Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 12/18/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, December 18, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 15
Last Night
St. Louis Rams 31, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23

Rams 31, Buccaneers 23 – Austin, Gurley lead Rams past Buccaneers, 31-23
The Rams raced out to a 21-3 halftime lead before holding off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23 in what might have been the final NFL game in St. Louis for a while. Tavon (TAY’-vahn) Austin scored two of the Rams’ four touchdowns, grabbing a 17-yard pass from Case Keenum and rumbling 21 yards for a TD that put St. Louis ahead 28-6 late in the third quarter. Fans chanted “Keep Our Rams! Keep Our Rams!” during the game amid the team’s threat to move back to Los Angeles.

Chicago at Minnesota, 1:00 p.m.
Houston at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.
Monday Night
Detroit at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.  WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:30

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Edmonton Oilers 0

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 0 – Crawford, Teravainen lead Blackhawks past Oilers 4-0
Corey Crawford made 33 saves in his NHL-best fifth shutout, Teuvo Teravainen had two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night. Jonathan Toews added a goal and two assists in a strong performance by Chicago’s top line. Marian Hossa had three assists as the Blackhawks won for the third time in four games. It was Crawford’s third shutout in his last four starts and No. 17 for his career. The Stanley Cup champions kept him clean for most of the night, but he got over to make a nice right pad stop on Mark Letestu with about three minutes left in the second period. Cam Talbot also had 33 stops for Edmonton, which has lost two in a row after a six-game win streak. Talbot was coming off a 47-save performance in a 3-2 overtime win at Boston in his previous start on Monday.

Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – LeBron James plows into crowd, wife of golfer Jason Day hurt
The wife of PGA champion Jason Day has been treated and released from a hospital after star LeBron James crashed into her during the Cavaliers’ win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.  Ellie Day was carried from Quicken Loans Arena on a backboard, placed on a stretcher with her head immobilized and taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. She was released early Friday morning, according to hospital spokeswoman Tina Shaerban Arundel. James was scrambling for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of a 104-100 win over Oklahoma City, when the 6-foot-8, 250-pound All-Star launched himself into the air, plowing into Ellie Day as she sat next to her husband. Jason Day is the No. 2-ranked golfer in the world. He won the PGA Championship this year for his first major win on the PGA Tour. On Nov. 11, Ellie Day gave birth to the couple’s second child, a girl named Lucy.

NBA – Detroit’s Jennings to play in D-League game as part of rehab
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will play for the team’s D-League affiliate as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Jennings hasn’t played since injuring his left leg in a Jan. 24 game at Milwaukee. The Pistons announced Thursday that he had been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive. Grand Rapids faces Iowa on Saturday. Pistons general manager Jeff Bower says this is a good chance for Jennings to play in a game and work on his conditioning. Festus Ezeli of Golden State played two games for the Santa Cruz Warriors this past January while working his way back from a sprained ankle.

MLB – Ryan sent to Cubs by Yankees to complete Castro-Warren trade
The Yankees have sent infielder Brendan Ryan to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named in last week’s trade that brought second baseman Starlin Castro to New York for right-hander Adam Warren. The 33-year-old Ryan hit .229 this year, when he was limited to 47 games due to strains of a calf and his back. Ryan, who has a $1 million salary next year, has a .234 average in nine big league seasons. To clear a roster spot, Chicago designated right-hander Yoervis Medina for assignment on Thursday.

AHL – American Hockey League
Texas Stars at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Manchester Monarchs 2, Kalamazoo Wings 1 – OT

Atlanta Gladiators at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Dowagiac 48, Sturgis 43
Three Rivers 60, Edwardsburg 56
Vicksburg 88, Allegan 51
Fennville 51, Coloma 48
Kal. Heritage 57, Grace Christian 19

Girls Basketball
Sturgis 64, Dowagiac 19
Three Rivers 56, Edwardsburg 53
Vicksburg 46, Allegan 44
Coloma 41, Fennville 34
Brandywine 67, Bridgman 24
Bronson 79, New Buffalo 41

Boys Basketball
River Valley at Lake Mich. Catholic, 7:30 p.m. *Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Detroit Douglas at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside, 7:30 p.m.
Brandywine at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Grace Christian at Howardsville Chr., 7:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Parchment, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at South Haven, 7:15 p.m. *Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Schoolcraft at Bangor, 7:15 p.m.
Eau Claire at Bloomingdale, 7:15 p.m.
Marcellus at Decatur, 7:15 p.m.
Saugatuck at Hartford, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Lawton, 7:15 p.m.
Lawrence at Martin, 7:15 p.m.
Gobles at Watervliet, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball
River Valley at Lake Mich Catholic, 6:00 p.m. *Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Michigan Lutheran at Countryside, 6:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Grace Christian at Howardsville Chr., 4:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Parchment, 5:45 p.m.
Plainwell at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Otsego at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Martin, 6:00 p.m.
Gobles at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Lakeshore/St. Joseph vs. Mishawka Penn, 7:30 p.m.            (@ The Ice Box, South Bend)

Fort Wayne Carroll at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 12:10 p.m.    (@ Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)

Kalamazoo Blades at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 12:00 p.m.      (@ Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)