Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 1/21/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, January 21, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Michigan 54, Rutgers 50

Michigan 54, Rutgers 50 – Short-handed Michigan edges Rutgers 54-50
Derrick Walton Jr. scored 10 of his 12 points in the final six minutes as short-handed Michigan defeated Rutgers 54-50 on Tuesday night. Aubrey Dawkins had 11 points and Zak Irvin added 10 for the Wolverines (12-7, 5-2 Big Ten), who were playing their first game without leading scorer and rebounder Caris LeVert. who suffered a left foot injury against Northwestern Saturday. Myles Mack had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (10-10, 2-5), who have lost three straight. Trailing 42-37, Michigan scored 11 straight for a 48-42 lead with 3:03 remaining. Walton hit two straight 3-pointers during the spurt to give the Wolverines a 45-42 advantage. He went 4 for 4 from the line in the last minute and Irvin added two final free throws.

Tonight
Penn State at Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.                   Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:00
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green, 7:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Miami (OH), 7:00 p.m.
Buffalo at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 5, Minnesota Wild 4 – Shootout
Chicago Blackhawks 6, Arizona Coyotes 1

Red Wings 5, Wild 4 – SO – Red Wings earn rare shootout win, 5-4 over Minnesota Wild
Gustav Nyqust and Pavel Datsyuk scored in a shootout, and the Detroit Red Wings outlasted Minnesota for a 5-4 victory Tuesday night after the Wild rallied from three goals down in the third period. Detroit won for only the second time in nine shootouts this season and came away with their fifth consecutive victory overall. Nyquist also scored in regulation, but the Red Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the third period. Zach Parise scored twice for Minnesota, but he missed his attempt to start the shootout. Mikko Koivu, who also scored in regulation, had his shootout attempt stopped by Detroit’s Petr Mrazek. Nyquist’s backhander under Minnesota goalie Darcy Kuemper gave the Red Wings the win.

Blackhawks 6, Coyotes 1 – Blackhawks hand Coyotes 6th straight loss with 6-1 victory
Andrew Shaw broke out of a scoring slump with two goals, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the struggling Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Tuesday night. Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and rookie Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks got back on track after dropping two in a row and three of four. Kane’s goal in the second was No. 200 for his career, and Teravainen had his first multipoint game in the NHL. Chicago goalie Antti Raanta made 35 saves while improving to 7-0 at home this season. Raanta started in place of Corey Crawford, who likely will get the nod in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Arizona lost its sixth consecutive game, extending its season-worst streak. Lucas Lessio scored his first career goal in the second, and Mike Smith finished with 45 stops.

Tonight
Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NBA – Pistons call up Dinwiddie, Datome from D-League
The Detroit Pistons have recalled guard Spencer Dinwiddie and forward Luigi Datome from the team’s NBA Development League affiliate in Grand Rapids. Dinwiddie has appeared in eight games for the Pistons this season. Datome is in his second season with Detroit.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
Miami (OH) at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Bowling Green at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – 11 of 12 balls underinflated
Eleven of the 12 footballs allotted to the New England Patriots for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game were under-inflated, according to a report. Citing league sources close to the NFL’s investigation, ESPN.com reported the 11 balls were each under-inflated by 2 pounds of air pressure.  NFL rules mandate game balls be inflated to 12 ½ to 13 ½ pounds per square inch (PSI). The NFL launched an investigation following New England’s 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a rain-soaked game at Gillette Stadium, which advanced the Patriots to the Super Bowl against Seattle. A deflated football is said to be easier to throw and catch in inclement weather. If the Patriots are found to have deflated footballs intentionally, they could be subject to penalties, including a possible forfeiture of drafts picks.  A source told ESPN the league was “disappointed … angry … distraught” over the findings. According to NFL rules, game balls are required to be inspected by the referee two hours and 15 minutes before kickoff and may not be altered after that.  A Patriots spokesman said the team continues to cooperate with the league’s investigation.

NFL – 49ers’ Vic Fangio hired as Bears defensive coordinator
The Chicago Bears have hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. The Bears said Tuesday that they have reached an agreement with the 56-year-old Fangio to take over the Bears struggling defense under new coach John Fox. Fangio interviewed but was bypassed for the 49ers’ coaching job, given to defensive line coach Jim Tomsula last week. He just finished his fourth season as 49ers defensive coordinator after coming from Stanford with former coach Jim Harbaugh before the 2011 season. San Francisco, which missed the playoffs at 8-8 last season following three straight NFC championship game appearances, had one of the NFL’s top defenses during his tenure.

NFL – Ravens hire ex-Bears coach Trestman as offensive coordinator
The Baltimore Ravens have hired fired Bears coach Marc Trestman as their offensive coordinator.     Ravens coach John Harbaugh made the announcement Tuesday. Trestman was fired by Chicago last month after going 5-11 in his second season leading the Bears. He interviewed with Cleveland for the offensive coordinator job before taking the same position with Baltimore.

MLB – Rooftop owners sue Cubs over Wrigley renovations
The owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field are suing the Chicago Cubs and owner Tom Ricketts to try to block plans to erect outfield signs. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses the Cubs of breaching the terms of the team’s revenue-sharing contract with rooftop owners. The suit contends the team and Ricketts are engaging in deceptive business practices and acting in violation of anti-trust laws. The rooftop owners are seeking a financial judgment and a ruling barring the Cubs from blocking views into Wrigley from the rooftops. Cubs attorney Andrew Kassof says the team will contest the lawsuit and move forward with renovations. The demolition of the ballpark’s famous bleachers is underway. The work is part of the Cubs’ privately funded $575 million renovation project.

Tennis – Australian Open – Another busy day of play
Second seed Maria Sharapova came very close to becoming a second-round upset victim at the Australian Open. Sharapova saved two match points in a narrow escape against No. 150-ranked Alexandra Panova, advancing to the third round with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win. The 2008 Australian Open champ made 51 unforced errors and struggled with her serve in the second and third sets of a match that lasted more than 2 ½ hours. Sharapova is joined in the third round by 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova and No. 21 Peng Shuai. On the men’s side, sixth seed Andy Murray, seventh seed Tomas Berdych and No. 14 Kevin Anderson won their second-round matches in straight sets Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of women’s doubles, ending their quest for a fifth title at Melbourne. A tournament official confirmed the Williams sisters had withdrawn, but did not specify a reason. Both sisters won their first-round singles matches on Tuesday.

NCAA Football – Michigan hires Harbaugh’s son as tight ends coach
Jim Harbaugh’s son is joining Michigan’s new football staff as a tight ends coach. The school says Tuesday that Jay Harbaugh will also be an assistant special teams coach. He spent the 2014 season as an offensive quality control coach for the Baltimore Ravens, who are coached by his uncle, John Harbaugh. The Wolverines hired Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach late last month. He says Jay gained experience coaching in the NFL and his passion for teaching the game is high.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Chicago Wolves at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight – 2015 ECHL All Star Game – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
ECHL All Stars vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
South Haven 70, Allegan 39
Adrian Cobbs had 15 points while Deon Cooper had 14 points for the Rams as South Haven beat Allegan 70-39.
Lake Michigan Catholic 64, River Valley
Howardsville Christian 55, Michigan Lutheran 38
Eau Claire 65, Countryside Academy 63 – OT
Bangor 76, Hartford 68
Lawrence 73, Bloomingdale 29
Fennville 71, Lawton 21
Decatur 67, Gobles 65
Marcellus 58, Saugatuck 56
Portage Central 51, Niles 45
Portage Northern 69, Mattawan 32
Buchanan 62, Centreville 40
Brandywine 73, Cassopolis 62
Otsego 64, Coloma 40
Paw Paw 62, Plainwell 46
Berrien Springs 71, Three Rivers 69
Edwardsburg 46, Sturgis 33
Dowagiac 62, Vicksburg 42
Kalamazoo Central 63, Rockford 59
Battle Creek Central 62, Gull Lake 39

Girls Basketball
Lakeshore 54, Mishawaka Marian (IN) 44
Niles 59, Portage Central 44
Bangor 40, Hartford 37
Fennville 53, Lawton 31
Gobles 58, Decatur 22
Saugatuck 55, Marcellus 16
Allegan 37, South Haven 36
Otsego 60, Coloma 26
Plainwell 51, Paw Paw 32
Three Rivers 43, Berrien Springs 31
Sturgis 52, Edwardsburg 44
Vicksburg 46, Dowagiac 14
Buchanan 53, South Bend Riley (IN) 29
Mendon 59, New Buffalo 41
Portage Northern 51, Mattawan 43
Gull Lake 55, Battle Creek Central 38

Boys Basketball
Dream Academy at Andrews Academy
Watervliet at Lawrence
Girls Basketball
Watervliet at Lawrence

Wrestling
SMAC Quad at St. Joseph, 5:00 p.m.
St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

SMAC Quad at Niles, 5:00 p.m.
Lakeshore, Niles, Kalamazoo Central, Mattawan

Wolverine Quad at South Haven, 6:00 p.m.
South Haven, Berrien Springs, Coloma, Edwardsburg

Competitive Cheerleading
Wolverine Conference Jamboree at Coloma, 6:00 p.m.