Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 3/28/16

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NCAA Men’s Basketball – Men’s NCAA Tournament – Elite 8
Saturday
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
(2) Villanova 64 (1) Kansas 59

Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
(2) Oklahoma 80, (1) Oregon 68

Sunday
United Center, Chicago, IL
(10) Syracuse 68, (1) Virginia 62

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
(1) North Carolina 88, (6) Notre Dame 74

North Carolina 88, Notre Dame 74 – UNC races to another Final Four, beats Notre Dame
Brice Johnson had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead North Carolina to an 88-74 victory over Notre Dame on Sunday night, leaving the Tar Heels as the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four. The Tar Heels reached the Final Four for a record 19th time and the first since 2009, when they won the last of their five national championships. North Carolina (32-6) will face Syracuse, the 10th seed from the Midwest Regional, in another all-Atlantic Coast Conference matchup in the Final Four on Saturday in Houston. The Orange beat top-seeded Virginia 68-62. The game was two different halves. In the first, the teams went shot for shot with both teams shooting over 58 percent and neither leading by more than six points. The second half was run for run and the Tar Heels took control over the final 10 minutes.

Syracuse 68, Virginia 62
Tenth-seeded Syracuse, a team many said did not deserve an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, is going to the Final Four. The Orange erased a 15-point deficit by going on a 29-8 run during the last nine and a-half minutes to beat No. 1 seed Virginia 68-62 to win the Midwest Regional title. Malachi Richardson scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half.

Saturday – Final Four – NRG Stadium, Houston
(2) Villanova vs. (2) Oklahoma, 6:09 p.m.
(1) North Carolina vs. (10) Syracuse, 8:49 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Vancouver Canucks 2

Blackhawks 3, Canucks 2 – Blackhawks beat skidding Canucks 3-2 to clinch playoff spot
Andrew Ladd scored the go-ahead goal with 2:27 left in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks clinched their eighth straight playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the skidding Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Jonathan Toews stickhandled into the Canucks zone before dropping a pass in the high slot to Ladd, who fired in a one-timer for his 23rd goal this season and sixth in 13 games with Chicago. Ladd was coming off a three-point night against Calgary on Saturday in which he scored two goals and added an assist. Trevor van Riemsdyk had two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Tomas Fleischmann and Teuvo Teravainen also scored to help the Blackhawks improve to 44-25-7. Alex Burrows and Sven Baertschi scored for the Canucks, who have managed only seven goals during their eight-game losing streak. Emerson Etem had two assists.

Tonight
Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Pacers 104, Houston Rockets 101

Pacers 104, Rockets 101 – George scores 25 points, Pacers beat Rockets 104-101
Paul George scored 16 of his 25 points in the first quarter and the Indiana Pacers overcame 34 points from James Harden to beat the Houston Rockets 104-101.

Tonight
Atlanta Hawks at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
NCAA Women’s Basketball – Men’s NCAA Tournament – Elite 8
Yesterday
Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls, SD
(4) Syracuse 89, (7) Tennessee 67

Rupp Arena, Lexington, KT
(7) Washington 85, (4) Stanford 76

Tonight
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT
(1) Connecticut vs. (2) Texas, 7:00 p.m.

American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
(1) Baylor vs. (2) Oregon State, 9:00 p.m.
Tonight’s games will air live on Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Houston Astros 8, Detroit Tigers 3
Chicago White Sox 13, San Francisco Giants 9
Seattle Mariners 12, Chicago Cubs 9

Astros 8, Tigers 3 – Castro, Reed, Singleton lead Astros split squad over Tigers
Jason Castro, A.J. Reed and Jon Singleton homered for a Houston Astros split squad in an 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Scott Feldman went four innings and allowed one run. Luke Gregerson struck out the side in his only inning.

White Sox 13, Giants 9 – Ishikawa drives in 5 to lead White Sox over Giants 13-9
Travis Ishikawa drove in five runs and finished a single short of the cycle to help the Chicago White Sox beat San Francisco 13-9 on Sunday. Avisail Garcia and Todd Frazier each added two-run home runs for Chicago. Giants pitcher Jake Peavy had one rough inning. He gave up three earned runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Mariners 12, Cubs 9 – Cano has 3 HRs, 7 RBIs in Mariners’ 12-9 win over Cubs
Robinson Cano had three home runs and seven RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners outlast the Chicago Cubs 12-9 Sunday in a game that was delayed for several minutes by a swarm of bees in center field. Cano had a two-run and a three-run homer off Cubs starter Jason Hammel. Cano added a two-run shot off Trevor Cahill in the eighth and finished 4 for 4.

Today
Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox vs. Colorado Rockies at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 6:35 p.m.

MLB – Heyward climbs fence to avoid bees, swarm halts M’s-Cubs
As usual, star Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward made the smart play. He climbed the fence in center _ to avoid a swarm of bees. The game between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago was delayed for several minutes in the top of the third inning Sunday when the bees gathered in center field. Heyward kept swatting them, then jogged to several spots in the outfield trying to avoid the insects. The three-time Gold Glove winner even scaled the wall, hoping to get away. At the end of the inning, Cubs relievers abandoned their bullpen in left field and joined the Seattle pitchers in the right-field bullpen to steer clear.

NCAA Hockey – Denver beats Ferris State 6-3 to reach Frozen Four.
Blake Hillman broke a tie with 4:32 left as Denver beat Ferris State 6-3 on Sunday in the NCAA West Regional final to advance to the Frozen Four. Hillman, Dylan Gambrell and Danton Heinen each had a goal and two assists. Trevor Moore also scored for the Pioneers.

NCAA Hockey – Referee dies a week after fall
One week after being critically injured in an on-ice fall during warm-ups of a WCHA Final Five semifinal game at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, official Butch Mousseaux passed away.  Mousseaux was taking warmups before a game between Ferris State and Michigan Tech and caught an edge in the ice with his skate and fell, hitting his head on the ice.   Mousseaux was put in a medically induced coma before passing away over the weekend.  Mousseaux was not wearing his helmet at the time of the fall.

Golf – PGA – Day wins again
Jason Day, the winner of last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational and last year’s PGA Championship, has won the Dell Match Play event in Austin, Texas. The new world No. 1 needed just 14 holes to beat Louis Oosthuizen 5-and-4. Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain won the consolation with a win over Rory McIlroy, 3 and 2. Day has now won the Match Play tournament in two of the last three years. The victory is his ninth on the PGA Tour.

Golf – LPGA – Ko ends on top
Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic to reaffirm her position as the top LPGA player in the world heading into the first major championship of the season, the ANA Inspiration coming up this week.  Ko birdied the final three holes for her third straight 5-under 67 and a four-stroke victory over second-ranked Inbee Park.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Toledo Walleye 5, Brampton Beast 1

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Tonight
Raptors 905 (Mississauga, ON) at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Saturday
Class B State Championship
Detroit Henry Ford 61, Lakeshore 47

Bball-boys 23Trojans 61, Lancers 47 – Lancers Fall In State Finals
Lakeshore fell short of capturing the Class B Boys’ Basketball State Championship, dropping a 61-47 decision to Detroit Henry Ford Saturday night at MSU’s Breslin Center.  Henry Ford led by 14 at the half, but the Lancers outscored the Trojans 15-7 in the third quarter to pull to within six.  Henry Ford started to pull away again in the fourth, only to see Lakeshore rally once again to close the gap. Free throws proved to be key down the stretch though, as the Trojans connected on 17 of 23 trips to the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Braden Burke paced Lakeshore with a game high 19 points.  Logan Steffes added ten points for the Lancers, Max Gaishin finished with nine, and Gibson Archer and Jake Bushu had nine and two respectively. Lakeshore finishes the season as Class B Runner-Up with a 20-7 mark.

Today
Girls Soccer
Niles at Dowagiac, 4:15 p.m.
Bangor at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Cassopolis, 5:00 p.m.
Hartford at Lake Michigan Catholic, 4:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Coldwater, 6:45 p.m.
Harper Creek at Otsego, 6:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Vicksburg, 6:45 p.m.
Fennville at Hastings, 6:30 p.m.

Baseball
Otsego at Bloomingdale, 4:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Edwardsburg, 4:15 p.m. (DH)
Lawton at Three Rivers, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
River Valley at Brandywine, 5:00 p.m.
Gobles at Decatur, 4:30 p.m.
Bangor at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m. (DH)
White Pigeon at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.

Softball
Otsego at Bloomingdale, 4:00 p.m.
River Valley at South Haven, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Three Rivers, 4:00 p.m.
Hartford at Brandywine, 4:15 p.m.
Gobles at Decatur, 4:30 p.m.
Bangor at Galesburg-Augusta, 4:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Marcellus, 4:30 p.m.