Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 1/7/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, January 07, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Yesterday
Michigan 73, Penn State 64
Akron 72, Western Michigan 52
Central Michigan 65, Toledo 62

Michigan 73, Penn State 64 – Michigan beats Penn State 73-64
Caris LeVert scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds as the Michigan Wolverines took down the Penn State Nittany Lions, 73-64, in Big Ten Conference action at Bryce Jordan Center. Zak Irvin chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds for Michigan (9-6, 2-1 Big Ten). Derrick Walton Jr. added 12 points and six boards, and made 7-of-7 from the free-throw line in the win, which was the third in four games for the Wolverines.

Akron 72, WMU 52 – Akron cruises against Western Michigan, 72-52
Pat Forsythe scored 14 points on a perfect shooting night to lead Akron to a 72-52 victory over Western Michigan last night. Deji Ibitayo came off the bench to add 12 points for the Zips. Akron also hit 10 total 3-pointers and won the rebounding battle 39-29. Tucker Haymond scored 21 points to lead Western Michigan.

CMU 65, Toledo 62 – Simons’ 3-pointer lifts Central Michigan over Toledo
John Simons hit a corner 3-pointer with 1:08 left to give Central Michigan a 65-62 victory over Toledo yesterday in a Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Toledo’s Julius Brown missed a game-tying 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. Toledo made four 3-pointers in the first half to hold a 31-29 edge at the break.

Tonight
Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

MLB – 3 pitchers and Biggio now in Hall of Fame
The Baseball Hall of Fame will enshrine four former players this summer. The class of 2015 includes first year candidates and former Cy Young Award winners Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Joining the trio of ace pitchers is holdover Craig Biggio (BEE’-zhee-oh), who missed election last year by two votes. Biggio, who played second base most of his career, is the first Houston Astros player ever elected to the Hall. This marks just the third time the writers have elected four former players in one year and the first since 1955. A player needs 75 percent of the vote to gain admittance. Among those falling short, Roger Clemens received 37.5 percent while Barry Bonds got 36.8 percent, Mark McGwire 10 percent and Sammy Sosa 6.6 percent. Induction for the new Hall of Famers will be on July 26.

MLB – Tigers and lefty Gorzelanny agree to $1 million, 1-year deal
The Detroit Tigers and left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract. The 32-year-old Gorzelanny had a 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 23 appearances for Milwaukee last year. He began the season on the disabled list after offseason left-shoulder surgery. Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in 2003, Gorzelanny has played parts of 10 seasons with the Pirates (2005-09), Chicago Cubs (2009-10), Washington Nationals (2011-12) and Brewers (2013-14). Overall, he is 47-51 with a 4.27 ERA and 674 strikeouts in 259 career appearances that include 121 starts.   To make room for Gorzelanny on the roster Tuesday, the Tigers designated right-handed pitcher Luke Putkonen for assignment.

NFL – Bears interview 2 GM candidates
The Chicago Bears have interviewed Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Houston Texans director of pro personnel Brian Gaine for their general manager job.  The team says the interviews happened on Tuesday. The Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman after going 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.  The Bears have interviewed Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase for their coaching job.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Colorado Avalanche 2, Chicago Blackhawks 0
Detroit Red Wings 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

Avalanche 2, Blackhawks – Varlamov stops 54 shots as Avalanche blank Blackhawks 2-0
Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up a goal by Maxime Talbot in the opening 1:17, Semyon Varlamov finished with 54 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Tuesday night. Colorado was outshot by 30 but held on for its third win in four games behind Varlamov’s 16th career shutout. The Avalanche improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12. Corey Crawford finished with 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who had a seasonhigh in shots and dominated the pace as the game progressed. However, Chicago was blanked for the third time this season.

Red Wings 4, Oilers 2 – Datsyuk breaks tie in final minute; Red Wings top Oilers 4-2
Pavel Datsyuk scored the tiebreaking goal with 34 seconds left, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in six games. Datsyuk also had an assist, and Justin Abdelkader added a goal and assist for Detroit. Datsyuk gave the Red Wings a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal after Edmonton had tied it with 4:05 remaining. Kyle Quincey and Luke Glendening also scored for the Red Wings (21-10-9), who are 1-1 two games into a six-game trip.  Jimmy Howard made 21 saves and earned his 11th consecutive win over Edmonton.  Jordan Eberle had both goals for the Oilers (9-23-9), who have lost 23 of 26. Viktor Fasth stopped 37 shots.

Tonight
Detroit Red Wings at Calgary Flames, 9:30 p.m.

NHL – Leafs can coach
Randy Carlyle has been fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The dismissal follows a road trip in which the Maple Leafs lost five of seven games and showed little sign they would soon get better. Carlyle is removed 40 games into the season, with Toronto 21-16-3 and in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Assistants Steve Spott and Peter Horachek will run the bench for Wednesday’s game against the Washington Capitals. Carlyle went 91-68-19 in 188 games as coach over parts of four seasons.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 105, San Antonio Spurs 104

Pistons 105, Spurs 104 – Pistons rally in final seconds to 105-104 win over Spurs
Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons scored four points in the final 11 seconds, rallying for an exciting 105-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night. With just eight seconds left, Brandon Jennings collected an errant inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for the game-winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining. Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Pistons pushed their winning streak to six games. Drummond and Monroe dominated the inside, but it was Jennings who punctuated that effort for the Pistons (11-23). San Antonio point guard Tony Parker played just 13 minutes in his return from a five-game absence due to a strained left hamstring.

Tonight
Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.
Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks, 8:30 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Charlotte Checkers at Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Ancilla, 5:30 p.m. (Women)         Sports Radio 1400 WSJM
Lake Michigan College at Ancilla, 7:30 p.m. (Men)             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
St. Joseph 65, Three Rivers 54
Jordan Brewer scored a team high 19 points while Mac Shimalunas had 18 points as St. Joseph defeated Three Rivers 65-54.  Domoneke Mitchell added 12 points for the Bears who improved to 4-2.

Lakeshore 66, Coloma 46
Braden Burke had 18 points and seven rebounds as Lakeshore beat Coloma 66-46.  Rubin Conway added 11 points for Lakeshore.  The Lancers have won 5 straight

Lansing Everett 64, Benton Harbor 57
Despite a game high 23 points from Curtis Dawson, Benton Harbor fell to 5-1 on the season, after falling 64-57 at Lansing Everett.  Jaton Gunn added 18 points for the Tigers.

Lake Michgan Catholic 61, Howardsville Chr. 46
Eau Claire 64, Michigan Lutheran 39
New Buffalo 69, Dream Academy 63
Bridgman 61, White Pigeon 51
Dowagiac 58, Niles 55
Mattawan 48, Allegan 22
Buchanan 62, Berrien Springs 31
Edwardsburg 62, Schoolcraft 37
Decatur 57, Bangor 41
Saugatuck 66, Hartford 55
Fennville 51, Lawrence 40
Martin 55, Lawton 30
Marcellus 60, Gobles 53
Watervliet 61, Bloomingdale 45
Portage Northern 69, Vicksburg 50
Plainwell 75, Battle Creek Lakeview 63
Battle Creek Central 56, Holt 55
Marshall 72, Gull Lake 69
BC Harper Creek 80, Portage Central 52
Lakeland (IN) 56, Sturgis 38
Rockford at South Haven – PPD

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 63, Three Rivers 27
St. Joe outscored the Wildcats 20-5 in the third quarter and 33-9 in the second half as St. Joe beat Three Rivers 63-27.  Shelby Madison scored a game high 15 points for the Lady Bears, while Anna Fischer had 10.

Lakeshore 78, Coloma 14
Morgan Kaiser had a game high 19 points and Sarah Dubbert scored 14 points as Lakeshore easily beat Coloma 78-14.

Benton Harbor 66, Lansing Everett 52
Three Tigers scored in double figures as Benton Harbor beat Lansing Everett 66-52.  Kysre Gondrezick scored 30 points to lead the way.  Dennee Brown added 17 and Kalabrya Gondrezick scored 10 points.

Buchanan 50, Lake Michigan Catholic 46
Dowagiac 41, Eau Claire 34
Brandywine 82, Berrien Springs 47
Grace Christian 37, Andrews Academy 35
Decatur 60, Bangor 26
Hartford 45, Saugatuck 42
Fennville 51, Lawrence 40
Martin 47, Lawton 16
Gobles 60, Marcellus 4
Bloomingdale 60, Watervliet 40
Mattawan 46, Allegan 27
Plainwell 45, Battle Creek Lakeview 41
B.C. Central 66, B.C. Pennfield 48
Kalamazoo Central 52, Otsego 30
B.C.Harper Creek 57, Portage Central 36
Vicksburg 56, Portage Northern 47
Marshall 49, Gull Lake 32
Lakeland (IN) 35, Sturgis 28

Tonight
Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran at New Buffalo
Delton-Kellogg at South Haven

Wrestling
Lakeshore/Niles at Gull Lake
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor at Battle Creek Central
South Haven/Plainwell at Vicksburg

Competitive Cheerleading
SMAC Jamboree at Kalamazoo Central
Wolverine Conference Jamboree at Berrien Springs