Weekday Morning Sports – Monday 4/5/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Monday, April 06, 2015

MLB – Major League Baseball – Regular Season Opening Night/Day
Last Night
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Chicago Cubs 0

Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 – Wainwright, Cardinals beat Cubs 3-0 on opening night
Adam Wainwright pitched six innings of five-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday night in the major leagues opener. Jason Heyward had three hits in his St. Louis debut and Matt Holliday drove in two runs as the Cardinals won their first game for the second straight year. Throw in Matt Carpenter’s two hits at new-look Wrigley Field, and the top third of the lineup for the NL Central champs went 7 for 14 with three RBIs. Playing their most anticipated opener in years, manager Joe Maddon’s Cubs went 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Ace left-hander Jon Lester was pulled with one out in the fifth inning in his Cubs’ debut.

Today
Minnesota (Hughes 0-0) at Detroit (Price 0-0), 1:08 p.m.  WSJM-AM/Cosy-FM, 12:40
Chicago White Sox (Samardzija 0-0) at Kansas City (Ventura 0-0), 4:10 p.m.

NCAA Tournament – Men’s National Championship
Tonight – Lucas Oil Stadim, Indianapolis, IN
(1) Wisconsin vs. (1) Duke, 9:18 p.m.            Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 7:30

NCAA Tournament – Duke, Wisconsin step into spotlight in national title game
Duke and Wisconsin are finally getting their turn in the spotlight. After a season that was dominated by discussions of discussions about Kentucky’s pursuit of perfection, it will be the Blue Devils and Badgers meeting for the title tonight. Duke ran roughshod through Michigan State in its semifinal, moving within one win of coach Mike Krzyzewski’s fifth championship. Wisconsin spoiled the Wildcats’ historic run in its semifinal, and will be trying to win the school’s first title since 1941. The game should be full of intriguing matchups, from Krzyzewski matching wits with Wisconsin counterpart Bo Ryan, to two of the game’s brightest stars going at it in the paint in Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and the Badgers’ Frank Kaminsky. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:18 p.m.

NCAA Tournament – Game within NCAA title game: Kaminsky vs Okafor duel in post
The last college basketball contest of the season will feature two of the best big men in the country. Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky and Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is the matchup almost everyone will be watching in the NCAA championship game tonight. They’re a contrast in styles.  Kaminsky is the AP player of the year. He’s finishing up a remarkable college career. The 7-footer is a matchup nightmare with his ability to post up, hit 3-pointers and handle the ball like a guard. The 6-11 Okafor finished second behind Kaminsky in player of the year voting. He offers a unique blend of power and quickness around the bucket, and is a near-lock to be the first pick in the NBA draft whenever he decides to leave Duke.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Chicago Bulls 94

Cavaliers 99, Chicago Bulls 94 – LeBron gets triple-double, Cavs win 18th straight at home
LeBron James recorded his first triple-double since coming home, and the Cleveland Cavaliers made 16 3-pointers while winning their 18th straight home game, 99-94 over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. J.R. Smith made eight 3s, Kyrie Irving casually dropped one from 52 feet and scored 27 as the Cavs moved closer to a Central Division title and securing the Number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Mike Dunleavy scored 24 and Aaron Brooks 17 for the Bulls, who could have star guard Derrick Rose back in the next few days.  James finished with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, his first triple-double in a Cleveland uniform since May 13, 2010, two months before he left as a free agent for Miami. The Cavs notched win No. 50 and improved to a league-best 31-7 since January 15th.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Washington Capitals 2, Detroit Red Wings 1
St. Louis Blues 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Capitals 2, Red Wings 1 – Green, Holtby lead Capitals to 2-1 win over Red Wings
Mike Green had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat Detroit 2-1 on Sunday, putting the Red Wings in an anxious spot as they try to extend their streak of postseason appearances. Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which moved into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Darren Helm scored for Detroit, and Petr Mrazek finished with 26 saves. Kuznetsov put the Capitals ahead 3:38 into the game, firing a shot that bounced off Drew Miller’s stick and past Mrazek. Green made it 2-0 at 4:42 of the second as he ripped a shot that hit the top of Mrazek’s glove before settling in the top right corner of the net for his 10th of the season. Helm got the Red Wings on the board with his 14th of the season with 7:01 left in the second.

Blues 2, Blackhawks 1 – Blues edge Blackhawks 2-1 to move into 1st in Central
Olli Jokinen and David Backes scored in the second period as the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 Sunday night for their third straight win to move into first place in the Central Division. The Blues improved to 105 points, one more than idle Nashville, with three games remaining for both teams. Chicago’s Kris Versteeg scored to end a 16-game drought without a goal, but the Blackhawks’ four-game winning streak ended and they remained two points behind Nashville in third place in the rugged Central. Jake Allen made 38 saves for St. Louis and Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots for Chicago.

NCAA Tournament – Women’s Final Four
Last Night – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
(1) Notre Dame 66, (1) South Carolina 65
(1) Connecticut 81, (1) Maryland 58

Notre Dame 66, South Carolina 65 – Notre Dame edges South Carolina 66-65 in women’s Final Four
All-American Jewell Loyd scored 22 points and Madison Cable’s only basket of the game lifted Notre Dame to a 66-65 victory over Final Four newcomer South Carolina in the national semifinals on Sunday night. The Irish (36-2) advanced to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time in five years, surviving a scoring drought that lasted nearly seven minutes down the stretch. The Irish have not been able to win it all since coach Muffet McGraw led them to their only national title in 2001. Loyd said no one boxed out Cable on her game-winning basket, adding: “She’s done it all year. She’s the MVP.” South Carolina (34-3) overcame a 12-point, first-half deficit and did it again in the closing minutes. The Gamecocks used a 13-0 run to take their only lead on Aleighsa Welch’s putback with 1:12 remaining.

UConn 81, Maryland 58 – UConn back in title game after 81-58 win over Maryland
Breanna Stewart scored 25 points and Morgan Tuck added 24 to lead UConn to an 81-58 win over Maryland on Sunday in the Final Four, leaving the Huskies one win away from a third straight national championship.  UConn will face Notre Dame for the title on Tuesday night at 8:30 in a rematch of last season’s championship game.

Golf – PGA – Holmes wins in playoff
J.B. Holmes has earned his fourth PGA win by taking the Houston Open with the best final round of his career. He closed with an 8-under 64 before outlasting third-round leader Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner in a playoff. Holmes was 16-under before winning it with a par putt on the second extra hole before Wagner’s par putt lipped out. Holmes opened his final round with five straight birdies and nine in his first 12 holes.

Golf – LPGA – Lincicome rallies to win ANA Inspiration
Brittany Lincicome eagled 18 and parred the third extra hole to complete her comeback in the ANA Inspiration, the first LPGA major of the year. Lincicome closed with a 3-under 69 for a 9-under total in her sixth LPGA victory. Lewis had three chances to win before missing three birdie putts on 18, two coming in the playoff.

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