Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 12/8/14

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NFL – National Football League – Week 13
Last Night
Detroit Lions 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

Other NFL Scores
N.Y. Giants 36, Tennessee 7
Carolina 41, New Orleans 10
Minnesota 30, N.Y. Jets 24-OT
Pittsburgh 42, Cincinnati 21
St. Louis 24, Washington 0
Baltimore 28, Miami 13
Indianapolis 25, Cleveland 24
Houston 27, Jacksonville 13
Denver 24, Buffalo 17
Arizona 17, Kansas City 14
Oakland 24, San Francisco 13
Seattle 24, Philadelphia 14
New England 23, San Diego 14

Other NFL Scores

Lions 34, Buccaneers 17 – Stafford, Lions handle Tampa Bay 34-17
Matthew Stafford threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, including one off a fluky deflection late in the game, and the Detroit Lions kept the pressure on in the NFC North race with a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Lions (9-4) trail first-place Green Bay by a half-game, with the Packers hosting Atlanta on Monday night. Tampa Bay (2-11) was finally eliminated from playoff contention, the NFC South’s mediocrity could only keep the Bucs in it for so long. They turned the ball over three times in the second quarter against Detroit and never led.  The Lions have won two in a row, and they figure to be favored again next weekend when they face Minnesota in their final home game of the regular season.  Calvin Johnson caught 8 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, Benton Harbor’s Joique Bell had 18 carries for 83 yards rushing and a score, he also caught the deflected pass from Stafford for the touchdown.

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA Football Playoff – Field is set
Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected as college football semifinalists by the CFP committee. The Ducks will take on the Seminoles in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, just before the Crimson Tide take on the Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl. The winners will meet Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas. The Big 12 was left out of the party as Baylor was the fifth ranked team with TCU sixth. Ohio State moved up after its impressive 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game. Committee chairman Jeff Long said the top three were clear and the final spot came down to a debate between the Buckeyes and Big 12 co-champs Baylor and TCU. Among those three, Long said: “It was decisive for Ohio State.”

NCAA Football – MSU To Play Baylor In Cotton Bowl
The Michigan State Spartans will make their inaugural appearance in one of college football’s most prestigious bowl games on New Year’s Day. MSU will take on Baylor in the Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Spartans finished 10-2 on the season and 7-1 in the Big Ten, while the Bears won a share of the Big 12 title at 8-1 in the conference and 11-1 overall. This marks the eighth consecutive season that Michigan State will play in a bowl game, and the Spartans are looking to extend its school-record three game winning streak in the postseason.

NCAA Football – Notre Dame to face No. 22 LSU in Music City
Notre Dame will try to end its late-season slide when it faces No. 22 LSU on Dec. 30 in the Music City Bowl. Notre Dame (7-5) looked like a College Football Playoff contender earlier this year when it won its first six games. But it closed the regular season on a four-game skid as injuries decimated its defense. LSU (8-4) has lost two of its last three games but closed the regular season with a 23-17 victory over Texas A&M. It will mark the first time these two schools have faced each other since LSU trounced Notre Dame 41-14 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3, 2007.

NCAA Football – 10-for-10 for Big Ten teams in bowl games
Every bowl-eligible team in the Big Ten will go to the postseason after all. The league had 10 eligible teams, but was at risk of filling just nine spots if Michigan State had been picked for the Orange Bowl. But Mississippi State earned the nod over the Spartans by finishing a spot ahead of them in the final playoff rankings. That in turn opened up a spot for the Big Ten in the Citrus Bowl. Michigan State will now face Baylor in the Cotton Bowl, while Minnesota will play Missouri in the Citrus. The program that appeared to be in the most peril was Illinois, which finished just 6-6. But the Illini are in the Heart of Dallas bowl against Louisiana Tech.

NCAA Bowls

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA Saturday, December 20, 2014
Nevada vs. UL Lafayette Mercedes-Benz Superdome 11:00 AM
Gildan New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM Saturday, December 20, 2014
Utah State vs. UTEP University Stadium 2:20 PM
Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV Saturday, December 20, 2014
Utah vs. Colorado State Sam Boyd Stadium 3:30 PM
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID Saturday, December 20, 2014
Western Michigan vs. Air Force Bronco Stadium 5:45 PM
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Montgomery, AL Saturday, December 20, 2014
South Alabama vs. Bowling Green Cramton Bowl 9:15 PM
Miami Beach Bowl Miami, FL Monday, December 22, 2014
BYU vs. Memphis Marlins Park 2:00 PM
Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois FAU Stadium 6:00 PM
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, CA Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Navy vs. San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 9:30 PM
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Central Michigan vs. WKU Thomas Robinson Stadium 12:00 PM
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Fresno State vs. Rice Aloha Stadium 8:00 PM
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Dallas, TX Friday, December 26, 2014
Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech Cotton Bowl Stadium 1:00 PM
Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI Friday, December 26, 2014
Rutgers vs. North Carolina Ford Field 4:30 PM
Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl St. Petersburg, FL Friday, December 26, 2014
NC State vs. UCF Tropicana Field 8:00 PM
Military Bowl Annapolis, MD Saturday, December 27, 2014
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech Navy-Marine Corps. Stadium 1:00 PM
Hyundai Sun Bowl El Paso, TX Saturday, December 27, 2014
Arizona State vs. Duke Sun Bowl Stadium 2:00 PM
Duck Commander Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA Saturday, December 27, 2014
Miami, FL vs. South Carolina Independence Stadium 3:30 PM
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Bronx, NY Saturday, December 27, 2014
Boston College vs. Penn State Yankee Stadium 4:30 PM
National University Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA Saturday, December 27, 2014
Nebraska vs. USC Qualcomm Stadium 8:00 PM
AutoZone Liberty Bowl Memphis, TN Monday, December 29, 2014
Texas A&M vs. West Virginia Liberty Bowl 2:00 PM
Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando, FL Monday, December 29, 2014
Clemson vs. Oklahoma Florida Citrus Bowl 5:30 PM
AdvoCare Texas Bowl Houston, TX Monday, December 29, 2014
Arkansas vs. Texas NRG Stadium 9:00 PM
Franklin Amer. Mort. Music City Bowl Nashville, TN Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Notre Dame vs. LSU LP Field 3:00 PM
Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Georgia vs. Louisville Bank of America Stadium 6:30 PM
Foster Farms Bowl Santa Clara, CA Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Maryland vs. Stanford Levi’s Stadium 10:00 PM
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Ole Miss vs. TCU Georgia Dome 12:30 PM
Vizio Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Boise State vs. Arizona U. of Phoenix Stadium 4:00 PM
Capital One Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech Sun Life Stadium 8:00 PM
Outback Bowl Tampa, FL Thursday, January 01, 2015
Auburn vs. Wisconsin Raymond James Stadium 12:00 PM
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX Thursday, January 01, 2015
Michigan State vs. Baylor AT&T Stadium 12:30 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL Thursday, January 01, 2015
Minnesota vs. Missouri Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium 1:00 PM
Rose Bowl Game (Semifinal) Pasadena, CA Thursday, January 01, 2015
(2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State Rose Bowl 4:30 PM
Allstate Sugar Bowl (Semifinal) New Orleans, LA Thursday, January 01, 2015
(1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State Mercedes-Benz Superdome 8:30 PM
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX Friday, January 02, 2015
Houston vs. Pittsburgh Amon G. Carter Stadium 12:00 PM
TaxSlayer Bowl Jacksonville, FL Friday, January 02, 2015
Iowa vs. Tennessee EverBank Field 3:20 PM
Valero Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX Friday, January 02, 2015
Kansas State vs. UCLA Alamodome 6:45 PM
TicketCity Cactus Bowl Tempe, AZ Friday, January 02, 2015
Washington vs. Oklahoma State Sun Devil Stadium 10:15 PM
Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL Saturday, January 03, 2015
East Carolina vs. Florida Legion Field 1:00 PM
GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, AL Sunday, January 04, 2015
Toledo vs. Arkansas State Ladd-Peebles Stadium 9:00 PM
College Football Championship Game Arlington, TX Monday, January 12, 2015
Semifinal Winner vs. Semifinal Winner AT&T Stadium 8:30 PM

NCAA Football – U of M Coach – Harbaugh reportedly not interested in Michigan job
It does not look likely that former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh will be returning to Ann Arbor to coach his alma matter. CBS Sports reports the San Francisco 49ers coach is not interested in the head coaching job after the firing of Brady Hoke. NFL Network is reporting U-of-M officials have spoken to Harbaugh and left the meeting clear that he plans to be remain a professional coach.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Carolina Hurricanes 1

Red Wings 3, Hurricanes 1 – Tatar leads Red Wings past Hurricanes 3-1
Tomas Tatar scored two goals and Pavel Datsyuk added a goal and two assists, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Petr Mrazek made 34 saves for the Red Wings, who have won three in a row and seven of eight. Jay McClement scored for Carolina, which has lost three of four. Cam Ward stopped 19 shots. It was Hurricanes coach Bill Peters’ first game against his former boss and mentor Mike Babcock. Peters was an assistant to Babcock for three seasons in Detroit.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Oklahoma City Thunder 96, Detroit Pistons 94

Thunder 96, Pistons 94 – Durant, Thunder hand Pistons 12th straight loss
Kevin Durant scored 28 points, while Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka each added double-doubles as Oklahoma City handed Detroit its 12th consecutive loss, 96-94. Westbrook finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Ibaka added 13 points and 13 rebounds to the Thunder’s second straight win.  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 19 points.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
(19) Georgia 69, (16) Michigan St 60

(19) Georgia 69, (16) Michigan State 60 – No. 19 Georgia holds off No. 16 Michigan St 69-60
Tiaria Griffin scored 15 points, including four free throws in the final minute, and No. 19 Georgia, held off No. 16 Michigan State 69-60 on Sunday. Michigan State twice cut the lead to five points in the final minute with baskets by Tori Jankoska, who had 16 points. Aerial Powers had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans (5-2), ending her streak of six straight double-doubles.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 2, Milwaukee Admirals 1 – Shootout
San Antonio Rampage 2, Chicago Wolves 1

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Basketball
Chicago Whitney Young (IL) 85, Benton Harbor 64

Dolphins 85, Tigers 64 – Benton Harbor falls to ranked Whitney Young
Benton Harbor fell to 1-1 on the season after losing 85-64 to Chicago Whitney Young in the DC Coleman Classic at Detroit Mumford.  Kysre Gondrezick had 30 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while sister Kalabria had 26 points.  Benton Harbor never got within 5 points.

Boys Basketball – Season Opener
River Valley at Decatur
Kalamazoo Hackett at Gobles
Constantine at Marcellus
Centreville at Howardsville Christian

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