Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 1/15/16

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, January 15, 2016

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
(16) Iowa 76, (4) Michigan State 59

(16) Iowa 76, (4) Michigan State 59 – No. 16 Iowa routs No. 4 Michigan State 76-59, sweeps series
Peter Jok scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half to help No. 16 Iowa build a huge lead and the Hawkeyes went on to rout No. 4 Michigan State 76-59 on Thursday night. The Hawkeyes (13-3, 4-0 Big Ten) dominated the Spartans for the second time in two weeks and beat them on the road for the first time since 1993, ending an 18-game losing streak. Michigan State (16-2, 3-2) was down by 22 points at halftime, its largest deficit at home since at least the 1996-97 season and its biggest anywhere in the regular season since trailing at Michigan by 23 points at halftime in 1997, according to STATS. Denzel Valentine had a relatively lackluster game with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds for the stunned Spartans.

Saturday
Notre Dame at (9) Duke, 2:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday
(4) Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1:30 p.m.WCSY-FM 12:30
Michigan at (16) Iowa, 4:30 p.m.     WSJM-FM 4:00

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(8) Maryland 74, Michigan 67
(3) Notre Dame 63, Boston College 50

Saturday
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Ohio, 2:00 p.m.
Iowa at (18) Michigan State, 4:30 p.m.
Kent State at Eastern Michigan, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday
Michigan at Penn State, 2:00 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Divisional Playoffs
Saturday
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, 4:35 p.m.                WSJM-AM
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 8:15 p.m.                      WSJM-AM

Sunday
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, 1:05 p.m.                       WSJM-AM
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos, 4:40 p.m.                      WSJM-AM

NFL – Eagles, 49ers, Giants find their coaches
The Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants have found new head coaches.  A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Eagles’ offer to become their head coach. Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. He can’t be officially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the playoffs, and they take on New England on Saturday. The 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach, ending a search that began when the team fired Jim Tomsula after this season. The 52-year-old Kelly was fired by Philadelphia after Week 16 with one game left in his third season as coach. The former University of Oregon coach was 6-9 in 2015 following two 10-6 seasons, prompting Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie to make a change. The Giants have confirmed that Ben McAdoo has been hired to head coach replace Tom Coughlin, who stepped down a little more than a week ago after 12 seasons. The 38-year-old McAdoo just finished his second season as the Giants’ offense coordinator. He takes over a team that has posted losing records the past three seasons, including 6-10 campaigns the last two years.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Montreal Canadiens 1
Detroit Red Wings 3, Arizona Coyotes 2 – OT

Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 1 – Quenneville wins No. 783, Blackhawks beat Canadiens 2-1
Jonathan Toews scored, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Thursday night to extend their winning streak to nine games and move Joel Quenneville into sole possession of second place in career coaching victories. Quenneville has 783 wins, one more than Al Arbour but still well behind leader Scotty Bowman’s 1,244. The Blackhawks haven’t lost since Dec. 27 against Carolina and will try to make it 10 straight Friday night in Toronto. Ryan Garbutt also scored in the first period. Paul Byron scored but Montreal fell to 5-14 since Dec. 1 despite a spirited effort against the defending Stanley Cup champions.  Shots were 40-33 in favor of the Canadiens and both Crawford and Montreal’s Mike Condon had strong performances in net.

Red Wings 3, Coyotes 2 – OT – DeKeyser scores in OT to help Red Wings beat Coyotes 3-2
Danny DeKeyser scored in overtime and the Detroit Red Wings used two third-period power-play goals to rally and beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Thursday night. Rookie Dylan Larkin kept the puck on a rush that ended behind the net, spun around and fed DeKeyser for a wrist shot over Louis Domingue’s shoulder with 2:52 left. Pavel Datsyuk and Gustav Nyquist scored in the third to help the Red Wings come back from a 2-0 deficit. Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots, and Detroit finished with five wins during a six-game trip. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Shane Doan scored second-period goals and Domingue made 22 saves. Arizona’s four-game winning streak was snapped.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 115, Philadelphia 76ers 111 – OT
Memphis Grizzlies 103, Detroit Pistons 101

Bulls 115, Sixers 111 – OT – Butler scores career-high 53 points to lead Bulls over 76ers
Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 53 points and E’Twaun Moore had seven of his 14 in overtime to lead the Chicago Bulls to an 115-111 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night. Butler also had 10 rebounds and six assists while making 15 of 30 field goals and 21 of 25 free throws to help the Bulls snap a three-game losing streak. He became the first Chicago player to score 50 points since Jamal Crawford in 2004. Robert Covington scored 25 points and Ish Smith had 24 for the 76ers, who fell to 4-37. But the Sixers didn’t go down easily in this one.

Grizzlies 103, Pistons 101 – Chalmers’ leaner lifts Grizzlies over Pistons 103-101
Mario Chalmers scored 25 points, including a leaning 19-foot jumper with less than a second left to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 103-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Chalmers was fouled on the play and missed the ensuing free throw. The shot appeared to miss the front of the rim and the clock ran out with players scrambling for the rebound.  Chalmers’ basket meant the Pistons lost both games to Memphis this season on a late shot. Matt Barnes’ heave from halfcourt with 1.1 seconds left gave the Grizzlies a 93-92 victory on Dec. 9. Marc Gasol had 19 points for Memphis, and Barnes scored 18. Jeff Green finished with 16. Rookie forward Stanley Johnson led the Pistons with 19 points, and Ersan Ilyasova scored 17. Reggie Jackson had 12 points and Andre Drummond finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Tonight
Dallas Mavericks at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

MLB – Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Romine, avoid arbitration
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Andrew Romine for $900,000, avoiding arbitration. Romine hit .255 last season with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 109 games. The 30-year-old made starts at all four infield positions, including 22 at shortstop. The Tigers announced the deal with Romine on Thursday. He gets an additional $25,000 for 205 plate appearances. Romine is the second player to agree to a contract with Detroit after filing for arbitration this offseason. Reliever Justin Wilson did as well. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and shortstop Jose Iglesias remain unsigned after filing for arbitration.

MLB – Bosch has sentence cut
Anthony Bosch’s four-year sentence in a Major League drug scandal has been reduced by 16 months for cooperation with federal prosecutors. He was the owner of the South Florida clinic that was at the center of a steroids scandal that swept up New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles granted prosecutors’ request to cut the sentence.  Bosch revealed key evidence against at least four other people, including a self-styled chemist who supplied drugs made in his suburban garage and a sports agent who recruited players.

NCAA Football – Michigan says Partridge will coach LBs, special teams
Chris Partridge will remain with Michigan’s coaching staff as a linebackers and special teams coach. The Wolverines announced that Thursday. Partridge, who had been the director of player personnel in recruiting since January 2015, was appointed to coach linebackers during the bowl season after defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin left to become the head coach at Maryland. Partridge was a head coach for five seasons at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey. Previously, he was an assistant at The Citadel.

NCAA Football – New playoff committee chairman
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt has been named chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee, replacing Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long. Long is rotating out of the chairman’s role after the playoff’s first two years.

Golf – Singh, Barnes and Hoffman tied early
Vijay Singh birdied his last two holes for a 7-under 63 and a share of the lead with four others in first-round play at the Sony Open in Honolulu. It was Singh’s best score in the tournament by two shots, and his lowest opening round in more than three years. It left him tied with Ricky Barnes, Morgan Hoffman, Kevin Kisner and Brandt Snedeker.  Zach Johnson, Charles Howell III and Si Woo Kim are another shot back.

Tennis – Australian Open – Serena has tough test in opening round
Defending champion Serena Williams and No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova were drawn into the same section for the Australian Open. This means last year’s finalists could meet in the quarterfinals. Williams has a tough draw starting in the opening round against Italy’s Camila Giorgi, who finished 2015 at No. 34 and is the highest-ranked unseeded player in the season’s first major.  Men’s champion Novak Djokovic will open against Chung Hyeon of South Korea. Djokovic could meet No. 7 Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Roger Federer in the semis.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Lake Erie Monsters at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.
Iowa Wild at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Evansville IceMen at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Wings at Quad City Mallards, 8:05 p.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Drive at Iowa Energy, 8:00 p.m. 

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 59, River Valley 44
Michigan Lutheran got a game high 13 points apiece from Emily Witkowski and Erika Rosenbaum as the Titans defeated River Valley 59-44 last night.  Sarah Jackemeyer and Cali Laughlin each had 11 as Lutheran improves to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the BCS-White.  River Valley got 11 points from Breanne Alexander in the loss.

Comstock 61, Bridgman 38
Buchanan 63, Berrien Springs 41
White Pigeon 55, New Buffalo 27

Boys Swimming
St. Joseph 93, Mattawan 92
Bridgman 96, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 90

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC – 7:15 p.m.
Lakeshore at Benton Harbor       WSJM-AM
Niles at St. Joseph
Portage Central at Portage Northern
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Wolverine – 7:15 p.m.
Edwardsburg at South Haven     WCSY-FM
Dowagiac at Vicksburg
Paw Paw at Allegan
Plainwell at Otsego
Sturgis at Three Rivers

SAC – 7:15 p.m.
Decatur at Eau Claire
Lawton at Galesburg-Augusta
Saugatuck at Gobles
Fennville at Hartford
Lawrence at Marcellus
Bloomingdale at Martin

BCS – 7:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Grace Christian
Howardsville Christian at Countryside
Mendon at Cassopolis
Parchment at Brandywine
Michigan Lutheran at River Valley
Comstock at Bridgman
Berrien Springs at Buchanan
New Buffalo at White Pigeon

Girls Basketball
SMAC – 5:45 p.m.
Lakeshore at Benton Harbor      WSJM-AM
Niles at St. Joseph
Portage Central at Portage Northern
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Wolverine – 6:00 p.m. (unless marked otherwis)
South Haven at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Dowagiac at Vicksburg
Paw Paw at Allegan
Plainwell at Otsego
Sturgis at Three Rivers

SAC – 6:005 p.m.
Decatur at Eau Claire
Lawton at Galesburg-Augusta
Saugatuck at Gobles
Fennville at Hartford
Lawrence at Marcellus
Bloomingdale at Martin

BCS – 6:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Grace Christian
Howardsville Christian at Countryside
Mendon at Cassopolis
Parchment at Brandywine

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Saturday
Mount Pleasant vs. Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 11:00 a.m.         (Howard Ice Arena, St. Joe)

Sunday
Mattawan at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 11:10 a.m.                  (Howard Ice Arena, St. Joe)