Wolverines respond to Big Ten’s threat of punishment – Thursday Morning Sports Update


NCAAFB – Michigan responds to Big Ten
The University of Michigan warned Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti about overstepping his authority and rushing to judgement about an alleged sign-stealing scheme, saying he can’t discipline coach Jim Harbaugh under the conference’s sportsmanship policy. Two people who have seen Michigan’s response to the Big Ten’s notification of potential discipline shared some of its contents with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details from the letter. Michigan’s letter states that action can’t be taken by the Big Ten if a formal decision has not been made about whether rules were violated.

NCAAFB – College Football – Week 11
Last Night
Toledo 49, Eastern Michigan 23

Toledo 49, EMU 23 – Toledo beats Eastern Michigan 49-23 to clinch the MAC West Division title
Dequan Finn threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns, Peny Boone rushed for three touchdowns, and Toledo beat Eastern Michigan 49-23 to clinch the Mid-American Conference West Division title. Toledo (9-1, 6-0) has won nine straight games, following a 30-28 loss at Illinois, for the first time in 40 years. The Rockets secured a return trip to the MAC championship game in Detroit on Dec. 2. Toledo led 35-3 at halftime behind Finn’s 275 yards passing and three touchdowns. Jacquez Stuart and Boone each had a touchdown run in the half, and Junior Vandeross III caught two touchdown passes.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Milwaukee Bucks 120, Detroit Pistons 118
Phoenix Suns 116, Chicago Bulls 115 – OT
Indiana Pacers 134, Utah Jazz 118

Bucks 120, Pistons 118 – Damian Lillard scores 34 points as the Bucks beat Pistons 120-118; Giannis ejected
Damian Lillard scored 34 points and Bobby Portis added 18 as Milwaukee rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 120-118 in a game in which Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected midway through the third quarter. Antetokounmpo was ejected with nine minutes left after picking up his second technical foul for apparently taunting a defender after scoring on a dunk. Antetokounmpo had 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting and a team-leading nine rebounds in 22 minutes when he was tossed. Cade Cunningham scored 33 points and Marcus Sasser 26 for the Pistons, who were missing six players due to illness and injury.

Suns 116, Bulls 115 – OT – Suns outlast Bulls 116-115 in OT in Bradley Beal’s season debut
Jusuf Nurkic powered to the basket for a layup with 7.3 seconds left in overtime and Phoenix outlasted the Chicago Bulls 116-115 in Bradley Beal’s Suns debut. Grayson Allen scored 26 points, hitting a career-high eight 3-pointers, and Kevin Durant added 25 points to help the Suns improve to 4-4 with their second straight straight victory. Nurkic had 20 points. He failed to ice it with a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds left — missing the first, then missing the rim on the second when he was trying to miss. Beal had 13 points after sitting out the first seven games of the season because of a back injury. Acquired from Washington in June, Beal played 23:33. Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points for Chicago.

Pacers 134, Jazz 118 – Nesmith leads six Pacers in double figures as Indiana pulls away from Utah 134-118
Aaron Nesmith scored 24 points and Bennedict Mathurin and Myles Turner each added 22 to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Utah Jazz 134-118. Tyrese Haliburton scored all 16 of his points in the second half and finished with 13 assists. Indiana won for the third time in four games and topped the 120-point mark for the fourth straight game. Utah was led by Jordan Clarkson, who had a season-high 33 points. Lauri Markkanen added 24 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz, who lost their fourth in a row and fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.

NFL – National Football League – Week 10
Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears, 8:15 p.m.

NFL – Bears facing win-win scenario: Beat Carolina and boost odds at No. 1 draft pick
The Chicago Bears are facing a win-win scenario. Beat the Carolina Panthers and they boost their chances at the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. It’s an unusual spot to be in, yet that’s where the Bears find themselves heading into their matchup at Soldier Field on Thursday night. If they come out on top, it would be a win on two fronts. That’s because Chicago owns Carolina’s first-round draft pick next year.

NFL – Chargers continue to struggle on offense as they prepare to face Lions
Justin Herbert was expected to be directing one of the NFL’s elite offenses this season. As the Los Angeles Chargers reach the midway point though, the offense remains a work in progress. The Chargers go into Sunday’s game against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions ranked 15th in the league in total offense, averaging 341 yards per game. In a crowded AFC, where 11 teams are .500 or better, Los Angeles needs to quickly fix its offensive shortcomings if it hopes to make the playoffs for a second straight season.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Southern Indiana at (4) Michigan State, 7:00 p.m.            Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 6:00

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan State 87, Oakland 62

Central Michigan at South Alabama, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Officiating in the 2023 title game was below expectations, NCAA review finds
An NCAA review has concluded that the officiating in the national championship game between LSU and Iowa fell short of expectations. The review was pushed up to this summer after criticism about the calls in the game. LSU beat Iowa for its first national title. NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman says officials were graded on the accuracy of their calls and the overall number was lower than it should have been. She says work will be done to improve.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey League
Last Night
Iowa Heartlanders 3, Kalamazoo Wings 1

Kalamazoo Wings at Iowa Heartlanders, 7:35 p.m.

MCCAA – Michigan Community College Athletic Association
Last Night
Women’s Basketball
Grand Rapids Community College 70, Lake Michigan College 56

  • The Lake Michigan College women’s basketball team dropped their first game of the season with a 70-56 home loss to Grand Rapids Community College.   Eleah Hedstrom had 20 points to lead the Redhawks, while reigning MCCAA player of the week Arial Ford scored 12. 

Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College 90, Grand Rapids Community College 71

  • Lake Michigan College had four players in double figures in the Redhawks 90-71 win over GRCC.  Jalen Campbell led LMC with 19 points, while Jasiah Rainey had 17, Michael Durr had 15, and Xavion Green had 12.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Volleyball – Regional Finals
Division 1 at Grand Ledge
Mason vs. Portage Northern, 6:00 p.m.

Division 2 at Parchment
Otsego vs. Edwardsburg, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Fennville
Watervliet vs. Pewamo-Westphalia, 5:30 p.m.

Division 3 at Bronson
Bronson vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 6:00 p.m.

Division 4 at Athens
Our Lady of the Lake vs. Martin, 7:00 p.m.