Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 12/17/14

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Detroit Red Wings 0 – Shootout
Chicago Blackhawks 5, Minnesota Wild 3

Blue Jackets 1, Red Wings 0 – SO – Jenner, Johansen lift Columbus over Detroit in SO
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots through overtime and two more in a shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets outlasted the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win.  Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen both scored in the tiebreaker for Columbus against Jimmy Howard, who made 29 saves. Detroit has lost four straight. Columbus has three shootout wins during its streak. Pavel Datsyuk had the lone shootout goal for Detroit, which has dropped three consecutive home games in shootouts. Bobrovsky allowed five goals to Detroit in a Nov. 18 shutout loss in Columbus.

Blackhawks 5, Wild 3 – Kane’s late goal lifts Blackhawks past Wild 5-3
Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:28 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks bounced back to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Tuesday night for their 13th win in 15 games. Kane’s centering attempt from behind the net _ intended for Patrick Sharp _ struck the skate of Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin and carried into the net. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists. Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook also scored, and Ben Smith added an empty-net goal for the surging Blackhawks, who won without top defenseman Duncan Keith who was sidelined by an illness. Nino Niederreiter scored on a penalty shot, and Marco Scandella fired in a screened goal in the third period for the Wild, who came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie it. Thomas Vanek had a first-period goal.

NHL – Blackhawks D Keith misses game versus Wild; Pens Bennett confirmed with mumps
Defenseman Duncan Keith was ruled out for the Blackhawks’ game against the Minnesota Wild due to an illness. The NHL has been dealing with an outbreak of the mumps, and coach Joel Quenneville says he isn’t sure what is wrong with the two-time Norris Trophy winner. Keith played in each of Chicago’s first 31 games this season and has six goals and 12 assists. He leads Chicago in average ice time at 25 minutes and 53 seconds.  Pittsburgh forward Beau Bennett has the mumps, joining Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and a dozen other players across the NHL with the disease.  The team confirmed the diagnosis after a series of tests.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Dallas Mavericks at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NFL – Bears: McCaskey shoved by Saints fan during game
The Chicago Bears say chairman George McCaskey was pushed by a New Orleans Saints fan during Monday night’s game at Soldier Field. Bears spokesman Scott Hagel told Chicago’s WMAQ-TV on Tuesday that McCaskey was allegedly shoved in the back by a Saints fan who was then tackled by a Bears fan. Hagel says security arrived and the Saints fan was removed from the stadium. Chicago police say 58-year-old Richard Kohnke of New Orleans was arrested and charged with simple battery for pushing someone. Messages left Tuesday by The Associated Press at listed phone numbers for Kohnke were not immediately returned. Police spokesman Veejay Zala says the altercation took place around 10 p.m. Monday. He didn’t have further details.

NFL – Bills deliver Lions pizza, wings for hospitality
The Buffalo Bills certainly delivered for the Detroit Lions this week. First, Buffalo beat Green Bay on Sunday, which allowed the Lions (10-4) to pull even with the Packers atop the NFC North. On Tuesday, the Bills sent a truckload of pizza and, of course, wings to the Lions’ headquarters. The food was a thank you to the Lions for providing the Bills a home during a snowstorm that paralyzed the Buffalo region last month. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold called the food delivery a “small token of our appreciation for the (Lions’) generous hospitality.” Unable to practice at home, the Bills relocated to the Lions’ facility from Nov. 21-23. Then Buffalo beat the New York Jets 38-3 in a “home” game at Detroit’s Ford Field on Nov. 24.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Central Michigan at Northwestern, 8:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at (25) Michigan State, 9:00 p.m.           Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 8:00

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
(18) Michigan State 77, Alcorn St 41
Central Michigan 91, Delaware State 63

(18) Michigan State 77, Alcorn State 41 – Powers, No. 18 Michigan St rout Alcorn St 77-41
Aerial Powers had 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists and No. 18 Michigan State dominated Alcorn State 77-41 on Tuesday night. Tori Jankoska chipped in 17 points and Becca Mills had 10 with seven boards for the Spartans (7-2), who shot 48 percent from the field. Powers was 6 of 8 from the floor, 11 of 13 from the free-throw line and had four steals. Alcorn State (1-6) was smothered by Michigan State, being held to 14-of-58 shooting (24.1 percent) with 21 turnovers. Norianna Haynes led the Braves with 16 points, but no other player had more than six. The Spartans raced out to a 22-3 lead early as Powers had two jumpers and two layups. Alcorn State climbed right back however, cutting the deficit to just eight at halftime. Michigan State opened the second half with a 17-5 run and pushed its lead to 30 with 9:16 left.

NCAA Football – Cook plans to return
Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook is indicating he’ll be back for his senior season.  He says his main goal is to return, adding that he has unfinished business that he wants to accomplish next year. Cook has thrown for 2,900 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions for the Spartans this season after guiding the team to the 2013 Big Ten title and a win in the Rose Bowl.

NCAA Football – Michigan freshman Ferns receives transfer release
Michigan linebacker Michael Ferns has asked for and received his release to transfer. A Michigan spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Ferns can now transfer elsewhere. Ferns did not play this year as a freshman. A 6-foot-3, 239-pounder from Saint Clairsville, Ohio, Ferns was ranked by Scout.com as the eighth-best middle linebacker in the country among 2014 recruits. He attended the 2014 Under Armour All-America game but did not participate due to injury. Michigan is without a coach right now after Brady Hoke was fired following this season.

2024 Summer Olympics – Committee decides to make 2024 bid
The U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board heard presentations from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington before voting to enter a field that already includes Rome and either Hamburg or Berlin, with Paris likely to join.  A decision on which city the U.S. will put forward for a bid is expected next month.  The United States hasn’t hosted a Summer Games since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.  Chicago, Illinois was a finalist for the upcoming 2016 Summer Games that will be held in Brazil.

AHL – American Hockey League
Adirondack Flames at Chicago Wolves, 12:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Last Night
Greenville Road Warriors 2, Toledo Walleye 1 – OT

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Men: Lake Michigan College at Joliet Junior College, 8:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor 72, Gull Lake 40
Benton Harbor cruised to a 72-40 Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference non-division win over Gull Lake.  The Tigers opened a nine point lead after the first quarter and never looked back.  Curtis Dawson, Jaton Gunn, and Malik Hall each had 16 points for the Tigers who improve to 2-0 on the season.

Lakeshore 61, Battle Creek Central 47
Braden Burked scored 21 points while teammate Jimmy Gathright was close behind with 19 as Lakeshore beat Battle Creek Central 61-47

Kalamazoo Central 84, St. Joseph 26
Orland Little had 23 points for Kalamazoo Central in an 84-26 blowout win over St. Joe.  Mac Shimalunas led the Bears with 12 points.

Niles 70, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 66
Portage Northern 46, Battle Creek Lakeview 34
Mattawan 68, Portage Central 55

South Haven 77, Plainwell 48
South Haven had four players score in double figures as the Rams beat Plainwell 77-48.  Armani May led the Rams with 18 points, while Alec Washegesic  had 14, Jerome Mahone and Deon Cooper had 12 each.

Sturgis 49, Berrien Springs 34
Coloma 56, Allegan 42
Dowagiac 71, Three Rivers 58
Edwardsburg 60, Vicksburg 53
Otsego 68, Paw Paw 60

Saugatuck 59, Watervliet 43
Bangor 56, Lawton 47
Decatur 58, Bloomingdale 13
Hartford 81, Fennville 53
Lawrence 71, Gobles 49
Marcellus 51, Martin 33

Cassopolis 78, Bridgman 75 – 2 OT
Mendon 62, Howardsville Christian 43
White Pigeon 61, Colon 58

Eau Claire 68, Dream Academy 59 – OT

Girls Basketball
Benton Harbor 62, Gull Lake 48
Kysre Gondrezick’s game high 24 points helped Benton Harbor rally from a 24-21 halftime deficit to give the Lady Tigers a 62-48 win over Gull Lake.  Dennee Brown had 17 points and Kalabrya Gondrezick scored 13.

Lakeshore 67, Battle Creek Central 25
Lakeshore’s Morgan Kaiser was 8 of 12 shooting three pointers and finished with a game high 28 points as Lakeshore beat Battle Creek Central 67-25.   Taylor Wagner added 17 for the Lady Lancers.

Kalamazoo Central 55, St. Joseph 47
St. Joe was able to pull within 2 points of Kalamazoo Central with over 4 minutes to play but the Maroon Giants beat the Lady Bears 55-47.  Freshman Anna Fischer had 13 points to lead St. Joe while Robyn Priebe scored 11.

Niles 51, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 34
Mattawan 51, Portage Central 34

Plainwell 51, South Haven 41
Plainwell improved to 5-0 with a 51-41 win over South Haven.  Bobbie Williams scored 20 points to lead the Rams.  Sarah Morrell had 24 to lead Plainwell.

Sturgis 52, Berrien Springs 34
Coloma 54, Allegan 36
Three Rivers 47, Dowagiac 22
Vicksburg 54, Edwardsburg 36
Otsego 42, Paw Paw 34

Watervliet 51, Saugatuck 45
Bangor 45, Lawton 17
Fennville 55, Hartford 51
Gobles 61, Lawrence 8
Martin 50, Marcellus 19

Brandywine 47, Cassopolis 20
Westville (IN) 47, New Buffalo 44

Competitive Cheerleading
SMAC Meet at Mattawan, 6:00

St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Mattawan at Kalamazoo Central quad, 5:00 p.m.
Niles, Portage Northern, Portage Central at Lakeshore quad, 5:00 p.m.
South Haven, Sturgis, Three Rivers at Coloma quad, 5:00 p.m.

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