NFC takes Pro Bowl “Games” over AFC for 2nd straight year – Monday Morning Sports Update


NFL – National Football League
Pro Bowl Games – Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
NFC 64, AFC 59

NFC 64, AFC 59 – NFC outlasts AFC in Pro Bowl Games showcasing soon-to-be Olympic sport of flag football
The Pro Bowl Games concluded Sunday with NFC and AFC stars competing in a flag football game that gave fans and a national television audience glimpses of what the soon-to-be Olympic sport could look like with such highly skilled athletes on the field. The NFC defeated the AFC 64-59 at Camping World Stadium, with the final score determined by combining points from Sunday’s game with those accumulated by each conference over two days of skills challenges. Baker Mayfield came off the bench in the second half to win most valuable offensive player honors.  Players and an announced crowd of 55,709 seemed to enjoy what has become largely a made-for-TV event.

NFL – Mahomes’ father arrested on DWI suspicion in Texas
The father of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been arrested on at least his third charge of driving while intoxicated, according to Smith County, Texas, records. Patrick Mahomes Sr.’s bond was set at $10,000 and he was released Sunday, according to the records. Mahomes’ arrest occurred just more than a week before his son leads his team into the Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49er. The teams meet next Sunday in Las Vegas.  Mahomes Sr. was arrested on the same charge in 2019 and was sentenced to 40 days in jail, Smith County records show.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Orlando Magic 111, Detroit Pistons 99
Indiana Pacers 115, Charlotte Hornets 99

Magic 1111, Pistons 99 – Franz Wagner dominates second half as Magic pulls away to beat Pistons 111-99
Franz Wagner scored 27 of his 38 points in the second half as the Orlando Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons 111-99 for their third straight win on Sunday. Paolo Banchero added 20 points for Orlando. The Magic got 58 points from three players who are very familiar to the Little Caesars Arena fans. Franz Wagner attended the University of Michigan, as did his brother Moritz Wagner who scored 10 points. Gary Harris, who went to Michigan State, also scored 10. Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey each scored 18 for Detroit.

Pacers 115, Hornets 99 – Pacers overcome career-high 35 points from Brandon Miller to beat Hornets 115-99
Pascal Siakam had 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and the Indiana Pacers overcame a career-high 35 points from Hornets rookie Brandon Miller to beat Charlotte 115-99 on Sunday night and snap a three-game losing skid. Aaron Nesmith added 22 points and Myles Turner contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers who held the Hornets to 39.8% shooting from the field and 27.6% from beyond the arc. Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points in 20 minutes of action while remaining on a minutes restriction due to a lingering hamstring injury.

NBA – Earl ‘The Twirl’ Cureton, who won two NBA titles 12 seasons in the NBA, has died
Earl “The Twirl” Cureton, who won two NBA championships in 12 seasons in the league, has died. He was 66. Cureton served as a community ambassador for the Detroit Pistons for the last 10 years. The Pistons said he passed away “unexpectedly." No other information was provided by the team. Cureton averaged 5.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 674 NBA games. He played for Philly, Detroit, Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte, Houston and Toronto. He was part of championship teams with the 1982-83 76ers and 93-94 Rockets.  The 6-foot-9 Cureton began his collegiate career with Robert Morris before transferring to Detroit Mercy for his final two seasons under then-coach Dick Vitale. The Detroit native was selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 1979 NBA draft.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(14) Notre Dame 78, Pittsburgh 53

(14) Notre Dame 78, Pitt 53 – Hidalgo, Westbeld power No. 14 Notre Dame’s 78-53 rout of Pittsburgh
Hannah Hidalgo scored 22 points, Maddy Westbeld had her eighth double-double of the season and No. 14 Notre Dame rolled past Pittsburgh 78-53. Hidalgo added six rebounds, five assists and three steals to her stat line. She made four 3-pointers. Westbeld had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sonia Citron scored 15 points and Anna DeWolfe added 10 for Notre Dame. Pitt got a boost from the double-double performances of Liatu King and Jala Jordan. King had 18 points and 14 rebounds; Jordan 17 and 10.

NHL – National Hockey League
2024 NHL All Star Game – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Team McDavid 4, Team McKinnon 3 – Shootout
Team Matthews 6, Team Hughes 5 – Shootout
Championship Round – Team Matthews 7, Team McDavid 4

NHL – Trade deadline, MVP race and more outdoor hockey are on tap for NHL’s 2nd half
Two significant trades happened during the NHL’s All-Star break. Many more are expected in the four-plus weeks before the March 8 trade deadline. That flurry of moves is just one thing to watch down the stretch of the NHL season. MetLife Stadium will host two outdoor games in as many days, Connor McDavid is shooting for another MVP honor and his Oilers are racing their way up the Western Conference standings. All that still needs to unfold before the playoffs and the chase for the Stanley Cup begin on April 22.

FIFA – 2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey
The 2026 World Cup final will be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 19. FIFA made the announcement Sunday, allocating the opener of the 39-day tournament to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca on June 11 and the finale to the home of the NFL’s New York Jets and Giants. The U.S. team will play its opener at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on June 12, then travel to Seattle’s Lumen Field and finish the group stage at SoFi. FIFA awarded the July 19 championship to the $1.6 billion venue, which opened in 2010, the culminating match of an expanded 48-nation, 104-game tournament that will be spread across three nations for the first time.  Semifinals will be played on July 14 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the following day at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The third-place game will be at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Golf – Wyndham Clark declared Pebble Beach winner when final round wiped out
Wyndham Clark is the winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The PGA Tour has canceled the final round because of wicked weather conditions that would linger into the next day and cause safety concerns. Clark’s final stroke was to tap in for birdie Saturday. That gave him a course record 12-under 60 and a one-shot lead over Ludvig Aberg. He never had to hit another shot. Overnight rain saturated Pebble Beach, and raging wind that followed led the PGA Tour to postpone the final round with hopes of playing on Monday. Clark picked up the $3.6 million payoff.  Seventy-eight of 104 matches will be played in the U.S., with 13 games each in Mexico and Canada, and there as many as six matches a day.  Canada will play its opening first-round match in Toronto on June 12, then at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 18 and 24. Each Canada venue will host 13 games.

NCAA – Tennessee AG says NCAA is defending ‘world that doesn’t exists’
In reply to the NCAA claiming college sports would be thrown into “disarray” if rules banning name, image and likeness compensation being used as an recruiting inducements were lifted by court order, Tennessee’s attorney general says the association is defending “a world that doesn’t exist.” The attorneys general of Tennessee and Virginia are seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction as part of their federal lawsuit arguing the group’s NIL rules violate antitrust law. The AGs said student-athletes will suffer irreparable harm if the TRO is not granted by Tuesday because college football’s signing period of high school football players begins Wednesday.

MCCAA – Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Women’s Basketball
Southwestern Michigan College 83, Lake Michigan College 61

  • SMC had 5 players in double figures, led by Cameron Thomas’ 22 points, while Macey Laubach had 17, 13 from Amara Palmer and 10 from Junahya Johnson as the Roadrunners won at Lake Michigan College 83-61.   SMC outscored LMC 27-9 in the third quarter.  Arial Ford, who was named as the MCCAA player of the week for the 2nd straight week scores 21 points for LMC,  Eleah Hedstrom added 18 and Madison Flowers scored 17.

Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College 60, Southwestern Michigan College 56

  • After trailing 34-32 at the half, Lake Michigan College came back to defeat Southwestern Michigan College 60-56 on Saturday afternoon at the Hawks Nest.  Skylar Samuel had 13 points to lead LMC, Kanden Davis added 12.  SMC got 12 points from Aries Hull, 11 points of the bench from Mikel Forrest and 10 from Rashawn Bost. 

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Boys Basketball
Paw Paw 52, Bridgman 32
Edwardsburg 47, Parchment 25
Lansing Everett 53, Niles 50
Berrien Springs 41, Cassopolis 37
New Buffalo 58, River Valley 31
Watervliet 56, GR Ottawa Hills 45
Portage Central 59, GR Forest Hills Northern 49
Detroit Cass Tech 59, Kalamazoo Central 42
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 67, Wyoming Lee 60

Girls Basketball
River Valley 49, New Buffalo 25
Cassopolis 70, Berrien Springs 55

Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at River Valley, 7:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Bronson at Brandywine, 7:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Harper Creek, 7:00 p.m.
Sturgis at Concord, 7:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Plainwell, 7:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Centreville, 7:15 p.m.
Martin at Grand Rapids Wellspring, 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Holland Black River, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Constantine at Berrien Springs, 6:30 p.m.
Paw Paw at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Saugatuck, 6:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Climax-Scotts, 6:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Pennfield at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:00 p.m.