Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 1/26/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, January 26, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Coach 1K
Mike Krzyzewski has become the first coach in Division I men’s basketball history with 1,000 victories. Tyus Jones scored 22 points and fifth-ranked Duke went on an 18-2 run down the stretch to beat St. John’s 77-68 in New York. Jahlil Okafor had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, which trailed by 10 with 8 ½ minutes remaining.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Yesterday
(8) Notre Dame 81, NC State 78 – OT

(8) Notre Dame 81, NC State 78 – OT – Grant leads Irish over NC State
Jerian Grant scored 25 points and blocked a last-second shot that helped eighth-ranked Notre Dame oustlast North Carolina State 81-78 in overtime. Pat Connaughton and V.J. Beachem added 11 points apiece and helped the Fighting Irish rally from an 18-point, first-half deficit.

NFL – 2015 Pro Bowl – University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Yesterday
Team Irvin 32, Team Carter 28

Irvin 32, Carter 28 – Team Irvin wins Pro Bowl
Jimmy Graham, Matthew Stafford and J.J. Watt were the stars in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, which was won by Team Irvin 32-28 over Team Carter. Graham grabbed two touchdown passes, including a 1-yard scoring grab from Matt Ryan on fourth down with 3:10 remaining. Stafford was the offensive game MVP after throwing for 316 yards and two TDs. Watt came away with defensive MVP honors by intercepting a pass and recovering a fumble. Greg Olsen and Emmanuel Sanders also caught a pair of touchdown passes apiece.  The goal posts were narrowed to from 18.6 feet to 14 feet on all kicks, not just PATs as had been previously announced. The PATs also were moved back to make it a 33-yard kick.  Adam Vinatieri missed two extra points and a 38-yard field goal. The 42-year-old Colts kicker hasn’t missed an extra point in real games in five years.

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals
The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday as it hosts the Super Bowl. What may be not visible amid all the hoopla is a sobering reality about the Super Bowl host city: Glendale is suffering deep financial issues over its troubled effort to become a sports destination. Glendale bet big on professional sports in recent years then the economy tanked. The city has found stronger financial footing since then and its bond rating has improved markedly, but not without having to raise taxes, trim 25 percent of the municipal workforce, cut back on paving projects, and do other things. To fiscal conservatives, Glendale serves as a cautionary tale for suburban cities across the United States that want to throw public money at professional sports projects.  Glendale is the home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals at the Super Bowl site University of Phoenix Stadium.  The Arizona Coyotes NHL team plays at Jobing.com Arena, also in Glendale

NHL – 2015 NHL All Star Game – Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Yesterday
Team Toews 17, Team Foligno 12

Toews 17, Foligno 12 – Tavares nets four in wild All-Star spectacle
A record 29 goals were scored in the NHL All-Star game at Columbus, and John Tavares contributed four of them. The New York Islanders center tied the league All-Star record for goals while helping Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12. Tavares was one of seven players on Team Toews with at least four points, along with NHL scoring leader Jake Voracek. Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeon each finished with a goal and four assists, while Voracek had three goals and five points. But the game MVP was local favorite Ryan Johansen of the Blue Jackets. He scored twice and had an assist, including a goal that gave Team Foligno its only lead late in the first period. Fans voted for the MVP via Twitter.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Toronto Raptors 114, Detroit Pistons 110
Miami Heat 96, Chicago Bulls 84

Raptors 114, Pistons 110 – Pistons fall in first game without Jennings
DeMar DeRozan registered 25 points with six rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors in a 114-110 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Jonas Valanciunas went for 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win, while Amir Johnson added 17 points for the Raptors. D.J. Augustin’s career night was all for naught as he made the start for the injured Brandon Jennings. Detroit announced earlier in the day that Jennings would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon that he suffered during Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Augustin set a career high with 35 points and also dished out eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost three straight on the road. Greg Monroe finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in the loss.

Heat 96, Bulls 84 – Wade, Bosh, Whiteside lead Heat over Bulls 96-84
Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 20 and Hassan Whiteside had unconventional triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the sluggish Chicago Bulls 96-84 Sunday.     Whiteside had a career high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago. Mario Chalmers had 15 points, and the Heat squashed whatever momentum the Bulls appeared to be building after beating San Antonio and Dallas. Miami led by 10 at halftime, 12 going into the fourth quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.

NBA – Jennings to miss rest of season
Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 101-86 loss at Milwaukee.  Jennings had an MRI that confirmed the injury, which will require surgery.  The 25-year-old Jennings averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists in 41 games this season.

MLB – Hall of Famer died of heart attack
An attorney representing the family of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks says the Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Mark Bogen spoke alongside Banks’ widow, Liz. He said Banks suffered a heart attack on Friday, the same day he died.  Banks spent his entire 19-year career with the Cubs. He hit 512 home runs and was twice named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

MLB – Reliever Al Alburquerque, Tigers reach 1-year deal
Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year, with the Tigers offered $1,375,000.

NCAA Basketball –Women’s
Yesterday
Michigan State 77, Wisconsin 71
 
Tonight
Illinois at Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s – EMU women’s player and fellow student killed
Authorities say an Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball player and another student were killed in a head-on collision. The Washtenaw County sheriff’s department says the collision happened at around 1 a.m. Sunday in Ypsilanti Township. It says a vehicle driven by 21-year-old junior forward Shannise Heady veered over the road’s center line, hitting an oncoming vehicle. Heady, of Hazel Crest, Illinois, and her passenger, 23-year-old senior Jordan Hopkins, of Dexter, were killed. The other driver was taken to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Eastern Michigan President Susan Martin says it’s a “tragic loss” and that the school is offering counseling to those seeking it.

Tennis – Australian Open – Serena advances
Serena Williams has moved into the Australian Open quarterfinals by downing the woman who beat her in the second round of last year’s French Open. Williams had 17 aces and 41 winners in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza. The top-seeded Williams settled down after committing two double faults and 14 unforced errors in the opening set.

Golf – PGA – Haas takes tourney
Bill Haas was the winner of the Humana Challenge, finishing one stroke ahead of five others.  Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for a 22-under total that gave him his first PGA title since the 2014 AT&T National. He pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes. Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Steve Wheatcroft and Sung Joon Park tied for second.

Golf – Champions – Jimenez 2-for-3 on Champions Tour
Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied six of the final nine holes to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. The Spaniard closed with a 6-under 66 for his second victory in three career starts on the 50-and-over tour. Jimenez finished at 17-under 199 at Hualalai Golf Club for a one-stroke triumph over Mark O’Meara.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Tonight
Women:        Lake Michigan College at Kellogg Community College, 5:30 p.m.   Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Men:            Lake Michigan College at Kellogg Community College, 7:30 p.m.  Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

AHL – American Hockey League
Yesterday – AHL Skills Competition – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
Eastern Conference 15, Western Conference 11

Tonight – 2015 AHL All Star Game – Utica Memorial Auditorium, Utica, NY
Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Yesterday
Kalamazoo Wings 4, Allen Americans 3 – OT
Toledo Walleye 5, Wheeling Nailers 2

MHSAA – High School Sports
Tonight
Boys Basketball
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m.
Dowagiac at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.
Cassopolis at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Lakeshore at Portage Northern, 5:45 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at Eau Claire, 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.