Weekday Morning Sports Report – Friday 2/21/20

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan State 86, Nebraska 65

MSU 86, Nebraska 65 – Michigan State shakes off sloppy play to beat Nebraska 86-65
Cassius Winston scored 23 points, Gabe Brown had career highs with 17 points and five 3-pointers, and Michigan State overcame sloppy play to beat Nebraska 86-65. The Spartans (18-9, 10-6 Big Ten) turned over the ball a season-high 22 times but made 13 3-pointers and outrebounded the Cornhuskers 51-26. They busted open the game with a 22-8 run in the middle of the second half. Nebraska (7-19, 2-13) dropped its 11th straight game, the most consecutive losses in the same season in program history. Dachon Burke had 21 points to lead the Huskers.

Saturday
Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 1:00 p.m.
Toledo at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Michigan at Purdue, 2:00 p.m.               106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports 1:30
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday
Miami (FL) at Notre Dame, 6:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan State 65, Purdue 63
Virginia Tech 68, Notre Dame 62

Saturday
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 12:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 2:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Toledo, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Syracuse at Notre Dame, 12:00 p.m.
Michigan at Michigan State, 5:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Milwaukee Bucks 126, Detroit Pistons 106
Charlotte Hornets 103, Chicago Bulls 93

Bucks 126, Pistons 106 – Antetokounmpo scores 33, leads Bucks to rout of Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks routed the Detroit Pistons 126-106. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points for the Bucks, who won for the 15th time in 17 games. Eric Bledsoe added 19 points and Brook Lopez scored 18. The Pistons have lost five straight since trading Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 6 and were playing for the first time since buying out Reggie Jackson’s contract. Christian Wood had 18 points and 11 rebounds while Bruce Brown finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Hornets 103, Bulls 93 – Monk, Bridges lead Hornets over cold-shooting Bulls, 103-93
Malik Monk scored 25 points, Miles Bridges added 22 and the Charlotte Hornets hung on to beat the cold-shooting Chicago Bulls 103-93 on Thursday night. After the NBA put on a memorable show last weekend with the All-Star festivities in Chicago for the first time since 1988, the Hornets and Bulls delivered a rather forgettable performance. P.J. Washington scored 17 points for Charlotte. Cody Zeller added 16 points and eight rebounds. Thaddeus Young led Chicago with season highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Tonight
Indiana Pacers at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at New York Islanders, 8:00 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NFL – NFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreement
NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.  Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021.  Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players.  A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.

NFL – Bears sign tight end Harris to 1-year contract
The Chicago Bears signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with Kansas City (2014-18) and Cleveland (2019). He caught 15 passes for 149 yards and three touchdowns this past season and was released by the Browns on Monday. Chicago coach Matt Nagy was an assistant in Kansas City for four of Harris’ six seasons there. The Bears got little production from their tight ends last season after missed the playoffs at 8-8 after going 12-4 to win the NFC North.

Tennis – Roger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French Open
Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted on Facebook Thursday that his knee had been bothering him for a while. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer. Wimbledon starts June 29.

NCAA – Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAA
The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA.  The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.  Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.

NCAA – University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claims
Another man has come forward to publicly accuse a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse decades ago.  Gary Bailey said Thursday that Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested him during a medical exam in 1968 or 1969. Bailey says he filed an official complaint with the university at the time but never heard anything back.  The university says it has received 22 calls to a hotline since Wednesday when it announced an investigation into Anderson. Police started investigating Anderson in July 2018 after a former student athlete alleged abuse by Anderson in the 1970s. Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. Anderson died in 2008. University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel has apologized to "anyone who was harmed" by Anderson.

AHL – American Hockey League
Yesterday
Grand Rapids Griffins 2, Chicago Wolves 1

ECHL – ECHL Hockey League
Tonight
Indy Fuel at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Saturday
Women’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 1:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, 3:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Athletics
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Edwardsburg 48, Vicksburg 38
Cassopolis 71, Mendon 47

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 36, River Valley 20
Brandywine 73, Buchanan 38
Edwardsburg 62, Vicksburg 37
Mendon 32, Cassopolis 27

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Niles, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Central at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.
Kal. Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Allegan, 7:00 p.m.  Cosy-FM
Dowagiac at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
River Valley at Mich. Lutheran, 7:30 p.m. WSJM Sports
Comstock at Berrien Springs, 7:30 p.m.
Parchment at Bridgman, 7:15 p.m.
Brandywine at Buchanan, 7:30 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Covert, 7:30 p.m.
Countryside Academy at Lawrence, 7:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bangor at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
Hartford at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.
Cassopolis at Eau Claire, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomingdale at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Mendon, 7:30 p.m.

SAC
Gobles at Coloma, 7:30 p.m.
Saugatuck at Watervliet, 7:30 p.m.
Lawton at Delton-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m.
Fennville at Martin, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 7:30 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Schoolcraft, 7:30 p.m.

Non-Conference
Plainwell at Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Niles, 5:45 p.m.
Mattawan at Lakeshore, 5:45 p.m.
Portage Central at Portage Northern, 5:45 p.m.
Kal. Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Lakeview, 5:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Gull Lake, 5:45 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Allegan, 5:45 p.m.
Dowagiac at Three Rivers, 6:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Otsego, 6:00 p.m.

BCS
Comstock at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.
Parchment at Bridgman, 5:45 p.m.
Howardsville Christian at Covert, 5:30 p.m.
Countryside Academy at Lawrence, 6:00 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bangor at Centreville, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Cassopolis at Eau Claire, cancelled
Bloomingdale at Marcellus, 6:00 p.m.
White Pigeon at Mendon, 6:00 p.m.

SAC
Gobles at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.
Lawton at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Fennville at Martin, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 6:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m.

Non-Conference
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Plainwell, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor at River Rouge, 6:00 p.m.       106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports

Girls Basketball
Andrews Academy at Battle Creek Academy, 7:00 p.m.