Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 12/8/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, December 08, 2015

NFL – National Football League – Week 13
Last Night
Dallas Cowboys 19, Washington Redskins 16

Cowboys 19, Redskins 16 – Dallas tops Washington with late field goal
Dan Bailey hit a 54-yard field goal with nine seconds left to cap a wild finish in the Dallas Cowboys’ 19-16 win at Washington. The Cowboys broke a 9-9 tie on Darren McFadden’s six-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining, but Washington knotted the score on Kirk Cousins’ 28-yard scoring strike to DeSean Jackson before Bailey’s kick left Dallas 4-8. The Cowboys are within one game of Washington, Philadelphia and the New York Giants for the NFC East lead.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Charlotte Hornets 104, Detroit Pistons 84
Phoenix Suns 103, Chicago Bulls 101

Hornets 104, Pistons 84 – Zeller, Hornets snap Pistons’ 4-game win streak, 104-84
Cody Zeller had 20 points and the Charlotte Hornets snapped the Detroit Pistons’ four-game winning streak with a 104-84 victory Monday night. Marvin Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Kemba Walker had 14 points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which has won seven of nine. Nicolas Batum added 13 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in another solid all-around game for the Hornets (12-8). The Pistons (12-10) were led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova’s 15 points and 11 rebounds. Charlotte, which has struggled all season on the glass, outrebounded Detroit 57-41 despite playing without injured center Al Jefferson. The Hornets led by as many as 26 in the third quarter and coach Steve Clifford emptied his bench with about 3 minutes left in the game.  Charlotte improved to 9-3 at home.

Suns 103, Bulls 101 – Teletovic, Knight rally Suns past Bulls, 103-101
Mirza Teletovic scored 21 points, including a follow basket with 0.3 seconds left, to cap the Phoenix Suns’ furious fourth-quarter rally in a 103-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Brandon Knight had 17 of his 21 points in the fourth as the Suns came back from 16 down after three quarters to snap a four-game skid. Phoenix outscored Chicago 42-24 in the final period. Pau Gasol scored 22 points to lead the Bulls, Jimmy Butler added 19 and Derrick Rose 14.  Chicago led most of the way and its advantage grew to 77-61 entering the fourth quarter as Phoenix was held to 10 points on 4 of 20 shooting in the third. The Suns’ offense, though, came to life at the start of the final quarter.

NCAA Football – Heisman finalists announced
Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, to be awarded Saturday in New York.  Henry seems to be the favorite in a Heisman race that tightened over championship weekend. However, quarterbacks have won the award the last five years, and no running back has captured it since 2009. He ran for 189 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries in the Alabama’s SEC championship game victory against Florida on Saturday. Later that night, McCaffrey had 461 all-purpose yards with touchdowns running, receiving and passing as Stanford beat Southern California in the Pac-12 title game. Watson had 420 total yards and accounted for five touchdowns in Clemson’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game win against North Carolina.

NCAA Basketball – Michigan State takes over
Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season. The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week’s losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel. Kansas (6-1), which had one first-place vote, moved from fourth to second, while North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, jumped from ninth to third and received two votes for No. 1. Iowa State moved up one spot to fourth and was followed by Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Duke, Villanova and Virginia. Butler, at No. 18, and Utah, at No. 25, are the week’s newcomers, both having been ranked earlier this season. They replace Syracuse, which was No. 14, and Texas A&M, which was 18th.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Western Michigan 87, Northeastern 86 – OT
Central Michigan 90, Aquinas College 51

WMU 87, NE 86 – OT – Western Michigan hangs on in OT to beat Northeastern 87-86
Tucker Haymond scored 26 points as Western Michigan beat Northeastern 87-86 on Monday night. Walker scored a career-high 31 points for Northeastern. His step back 3-pointer bounced on the rim three times and fell through to tie it at 80 with 18 seconds left in regulation.

CMU 90, Aquinas 51 – Rayson hits 5 3s, Central Michigan beats Aquinas 90-51
Braylon Rayson scored 19 points to help Central Michigan cruise to a 90-51 win over NAIA Aquinas on Monday night. Rayson made 7 of 11 field goal attempts as the Chippewas hit a season-high 15 of their 35 attempts from 3-point range. Chris Fowler scored 14 for Central Michigan.

Tonight
Rochester College at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan at (19) SMU, 9:00 p.m.          WSJM-AM – After St. Joe/Harper Creek
Stony Brook at Notre Dame, 9:00 p.m.

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

MLB – News from the Winter Meetings
A proposed trade that would bring flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers appears to be on hold. Yahoo Sports is reporting that police in Davie, Florida, investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cincinnati Reds pitcher. Yahoo reported more than a dozen police officers responded to Chapman’s home in Florida on Oct. 30 without an arrest due to conflicting stories and a lack of cooperation. Police said they could not provide a copy of the police report on Monday night, and Chapman’s lawyer denied the allegations in the Yahoo report. A person familiar with the Reds-Dodgers deal told The Associated Press the trade would not be finalized until after the teams exchanged medical records.  Major League Baseball’s Statcast computer system shows that Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this year, ranging from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Iowa Wild, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Decatur 63, River Valley 32

Girls Basketball
Lake Michigan Catholic 60, Cassopolis 37
White Pigeon 60, Eau Claire 16

Tonight
Boys Basketball
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Harper Creek, 7:15 p.m.            Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
South Haven at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.                                 Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Niles at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.
Cassopolis at Edwardsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Michigan Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo at Berrien Springs, 7:15 p.m.
Countryside Academy at Bridgman, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at Covert, 7:30 p.m.
Brandywine at Eau Claire, 7:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Hartford, 7:00 p.m.
Parchment at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Lawton at Schoolcraft, 7:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Paw Paw, 7:00 p.m.
Comstock at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
Centreville at Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Plainwell at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Central at Kalamazoo Central, 7:15 p.m.
Otsego at Holland Christian, 7:00 p.m.
Jackson at Battle Creek Central, 7:00 p.m.
Coldwater at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:15 p.m.
Gull Lake at Middleville Thornapple Kellogg, 7:15 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Berrien Springs at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m.
Niles at Dowagiac, 6:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Michigan Lutheran, 6:00 p.m.
Watervliet at Coloma 5:30 p.m.
Three Rivers at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan at Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.
Holland Christian at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Parchment, 7:15 p.m.
Bridgman at Countryside Academy, 5:30 p.m.
Mendon at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.
Gobles at Fennville, 7:00 p.m.
Hartford at Kalamazoo Hackett, 7:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Lawton, 7:00 p.m.
Bangor at Saugatuck, 6:00 p.m.
Mattawan at Paw Paw, 5:45 p.m.
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Central, 7:15 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Coldwater, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Northern at Plainwell, 7:00 p.m.