Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 3/30/16

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, March 30, 2016

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Montreal Canadiens 4, Detroit Red Wings 3
Minnesota Wild 4, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Canadiens 4, Red Wings 3 – Pacioretty, Canadiens play spoiler with win over Red Wings
Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the night lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.  Paul Byron and Sven Andrighetto also scored for Montreal, which blew a two-goal lead and trailed 3-2 heading into the final period. Mike Condon had 39 saves. The Canadiens (35-36-6) played the spoiler, with the Red Wings (38-28-11) remaining just out of the second Eastern Conference wild card and one point back of Boston for third in the Atlantic Division. Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha and Mike Green scored in the second for Detroit, which outshot Montreal 42-27.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 1 – Wild surge past Blackhawks 4-1 for 6th straight win
Jared Spurgeon, Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter scored in the third period to lift surging Minnesota to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, stretching the Wild’s season-long winning streak to six straight games. Marian Hossa had the goal for Chicago, the 499th of his career. The Blackhawks played without their two top defensemen, because of an illness for Brent Seabrook and then a first-period match penalty on Duncan Keith for swinging his stick at Charlie Coyle. Jarret Stoll scored with the first on-target shot of the night for the Wild, who swept the five-game season series from the Blackhawks.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Detroit Pistons 88, Oklahoma City Thunder 82
Chicago Bulls 98, Indiana Pacers 96

Pistons 88, Thunder 82 – Pistons hold off Durant-less Thunder, 88-82
Marcus Morris scored 24 points, and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of Kevin Durant’s absence in an 88-82 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. The Thunder rested Durant and Serge Ibaka, and Oklahoma City was held to only nine points in the third period en route to its lowest-scoring game of the season. The Thunder rallied from a 15-point deficit, closing the gap to just one in the fourth, but Detroit was able to hold on late for another victory in its push for a playoff spot. The Thunder had their eight-game winning streak snapped. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 24 points on 8-of-28 shooting. Andre Drummond had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, and Tobias Harris added 17 points.

Bulls 98, Pacers 96 – Bulls end 4-game skid on Butler’s jumper, beat Pacers 98-96
Jimmy Butler made a tiebreaking jumper with 3.7 seconds left, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 98-96 on Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points as Chicago (37-37) got back to .500. He made seven 3-pointers, his final one tying it at 96 with 2:19 remaining. The Pacers missed five shots in the final 2 minutes that would have given them the lead before the Bulls rebounded Pau Gasol’s miss with 20 seconds remaining and got the ball to Butler for his 17-footer from the right wing. CJ Miles missed a 3-pointer that would have won it as time expired. Paul George led all Pacers with 20 points. Butler finished with 14 points.

USA Soccer
Last Night
United States 4, Guatemala 0

USA 4, Guatemala 0 – Team USA routs Guatemala 4-0 in must-win situation
The United States men’s soccer team is still alive for the 2018 World Cup following its 4-0 rout of Guatemala in qualifying play.  Clint Dempsey, Geoff Cameron, Graham Zuzi and Jozy Altidore scored and Team USA goalie Brad Guzman, one of five new starters for the Americans, needed to make just two saves in recording the shutout.

NCAA Men’s Basketball – Men’s NIT Semifinals
Last Night
Madison Square Garden, New York
Valparaiso 72, BYU 70
George Washington 65, San Diego State 46

NCAA Men’s Basketball – Doyle, Albrecht receive transfer releases from Michigan
Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht have been granted their releases to transfer from Michigan’s basketball program. The school confirmed the releases Tuesday. Doyle has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Albrecht has spent four years at Michigan, but he hardly played at all this season after hip surgery, so he still has eligibility left. The 6-foot-9 Doyle averaged 3.8 points and 12.2 minutes a game this season. He would have likely entered next season behind Mark Donnal and possibly Moritz Wagner on the depth chart. Albrecht played only eight games in 2015-16 before being shut down for the season.

NCAA Men’s Basketball – Valentine, Hield lead AP’s All-America team
Whenever talk of the best college basketball player this season came up so did two names: Denzel Valentine of Michigan State and Buddy Hield of Oklahoma.  They were unanimous selections Tuesday to The Associated Press’ 2015-16 All-America team.  Both led their teams to successful seasons and their numbers lifted them above all the other players.  Valentine, the Big Ten player of the year, averaged 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists, while Hield, the player of the year in the Big 12, averaged 25 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

MLB – Major League Baseball – Spring Training
Yesterday
Toronto Blue Jays (ss) vs. Detroit Tigers at Lakeland, Fla., ccd., Rain
Chicago White Sox 6, Texas Rangers 2
Chicago Cubs 9, Oakland A’s 5

Tigers vs. Blue Jays – CCD – Blue Jays-Tigers rained out in 3rd inning
The Detroit Tigers led a Toronto Blue Jays split squad 2-0 in the third inning Tuesday when their game was rained out. Justin Upton singled and scored a run.

White Sox 6, Rangers 2 – Sale helps White Sox beat Rangers 6-2 at spring training
Chris Sale pitched into the sixth inning, Todd Frazier homered and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 at spring training on Tuesday.

Cubs 9, A’s 5 – Arrieta prepares for opener with 5 innings, Cubs beat A’s
Jake Arrieta prepared for his start on opening day, overcoming a 28-pitch first inning Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5. Arrieta went five innings, allowing one run and two hits

Today
Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Colorado Rockies (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.
Detroit Tigers vs. Baltimore Orioles at Sarasota, Fla., 6:05 p.m.

MLB – Rangers get C Holaday in trade with Tigers
The Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Bryan Holaday in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. Holaday hit .281 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 24 games with Detroit last season. The Dallas native played college ball at TCU. Detroit received minor league right-hander Myles Jaye and catcher Bobby Wilson in Tuesday’s deal.

MLB – Cubs release Victorino, will put Baez on disabled list
The Chicago Cubs have released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino and will put utilityman Javier Baez on the 15-day disabled list. The Cubs say they will allot their final roster spots to pitcher Neil Ramirez, infielder Tommy La Stella and outfielder Matt Szczur. Victorino, infielder Munenori Kawasaki and left-handed reliever Manny Parra have been released. They were in camp on minor league contracts.
NFL – NFL presses NY Times to retract concussion story
The NFL has demanded The New York Times retract a front-page story that called the league’s concussion research flawed and likened the NFL’s handling of head trauma to the tobacco industry’s response to the dangers of cigarettes. In a letter from its law firm to the general counsels of the newspaper and obtained by The Associated Press, the league says it was defamed by the Times. The NFL added the story published last Thursday didn’t present any evidence to support the claim the league concealed concussion data.  The NFL issued a veiled threat of legal action. Times sports editor Jason Stallman says the paper sees no reason to retract anything.

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Milwaukee Admirals 4, Grand Rapids Griffins 1

Tonight
Rockford IceHogs at Chicago Wolves, 8:00 p.m.

NBADL – NBA Developmental League
Tonight
Raptors 905 (Mississauga, ON) at Grand Rapids Drive, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Yesterday
Girls Soccer
Niles 2, Bridgman 2 – TIE
Allegan 7, Holland Black River 0
Watervliet 6, Cassopolis 0
Coloma 9, New Buffalo 0

Baseball
Lake Mich. Catholic 12, Eau Claire 0 – Game 1
Lake Mich. Catholic 15, Eau Claire 0 – Game 2
Dowagiac 4, Coloma 3 – Game 1 – 9 Innings
Coloma 3, Dowagiac 2 – Game 2
Lawrence 8, New Buffalo 6

Softball
Bridgman 6, Kalamazoo Central 0 – Game 1
Bridgman 4, Kalamazoo Central 3 – Game 2
River Valley 6, Niles 5

Girls Tennis
St. Joseph 8, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 0
Lakeshore 7, Kalamazoo Central 1

Today
Baseball
South Haven at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Brandywine at Niles, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Gull Lake at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Three Rivers, 4:30 p.m.
Holland Black River at Fennville, 4:30 p.m.
Schoolcraft at Watervliet

Softball
South Haven at St. Joseph, 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Kalamazoo Central at Bloomindale, 4:30 p.m.
Gull Lake at Bangor, 4:30 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Paw Paw, 4:30 p.m.
Lawton at Three Rivers, 4:30 p.m.
Hopkins at Otsego, 4:00 p.m.
Martin at Saugatuck, 4:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Cassopolis, 4:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Bangor at Lake Michigan Catholic, 5:00 p.m.
Paw Paw at Kalamazoo Christian, 5:00 p.m.
Parchment at Otsego, 6:15 p.m.
East Kentwood at Plainwell, 6:45 p.m.
Lawton at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.