Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 2/13/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, February 13, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Illinois 64, Michigan 52 – OT

Illinois 64, Michigan 52 – OT – Illinois rallies to beat Michigan in overtime, 64-52
Kendrick Nunn scored 21 points and Illinois dominated in overtime Thursday to beat Michigan, 64-52. The win was the fourth straight for the Illini (17-8, 7-5 Big Ten). Illinois trailed the Wolverines (13-12, 6-7) much of the night but scored the final seven points of regulation and willed the game to overtime with tough defense. From there Nunn scored four of Illinois’ first six overtime points. The first two gave the Illini their first lead since the first half, 52-50. The second two all but put the game out of reach of the reeling Wolverines, 56-50. Illinois closed the game on a 21-2 run. Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice played for the first time since Jan. 3. He had been out with a broken hand and a suspension for a violation of team rules. He scored just 4 points but had a key steal to send the game to overtime.

Saturday
(23) Ohio State at Michigan  State, 12:00 p.m.         Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 11:00
Central Michigan at Buffalo, 2:00 p.m.
Akron at Easter Michigan, 2:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 113, Cleveland Cavaliers 98

Bulls 113, Cavaliers 98 – Rose scores 30, Bulls beat Cavaliers 113-98
Derrick Rose scored 30 points, and the Chicago Bulls handed Cleveland just its second loss in 16 games, beating the Cavaliers 113-98 Thursday night. Pau Gasol added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Snell scored 22, helping offset a 31-point performance by LeBron James, and Bulls sent another strong signal that their recent struggles might be behind them. They won their fourth straight after dropping 10 of 15 and entered the All-Star break with a 1 1/2-game lead in the Central division over the Cavaliers. Chicago led most of the way against the NBA’s hottest team and pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Saturday
NBA All Star Skills Competition, 8:30 p.m.     Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday
Western Conference at Eastern Conference
NBA All Star Game, 8:30 p.m., Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

NBA – Karl hired in turn-around job in Sacramento
George Karl is getting another chance to revive a struggling NBA franchise. The Sacramento Kings have an agreement in principle to hire Karl as head coach. He is the sixth-winningest coach in NBA history and is expected to be on the sideline in their first game following the All-Star break against Boston in Sacramento next Friday.  The 63-year-old Karl has 1,131 victories as a head coach, with stops in Cleveland, Golden State, Seattle, Milwaukee and Denver. He’s earned a reputation for turning around teams. He was named NBA coach of the year with the Nuggets in 2012-13, his last season on the bench.  The Kings fired Michael Malone in December after an 11-13 start in his second season as coach. Tyrone Corbin has been their interim coach, but the Kings say
he’s been relieved of his duties.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
New Jersey Devils at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks send Teravainen to minors
The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned forward Teuvo Teravainen to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. The 20-year-old Teravainen had two goals and two assists in 15 games with Chicago. The Blackhawks also recalled forward Ryan Hartman and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the minor league club on Thursday.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Saturday
Northwestern at Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Buffalo at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – Manning discusses his future with Elway
A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning huddled with Broncos general manager John Elway on Thursday to talk about his future in football. No decision was announced on whether Manning would return in 2015 or retire. Manning has been mulling his future since the Broncos were bounced from the playoffs last month by his old team, the Indianapolis Colts. Elway told Manning then that he wanted him back and asked him not to make a rash decision. The meeting was first reported by the Denver Post.

NFL – McCarthy gives up calling offensive plays
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has made it official: He is relinquishing his job calling plays for Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense. McCarthy is handing off the play-calling duties to Tom Clements, whom he promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. Receivers coach Edgar Bennett was named offensive coordinator.  McCarthy has called plays since being hired as coach in 2006.

NFL – Plans advance for NFL stadium in LA
A proposal to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become the home of an NFL team has taken a step forward.  Los Angeles County election officials said Thursday they have verified enough petition signatures to allow the plan to go before voters in Inglewood, where
the stadium would be built.  That vote could come in June.  If voters approve, stadium construction could begin in about a year.

LLWS – Lawyer helping Chicago Little League team stripped of title
A high-profile Chicago attorney says he’s working with local Little League officials to investigate the international governing body’s decision to strip the Chicago team of its national title. Attorney Victor Henderson said during a news conference Thursday that he’ll look into Little League International’s ruling that local officials knowingly added ineligible players to the Jackie Robinson West team. Henderson also wants to know if other teams do the same thing. Henderson was flanked by league officials, the team’s manager and the league’s director, Bill Haley. Haley says the team provided proof its players were eligible. Little League International announced Wednesday that Jackie Robinson West was being stripped of its 2014 title because team officials falsified boundaries to include ineligible players and tried to persuade surrounding leagues to go along with the scheme.

MLB – Miami to get 2017 All-Star game
Major League Baseball will announce on Friday that the 2017 All-Star Game will be hosted by the Miami Marlins.  Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred also will attend the event at Marlins Park, as will team owner Jeffrey Loria and the mayors of Miami, Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach.  The game will be hosted for the first time by the Marlins, who began play in 1993.   This years’ All-Star Game is being held in Cincinnati at the Great American Ballpark, home of the Reds.

Golf – PGA – Hicks eagle earns part of lead
Justin Hicks rolled in an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to complete an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That earns him a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes.  John Daly capped off his 7-under 65 with a birdie on 18 for his lowest opening round in ten years. He’s tied for third with Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedecker and three others.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
San Antonio Rampage at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City Barons at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Orlando Solar Bears 4, Kalamazoo Wings 0

Tonight
Kalamazoo Wings at Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Wresting – MHSAA Districts
Division 2 at Lakeshore
Semifinals
Niles 54, Lakeshore 11
St. Joseph (Bye)
Championship
Niles 70, St. Joseph 11

Division 2 at Three Rivers
Semifinals
Sturgis 35, Edwardsburg 30
Coldwater 39, Three Rivers 27
Championship
Sturgis 40, Coldwater 27

Division 4 at Bloomingdale
Semifinals
Calvin Christian 40, Bloomingdale 27
Climax Scotts/Martin 64, Gobles 12
Championship
Climax Scotts/Martin 50, Calvin Christian 24

Division 4 at Watervliet
Semifinals
Watervliet 45, Hartford 27
Bangor (Bye)
Championship
Bangor 42, Watervliet 36

Division 4 at Brandywine
Semifinals
Eau Claire 42, River Valley 36
Brandywine (Bye)
Championship
Brandywine 39, Eau Claire 22

Division 4 at Lawton
Semifinals
Decatur 72, Marcellus 12
Lawton 64, Cassopolis 15
Championship
Decatur 36, Lawton 31

Boys Basketball
River Valley 37, Granger Christian (IN) 36

Girls Basketball
Eau Claire 65, Countryside Academy 46
Granger Christian (IN) 44, River Valley 25
Kal. Homeschool 31, Watervliet Grace Christian 18

Boys Swimming
Bridgman/Lakeshore 96, Portage Northern 87
BC Lakeview 113, St. Joseph 73

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

Wolverine (7:15)
South Haven at Berrien Springs  Cosy-FM
Paw Paw at Coloma
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac
Otsego at Allegan
Three Rivers at Plainwell
Sturgis at Vicksburg

SAC (7:00)
Decatur at Lawton
Hartford at Watervliet
Marcellus at Lawrence
Bloomingdale at Martin
Bangor at Fennville
Gobles at Saugatuck

BCS
Mendon at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.

Red Arrow
Eau Claire at Countryside Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at Kal. Heritage, 7:30 p.m.

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

Wolverine (6:00)
South Haven at Berrien Springs 
Paw Paw at Coloma
Edwardsburg at Dowagiac
Otsego at Allegan
Three Rivers at Plainwell
Sturgis at Vicksburg

SAC (5:30)
Decatur at Lawton
Hartford at Watervliet
Marcellus at Lawrence
Bloomingdale at Martin
Bangor at Fennville
Gobles at Saugatuck

BCS
Mendon at Cassopolis, 6:00 p.m.

ISHSHL – High School Hockey
Saturday
Kalamazoo Blades at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 8:20 p.m.         (at Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Watervliet Grace Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 6:30 p.m. WSJM-AM
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Watervliet Grace Christian at Michigan Lutheran, 5:00 p.m. WSJM-AM
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 5:45 pm