Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 3/20/15

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

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – NCAA Tournament
NCAA Tournament – Round 2

(1) Villanova 93, (16) Lafayette 52
(8) NC State 66, (9) LSU 65
(3) Notre Dame 69, (14) Northeastern 65
(6) Butler 56, (11) Texas 48
(8) Cincinnati 66, (9) Purdue 65
(1) Kentucky 79, (16) Hampton 56
(14) UAB 60, (3) Iowa State 59
(11) UCLA 60, (6) SMU 59
(5) Utah 57, (12) Stephen F. Austin 50
(4) Georgetown 84, (13) Eastern Washington 74
(14) Georgia St 57, (3) Baylor 56
(2) Arizona 93, (15) Texas Southern 72
(6) Xavier 76, (11) Ole Miss 57
(10) Ohio State 75, (7) Virginia Commonwealth 72
(4) North Carolina 67, (13) Harvard 65
(5) Arkansas 56, (12) Wofford 53

(3) Notre Dame 69, (14) Northeastern 65 – Notre Dame dodges early exit in 69-65 win over Northeastern
Zach Auguste scored 25 points, Jerian Grant added 17 and Notre Dame dodged a scare trying to erase its futile NCAA Tournament history with a 69-65 win over Northeastern on Thursday. The Fighting Irish (30-5) will play the winner of Texas-Butler on Saturday. The third-seeded Irish returned to the tournament after a one-year absence determined to build off their ACC Tournament title and make a deep run in March. The Irish have traditionally struggled in the tournament under coach Mike Brey. They made only one Sweet 16 since 2001. Northeastern (23-12) gave the Irish fits and threatened to keep Notre Dame’s March malaise going. Scott Eatherton had 18 points and David Walker 15.

NCAA Tournament – Round 2

(10) Georgia vs. (7) Michigan State, 12:40 p.m.
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(12) Wyoming vs. (5) Northern Iowa, 1:40 p.m.
(15) Belmont vs. (2) Virginia, 3:10 p.m.
(13) UC Irvine vs. (4) Louisville, 4:10 p.m.
(14) Albany vs. (3) Oklahoma, 7:27 p.m.
(11) Dayton vs. (6) Providence, 9:57 p.m.
(15) New Mexico St vs. (2) Kansas, 12:15 p.m.
(12) Buffalo vs. (5) West Virginia, 2:10 p.m.
(10) Indiana vs. (7) Wichita State, 2:45 p.m.
(13) Valparaiso vs. (4) Maryland, 4:40 p.m.
(16) Robert Morris vs. (1) Duke, 7:10 p.m.
(10) Davidson vs. (7) Iowa, 7:20 p.m.
(9) St. John’s vs. (8) San Diego State, 9:40 p.m.
(15) North Dakota St vs. (2) Gonzaga, 9:50 p.m.
(9) Oklahoma State vs. (8) Oregon, 6:50 p.m.
(16) Coastal Carolina vs. (1) Wisconsin, 9:20 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Michigan State faces Georgia with edge in NCAA experience
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has the Spartans set to make another run in the NCAA Tournament after a bumpy stretch in January. Heading into Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Georgia, the Spartans are in for the 18th straight season. The No. 7 seed in the East Region, Michigan State (23-11) overcame a 13-7 start and made a late push that included reaching the Big Ten Tournament final. Izzo says he doesn’t “want to be thought of as a March coach,” but his teams have won at least one NCAA game for eight straight seasons _ including last year’s trip to the Elite Eight. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs (21-11) are in the tournament for the first time since 2011. Georgia’s last NCAA Tournament win was in 2002.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s – NCAA Tournament
(16) Montana at (1) Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Detroit Tigers 0, Washington Nationals 0 – TIE
Arizona 9, Chicago Cubs 5

N.Y. Yankees vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Florida Panthers 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Panthers 3, Red Wings 1 – Panthers’ Jagr moves into 5th place on NHL career list
Jaromir Jagr scored his 718th NHL goal, moving into fifth place on the career list, and added an assist in the Florida Panthers’ 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Scottie Upshall and Brandon Pirri also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his return after missing six games due to an upper-body injury. It was Florida’s first win in three games. Erik Cole had the lone goal for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek stopped 29 shots, but the Red Wings lost for the fifth time in seven games. Jagr, who gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead, passed Phil Esposito for sole possession of fifth place with his first goal since March 1. He has two with Florida since being acquired from New Jersey on Feb. 28.

Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NFL – Mathis back with Lions, says Detroit can move on without Suh
Rashean Mathis is returning to a Detroit defense missing its biggest star from last season. He still has high hopes for the Lions in the post-Ndamukong Suh era. Mathis says he’s very confident in the players the Lions have, and in the team’s personnel department. Suh may have left via free agency, but Mathis is back, having signed a two-year contract to stay. Detroit now can expect to return its entire starting secondary from 2014, when the team had one of the top defenses in the NFL. The 34-year-old Mathis has been a steady part of Detroit’s secondary since the signing him two years ago.

NFL – Bears re-sign Rosario to 1-year contract
The Chicago Bears have re-signed backup tight end Dante Rosario to a one-year contract. Rosario was originally acquired by the Bears through a trade with Dallas before the start of the 2013 season. Since coming to Chicago, Rosario has started six of 31 games and has 17 receptions for 129 yards. The Bears announced the move Thursday. Rosario has appeared in 122 games with 32 starts and 116 catches for 1,235 yards and eight TDs in eight NFL seasons. He has also played for Carolina, Denver, Miami and San Diego.

Golf – Annual Arnold Palmer event under way
Morgan Hoffmann has grabbed the first-round lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, hours after learning his 97-year-old grandmother had died. Hoffman eagled the par-5 sixth en route to a 6-under-par 66 that puts him one stroke ahead of five players, including Ian Poulter and Kevin Na. The group at 68 included Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker. Rory McIlroy made his Bay Hill debut with a 70.

Golf – LPGA – Opening action
Rain held up the start of play in the LPGA’s JTBC Founders Cup tournament in Phoenix by four hours. It’s a four-round event with Karrie (KAHR’-ee) Webb the defending champion. She has won the event in two of the last four years.

Soccer – FIFA picks France to host 2019 Women’s World Cup
FIFA has picked France to host the Women’s World Cup in 2019. The FIFA executive committee awarded France the hosting rights over South Korea. FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced the decision Thursday, bringing the tournament back to Europe after Germany served as host in 2011.  The 2015 tournament kicks off in Canada on June 6 with 24 teams for the first time. Japan is the defending champion after winning a 16-nation tournament four years ago.  France will choose nine stadiums from 11 candidates, though Lyon will host the opening match and final. FIFA also chose France to host the Women’s Under-20 World Cup in 2018, which will be played in four venues in the Brittany region.

AHL – American Hockey League
Milwaukee Admirals at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Fort Wayne Komets at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Missouri Mavericks at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Drive 110, Maine Red Claws 109.

NCAA – Hockey – Big Ten Tournament
Last Night – Quarterfinals – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
(5) Ohio State 3, (4) Penn State 1
(3) Michigan 5, (6) Wisconsin 1

Tonight – Semifinals – Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
(1) Minnesota vs. (5) Ohio State, 4:30 p.m.
(2) Michigan State vs. (3) Michigan, 8:00 p.m.

NJCAA – Junior College Basketball – Division II National Tournament – Women’s
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas – Round 2 – Consolation Bracket
(8) Lake Michigan College vs. (16) Phoenix College, 12:00 p.m.

Phoenix 84, Lake Michigan College 70 – LMC’s Season ends with loss in Nationals
The Lake Michigan College Lady Redhawks were eliminated from the NJCAA National Tournament with an 84-70 loss to Phoenix.  Sabrina Trujillo led all scorers with 25 points while Maddison Cameron had 14 and Nicole Decker scored 11.  Lake Michigan College finishes the season at 24-10.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Girls Basketball Semifinals
Yesterday – at Michigan State University
Class C
Calumet 30, Laingsburg 26
Flint Hamady 50, Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory 46

Class D
Pittsford 57, Waterford Our Lady 26
St. Ignace 59, Frankfort 50

Today – at Michigan State University
Class A
DeWitt (24-1) vs. Saginaw Heritage (24-3), 1:00 p.m.
Bloomfield Hills Marian (24-1) vs. Detroit Martin Luther King (24-1), 2:50 p.m.

Class B
Benton Harbor (20-5) vs. Haslett (21-5), 6:00 p.m.             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 5:45
Goodrich (25-1) vs. Detroit Country Day (20-4), 7:50 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – Girls Basketball Finals
Saturday – at Michigan State University
Class D (10:00 a.m.)
Class A (12:00 p.m.)
Class C (4:00 p.m.)
Class B (6:00 p.m.)

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM will carry all four girls state championship games on Saturday
WSJM Broadcast if Benton Harbor is playing in the Class B final.

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