WSJM Sports December 22, 2021

NFL
Last night
Los Angeles Rams 20, Seattle Seahawks 10
Philadelphia Eagles 27, Washington Football Team 17

Rams Beat Seahawks
Cooper Kupp caught two touchdown passes from Matthew Stafford in the second half, and the Los Angeles Rams held off the Seattle Seahawks 20-10 in a rescheduled game between two COVID-19-depleted teams. Kupp broke Isaac Bruce’s single-season Rams receptions record in the third quarter with a 6-yard TD catch that was also the 120th of his spectacular year. The NFL’s receiving leader then scored a tiebreaking 29-yard touchdown with 10:48 to play. DeeJay Dallas rushed for a touchdown for the Seahawks, whose streak of nine consecutive winning seasons under coach Pete Carroll ended. Seattle is still mathematically alive for the postseason.

Eagles Come Back To Beat Washington
Jalen Hurts ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help the Philadelphia Eagles come back from an early deficit and beat virus-ravaged Washington 27-17 in a critical showdown with NFC playoff implications. In his first game back from an ankle injury, Hurts scored on a pair of 1-yard QB sneaks to set the single-season franchise record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 10. He was 20 of 26 for 296 yards passing with a touchdown pass to Greg Ward and a bad-luck interception. Miles Sanders rushed for a career-high 131 yards. Washington struggled behind recently signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert and missing a handful of starters.

NBA
Last night
Miami Heat 125, Indiana Pacers 96
New York Knicks 105, Detroit Pistons 91

Tonight
Toronto Raptors at Chicago Bulls 8 pm

Knicks Beat Pistons
Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Julius Randle and Kemba Walker each had 21 and the New York Knicks won at home for the first time in almost a month, beating the Detroit Pistons 105-91. Mitchell Robinson had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks, who had dropped five straight at Madison Square Garden since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23. They are just 6-10 at home. Walker was out of the rotation entirely but started a second straight game with six players in health and safety protocols and Derrick Rose out again with ankle soreness. Saben Lee scored 16 points for the Pistons.

Heat Top Pacers
Tyler Herro scored 26 points in his return from a three-game absence with a bruised thigh, Duncan Robinson tied a season-high with 26 points and the Miami Heat rolled past the Indiana Pacers 125-96 on Tuesday night. Miami tied a franchise record with 22 made 3-pointers, the fourth time the Heat have made that many. Max Strus scored 18 points, KZ Okpala scored 16 and Kyle Lowry finished with eight points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for Miami. Omer Yurtseven added 13 rebounds for the Heat. Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert each scored 17 for Indiana, which got 14 points from Oshae Brissett and 12 points from Domantas Sabonis.

Ginobili, Chambers, Whalen Among 1st-Time Hoop Hall Nominees
Former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili, SuperSonics and Suns forward Tom Chambers and Olympic and WNBA champion Lindsay Whalen are among the first-time nominees for the Basketball Hall of Fame. Among the returning nominees are 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and former UConn and Detroit Shock star Swin Cash. More than 150 players, coaches and other contributors will be considered for induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the September 9-10 enshrinement ceremonies. The full Class of 2022 will be announced during the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans in April.

College Football Bowl Games
Yesterday
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Wyoming 52, Kent State 38

Frisco Bowl
#24 San Diego State 38, UTSA 24

Today
Armed Forces Bowl, Fort Worth, TX
Missouri vs Army 8 pm

NCAA Comeback Players Of The Year
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton and Kentucky linebacker J.J. Weaver have won the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award. Hutchinson returned from a season-ending ankle injury in 2020 to become an All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up for the Big Ten champions. A torn knee ligament cut short Weaver’s 2020 season, but his physical rehabilitation was only part of the challenge he faced. He also had to overcome the grief of losing both his father and high school coach. Milton’s comeback was more than two years in the making, after he suffered a severe leg injury in 2018 while playing for Central Florida. After missing two full seasons, he beat the odds simply by being able to walk again unassisted.

Men’s College Basketball
Last night
#11 Michigan State Spartans 90, Oakland Golden Grizzlies 78

Spartans Beat Oakland In Detroit
Marcus Bingham had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and was one of five double-digit scorers for No. 11 Michigan State in a 90-78 win over Oakland University on Tuesday night. The Spartans have won five straight for a second time this season, bouncing back from losses to then-No. 3 Kansas to open the season and then-No. 6 Baylor last month. The Golden Grizzlies lost consecutive games for the first time this year in a season that includes a win over Oklahoma State. Oakland fell behind by 16 in the second half, but refused to get routed.

MLB
Tigers Coach Bartee Dies At 49
Former Major League Baseball outfielder and Detroit Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee has died. He was 49. The Tigers made the announcement on Tuesday, saying Bartee died suddenly on Monday. Bartee was an outfielder in Detroit from 1996 to 1999 and played the next two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies. He was from Omaha, Nebraska, and played for his hometown Creighton University Bluejays. The Tigers promoted him to first base coach during the 2021 season after he was the organization’s roving outfield and baserunning instructor, a role he had in 2020 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

High school basketball
Last night
Battle Creek Lakeview 63, Kalamazoo Christian 56
Brandywine 60, Bridgman 37
Delton Kellogg 38, Vermontville Maple Valley 36
Gull Lake vs Zeeland East – CANCELED

Tonight
Gull Lake @ Zeeland West
Grand Rapids Union @ Benton Harbor

Girls
Last night
Vermontville Maple Valley @ Delton Kellogg – CANCELED