Thursday Morning Sports Recap


Citrus Bowl – Alabama 35, Michigan 16
Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes and Jerry Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game as the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan 35-16 on Wednesday in the Citrus Bowl. The Wolverines led 16-14 at the half, but were outscored 21-0 over the final two quarters. Jeudy finished with six catches for 204 yards. Najee Harris ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama. Shea Patterson completed 17 of 37 passes for 233 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions for Michigan.

Outback Bowl – Minnesota 31, Auburn 24
Rose Bowl – Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27
Sugar Bowl – Georgia 26, Baylor 14

Birmingham Bowl – Boston College vs. #21 Cincinnati, 3:00
Gator Bowl – Indiana vs. Tennessee, 7:00

Off the field…
Running back Tony Jones Jr. has become the second player for No. 14 Notre Dame to forego his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Jones ran for 135 yards on 11 carries as the Irish topped Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl on Saturday. He finished with a team-leading 857 yards with six touchdowns in 12 games despite missing the Virginia Tech game with a rib injury.


The Pistons, Bulls, and Pacers were off
Orlando 122, Washington 101
New York 117, Portland 93
Milwaukee 106, Minnesota 104
L.A. Lakers 117, Phoenix 107

Utah at Chicago, 8:00
Detroit at L.A. Clippers, 10:30
Denver at Indiana, 7:00

Off the court…
David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA’s commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died. He was 77. The league says Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12. Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984. By the time he left in 2014, a league that had struggled for a foothold had grown into a more than $5 billion a year industry and become perhaps the world’s most popular sport after soccer.


The Blackhawks & Red Wings were off
Dallas 4, Nashville 2

Chicago at Vancouver, 10:00
The Red Wings are off


Illinois at MSU, 8:00


Notre Dame at Pittsburgh, 7:00


Benton Harbor at St. Joe, 7:00 (on 106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports)


The Bears remain committed to Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback despite his struggles this season. General Manager Ryan Pace stopped short of saying the Bears will exercise their fifth-year option on Trubisky. He also did not rule out bringing in an experienced veteran who could push for the starting job. But after an 8-8 season, the Bears fired offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and three other assistants this week.



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