Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 2/25/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Cleveland Cavaliers 102, Detroit Pistons 93

Cavaliers 102, Pistons 93 – Love hits 8 3-pointers, Cavaliers beat Pistons 102-93
Kevin Love tied a career-best with eight 3-pointers for 24 points and LeBron James added 19 points and 11 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied in the second half to beat the Detroit Pistons 102-93 on Tuesday night. Love fell just one short of teammate J.R. Smith’s record of nine 3-pointers against Detroit. Love missed both his two-point attempts. James nearly had an odd triple-double, turning the ball over nine times, one short of his career high. Kyrie Irving added 18 points for Cleveland, which has won 17 of its last 19 games. Reggie Jackson had 22 points, nine assists and eight rebounds in his second game with Detroit, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21. Tayshaun Prince started at small forward in his first game as a Piston since he was traded to Memphis in January 2013.

Tonight
Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NBA – Bulls Derrick Rose out again with knee injury, needs surgery
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will have surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. The team says Rose reported the knee pain on Tuesday, and an exam and MRI confirmed the injury.  Rose has been dogged by injuries for the past three seasons. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against Philadelphia. The 2011 NBA MVP missed the entire next season, then played in only 10 games last season before a right knee injury shelved him for the rest of the season. The Bulls say a timetable for his return will be determined after the surgery.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Florida Panthers 2 – Shootout
Los Angeles Kings 1, Detroit Red Wings 0

Blackhawks 3, Panthers 2 – SO –Blackhawks lose Kane to injury, top Panthers 3-2 in shootout
The Chicago Blackhawks lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period and then blew a two-goal lead before escaping with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. Jonathan Toews scored in regulation and the tiebreaker, helping Chicago stop a three-game losing streak. Kris Versteeg scored his 13th goal in the second period, and Scott Darling made 34 saves through overtime. Toews went first in the shootout and beat Roberto Luongo with a backhand. After Darling stopped Vincent Trocheck, Patrick Sharp scored into the right side and Nick Bjugstad was unsuccessful on Florida’s final chance to stay in the game. Trocheck and Jussi Jokinen scored in the third for Florida, which has lost three in a row and six of eight.

Kings 1, Red Wings 0 – Kings beat Red Wings 1-0 for 8th straight win
Jonathan Quick posted his fourth shutout of the season, Justin Williams scored a power-play goal early, and the surging Los Angeles Kings beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory. The defending Stanley Cup champions handed the Red Wings their third shutout loss of the season. Quick, who has allowed just five goals in the last five games, increased his club-record shutout total to 35 with 20 saves. He was 1-7-1 with a 3.44 goals-against average in his previous nine games against Detroit. The shutout was the 200th for the franchise during the regular season. Quick, the Kings’ all-time leader in regular-season victories with 201, is one away from tying the longest winning streak of his eight-year career. Jonas Gustavsson stopped 26 shots in his fourth start of the season and first since losing 4-3 in overtime at the New York Rangers on Nov. 5.

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Syracuse 65, (9) Notre Dame 60
Western Michigan 53, Ball State 48
Central Michigan 72, Eastern Michigan 56

Syracus 65, (9) Notre Dame 60 – Irish fall to Orange
B.J. Johnson scored 19 points as Syracuse held ninth-ranked Notre Dame to 35 percent shooting in a 65-60 victory last night. The Irish trailed by 10 in the first half and by seven with less than 2 minutes left but managed to cut the lead to 59-57 when Jerian Grant sank a pair of free throws with 39 seconds remaining. The Orange beat the Irish for the sixth time in the last seven games.

WMU 53, Ball State 48 – Western Michigan holds on to beat Ball State 53-48
Connar Tava had 13 points as Western Michigan held on to beat Ball State 53-48 in a defensive battle last night. The Broncos picked up 17 points off of 15 forced turnovers and scored 20 in the paint. Bo Calhoun had 15 points for Ball State.

CMU 72, EMU 56 – Central Michigan dominates Eastern Michigan, 72-56
John Simons had a season-high 23 points and seven rebounds to help lead Central Michigan past rival Eastern Michigan 72-56 last night.

MLB – Joba Chamberlain returns to Tigers on 1-year deal
Detroit has signed Joba Chamberlain to a one-year contract, bringing the free agent reliever back to the Tigers after an up-and-down season as their setup man in 2014. Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA last year, earning an eighth-inning role for Detroit. But the right-hander struggled down the stretch, posting a 4.97 ERA after the All-Star break and allowing four earned runs over two postseason appearances. Chamberlain turned 29 in September. He finished the regular season with 63 innings, his most since 2010. Although Detroit’s bullpen was unreliable last year, the Tigers still have many of the same relievers, including Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Al Alburquerque and now Chamberlain.

MLB – Lawyer says Ernie Banks worth $16,000, judge demands details
A probate judge orders up a report on late Hall of Famer Ernie Banks’ assets after an attorney for his caregiver said the former Cubs star had just $16,000 when he died. Judge James G. Riley gave caretaker Regina Rice 30 days to provide the information. At a Tuesday hearing, an attorney for Banks’ estranged wife didn’t accuse Rice of any wrongdoing but says the family believes the estate is worth far more than the $16,000 listed in a preliminary estimate by Rice’s attorney.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Michigan 81, Purdue 50

Tonight
Western Michigan at Toledo, 5:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 7:00 p.m.
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois, 8:00 p.m.
Michigan State at Illinois, 8:00 p.m.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Women’s
Tonight
Lake Michigan College at Glen Oaks Community College, 5:30 p.m.         Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball – Men’s
Tonight
Lake Michigan College at Glen Oaks Community College, 7:30 p.m.         Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

NASCAR – More barriers to be added at tracks
International Speedway is developing a plan for the installation of additional SAFER barriers at Daytona and Talladega, and will review the safety standards at its other racetracks.  The renewed focus comes three days after NASCAR star Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a crash into a concrete wall at Daytona that was not fitted with the barriers.

NFL – Council OKs Los Angeles-area stadium backed by Rams owner
Inglewood, California’s City Council has approved plans to build an NFL stadium. The vote puts the $2 billion plan on a fast track, allowing the city to avoid a public vote and long environmental review. The project now depends on the partnership that’s trying to build the stadium and on the NFL, which has emphasized that any decision to return to the Los Angeles area ultimately lies with the league.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Grand Rapids Griffins 6, Iowa Wild 2

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Kalamazoo Wings at Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

MHSAA – Michigan High School Athletic Association
Last Night
Boys Basketball
sjvsbspr-022415St. Joseph 62, Berrien Springs 55
St. Joe came away with a 62-55 win at Berrien Springs.  The Shamrocks battled back from a nine point deficit to take a one point lead in the third only to see the Bears pull it out.  Domoneke Mitchell scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half to help St. Joe survive the Berrien comeback.

Lakeshore 66, South Haven 63 – OT
Lakeshore rallied to tie the game with under 20 seconds left to force overtime and after South Haven scored the first 5 points of the extra session, Lakeshore then scored the next 8 as the Lancers defeated South Haven 66-63 in overtime.  Jimmy Gathright scored a game high 20 points to lead the Lancers, while Braden Burke added 18, Logan Steffes scored 12.  James Smith had 19 points to lead the Rams.  Alex Washegesic scored 16, Spencer Adams had 16.

Lake Michigan Catholic 53, Howardsville Christian 48
Lake Michigan Catholic pulled away after being tied at 36 after the third quarter to defeat Howardsville Christian 53-48.  Noah Kohler led the Lakers with a game high 23 points while DeKurtis Murphy had 13.

Edwardsburg 68, Niles 67
Dowagiac 68, Buchanan 60
Gobles 44, Bloomingdale 30
Decatur 69, Hartford 56
Lawrence 53, Lawton 33
Marcellus 60, Watervliet 42
Fennville 78, Martin 50
Battle Creek Lakeview 79, Three Rivers 70
Vicksburg 78, Mattawan 62
Portage Northern 54, Gull Lake 36
Battle Creek Central 47, Portage Central 42
Bangor at Saugatuck – CCD

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 65, Edwardsburg 37
St. Joe celebrated Senior Night with a 65-37 non conference win over Edwardsburg.  Every St. Joe player found the scoresheet, led by Haley Madison’s 13 points.  Robyn Priebe scored 12 as the Lady Bears improved to 12-7 this season.  Edwardsburg got a game high 16 points from Savannah Dixon.

Michigan Lutheran 60, Lake Michigan Catholic 36
Emily Witkowski had a game high 17 points as Michigan Lutheran beat Lake Michigan Catholic 60-36 to clinch at least a share of the Red Arrow Conference title. Olivia Gallagher added 15 for the Titans and Hailey Maas added 14.   Emmy Koening had 12 points for Catholic.

Niles 50, Buchanan 48 – OT
Bridgman 41, Bangor 40
New Buffalo 35, River Valley 28
Brandywine 50, White Pigeon 21
Cassopolis 42, Dowagiac 26
Mattawan 42, Vicksburg 33
Mendon 43, Berrien Springs 42
Battle Creek Lakeview 35, Three Rivers 34
Portage Northern 55, Gull Lake 53
Portage Central 44, Battle Creek Central 31
Fennville 40, Delton-Kellogg 32

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Dream Academy at Covert, 6:00 p.m.
Bangor at Saugatuck, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball
Lawrence at Bloomingdale, 7:00 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.

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