Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 2/10/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Arizona Coyotes 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 – Shootout

Coyotes 3, Blackhawks 2 – SO – Vermette lifts Coyotes to 3-2 shootout win over Blackhawks
Antoine Vermette scored in regulation and netted the deciding goal in the third round of the shootout to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.  Lucas Lessio also connected in the shootout, and Arizona’s Shane Doan scored in regulation to help the the Coyotes snap a two-game losing streak. Oliver Ekman-Larsson assisted on both of Arizona’s goals. Chicago’s Marian Hossa scored two goals for the second straight game, and Jonathan Toews set up both. Hossa recorded Chicago’s final two goals in a 4-2 win at St. Louis on Sunday. Before this run, he had just two goals in 15 games. Patrick Kane scored the only Blackhawks goal in the shootout against Mike Smith, who made 36 saves through an overtime that had a wild finish. Chicago’s Antti Raanta finished with 27 saves, but stopped only one of three shots in the shootout.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.
Sacramento Kings at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.

NBA – Milestone night for Pop
The San Antonio Spurs’ huge fourth-quarter rally helped Gregg Popovich reach the 1,000-win milestone, a 95-93 victory over Indiana.  Popovich became the ninth NBA coach with 1,000th regular-season wins and became the third-fastest to achieve the feat. He also joined former Utah coach Jerry Sloan as the only coaches in league history to win 1,000 games with one team.

NFL – NFL formalizes plan for L.A.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has established an internal committee to review stadium options in Los Angeles and coordinate any possible move to Southern California. The move was outlined in a league memo obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The memo emphasizes that the league, not a single team, controls when and where a move can take place. It comes about a month after a development group that includes a company controlled by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. The proposal that envisions a stadium rising on the site of a former horse track in Inglewood once again raises the possibility that Los Angeles could get another NFL team after a two-decade drought.

NFL – NFL hires Dr. Elizabeth Nabel as 1st chief medical adviser
The NFL has hired Dr. Elizabeth Nabel as its first chief health and medical adviser. Commissioner Roger Goodell said before the Super Bowl the league would be hiring someone to oversee its medical policies. Nabel will work directly with Goodell. She will participate on each of the NFL’s medical advisory committees and identify areas where the league can enhance player safety and care. Nabel is president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She will remain in those jobs.  A cardiologist and biomedical researcher, she formerly served as director of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

NFL – NFL Films founder Ed Sabol dies at age 98
The NFL says that NFL Films founder Ed Sabol has died. He was 98. The league said he died Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films from 1964-1995, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards. Working with his son, Steve, Sabol introduced a series of innovations taken for granted today, from super slow-motion replays to blooper reels to sticking microphones on coaches and players. And they hired the “Voice of God,” John Facenda, to read lyrical descriptions in solemn tones.  A star swimmer at Ohio State who had a brief stage career, Sabol was in the overcoat business with his father-in-law in Philadelphia before he formed Blair Productions, a film company named after his daughter.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
(10) Notre Dame at Clemson, 7:00  p.m.
Michigan State at Northwestern, 7:00 p.m.    Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM, 6:00
Western Michigan at Bowling Green, 7:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Ohio, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s – No. 2 trounces No. 1
The much-ballyhooed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in women’s college basketball wasn’t all that great a matchup. Second-ranked UConn toyed with No. 1 and previously undefeated South Carolina 87-62. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the UConn scoring parade with 23. Breanna Stewart added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Assuming the Huskies can beat Tulane on Saturday, they will reclaim the No. 1 position in the poll. That leaves 16th-ranked Princeton as the only undefeated Division I women’s team.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Michigan at Ohio State, 7:00 p.m.

MLB – Padres land Shields
The San Diego Padres have landed free agent pitcher James Shields. The right-hander has agreed to a four-year, $75 million contract with the Padres. Shields helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season, going 14-8. The Royals made an attempt to retain Shields but their $15.3 million qualifying offer was rejected by the former All-Star. Shields is the latest addition by first-year general manager A.J. Preller. In December the Padres added sluggers Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, as well as Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks.

MLB – Rangers gung-ho on Fielder
The Texas Rangers say slugger Prince Fielder is “full speed ahead” for spring training after neck surgery last summer. General manager Jon Daniels said Fielder got “a green light” during an examination with Dr. Drew Dossett, who performed the cervical fusion of two disks in Fielder’s neck. Fielder was limited to 42 games last season.

NCAA Football – Bonamego says he plans on lengthy tenure at Central Michigan
John Bonamego was introduced as Central Michgan’s new football coach Monday, his voice cracking with emotion almost immediately as he described his connection to the school where he was a player during the mid-1980s. The question now is whether his passion for CMU will translate to victories on the field in his return to college football after a lengthy stretch as an NFL assistant. Bonamego takes over after CMU coach Dan Enos left last month to become the offensive coordinator at Arkansas. Enos coached the Chippewas for five seasons, which was actually longer than predecessors Butch Jones and Brian Kelly stayed before moving on. Bonamego certainly left the impression that he’d like to follow a different path. Bonamego says he plans to start and finish his head coaching career at CMU.

NCAA Football – Pace of play not expected to be college football rules issue
The NCAA coordinator of college football officials says he does not expect pace of play to be a major topic when the rules committee meets this week. Rogers Redding said Monday the use of technology on the sideline will be a focus during committee meetings Tuesday and Wednesday.      Redding said the conversation about pace of play has been “muted.” “There hasn’t been an awful lot of concern about that this year,” Redding said. “We’ll probably talk about it in the meeting, but I don’t anticipate any changes in the rules as a result of that.” The NCAA football rules committee does not usual stir up much controversy, but last year it made headlines and talk-radio fodder for weeks with its proposal aimed at slowing down the game and limiting the number of plays for safety reasons.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Last Night
Austin Spurs 107, Grand Rapids Drive 97

IHSAA – IHSAA, police investigate Griffith-Hammond basketball brawl
The Indiana High School Athletic Association and police are investigating a weekend brawl between Griffith and Hammond’s boys basketball teams. Griffith’s Anthony Murphy was going in for a dunk during Saturday night’s game when Hammond’s Tim Echoles fouled him, sending Murphy head-first into a wall. A brawl then erupted in Griffith High School’s gymnasium, prompting the IHSAA to call the game in the first quarter as Griffith was leading 4-0. Griffith police are reviewing a video of the brawl to see if they can identify any adults coming onto the floor. The (Munster) Times reports a junior varsity game preceding the Griffith-Hammond game was marked by trash-talking, pushing and shoving. IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox calls the brawl “disappointing.” He plans to speak about it with the schools’ administrators.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Brandywine 53, Mendon 47

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 73, New Buffalo 47
Hailey Maas and Olivia Gallagher each scored 15 points to lead Michigan Lutheran over New Buffalo 73-34.  The Titans improve to 11-1 on the season.  Olivia Smith scored 11 points to lead New Buffalo

Brandywine 53, Eau Claire 13

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Kalamazoo Central at Benton Harbor  Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Battle Creek Lakeview at St. Joseph
Lakeshore at Portage Northern
Portage Central at Niles
Loy Norrix at Mattawan
Battle Creek Central at Gull Lake

Wolverine
Three Rivers at Paw Paw

SAC
Marcellus at Bangor
Lawton at Bloomingdale
Hartford at Gobles
Lawrence at Martin
Watervliet at Fennville
Decatur at Saugatuck

Non Conference
Comstock at Allegan
Kalamazoo Hackett at Berrien Springs
Elkhart Central (IN) at Edwardsburg
Plainwell at Hopkins
Wyoming Godwin Heights at Otsego
Harper Creek at Sturgis
Buchanan at South Haven

Red Arrow
Watervliet Grace Christian at River Valley
Holland Calvary at Michigan Lutheran
Howardsville Christian at Countryside

BCS
Dream Academy at New Buffalo

Girls Basketball
SMAC
Benton Harbor at Kalamazoo Central
St. Joseph at Battle Creek Lakeview
Portage Northern at Lakeshore
Niles at Portage Central
Mattawan at Loy Norrix
Gull Lake at Battle Creek Central

Wolverine
Paw Paw at Three Rivers

SAC
Marcellus at Bangor
Lawton at Bloomingdale
Hartford at Gobles
Lawrence at Martin
Watervliet at Fennville
Decatur at Saugatuck

Non Conference
Allegan at Comstock
Kalamazoo Hackett at Berrien Springs
Edwardsburg at Schoolcraft
Hopkins at Plainwell
Otsego at Wyoming Godwin Heights
Sturgis at Harper Creek

Red Arrow
Watervliet Grace Christian at River Valley

BCS
Bridgman at Buchanan