Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 2/6/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, February 06, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Iowa 72, Michigan 54

Iowa 72, Michigan 54 – Iowa routs injury-plagued Michigan 72-54
Jarrod Uthoff had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Iowa scored the final 12 points of the first half en route to a 72-54 victory over Michigan on Thursday night. The Wolverines, playing without injured guards Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton, did not score for the final 6:58 of the half, and the Hawkeyes (14-8, 5-4 Big Ten) led 31-21 at halftime. Mike Gesell finished with 14 points for Iowa, and Aaron White added 13. Aubrey Dawkins led Michigan with 16 points, but the Wolverines (13-10, 6-5) continue to be plagued by extended scoring droughts. They were held without a point in overtime in a loss at Michigan State on Sunday, and they never really threatened Iowa after the Hawkeyes built a comfortable lead. It ended up being Michigan’s most lopsided home loss since Dec. 28, 2010, when Purdue beat the Wolverines 80-57 in Ann Arbor.

Saturday
(10) Notre Dame at (4) Duke, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday
Michigan at Indiana, 1:00 p.m. – Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 12:30

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Colorado Avalanche 0

Red Wings 3, Avalanche 0 – Mrazek stops 28 shots as Red Wings beat Avalanche, 3-0
Petr Mrazek had 28 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Justin Abdelkader put the Red Wings on the scoreboard in the second period, and Darren Helm and Luke Glendening added empty-net goals in the last 3 minutes. Detroit improved to 8-1-0 in its last nine games and pulled two points behind Tampa Bay for tops in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference. Semyon Varlamov had 25 saves for Colorado, which dropped to 3-1-1 in its last five. The Avalanche were 0 for 3 on the power play and have not scored in their last 22 chances over their last four games.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m.

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

MLB – Detroit’s Victor Martinez needs knee surgery
Tigers slugger Victor Martinez needs surgery on his left knee after injuring it during his offseason workout program for the second time in four years. The team said Thursday that Martinez tore the medial meniscus in his knee and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. The Tigers say an additional update will be provided then. Detroit has not announced a timetable for Martinez’s return. The star designated hitter missed the entire 2012 season after injuring that same knee. Martinez hit .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs in 2014, and the Tigers signed him to a $68 million, four-year deal after the season.

NFL – Bears add Ohio State assistant Stan Drayton
The Chicago Bears added Ohio State assistant Stan Drayton to new coach John Fox’s staff as running backs coach Thursday. The team also informed running backs coach Skip Peete that he will not return.  Drayton spent the last four years at Ohio State, serving as assistant head coach for offense/running backs last season for the national champion Buckeyes. Drayton was Green Bay’s offensive quality control coach/special teams in 2001-03. He also has coached at Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Bowling Green, Villanova, Pennsylvania and his alma mater of Allegheny College.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(4) Notre Dame 75, Virginia 54
Michigan 72, Michigan State 59

(4) Notre Dame 75, Virginia 54 – Turner scores 26, No. 4 Notre Dame beats Virginia 75-54
Brianna Turner had 26 points and 13 rebounds as No. 4 Notre Dame dominated Virginia inside and put the game away with a 12-0 run late to win 75-54 on Thursday night. The 6-foot-3 Turner repeatedly took advantage of her size as the Irish (22-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led comfortably for much of the game. Turner scored twice on alley-oops, including using two hands to swat in a pass from Lindsay Allen for an easy basket and hit several layups. But the Cavaliers (15-8, 5-5), who cut the lead to five points late in the first half after falling behind by 15 early, trailed by 10 at halftime and played Notre Dame even for most of the second half until the decisive run. Jewell Loyd added 14 points and Allen had 12 for the Irish, who outscored the Cavaliers 50-18 in the paint. Faith Randolph led Virginia with 16.

Michigan 72, Michigan State 59 – Wolverines win at MSU for the first time since 2000
Michigan won their first game at Michigan State for the first time in 14 seasons as the Wolverines beat the Spartans 72-59.  Michigan has also swept the season series with MSU.  Four Wolverines scored in double figures led by Katelyn Flaherty’s 19 points off the bench.  Cyesha Goree added 17 for the Wolverines.  Michigan State’s Aerial Powers led all scorers with 25 points.

Golf – PGA – Woods withdraws in San Diego
Not only is Tiger Woods failing to win golf tournaments, he’s failing to complete them. Woods withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes because of tightness in his lower back that he attributed to a fog delay. It’s the latest setback for Woods, who has missed the cut three times, withdrawn twice and finished 69th in his last six tournaments. He hasn’t played four rounds in a tournament since last year’s British Open, where he was never in serious contention. Woods hasn’t earned a PGA victory since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, a drought that’s dropped him to 56th in the world rankings. Woods was playing for the first time since firing a career-high 82 at the Phoenix Open. Nicholas Thompson had an 8-under 64 on the North Course and had a one-shot lead over Michael Thompson when play was suspended by darkness. Brooks Koepka had a 66 on the North, four days after winning the Phoenix Open. Cameron Tringale also carded a 66 on the North.  The best score on the tougher South Course belonged to Jhonnatan Vegas, who shot 67.

Golf – LPGA – Pancake cooking in the Bahamas
Pancake was the leader when the first-round of the Bahamas LPGA Classic was suspended by rain. Pancake fired a 6-under-par 67 for a one-shot edge over Inbee Park, Natalie Gulbis and Brittany Lincicome.  Lydia Ko was 1-under through eight holes in the 17-year-old’s first event since taking the No. 1 spot in the world ranking.

Youth Football – Pop Warner youth football sued over Wisconsin man’s suicide
The mother of a Wisconsin man who died in 2012 is suing the Pop Warner organization, saying his suicide was the result of dementia caused by brain injuries he suffered while playing youth football. Joseph Chernach was 25 when he hanged himself in his mother’s shed in Hixton, Wisconsin, in 2012. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday says he suffered from a degenerative brain disease called dementia pugilistica. And it alleges he got it from playing for four seasons in a Pop Warner league beginning when he was 11. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks at least $5 million from Pennsylvania-based Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Pop Warner Foundation and their insurance company. A Pop Warner spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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

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

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Rochester Americans at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Wolves at Charlotte Checkers, 7:05 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Fort Wayne Komets at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Toledo Walleye at Wheeling Nailers, 7:35 p.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Drive at Austin Spurs, 8:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports                                      
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Bridgman 54, Lake Michigan Catholic 42
Cassopolis 61, Buchanan 52
Vicksburg 74, Allegan 41

Girls Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic 44, Bridgman 38
River Valley 43, Eau Claire 38

Swimming
St. Joseph 108, Battle Creek Central 77
Sturgis 102.5, Bridgman/Lakeshore 83.5

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC (7:15 p.m.)
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Benton Harbor at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Niles
Mattawan at Battle Creek Lakeview
Loy Norrix at Gull Lake
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central

Wolverine (7:15 p.m.)
Coloma at South Haven     Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Berrien Springs at Edwardsburg
Dowagiac at Paw Paw
Plainwell at Otsego
Sturgis at Three Rivers

SAC
Bloomingdale at Saugatuck 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at Gobles 7:00 p.m.
Martin at Bangor 7:00 p.m.
Marcellus at Lawton 7:00 p.m.
Decatur at Watervliet 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Lawrence 7:00 p.m.

BCS
Brandywine at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Red Arrow
Countryside at Watervliet Grace Chr., 7:30 p.m.
Howardsville Chr. at Mich. Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC (5:45 p.m.)
Lakeshore at St. Joseph    Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Benton Harbor at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Niles
Mattawan at Battle Creek Lakeview
Loy Norrix at Gull Lake
Kalamazoo Central at Battle Creek Central

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

SAC
Fennville at Gobles 5:30 p.m.
Martin at Bangor 5:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Saugatuck 5:30 p.m.
Hartford at Lawrence 5:30 p.m.
Marcellus at Lawton 5:30 p.m.
Decatur at Watervliet 7:00 p.m.

BCS
Brandywine at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.

Red Arrow
Countryside at Watervliet Grace Chr., 6:00 p.m.

ISHSHL – High School Hockey
Tonight
South Bend St. Joseph at Lakeshore/St. Joseph, 8:50 p.m.   (at Howard Ice Arena)

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