Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 1/13/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NCAA Football – National Championship
Last Night
(4) Ohio State Buckeyes 42, (2) Oregon Ducks 20

(4) Ohio State 42, (2) Oregon 20 – 4th to 1st: Ohio State beats Oregon 42-20
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football’s playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20 Monday night. Elliott scored three straight times in the second half for the Buckeyes, seeded fourth in the four-team bracket, after the Ducks pulled within a point in the third quarter. The Buckeyes overcame four turnovers to give Urban Meyer his first title in his third season at Ohio State after he won two championships at Florida under the old BCS system.  Cardale Jones, who started the season as Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, accounted for two scores as the Buckeyes won their fifth national championship. Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass on the opening drive, but couldn’t lead the second-seeded Ducks to their first national title.

NCAA Football – Ohio State is No. 1 in final AP Top 25
Ohio State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll and TCU finished third, in front of two teams that made the playoff ahead of the Horned Frogs.  The Buckeyes finished on top of the AP Top 25 for the fifth time in program history. Ohio State got all 59 first-place votes in the media poll. The Ducks finished second in the rankings, matching their best finish.  The Horned Frogs, who were left out of the playoff but beat Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl, were ranked ahead of No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Florida State. The Tide and Seminoles lost playoff semifinals. Michigan State tied Florida State for fifth.

  1. Ohio St. (59)        14-1   1,475   5
  2. Oregon               13-2   1,402   3
  3. TCU                  12-1   1,349   6
  4. Alabama              12-2   1,297   1
  5. Florida St.          13-1   1,212   2
  5. Michigan St.         11-2   1,212   7
  7. Baylor               11-2   1,098   4
  8. Georgia Tech         11-3   1,071  10
  9. Georgia              10-3     925  13
 10. UCLA                 10-3     908  14
 11. Mississippi St.      10-3     767   8
 12. Arizona St.          10-3     756  15
 13. Wisconsin            11-3     724  17
 14. Missouri             11-3     710  16
 15. Clemson              10-3     683  18
 16. Boise St.            12-2     653  21
 17. Mississippi           9-4     543   9
 18. Kansas St.            9-4     509  11
 19. Arizona              10-4     499  12
 20. Southern Cal          9-4     315  24
 21. Utah                  9-4     302  23
 22. Auburn                8-5     216  19
 23. Marshall             13-1     161  NR
 24. Louisville            9-4     116  20
 25. Memphis              10-3      94  NR
 Others receiving votes: Notre Dame 28, Stanford 27, Nebraska 22, Air Force 21, Duke 18, LSU 12, Utah St. 11, Arkansas 10, Minnesota 9, Oklahoma 7, Texas A&M 7, 
 N. Illinois 4, Colorado St. 2.

NCAA Football – Police in Ohio disperse crowds following Buckeyes win
Police have used tear gas to disperse some Ohio State students and football fans following the Buckeyes’ 42-20 win over the University of Oregon. The cheers, chants and car horn blowing from people caused gridlock early Tuesday after revelers spilled out of bars near the campus, celebrating the university’s win in the first national title game in college football’s playoffs.  Thousands converged on the Ohio State football stadium, where police turned them away. Most headed back to the bar area, where cruisers lined the street and officers limited pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The crowds began going home within about two hours. A police spokesman says there were 30 to 40 fires in trash cans and dumpsters. There was no word of injuries or arrests.  No problems were reported in Oregon.

NCAA Football – Jim Harbaugh retaining Greg Mattison as a UM coach
New Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh says he’s retaining Greg Mattison from the staff of fired coach Brady Hoke. Harbaugh announced Monday that Mattison will serve as the Wolverines’ defensive line coach. Mattison was defensive coordinator for Michigan in 2011-2014. Before that, he spent three seasons with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens as a defensive coach. Mattison also has coached at the college level for Florida, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Navy, Western Michigan, Northwestern, Cornell and Illinois.

NCAA Football – Coney, Dew-Treadway, Hoge, Tillery enroll at Notre Dame
Linebacker Tevon Coney, defensive linemen Micah Dew-Treadway and Jerry Tillery and offensive lineman Tristen Hoge have enrolled at Notre Dame after graduating early from high school. The four are scheduled to start classes Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Coney of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, made 136 tackles as a high school senior, 12 for loss, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The 6-5, 275-pound Dew-Treadway of Bolingbrook, Illinois, had 50 tackles, 15 for loss, eight sacks and forced four fumbles as a senior. The 6-6, 308-pound Tillery is from Shreveport, Louisiana, made 93 tackles, 15 for loss, and had seven sacks as a senior. The 6-4, 276-pound Hoge is from Pocatello, Idaho, and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Notre Dame started allowing early enrollees in 2006.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Michigan at Ohio State, 7:00 p.m.  Sports Radio 1400 WSJM 6:30

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
Western Michigan at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 114, Toronto Raptors 111
Orlando Magic 121, Chicago Bulls 114

Pistons 114, Raptors 111 – Jennings helps Pistons knock off Raptors 114-111
Brandon Jennings had 34 points and 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons won for the ninth time in 10 games, beating the Toronto Raptors 114-111 on Monday night. Greg Monroe had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak against Toronto. Jodie Meeks scored 11 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and Jonas Jerebko had eight of his 10 in the final period.  Jonas Valanciunas scored a career-best 31 points and had 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Kyle Lowry had 10 points and 12 assists, Greivis Vasquez scored 16 and Lou Williams had 15. Andre Drummond also had a double-double for Detroit, finishing with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Magic 121, Bulls 114 – Magic shoot 59 percent in 121-114 victory over Bulls
Nikola Vucevic had 33 points and 11 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic shot 59 percent from the field in a 121-114 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Victor Oladipo also scored 33 points in Orlando’s first win in Chicago since an 83-82 victory on Dec. 16, 2013. The Magic had lost three in a row and 12 of 15 against the Bulls since the start of the 2010-11 season. Vucevic was 16 for 24 from the field in his NBA-best 23rd double-double of the season. The terrific performance for the 7-foot center included a drive and left-handed dunk over forward Pau Gasol late in third period. Gasol paced Chicago with 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Derrick Rose had 18 points and seven assists.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – Red Wings injured goalie Jimmy Howard to miss All-Star Game
Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock says a groin injury will prevent starting goalie Jimmy Howard from playing in the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks. Babcock listed Howard week to week in providing the update after practice in Buffalo on Monday. Howard was hurt and carted off the ice during in a 3-1 win at Washington on Saturday. It was the same day he was one of five goalies named to play in the All-Star Game at Columbus on Jan. 25. Howard has a 16-7-7 record and 2.11 goals-against average, which ranks second among goalies with 20 or more games played. With Red Wings backup Jonas Gustavsson still nursing a shoulder injury, rookie Petr Mrazek will take over as the interim starter. Detroit plays at Buffalo on Tuesday.

NFL – Bowles, Austin, Quinn may lead Falcons’ search
With Rex Ryan no longer an option, three defensive coordinators, including Arizona’s Todd Bowles, may lead the Atlanta Falcons’ coach search. The Falcons are expected to conduct second interviews with Bowles and Detroit’s Teryl Austin this week. The team must wait for a follow-up meeting with Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who is off-limits this week as the Seahawks prepare for the NFC championship game. Ryan, the former Jets coach, accepted an offer to become Buffalo’s coach following his interview with the Falcons last week. The Bills announced Ryan as their new coach on Monday, one day after he reached an agreement with the team. That leaves the defensive coordinators as possible front-runners to replace fired coach Mike Smith

MLB – White Sox agree to 1-year deal with OF Viciedo
The White Sox have agreed to a $4.4 million, one-year contract with outfielder Dayan Viciedo, avoiding arbitration. Viciedo hit .231 with 21 homers and 56 RBIs in 145 games last year. The 25-year-old Viciedo is a .254 career hitter with 66 homers and 211 RBIs in five seasons, all with the White Sox. The team announced the contract on Monday. It has five remaining arbitration-eligible players: catcher Tyler Flowers and right-handers Javy Guerra, Nate Jones, Hector Noesi and Jeff Samardzija.

Golf – PGA – Reed wins in Hawaii
Patrick Reed rolled in an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to edge Jimmy Walker in the PGA’s Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Reed was four shots back with four to play before sinking two birdies and an 80-yard shot for eagle to force the playoff. He fired a 6-under-par 67 for a 21-under total in his fourth career PGA victory.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Buchanan 64, Lake Michigan Catholic 35

Bucks 64, Lakers 35 – Flynn leads Bucks over Lakers
Buchanan proved to be too much for Lake Michigan Catholic at both ends of the floor as the Bucks defeated the Lakers 64-35.  Tyler Flynn led Buchanan with a game high 16 points.  Catholic got eight points from Ryan Stachowski.  Buchanan improves to 4-3 on the season, the loss drops Catholic to 4-3.

Michigan Lutheran 59, Watervliet Grace Christian 18
White Pigeon 46, Marcellus 40
Holland Calvary 47, Martin 46

Girls Basketball
South Haven 49, Bridgman 17
Hartford 49, Cassopolis 48

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Gull Lake at St. Joseph
Battle Creek Central at Benton Harbor
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Lakeshore
Mattawan at Niles
Portage Central at Battle Creek Lakeview
Portage Northern at Kalamazoo Central
Dowagiac at Allegan
Edwardsburg at Cassopolis
Comstock at Coloma
Plainwell at Parchment
Vicksburg at Paw Paw
Otsego at Wayland
New Buffalo at Kalamazoo Hackett
Fennville at Saugatuck
Michigan City Christian at River Valley

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph at Gull Lake
Benton Harbor at Battle Creek Central
Lakeshore at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Michigan Lutheran at Watervliet Grace Christian
Niles at Mattawan
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Central
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Northern
Berrien Springs at Bridgman
South Haven at Buchanan
Coloma at Comstock
Allegan at Dowagiac
Brandywine at Edwardsburg
Wayland at Otsego
Parchment at Plainwell
Paw Paw at Vicksburg
Cassopolis at New Buffalo
Colon at White Pigeon
Saugatuck at Bloomingdale
Watervliet at Decatur
Gobles at Fennville
Lawrence at Hartford
Lawton at Marcellus
Bangor at Martin
Michigan City Christian at River Valley
Countryside Academy at Eau Claire

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