NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Michigan 58, Rutgers 45
Michigan 58, Rutgers 45 – Michigan trails early, pulls away from Rutgers for 58-45 win
Dug McDaniel scored 16 points and had five steals as Michigan rallied from an early 10-point deficit to earn a 58-45 win over Rutgers on Thursday night. Michigan was without Jett Howard, who averages just under 15 points per game, and the Wolverines managed just a McDaniel 3-pointer over the first six minutes while the Scarlet Knights opened a 13-3 lead. Kobe Bufkin finished with 14 points with three steals and three assists for Michigan (16-12, 10-7). Hunter Dickinson posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cam Spencer paced Rutgers (17-11, 9-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds. Clifford Omoruyi had 10 points and 10 boards. Michigan plays host to Wisconsin on Sunday. The win lifts the Wolverines into a three-way tie with Maryland and No. 17 Indiana for third place in the Big Ten Conference with three games left in the regular season. The top four finishers earn a bye into the conference quarterfinals.
Michigan State at Iowa, 12:00 p.m. Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 11:00
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 3:30 p.m.
Western Michigan at Akron, 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame at Wake Forest, 7:00 p.m.
Wisconsin at Michigan, 2:00 p.m. News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM 1:30
NCAAWBKB – Women’s College Basketball
(12) Michigan 71, Rutgers 53
(10) Notre Dame 76, Georgia Tech 53
Eastern Michigan 61, Buffalo 57
Kent State at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 p.m.
Michigan State at Penn State, 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 2:00 p.m.
Ohio at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
(10) Notre Dame at Louisville, 12:00 p.m.
(12) Michigan at Wisconsin, 2:00 p.m.
NBA – National Basketball Association
Orlando Magic 108, Detroit Pistons 106
Boston Celtics 142, Indiana Pacers 138 – OT
Magic 108, Pistons 106 – Wendell Carter beats buzzer with tip-in, Magic beat Pistons
Wendell Carter Jr. tipped in Paolo Banchero’s missed layup at the buzzer to give the Orlando Magic a 108-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Franz Wagner added 21 points, and Carter controlled the boards in the fourth quarter, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Jaden Ivey led Detroit with 25 points. He hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left to tie it.
Celtics 142, Pacers 138 – OT – Tatum has 31, breaks tie late in OT, Celtics outlast Pacers
Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, including the final four in the last minute of overtime, and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Indiana Pacers 142-138. Jaylen Brown added 30 points as the Celtics improved the NBA’s best record to 43-17. It was 138-all with 56.2 seconds left before Tatum hit a pair of free throws. He capped the scoring with a tip-in off the glass with 10.4 seconds to go. Myles Turner tied his career high with 40 points for the Pacers. He made a career-best eight 3-pointers and Indiana shot 22 of 49 overall on 3s.
Brooklyn at Chicago, 8:00 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 12:00 p.m.
Indiana at Orlando, 7:00 p.m.
Washington at Chicago, 3:30 p.m.
NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings 4, New York Rangers 1
Red Wings 4, Rangers 1 – Red Wings boost NHL playoff push, beat Rangers 4-1
Filip Zadina scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Ville Husso made 30 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 4-1. The Red Wings have surged into the playoff picture with seven wins in eight games, giving them a chance to earn a wild card and end a seven-year postseason drought. Vincent Trocheck pulled New York into a 1-all tie shortly before Zadina scored. Jaroslav Halak stopped 19 shots for the Rangers, who have dropped three straight since a seven-game winning streak.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings, 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks, 10:00 p.m.
MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Philadelphia Phillies at Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.
San Diego Padres at Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.
San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs, 3:05 p.m.
MLB – MLB’s bigger bases could lead to more steals, fewer injuries
Major League Baseball is introducing bigger bases this season as part of a flurry of changes designed to put more action and athleticism back in the game. The bases are expanding from 15-inch squares to 18 inches, which cuts down the distance between them by 4 1/2 inches. The distance between third and home and home and first was trimmed by 3 inches. With the new bases, major league teams could try a more aggressive approach on the basepaths. The bases also could help prevent injuries.
NCAAFB – Jim Harbaugh: Michigan good place to be despite challenges
Jim Harbaugh says that Michigan might not be perfect, but that the football program “doesn’t get any better” compared to other programs. Since losing in the College Football Playoff semifinals, Harbaugh interviewed with the Denver Broncos and talked to the NCAA about alleged violations. He also fired an assistant coach under investigation by police. Harbaugh said multiple coaches on his staff had conversations with NFL teams but chose to stay at the school, adding: ““People do what they think is best for them professionally and personally.”
Golf – PGA – Horschel, Bramlett lead Honda Classic with 1st-round 65s
Billy Horschel has never won a PGA Tour event in his home state of Florida. His quest to change that is off to a fine start. Horschel shot a 5-under 65 on Thursday, tying him with Joseph Bramlett for the first-round lead in the Honda Classic at PGA National. Bramlett had a bogey-free round. Horschel had six birdies and one bogey. Pierceson Coody and Justin Suh were one shot back. Coody is playing his first PGA Tour event as a professional on a sponsor exemption. He’s a two-time winner in 15 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour since turning pro last summer.
Golf – LIV – LIV Golf’s 2nd season has team concept, new faces, TV deal
LIV Golf embarks on its second season with more emphasis on the team concept and a few new faces. Dustin Johnson is coming off a big year with the Saudi-funded rival league. He amassed just over $35.6 million in eight tournaments. There was minor movement among the teams. LIV Golf was not able to add big stars to its roster during the offseason. The highest-ranked player was Thomas Pieters of Belgium at No. 35 in the world. The first tournament starts Friday at Mayakoba. The Mexican resort hosted a PGA Tour event in the fall.
MCCAA – Junior College Athletics
Lake Michigan College 66, Kellogg Community College 53
- Kalyah Watson had a game high 19 points to lead Lake Michigan College to a 66-53 win at Kellogg Community College. The win by LMC clinches a berth in the playoffs.
Kellogg Community College 94, Lake Michigan College 84
MHSAA – High School Sports
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central, Cancelled
Howardsville Christian 59, Covert 37
Portage Northern at Lakeshore, Cancelled
Portage Central at St. Joseph, Cancelled
Mattawan 47, Gull Lake 43
Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Lakeview, Cancelled
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central, Cancelled
Bloomingdale 43, Cassopolis 33
Hartford 62, Centreville 44
White Pigeon 38, Decatur 37 – OT
Watervliet 56, Michigan Lutheran 33
Dowagiac 45, Niles 14
Brandywine 69, River Valley 20
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m. WSJM
St. Joseph at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Loy Norrix, Cancelled
Eau Claire at Our Lady of the Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Covert, 6:00 p.m.
River Valley at Countryside Academy, 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Dowagiac, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Coloma, 7:15 p.m.
Bridgman at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Fennville, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 8:00 p.m.
Martin at Delton-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m.
Gobles at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Holland Black River, 7:30 p.m.
Parchment at Lawton, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Schoolcraft, 7:30 p.m.
Vicksburg at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Niles at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Hartford at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Centreville, 7:00 p.m.
Bangor at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Our Lady of the Lake, 6:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Niles at Plainwell, 6:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Coloma, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Fennville, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 6:30 p.m.
Martin at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Gobles at Galesburg-Augusta, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Holland Black River, 6:00 p.m.
Parchment at Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m.
Boys Swimming and Diving
SMAC Conference at Battle Creek Lakeview, 11:00 a.m.
Wrestling – State Quarterfinals
Division 2 at Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo
Lakeshore vs. Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Division 3 at Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo
Constantine vs. Clinton, 4:30 p.m.
Division 4 at Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo
Martin vs. New Lothrop, 12:00 p.m.
*State Semifinals at Finals are Saturday, also at Wings Event Center – Kalamazoo
St. Joseph at Mattawan, 2:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Brownstown Woodhaven, 3:00 p.m.