Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 12/7/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, December 07, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 13
Last Night
San Francisco 49ers 26, Chicago Bears 20 – OT
Pittsburgh Steelers 45, Indianapolis Colts 10

49ers 26, Bears 20 – OT – Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers past Bears 26-20 in OT
Blaine Gabbert threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith in overtime after running for the tying TD late in regulation, lifting the struggling San Francisco 49ers to a 26-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. The Bears (5-7) had just gone three-and-out after forcing a punt by San Francisco to start the extra period. On the first play of the 49ers’ second possession, Gabbert found a wide-open Smith along the left sideline, giving San Francisco (4-8) a surprising win over a team that had jumped into playoff contention. All that happened after a wild finish in regulation. The Bears took a 20-13 lead on Ka’Deem Carey’s 4-yard run with 3:32 left, only to let it disappear and then blow a chance to win the game as time expired. They let Gabbert scramble untouched through the middle for a 44-yard touchdown with 1:42 left.

Steelers 45, Colts 10 – Roethlisberger throws 4 TD passes, Steelers roll Colts 45-10
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts 45-10 on Sunday night. Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 118 yards and two scores, and also returned a punt for a TD. Colts quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had 169 yards passing with a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving in the fourth quarter because of neck and shoulder pain.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m.           WSJM-AM 8:00

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Winnipeg Jets 1

Blackhawks 3, Jets 1 – Blackhawks beat Jets 3-1, Kane extends point streak
Teuvo Teravainen scored from a sharp angle 21 seconds into the third period to snap a tie, and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday to end a three-game losing streak. Chicago right wing Patrick Kane assisted on Artemi Panarin’s empty-net goal with 1:46 left to extend his point streak to 22 games, breaking Bobby Hull’s team record. Kane has a goal or assist in 25 of the Blackhawks’ 27 games this season. Teravainen broke a 10-game goal drought and connected for the first time in a month when he beat Michael Hutchinson with a quick shot from the right circle.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 111, Los Angeles Lakers 91

Pistons 111, Lakers 91 – Caldwell-Pope, Drummond help Pistons beat Lakers 111-91
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, Andre Drummond added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-91 Sunday in Kobe Bryant’s last visit to Detroit. Reggie Jackson added 20 points as the Pistons won their fourth straight. Lou Williams scored 21 points and Julius Randle added 15 points and 11 rebounds as Los Angeles lost for the ninth time in 10 games.  Bryant received a standing ovation before the game, when the arena went dark while Pistons public address announcer John Mason read off his long list of achievements, graciously skipping the loss to Detroit in the 2004 Finals. Bryant missed his first nine shots, and when he finally made one _ a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter _ the fans gave him his second ovation of the night and a brief “KO-BE” chant broke out.  He finished with five points on 2-of-15 shooting.

Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.
Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Michigan State in semifinals
Top-seeded Clemson will play No. 4 Oklahoma at the Orange Bowl and No. 2 Alabama gets No. 3 Michigan State at the Cotton Bowl in the New Year’s Eve semifinals of the College Football Playoff. The selection committee revealed the pairings for second playoff Sunday, a day after the top teams eliminated any controversy about who should be in the final four. Clemson (13-0) has been No. 1 since the committee began its rankings the first week of November. As the top seed, the Tigers get to play as close to home as possible. The Tigers and Sooners (11-1) met in Russell Athletic Bowl last season. Alabama (12-1) began its season at AT&T Stadium in North Texas against a Big Ten (Wisconsin) and returns to face another in Michigan State (12-1).

NCAA Football – Michigan , Florida to meet in Citrus Bowl
Jim Harbaugh gets to coach in a bowl game when Michigan takes on Florida in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida. The school are meeting for the third time, with the Wolverines (9-3, No. 14 CFP) winning the first two. Michigan beat the Gators in the 2003 Outback Bowl and in the 2008 Capital One Bowl.  Florida (10-3, No. 19 CFP) dropped its last two games, scoring just one offensive touchdown in losses to Florida State and Alabama.  The Gators have won seven of their last nine bowl games. Michigan has won just three of its last 11 bowl games.

NCAA Football – Ohio State, Notre Dame to meet in Fiesta Bowl
The Fiesta Bowl gets another marquee matchup.  The New Year’s Day bowl will feature Ohio State and Notre Dame, two teams in the college football playoff mix until late in the season. The defending champion Buckeyes (11-1) lost their only game to Michigan State and needed help to get into college football’s final four. They didn’t get it and wind up No. 7 in the final CFP ranking. Notre Dame (10-2) fought through a slew of injuries to finish four points shy of a perfect record. The Fighting Irish are No. 8 in the final rankings.

MLB – Tigers finalize $16M, 2-year deal with Pelfrey
Free-agent pitcher Mike Pelfrey has finalized a $16 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, who also added catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the major league minimum of $507,500. The 31-year-old Pelfrey joins a Detroit rotation bolstered by the signing of fellow right-hander Jordan Zimmermann less than a week ago. Pelfrey spent the last three seasons with Minnesota and went 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA this year. Detroit finished last this year after winning the AL Central the previous four seasons and also has acquired closer Francisco Rodriguez and outfielder Cameron Maybin since the end of the season. Pelfrey spent his first seven seasons with the New York Mets and has a 61-81 big league record with a 4.52 ERA over 10 years.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(19) Michigan State 76, Loyola-Chicago 47
Princeton 74, Michigan 57

MLS – Timbers win first title
Diego Valeri scored at the 27-second mark for the fastest goal in MLS Cup history and the Portland Timbers won the league title for the first time, beating the Columbus Crew 2-1. Rodney Wallace made it 2-0 in the seventh minute. The Crew’s Kei Kamara scored in the 18th minute to finish the scoring.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Brampton Beast 3, Kalamazoo Wings 0

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Basketball
Decatur at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Cassopolis at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.