Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 3/13/15

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

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Big Ten Conference
Last Night
Big Ten Tournament – Round 2 – (United Center, Chicago, IL)
#9 Michigan 73, #8 Illinois
#13 Penn State 67, #5 Iowa 58
#7 Indiana 71, #10 Northwestern 56
#6 Ohio State 79, #11 Minnesota 73

Michigan 73, Illinois 55 – Michigan beats Illinois 73-55 in second round of Big Ten
Aubrey Dawkins scored 18 points and Michigan beat Illinois 73-55 Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added 15 points and eight rebounds. Zak Irvin scored 14, and the ninth-seeded Wolverines (16-15) advanced in the tournament after dropping eight of 11 games. They will meet No. 6 Wisconsin, the top seed, in the quarterfinals on Friday. Illinois (19-13) simply came out flat on a day when it needed to impress the NCAA selection committee. Instead, the eighth-seeded Illini trailed by 17 at halftime and lost for the fifth time in seven games. They watched as Michigan nailed 7 of 15 3-pointers, with Dawkins and Irvin hitting two apiece. Illinois shot just 1 of 13 from long range in a game where none of its starters played well. Malcolm Hill had 13 points but shot just 3 of 12. Rayvonte Rice, who came in averaging 17 points, scored 10 and missed all four 3-pointers while going 4 of 13 from the field.

Today
Big Ten Tournament – Round 3 – (United Center, Chicago, IL)
#9 Michigan vs. #1 Wisconsin, 12:00 p.m.               Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 11:30 a.m.
#4 Purdue vs. #13 Penn State, 2:00 p.m.
#2 Maryland vs. #7 Indiana, 6:30 p.m.
#3 Michigan State vs. #6 Ohio State, 9:00 p.m.        Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Atlantic Coast Conference
Last Night
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament – Quarterfinals (Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC)
#3 Notre Dame 70, #6 Miami (FL) 63
#1 Virginia 58, #9 Florida State 44
#5 North Carolina 70, #4 Louisville 60
#2 Duke 77, #7 NC State 53

Notre Dame 70, Miami-FL 63 – No. 11 Irish blow huge lead, but beat Miami 70-63 in ACCs
Steve Vasturia hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6:13 left and No. 11 Notre Dame overcame a blown 20-point lead to hold off Miami 70-63 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Vasturia’s 3 helped the Fighting Irish (27-5) survive a disastrous collapse in which the Hurricanes (21-12) came all the way back to take a two-point lead with 6 ½ minutes left. He finished with a team-high 16 points on a bizarre night for third-seeded Notre Dame. The Irish couldn’t miss and looked dominant in the first half only to do the exact opposite after the break. Still, the Irish did just enough to hang on for their first tournament win after a first-day exit from last year’s debut season. They advance to the semifinals to face No. 2 Duke.

Today
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament – Semifinals (Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC)
#5 North Carolina vs. #3 Virginia, 7:00 p.m.
#3 Notre Dame vs. #2 Duke, 9:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Mid American Conference
Last Night
Mid American Conference Tournament – Quarterfinals (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH)
#4 Toledo 78, #8 Eastern Michigan 67

Tonight
Mid American Conference Tournament – Semifinals (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH)
#1 Central Michigan vs. #4 Toledo, 6:30 p.m.
#2 Buffalo vs. #7 Akron, 6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Detroit Red Wings 1
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Arizona Coyotes 1

Blue Jackets 3, Red Wings 1 – Hartnell’s go-ahead goal gives Columbus win over Detroit
Scott Hartnell scored the go-ahead goal, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 41 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets top the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Thursday night. Fedor Tyutin and Cam Atkinson added goals, and five players had assists as the Blue Jackets won at Detroit for the second time in two tries and won the season series 2-1. Justin Abdelkader had the lone goal for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard made 23 saves. Abdelkader put the Red Wings on the board with a power-play goal midway through the first period, but Columbus took a 2-1 lead to intermission after Tyutin and Hartnell scored in the final six minutes. Atkinson made it a two-goal lead late in the second when he broke free during a power play and sent a wrist shot over Howard’s left shoulder.

Blackhawks 2, Coyotes 1 – Richards, Shaw lift Blackhawks over Coyotes 2-1
Brad Richards scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:11 left in the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night. Richards scored near the end of the advantage, putting in a rebound of Kris Versteeg’s blocked shot. It was the 900th NHL point for Richards, who entered in ninth place among active players. The Blackhawks had seven power plays and converted two of them, including Andrew Shaw’s first-period goal. Corey Crawford made 17 saves in the win, and Arizona’s Mike Smith stopped 43 shots. The Coyotes had a power play for the last 38.5 seconds of the game, and made it a 6-on-4 skating advantage after pulling Smith, but couldn’t force overtime. Tobias Rieder had given Arizona a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Chicago Bulls at Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Portland Trailblazers, 10 p.m.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Philadelphia 6, Detroit (ss) 5
Houston 4, Detroit (ss) 3 – 10 innings
Texas 7, Chicago White Sox (ss) 3
San Francisco 7, Chicago White Sox (ss) 4
Los Angeles Angels 10, Chicago Cubs 9

Today
Detroit vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Cleveland vs. Chi. Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Az., 4:05 p.m.
White Sox vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Az., 4:10 p.m.
Oakland vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m.

MLB –     `Five tool’ Will Ferrell off on spring training blitz
Telling everyone “I’m a five-tool guy,” Will Ferrell was off on his barnstorming tour Thursday through five Arizona spring training games. Wearing No. 19, first for Oakland and then for visiting Seattle, the star of “Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” `’Elf” and many other movies played shortstop for the Athletics in the top of the first inning, then second base for the Mariners in the top of the second. He was enthusiastic, but alas, no ball was hit to him. As he left, he gave a fan in an elf costume a long hug, then was off with a police escort, lights flashing, to a waiting helicopter and a flight to stop No. 2 in Tempe. The comedian planned to play for 10 teams at five spring training games, playing every position along the way.

NFL – Lions’ website says team reached deal with DL Walker
The Detroit Lions’ website says the team has agreed to a one-year deal with defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker on Thursday night. The 24-year-old Walker played the last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He made one start in 2014, finishing the season with 2 ½ sacks.  The Lions lost star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to free agency, but they’ve already added a couple defensive players in the last few days. Detroit acquired defensive lineman Haloti Ngata in a trade with Baltimore, and now the Lions have reached a deal with Walker.

NFL – Colts waive Trent Richardson after 2 disappointing seasons
The Colts have waived running back Trent Richardson after two disappointing seasons following a trade that brought the former top-five draft pick from Cleveland. Richardson rushed for 977 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons with Indianapolis. He played one snap in the playoff opener last season and was inactive in the divisional round against Denver. He didn’t travel to New England for the AFC championship game, which the Patriots won 45-7. The Colts said Richardson didn’t make the trip for personal reasons. Acquired for a first-round pick in 2013, Richardson lost the starting job to Daniel Herron late last season. He has 2,032 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns in three seasons after being the third overall draft pick in 2012. Indianapolis also waived running back Michael Hill on Thursday.

NCAA Football – Michigan lineman Miller skipping final season of eligibility
Michigan offensive lineman Jack Miller is passing up his final season of eligibility. A team spokesman says Miller wants to focus on his studies and pursue business opportunities. Miller would have been a fifth-year senior for the Wolverines. He started all 12 games for Michigan last season. The Wolverines have begun spring practice under new coach Jim Harbaugh, and now they’ll need to replace one of their most experienced linemen. Miller redshirted in 2011 and was a backup the following year before finally starting a few games in 2013. At the team’s postseason football bust last year, Miller received the Hugh H. Rader Jr. Memorial Award as the Wolverines’ top offensive lineman.

PGA – Golf – Davis leads at Innisbrook
Brian Davis fired a 6-under-par 65 and a one-stroke lead over Sean O’Hair and Ricky Barnes after the opening round in the first round of the PGA’s Valspar Championship. Davis closed his round with a chip-in from 25 feet on the ninth green. Barnes, playing in the afternoon, was tied for the lead until he three-putted the par-3 17th from 35 feet and missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Charlotte Checkers 2, Grand Rapids Griffins 1 – Shootout

AHL – Hamilton relocating, Jets move affiliate back to Winnipeg
The American Hockey League announced that the Hamilton Bulldogs franchise will be relocating for the 2015-16 season to St. John’s Newfoundland, at the same time it was announced the Winnipeg Jets franchise in St. John’s would be moving and play in Winnipeg at the same location as their parent club the Jets.  Winnipeg was home of the Manitoba Moose for over a decade but the team was moved when the NHL returned to Winnipeg.    Hamilton has been the top affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens and will fill the spot in St. John’s.  The AHL has already announced the relocation of five teams to California earlier this season.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Kalamazoo Wings at Wheeling Nailers, 7:35 p.m.
Toledo Walleye at Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Girls Basketball Regionals
Last Night – Regional Championships
Class B at Hopkins
Benton Harbor 50, Plainwell 47
Bball21Benton Harbor won its 12th in a row and captured the Class B Regional Championship in the process as the defeated Plainwell 50-47. Kalabrya Gondrezick poured in a game high 22 points for the Tigers while Kysre Gondrezick added 16. Sarah Morrell finished with 17 points for the Trojans who suffered their first loss of the season. The win sends Benton Harbor to Tuesday’s State Quarterfinals in Eaton Rapids against Flat Rock.  Flat Rock defeated Chelsea 62-57.

Class C at Brandywine
Brandywine 55, Calvin Christian 42
Brandywine defeated Grandville Calvin Christian 55-42. The Bobcats advance to face Lainsburg Tuesday in the State Quarterfinals at Comstock Park High School.  Lainsburg defeated Morley-Stanwood 40-29.

Class D at Mendon
Michigan Lutheran 62, Tri-Unity Christian 43
Hailey Maas keyed a 7-0 run in the opening minute for the Michigan Lutheran Titans girls’ basketball team and lifted her squad to a 62-43 victory over the Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian Defenders. The senior guard tallied a game-best 21 points, and the Titans earned the Class D Regional championship. The win sends Lutheran to Tuesday’s State Quarterfinal against Pittsford at Battle Creek Harper Creek.  Pittsford defeated Morrice 65-20.

Class A at Portage Central
DeWitt 65, Kalamazoo Central 53

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Boys Basketball Districts
Tonight – District Championships
CLASS A
Class A at Portage Northern (1)
Kalamazoo Central vs. Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.

Class A at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix (2)
Jackson vs. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.

CLASS B
Class B at Benton Harbor (33)
Buchanan vs. Benton Harbor, 7:00 p.m.          Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 6:45 p.m.

Class B at Coldwater (34)
Edwardsburg vs. Sturgis, 7:00 p.m.

Class B at South Haven (49)
Otsego vs. Paw Paw, 7:00 p.m.

CLASS C
Class C at Cassopolis (65)
New Buffalo vs. Cassopolis, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Gobles (76)
Kalamazoo Christian vs. Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Lawton (66)
Constantine vs. Marcellus, 7:00 p.m.

Class C at Grandville Calvin Christian (79)
Fennville vs. Gradn Rapids. NorthPointe Christian, 7:00 p.m.

CLASS D
Class D at River Valley (97)
Lawrence vs. Covert, 7:00 p.m.

Class D at Climax-Scotts (109)
Heritage Christian vs. Martin, 7:00 p.m.

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