Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 12/21/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, December 21, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 15
Minnesota Vikings 38, Chicago Bears 17
Houston Texans 16, Indianapolis Colts 10

Vikings 38, Bears 17 – Bridgewater totals 5 TDs; Vikings blow out Bears 38-17
Teddy Bridgewater threw a career-high four touchdowns and ran for another one, and the Minnesota Vikings took a significant step toward clinching a spot in the playoffs with a 38-17 victory Sunday over the Chicago Bears. Bridgewater completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards without a turnover, connecting twice with Stefon Diggs for scores. Jerick McKinnon and Zach Line had the other touchdown catches on a remarkably productive afternoon for all of Minnesota’s running backs. Adrian Peterson missed some time because of an injury to his left ankle, but he still finished with 63 yards on 18 attempts to maintain his NFL rushing lead. The Vikings (9-5) stopped their two-game losing streak. They turned a lost fumble and an interception thrown by Jay Cutler into 14 second-half points.

Texans 16, Colts 10 – Weeden leads Texans past Colts 16-10 for AFC South lead
Brandon Weeden threw a go-ahead 8-yard TD pass to Jaelen Strong to give Houston a 16-10 victory. The Texans took sole possession of the AFC South lead by snapping a two-game losing streak. The Colts have lost three straight.

Packers 30, Raiders 20 – Packers still lead NFC North
Green Bay kept their lead in the NFC North, staying one game ahead of Minnesota with a 30-20 victory against Oakland. Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass and Damarious Randall returned an interception for another score as the Packers improved to 10-4.

Panthers 38, Giants 35 – Carolina now 14-0
The Carolina Panthers are 14-0 after beating the New York Giants 38-35 on Graham Gano’s (guh-NOHZ’) 43-yard field goal as time expired. Cam Newton threw five touchdown passes for the Panthers

Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m.                           WSJM-AM/WCSY-FM 7:30

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 4, Calgary Flames 2
Chicago Blackhawks 4, San Jose Sharks 3 – OT

Red Wings 4, Flames 2 – Red Wings beat Flames 4-2, ending 3-game winless stretch
Dylan Larkin and Brad Richards scored 45 seconds apart midway through the second period to put the Detroit Red Wings ahead and they went on to beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Sunday night. Gustav Nyquist scored to give Detroit a two-goal lead late in the second period and Justin Abdelkader scored an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left in the game. Dougie Hamilton’s goal with 3:59 left pulled Calgary within a goal. Petr Mrazek made 26 saves for the Red Wings, who were winless in their previous three games, and was fortunate to have some shots hit posts behind him. Karri Ramo stopped 31 saves for the Flames, who have lost two straight after winning seven in a row.  The win was the 800th win for the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, the team will play the 2016-17 season at Joe Louis before moving to a new arena currently under construction for the 2017-18 season.

Blackhawks 4, Sharks 3 – OT – Toews scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Sharks 4-3
Jonathan Toews scored at 2:21 of overtime to give the surging Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. Toews skated in with Patrick Kane for a 2-on-1 and tipped home a nice pass for his 11th goal. Kane scored his 21st in the first period to help Chicago win for the second straight day and seventh time in nine games overall. The star forward has two goals and two assists in three games since his 26-game point streak ended last Tuesday against Colorado.  Hawks forward Marian Hossa missed the game because of an upper-body injury.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – Pistons recall Brandon Jennings after 1-game D-League stint
The Detroit Pistons have recalled Brandon Jennings. Detroit made the move Sunday after the guard played in one game for the team’s NBA D-League team. Jennings had 11 points and 12 assists in 27 minutes for the Grand Rapids Drive on Thursday, playing in his first game since rupturing his left Achilles nearly 11 months ago. Jennings has averaged 16.6 points and 6.2 assists over the first over the first seasons in the league. The Pistons also recalled Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard from the NBDL. Both have played sparingly for the Pistons this season. Detroit’s next game is Tuesday night at Miami.

NCAA Men’s Basketball
Eastern Michigan at Coppin State, 7:00 p.m.
Youngstown State at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Women’s Basketball
(9) Mississippi State 90, Western Michigan 68                   (at Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)

(9) Mississippi State 90, WMU 68 – No. 9 Mississippi State beats Western Michigan 90-68
Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 24 points and had 13 rebounds to lead No. 9 Mississippi State over Western Michigan 90-68 on Sunday in the Puerto Rico Classic. McCowan, a 6-foot-7 freshman, was dominant in the post, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds and shooting 9 of 16 from the field. Victoria Vivians added 15 points for the Bulldogs (10-1) while Ketara Chapel had 11. Mississippi State won its fifth straight game. The Bulldogs led just 40-38 at halftime, but put the game away with a 27-11 advantage in the third quarter. Meredith Shipman led Western Michigan (7-3) with 17 points. The Broncos made 29 of 36 (81 percent) free throws and kept the game close for much of the afternoon.

Western Michigan vs. Florida Gulf Coast, 11:00 a.m.        (at Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico)
SIU-Evansville at Central Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Detroit at (24) Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.
(3) Notre Dame at St. Joseph’s, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Bowls
Miami Beach Bowl – Marlins Park, Miami, FL
Western Kentucky vs. South Florida, 2:30 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Manitoba Moose at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 4, Indy Fuel 3

ISHSHA – High School Hockey
Last Night
Lakeshore/St. Joseph Warriors 4, Kalamazoo Blades 1                LSJ improves to 21-2-5