Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 4/3/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, April 03, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Boston Bruins 3, Detroit Red Wings 2
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Vancouver Canucks 1

Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 – Trotman’s 1st NHL goal leads Bruins past Red Wings 3-2
Zach Trotman scored his first career NHL goal with 2:08 remaining to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Trotman’s wrist shot got between Petr Mrazek’s glove and jersey and trickled past the goal line to give Boston its fourth straight win. Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson also had goals for the Bruins, who got 35 saves from Tuukka Rask. Luke Glendening and Stephen Weiss had goals, and Mrazek made 22 saves for Detroit, which fell into a third-place tie with the Bruins in the Atlantic Division. Boston, which won the season series 3-1-1, will have the tiebreaker if the teams remain even. Detroit’s Drew Miller started 48 hours after needing more than 50 stitches to close a pair of deep cuts near his left eye. He was injured when he collided with Mark Stone’s skate during Tuesday’s shootout loss to Ottawa.

Blackhawks 3, Canucks 1 – Blackhawks clinch playoff spot with 3-1 victory over Canucks
Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger scored in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. Kruger also had an assist on Teuvo Teravainen’s first-period goal, and Corey Crawford made 34 saves in Chicago’s third straight win. The Blackhawks (47-24-6) remained one point back of St. Louis for second in the Central Division. Derek Dorsett scored for Vancouver (45-28-5), which was coming off consecutive wins at St. Louis and Nashville. Eddie Lack finished with 35 stops. The teams were tied at 1 when Toews pushed home a rebound at 8:09. It was Toews’ third goal in the last four games and No. 26 on the season.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – Drew Miller in Red Wings lineup despite 50 stitches near eye
Red Wings forward Drew Miller was back in the Detroit lineup last night. That’s less than 48 hours after a collision required 50 stiches to close cuts near his right eye. Miller caught the blade of Mark Stone’s skate early in Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa. He had wanted to return for the third period of that game after doctors finished dressing the wounds.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Tournament – Final Four
Saturday – Lucas Oil Stadim, Indianapolis, IN
(7) Michigan State vs. (1) Duke, 6:09 p.m.
MSU Feed – Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 4:30              (National) Sports Radio 1400 4:30 p.m.
(1) Wisconsin vs. (1) Kentucky, 8:49 p.m.      (National) Sports Radio 1400 (right after MSU/Duke)

NCAA Basketball – When free throws turn foul: Spartans shaky from the line
Michigan State will have to buck a pretty conclusive trend to win the national title. The Spartans enter Saturday night’s Final Four matchup against Duke shooting 63.2 percent on free throws. Only one team in the last four decades has won the NCAA Tournament while being this bad at foul shots. The best news for Michigan State might be that its semifinal opponent has issues of its own. Jahlil Okafor, Duke’s leading scorer, shoots only 51 percent at the line _ so that game may be decided by which struggling free throw shooters produce under pressure. There will be some good foul shooters at the Final Four. Several of them play for Wisconsin, which ranks 11th in the country at 76.4 percent. Kentucky is shooting a solid 72.5 percent.

NCAA – Emmert: NCAA is in a `wait and see’ mode on Indiana law
NCAA President Mark Emmert says the association spoke with lawmakers and the governor of Indiana about how best to revise the state’s new religious objections law. A revised bill was working its way through the legislature on Thursday. Emmert released a statement early in the day saying he was pleased with the revisions, but says the NCAA is now in a “wait-and-see mode.”  Critics of the law feared it would lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians. The NCAA, based in Indianapolis, was among the first organizations to express concern about the law when it was passed last week. The Final Four is being held in Indianapolis this weekend and Emmert said the NCAA would consider moving future events out of state if the law wasn’t revised.

NCAA Women’s Tournament – Final Four
Sunday – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
(1) Notre Dame vs. (1) South Carolina, 6:30 p.m.
(1) Maryland vs. (1) Connecticut, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA Women’s Final Four – Notre Dame takes different attitude into women’s Final Four
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw says she is trying to lighten the mood as the Fighting Irish make their fifth straight Final Four appearance. McGraw says she wants to make sure the Irish recognize how significant making the Final Four is and enjoy the experience. So she is trying to get away from the “business-like” feel of recent appearances.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Detroit Tigers 3, New York Yankees (SS) 2
Arizona Diamondbacks 10, Chicago White Sox 2

Tigers 3, Yankees (SS) 2 – Pitchers audition as Tigers beat Yanks’ split squad 3-2
Manager Brad Ausmus used nearly all his auditioning pitchers yesterday during a 3-2 Detroit Tigers win over a New York Yankees’ split squad. Starter Angel Nesbitt pitched two scoreless innings in his bid to join David Price, Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene in the initial rotation. Slade Heathcott and John Ryan Murphy each had two hits for the Yankees.

Diamondbacks 10, White Sox 2 – Goldschmidt doubles twice, Diamondbacks beat White Sox 10-2
Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs with a pair of doubles as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 yesterday. Chris Owings hit a two-run double as Arizona scored five times in the second. Nick Ahmed had two hits and two RBIs for the Diamondbacks.

Today
Tampa Bay vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
White Sox are off

MLB – Judge refuses to stop Wrigley Field video board
The Chicago Cubs don’t have to stop work on a Wrigley Field video board that will block game views of adjacent rooftop clubs in the urban neighborhood.  A federal judge on Thursday refused a request from two rooftop businesses for a preliminary injunction. That means the right-field sign could be operational soon. The first home game is April 5. The Cubs are spending $375 million on renovating the century-old ballpark and $200 million for a hotel and other developments.  Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club wanted the injunction until a wide-ranging lawsuit is resolved. They say the sign will kill their businesses.  The rooftop owners say a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement with the Cubs prevents the team from obstructing views.

MLB – Verlander hits DL
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his major league career. The Tigers said the 32-year-old right-hander won’t be on the active roster for Monday’s opener against Minnesota because of tightness in his right triceps. Verlander is 28-24 in two seasons since starting a $180 million, seven-year contract, slowed by core muscle surgery before the 2014 season.

Golf – PGA – Piercy leads in final tuneup before Masters
Phil Mickelson is in contention in the first round of the PGA’s Houston Open, shooting a 6-under-par 66 that leaves him in a tie for fourth, three shots behind leader Scott Piercy. Mickelson birdied five of his first eight holes and was in line for a 65 until a bogey on the par-3 ninth hole.  Piercy tied a tournament record with a nearly flawless 9-under-par 63, putting him two strokes ahead of Alex Cejka and J.B. Holmes.
 
Golf – LPGA – Ko ties record, Pressel leads
Lydia Ko has tied Annika Sorenstam’s LPGA Tour record with her 29th consecutive round under par, shooting a 1-under 71 in the opening round of the Ava Inspiration. The 17-year-old Ko saved par on the par-4 seventh, her 16th hole, after hitting an approach shot through a gap in the trees. She hit a 6-iron to 18 inches to set up a birdie on the 158-yard, par-3 eighth and closed with a par on the par-5 ninth. But the leader in the first major of the LPGA season is Morgan Pressel, who fired a 67 that leaves her one stroke in front of Ai Miyazato. Juli Inkster is in a four-way tie for third.

NCAA Hockey – Eichel, McIntyre, Vesey selected Hobey Baker award finalists
Boston University forward Jack Eichel, North Dakota goalie Zane McIntyre and Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey have been selected as the three finalists for the Hobey Baker award, for the best player in college hockey. The Hobey Baker organization made the announcement Thursday. The winner will be revealed April 10 in Boston, the site of the NCAA Frozen Four. Eichel, an 18-year-old freshman, is expected to be picked first or second in the NHL draft this summer. He has 24 goals and 43 assists in 38 games for the Terriers. McIntyre, a junior, has a record of 29-9-3 with a save percentage of .931, the sixth-best in the nation. Vesey, a junior, finished the season with 32 goals and 26 assists in 37 games.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Wolves 4, Hamilton Bulldogs 2

Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Rockford IceHogs, 8:00 p.m.

AHL – Griffins clinch playoff berth while idle
Grand Rapids has clinched a spot in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs while off last night.  With the combination of Hamilton’s 4-2 loss to Chicago and Adirondack’s 5-4 loss to San Antonio, Grand Rapids leads the Midwest Division by 5 points over Rockford.

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

NBADL – NBA D-League
Tonight
Erie Bayhawks at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association – High School Sports
Yesterday
Baseball
Cassopolis 16, River Valley 11

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