Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 2/20/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, February 20, 2015

NBA – Trade Deadline – 3-way trade sends Jackson to Detroit, Kanter to OKC
The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and acquired Enes Kanter from the Utah Jazz, the teams announced Thursday. Detroit sent guard DJ Augustin, forward Kyle Singler and a 2019 second-round draft selection to the Thunder, and a 2017 second-round pick to the Jazz. The Thunder traded center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, the draft rights to Tibor Pleiss and a protected 2017 first-round pick to Utah. Oklahoma City also acquired forward Steve Novak from the Jazz. This season, Jackson averaged 20.2 points and 7.7 assists in 13 starts while Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out with injuries. Kanter, the third overall pick of the 2011 draft, is averaging career highs of 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.

NBA – Trade Deadline – Pistons bring back Prince in deal with Boston
The Detroit Pistons have acquired Tayshaun Prince from Boston, bringing the veteran forward back to the team he helped win an NBA title over a decade ago. The Pistons announced the trade Thursday night. The Celtics received forward Jonas Jerebko and guard Gigi Datome in the deal.  Prince was part of Detroit’s championship team in 2004 and remained with the Pistons until 2013, when he was traded to Memphis. The Grizzlies dealt him to Boston last month, and now the 34-year-old returns to the Pistons. Prince is averaging 7.6 points this season.

NBA – Trade Deadline – For Bulls, big acquisition is continuity
The Chicago Bulls are healthy and have a chance to build some continuity. Consider that their big acquisition. The Bulls stood pat at Thursday’s trade deadline and geared up for the stretch run with all their pieces in place. It hasn’t been an easy season for the Bulls, who came in aiming high with the return of Derrick Rose from a second season-ending knee injury and the signing of All-Star Pau Gasol. They’re 13-3 when they have their projected starting five. But they’ve been banged up, with players shuffling in and out of the rotation.

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

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Saturday
Toledo at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
(10) Notre Dame at Boston College, 4:00 p.m.
Ball State at Central Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday
(24) Ohio State at Michigan, 1:00 p.m. Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 12:30
Michigan State at Illinois, 7:30 p.m.  Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 6:30

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(4) Notre Dame 71, Georgia Tech 61

(4) Notre Dame 71, Georgia Tech 61 – Loyd leads No. 4 Notre Dame past Georgia Tech 71-61
Jewell Loyd scored 31 points as No. 4 Notre Dame survived a scare to beat Georgia Tech 71-61 for its 11th straight win last night. The Irish trailed 34-33 at halftime. The final margin was the only double-digit lead of the game. Zaire O’Neil led Georgia Tech with 20 points.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 5:30 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 7:30 p.m.

MLB – Judge rules in favor of Cubs on Wrigley Field signs
A federal judge has denied a request from rooftop clubs overlooking Chicago’s Wrigley Field to temporarily halt installation of signs they say will block their view and violate a contract they have with the Cubs.  U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ruled Thursday that the “vague possibility” the rooftops could be injured wasn’t enough to grant a restraining order. The ruling means the Cubs will avoid a setback as they renovate the historic ballpark. During a hearing on Wednesday, lawyers for two of the rooftop businesses said the Cubs’ plans violate federal antitrust law and a revenue-sharing agreement the team signed with the rooftop owners.  Cubs’ lawyers said the team has the right to install the signs.

MLB – Cubs to wear patches with Ernie Banks’ number 14 in 2015
Chicago Cubs players will wear patches with Ernie Banks’ No. 14 this season. The Cubs announced Thursday the patches will be worn on both home and away jerseys in honor of the most beloved player in team history. Banks died last month at age 83. The Cubs also say Banks will be remembered during a pregame ceremony before the season opener at Wrigley Field on April 5. Fans attending that game will receive a commemorative pin in honor of the Hall of Famer. The team says other tributes will be held throughout the season. Banks played for the Cubs his entire 19-year career. He was a 14-time All-Star, two-time National League Most Valuable Player and finished his career with 512 home runs.

LLWS – Illinois lawmaker wants Jackie Robinson West win restored
The controversy over the Jackie Robinson West Little League national championship has reached the Illinois statehouse. State Rep. Monique Davis introduced a resolution Thursday. It calls on Little League International to reinstate the championship victory for the all-black Chicago youth baseball team.  The Chicago Democrat and member of the Illinois Black Caucus says she also wants all league teams to be scrutinized as closely as Jackie Robinson West.  The league stripped the team of its title last week after officials said an investigation found Jackie Robinson West officials falsified boundaries to add ineligible players. Davis says it was “unfair” to strip the title and wants all the teams “held to the same standard.” Little League International has said its decision is final.

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

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Cincinnati Cyclones at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Reading Royals at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Drive 94, Fort Wayne Mad Ants 80

NCAA Hockey – College Hockey
Tonight
Michigan at Ohio State, 7:00 p.m.
North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame at Boston University, 7:30 p.m.
Ferris State at Alabama-Huntsville, 8:07 p.m.
Michigan State at Wisconsin, 9:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Lakeshore at Benton Harbor Sports  Radio 1400 WSJM
Niles at St. Joseph
Portage Northern at Portage Central
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central
Gull Lake at Kalamazoo Central
Battle Creek Lakeview at Loy Norrix

Wolverine
Paw Paw at South Haven  Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 
Berrien Springs at Dowagiac
Coloma at Edwardsburg
Sturgis at Plainwell
Allegan at Three Rivers
Otsego at Vicksburg

BCS
Buchanan at Bronson

Red Arrow Conference
Countryside Academy at Michigan Lutheran
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley
Howardsville Christian at Eau Claire

Non Conference
Holland Black River at Decatur
Bangor at Kalamazoo Heritage
Watervliet Grace Chr. at Zion Christian
Ellington Academy at Covert

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

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

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

BCS
Mendon at Lake Michigan Catholic
Bronson at Brandywine
Centreville at Bridgman
White Pigeon at Buchanan

Non-Conference
Watervliet Grace Chr. at Zion Christian

Ice Hockey
Lakeshore/St. Joseph vs. Mishawaka-Penn (IN), 9:30 p.m.   (The Ice Box, South Bend)

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Wyoming West Michigan Lutheran at Michigan Lutheran Sports  Radio 1400 WSJM
Dream Academy at Muskegon Heights
Westville (IN) at New Buffalo
Bridgman at Brandywine

Girls Basketball
Wyoming West Michigan Lutheran at Michigan Lutheran Sports  Radio 1400 WSJM
Dream Academy at Muskegon Heights

Competitive Cheerleading – Districts
Division 2 at Mattawan, 10:00 a.m.
St. Joseph, Lakeshore, Niles, Harper Creek, Byron Center, Edwardsburg, Hamilton, Holland Christian, Mattawan, Middleville, Plainwell, Gull Lake, Sturgis, Vicksburg, Wayland

Division 3 at Lake Odessa Lakewood, 10:00 a.m.
Allegan, Battle Creek Pennfield, Berrien Springs, Buchanan, Coloma, Delton Kellogg, Dowagiac, Hopkins, Comstock, Lake Odessa Lakewood, Otsego, Parchment, Paw Paw, South Haven, Three Rivers

Division 4 at Bronson, 10:00 a.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic, Bangor, Bronson, Colon, Eau Claire, Gobles, Hartford, Homer, Lawton, Quincy, Reading, Union City, White Pigeon