Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 11/26/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
(12) Villanova 60, (19) Michigan 55

(12) Villanova 60, (19) Michigan 55 – No. 12 Villanova beats No. 19 Michigan 60-55
JayVaughn Pinkston had the go-ahead basket and game-saving block in the final minute to lift No. 12 Villanova over No. 19 Michigan 60-55 in the Legends Classic championship game Tuesday night. Pinkston put the Wildcats (5-0) up 56-55 with a spin for separation and an easy one-handed bucket with 13.4 seconds left. Pinkston then had a clean stuff on Zak Irvin’s dunk attempt off an inbounds pass with 5 seconds left. Ryan Arcidiacono sealed the win with two free throws.  Tournament MVP Dylan Ennis led the Wildcats with 15 points. Pinkston finished with eight points and nine rebounds. Caris LeVert had 16 points for Michigan (4-1). LeVert put the Wolverines up 55-54 and flexed his muscles in the direction of Villanova players.

Rochester College at Eastern Michigan, 12:00 p.m.
Grambling State at Notre Dame, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Detroit Pistons 86
Denver Nuggets 114, Chicago Bulls 109

Bucks 98, Pistons 86 – Knight helps Bucks beat Pistons 98-86
Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. O.J. Mayo, making his first start of the season, added 17 points as Milwaukee (8-7) avoided its first three-game slide of the season. Rookie Jabari Parker contributed 14 points and nine rebounds. Detroit (3-11) has lost five in a row and eight of nine.  Andre Drummond had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, and Greg Monroe added 15 points and eight boards. Drummond was averaging 8.7 points coming into the night, but shot 11 of 15 from the floor.

Nuggets 114, Bulls 109 – Lawson has 20 points, Nuggets beat Bulls 114-109
Ty Lawson scored 20 points, including a key jumper in the waning seconds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Chicago Bulls 114-109 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Benton Harbor’s Wilson Chandler had 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Nuggets, who defeated the Bulls for the eighth straight time in Denver. Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was limited to 10 minutes in his second game back from a left hamstring strain. Rose, who scored 18 points in his return Monday night against Utah after a four-game absence, felt tightness in the hamstring during the first quarter and didn’t play the rest of the way. Jimmy Butler had 32 points for Chicago.

Los Angeles Clippers at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Philadelphia at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m.

MLB – Detroit’s Carrera opts for free agency
Ezequiel Carrera has decided to become a free agent after the Detroit Tigers assigned him outright to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers designated the outfielder for assignment last week. Carrera hit .261 in 45 games for Detroit in 2014, but the Tigers recently traded for center fielder Anthony Gose and didn’t think they had a need Carrera. The 27-year-old has hit .253 in 176 major league games with Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
(2) Notre Dame 112, Quinnipiac 52
Eastern Michigan 73, Hillsdale 56

(2) Notre Dame 112, Quinnipiac 52 – No. 2 Notre Dame beats Quinnipiac 112-52
Jewell Loyd scored 23 points to lead No. 2 Notre Dame to a 112-52 win over visiting Quinnipiac University last night. The Irish jumped to a big lead early and never looked back. The Bobcats had no answer inside for Brianna Turner. She repeatedly turned lob passes in the low post into easy baskets or trips to the foul line and finished with 16 points.

Oakland at (16) Michigan State, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA Football – MAC – MAC reprimands players over no handshake
The Mid-American Conference has reprimanded four Central Michigan football players who refused to shake hands with Western Michigan players during the coin toss. MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher says it was a violation of the conference’s sportsmanship policy. He says a handshake may be a simple gesture but it symbolizes the “ethics and traditions of the game.” Titus Davis, Justin Cherocci, Andy Phillips and Leterrius Walton refused to shake hands with Western Michigan captains Saturday. They later apologized and acknowledged it was “disrespectful.” Central Michigan coach Dan Enos says the four have been removed as captains. Athletic director Dave Heeke also apologized to the Broncos, who won the game, 32-20.

NCAA Football – Jones, Day, Tranquill out for Notre Dame vs. USC
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says starting defensive lineman Jarron Jones and safety Drue Tranquill have suffered season-ending injuries and defensive lineman Sheldon Day also will be out Saturday against Southern California. Kelly says Jones is out with a torn ligament in his foot while Tranquill is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Jones is seventh on the team with 40 tackles and was injured early in the game against Louisville. Tranquill, a freshman, started two of the past three games and is 10th on the team in tackles with 33. Kelly says Day, who has 38 tackles, will miss a second straight game with a knee sprain. Linebacker Nyles Morgan will sit the first half against USC after being called for targeting against Louisville.

NCAA Football – Playoff teams stay the same
There are no changes among the top four in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State own the first four spots and head into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh.

NFL – Detroit’s Raiola says he hasn’t been fined<
Detroit center Dominic Raiola says he hasn’t been fined by the NFL for his cut block during a kneel-down at the end of the Lions’ loss to New England on Sunday. Raiola says he didn’t intentionally try to hurt anybody or try to do anything out of the ordinary, and he “would have gotten a FedEx letter” if he had. Raiola spoke with reporters Tuesday but tried to keep the focus on Thursday’s game against Chicago. The Patriots scored a late touchdown in their 34-9 win over Detroit. Afterward, Raiola told the Detroit Free Press: “We took a knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for six. They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three knees and the game would have been over.”

AHL – American Hockey League
Grand Rapids Griffins at Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Wolves at Milwaukee Admirals, 8:00 p.m.

NBADL – National Basketball Association Developmental League
Los Angeles D-Fenders at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.
First home game in Grand Rapids Franchise History – at DeltaPlex arena (Walker, MI)

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