Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 12/4/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, December 04, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 13
Last Night
Green Bay Packers 27, Detroit Lions 23

Packers 27, Lions 23 – Packers beat Lions 27-23 on Rodgers-to-Rodgers Hail Mary
Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers with no time left to give the Green Bay Packers a 27-23 victory over the Detroit Lions on Thursday night. The Packers got the untimed down after Detroit defensive end Devin Taylor was called for grabbing Aaron Rodgers’ facemask on a tackle on what would’ve been the last play. The Packers (8-4) had lost four of five. The Lions (4-8) had won three straight and blew a chance to sweep the season series for the first time since 1991. Matthew Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson on his second touchdown pass of the first quarter to help Detroit build a 20-point lead that it couldn’t keep.

Sunday
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m.                   WSJM-AM 8:00

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 5, Arizona Coyotes 1
Ottawa Senators 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3 – OT

Red Wings 5, Coyotes 1 – Kronwall helps Red Wings beat Coyotes 5-1
Niklas Kronwall and Gustav Nyquist scored 18 seconds apart in the first period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 Thursday night to earn at least one point in a ninth straight game. Justin Abdelkader, Danny DeKeyser and Darren Helm also scored for Detroit, which played five straight overtime games before opening a 3-0 lead in the first period and shutting down the Coyotes. Detroit lost two players to injuries. Teemu Pulkkinen left with an upper-body injury after being taken into the boards by Martin Hanzal at 6:19 of the first period. About six minutes later, Drew Miller took a shoulder to the chin by Klas Dahlbeck. Miller was wobbly when skating off and he did not return. Jordan Martinook scored for the Coyotes, who had a goal overturned just 1:21 into the game. Dahlbeck’s shot beat Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. But the on-ice call was reversed because it was determined that Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy was offside.

Senators 4, Blackhawks 3 – OT – Hoffman scores in OT to lift Senators past Blackhawks, 4-3
Mike Hoffman scored his second goal of the game 30 seconds into overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson _ making his ninth straight start _ stopped 35 shots. Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and two assists for Chicago, and Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist. Corey Crawford made 23 saves. Kane tied Bobby Hull’s franchise record 21-game point streak, set in 1971-72.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA Football – Big Ten Conference Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Saturday
(5) Michigan State vs. (4) Iowa, 8:00 p.m.               WCSY-FM 6:15

NCAA Football – Partridge to coach Michigan LBs, Durkin leaves for Maryland
Michigan has added Chris Partridge to Jim Harbaugh’s on-field staff to coach linebackers in its bowl game. The Wolverines made the move Thursday after Maryland hired defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin as head coach. Harbaugh says Partridge has a proven track record as a successful coach.  Partridge was hired by Michigan earlier this year to be its director of player personnel in recruiting. 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 Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
James Madison 63, Western Michigan 57
Grand Canyon 75, Central Michigan 72

JMU 63, WMU 57 – James Madison holds off Western Michigan 63-57
Ron Curry scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and James Madison held off Western Michigan 63-57 on Thursday night. Jackson Kent added 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Tom Vodanovich had 11 to help James Madison (6-3) extend its win streak to four. Curry hit 7 of 16 from the field and sank 5 of 7 free throws.  Western Michigan (3-5) led by as many as six in the first half but sank just 9 of 32 from the field over the final 20 minutes. Thomas Wilder led the Broncos with 18 points and Tucker Haymond added 10.

GCU 75, CMU 72 – Grand Canyon tops Central Michigan 75-72 to stay unbeaten
Gerard Martin and De’Andre Davis each scored 17 points as Grand Canyon held off Central Michigan from the free-throw line for a 75-72 win Thursday night. Braylon Rayson converted five straight free throws to pull the Chippewas even at 72-72 with 51 seconds left in the game. Davis hit a pair of free throws to give the Antelopes the lead. Joshua Brown hit the first of two to create the final margin.

Saturday
Binghamton at (3) Michigan State, 12:00 p.m.          WCSY-FM 11:00
Eastern Michigan at Penn State, 12:00 p.m.
Houston Baptist at Michigan, 2:00 p.m.                             WSJM-AM 1:30

NCAA Basketball – Top Ranked Wildcats Upset at UCLA
Thomas Welsh led five players in double figures with 21 points and UCLA knocked off No. 1 Kentucky 87-77 in the Bruins’ first victory over a top-ranked team since 2003. UCLA leads all colleges with 11 national titles and Kentucky is second with eight.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Louisville 85, (19) Michigan State 78
Michigan 85, Pittsburgh 78

NCAA Women’s Basketball – Notre Dame’s Turner out several weeks with injured shoulder
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw says forward Brianna Turner will be out several weeks as she tries to rehabilitate an injured right shoulder so she can avoid season-ending surgery. Turner, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year, was averaging 14.3 points and 6.8 rebounds for the third-ranked Irish (7-0) before injuring the shoulder during practice last week, forcing her to miss the past three games. She led the nation last season in field goal percentage at 65.2 percent. It’s the same shoulder she injured last season, forcing her to miss three games. McGraw says a decision on whether forward Taya Reimer can play against top-ranked Connecticut (5-0) will likely be made before the game Saturday. Reimer has been slowed by a sore right Achilles.

NASCAR – Kyle Busch to have surgery
NASCAR champion Kyle Busch will have surgery this month on both the right leg and left foot he broke at the start of the season. The Dec. 17 surgery is to remove a rod from his leg and plates and screws from his foot. Busch was injured when he crashed into a concrete wall the day before the season-opening Daytona 500. He missed 11 races, but returned and reeled off a championship-winning season.

Golf – Woods opens up about failed marriage, future in golf
Tiger Woods says he has a “fantastic” relationship with his ex-wife and he has taken steps to explain to his two children what happened to their marriage. In an extensive interview with Time magazine, Woods also says he still wants to play golf at the highest level, though he is resigned that it might not happen if the nerve damage in his back doesn’t allow for it. Woods says he has told 8-year-old Sam and 6-year-old Charlie that his parents don’t live in the same house because “Daddy made some mistakes.”

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 4, Indy Fuel 2

Tonight
Kalamazoo Wings at Elmira Jackals, 7:05 p.m.
Toledo Walleye at Indy Fuel, 7:35 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports – Girls Basketball
Last Night
Berrien Springs 56, Bridgman 40

Tonight
SMAC
Niles at Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
Paw Paw at Dowagiac, 6:30 p.m.
South Haven at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Sturgis at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.
Parchment at Buchanan, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.

SAC
Coloma at Bangor, 7:15 p.m.
Decatur at Bloomingdale, 7:15 p.m.
Gobles at Hartford, 7:15 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Watervliet, 7:15 p.m.
Eau Claire at Lawrence, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Lawton, 7:15 p.m.
Marcellus at Martin, 7:15 p.m.
Fennville at Saugatuck, 7:15 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:15 p.m.

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Tonight
Lake Central Blue at Lakeshore St. Joseph Warriors, 7:20 p.m.              (Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)

Tonight
Bowling Green (OH) at Lakeshore St. Joseph Warriors, 1:30 p.m.          (Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)