Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 12/12/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, December 12, 2014

NFL – National Football League – Week 15
Last Night
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.

Cardinals 12, Rams 6 – Cardinals end Rams’ shutout streak, win 12-6
Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals as the Arizona Cardinals moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams last night. The Rams were held to Greg Zuerlein’s two short field goals and had five three-and-out series in the third quarter. Catanzaro’s 23-yard field goal early in the second quarter ended nine quarters of shutout defense by St. Louis.

Sunday
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m. Sports Radio 1400 WSJM/Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 3:20

Monday
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.

NFL – Bears defensive coordinator says he’s not focused on future
Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker insists he is only focused on one thing. That would be the next game, not his future. Tucker says that “may be hard to believe,” but it’s not difficult for a coach or player to focus on the task at hand. Chicago hosts New Orleans on Monday in a game between disappointing teams that are 5-8. While the Saints are tied with Atlanta for the NFC South lead, the Bears will miss the playoffs for the 7th time in eight years. Their defense has struggled in two seasons under Tucker, who says he hasn’t discussed his future with his bosses.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Boston Bruins 2

Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2 – Blackhawks lose Toews, beat Bruins 3-2
Ben Smith assisted on the Blackhawks’ first goal and scored their second to lead Chicago to its eighth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. The Blackhawks lost captain and No. 2 scorer Jonathan Toews in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg hit him from behind and sent him face-first into the boards. No further information about the injury was available. Scott Darling made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won 11 of their last 12.

Tonight
Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings put Abdelkader on IR, call up Ouellet
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL and put forward Justin Abdelkader on the injured list. Abdelkader’s move is retroactive to November 30th. Ouellet has played five games with the Red Wings this season. Abdelkader has seven goals and eight assists in 24 games this season.

NHL – Schuette: DDA funds OK for Detroit Red Wings arena
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says it’s OK for Detroit Downtown Development Authority funds to be used for a new Detroit Red Wings arena. Schuette on Thursday announced that he issued a formal opinion on the matter that says the use is constitutional.  The opinion from the Republican attorney general was done at the request of Democratic state Rep. Rose Mary Robinson of Detroit. The Red Wings are part of Mike Ilitch’s stable of companies. Officials in September held a groundbreaking for a new 18,000-seat hockey arena for the team and a 45-block entertainment district in Detroit. The new arena is expected to open in 2017.

NHL – Mumps strikes NHL teams
The NHL has been hit with an outbreak of the mumps that has affected about a dozen players on four teams. It started in Anaheim where the Ducks had three players affected. It then moved to the Minnesota Wild, who had five victims. Tanner Glass of the New York Rangers then came down with it, and the New Jersey Devils say two players also turned up sick. The virus is very infectious and close quarters can lead to multiple victims.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Blackhawks, 7:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Phoenix Suns, 9:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s 
Saturday
Michigan at (3) Arizona, 5:15 p.m.  WSJM-AM 4:45
Florida State at (25) Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday
Oakland at Mich. St., 8:00 p.m.  WCSY (after lions)
Western Michigan at Pacific, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Saturday
Michigan at (5) Notre Dame, 1:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Dayton, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Western Michigan at Ohio State, 2:00 p.m.
(19) Michigan State at Loyola (IL), 3:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 77, Andrews University 21 (Women)
Andrews University 47, Lake Michigan College 41 (Men)

Lake Michigan College splits doubleheader with Andrews
Lake Michigan College and Andrews University split a doubleheader last night.  The Lady Red Hawks won the opener, beating the Cardinals 77-21.  Sabrina Trujillo led LMC with a game high 19 points.  Andrews got ten from Rebekah Gains.  In the Men’s game, Andrews built an 11 point halftime lead and held on for a 47-41 win.  Andrew Simpson finished with 14 points for the Cardinals, Alec Brown had 18 for LMC.

MLB – Red Sox agree to Cespedes-Porcello swap
A person familiar with the negotiations says the Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Rick Porcello. Right-handed pitching prospect Alex Wilson also will go to Detroit as part of the trade, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

MLB – Tigers obtain RHP Alfredo Simon from Reds
The Detroit Tigers have obtained pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds for a pair of young players. Cincinnati got right-hander Jonathon Crawford and infielder Eugenio Suarez as part of the deal, announced Thursday on the last day of baseball’s winter meetings. Simon, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA last season. Crawford, 23, was a first-round draft pick in 2013 and went 8-3 with a 2.85 ERA this year at Class A West Michigan. The 22-year-old Suarez hit .242 with four homers and 23 RBIs for Detroit last season.

NCAA Football – Alvarez goes back to the sidelines
A University of Wisconsin official has told The Associated Press that athletic director Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. The move came after Gary Anderson abruptly resigned on Wednesday to take over the Oregon State program. Alvarez coached the Badgers for 16 years before taking the AD’s job in 2006.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Oklahoma City Barons, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Toledo Walleye at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Drive at Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 7:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Cassopolis 78, Bronson 51

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Lakeshore (Sports Radio 1400 WSJM 7:15)
Portage Central at Benton Harbor
Niles at Portage Northern
BC Lakeview at Mattawan
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Battle Creek Central at Kalamazoo Central

WOLVERINE
Edwardsburg at South Haven
Dowagiac at Coloma
Berrien Springs at Paw Paw
Plainwell at Allegan
Sturgis at Otsego
Three Rivers at Vicksburg

SAC
Bangor at Watervliet
Saugatuck at Lawrence
Bloomingdale at Hartford
Gobles at Lawton
Martin at Decatur
Fennville at Marcellus

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo
Buchanan at Brandywine
Bridgman at Centreville

RED ARROW
Huron Valley Lutheran at Michigan Lutheran
Dream Academy at Covert
Wtvl Grace Christian at Howardsville Christian

Saturday
SAC
Martin at Watervliet

Girls Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Lakeshore (Sports Radio 1400 WSJM 7:15)
Portage Central at Benton Harbor
Niles at Portage Northern
BC Lakeview at Mattawan
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Battle Creek Central at Kalamazoo Central

WOLVERINE
Edwardsburg at South Haven
Dowagiac at Coloma
Berrien Springs at Paw Paw
Plainwell at Allegan
Sturgis at Otsego
Three Rivers at Vicksburg

SAC
Bangor at Watervliet
Lawrence at Saugatuck
Fennville at Holland Black River

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo
Buchanan at Brandywine
Cassopolis at Bronson

RED ARROW
Countryside Academy at River Valley

Saturday
SAC
Martin at Watervliet

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