Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 12/9/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, December 09, 2014

NFL – National Football League – Week 13
Last Night
Green Bay Packers 43, Atlanta Falcons 37

Packers 43, Falcons 37 – Packers hold on against Falcons
Eddie Lacy ran for a touchdown and caught one of Aaron Rodgers’ three TD passes as the Packers held off Atlanta 43-37 in Green Bay.  Jordy Nelson had the Packers’ other scoring grabs, including a 60-yard catch that put Green Bay ahead 40-24 with about 10 1/2 minutes left. The outcome keeps the NFC North-leading Packers one game ahead of Detroit and puts the Falcons back in a first-place tie with New Orleans in the NFC South.

NFL – Trestman stands behind Bears QB Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman remains firm in his support of quarterback Jay Cutler. Trestman shot down a report that the Bears considered benching their quarterback during last month’s win over Tampa Bay, saying Cutler has been “the guy we’ve had in there and wanted to play.” Trestman adds that Cutler “as a very good understanding of how we feel about him.” Trestman was more vague when it came to defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.  Trestman would not confirm or deny a decision has been reached on whether to keep Tucker. The Bears (5-8) are at the bottom of the NFC North.

NFL – Bears’ Marshall out of hospital
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman says star receiver Brandon Marshall is out of the hospital after suffering two broken ribs and a lung injury last week. Marshall was hurt in the second quarter of Thursday’s 41-28 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He was hit in the right side by the knee of Dallas defensive back Barry Church after making a catch. Trestman acknowledged Monday that Marshall will likely miss the remainder of the season, ending a string of seven straight 1,000-yard seasons. He has 61 catches for 721 yards. Trestman said Marshall has not been placed on injured reserve because the Bears are working through some “roster situations” that will be sorted out soon.

NCAA Football – Hoke received warmly at Michigan banquet
Former Michigan coach Brady Hoke received a standing ovation at the school’s end-of-season football banquet. Less than a week after being fired by the Wolverines, Hoke took part in Monday night’s ceremony. As he did all season, he praised the perseverance of his players. Michigan went 5-7 this year, the last of Hoke’s four seasons as coach. He was fired last Tuesday. Jim Hackett, who as Michigan’s interim athletic director is in the process of finding a new coach, thanked Hoke and said the team and school owes him a debt of gratitude.

NCAA Football – Heisman finalists announced
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Mariota is considered the clear front-runner after leading the Ducks to a berth in the semifinals, and Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. Gordon led the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 26 rushing touchdowns.

NCAA Football – Big Ten to hire trainers to look for concussions
An independent athletic trainer stationed in the video replay booth will be on the look-out for players who show visible signs of a concussion during Big Ten football games. The Big Ten announced Monday that its Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved the move Sunday at a meeting in Indianapolis. The athletic trainer will have his or her own video monitor and have the ability to directly contact officials on the field. The independent athletic trainer will be in addition to the continued presence of on-field doctors and athletic trainers from each school. A message seeking details about the new concussion surveillance plan was left at the Big Ten office.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – Bettman says business looking into possible team for Las Vegas
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed that the Board of Governors had no objection to billionaire businessman William Foley exploring the level of interest in an expansion team coming to Las Vegas. Bettman was adamant that nothing more should be read into the league’s consideration of Foley’s request in terms of any advancement in expansion discussions. He explained that the interest from Foley and Las Vegas raised questions about the viability of that market being able to support a team, which is why Foley wants to conduct a season ticket drive and see what kind of numbers are achieved.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Portland Trail Blazers at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Wolverines try to learn from NJIT stunner
It may have been the most surprising loss of John Beilein’s long coaching career. New Jersey Institute of Technology entered the Crisler Center and beat Michigan 72-70 on Saturday. It was the first time the Highlanders had ever even faced a Top 25 team, and the loss dropped Michigan out of the ranking on Monday. NJIT is the lone independent basketball program in Division I. If the Wolverines, who won the Big Ten title last season, needed a wake-up call, this should certainly suffice.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Mount St. Mary’s at (25) Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Michigan, 9:00 p.m.        Sports Radio 1400 WSJM (Joined in Progress after HS game)

NCAA Basketball – Wildcats, Gamecocks top hoops polls
Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 team in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The Wildcats claimed all 64 first-place votes after improving to 9-0, including a win against then No. 7 Texas.  Duke is second, followed by Arizona, Louisville and Wisconsin. The Badgers had been getting some first-place votes before their 80-70 loss to Duke last week.  Virginia, Villanova, Texas, Gonzaga and Kansas round out the top 10.  South Carolina remains the No. 1 team in the AP women’s poll after claiming 23 of 34 first-place votes. Connecticut is second, ahead of Texas, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
Princeton at Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Madonna University at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

MLB – AP source: Robertson, White Sox reach 4-year deal
A person familiar with the negotiations says closer David Robertson and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a four-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not been announced. A right-hander who turns 30 in April, Robertson had spent his seven-year big league career with the New York Yankees. He took over from Mariano Rivera as New York’s closer last season and saved 39 games in 44 chances.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at San Antonio Rampage, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Gwinnett Gladiators at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball – Season Opener
Decatur 69, River Valley 31
Constantine 71, Marcellus 68 – OT
Centreville 50, Howardsville Christian 43

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Coloma at St. Joseph                            Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Lakeshore at South Haven                    Super Hits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Watervliet Grace Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic
Cassopolis at Dowagiac
Berrien Springs at New Buffalo
Bridgman at Bangor
Hartford at Brandywine
Watervliet at Eau Claire
Paw Paw at Mattawan
Kalamazoo Hackett at Gobles
Kalamazoo Central at Portage Central
Portage Northern at Plainwell
Middleville Thornapple Kellogg at Gull Lake
Battle Creek Central at Jackson
Battle Creek Lakeview at Coldwater
Holland Christian at Otsego
Vicksburg at Schoolcraft
Hamilton at Allegan
Covert at Battle Creek Harper Creek
Wyoming Lee at Saugatuck
Fennville at Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph at Coloma
South Bend St. Joseph (IN) at Lakeshore
Watervliet Grace Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic
Eau Claire at Michigan Lutheran
Dowagiac at Niles
Buchanan at Berrien Springs
South Haven at Comstock
River Valley at Cassopolis
Kalamazoo Hackett at New Buffalo
Gobles at Bloomingdale
Decatur at Hartford
Lawton at Lawrence
Watervliet at Marcellus
Fennville at Martin
Paw Paw at Mattawan
Plainwell at Portage Northern
Portage Central at Kalamazoo Central
Coldwater at Battle Creek Lakeview
Battle Creek Harper Creek at Battle Creek Central
Gull Lake at Middleville Thornapple Kellogg
Hamilton at Allegan
Otsego at Holland Christian

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