Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 1/20/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Yesterday
Atlanta Hawks 93, Detroit Pistons 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 108, Chicago Bulls 94

Hawks 93, Pistons 82 – Hawks win 13th in row; Scott, Millsap each get 20 vs Pistons
The Atlanta Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record, as Mike Scott and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons. The Hawks haven’t lost since Dec. 26 against Milwaukee. Scott, a backup, had eight points in the fourth quarter. Al Horford added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds. The Pistons were trying for their franchise-record eighth straight road win. Detroit had won 11 of 13 overall before its third straight loss to the Hawks this season.  Greg Monroe led Detroit with 16 points and 20 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 13 points and 18 rebounds, but made only 3 of 12 free throws.

Cavaliers 108, Bulls 94 – LeBron scores 26, Cavaliers roll to 108-94 win over Bulls
LeBron James scored 26 points and J.R. Smith added 20 as the Cleveland Cavaliers entered a favorable portion of their schedule with a 108-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Back home after winning two games in Los Angeles to salvage a trip out West, the Cavs had little trouble with the Central Division-leading Bulls. Cleveland opened a 25-point lead in the third quarter and handed Chicago its fourth loss in five games. Smith made six 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving scored 18 with 12 assists and Kevin Love added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who have won three straight to temporarily quiet talk that they’re underachieving and first-year coach David Blatt is in trouble. Cleveland can improve its record with three more home games this week and nine of its next 12 in Quicken Loans Arena.

NBA – Bulls center Joakim Noah still out with ankle injury
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. Noah has had trouble with the ankle for more than a month. He missed four games in December, came back and tweaked the injury. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday a recent MRI showed no structural damage. Thibodeau did not give a timetable for the All-Star’s return. Noah, who is averaging 9.4 rebounds, isn’t traveling with the team.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Arizona Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks’ Carcillo suspended 6 games
The NHL has suspended Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo for six games for cross checking Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault. The punishment stems from a hit during Friday’s loss to the Jets when he cross checked Perreault across the back in the closing seconds of the second period.  Carcillo sat out Sunday’s game while awaiting a hearing and will miss five more.    Carcillo loses $40,243.92 in salary.

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

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Yesterday
(6) Notre Dame 88, (5) Tennessee 77

(6) Notre Dame 88, (5) Tennessee 77 – Loyd leads No. 6 Irish to 88-77 win over No. 5 Tennessee
Jewell Loyd scored 34 points as No. 6 Notre Dame made 58 percent of its shots to beat fifth-ranked Tennessee 88-77 last night. The Fighting Irish beat the Volunteers for the fifth straight after losing the first 20-games in the series. Tennessee narrowed the lead 80-74 on a layup by Bashaara Graves with 56 seconds left but couldn’t get any closer.

NFL – NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the NFL is investigating whether the Patriots deflated footballs used in their AFC championship game victory over the Colts. McCarthy said Monday morning he cannot provide any other information now. The inquiry was first reported by the website for WTHR-TV in Indiana, citing an unnamed source. The NFL rule book says “it is the responsibility of the home team to furnish playable balls at all times.” The game operations manual notes that people who alter footballs or allow an unapproved football to be used in a game can be disciplined with fines or other punishments. The Patriots beat the Colts 45-7 to reach the Super Bowl. New England will play Seattle for the NFL title on Feb. 1.

NFL – Fox `looking forward’ to challenge with Bears
John Fox wasn’t backing down from the challenge he faces as the Chicago Bears’ new coach. Fox says he’s “looking forward” to tackling the job and help spark a franchise coming off a disappointing season. The Bears went 5-11, missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years and fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman. They hired Ryan Pace as GM and then turned to Fox last week, just days after he coached the Denver Broncos in the playoffs, to replace Trestman. On Monday, the Bears introduced their new coach. Fox did not provide any answers about the futures of quarterback Jay Cutler or receiver Brandon Marshall. He is more focused on filling out his staff.

NFL – Bears hire Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator
The Chicago Bears have hired Jeff Rodgers as special teams coordinator. Rodgers spent the past four years in the same role with the Denver Broncos under coach John Fox , the Bears’ new coach, and spent two seasons on Fox’s staff in Carolina. The Broncos ranked 10th in the NFL in gross punting average and 11th in net punting average under Rodgers. Kicker Matt Prater made the Pro Bowl after setting franchise records for field goal percentage (96.2) and points scored (150) during the 2013 season. He also set an NFL record that year with a 64-yard field goal. This season, Connor Barth’s field goal percentage (93.8) was second-highest in franchise history. Rodgers was Carolina’s special teams assistant in 2009 and coordinator in 2010.  The Bears announced the hiring Monday.

NFL – Bears’ Bennett, Browns’ Whitner added to Pro Bowl
Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett and Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner have been selected for the Pro Bowl. They replace New England’s Rob Gronkowski and Seattle’s Earl Thomas, with the Patriots and Seahawks headed to the Super Bowl. Bennett’s selection is the first for him and the first by a Bears tight end since Hall of Famer Mike Ditka earned one for the 1965 season. He led NFL tight ends with a club-record 90 receptions and was third at the position with 916 yards receiving. Whitner, headed to his third straight Pro Bowl, had 106 tackles in his first season with the Browns. A Cleveland native, he signed with them after spending his first eight seasons with Buffalo and San Francisco. The Pro Bowl is Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.

Tennis – Australian Open – Day 2 in Melbourne
The Australian Open has entered its second day of play. Stan Wawrinka began his title defense with a straight-sets victory. The fourth-seeded Wawrinka had 34 winners and saved the only two break points he faced. Also advancing to the second round was top seed Novak Djokovic. Fifth seed Kei Nishikori No. 8 Milos Raonic were straight-sets winners in their opening-round matches. Winners on the women’s side include 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova, 19th seed Alize Cornet, 20th seed Sam Stosur and unseeded Victoria Azarenka.

NBADL – NBA D-League – “D-League Showcase” at Santa Clara, Ca
Yesterday
Bakersfield Jam 105, Grand Rapids Drive 99 

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor 65, St. Joseph 49
Benton Harbor pulled away in the second half to post a 65-49 win over St. Joe.  Leading by three at the half, the Tigers took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Bears 25-10.  Jaton Gunn led Benton Harbor with a game high 21 points.  Mac Shimulunas finished with 12 for St. Joe.

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 65, Mattawan 49
Marcellus 56, Decatur 38
Mendon 49, Bronson 47

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 52, Benton Harbor 45
St. Joseph outscored Benton Harbor 16-4 in the final quarter and came up with a 52-45 road win at Benton Harbor.  Shelby Madison had 25 points to lead the Lady Bears. Kalabrya and Kysre Gondrezick had 13 points each for Benton Harbor, who have lost two straight.

Lake Michigan Catholic 50, River Valley 10
Kalamazoo Central 68, Brandywine 65 – 2 OT
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 46, Mattawan 43
Saugatuck 60, Fennville 42

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic at River Valley
Countryside Academy at Eau Claire
Michigan Lutheran at Howardsville Christian
Wtvl Grace Christian at SB Comm. Baptist (IN)
Hartford at Bangor
Lawrence at Bloomingdale
Lawton at Fennville
Decatur at Gobles
Saugatuck at Marcellus
Niles at Portage Central
Mattawan at Portage Northern
Buchanan at Centreville
Cassopolis at Brandywine
South Haven at Allegan    Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Coloma at Otsego
Paw Paw at Plainwell
Berrien Springs at Three Rivers
Edwardsburg at Sturgis
Dowagiac at Vicksburg
Rockford at Kalamazoo Central
Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central

Girls Basketball
Mishawaka Marian (IN) at Lakeshore
Wtvl Grace Christian at SB Comm. Baptist (IN)
Niles at Portage Central
Hartford at Bangor
Lawrence at Bloomingdale
Lawton at Fennville
Decatur at Gobles
Saugatuck at Marcellus
Allegan at South Haven
Otsego Coloma
Plainwell at Paw Paw
Three Rivers at Berrien Springs
Sturgis at Edwardsburg
Vicksburg at Dowagiac
South Bend Riley (IN) at Buchanan
Eau Claire at Cassopolis
New Buffalo at Mendon
Portage Northern at Mattawan
Rockford at Kalamazoo Central
Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central