Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 12/15/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 14
Yesterday
New York Giants 31, Miami Dolphins 24

Giants 31, Dolphins 24 – Beckham, Manning lift Giants
The New York Giants continue to own a piece of first place in the NFC East after Odell Beckham grabbed an 84-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning early in the fourth quarter to break a 24-all tie in a 31-24 victory at Miami. Beckham finished with seven receptions for 166 yards and two TDs, while Manning was 27 of 31 for 337 yards and four TDs. The outcome keeps the 6-7 Giants tied with Washington and Philadelphia, while eliminating the Dolphins from the AFC playoff chase.

NFL – Detroit TE Pettigrew out for season with torn ACL
Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew will not return this season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s loss to the Rams in St. Louis. Coach Jim Caldwell confirmed the severity of Pettigrew’s left knee injury Monday. Pettigrew will finish the season with a career-low seven catches. Caldwell called Pettigrew a great leader. The 30-year-old tight end has played his entire seven-year career with the Lions after being drafted in the first round out of Oklahoma State in 2009. Eric Ebron, a more recent first-round pick, has become Detroit’s top pass-catching tight end. He has 34 receptions for 384 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Lions (4-9) have been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

NFL – Bears place safety Rolle on injured reserve with knee injury
Chicago Bears safety Antrel Rolle will miss the remainder of the season because of a sprained right knee. The Bears placed Rolle on injured reserve on Monday. An 11-year veteran, he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in practice last month and has not played since Nov. 15.  The three-time Pro Bowl safety appeared in seven games after signing with Chicago in March. He has 26 interceptions with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants. With Rolle going on IR, the Bears reinstated offensive tackle Tayo Fabuluje to the 53-man roster after having an exemption for him last week. Coach John Fox said defensive back Sherrick McManis suffered concussion symptoms after Sunday’s loss to Washington and receiver Marquess Wilson had foot surgery.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Buffalo Sabres 2, Detroit Red Wings 1

Sabres 2, Red Wings 1 – O’Reilly, Larsson rally Sabres to 2-1 win over Red Wings
Ryan O’Reilly and Johan Larsson scored 61 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. O’Reilly tied it 1-all at 15:46 when his deflected shot beat goalie Petr Mrazek between the legs. Larsson scored the go-ahead goal with 3:13 remaining, his first goal in 30 games since April 6 last season against Carolina. Detroit had earned at least one point in 13 consecutive games. Buffalo snapped an eight-game winless streak in Detroit with its first victory there since Oct. 13, 2006.

Tonight
Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks acquire Scuderi from Penguins for Daley
The Blackhawks have acquired Rob Scuderi in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for fellow defenseman Trevor Daley. The 36-year-old Scuderi has four assists and 32 blocked shots in 25 games with Pittsburgh this season. He has eight goals and 96 assists in 745 games over 12 NHL seasons with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. Scuderi also won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Penguins and 2012 with the Kings. Daley, 32, was acquired by Chicago in the July trade that sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas. He had six assists in 29 games with the Blackhawks. Daley made his NHL debut with the Stars in 2003 and has 67 goals and 170 assists in 785 games over 12 seasons.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Los Angeles Clippers 105, Detroit Pistons 103 – OT
Chicago Bulls 115, Philadelphia 76ers 96

Clippers 105, Pistons 103 – OT – Crawford’s late 3 in overtime lifts Clippers over Pistons
Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Detroit Pistons 105-103 Monday night. Blake Griffin made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the Clippers ahead 102-101. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it by going 1 for 2 from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left. After Crawford’s basket, the Clippers fouled Reggie Jackson with 9.3 seconds left. He made the first shot, missed the second, and teammate Andre Drummond got two chances for a tying tip-in, but missed both. Jackson missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. Griffin finished with 34 points for the Clippers, J.J. Redick had 24 and Chris Paul put up 13 points and 12 assists. Jackson finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Drummond added 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Bulls 115, 76ers 96 – Bulls use 2nd half surge for 115-96 rout of lowly 76ers
Jimmy Butler had 23 points and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a halftime deficit for a 115-96 rout of the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. Nikola Mirotic had 17 points and Tony Snell added 16. Joakim Noah had 15 rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls won their third straight. After trailing by four at the intermission, the Bulls had a 64-40 advantage in the second half. The 76ers drop to 1-25 and remain winless through 15 road games. Rookie Jahlil Okafor had 22 points in his first game as a professional in his hometown. Robert Covington had 15 points and Tont Wroten 12 for Philadelphia. The Bulls had a 24-19 edge at the end of the first quarter, but the Sixers grabbed a 56-51 halftime lead. Philadelphia made 16 of 25 shots in the second quarter.

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

NCAA Basketball – Michigan State, Kansas stay 1-2 in AP Top 25
Michigan State and Kansas remain the top two teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Spartans (11-0) are a runaway No. 1, receiving all but one first-place vote from the 65-member national media panel on Monday. Kansas (8-1) was on top of the other ballot. Oklahoma, after its impressive win over Villanova, jumps from seventh to third and is followed by Kentucky, Iowa State, Maryland, Duke, Virginia, Purdue and Xavier. George Washington and UCLA join the poll for the first time this season at 21st and 22nd. No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 25 Connecticut both rejoin the Top 25 after having been ranked earlier in the season. Vanderbilt, Oregon, Utah and Gonzaga dropped out from last week. It is the first time out of the poll for Gonzaga since late in the 2013-14 season.

MLB – Cahill and Cubs finalize $4.25 million, 1-year contract
Trevor Cahill and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Cubs last season after agreeing to a minor league deal in August. Cahill broke into the majors with Oakland in 2009 and won 18 games while making the All-Star team the following year.

MLB – No reinstatement for Rose
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Pete Rose his application for reinstatement to baseball. In a statement Manfred said he had his staff conduct a thorough investigation into Rose and his gambling habits and noted that his ruling only keeps Rose out of Major and Minor League Baseball but not the Hall of Fame. That decision, he says, belongs to others.

MLB – Giants land Cueto
Pitcher Johnny Cueto and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a six-year contract, pending a physical. The Giants said Monday the deal contains a team option for 2022.  But under the agreement, Cueto can opt out after the 2017 season and become a free agent again.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Milwaukee Admirals, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Deal allows interpreter to get closer to deaf wrestler
A sign-language interpreter for a deaf wrestler will be allowed to get closer to the action as part of a settlement with the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Lawyers for Ellis Kempf of Royal Oak High School says the interpreter will have “full access” around the mat. The settlement was announced Monday.  Kempf sued on Dec. 3, saying it was unfair to keep an interpreter only in the coach’s zone, especially when an opponent can hear guidance from a coach without looking around. Michigan High School Athletic Association spokesman John Johnson says the agreement helps Kempf and makes the mat a safe place for everyone. Kempf has been deaf since age 2 due to meningitis. Cochlear implants allow him some hearing, but he can’t wear the external components during matches.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 45, Michigan City Christian 18
-Jeremy Barbott scored a game high 12 points as Michigan Lutheran beat Michigan City Christian 45-18.

Girls Basketball
Mishawaka Marian (IN) 57, Niles 45

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC – 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at St. Joseph
Gull Lake at Benton Harbor
Battle Creek Central at Lakeshore
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix at Niles
Portage Central at Mattawan
Battle Creek Lakeview at Portage Northern

Wolverine – 7:15 p.m.
South Haven at Three Rivers      WCSY-FM
Plainwell at Dowagiac
Paw Paw at Edwardsburg
Allegan at Sturgis

SAC – 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Bloomingdale
Lawrence at Coloma
Decatur at Fennville
Eau Claire at Hartford
Bangor at Marcellus
Martin at Saugatuck

BCS – 7:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Cassopolis
Mendon at Howardsville Christian
Buchanan at New Buffalo

Non Conference
Schoolcraft at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
Grace Christian at Zion Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Comstock at Galesburg-Augusta, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
SMAC – 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Central
Benton Harbor at Gull Lake
Lakeshore at Battle Creek Central
Niles at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
Mattawan at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Battle Creek Lakeview

Wolverine – 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at South Haven
Dowagiac at Plainwell
Edwardsburg at Paw Paw
Sturgis at Allegan

SAC
Watervliet at Bloomingdale, 5:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Coloma, 5:30 p.m.
Fennville at Decatur, 7:00 p.m.
Hartford at Eau Claire, 7:00 p.m.
Bangor at Marcellus, 5:30 p.m.
Martin at Saugatuck, 6:00

BCS – 7:30 p.m.
Bridgman at New Buffalo

Non Conference
Vicksburg at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Grace Christian at Zion Christian, 5:30 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.