Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 12/29/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, December 29, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 16
Yesterday
Denver Broncos 20, Cincinnati Bengals 17 – OT

Broncos 20, Bengals 17 – OT – Broncos beat Bengals to clinch a playoff spot
The Denver Broncos were able to wrap up a playoff berth by outlasting Cincinnati 20-17 in overtime. Brandon McManus hit a 37-yard field goal to cap the first possession of overtime before DeMarcus Ware recovered AJ McCarron’s fumble to end the game. Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler was 27 of 39 for 299 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions while playing with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.

NFL – Caldwell refuses to talk about his future with the Lions
The Detroit Lions have won five of their last seven games, potentially giving coach Jim Caldwell a chance to keep his job. Caldwell was asked a lot of questions Monday relative to his future with the franchise, but dodged them and refused to publicly lobby on his behalf. He says he is focused on Sunday’s game at Chicago. The Lions (6-9) dropped their first five games this year and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi lost his job after a 1-6 start. A week later, Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford fired team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew. Caldwell was allowed to finish the season, and has made the most of the opportunity.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 104, Toronto Raptors 97

Bulls 104, Raptors 97 – Snell, Gasol spark Bulls to 104-97 win over the Raptors
Tony Snell and Pau Gasol each had 22 points, Derrick Rose added 20 and the Chicago Bulls pulled away late for a 104-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Snell, who was back in the rotation because of an injury to Doug McDermott, had 19 points in the final 17 1/2 minutes to spark the Bulls. Aaron Brooks had 17 points and rookie Bobby Portis added 12 as the Chicago reserves outscored their counterparts 51-27. Kyle Lowry had 28 points for Toronto.

Tonight
Detroit Pistons at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Minnesota Wild 3, Detroit Red Wings 1

Wild 3, Red Wings 1 – Koivu scores twice, Wild beat Red Wings 3-1
Mikko Koivu scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves in a surprise appearance and the Minnesota Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 on Monday night. Dubnyk suffered a cut on his arm in practice Sunday and had to have stitches. He was expected to sit, but Darcy Kuemper was announced out with an upper-body injury about an hour before the game. Charlie Coyle scored for the third time in four games for Minnesota. Koivu scored a power-play goal in the third and added an empty-net tally for Minnesota, which had lost three of four. Pavel Datsyuk scored his fourth goal of the season for Detroit. Petr Mrazek made 32 saves for the Red Wings.

Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Winnipeg Jets, 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Arizona Coyotes, 9:00 p.m.

NHL – Sabres’ Kane claims innocence
Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane says he’s done nothing wrong and is looking forward to learing his name after being the subject of a sex offense investigation. Kane spoke for about 30 seconds in the Sabres locker room Monday morning, the first time he was able to comment since The Buffalo News reported that he was the subject of a sex offense investigation by Buffalo police. A person with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Buffalo Police are in the preliminary stages of investigating a sexual offense claim made against Kane. No police report or charges have been filed.
NCAA Football – Bowls
Yesterday
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman – Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Anapolis, MD
(21) Navy 44, Pittsburgh 28

Quick Lane Bowl – Ford Field, Detroit
Minnesota 21, Central Michigan 14

Minnesota 21, CMU 14 – Leidner leads Minnesota over CMU 21-14 in Quick Lane Bowl
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 4:26 remaining, and the Golden Gophers held on for a 21-14 win over Central Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday night. Minnesota (6-7) ended a trying season on a positive note. Coach Jerry Kill retired in late October because of continued difficulty managing his epilepsy and his job. The Gophers were 5-7 after the regular season but were able to play on because not enough teams reached six wins to fill all the bowls. All three teams that went to bowls at 5-7 _ Minnesota, Nebraska and San Jose State, ended up winning them. Central Michigan (7-6) took a 14-13 lead with 11:08 remaining on a 13-yard touchdown run by Romello Ross. Minnesota responded by driving 74 yards in 13 plays. Leidner ran for the go-ahead touchdown, then threw to KJ Maye for a 2-point conversion.

Today
Lockheed Martin Armed Services Bowl – Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX
California vs. Air Force, 2:00 p.m.

Russel Athletic Bowl – Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, FL
(10) North Carolina vs. (17) Baylor, 5:30 p.m.

Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ
Nevada vs. Colorado State, 7:30 p.m.

Advocare V100 Texas Bowl – NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
(20) LSU vs. Texas Tech, 9:00 p.m.

NCAA Football – Fiesta Bowl – Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott cited after traffic accident
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott has been cited for three misdemeanors following a car accident Sunday before the team left for the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. The junior was cited for driving under suspension, driving without a license and failure to control. The accident occurred at 1:30 p.m. near the Ohio State campus. In the police report, Elliott said he hit a puddle, lost control and struck another vehicle. The team says Elliott will play Friday against Notre Dame. A court date has been set for Jan. 26. Elliot was previously cited by Columbus police for driving 57 mph in a 35 mph zone in June 2014. The case was dismissed Oct. 2, 2014 upon completion of a diversion program and payment of $129 in court costs.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Eastern Michigan 88, Detroit 73

EMU 88, UDM 73 – Eastern Michigan’s strong second half upends Detroit 88-73
Brandon Nazione scored a career-high 23 points, shooting 10 of 14 from the field, to lead Eastern Michigan past Detroit 88-73 Monday night. After Anton Wilson’s 3-pointer tied the score for Detroit at 40 with 15:58 remaining, Eastern Michigan (8-4) used a 15-4 run over the next four minutes to seize control of the game. Raven Lee’s 3-point play and Tim Bond’s layup made it 51-43 with 13 minutes left.  The Eagles outscored Detroit 57-40 in the second half with Nazione scoring 17 points after the break. The Titans led Eastern Michigan 33-31 at halftime. James Thompson IV’s seven-game streak of double-doubles in points and rebounds came to an end as he finished with 10 points and four rebounds. The last EMU player to complete the feat was George “Ice Man” Gervin who had 11 straight during the 1971-72 season. Josh McFolley led Detroit (6-5) with 19 points.

Tonight
Liberty at Notre Dame, 5:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at William and Mary, 7:30 p.m.
(1) Michigan State at Iowa, 9:00 p.m.                      WCSY-FM 8:00

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Top 9 teams hold spots in men’s AP basketball poll
Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma are the top three teams for the third straight week in the men’s college basketball poll by The Associated Press. The Spartans have been No. 1 in the poll for four weeks. Following Oklahoma are Maryland, Virginia, Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Kentucky.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s – Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, dies at 90
Carl Izzo, father of Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo, has died. He was 90. Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Homes of Iron Mountain, Michigan, confirmed Izzo died on Monday, adding that funeral arrangements are pending. Carl Izzo worked at Tony Izzo & Sons, a business that repaired shoes, according to a 2008 story in The Grand Rapid Press. The business also installed carpets and awnings, according to the newspaper. Tony Izzo & Sons employed the future basketball coach from sixth grade through his sophomore year at Northern Michigan University.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(3) Notre Dame 62, (10) Oregon State 61
Central Michigan 76, Rider 58

 (3) Notre Dame 62, (10) Oregon State 61 – Cable, No. 3 Notre Dame hold off No. 10 Oregon State 62-61
Madison Cable scored 15 points, including a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left to help No. 3 Notre Dame hold off No. 10 Oregon State 62-61 Monday night. Freshman Marina Mabrey added 13 points for the Irish. Gabriella Hanson’s 18 points led Oregon State.

Tonight
Central Michigan at St. Joseph’s, 3:00 p.m.

MLB – Yanks land Chapman
The New York Yankees have bolstered an already strong bullpen by acquiring hard-throwing All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor leaguers. Chapman became available after the Reds’ deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through during baseball’s winter meetings three weeks ago.

Globetrotter great dies
The Harlem Globetrotters have announced that Meadowlark Lemon has died at 83. Known as the “clown prince” of the barnstorming basketball team, Lemon used a blend of hook shots and humor to entertain millions of people around the world. The showman was known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine as his hook shot and no-look passes.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Milwaukee Admirals 4, Chicago Wolves 1

Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Milwaukee Admirals, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Basketball
Today
Boys Basketball – Rescheduled from yesterday
Benton Harbor Earl McKee Holiday Tournament – Farnum Gymnasium – Benton Harbor High School
Coloma vs. Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman vs. Benton Harbor, 7:30 p.m.          WSJM-AM 7:15

Sturgis Bank and Trust Holiday Classics – White Pigeon High School
Brandywine vs. Gobles, 5:30 p.m.
Lake Michigan Catholic vs. White Pigeon, 7:00 p.m.