Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 1/6/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, January 06, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Michigan State 70, Indiana 50
(13) Notre Dame 71, (18) North Carolina 70

MSU 70, IU 50 – Michigan State bounces back 70-50 over Indiana
Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson bounced back after subpar games and helped Michigan State explode past Indiana 70-50 on Monday night. Valentine scored 15 points, 11 more than in a double-overtime loss to Maryland last Tuesday, and Dawson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Spartans (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten). Michigan State raced to a 19-4 lead, went up 32-13 late in the first half and built a 30-point cushion with 13:13 to play.  The Spartans were quicker at both ends of the court and had a 50-28 edge on the boards. Kevin “Yogi” Farrell led the Hoosiers (11-4, 1-1) with 17 points and was his team’s lone double-figure scorer.  James Blackmon Jr., the league’s No. 2 freshman scorer, had eight points and hit 1 of 14 shots from the floor.

ND 71, UNC 70 – No. 13 Notre Dame holds off No. 18 North Carolina 71-70 
Zach Auguste’s basket off an offensive rebound with 1:07 left helped No. 13 Notre Dame hold off No. 18 North Carolina 71-70 on Monday night. Auguste’s basket got the lead back for the Fighting Irish (15-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had led by 11 points in the second half only to see the Tar Heels (11-4, 1-1) briefly push ahead late. Then Notre Dame survived two shots by preseason all-American Marcus Paige in the final seconds, the last a desperate 3-point heave that wasn’t close as the horn sounded. Now Notre Dame is 3-0 in league play for the first time, Big East or ACC, and off to its best start in 15 seasons under Mike Brey. Auguste finished with 18 points while Pat Connaughton had 16 for the Irish, who shot 46 percent and overcame their own cold shooting down the stretch to hang on.

Michigan at Penn State, 7:00 p.m.         WSJM-AM 6:30
Central Michigan at Toledo, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Akron, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – Caldwell calls for improved use of technology in officiating
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell says he believes the NFL can improve the way it uses technology and further remove the “human factor” from the way games are officiated. The Lions lost their playoff opener 24-20 to Dallas on Sunday after officials reversed themselves on a fourth-quarter pass interference call. Referee Pete Morelli initially announced the penalty on Anthony Hitchens of the Cowboys, but then the call was taken back, leaving Detroit facing fourth down. Coaches aren’t allowed to signal for replay reviews of potential pass interference calls, but Caldwell indicated Monday he’d like to see the league allow more reviews if possible. Caldwell said he was still “angry” about the play, but he didn’t want to make excuses.

NFL – Lions-Cowboys game averages 42.3 million viewers on Fox
The Detroit-Dallas game Sunday averaged 42.3 million viewers on Fox. The broadcast trailed only the San Francisco-Green Bay game last year on Fox at 47.1 million and the 2012 Pittsburgh-Denver game on CBS at 42.4 million. The Lions-Cowboys game was the most-watched telecast since the Academy Awards averaged 43.6 million viewers on ABC in March.

NFL – Rams owner planning NFL stadium in Los Angeles County
A newspaper reports the owner of the St. Louis Rams plans to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles County, boosting the chances that pro football could return to the region. The Los Angeles Times says Stan Kroenke has partnered with Stockbridge Capital Group, owners of the 238-acre Hollywood Park site in Inglewood. Kroenke and Stockbridge say they plan to add an 80,000-seat NFL stadium and 6,000-seat performance venue to a massive development of retail, office, hotel and residential space. The plan will add to pressure on St. Louis to either strike a deal for a new stadium or watch the team return to Southern California, where it played from 1946 to 1994. It’s the latest of numerous Los Angeles-area NFL stadium proposals over two decades.

NHL – National Hockey League
Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 114, Houston Rockets 105

Bulls 114, Rockets 105 – Gasol scores 27, Butler has 22 as Bulls beat Rockets 114-105
Pau Gasol had 27 points and 14 rebounds, Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls won for the 13th time in 15 games, rallying to beat the Houston Rockets 114-105 on Monday night. Derrick Rose added 19 points. Nikola Mirotic had 17, and the Bulls outscored the Rockets 19-5 over the final 3:19. Josh Smith led Houston with 21 points. James Harden scored 20, but the Rockets lost for the fourth time in six games. Butler scored five points and took a charge against Harden during the game-ending rally to help the Bulls wipe out a five-point deficit. Mirotic also hit a 3 and scored five points during that stretch.

Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs, 8:30 p.m.

MLB – White Sox agree to $4M deal with Bonifacio
A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio that includes a club option for 2016.  The person spoke Monday on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. Bonifacio will earn $3 million next season, and the deal includes a $4 million option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout. The 29-year-old is a .262 hitter with 164 stolen bases in eight big league seasons with Arizona, Washington, Miami, Toronto, Kansas City, the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta. He hit .259 in 110 games last season with the Cubs and Braves.

IIHF – World Juniors – Canada holds off Russia
Canada has won hockey’s World Junior Championship for a record 16th time. Connor McDavid scored while the Canadians built a 5-1 lead before hanging on for a 5-4 triumph against Russia. Anthony Duclair and Nick Paul tallied in the first 2:32 before Max Domi and Sam Reinhart added second-period goals. The Russians pulled within a goal by scoring three times in a 3:16 span of the middle period.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Brandywine 58, Lake Michigan Catholic 49
Kalamazoo Home School 54, Andrews Academy 47

Girls Basketball
River Valley 38, New Buffalo 35
Bridgman at South Haven – PPD

Competitive Cheerleading
St. Joseph Cheer By The Pier II

Division I/II Division III/IV Middle School
1. St. Joseph 702.28
2. Lakeshore 671.26
3. Niles 256.54
(Niles withdrew after round 2)
1. Coloma 609.68
2. Buchanan 572.80
1. Lakeshore MS 388.60
2. Upton MS 367.70
3. Coloma MS 323.46

Boys Basketball
St. Joseph at Three Rivers
Lakeshore at Coloma
Benton Harbor at Lansing Everett
Howardsville Christian at Lake Michigan Catholic
Eau Claire at Michigan Lutheran
Dream Academy at New Buffalo
Niles at Dowagiac
Allegan at Mattawan
Berrien Springs at Buchanan
Schoolcraft at Edwardsburg
Bangor at Decatur
Saugatuck at Hartford
Fennville at Lawrence
Martin at Lawton
Gobles at Marcellus
Bloomingdale at Watervliet
White Pigeon at Bridgman
River Valley at Cassopolis
Rockford at South Haven       Cosy-FM 7:15
Portage Northern at Vicksburg
Battle Creek Lakeview at Plainwell
Battle Creek Central at Holt
Gull Lake at Marshall
Portage Central at Harper Creek

Girls Basketball
Three Rivers at St. Joseph
Coloma at Lakeshore
Lansing Everett at Benton Harbor
Buchanan at Lake Michigan Catholic
Dowagiac at Eau Claire
Berrien Springs at Brandywine
Andrews Academy at Grace Christian
Bangor at Decatur
Saugatuck at Hartford
Fennville at Lawrence
Martin at Lawton
Gobles at Marcellus
Bloomingdale at Watervliet
Mattawan at Allegan
Plainwell at Battle Creek Lakeview
Battle Creek Central at Battle Creek Pennfield
Otsego at Kalamazoo Central
Harper Creek at Portage Central
Vicksburg at Portage Northern
Marshall at Gull Lake