Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 1/18/16

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, January 18, 2016

NFL – National Football League – Divisional Playoffs
Saturday
New England Patriots 27, Kansas City Chiefs 20
Arizona Cardinals 26, Green Bay Packers 20 – OT

Sunday
Carolina Panthers 31, Seattle Seahawks 24
Denver Broncos 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 16

Panthers 31, Seahawks 24 – Panthers reach conference title game
The Carolina Panthers carried a 31-0 lead into the second half before holding off the Seattle Seahawks 31-24 to advance to the NFC championship game. Carolina built its lead on two touchdown runs by Jonathan Stewart, a TD pass by Cam Newton, a pick-six by Luke Kuechly and a 48-yard field goal by Graham Gano. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw two of his three touchdown passes to Jermaine Kearse before Steven Hauschka’s 36-yard field goal got Seattle within a touchdown with 1:12 remaining, but the rally ended when the Panthers recovered the onside kick.

Broncos 23, Steelers 16 – Broncos hold on to beat Steelers
The Denver Broncos are in the AFC championship game after rallying in the fourth quarter to beat Pittsburgh 23-16. C.J. Anderson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run before Demaryius Thomas caught the 2-point conversion for a 20-13 lead with three minutes remaining. Peyton Manning was victimized by several drops, yet he was able to complete 21 of his 37 throws for 222 and no interceptions.

Conference Championships – Next Sunday
AFC:   New England Patriots at Denver Broncos, 3:05 p.m.          WSJM-AM
NFC:  Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers, 6:40 p.m.            WSJM-AM

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Yesterday
Wisconsin 77, (4) Michigan State 76
(16) Iowa 82, Michigan 71

Wisconsin 77, #4 Michigan State 76 – Wisconsin beats No. 4 Michigan State 77-76
Ethan Happ scored underneath the basket with 10 seconds left and Wisconsin beat No. 4 Michigan State 77-76 on Sunday. The Spartans had a final chance to win but Denzel Valentine missed a 3-pointer and Matt Costello’s last-second side jumper bounced off the rim. Bronson Koenig scored 27 points and Nigel Hayes added 25 for the Badgers (10-9, 2-4 Big Ten), who trailed 76-72 after Valentine hit a runner for the Spartans (16-3, 3-3). Koenig hit a 3-pointer with Valentine in his face and the shot clock winding down to pull Wisconsin within 76-75 with 27 seconds left. The Badgers went to a full-court press for the first time in the game, and forced a turnover as Eron Harris stepped out of bounds while double-teamed. With the clock winding down, Koenig found Happ for the winning basket. Valentine led Michigan State with 23 points, while Costello added 18.

#16 Iowa 82, Michigan 71 – No. 16 Iowa beats Michigan 82-71
Jarrod Uthoff scored 23 points and No. 16 Iowa beat Michigan 82-71 on Sunday for its first 5-0 start in the Big Ten in 19 years. Peter Jok had 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the surging Hawkeyes (14-3, 5-0), who could make a big leap in Monday’s rankings after a tumultuous week for many of the nation’s top teams.  Iowa broke open a tight game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half, and Jok buried a 3-pointer that made it 76-68 with 2:34 left. Derrick Walton Jr. had 16 points for Michigan (13-5, 3-2). The Wolverines played their fourth straight game without star Caris LeVert, who was out with a left leg injury.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Yesterday
Michigan 91, Penn State 87

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Montreal Canadiens 2
Philadelphia Flyers 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 – Shootout

Blackhawks 5, Canadiens 2 – Hawks win 11th straight
The Chicago Blackhawks used two goals from Jonathan Toews to beat the slumping Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Sunday night. Marian Hossa had an empty-net goal and two assists for Chicago. Montreal has lost four in a row and five of six. The Canadiens also dropped to 6-15-2 since star goaltender Carey Price was shelved by a lower-body injury in November.

Flyers 2, Red Wings 1 – SO – Red Wings fall to Flyers in a shootout
Claude Giroux scored in a shootout and in regulation to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Jakub Voracek also scored in the shootout. Detroit’s Brendan Smith was called for hooking with 4.8 seconds left in regulation. The Flyers had a goal waved off after the ensuing faceoff because a leaping Wayne Simmonds was called for interference.

NHL – Blackhawks send struggling Bickell to minors
The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned slumping forward Bryan Bickell to Rockford of the American Hockey League. The 29-year-old Bickell has no goals and two assists in 23 games with Chicago. It is his second stint with the IceHogs this season. Bickell signed a $16 million, four-year contract after he played a key role in the Blackhawks’ run to the Stanley Cup title in 2013. But he hasn’t been able to live up to that big deal.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Today
Chicago Bulls at Detroit Pistons, 3:30 p.m.

NBA – Surgery for Noah
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah may have played his final game of the season. The two-time All-Star faces surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that has an estimated recovery period of four to six months.  The 30-year old is also in the final year of a five-year, $60 million contract and will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Noah was moved to a reserve role by new coach Fred Hoiberg this season and hasn’t had much success.

Tennis – Australian Open – Serena passes 1st round test
The Australian Open has begun in Melbourne.  Top women’s seed and defending champion Serena Williams has won her first-round match, beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena. Williams was helped by 12 double-faults by the Italian player, including on break point in the 11th game of the second set to give Williams a 6-5 lead. First-round winners on the women’s side also include sixth seed Petra Kvitova and American Nicole Gibbs. No. 24 seed Sloane Stephens dropped 10 straight games before losing her first-round match to a Chinese qualifier. Kei Nishikori was the first seeded men’s player to advance to the second round, beating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Nishikori is joined in the second round by sixth seed Thomas Berdych and No. 15 David Goffin.

AHL – American Hockey League
Yesterday
Chicago Wolves 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 3 – OT

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Yesterday
Kalamazoo Wings 7, Quad City Mallards 2

NBADL – NBA D-League
Today
Maine Red Claws at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Yesterday
Lakeshore/St. Joseph Warriors 3, Mattawan Wildcats 3 – TIE              (Howard Ice Arena)