Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 12/17/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, December 17, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 119, Boston Celtics 116
Chicago Bulls 98, Memphis Grizzlies 85

Pistons 119, Celtics 116 – Caldwell-Pope scores 31 points, Pistons beat Celtics 119-116
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a career-high 31 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Boston Celtics 119-116 Wednesday night. Evan Turner hit a short jumper with 19.3 seconds left and was fouled by Marcus Morris. He made the free throw, pulling Boston within 114-113.  Morris was fouled and made both shots, and after Jonas Jerebko missed an open layup at the other end, Caldwell-Pope made it a five-point game with two free throws. Isaiah Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left, matching his career high of 38 points, and then Reggie Jackson made one of two free throws. Boston, though, was out of timeouts, and Jared Sullinger’s baseball heave from 80 feet wasn’t close. Jackson finished with 23 points, including 14 in the third quarter. Andre Drummond had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sullinger had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Boston.

Bulls 98, Grizzlies 85 – Butler, Rose lead Bulls to 98-85 win over Grizzlies
Jimmy Butler finished with 24 points, Derrick Rose scored 19 and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 98-85 on Wednesday night. Butler and Rose shook off recent illnesses, and the Bulls used a big third quarter to tie a season high with their fourth straight win.  Doug McDermott scored 17 _ one shy of his career high _ and hit four 3-pointers.  Pau Gasol added 10 points and 14 rebounds in his 21st game against younger brother Marc. Courtney Lee tied a season high with 18 points for Memphis, but the Grizzlies lost for the third time in four games because they couldn’t connect from long range or at the line. They were 5 of 19 on 3-pointers, with Mike Conley (eight points) missing seven of eight.

WNBA – WNBA, players fire back at ex-player
The WNBA and several angry players fired back at former NBA guard Gilbert Arenas, who suggested that they play in undergarments to improve the popularity of the league. Spokesman Mike Bass responded to the comments in a statement on behalf of the NBA and the WNBA, saying, “Gilbert Arenas’ comments are repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong.”

NHL – National Hockey League
Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at St. Louis Rams (5-8), 8:25 p.m.              Sports Radio 1400 WSJM 8:00

NFL – Luck returns to practice, won’t play against Texans
Andrew Luck did limited work at practice Wednesday but will not play on Sunday against Houston. Colts coach Chuck Pagano says his quarterback did limited work on the field but ruled him out as he recovers from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. The announcement means both teams will start backup quarterbacks in this key matchup.

NCAA Football – Michigan State’s Cook says shoulder not bothering him much
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook says his shoulder issues aren’t really holding him back anymore.  Cook says he had been limited in practice, but is now “pretty much doing everything in practice.” The third-ranked Spartans play second-ranked Alabama in a national semifinal at the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31. Cook hurt his throwing shoulder against Maryland on Nov. 14, and he missed a win at Ohio State the following weekend. He threw three touchdown passes in a division-clinching win over Penn State on Nov. 28, but Cook looked like he was off his game when Michigan State beat Iowa a week later for the Big Ten championship. Cook has thrown for 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions this season.

MLB – Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in 3-team, 7-player deal
All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier has been dealt from the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago White Sox as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles receives second baseman Micah Johnson, right-hander Frankie Montas and outfielder Trayce Thompson from the White Sox, and Cincinnati gets infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. The 29-year-old Frazier, who won last summer’s All-Star Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, was an NL All-Star in each of the last two seasons and hit .255 this year with 43 doubles, 35 homers and 89 RBIs. Frazier has a $7.5 million salary next year and can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Soccer – US women lose in Wambach’s final game
Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0. That’s the Americans’ first loss on home soil in more than a decade.  Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before subbing out of a match for the final time. Wambach is the career leader in international play _ for men and women —  with 184 goals.

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

Griffins 3, Monsters 2 – Griffins extend winning streak to 12.
The winning streak for the Grand Rapids Griffins is now up to 12.  The Griffins beat the Lake Erie Monsters 3-2 last night on the road to break the old record set in the 2005-06 season.  Anthony Mantha scored two goals for the Griffins.  Jaren Coreau stopped 47 of 49 shots in the win.  They will try for 13 and 14 straight wins this weekend when they host the Texas Stars tomorrow and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Texas Stars at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Manchester Monarchs at Kalamazoo Wings, 10:35 a.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
“Raptors 905” 100, Grand Rapids Drive 86

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Wrestling
SMAC Quad at St. Joseph

  • Mattawan 76, St. Joseph 6
  • Kalamazoo Central 57, St. Joseph 18
  • Mattawan 72, Benton Harbor 9
  • Kalamazoo Central 75, Benton Harbor 6

SMAC Quad at Niles

  • Lakeshore 41, Portage Northern 31
  • Lakeshore 50, Portage Central 17
  • Niles 58, Portage Central 12
  • Niles 45, Portage Northern 21

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Basketball
Sturgis at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
New Buffalo at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.
Fennville at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Kal. Heritage at Grace Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Sturgis at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.
Three Rivers at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Vicksburg at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Bronson at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Fennville at Coloma, 5:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.