Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 2/12/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, February 12, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
Vancouver Canucks 5, Chicago Blackhawks 4 – OT

Penguins 4, Red Wings 1 – Comeau scores in return, Penguins cool off Red Wings 4-1
Blake Comeau scored and picked up an assist in his return from an upper body injury, and the Pittsburgh Penguins dominated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Wednesday night. Comeau missed nearly two months after getting hurt in an overtime loss to Florida on Dec. 22. He wasted little time getting back to work, assisting on Patric Hornqvist’s score just 1:51 into the game and firing a one-timer past Petr Mrazek later in the first. David Perron and Nick Spaling also scored for the Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots to earn his fourth win in his last five starts.  Stephen Weiss picked up his seventh goal for the Red Wings, but Detroit was never in it. Mrazek made 13 saves on just 17 shots and was pulled after the second period.

Canucks 5, Blackhawks 4 – OT – Daniel Sedin leads Canucks past Blackhawks 5-4
Daniel Sedin scored his second goal at 1:20 of overtime, and the Vancouver Canucks recovered after blowing a late two-goal lead, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 on Wednesday night. Henrik Sedin made a great pass to his brother in the middle of the ice, and Daniel pushed it into the open left side of the net for his 13th of the season. He also scored in the third period to give Vancouver a 4-2 lead with 4:37 remaining. Patrick Kane had a goal and three assists for Chicago, which looked listless for much of the night, and then closed with a flourish. Marian Hossa scored two goals for the third consecutive game.

NHL – Multi-player deal
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired left wing Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets in a seven-player trade. The league’s last place team, Buffalo continued its rebuild by sending defenseman Tyler Myers, forwards’ Drew Stafford and Joel Armia, the rights to 2014 second round pick Brendan Lemieux (leh-MYOO’) and Buffalo’s latest first-round pick in 2015 to the Jets. In exchange, Winnipeg is sending Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goaltender Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres.  Kane won’t pay any immediate dividends as he is out four to six months after undergoing elective shoulder surgery.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
San Antonio Spurs 104, Detroit Pistons 87

Spurs 104, Pistons 87 – Spurs knock off Pistons 104-87
Danny Green scored 19 points with eight rebounds to help the San Antonio Spurs to a 104-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night in each team’s final game before the All-Star break. Tony Parker had 17 points with six assists and Manu Ginobili added 13 points off the bench for the Spurs, who have won four of their last five. D.J. Augustin paced the Pistons with 22 points to go with six assists, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tallied 20 points in the setback.

Tonight
Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – Bulls’ Butler questionable for Cavaliers game
The Chicago Bulls say All-Star Jimmy Butler is questionable for Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a strained right shoulder. Butler was injured in the first half of Tuesday’s win over Sacramento and sat out the final two quarters. Guard Kirk Hinrich will miss his third straight game because of a left turf toe injury.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Fans mourning loss of Tark the Shark
College basketball fans are mourning the loss of one of the most original coaches the game has ever seen.  Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian died today at the age of 84 after a 31-year career in Division I hoops. He led U.N.L.V. to four Final Four tournaments and the NCAA championship in 1990 when his team destroyed Duke.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Michigan at Illinois, 9:00 p.m.             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 8:30 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Michigan State 74, Penn State 67
Toledo 61, Central Michigan 46
Ball State 72, Eastern Michigan 62
Western Michigan 60, Northern Illinois 51

LMC Bball 3
Lake Michigan College fell to Lansing Community College 83-79

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 66, Lansing Community College 50

LMC 66, LCC 50 – LMC women down LCC 66-50
Lake Michigan College came away with a 66-50 win over Lansing Community College.  The Lady Red Hawks broke open a close game late in the first half, taking an eight point lead into the break.  From there, they pulled away to earn a season sweep of the Stars.  Nicole Decker led LMC with a game high 19 points, Jasmine Love added 14.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men
Last Night
Lansing Community College 83, Lake Michigan College 79

LCC 83, LMC 79 – Red Hawks comeback falls short
Lake Michigan College’s comeback bid fell just short as they lost to Lansing Community College 83-79.  Down by as many as 16, the Red Hawks stormed back to pull to within three in the closing seconds, but that’s as close as they could get.  Alec Brown led LMC with a game high 19 points, Arsenio Arrington added 14.

LLWS – Chicago team stripped of title
Little League International has stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West of its national title after finding the team falsified its boundary map. The league made the announcement and said the Chicago team violated regulations by placing players on the team who didn’t qualify because they lived outside the team’s boundaries.   Parents of the players say they were blindsided by the news that the team has been stripped of its national championship. And they say the boys are being unfairly punished. Little League International took away the title Wednesday because the team used ineligible players.

Golf – PGA – Tiger not coming back until game is ready
Tiger Woods says his golf is not acceptable for the PGA Tour and he will not return until it is. Woods shot a career-worst 82 to miss the cut in the Phoenix Open by 12 shots. He was playing poorly at Torrey Pines when he withdrew after 11 holes because of tightness in his back. Woods said on his website that the injury is not related to the back surgery he had last spring. He says he is having physical therapy every day and feeling better. But he says he needs work on his game. He says he wants to play the Honda Classic that starts Feb. 26, but he won’t play if he’s not tournament-ready. Woods says he expects to be playing soon.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Wresting – MHSAA Districts
Division 2 at Mattawan
Semifinals
Mattawan 45, Gull Lake 32
Vicksburg (Bye)
Finals
Vicksburg 41, Mattawan 39

Division 3 at Allegan
Semifinals
Allegan 78, Fennville 4
Otsego 48, Hopkins 15
Championship
Allegan 48, Otsego 19

Division 3 at Comstock
Semifinals
Comstock 48, Paw Paw 20
Parchment (Bye)
Championship
Comstock 54, Parchment 21

Division 3 at Coloma
Semifinals
South Haven 60, Coloma 12
Benton Harbor (Bye)
Championship
South Haven 75, Benton Harbor 0

Division 3 at Dowagiac
Semifinals
Buchanan 60, New Buffalo 15
Dowagiac 44, Berrien Springs 31
Finals
Dowagiac 54, Buchanan 21

Tonight
Wresting – MHSAA Districts
Championships will be played the same night

Division 2 at Lakeshore
Semifinals
Lakeshore vs. Niles, 6 p.m.
St. Joseph (Bye)

Division 2 at Three Rivers
Semifinals
Sturgis vs. Edwardsbug, 6:00 p.m.
Three Rivers vs. Coldwater, 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Bloomingdale
Semifinals
Calvin Christian vs. Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Martin vs. Gobles, 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Watervliet
Semifinals
Watervliet vs. Hartford, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor (Bye)

Division 4 at Brandywine
Semifinals
Eau Claire vs. River Valley, 6:00 p.m.
Brandywine (Bye)

Division 4 at Lawton
Semifinals
Cassopolis vs. Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Marcellus vs. Decatur, 6:00 p.m.

Last Night
Boys Basketball
Bridgman 56, Kalamazoo Christian 37
White Pigeon 48, Centreville 42

Girls Basketball
Brandywine 61, Hartford 7

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Granger Christian (IN) at River Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Eau Claire at Countryside Academy, 6:00 p.m.
Granger Christian (IN) at River Valley, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Homeschool at Watervliet Grace Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Andrews Academy at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Bridgman, 7:30 p.m.