Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 12/22/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, December 22, 2014

Lions 20, Bears 14 – Stafford, Suh lead Lions over Bears 20-14NFL – National Football League – Week 16
Last Night
Detroit Lions 20, Chicago Bears 14

Benton Harbor’s Joique Bell scored the go-ahead touchdown on a sweet run in the fourth quarter, Ndamukong Suh had two sacks and the playoff-bound Detroit Lions beat Jimmy Clausen and the Chicago Bears 20-14 on Sunday. Calvin Johnson added six catches for 103 yards for Detroit (11-4), which came away with a narrow victory over a struggling team after locking up its second trip to the postseason in 15 years. The Bears benched quarterback Jay Cutler last week in favor of the undistinguished Clausen. The Lions secured a playoff spot with Philadelphia’s loss to Washington on Saturday. They were hoping to lock up their first division championship since 1993. But because the Packers beat Tampa Bay, the NFC North race will come down to next week’s game at Green Bay. Matthew Stafford overcame two interceptions and completed 22 of 39 passes for 243 yards. He hit the 4,000-yard mark for the fourth straight year, but it was hardly an easy afternoon for him.

Week 16 Scores
Jacksonville 21, Tennessee 13
Washington 27, Philadelphia 24
San Diego 38, San Francisco 35 – OT
Houston 25, Baltimore 13
Atlanta 30, New Orleans 14
Miami 37, Minnesota 35
Carolina 17, Cleveland 13
Green Bay 20, Tampa Bay 3
Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12
New England 17, N.Y. Jets 16
N.Y. Giants 37, St. Louis 27
Oakland 26, Buffalo 24
Dallas 42, Indianapolis 7
Seattle 35, Arizona 6

Denver at Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.

Next Sunday – Season Finale
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. Sports Radio 1400 WSJM/Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM 3:20
(Winner wins NFC North Title and first round bye)

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Colorado Avalanche 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 – Shootout
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Avalanche 2, Red Wings 1 – SO – Iginla helps Avalanche beat Red Wings 2-1 in shootout
Jarome Iginla scored in the ninth shootout round to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. Iginla got a wrist shot past Petr Mrazek, who had turned away six straight Avalanche shooters. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in the tiebreaker as Colorado ended a three-game road trip with five points. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar had shootout goals for Detroit, which fell to 1-7 this season in the tiebreaker.

Blackhawks 4, Maple Leafs 0 – Kane leads Blackhawks past Maple Leafs 4-0
Antti Raanta stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Patrick Kane posted a goal and two assists while David Rundblad, Jonathan Toews and Kris Versteeg all lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four. James Reimer allowed all four goals on 34 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their past three.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Brooklyn Nets 110, Detroit Pistons 105

Nets 110, Pistons 105 – Plumlee, Nets hold off Pistons, 110-105
Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Brooklyn Nets held off a late rally for a 110-105 victory over the Detroit Pistons yesterday. Joe Johnson added 16 points. Detroit’s Andre Drummond finished with 18 points and 20 rebounds.

Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – D-II Ferris State whips Bowling Green 82-68
Drew Lehman scored 29 points and Josh Fleming added 23 with 13 rebounds and Division II Ferris State ran away from Bowling Green on Sunday. The win was the ninth-straight for the Bulldogs although the game counted as an exhibition, leaving them at 8-2. Bowling Green fell to 6-3 with its first loss at home.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
The Citadel at (25) Michigan State, 6:00 p.m.          Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM 5:00
Northern Illinois at (21) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.
Alabama A&M at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Coppin State at Michigan, 8:00 p.m.                         Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 7:30
Central Michigan at McNeese State, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
(5) Notre Dame 64, Saint Joseph’s 50
(18) Michigan St 89, (19) Syracuse 76
Minnesota 67, Central Michigan 64

(5) Notre Dame 64, St. Joseph’s 50 – No. 5 Irish beat St. Joseph’s 64-50
Notre Dame freshman Brianna Turner returned to the lineup Sunday and scored 19 points for the No. 5 Fighting Irish in a 64-50 win over Saint Joseph’s. After missing three games with a shoulder injury suffered Dec. 3 against Maryland, Turner missed just one field goal attempt (7 of 8) and had five blocked shots in 31 minutes. Jewell Loyd added 16 points for the Irish (11-1).

(18) Michigan State 89, (19) Syracuse 76 – Powers, No. 18 Michigan State beat No. 19 Syracuse 89-76
Aerial Powers had 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead No. 18 Michigan State over No. 19 Syracuse 89-76 in the final game of the Florida Sunshine Classic at Rollins College yesterday. The Spartans took a 72-65 lead with 5:51 left when Tori Jankoska made a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer in a 14-second span. Brianna Butler had 18 points.

Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 12:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Bowls
BYU vs. Memphis, 2:00 p.m.         (Miami Beach Bowl, Marlins Park – Miami, FL)

NCAA Football – Documents: Winston cleared of misconduct
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been cleared of the allegations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing this month. The hearing focused on sexual assault allegations a former student had brought against Winston. A prosecutor decided not to criminally charge him, citing a lack of evidence.

AHL – American Hockey League
Grand Rapids Griffins at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Basketball
Cassopolis at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:30 p.m.  (at Kal Loy Norrix Holiday Tournament)

Girls Basketball
Benton Harbor vs. Mishawaka Marian, 3:00 p.m.       (at Kal Loy Norrix Holiday Tournament)
Kal. Loy Norrix vs. Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 6:00 p.m. (at Kal Loy Norrix Holiday Tournament)