Weekday Morning Sports Report – Tuesday 2/25/20

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
(18) Iowa at (24) Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.             Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:00
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Toledo at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Charlotte Hornets at Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Denver Nuggets, 9:00 p.m.

NBA – Pacers lose Jeremy Lamb with season-ending knee injury
Indiana Pacers guard Jeremy Lamb will miss the rest of this season after seriously injuring his left knee in Sunday’s 46-point loss at Toronto. Lamb was injured during the second quarter. Team officials say he will undergo surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn lateral meniscus. He also suffered a bone fracture. Lamb came to the Pacers last summer as a free agent. He was Indiana’s starting guard until two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo returned from a year-long absence.

NBA – Pistons recall Thomas from G League
The Detroit Pistons have recalled guard Khyri Thomas from Grand Rapids of the G League. Thomas had foot surgery and has played in only two games for the Pistons this season. He last appeared in a game for Detroit on Nov. 6. Thomas is in his second season. He was a second-round draft pick in 2018. The Pistons play at Denver on Tuesday night.

NBA – Star-studded attendance at Bryant memorial
Vanessa Bryant offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter at a sold-out memorial service for the two today, one month after Kobe and Gianna Bryant were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised her husband’s devotion as she addressed thousands of fans gathered at Staples Center. The ceremony began with performances by Beyonce and Alicia Keys, and the mourners included Lakers greats such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson, plus other celebrities.

NBA – Kobe Bryant’s widow sues helicopter operator for deaths
Kobe Bryant’s widow has sued the companies that own and operate the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant on Monday says the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions Jan. 26 and should have aborted the flight. The pilot was among the nine people killed in the crash. The lawsuit came as a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was being held at the arena where Bryant played most of his career.

NHL – National Hockey League
New Jersey Devils at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 8:00 p.m.

NHL – NHL trade deadline
The Edmonton Oilers hope they’ve given Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl (DRY’-sy-tul) some help by acquiring winger Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) from Detroit and forward Tyler Ennis from Ottawa. The Oilers sent 2020 and 2021 second-round picks and forward Sam Gagner to Detroit for Athanansiou, who’s a restricted free agent after this season. The Oilers also got winger Ryan Kuffner in the Athanasiou trade and picked up Ennis for a 2021 fifth-rounder.  The Golden Knights swapped out goaltenders, getting Robin Lehner in a deal that sends Malcolm Subban to the Blackhawks. Chicago also receives forward Stanislav Demin and 2020 second-round pick while shipping forward Martins Dzierkals to Vegas, who was subsequently dealt to Toronto.

NFL – Lions bring back veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola
The Detroit Lions are bringing back veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Amendola had 62 receptions for 678 yards receiving with one touchdown last season in his first year with the Lions. The 34-year-old Amendola was just 12 yards receiving away from surpassing his career high set in 2010 with the St. Louis Rams.

NFL – Packers extend Crosby
The Green Bay Packers have signed longtime placekicker Mason Crosby to a three-year contract extension. The 35-year-old Crosby has appeared in all 208 Packers game since being selected in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. He’s the team’s all-time leader with 1,575 points, 588 extra points, 329 field goals and 35 field goals of 50 yards or more.

MLB – Spring Training Baseball
Houston Astros 11, Detroit Tigers 1
Chicago White Sox 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 2
Chicago Cubs 16, Seattle Mariners 12

New York Mets vs. Detroit Tigers, 1:05 p.m.                                          at Lakeland, Fla
Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs, 3:05 p.m.                                       at Mesa, Ariz
San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago White Sox (ss), 3:05 p.m.                   at Glendale, Ariz.
Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. Cleveland Indians, 3:05 p.m.                        at Goodyear, Ariz

MLB – Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros
José Altuve was loudly booed, called a cheater and even plunked by a pitch in his spring training debut for the Houston Astros. Altuve and some of his high-profile teammates played on the road for the first time in the exhibition season, beating the Detroit Tigers 11-1 in Lakeland, Florida. The fans heckled the Astros who were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked baseball. Elsewhere in spring training, Gerrit Cole struck out two in a hitless inning during his debut for the New York Yankees and Mookie Betts got two hits for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

NCAAFB – Michigan State hires Els, Peagler to football staff
Michigan State has hired Ross Els as special teams coordinator and William Peagler as running backs coach. The 54-year-old Els has spent the last three seasons as the inside linebackers coach at Colorado, and he was the special teams coordinator there in 2019. New Michigan State coach Mel Tucker came to the Spartans from Colorado. Els was a defensive coordinator at Purdue prior to his stint at Colorado. The 34-year-old Peagler was the director of quality control for the offense at Colorado last season.

NCAA – Men hire lawyers over alleged abuse by U. of Michigan doctor
Several men alleging sexual abuse by a deceased University of Michigan doctor have retained law firms that are representing accusers who sued Michigan State University and Ohio State University in similar cases, attorneys said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008, is accused of assaulting patients and school athletes during medical exams. It’s unclear if the University of Michigan will see the magnitude of lawsuits facing Ohio State, which are pending, and Michigan State, which settled for $500 million.

Boxing – Wilder says pre-fight costume wore him down before Fury did
Deontay Wilder says an elaborate outfit he wore on his ring walk wore him down so much that he didn’t have the legs to withstand Tyson Fury in their heavyweight title fight. Wilder also told The Associated Press he would execute a clause in his contract for a third fight with Fury, hopefully sometime this summer. Wilder said the outfit weighed him down and that his legs weren’t right by the time the fight started and he knew by the second round his legs were gone. He also criticized assistant trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel in the seventh round.

MCCAA – Junior College Athletics
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Lansing Community College 57, Lake Michigan College 49

  • A second half rally fell short as Lake Michigan College fell to Lansing 57-49.  Trailing by 11, the Lady Red Hawks battled back to take a two point lead, but it was short lived.  Lansing regained the lead and pulled away for the MCCAA Western Conference win.  Amya Flowers led LMC with nine points.

Men’s Basketball
Lansing Community College 90, Lake Michigan College 69

  • Lansing jumped out early and never looked back as they defeated Lake Michigan College 90-69.  Down by 16 at the half, the Red Hawks cut the deficit to single digits, but didn’t have enough to finish the comeback bid.  Isaiah Brooks scored 21 points in the loss for LMC, Jordan Marble added 17, and Devan Nichols finished with 15.

MHSAA – High School Athletics
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Bridgman 64, Lake Michigan Catholic 29
Bloomingdale 59, Decatur 43
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 66, Charlotte 55

Girls Basketball
Holland Black River 54, River Valley 30
Centreville 49, Athens 30
Kalamazoo Hackett 60, Lawton 40

Boys Basketball
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Central, 7:00 p.m. 106.1 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Battle Creek Lakeview at Niles, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:00 p.m.
BC Central at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Gull Lake at Portage Northern, 7:00 p.m.

Berrien Springs at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Buchanan at Allegan, 6:30 p.m.
Paw Paw at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Fennville at South Haven, 7:30 p.m.
Covert at Battle Creek Academy, 7:30 p.m.
Brandywine at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Holland Black River at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Lake Odessa-Lakewood, 7:00 p.m.
Holland Calvary at Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.

New Buffalo at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.

Three Rivers at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.

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

Schoolcraft at Constantine, 7:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Martin at Watervliet, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Kalamazoo Central at Lakeshore, 7:15 p.m.
Niles at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Mattawan, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Central at BC Central, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Northern at Gull Lake, 7:15 p.m.

St. Joseph at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Benton Harbor, 6:00 p.m.
Allegan at Buchanan, 7:00 p.m.
Gobles at Brandywine, 5:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven at Fennville, 7:00 p.m.
GR Covenant Christian at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.
BC Calhoun Christian at Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.
Covert at Battle Creek Academy, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Homeschool at Bangor, 6:00 p.m.
Lake Odessa-Lakewood at Delton-Kellogg, 7:00 p.m.

Lake Michigan Catholic at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bridgman, 6:00 p.m.

Southwest 10
Decatur at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Centreville at Mendon, 6:00 p.m.
Hartford at White Pigeon, 7:30 p.m.

Kalamazoo Christian at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:00 p.m.
Martin at Watervliet, 5:30 p.m.
Constantine at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – AP Basketball Rankings
Division 1
1. River Rouge (5)                     (17-1)  75
2. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s         (16-1)  68
3. Clarkston                             (16-1)  66
4. Detroit Cass Tech                  (17-1)  61
5. Ypsilanti Lincoln                   (15-2)  54
6. Ann Arbor Huron                   (16-1)  50
7. Mount Pleasant                     (16-0)  40
8. Waterford Mott                    (15-2)  38
9. Grand Blanc                          (15-3)  34
10. Muskegon                            (15-2)  32
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Wyoming 27, East Lansing 18, Hudsonville 14.

Division 2
1. Benton Harbor (3)              (16-2)  58
2. Grand Rapids Christian (1)     (16-1)  56
3. Goodrich                              (17-1)  48
4. GR Catholic Central              (15-2)  44
5. Croswell-Lexington              (16-1)  42
6. Williamston                          (16-2)  41
7. Bridgeport                            (17-1)  36
8. Otsego                                (17-1)  29
9. Carrollton                            (14-1)  25
10. Ovid-Elsie                          (17-0)  24
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Frankenmuth 22, Detroit Douglass 22.

Division 3
1. Flint Beecher (3)                   (18-1)  73
2. Iron Mountain (2)                  (16-0)  69
3. Hanover-Horton                    (16-1)  59
4. Schoolcraft                         (18-0)  56
5. Ravenna                                (17-0)  52
6. Pewamo-Westphalia               (15-1)  49
7. Oscoda                                 (17-0)  41
8. Detroit Edison                      (12-4)  39
9. Hemlock                                (16-1)  22
10. Traverse City St. Francis     (15-2)  20
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Maple City Glen Lake 18, Negaunee 17, Charlevoix 16, Detroit Loyola 13, Blissfield 13.

Division 4
1. Southfield Christian (3)        (13-3)  59
2. Kingston (1)                         (17-0)  56
3. Dollar Bay                            (17-0)  53
4. Hillsdale Academy                  (15-2)  43
5. Gaylord St. Mary                   (14-2)  42
6. Pickford                                (14-2)  41
7. Pellston                               (15-2)  40
8. Hale                                     (15-3)  30
9. Bellevue                               (14-2)  24
10. Camden-Frontier                 (15-3)  22
Others receiving 12 or more votes: None.

Division 1
1. East Lansing (4)                    (17-1)  74
2. Hartland (1)                         (17-1)  70
3. East Grand Rapids                  (16-1)  56
(tie) Detroit Renaissance           (17-2)  56
5. Hudsonville                          (17-1)  52
6. Farmington Hills Mercy          (17-2)  50
7. Brighton                               (16-2)  49
8. Port Huron                           (20-0)  43
9. East Kentwood                      (15-3)  26
10. Midland Dow                       (16-2)  22
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Bloomfield Hills Marian 19, Flint Carman Ainsworth 18, Macomb Dakota 17.

Division 2
1. Detroit Edison (5)                 (17-0)  75
2. Grand Rapids West Catholic   (17-1)  67
3. Menominee                            (18-0)  64
4. Edwardsburg                      (17-1)  57
5. Grand Rapids Christian          (15-3)  54
(tie) Chelsea                             (16-2)  54
7. Williamston                          (15-3)  41
(tie) Cadillac                            (17-1)  41
9. Big Rapids                             (17-1)  34
10. B.C Harper Creek              (16-2)  27
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Goodrich 21, Portland 14.

Division 3
1. Pewamo-Westphalia (5)          (15-2)  75
2. Kent City                               (18-1)  70
3. Lake City                               (18-1)  58
4. Grass Lake                            (16-2)  56
5. Brandywine                         (18-0)  51
6. Michigan Center                    (15-3)  50
7. Flint Hamady                          (18-2)  35
8. Ypsilanti Arbor Preparatory    (15-5)  32
9. Manton                                 (17-2)  30
(tie) Byron                                (17-1)  30
Others receiving 12 or more votes: Hemlock 17, Ithaca 17, Springport 16, Maple City Glen Lake 15.

Division 4
1. Adrian Lenawee Christian (4) (17-2)  60
2. St. Ignace LaSalle                 (15-2)  55
3. Bellaire                                (18-0)  53
4. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart     (17-1)  46
5. Michigan Lutheran             (16-1)  42
6. Ewen-Trout Creek                 (18-1)  34
7. Martin                                 (17-1)  31
8. Kingston                               (16-1)  30
9. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist  (15-2)  26
10. Camden-Frontier                 (18-2)  20
Others receiving votes: Athens 19, Fowler 14.