Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 2/24/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 87, Milwaukee Bucks 71

Bulls 87, Bucks 71 – Bulls hit boards to beat Bucks 87-71
Tony Snell scored 20 points, Nikola Mirotic had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and the surging Chicago Bulls pounded the Milwaukee Bucks on the boards on their way to an 87-71 victory on Monday night. Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Bulls enjoyed a whopping 62-41 advantage on the glass. Joakim Noah had eight points and 16 rebounds on his bobblehead night, and Jimmy Butler finished with 11 points and nine boards. Milwaukee shot 34 percent (30 for 89) from the field in its second straight loss after a stretch of nine wins in 10 games. Ersan Ilyasova had 15 points and 11 rebounds in his first start since Jan. 27 at Miami.  Reserves Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich were ruled out for the Bulls.  Coach Tom Thibodeau says they are sick and did not come to United Center for Monday night’s game. Hinrich also missed Saturday’s 112-107 victory over Phoenix. Gibson scored 12 points in 281/2  minutes against the Suns.

Tonight
Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Anaheim Ducks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 – Shootout

Ducks 4, Red Wings 3 – SO –Perry, Silfverberg lift Ducks over Wings 4-3
Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg scored in the shootout as the Anaheim Ducks rallied past the Detroit Red Wings for a 4-3 win Monday night. The Ducks looked out of it before scoring three goals in a four-minute third-period flurry to take the lead _ leaving a sizable contingent of Red Wings fans in shock after they turned the Honda Center into a de facto home game for most of the night.  Francois Beauchemin buried a shot from just inside the blue line at 12:57 of the third after Andrew Cogliano whacked home a rebound to finally put the Ducks on the board and Emerson Etem beat Jimmy Howard through the legs 90 seconds later. John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who earned their third straight win. Pavel Datsyuk scored twice to give the Red Wings a 2-0 edge. But his try in the shootout hit the post and Tomas Tatar had a chance to extend the shootout, but missed wide to the right of Gibson.

Tonight
Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m.

NHL – Blackhawks searching for answers heading into stretch run
Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya will be sidelined for a couple weeks with an upper-body injury, and coach Joel Quenneville says Scott Darling will start in goal on Tuesday night against Florida. Oduya was injured in the first period of Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Boston. He played in each of Chicago’s first 60 games. The absence of Oduya, along with the uneven play by some of Chicago’s other defensemen, could lead to a move ahead of next Monday’s trade deadline. But Quenneville says he doesn’t know if the Oduya injury is “part of the equation at all.” Darling was promoted from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Sunday night, and the club also announced it had agreed to a two-year contract extension with the rookie. The start against the Panthers will be his first NHL game since Dec. 13.

MLB – Cabrera’s recovery progressing, opening day still uncertain
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera says it’s too early to say whether he’ll be ready for opening day.  Cabrera had offseason ankle surgery, but he says he hopes the hardest part of his recovery is over. He’s been hitting in the cage, and he says every day he feels his ankle getting stronger. Cabrera dealt with ankle problems last season, when the Tigers won the AL Central for a fourth straight year but lost in the Division Series to Baltimore. The first baseman had surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the arch of his foot.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Western Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Syracuse at (9) Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(4) Notre Dame 68, (8) Louisville 52

(4) Notre Dame 68, (8) Louisville 52 – Loyd scores 20, No. 4 Irish beat No. 8 Louisville 68-52
Jewell Loyd scored 20 points as Notre Dame took control with a 16-0 second-half run to beat No. 8 Louisville 68-52 yesterday. Notre Dame took control after the Cardinals used a 9-4 spurt early in the second half to open a 37-35 lead on a layup by Mariya Moore. The Irish broke the game open by repeatedly scoring inside.

Tonight
Purdue at Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA – Michigan student tickets to include need-based pricing
Michigan’s policy for student football tickets now includes need-based discounts based on federal Pell Grant eligibility. The athletic department says it’s working with the office of financial aid to provide this option for students who meet Pell Grant criteria. Eligible students can receive season tickets for $100, instead of next season’s regular student price of $175. The need-based price reduction also applies to men’s basketball ($200 to $120) and hockey ($150 to $90) for the 2015-16 academic year.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Lake Michigan College 73, Kellogg Community College 68

LMC 73, KCC 68 – Stevens scores 30 as LMC beats Kellogg 73-68
Lake Michigan College held on for a 73-68 win over Kellogg.  The Lady Red Hawks led by as many as 15 points before having to hang on for the season sweep of the Bruins.  Shalay Stevens led LMC with a game high 30 points, Nicole Decker added 18.  The win lifts the Lady Red Hawks to 20-8 on the season and 11-4 in the MCCAA West.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Kellogg Community College 77, Lake Michigan College 75 – 2 OT

KCC 77, LMC 75 – 2 OT –Red Hawks fall in double overtime
Lake Michigan College lost to Kellogg Community College 77-75 in double overtime.  The Red Hawks fought back from a 14 point second half deficit to force overtime but the Bruins had just enough in the second overtime to pull it out.  LaBradford Sebree led LMC with a game high 28 points.  With the loss, the Red Hawks fall to 11-4 in the MCCAA West and 20-8 overall.

NFL – Inglewood to consider approving plan for LA-area NFL stadium
The Inglewood City Council could decide to approve plans to build an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area.  The vote planned Tuesday night could fast-track a $2 billion plan whose partners include St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and could bring the NFL back to the Los Angeles area for the first time in over 20 years.  The council vote would speed up the construction process by allowing the city to avoid a public vote and sidestep a long environmental review.  New urgency came to the issue last week with the announcement that the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in suburban Carson if they don’t get their current hometowns to cough up enough money to replace their aging stadiums.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Iowa Wild, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 41, Grace Christian 37
Brandywine 79, Dream Academy 49
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 76, Berrien Springs 49
Kalamazoo Central 53, Battle Creek Lakeview 46
Cassopolis 56, Centreville 40
White Pigeon 66, Howardsville Christian 43

Girls Basketball
Edwardsburg 41, Coloma 30
Gobles 32, Otsego 31
Centreville 44, Marcellus 17
Kalamazoo Central 55, Battle Creek Lakeview 46

Tonight
Boys Basketball
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Lake Michigan Catholic at Howardsville Christian
Edwardsburg at Niles
Buchanan at Dowagiac
Gobles at Bloomingdale
Decatur at Hartford
Lawton at Lawrence
Watervliet at Marcellus
Fennville at Martin
Bangor at Saugatuck
Three Rivers at Battle Creek Lakeview
Vicksburg at Mattawan
Gull Lake at Portage Northern
Portage Central at Battle Creek Central

Girls Basketball
Edwardsburg at St. Joseph
Lake Michigan Catholic at Michigan Lutheran
Niles at Buchanan
Bridgman at Bangor
River Valley at New Buffalo
White Pigeon at Brandywine
Dowagiac at Cassopolis
Mattawan at Vicksburg
Berrien Springs at Mendon
Battle Creek Lakeview at Three Rivers
Portage Northern at Gull Lake
Battle Creek Central at Portage Central
Delton-Kellogg at Fennville
Saugatuck at North Muskegon

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