Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 12/11/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, December 11, 2014

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Detroit Red Wings 1 – Shootout

Maple Leafs 2, Red Wings 1 – SO – Santorelli’s SO goal lifts Leafs over Wings
Mike Santorelli scored Toronto’s second shootout goal, and the Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Wednesday night. Santorelli, the Maple Leafs’ third shooter, got the puck past Jimmy Howard to lift Toronto to its third straight win and even the season series with its Atlantic Division rival. Tyler Bozak also had a shootout goal for Toronto. Pavel Datsyuk netted the lone goal for the Red Wings in the tiebreaker. Detroit broke a scoreless tie late in the second period when Tomas Jurco flicked a rebound of his shot to Gustav Nyquist, who spun and wristed the puck past prone goalie James Reimer. Toronto made it 1-1 early in the third when Phil Kessel tapped in James van Riemsdyk’s centering pass for his 15th goal. Reimer made 41 saves. Howard stopped 18 shots.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 105, Brooklyn Nets 80

Bulls 105, Nets 80 – Bulls pull away from Nets for 105-80 victory
Derrick Rose scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the balanced Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-80 on Wednesday night. Chicago had six players score in double figures, including all five starters. Jimmy Butler had 18 points, Mike Dunleavy scored 14, and Taj Gibson finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots. Deron Williams led Brooklyn with 17 points, but the Nets dropped their third straight. Kevin Garnett scored 13 points, and Alan Anderson had 12. Chicago grabbed control with a 17-3 run in the third quarter. Rose made a 3-pointer, and Gibson had a big dunk before Gasol capped the surge with four straight points, including two foul shots that made it 70-58 with 3:32 to go.

NBA – Bulls looking for answers for defensive woes
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is dismissing any talk about trust issues when it comes to Chicago’s defensive problems. The Bulls have been known for their defense and rebounding since Thibodeau took over in June 2010, but they are off to a slow start in those areas this year. Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Brooklyn, Chicago was allowing 100.5 points per game and ranked in the middle of the NBA in a couple rebounding categories. Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson have said some of the defensive woes can be attributed to trust issues involving Chicago’s new players. But Thibodeau says the talk about trust is “garbage” and a “cop-out.” He says “Where you get trust is from the work.”

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(5) Notre Dame 94, (25) DePaul 93 – OT

(5) Notre Dame 94, (25) DePaul 93 – OT – No. 5 Notre Dame women beat DePaul 94-93 in OT
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 41 points to lead the No. 5 Notre Dame women to a 94-93 victory over No. 25 DePaul last night. Loyd was fouled on a drive and hit two free throws to help the Irish win their sixth straight in the series. Brittany Hrynko missed four late free throws for DePaul.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Tonight
Women:        Andrews University at Lake Michigan College, 5:30 p.m.     Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Men:            Andrews University at Lake Michigan College, 7:30 p.m.     Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

NFL – National Football League – Week 15
Tonight
Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m.

NFL – Newton out of hospital
Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash on Tuesday that left the two-time Pro Bowl QB with two fractures in his lower back. Newton has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Derek Anderson will start instead.

NFL – New policy approved by owners
The NFL owners have approved a new personal conduct policy that will apply to everyone associated with the league. The NFL Players Union is upset the policy wasn’t collectively bargained and says it will take action if it’s implemented unilaterally.

NCAA Football – Duke says no one at Michigan contacted Cutcliffe
A Duke spokesman says football coach David Cutcliffe has not been contacted by anyone at Michigan about the Wolverines’ coaching vacancy. Following a report that Cutcliffe may have turned down an offer, Duke spokesman Art Chase said Wednesday that nobody at Michigan had contacted Cutcliffe or Blue Devils athletic director Kevin White. The Wolverines fired coach Brady Hoke last week. As in previous Michigan coaching searches, speculation has swirled around San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and LSU coach Les Miles, both of whom played for the Wolverines. But it’s not clear how likely Harbaugh would be to leave the NFL. Cutcliffe won an ACC division championship at Duke in 2013.

NCAA Football – Wisconsin’s Anderson heads to Oregon State
Wisconsin says it hopes to hire a new football coach by New Year’s Day following Gary Andersen’s departure for Oregon State. Andersen replaces Mike Riley, who left the Pac-12’s Beavers to accept the head coaching job at Nebraska after the dismissal of Bo Pelini.

MLB – Robertson and White Sox finalize $46 million deal
Closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $46 million, four-year contract. The right-hander, who turns 30 in April, gets $10 million next year, $11 million in 2016, $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 under the agreement announced Wednesday. He was 4-5 with a 3.08 ERA and 39 saves this year, when he took over as the New York Yankees’ closer following Mariano Rivera’s retirement. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says “David fills an immediate need in the back end of our bullpen, and we feel he will be an important piece to our pitching staff for the next four seasons.”

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Lake Erie 3, Grand Rapids 2 – OT

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Kalamazoo 4, Gwinnett 1
Toledo 4, Wheeling 2

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Niles 81, Three Rivers 62

Wrestling
Mishawaka (IN) 54, Lakeshore 24
Buchanan def. St. Joseph (no score reported)
St. Joseph 42, Otsego 36
Allegan 51, Otsego 24
Allegan 72, Buchanan 0
Dowagiac 61, Cassopolis 18
Dowagiac 54, Paw Paw 21

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Countryside Academy at River Valley
Cassopolis at Bronson

Girls Basketball
Decatur at Bridgman

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