Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 3/18/16

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, March 18, 2016

NCAA – NCAA Tournament – Round 1
Yesterday
#9 Butler 71, #8 Texas Tech 61
#4 Duke 93, #13 UNC Wilmington 85
#11 Gonzaga 68, #6 Seton Hall 52
#5 Indiana 99, #12 Chattanooga 74
#4 Iowa State 94, #13 Iona 81
#1 Kansas 105, #16 Austin Peay 79
#4 Kentucky 85, #13 Stony Brook 57
#3 Miami 79, #14 Buffalo 72
#1 North Carolina 83, #16 Florida Gulf Coast 67
#9 Providence 70, #8 USC 69
#12 Arkansas-Little Rock 85, #5 Purdue 83, 2OT
#9 UConn 74, Colorado 67
#3 Utah 80, #14 Fresno State 69
#1 Virginia 81, #16 Hampton 45
#11 Wichita State 65, #6 Arizona 55
#12 Yale 79, #5 Baylor 75

Indiana 99, Chattanooga 74
Yogi Ferrell had 20 points and a season-high 10 assists as No. 5 seed Indiana beat Chattanooga 99-74 on Thursday in the East Region. Thomas Bryant had 13 points for the Hoosiers. Duke Ethridge had 14 points for the No. 12 seed Mocs.

Arkansas-Little Rock 85, Purdue 83 – 2 OT 
Little Rock is moving on in the NCAA Tournament thanks to a comeback that led to an 85-83 double-overtime victory over Purdue on Thursday. Josh Hagins sent the game into overtime with a shot from the edge of the midcourt logo. The 6-foot-1 senior finished with 31 points. Vince Edwards led Purdue with 24 points.

Today’s Games – Sports Radio 1400 WSJM will be airing a national mix of games all day
#10 Syracuse vs. #7 Dayton, 12:15 p.m. – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri,
#15 UNC Asheville vs. #2 Villanova, 12:40 p.m. – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York,
#10 VCU vs. #7 Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
#13 Hawaii vs. #4 California, 2:00 p.m. – Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington,
#15 Middle Tennessee vs. #2 Michigan State, 2:45 p.m. – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri WCSY-FM 1:30
#10 Temple vs. #7 Iowa, 3:10 p.m. – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York,
#15 CSU Bakersfield vs. #2 Oklahoma, 4:00 p.m. – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
#12 South Dakota State vs. #5 Maryland, 4:30 p.m. – Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington,
#10 Pittsburgh vs. #7 Wisconsin, 6:50 p.m. – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri,
#14 Stephen F. Austin vs. #3 West Virginia, 7:10 p.m. – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York,
#14 Green Bay vs. #3 Texas A&M, 7:20 p.m. – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
#16 Holy Cross vs. #1 Oregon, 7:27 p.m. – Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington,
#15 Weber State vs. #2 Xavier, 9:20 p.m. – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri,
#11 Michigan vs. #6 Notre Dame, 9:40 p.m. – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, WSJM-AM 9:00
#11 Northern Iowa vs. #6 Texas, 9:50 p.m. – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,
#9 Cincinnati vs. #8 Saint Joseph’s, 9:57 p.m. – Spokane Arena, Spokane, Washington,

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 118, Brooklyn Nets 102

Bulls 118, Nets 102 – McDermott, Butler lead Bulls past Nets 118-102
Doug McDermott scored 25 points and Jimmy Butler added 22 to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-102 on Thursday night. It’s the third straight 20-plus point game for McDermott as Chicago moved a half-game in front of idle Detroit into eighth place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Bobby Portis added 12 points and 14 rebounds. The injury-ravaged Bulls raced to a 24-point lead in the second quarter, then held on and finally finished off the lowly Nets, who outscored Chicago 37-24 in the third and closed to within four points early in the fourth. Chicago got a season-high 60 points from its reserves, including McDermott’s output. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Nets comeback with 26 points one game after scoring career-high 44 points in Brooklyn’s 131-114 victory over league-worst Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Tonight
Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Red Wings 3, Blue Jackets 1 – Zetterberg, Helm score in 3rd as Red Wings beat Blue Jackets
Henrik Zetterberg and Darren Helm scored in the third period to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Luke Glendening also scored and Jimmy Howard stopped 27 shots as Detroit moved a point ahead of Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card playoff spot. Howard improved to 12-6-3 in his career against Columbus. Alexander Wennberg spoiled Howard’s shutout bid on a power-play goal with 1 minute to go, ending the Blue Jackets’ home scoreless streak at 156:02. Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 19 saves as Columbus lost its third straight.

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

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 5, St. Louis Cardinals 4
Chicago Cubs 15, Arizona Diamondbacks 4

Tigers 5, Cardinals 4 – Pelfrey goes 5 scoreless innings as Tigers beat Cards 5-4
Miguel Cabrera hit his third homer of the spring and Mike Pelfrey pitched five scoreless innings for the second straight time to lead the Detroit Tigers past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Thursday.  JaCoby Jones and Nate Schierholtz also homered for the Tigers. Pelfrey struck out three and allowed three hits in his fourth start of the spring. He lowered his ERA to 1.17. Bruce Rondon, hoping to be the setup pitcher to Francisco Rodriguez in the Tigers’ bullpen, pitched a scoreless inning and saw his spring ERA drop to 8.53. Carlos Martinez started for the Cardinals and went 2 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and the Cabrera homer.

Cubs 15, D’Backs 4 – Soler homers as Cubs beat Diamondbacks 15-4
Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer off Archie Bradley, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 15-4 at spring training on Thursday night. Soler capped Chicago’s five-run first with a drive to right-center for his second spring homer. He also had a run-scoring double in the third. Chicago right-hander Jason Hammel struck out six while pitching four innings of one-run ball. He allowed five hits and walked none. Bradley was charged with six runs in 2 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked three. Jean Segura singled and scored in the first for Arizona, then homered in the fifth off Drew Rucinski.

Tonight
Detroit Tigers vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

NFL – Patriots acquire tight end Bennett in trade with Bears
The New England Patriots now have two big-time tight ends. They have acquired Martellus Bennett in a trade with Chicago to go along with All-Pro Rob Gronkowski. New England also gets Chicago’s sixth-round pick in this year’s draft in exchange for the Patriots’ fourth-rounder in the deal. The 29-year-old Bennett has spent eight seasons in the NFL, the past three in Chicago. He made the Pro Bowl in 2014 and has 3,586 yards with 23 touchdowns in his career.

NFL – NFL owners to get rules proposals
The NFL’s powerful competition committee is recommending making permanent extra-point kick snaps from the 15-yard line, eliminating all chop blocks and ejecting a player for twice receiving certain unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game. When NFL owners meet next week in Florida, they also will consider such proposals as moving the line of scrimmage up 5 yards to the 25 on kickoff touchbacks, allowing coaches and players to use video rather than just photos on sideline tablets, and giving coaches three challenges per game instead of two.

Golf – PGA – Day lights it up at the Palmer Invitational
Jason Day posted seven birdies and an eagle on the way to 6-under 66 and the lead after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Five golfers are one shot back including Day’s fellow Aussies Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.  Scott is looking for his third straight tournament win.

Golf – LPGA –  Lee shoots 62
Mi Hyang Lee shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 in the JTBC Founders Cup after playing her first nine holes in 9 under. Sei Young Kim and Brittany Lang shot 63.

Golf – LPGA – South Korean pioneer to retire at 38
Se Ri Pak (say ree PAHK) is retiring after the season, ending a Hall of Fame career that inspired a wave of South Korean players who followed her to the LPGA Tour. The 38-year-old Pak broke the news after opening with a 3-under 69 in the JTBC Founders Cup. Pak won 25 LPGA Tour titles and five majors, two of them as a rookie in 1998.

Soccer – FIFA – Embattled organization has deep pockets
Despite spending over $61 million dollars last year on “legal matters”, FIFA, the governing body of soccer, has over $1 billion in reserves. Those pieces of information and more on the organization’s finances have been released in FIFA’s annual accounts report. And after years of secrecy about presidential pay, FIFA has revealed the salary of outgoing president Sepp Blatter. For his part in the scandal filled year of 2015 Blatter was paid $3.76 million.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Rockford IceHogs at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Kalamazoo Wings 7, Brampton Beast 2
Toledo Walleye 6, Indy Fuel 2

Tonight
Brampton Beast at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.

MHSAA – Girls Semifinals – Michigan State – Jack Breslin Student Events Center
Yesterday
Class C
Traverse City St. Francis 53, Brandywine 40 – Brandywine finishes the season at 24-3
Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 72, Ithaca 44

Class D
Pittsford 62, Waterford Our Lady 43
MP Sacred Heart 45, Stephenson 38

MHSAA – Girls Semifinals – Michigan State – Jack Breslin Student Events Center
Today
Class C
Detroit ML King (23-1) vs St. Johns (23-3), 1:00 p.m.
Warren Cousino (21-4) vs Hudsonville (23-3), 2:50 p.m.

Class B
Detroit Country Day (24-1) vs Grand Rapids South Christian (24-2), 6:00 p.m.
Bay City John Glenn (25-1) vs Marshall (24-1), 7:50 p.m.

MHSAA – Girls Finals – Michigan State – Jack Breslin Student Events Center
Saturday
Class D – 10:00 a.m. – Pittsford (26-0) vs. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart (24-1)
Class A – 12:00 p.m.
Class C –   4:00 p.m. – Traverse City St. Francis (26-1) vs. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (24-2)
Class B –    6:00 p.m.