Lakeview 3, Sturgis 2

Division 2 at Dowagiac
Niles 3, Edwardsburg 2

Division 2 at Allegan
Otsego 3, Paw Paw 0

Division 2 at Three Rivers
Three Rivers 3, Constantine 0

Division 3 at Bridgman
Watervliet 3, Bridgman 0

Division 3 at Lawton
Decatur 3, Bloomingdale 0

Division 3 at Delton-Kellogg
Kalamazoo Christian 3, Galesburg-Augusta 0

Division 3 at Quincy
Bronson 3, Centreville 0

Division 4 at Martin
Gobles 3, Kalamazoo Heritage 0

Tonight
Football – District Finals (all games start at 7:00 p.m.)
Division 2
Battle Creek Lakeview (7-3) at Portage Central (8-2)

Division 3
St. Joseph (6-4) at Lakeshore (7-3)    
SJ: News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM    
LKSH: 97.5 Y-Country WYTZ

Parma Western (7-3) at Battle Creek Harper Creek (7-3)

Division 4
Three Rivers (6-4) at Edwardsburg (10-0)

Division 5
Kalamazoo United (7-3) at Berrien Springs (10-0)

Division 6
Michigan Center (9-1) at Constantine (10-0)

Division 7
Union City (6-4) at Lawton (10-0)

Division 8
Saugatuck (6-4) at White Pigeon (9-1)

8-Man Football – Regional Finals
8-Man Division 1
Mendon (8-2) at Martin (10-0)                     at Delton-Kellogg