Wings win in Philly – Thursday Morning Sports Update

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 6, Philadelphia Flyers 3
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Edmonton Oilers 1

Red Wings 6, Flyers 3 – Red Wings score two goals in each period, top Flyers 6-3
Pius Suter and Robby Fabbri scored goals to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Wednesday night. The Flyers three times scored seconds after a Detroit goal. Givani Smith sealed the win for Detroit with his fourth goal in the third and Vladislav Namestnikov added an empty-netter in the final minute. Dylan Larkin and Lucas Raymond also scored for Detroit. The Red Wings were bailed out when defenseman Marc Staal saved the puck from trickling past the goal line to keep the game tied early.

Blackhawks 4, Oilers 1 – DeBrincat has goal, 2 assists as Blackhawks beat Oilers 4-1
Alex DeBrincat had a goal and two assists as the Chicago Blackhawks got off to fast start and beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Brandon Hagel, Dylan Strome and Kirby Dach also scored for the Blackhawks, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 40 shots — the fourth time this season he’s had at least that many saves. Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who have lost two in a row and have just three wins in their last 11 at home. Mike Smith had 26 saves.

NHL – Blackhawks interview Tampa Bay’s Mathieu Darche for GM job
The Chicago Blackhawks have interviewed Tampa Bay executive Mathieu Darche for their general manager job. The 45-year-old Darche is the director of hockey operations for the Lightning, winner of the last two Stanley Cup titles. Darche is the sixth known candidate for the job. Interim GM Kyle Davidson, Carolina Hurricanes assistant GM Eric Tulsky, former NHL forward Scott Mellanby, longtime NHL executive Peter Chiarelli and Chicago Cubs executive Jeff Greenberg also have interviewed for the role.

NCAAMBKB – Men’s College Basketball
Last Night
Notre Dame 63, Louisville 57

Notre Dame 63, Louisville 57 – Notre Dame alone in first place in ACC after 63-57 win
Paul Atkinson Jr. scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds as Notre Dame recovered after blowing a 14-point lead to beat Louisville 63-57 for sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish won for the seventh time in eight games and broke a first-place tie with idle Duke. Atkinson collected his third straight double-double, Dane Goodwin added 16 points and Blake Wesley 11 for Notre Dame, which beat Louisville twice in the same season for the first time. Jae’Lyn Withers scored a career-tying 20 points, El Ellis added 13 and Dre Davis 10 for the Cardinals, who have lost six straight games for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

Tonight
Ohio at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
(3) Purdue at Michigan, 9:00 p.m.                            News/Talk/Sports 94.9 WSJM after HS Basketball

NBA – National Basketball Association
Last Night
Chicago Bulls 121, Charlotte Hornets 109

Bulls 121, Hornets 109 – DeRozan, Vucevic lead Bulls past struggling Hornets 121-109
DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points, Nikola Vucevic added 18 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and the Chicago Bulls handed the Charlotte Hornets their sixth consecutive loss, 121-109. Zach LaVine chipped in with 27 points for the Bulls (34-21), who pulled back to within one game of the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat. LaMelo Ball had 33 points and nine rebounds to lead the Hornets, who continued to struggle with their long distance shooting. During their six-game losing streak, the Hornets finished their homestand 0-4.

Tonight
Memphis Grizzlies at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.

NCAAWBKB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Akron 86, Western Michigan 70
Kent State 78, Central Michigan 67
Buffalo 93, Eastern Michigan 68

Tonight
Miami (FL) at (18) Notre Dame, 6:00 p.m.
(4) Michigan at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.

NFL – Goodell says league won’t tolerate racism or discrimination
Under a baking California sun, Roger Goodell knew the heat was coming. At his annual Super Bowl news conference, the NFL commissioner was grilled on two hot topics that have put the league under heavy scrutiny: racism and discrimination in hiring. There were other issues that don’t shine a positive light on pro football, including threats to the integrity of the sport, and misconduct by players and team executives. A week after former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who is Black, filed a lawsuit alleging both racism in the league and being offered money by team owner Stephen Ross to tank games, Goodell vowed action on several fronts.

NFL – NFL says it will oversee investigation of Commanders’ Snyder
The NFL has moved quickly to take over an investigation into alleged sexual harassment by Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder. The announcement came hours after the Commanders said the team had hired an outside investigator to look into allegations by former team employee Tiffani Johnston. She told Congress that Snyder groped her thigh at a team dinner more than a decade ago and then pushed her toward his limousine with his hand on her lower back. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league “will be retaining an investigator to determine the facts." NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says a team cannot investigate itself.

MLB – MLB lockout talks to resume Saturday after 11-day break
Major League Baseball and its locked-out players agreed to resume negotiations Saturday after an 11-day break. The session in New York will follow three days of owners’ meetings in Orlando that end Thursday and three days of players’ association sessions in Arizona and Florida. It will be just the fifth negotiating session on core economics since the lockout started in early December. There is virtually no chance spring training workouts can start as scheduled on Feb. 16, a casualty of baseball’s ninth work stoppage, its first since 1995. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to hold a news conference Thursday following the end of the owners’ meetings. He has not publicly addressed the standoff since Dec. 2, the day the lockout began.

Iditarod – Iditarod loses support of hotel that was race headquarters
The hotel that has served for nearly three decades as the Anchorage-based headquarters for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will end its association with the competition next year. Hotel and race officials tell the Anchorage Daily News the Lakefront Anchorage Hotel will still act as race headquarters for this year’s race. Its owners, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, announced the change Wednesday. That was a day before the race’s biggest critic, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was expected to protest at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago to denounce the company’s support of the Iditarod. The manager of the Anchorage hotel blamed the decision on the economic toll of the pandemic.

MCCAA – Junior College Basketball
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Mid-Michigan College 78, Lake Michigan College 70

Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College 65, Mid-Michigan College 61

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
South Haven 62, Michigan Lutheran 46
Buchanan 84, Eau Claire 60
Berrien Springs 52, Niles 38

Girls Basketball
Brandywine 52, Michigan Lutheran 20

Wrestling – Team Districts
Division 1 at Kalamazoo Central
Portage Northern 54, Loy Norrix 30
Portage Central 39, Kalamazoo Central 35
Championship Portage Central 48, Portage Northern 28

Division 1 at Battle Creek Central
Jackson 50, Battle Creek Lakeview 27
Battle Creek Central (bye)
Championship      Jackson 49, Battle Creek Central 24

Division 2 at Lakeshore
St. Joseph 75, Mattawan 6
Lakeshore 48, Paw Paw 27
Championship    St. Joseph 35, Lakeshore 34

Division 2 at Gull Lake
Gull Lake (bye)
Plainwell 55, Vicksburg 12
Championship      Plainwell 49, Gull Lake 24

Division 3 at Coloma
South Haven (bye)
Watervliet 60, Coloma 18
Championship      Watervliet 46, South Haven 36

Division 3 at Hopkins
Hopkins 66, Fennville 6
Otsego 79, Hudsonville Unity Christian 0
Championship      Otsego 55, Hopkins 20

Division 3 at Three Rivers
Comstock 30, Parchment 30 (Comstock wins on tiebreaker)
Constantine 40, Three Rivers 33
Championship      Constantine 78, Comstock 6

Division 4 at Brandywine
Brandywine (bye)
Cassopolis vs. Eau Claire, 5:00 p.m.
Championship, 6:15 p.m.

Division 4 at Decatur
Hartford 42, Bangor 36
Decatur 84, Lawrence 0
Championship      Decatur 60, Hartford 15

Division 4 at White Pigeon
Centreville (bye)
White Pigeon 61, Marcellus 18
Championship      White Pigeon 40, Centreville 21

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.   WSJM 94.9
Battle Creek Lakeview at Lakeshore, 7:00 p.m.
Loy Norrix at Kalamazoo Central, 4:15 p.m.
Portage Northern at Portage Central, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Central at Gull Lake, 7:00 p.m.

BCS
River Valley at Covert, 6:00 p.m.

SAC
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 7:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball
BCS
Bridgman at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan at River Valley, 7:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.
New Buffalo at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.

SAC
Kalamazoo Hackett at Constantine, 7:30 p.m.

Non-Conference
GR West Mi. Aviation at Saugatuck, 5:30 p.m.

Wrestling – Team Districts
Division 2 at Edwardsburg
Niles (bye)
Edwardsburg vs. Sturgis, 6:00 p.m.
Championship, 7:15 p.m.

Division 3 at Buchanan
Dowagiac (bye)
Berrien Springs vs. Buchanan, 5:00 p.m.
Championship, 6:15 p.m.

Division 4 at Brandywine
Brandywine (bye)
Cassopolis vs. Eau Claire, 5:00 p.m.
Championship, 6:15 p.m.