Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 2/27/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, February 27, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Florida Panthers 0
Detroit Red Wings 3, San Jose Sharks 2

Blackhawks 3, Panthers 0 – Crawford stops 20 shots for 3-0 win over Panthers
Corey Crawford earned his second shutout of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen scored goals before Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter with 46.8 seconds left. The Blackhawks won their second consecutive game after previously losing three straight and beat the Panthers for the seventh straight time. The last time the Blackhawks lost to the Panthers was March, 8, 2011. It was the first game for Chicago since losing leading scorer Patrick Kane, placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday with a broken left collarbone suffered in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Panthers. Crawford stopped 20 shots by a sluggish Florida offense, which took only four shots in the first period and didn’t take its fifth shot on goal until 10:47 of the second.

Red Wings 3, Sharks 2 – Glendening scores winner in Red Wings’ 3-2 win over Sharks
Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining, completing a comeback victory for the Detroit Red Wings, who beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night. Pavel Datsyuk and Temu Pulkkinen also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the win, just his fourth in 14 career games against San Jose. Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who dropped their seventh straight at home, their longest skid of the season and further hurting their playoff hopes. Irwin managed to find just enough space through traffic to drive the puck into the net following a pass from Joe Thornton, giving the Sharks the early advantage midway through the first period.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – Maple Leafs acquire Brennan from Chicago for Abbott
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired defenseman T.J. Brennan from the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for forward Spencer Abbott. Brennan will report to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He played 76 games with the Marlies last season and led the team in scoring with 25 goals and 47 assists. He signed with the New York Islanders in the offseason and was dealt to Chicago just before the start of the season. Brennan had nine goals and 27 assists in 54 games with Rockford, Chicago’s AHL affiliate, this season. Abbott has seven goals and 17 assists in 46 games with the Marlies this season.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Minnesota 96, Michigan State 90 – OT

Minnesota 96, Michigan State 90 – OT – Minnesota upsets Michigan State 96-90 in OT
Carlos Morris made a tying 3-pointer while being fouled with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and although he missed the ensuing free throw, Minnesota controlled the overtime for a 96-90 win over Michigan State on Thursday night. The Golden Gophers (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) snapped a 15-game losing streak at Michigan State, winning in East Lansing for the first time since 1997. They appeared to have slipped too far behind when Denzel Valentine’s two free throws put the Spartans (19-9, 10-5) ahead 77-72 with 25 seconds left in regulation. But Joey King was fouled shooting a 3 and made all three shots, cutting the lead to two. Then Valentine made only one of two free throws, giving Minnesota a chance to tie. Morris took advantage. Valentine led all scorers with 27 points, and Michigan State’s Travis Trice had 21 points and 10 assists.

Saturday
Michigan at (14) Maryland, 12:00 p.m.           Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 11:30
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8:00 p.m.

Sunday
Michigan State at (5) Wisconsin, 4:00 p.m.    Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 3:00

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
New York Knicks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – Bulls say Rose to have surgery on Friday
The Chicago Bulls say Derrick Rose will have surgery Friday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee and a timetable for his return will be determined after the operation. The 2011 NBA MVP played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013, cutting short his long-awaited comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose had the cartilage reattached. This time, the Bulls say team physician Dr. Brian Cole will perform a meniscectomy, which involves removing the damaged cartilage. Dr. Alexis Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, says the recovery is generally about six weeks but could take longer for someone with a previous tear.

NBA – Former NBA, NCAA champ Richard Hamilton retires
Richard Hamilton has retired from basketball. The former UConn and Detroit Pistons guard announced his decision yesterday during an appearance on ESPN’s “His & Hers” show. He hadn’t played in the NBA since 2012-13.

NFL – Judge sides with Peterson
Adrian Peterson is a step closer to playing in the NFL again after a federal judge cleared the way for the Minnesota Vikings running back to be reinstated.  U.S. District Judge David Doty has ruled that an NFL arbitrator “failed to meet his duty” in Peterson’s child abuse case that shook the league. The league suspended Peterson through at least April 15 under its personal conduct policy.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(4) Notre Dame 87, Pittsburgh 59

(4) Notre Dame 87, Pittsburgh 59 – No. 4 Notre Dame women top Pitt 87-59, clinch share of ACC
Jewell Loyd scored 16 points as Notre Dame made its first 11 shots of the second half last night in an 87-59 victory over Pittsburgh. Lindsay Allen added 13 points and eight assistsas Notre Dame shot 63 percent while holding the Panthers to 36 percent shooting. The Panthers dropped to 0-11 all-time in South Bend.

Golf – PGA – Herman leads, Rory struggles
Jim Herman fired a bogey-free 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the PGA’s Honda Classic in Florida. Brendan Steele is one shot back and one ahead of Padraig Harrington, Patrick Reed and Martin Flores. Top-ranked Rory McIlroy struggled in his first round in the US this year, shooting a 3-over 73 that leaves him eight back.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Saturday
MCCAA Championship Game
Lake Michigan College at Schoolcraft College, 3:00 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Milwaukee Admirals, 8:00 p.m.

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

NBADL – NBA D-League
Tonight
Delaware 87ers at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic 55, Eau Claire 30
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Lake Michigan Catholic pulled even with Eau Claire in the Red Arrow Conference standings with a 55-30 win over the Beavers.  DeKurtis Murphy led the Lakers with a game high 22 points.  Eau Claire got 11 from Jalen Davis.  Both teams are 10-1 in the conference with one week left in the regular season.

River Valley 43, Michigan Lutheran 26
Gabe Zeiger led all scorers with 13 points and Greg Palen scored 12 as River Valley defeated Michigan Lutheran 43-26.   River Valley outscored the Titans 12-2 in the third quarter.  Jeremy Tolsma scored 8 to lead Lutheran.

Howardsville Chr. 56, Grace Christian 22

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 64, Grace Christian 16
Hailey Maas scored 16 points as Michigan Lutheran claimed the Red Arrow Conference Championship with a 64-16 win over Grace Christian.  Olivia Gallagher added 11 in the Titans win.

Centreville 51, Eau Claire 23
New Buffalo 46, Watervliet 28
White Pigeon 42, Lawton 27

Wolverine Conference Championship Week
Plainwell 48, Paw Paw 38 (Championship Game)
Otsego 56, South Haven 43 (3rd place)
Vicksburg 43, Edwardsburg 32 (5th place)
Sturgis 48, Dowagiac 28 (9th place)
Allegan 45, Coloma 28 (11th place)

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

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

SAC
SAC Crossovers

BCS
Brandywine at Bronson
BCS Crossovers

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

Wolverine
Three Rivers at Berrien Springs
(Wolverine Conference 7th place game)

Red Arrow Confernce
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley

Wrestling
Division 2 Quarterfinals at Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek
Niles vs. Tecumseh, 7:45 p.m.

Division 4 Quarterfinals at Kellogg Arena, Battle Creek
Decatur vs. Climax-Scotts/Martin, 1:00 p.m.

Saturday
Competitive Cheerleading Regionals
MHSAA Division 2 Regional at Middleville, 10 a.m.
Local Teams: St. Joseph, Gull Lake, Plainwell

MHSAA Division 3 Regional at Rockford, 10 a.m.
Local Teams: Paw Paw, Otsego,

MHSAA Division 4 Regional at Sparta, 6 p.m.
Local Teams: Gobles, Bangor, Lawton

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