Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 12/24/15

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NCAA Men’s Basketball
Last Night
Michigan 96, Bryant 60

Michigan 96, Bryant 60 – Michigan routs Bryant 96-60
Caris LeVert had 19 points and eight assists and Zak Irvin scored 16 points as Michigan finished its non-conference schedule with a 96-60 rout of overmatched Bryant. The Wolverines (10-3) had five players in double figures as they prepare to pen Big Ten play on Dec. 30 at Illinois. They also set a school record with 17 3-pointers. Bryant (2-10) lost its ninth straight game, and has one more non-conference game against Dartmouth on New Year’s Eve before beginning Northeast Conference play on Jan. 2. Hunter Ware led Bryant with 26 points and Marcel Pettway added 15, but only two other players scored more than two points. The beating was nowhere near as lopsided as the 59-point victory the Wolverines picked up on Saturday against Youngstown State, but it wasn’t competitive for long. Michigan led 12-10 after four minutes, but slowly pulled away, and held a 57-35 edge at the intermission.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Atlanta Hawks 107, Detroit Pistons 100

Hawks 107, Pistons 100 – Teague, Millsap pace Hawks in 107-100 win over Pistons
Jeff Teague scored 23 points, Paul Millsap added 18 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Pistons 107-100 Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. Al Horford finished with 15 points and Dennis Schroder added 14 for the Hawks. Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 25 points and 12 rebounds. His hook shot cut the lead to eight with 1:52 remaining, but he was called for goaltending with 41 seconds to go, pushing Atlanta back up by 10. Marcus Morris had 22 points and Reggie Jackson scored 19 points as Detroit ended a three-game winning streak.

MLB – Kensing, Schierholtz, Valdespin, Gonzalez agree with Tigers
Right-hander Logan Kensing and outfielder Nate Schierholtz have agreed to minor league contracts with the Detroit Tigers. Detroit said Wednesday that right-handers Melvin Mercedes and Dustin Molleken also agreed to minor league deals, as did utilityman Jordany Valdespin and infielder Alberto Gonzalez. Kensing and Schierholtz will report to big league spring training. Kensing was 2-1 with a 5.87 ERA in 19 games with Seattle this year. Schierholtz hit .250 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 31 games for Hiroshima of Japan’s Central League.

MLB – Cubs claim left-hander Olmos, release infielder Ryan
The Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and released recently acquired infielder Brendan Ryan. Chicago also announced Wednesday that pitcher Yoervis Medina was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Olmos was initially claimed off waivers by Chicago from Seattle on Dec. 4. He was then claimed off waivers by Baltimore on Dec. 10. Olmos spent most of last season at Triple-A Tacoma. He made six appearances and two starts for the Mariners, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. Ryan was acquired from the Yankees as the player to be named in the deal that sent infielder Starlin Castro to New York for pitcher Adam Warren this month. The 33-year-old Ryan was limited to 47 games due to strains of a calf and his back. He had a guaranteed $1 million salary. Medina was designated for assignment Dec. 17 after going 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Seattle and the Cubs.

MLB – White Sox claim Jerry Sands off waivers from Indians
Outfielder Jerry Sands has been claimed by the Chicago White Sox off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 29-year-old hit .236 with four homers and 19 RBIs in games with Cleveland last season.  He also played in 66 games with Triple-A Columbus. Sands is a career .238 hitter with nine homers and 50 RBIs over parts of four major-league seasons with the Dodgers (2011-12), Tampa Bay (2014) and the Indians (2015).

NFL – National Football League – Week 16
Tonight
San Diego Chargers (4-10) at Oakland Raiders (6-8), 8:30 p.m.            WSJM-AM 8:00

NFL – Giants Odell Beckham Jr. loses appeal of 1 game suspension
Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have to serve his one-game suspension. Hearing officer James Thrash on Wednesday upheld the suspension for multiple violations of safety-related playing rules after hearing an appeal by the New York Giants wide receiver earlier in the day. Beckham will miss the game Sunday night at Minnesota. The second-year Pro Bowler is barred from team meetings; attending or watching practices; attending Sunday’s game; or having contact with any club personnel except to arrange off-site medical treatment or rehabilitation. He will be reinstated next Monday. The league suspended Beckham on Monday for his conduct last Sunday against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties, including one for a diving helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman. Norman was fined $26,044 for his role in the confrontations.    Beckham also had a run-in with a Panthers’ player in the pre-game warmups.

NCAA Women’s Basketball
Last Night
Eastern Michigan 64, Michigan 63

EMU 64, Michigan 63 – Wolverines fall at Eastern
Michigan women’s basketball team was outscored 19-6 in the final quarter, dropping a 64-63 decision to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday (Dec. 23) at the Convocation Center.  Hallie Thome had a chance to tie the game from the free throw line with 5.5 seconds remaining, but she made the first and missed the second. EMU was able to run out the clock on its next possession to seal the one-point win.  Eastern got a game high 22 points from Phillis Webb.  Michigan was led by Katelynn Flaherty’s 19 points.

NCAA Football – Prosise practices with No. 8 Notre Dame, but no contact yet
Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise is back practicing with the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish. He isn’t taking any hits as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. The Irish (10-2) wrapped up their final practice on campus Wednesday. Prosise should be ready for contact when they resume practicing in Arizona on Dec. 27 to get ready to play No. 7 Ohio State (11-1) in the Fiesta Bowl.  Coach Brian Kelly says the team is about as healthy as he could hope, saying the nearly month off has helped the offensive line recover from nagging injuries. Kelly says red zone offense was a focus Wednesday. He wants quarterback DeShone Kizer to be more decisive. The Irish are scoring touchdowns on only 56 percent of their red-zone chances.

NCAA Football – Bowls
Last Night
San Diego County Credit Union Pointsettia Bowl – Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Boise State 55, Northern Illinois 7

GoDaddy Bowl – Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL
Georgia Southern 58, Bowling Green 27

Today
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl – Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau
Western Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee, 12:00 p.m.

Hawai’i Bowl – Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
San Diego State vs. Cincinnati, 8:00 p.m.

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Drive 113, Canton Charge 111