Tuesday Morning Sports Update-01/25/2022

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Colorado Avalanche 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0

Avalanche 2, Blackhawks 0 – Avs beat Blackhawks 2-0, extend record home streak to 16
Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen scored, Pavel Francouz made 23 saves for his third career shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 16 games. It was the seventh straight victory overall for the Avalanche, who tied the 1976 Boston Bruins for the fifth-longest home winning streak in NHL history.

NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
(10) Michigan State at (24) Illinois, 7:00 p.m.                  Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:00
Western Michigan at Kent State, 7:00 p.m.
Akron at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 7:00 p.m.

NCAABKB – ESPN’s Vitale says he won’t call games for rest of season
Dick Vitale says he will not be appearing on ESPN for the remainder of the college basketball season due to ongoing treatment for precancerous dysplasia on his vocal cords. Vitale first announced in late December that he needed to take a break to rest his ailing voice. He disclosed in October that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. He made an emotional return to the airwaves on Nov. 23 for the Gonzaga-UCLA game in Las Vegas. The last game Vitale called was on Dec. 12 between Villanova and Baylor.

NCAAMBKB – Auburn jumps to No. 1 in AP Top 25 for first time in history
Auburn has climbed past Gonzaga and into the No. 1 spot in the AP Top 25 men’s college basketball poll for the first time ever. The Tigers beat Kentucky over the weekend for their 15th consecutive win. They are the nation’s top-ranked team for the first time since the poll began with the 1948-49 season.  The Bulldogs dropped to No. 2. Arizona remained third and earned the other No. 1 vote. Baylor is fourth and Kansas is fifth.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Chicago Bulls 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 110
New Orleans Pelicans 117, Indiana Pacers 113

Bulls 111, Thunder 110 – Vucevic, Bulls withstand late Thunder rally, win 111-110
Nicola Vucevic had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls withstood a fierce rally by Oklahoma City to beat the Thunder 111-110. The Bulls led by 28 points in the third quarter, but the Thunder had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds. Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed a 3-pointer that would have evened the score with 2.3 seconds to play. Rookie Ayo Dosunmu scored a season-high 24 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls. Gilgeous-Alexander had 31 points and 10 assists and Lu Dort added 16 points for the Thunder.

Pelicans 117, Pacers 113 – Graham, Valanciunas push Pelicans past Pacers, 117-113
Devonte’ Graham scored 25 points, Josh Hart had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-113. Graham went 5 of 9 from 3-point range on a night when the rest of his team missed 20 of 21 from deep.Pelicans leading scorer Brandon Ingram was sidelined by a right ankle sprain while Pacers top scorer Domantas Sabonis was out with a left ankle sprain. Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Pacers rookie Duane Washington Jr. hit a career-best seven 3s for a career-high 21 points.

Tonight
Denver Nuggets at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – Even winning coach Andy Reid questions NFL’s overtime setup
Even the winning coach, in this case Andy Reid, is questioning the NFL’s overtime setup. One day after Reid’s Chiefs won the OT coin toss, then marched downfield for Travis Kelce’s 8-yard touchdown reception to end an epic divisional round game with Buffalo, Reid recognized how fortunate Kansas City was. He said he expects the league to look at the rules that end the game if the team with the first possession of OT scores a touchdown. Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins is hopeful some changes will be coming.

NCAAWBKB – Women’s College Basketball
Yesterday
(7) Michigan 79, Purdue 66
Bowling Green 71, Eastern Michigan 60

(7) Michigan 79, Purdue 66 – No. 7 Michigan keeps Purdue at bay in 3rd for 79-66 victory
Naz Hillmon scored 32 points and had 12 rebounds, and No. 7 Michigan dominated the paint in a 79-66 win over Purdue on Monday night. Leigha Brown added 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists for the Wolverines (17-2, 8-1 Big Ten), and Emily Kiser contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The Wolverines took control of the game a little more than halfway through the first quarter and never relinquished it, leading Purdue by as much as 17.  Rickie Woltman was the leading scorer for the Boilermakers (12-7, 3-5) with 11 points.

Tonight
(20) Notre Dame at Virginia, PPD

MLB – MLB players withdraw free agency shift as labor talks resume
Locked-out Major League Baseball players removed the first of three major obstacles to a labor contract, withdrawing their proposal for more liberalized free agency when the sides met face-to-face for the first time since the management lockout began Dec. 1.  The union also modified its revenue-sharing proposal, asking the amount shifted from big markets to smaller ones be cut by what it said was $30 million, a figure management disputed. Another meeting in the contentious talks is scheduled Tuesday, the first consecutive sessions since the bargaining collapse last fall that led to baseball’s ninth work stoppage, its first since 1995.

Olympics – US names 223 to Olympic team; 4 athletes are 5-timers
The 223-person U.S. Olympic roster includes four athletes making their fifth trip to the Games. They are: Shaun White and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboarding, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling. There are 114 men, 108 women and one athlete who identifies as nonbinary — figure skater Timothy LeDuc — on the U.S. roster. The 223 athletes make up the second-biggest contingent the U.S. has ever sent to the Games. The opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics is Feb. 4. Most athletes had already been nominated by their respective sports for the Olympics. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s announcement on Monday makes their spots official.

Tennis – Australian Open – Nadal, Barty in action on Day 9
Madison Keys is the first player into the semifinals at Melbourne Park after beating French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 6-2. Krejcikova took a medical timeout while trailing 5-2 in the first set from what might have been heat stress as temperatures topped 86 degrees. She appeared to be lethargic at times during a second set that lasted 35 minutes. Keys will play either top-ranked Ash Barty or Jessica Pegula in the semifinals. Barty and Pegula were playing a night match on Rod Laver Arena.  Rafael Nadal continues his bid to break a three-way tie with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer for most men’s major singles titles. They’re all tied at 20.  In the other men’s quarterfinal, 17th-seeded Gael Monfils will play Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Grand Rapids Community College 63, Lake Michigan College 61

Men’s Basketball
Grand Rapids Community College 73, Lake Michigan College, 61

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Brandywine 74, Lake Michigan Catholic 47
Eau Claire 68, Howardsville Christian 54
Coloma 40, Watervliet 33
Constantine 75, Gobles 51

Girls Basketball
Buchanan at River Valley, CCD
Watervliet 57, Coloma 33
Holland Black River at Lawton, CCD
Gobles 61, Constantine 40
Fennville 42, Bangor 29

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m.
BC Lakeview at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
Three Rivers at Niles, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Bridgman at Brandywine, 7:15 p.m.
New Buffalo at Berrien Springs, 7:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Mendon at Hartford, 7:30 p.m.
Centreville at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.
Bangor at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.

Non-Conference
Constantine at Buchanan, 7:00 p.m.
South Haven at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.
Harper Creek at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at BC Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
Niles at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Dowagiac at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
South Haven at Michigan Lutheran, 7:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at New Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Hartford at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Decatur at Bangor, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Bloomingdale, 7:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.

SAC
Delton-Kellogg at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
Lawton at Lawrence, 6:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – AP Basketball Rankings
Boys Basketball
Division 1
1. Detroit King (5)                                  (9-1)     75
2. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s                        (9-2)     67
3. Detroit Catholic Central                      (8-2)     60
4. Muskegon                                           (8-0)     59
5. Detroit U-D Jesuit                               (6-3)     54
6. Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice                (7-2)     49
7. Grand Rapids Northview                        (8-0)     45
8. Detroit Cass Tech                                (9-2)     33
9. Ann Arbor Huron                                 (6-1)     27
(tie) Detroit Renaissance                         (9-1)     27
(tie) Warren De La Salle                           (8-2)     27
Others receiving votes: River Rouge 24, Rockford 17, North Farmington 15, Grand Haven 11, Clarkston 4, East Lansing 2, Mount Pleasant 1, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 1, Okemos 1, Warren Fitzgerald 1.

Division 2
1. Williamston (3)                                   (10-0)   73
2. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (2)          (10-1)   71
3. Hudsonville Unity Christian                  (10-0)   66
4. Parchment                                        (10-0)  58
5. Ferndale                                            (7-2)     52
6. Benton Harbor                                  (9-1)    51
7. Croswell-Lexington                             (10-0)   43
(tie) Marshall                                         (9-1)     43
9. Warren Michigan Collegiate                  (10-0)   38
10. Carrollton                                       (8-0)     21
Others receiving votes: Freeland 16, Battle Creek Pennfield 15, Onsted 14, Big Rapids 12, Ovid-Elsie 7, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 5, Olivet 4, Boyne City 3, Standish Sterling Central 2, Kingsford 2, Romulus Summit Academy 2, Cadillac 1, Richmond 1.

Division 3
1. Flint Beecher (4)                                 (8-1)     74
2. Benzonia Benzie Central                        (7-0)     65
3. Menominee (1)                                     (9-1)     61
4. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep                             (8-2)     56
5. Traverse City St. Francis                       (7-1)     52
6. Reese                                                 (8-2)     45
7. Ecorse                                               (5-1)     40
8. Riverview Gabriel Richard                     (8-1)     38
9. Bad Axe                                              (9-1)     37
10. Vandercook Lake                                (10-0)   34
Others receiving votes: Schoolcraft 25, Ottawa Lake Whiteford 15, Ishpeming Westwood 15, Blanchard Montabella 9, Hemlock 7, Centreville 5, Kalamazoo Christian 4, Watervliet 4, Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port Laker 4, Painesdale Jeffers 3, Cass City 3, Ann Arbor Greenhills 3, Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 1.

Division 4
1. Southfield Christian (4)                       (8-1)     74
2. Ewen-Trout Creek (1)                           (7-0)     66
3. McBain Northern Michigan Christian       (8-0)     61
(tie) Rudyard                                          (8-0)     61
5. Powers North Central                          (9-1)     55
6. New Buffalo                                      (9-0)    45
7. Bellevue                                             (8-1)     40
8. Hillman                                              (7-0)     36
9. Wyoming Tri-unity Christian                  (4-4)     27
10. Onaway                                            (9-0)     25
(tie) Buckley                                          (6-2)     25
Others receiving votes: Munising 24, Ellsworth 17, Eau Claire 16, Colon 9, Deckerville 5, Nah Tah Wahsh 5, Genesee Christian 3, Wakefield-Marenisco 2, Breckenridge 2, Fowler 1, Norway 1.

Girls Basketball
Division 1
1. Hudsonville (4)                                   (9-2)     71
2. West Bloomfield (1)                             (10-1)   70
3. Dearborn Divine Child                          (11-0)   63
4. Hartland                                            (10-1)   60
5. Midland Dow                                       (9-1)     50
(tie) Parma Western                                 (11-0)   50
7. Saline                                                (10-0)   39
8. East Lansing                                       (8-3)     31
9. Rockford                                            (10-1)   29
10. Grosse Pointe North                          (9-1)     28
Others receiving votes: Holt 19, Holland West Ottawa 17, Wayne Memorial 12, Farmington Hills Mercy 11, Haslett 9, Midland 9, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 8, DeWitt 7, Byron Center 6, Utica 5, Howell 3, Bloomfield Hills Marian 2, Battle Creek Lakeview 1.

Division 2
1. Detroit Edison (4)                               (4-1)     73
2. Grand Rapids West Catholic (1)              (10-1)   71
3. Lansing Catholic                                  (12-0)   63
4. Redford Westfield Prep                         (11-1)   60
5. Frankenmuth                                       (9-1)     49
6. Newaygo                                            (10-1)   48
7. Lake Fenton                                        (8-0)     43
8. Portland                                            (8-1)     38
(tie) Tecumseh                                        (11-0)   38
10. Houghton                                         (11-1)   32
Others receiving votes: Edwardsburg 29, Otsego 15, Ovid-Elsie 9, Marine City 6, Chelsea 5, Onsted 5, Saginaw Swan Valley 5, Standish-Sterling 5, Williamston 4, Sault Ste Marie 4, Imlay City 4, Sparta 3, Olivet 2, St. Clair Shores South Lake 1, Detroit Country Day 1, Romulus 1.

Division 3
1. Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory (5)              (10-0)   75
2. Kent City                                            (10-0)   69
3. Maple City Glen Lake                             (10-0)   66
4. Calumet                                             (9-0)     58
5. Jonesville                                           (10-0)   52
6. Sandusky                                           (11-0)   50
7. Brandywine                                      (10-1)  49
8. Flint Beecher                                      (8-1)     24
9. Hart                                                  (9-1)     19
(tie) Harbor Springs                                (10-1)   19
Others receiving votes: Lake City 17, Brooklyn Columbia Central 13, Sanford-Meridian 13, Buchanan 12, Reese 11, Hemlock 7, Traverse City St. Francis 7, Elk Rapids 5, McBain 5, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 5, Ishpeming Westwood 4, Schoolcraft 4, Blissfield 2.

Division 4
1. Portland St. Patrick (5)                         (11-0)   75
2. Fowler                                               (8-1)     69
3. Gaylord St. Mary                                 (9-0)     59
4. Adrian Lenawee Christian                      (8-3)     50
5. Plymouth Christian Academy                  (10-3)   47
6. Lake Leelanau St. Mary                          (8-1)     46
7. Posen                                                 (9-0)     44
8. Athens                                               (9-1)     43
9. Baraga                                               (10-1)   35
10. Carney-Nadeau                                  (8-1)     31
Others receiving votes: McBain Northern Michigan Christian 29, Pickford 21, Mackinaw City 20, Southfield Christian 12, Coleman 5, Ewen-Trout Creek 5, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 4, Colon 2, Felch North Dickinson 1, Pittsford 1, Mendon 1.