Weekday Morning Sports – Thursday 2/5/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Thursday, February 05, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Indiana Pacers 114, Detroit Pistons 109
Houston Rockets 101, Chicago Bulls 90

Pacers 114, Pistons 109 – Hill scores 20, Pacers beat Pistons 114-109
George Hill returned to the starting lineup and contributed 20 points and six assists, leading the Indiana Pacers over the Detroit Pistons 114-109 Wednesday night. Hill made just his fourth start of the season, and first in six games after being sidelined by a strained left groin. Slowed by a knee injury, he’s been limited to 11 games. Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 12 rebounds and C.J. Miles added 15 points for the Pacers. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Greg Monroe scored 16 for the Pistons. Detroit had won the first two meetings against Indiana this season.  Miles made back-to-back 3-pointers that helped give the Pacers a 102-96 lead, and they led the rest of the way.

Rockets 101, Bulls 90 – Harden scores 27 points and the Rockets top Bulls, 101-90
James Harden had 27 points and the Houston Rockets picked up a 101-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night despite missing the rebounding of the injured Dwight Howard. Harden scored 15 of his points in a pivotal second quarter that helped the Rockets build a lead that the Bulls were unable to overcome. The Rockets have won five of six. Harden overwhelmed the Bulls in the second, menacing small forward Jimmy Butler in multiple one-on-one battles to score 13 consecutive points in the fading minutes of the first half. Derrick Rose scored 23 points, playing in his 12th consecutive game for the first time since the 2010-11 season. The Rockets missed Howard’s boards. He was out for a fifth straight game with a right knee injury and Chicago’s big men dominated the glass, 60-47.

NHL – National Hockey League
Detroit Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche, 9:00 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings call up Ouellet, Gustavsson from Grand Rapids
The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the AHL and recalled goalie Jonas Gustavsson from his conditioning loan with the Griffins. The Red Wings also assigned goalie Tom McCollum to Grand Rapids. Detroit announced the moves Wednesday. Gustavsson hasn’t played for the Red Wings since injuring his shoulder Nov. 5. Detroit has also been without starting goalie Jimmy Howard, who injured his groin last month.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
(10) Notre Dame 71, Boston College 63
Western Michigan 67, Kent State 66
Toledo 84, Eastern Michigan 60
Bowling Green 76, Central Michigan 74

(10) Notre Dame 71, Boston College 63 – Grant scores 17, No. 10 Irish beat Boston College 71-63
Jerian Grant and Steve Vasturia scored 17 points apiece, and No. 10 Notre Dame held off Boston College for a 71-63 victory on Wednesday night. Zach Auguste added 16 points for the Fighting Irish (21-3, 9-2 ACC), who bounced back from a disappointing loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Pat Connaughton finished with 11. Olivier Hanlan, who led Boston College with 28 points, hit four consecutive 3-pointers to cut Notre Dame’s lead to 67-61 with 1:47 left. But the Eagles’ rally fizzled from there. The Irish got off to a fast start, with the Eagles struggling to score. Auguste converted a layup to lift Notre Dame to a 34-9 lead. The Irish beat the Eagles (9-12, 1-8) for the eighth time in their last nine games.

WMU 67, Kent State 66 – Tava’s basket lifts Western Michigan to 67-66 win
Connar Tava’s last-minute layup lifted Western Michigan to a 67-66 win over Kent State last night. Tucker Haymond led the Broncos with 17 points and Tava added 16. Derek Jackson had 20 points for Kent State, which shot 40.7 percent from the field.

Iowa at Michigan, 7:00 p.m. Sports Radio 1400 WSJM, 6:30

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Akron 69, Western Michigan 66
Central Michigan 57, Bowling Green 54
Eastern Michigan 70, Kent State 53

Michigan at Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.
Virginia at (4) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Signing Day – Michigan announces 14 members of Harbaugh’s first class
Jim Harbaugh’s first recruiting class at Michigan received tepid reviews. The Wolverines confirmed 14 members of their 2015 class, their first since Harbaugh took over as coach in late December amid considerable fanfare. Michigan’s small class is ranked well outside the top 25 by both Scout and Rivals. Harbaugh didn’t have much time to secure this class, but the Wolverines did land quarterback Zach Gentry of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tight end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. also signed with Michigan, and quarterback Alex Malzone of Bloomfield Hills joins the Wolverines after being named The Associated Press player of the year in Michigan in Division 1-2. Wide receiver Brian Cole of Saginaw is another solid prospect Michigan landed from inside the state, where the Wolverines face increasing competition from Michigan State and others.

NCAA Football – Signing Day – Dantonio: He can now sell `results’ to MSU recruits
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says he can sell more than just hope when he is out recruiting. Now, Dantonio can point to results. After winning the Cotton Bowl last month and the Rose Bowl in 2014, Michigan State announced a 22-player recruiting class Wednesday. It includes LJ Scott of Hubbard, Ohio, who is considered one of the nation’s top running back prospects. The Spartans also added a couple in-state defensive standouts _ linebacker Tyriq Thompson of Detroit and cornerback Tyson Smith of Southfield. Defensive end Cassius Peat of Chandler, Arizona, was a late addition to the class, and he reflects the degree to which Michigan State’s brand seems to have improved even outside the Midwest.

NCAA Football – Signing Day – Kelly: 24 recruits provide Notre Dame with needed depth
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says the 24 players signing Wednesday with the Fighting Irish should provide the needed depth to challenge for a national championship. Kelly says he’s not worried some recruiting services have ranked Notre Dame out of the top 10, saying he believes the class can help the Irish compete with anyone. The Irish return nine starters on offense and 10 from defense from last season’s 8-5 team. Signing day lacked the drama of some recent years, with running back Dexter Williams and wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown being the only players to announce Wednesday. Kelly declined to talk about reports that defensive backs coach Kerry Crooks and quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur had accepted jobs elsewhere.

Olympics – IOC details schedule for new sports to be approved for 2020<
The final determination of which new sports will be added to the program for the Tokyo 2020 Games will be made in August next year. Wrapping up the second day of meetings in the Japanese capital, International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said new sports will be approved at the IOC session in August just prior to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Baseball and softball, dropped after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are considered favorites to return in 2020 because of their popularity in Japan and the existence of first-rate facilities. Under IOC reforms, known as `Agenda 2020′, host cities are allowed to propose the inclusion of one or more events for their games. Other sports like squash and karate are also hopeful of joining the Tokyo program.

Demolition begins on San Francisco’s Candlestick Park
Crews have started tearing down San Francisco’s storied Candlestick Park so houses, a hotel and a shopping center can be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium. Ramps were being knocked down Wednesday, and the upper portions of the iconic stadium will follow. David Satterfield, a spokesman for the developers, says the demolition started Monday. The “Stick” opened more than 50 years ago and was known for its chilly conditions brought by whipping winds and fog from San Francisco Bay. The Beatles held their last live concert there in 1966.  Developers scrapped a plan last month to implode the stadium amid concerns the blast might create health problems for people living nearby. The stadium will be taken down over many weeks.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 98, Ancilla College 77

LMC 98, Ancilla 77 – Lady Red Hawks defeat Ancilla
Lake Michigan College recovered from Saturday’s loss to Muskegon with a 98-77 win over Ancilla College.  The Lady Red Hawks got 21 points and 17 rebounds from Shalay Stevens.  Sabrina Trujillo added 20 points for LMC as they improve to 16-7 on the season and 8-2 in the MCCAA West.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 85, Ancilla College 70

LMC 85, Ancilla 70 – Red Hawks regain Division lead
Lake Michigan College improved to 17-6 on the season and 8-2 in the MCCAA West with an 85-70 win over Ancilla College.  LaBradford Sebree poured in a game high 26 points for the Red Hawks.  With Muskegon losing last night, LMC is back in sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.

MHSAA – High School Sports                                      
Last Night
Girls Basketball
Dowagiac 37, Bridgman 35

Niles 61, Lakeshore 7 – Niles wins SMAC West Division Championship

Competitive Cheerleading
SMAC Meet at St. Joseph

Division I


Division II


1. Portage Northern


1. St. Joseph


2. Kalamazoo Central


2. Gull Lake


3. Portage Central


3. Lakeshore


4. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix


4. Mattawan


5. Niles


Final SMAC Standings

Division I Division II
1. Portage Northern
2. Kalamazoo Central
3. Portage Central
4. Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
1. (TIE) St. Joseph
1. (TIE) Gull Lake
3. Lakeshore
4. Mattawan
5. Niles

Wolverine Championships at Three Rivers

West Division


East Division


1 .Paw Paw (West Division Champions) 735.48 1. Plainwell (East Division Champions) 712.14
2. Edwardsburg 655.88 2. Otsego 693.20
3. Coloma 643.04 3. Vicksburg 682.90
4. Berrien Springs 633.54 4. Sturgis 640.96
5. Dowagiac 609.10 5. Three Rivers 599.10
6. South Haven 557.50 6. Allegan 597.36

Boys Basketball
Bridgman at Lake Michigan Catholic
Cassopolis at Buchanan
Allegan at Vicksburg

Girls Basketball
Bridgman at Lake Michigan Catholic
River Valley at Eau Claire

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