Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 12/16/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Colorado Avalanche 3, Chicago Blackhawks 0

Avalanche 3, Blackhawks 0 – Kane’s point streak ends at 26, Avs blank Blackhawks
Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 victory over Chicago on Tuesday night and snapping Blackhawks star Patrick Kane’s points streak at 26 games. Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who won their third straight to cap a perfect four-day road trip to Nashville, St. Louis and Chicago. Zach Redmond scored in the second period and Gabriel Landeskog added an empty-netter with 1:57 left. Varlamov was sharp when needed in earning his 19th career shutout and third against Chicago. But for most of the game, Colorado limited Chicago’s chances _ and Kane. Kane’s franchise-record streak was the longest since Mats Sundin’s 30-game stretch in 1992-93. The Chicago right wing had 16 goals and 24 assists during the run, and has points in all but three of the Blackhawks’ 32 games.

NFL – Lions release Waddle, put Pettigrew on injured reserve
The Detroit Lions have released tackle LaAdrian Waddle and put tight end Brandon Pettigrew on injured reserve. The team announced the moves Tuesday. Detroit has also claimed center Gabe Ikard off waivers from Cleveland, according to the NFL’s transactions list. Pettigrew tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams. The Lions also said they have signed tight end Bear Pascoe. They released cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste from the practice squad and signed defensive back Kendall James to the practice squad. Waddle started 24 games in three seasons for Detroit, but he played in only one of the Lions’ last four games before being released.

NFL – Bears WR White to remain on PUP list for rest of season
Chicago Bears rookie receiver Kevin White will remain on the physically unable to perform list for the rest of the season. The No. 7 pick in the draft, White has been sidelined all season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left shin. A 21-day evaluation period to determine if the Bears would activate the former West Virginia star ended Tuesday. White started experiencing pain in his shin in June during organized team activities. He had surgery in August after therapy failed to cure his discomfort. The Bears also waived defensive lineman Ziggy Hood and elevated linebacker John Timu from the practice squad to the active roster.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Michigan 77, Northern Kentucky 64

Michigan 77, NKU 64 – Michigan coasts past Northern Kentucky 77-62
Duncan Robinson scored 18 points, and Caris LeVert registered a triple-double, to help Michigan coast past Northern Kentucky 77-62 on Tuesday.  LeVert finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Wolverines (8-3). He completed the impressive feat on his last play on the court, snagging a defensive rebound and finding Mark Donnal on the other end for a dunk before exiting with two minutes to go. Robinson provided a huge spark, hitting 6 of 7 3-point attempts in the opening 20 minutes. After missing three games with an injury, Derrick Walton, Jr. returned to chip in 16, and Zak Irvin added 10 points. Jalen Billups led the Norse (2-6) with 16 points, Cole Murray finished with 15 and Lavone Holland added 10. Northern Kentucky shot 53.6 percent from the floor in the first half but mustered just nine buckets after the break.

NCAA Basketball – Badgers Bo Ryan steps down
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan has shocked the college basketball world by announcing his retirement, effective immediately. The move comes after the Badgers’ 64-49 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. Assistant Greg Gard takes over as interim coach.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.
Memphis Grizzlies at Chicago Bulls, 8 p.m.

MLB – Cubs announce deal with prized free agent outfielder Heyward
The Chicago Cubs are officially announcing the signing of prized free agent outfielder Jason Heyward. The Cubs scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference with the three-time Gold Glove winner at Spiaggia Restaurant, one of President Barack Obama’s favorites. Heyward agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract last week. The signing of Heyward is the latest in a series of big moves as the Cubs try to bring home the franchise’s first World Series title since 1908. Chicago won 97 games last season and knocked out NL Central rivals Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the playoffs before getting swept by the New York Mets in the NLCS. Since then, the Cubs have also added pitchers John Lackey and Adam Warren along with infielder Ben Zobrist.

MLB – Triumphant return for Cuban baseball defectors Puig, Abreu
Some of the most famous defectors from Cuba in recent memory are making a triumphant return as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to the island since 1999. The visitors include Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena. The three-day mission’s meant to warm relations between MLB and a Cuban system that has been drained by the loss of many of its best players to the U.S. Puig wrapped his childhood coach Juan Arechavaleta in a bear-hug and expressed happiness at returning. He’d been barred from returning to Cuba until he was granted special permission for this week’s trip.

MLB – Pete Rose contrite, holds out hope for Hall of Fame
Pete Rose insisted Tuesday he is a changed person even if he still likes to bet on an occasional baseball game. Rose said he was disappointed in not being allowed back in baseball, but held out hope he could still one day be inducted into the Hall of Fame. In Rose’s words, “My whole life has been a Hall of Fame life.” At a press conference fronting his restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, Rose said he couldn’t rewrite history but still believes he can one day be back in baseball. He said he was sorry for his mistakes of the past, which included betting on games while with the Cincinnati Reds. Baseball’s all-time hit leader said he believes Rob Manfred will be a great commissioner and that he was put in a tough spot in having to rule on his reinstatement

NCAA Football – Big Ten – Elliott among 7 Ohio St. 1st-teamers on AP All-Big Ten squad
Offensive player of the year Ezekiel Elliott heads a list of seven Ohio State players voted to the first team of The Associated Press All-Big Ten team. Penn State’s Carl Nassib is defensive player of the year on the team released Tuesday, and Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is newcomer of the year. Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz was an overwhelming choice as coach of the year. Elliott and Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge were the only players listed on the first team on every ballot turned in by media representatives who cover the conference. Ferentz, who’ll finish his 17th season as Iowa’s head coach in the Rose Bowl against Stanford, led the Hawkeyes to a 12-0 regular-season record for the most wins in program history. That was a five-win improvement over 2014.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Milwaukee Admirals 2, Chicago Wolves 1

Grand Rapids Griffins at Lake Erie Monsters, 7:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Indy Fuel at Toledo Walleye, 10:35 a.m.

NBADL – NBA D-League
Grand Rapids Drive at Raptors 905, 7:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Central 81, St. Joseph 40
St. Joseph falls to 0-3 after an 81-40 home loss to Kalamazoo Central.  The 3-1 Maroon Giants got a game high 17 points from Orlando Little coming off the Bench.  Ontario Burnett had 13 points.  Sam Szwabowski led St. Joe with 10 points.

Benton Harbor 75, Gull Lake 29
Four Tigers scored in double figures at Benton Harbor beat Gull Lake 75-29 at Farnum Gym.  Jalon Stevens led all scorers with 16 points.  Jaton Gunn had 11, while Curtis Dawson and Kenny Jackson had 10 each for the Tigers

Lakeshore 63, Battle Creek Central 60
Lakeshore remains undefeated on the season after Braden Burke scored a game high 28 points in the Lancers 63-60 win over Battle Creek Central.  Logan Steffis added 18 for Lakeshore, who are now 3-0.

Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 52, Niles 39
Portage Central 42, Mattawan 32
Portage Northern 62, Battle Creek Lakeview 47

South Haven 76, Three Rivers 75 – OT
South Haven squandered a 15-point lead and took Three Rivers to overtime for the second game in a row, coming out on top 76-75 Tuesday night.  Adam Reed led all scorers with 30 for Three Rivers, while Spencer Adams notched 22 for the Rams.  The Rams are now 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the Wolverine.

Dowagiac 80, Plainwell 48
Brandon Winchester-Jones had 24 points to help lead Dowagiac over Plainwell 80-48, Harry Reed and Leroy Lewis had 15 points for the Chieftains.

Paw Paw 49, Edwardsburg 41
Sturgis 53, Allegan 10

Watervliet 64, Bloomingdale 44          Stuart Yates (WTVL) 18 points
Coloma 49, Lawrence 47
Decatur 57, Fennville 52                   Carter Smith (DEC) 26 points.
Hartford 78, Eau Claire 70
Bangor 55, Marcellus 43
Terry Brunn scored 11 points in Bangor’s 55-43 win over Marcellus.  It’s the first win of the year for the Vikings.

Mendon 48, Howardsville Christian 45
Buchanan 73, New Buffalo 56
Andrew McGuirt led all scorers with 25 points at Buchanan beat New Buffalo 73-56

Non Conference
Vicksburg 71, Schoolcraft 53
Zion Christian 58, Watervliet Grace Christian 21
Kalamazoo Hackett 72, Otsego 43

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Swimming
St. Joseph 114, South Haven 61

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 63, Kalamazoo Central 44
Shelby Madison had a game high 21 points, Audrey Filippo had 13, and Katie Algyre scored 10 as St. Joe beat Kalamazoo Central 63-44.  St. Joe improves to 3-1 on the season.

Gull Lake 66, Benton Harbor 60
Benton Harbor’s Kysre Gondrezick scored 43 of the Tigers total points but Gull Lake held on to knock off the Tigers 66-60. Grace Clancy had 20 points to lead Gull Lake.  Benton Harbor falls to 2-1

Lakeshore 45, Battle Creek Central 29
Morgan Shewmaker and Sarah Dubbert each had 12 points, while Morgan Kaiser scored 10 points as Lakeshore beat Battle Creek Central 45-20 to improve to 4-0 on the season

Niles 34, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 25
Maya Brookins had 10 points to lead Niles over Loy Norrix 34-25

Portage Central 42, Mattawan 23
Battle Creek Lakeview 59, Portage Northern 31

Three Rivers 55, South Haven 31
Plainwell 55, Dowagiac 21
Paw Paw 49, Edwardsburg 41
Sturgis 40, Allegan 39

Watervliet 53, Bloomingdale 23          Katie Schultz (WTVL) 14 points
Coloma 38, Lawrence 35
Hartford 50, Eau Claire 41

BCS – 7:30 p.m.
New Buffalo 49, Bridgman 39              Anna Bardusk (NB) 27 points
Brandywine 53, Cassopolis 14

Non Conference
Schoolcraft 38, Vicksburg 33
Zion Christian 39, Watervliet Grace Christian 18
Galesburg-Augusta 55, Comstock 42
Kalamazoo Hackett 44, Berrien Springs 29

MHSAA – High School Sports
Boys Wrestling
SMAC Quad at St. Joseph, 5:30 p.m.      (St. Joe, Benton Harbor, Mattawan, Kalamazoo Central)
SMAC Quad at Niles, 5:30 p.m.             (Niles, Lakeshore, Portage Central, Portage Northern)
Wolverine Quad at Paw Paw, 6:00 p.m. (Paw Paw, South Haven, Three Rivers, Sturgis)

Competitive Cheerleading
SMAC Jamboree at Gull Lake, 6:00 p.m.