Weekday Morning Sports – Friday 1/12/18

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Friday, January 12, 2018

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
(3) Louisville 100, (2) Notre Dame 67
Michigan State 82, (11) Maryland 68

(3) Louisville 100, (2) Notre Dame 67 – No. 3 Louisville women dominate No. 2 Notre Dame 100-67
Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen combined to match Notre Dame’s point total, just one example of how much No. 3 Louisville dominated the second-ranked Irish almost from the start.  Durr scored 36 points, Hines-Allen matched a career high with 31 and the Cardinals overwhelmed Notre Dame on both ends for a 100-67 blowout victory Thursday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.  The unbeaten Cardinals (19-0, 5-0 ACC) erased an early deficit to thump the short-handed Irish in nearly every phase during a marquee matchup between top teams. Louisville finished 41 of 63 (65 percent) from the field to earn the program’s biggest victory since upsetting top-seeded Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals and snap an 11-game losing streak against Notre Dame (15-2, 4-1 ACC).  Jackie Young had 23 points and Marina Mabrey 14 for the Irish, who had won eight straight since losing 80-71 to top-ranked Connecticut.

Michigan State 82, (11) Maryland 68 – Michigan State beats No. 11 Maryland 82-68 in Big Ten upset
Taryn McCutcheon scored a career-high 25 points, and Michigan State surprised No. 11 Maryland 82-68 Thursday night to end the Terrapins’ 13-game winning streak.  Maryland (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) dressed nine players and played only seven. Sophomore guard Blair Watson, the team’s second-leading scorer, tore her right ACL in practice on Wednesday and is done for the season.  The depleted three-time conference champions used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to close to 43-42, but Michigan State (13-5, 3-2) regained control with a 12-1 spurt and cruised to the finish.  Shay Colley had 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Michigan State.

Saturday
Kent State at Central Michigan, 1:00 p.m.
Ohio at Western Michigan, 2:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Miami-OH, 2:00 p.m.
(23) Michigan at Nebraska, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Saturday
Michigan at (4) Michigan State, 12:00 p.m.  95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 11:30/Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 11:00
Toledo at Central Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Ball State at Western Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 4:30 p.m.
(20) North Carolina at Notre Dame, 6:00 p.m.

NFL – National Football League Playoffs – Divisional Round
Saturday
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m.        95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 4:00
Tennessee at New England, 8:15 p.m.    95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 7:15

Sunday
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 12:30
New Orleans at Minnesota, 4:40 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 4:15

NFL – NFL looking into Raiders-Gruden hiring
A group that promotes diversity in NFL hiring wants the league to investigate whether the Oakland Raiders violated the “Rooney Rule” when they hired Jon Gruden as coach.  The Fritz Pollard Alliance is asking whether Raiders owner Mark Davis reached an agreement with Gruden before the team interviewed any minority candidates. Davis met with Gruden on Christmas Eve, fired coach Jack Del Rio a week later and hired Gruden on Jan. 6. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said Tuesday he interviewed two minority candidates before Gruden’s hiring was announced.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday
Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins, 1:00 p.m.

NHL – US Army challenging Knights’ nickname
The U.S. Army has filed a challenge opposing the application of the NHL’s newest franchise to register the trademark “Las Vegas Golden Knights.”  The Army claims it will be damaged by registration of the marque and says it has acquired exclusive rights that predate any rights claimed by the NHL team. The Army says it has used the Golden Knights nickname since the late 1960s and claims it owns “common law rights” for the color schemes that combine black and gold and yellow and white.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday
Detroit Pistons at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

MLB – Avoiding arbitration
Major League general managers are scheduled to exchange arbitration numbers with players on Friday, but several GMs and big leaguers avoided the task. 

  • The White Sox have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and are bringing back the right-hander after trading him late last season. The 33-year-old was 8-13 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts last season for Chicago and Texas, which acquired him on Aug. 31 for infielder Ti’quan Forbes.
  • Catcher James McCann and the Tigers have agreed to a $2,375,000 deal for 2018, thus avoiding arbitration. The 27-year-old McCann batted .253 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs last season.

Tennis – Nadal, Federer seeded 1-2 at Australian Open
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open. That means they can only play each other if they set up a rematch of last year’s final. Grigor Dimitrov is the No. 3 seed, and Six-time champion Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is 14th as he comes back from a six-month injury layoff. Simona Halep (HA’-lehp) is No. 1 in the women’s draw, followed by Carolina Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh)

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Cleveland at Grand Rapids, 7:00 p.m.
Chicago at Bakersfield, 10:00 p.m.

ECHL – East Coast Hockey League
Tonight
Fort Wayne at Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo at Idaho, 9:15 p.m.

MHSAA – Judge won’t lift ban; Michigan prep star remains benched
A federal judge says there’s no constitutional right to play high school sports, rejecting a plea from a Michigan basketball star who’s been benched after transferring to a new school for his senior year.  Tom Kithier, a Michigan State recruit, has been declared ineligible to play for Clarkston. Judge Marianne Battani declined to intervene in the decisions of the Michigan High School Athletic Association after hearing arguments Thursday.  The MHSAA says Kithier is ineligible because his transfer from Dakota was motivated by sports and a desire to play with another Michigan State recruit who was his teammate on a summer team. Kithier and his family insist that he left Dakota because he wanted a better education. Clarkston won the Class A championship last year and is 9-1 this season.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Swimming and Diving
Mattawan 95, St. Joseph 91
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 99, Bridgman Co-Op 83

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 52, Andrews Academy 26

  • Michigan Lutheran picked up a 52-26 road win at Andrews Academy.  The Titans jumped out to a 23-9 after the first quarter and 40-11 advantage at the half.   Sarah Jackemeyer and Cali Laughlin each scored 15 points in the win for Lutheran.  Jessi Jewell added 11 points as the Titans improve to 7-1. 

Buchanan 40, Berrien Springs 31

  • Led by a game high 24 points from Jayla Bibbs, Buchanan beat Berrien Springs 40-31.  Berrien Springs got 14 points from Kyrah Sanders.

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
Niles at St. Joseph, 7:15 p.m.   95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Northern at Portage Central, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Gull Lake, 7:15 p.m.
Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Lakeview, 7:15 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m. Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM
Vicksburg at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m.
Paw Paw at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Covert, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at New Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Countryside at Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Comstock, 7:30 p.m.
Parchment at Brandywine, 7:45 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bangor at Bloomingdale, 7:30 p.m.
Mendon at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Hartford at Centreville, 7:30 p.m.
White Pigeon at Decatur, 7:30 p.m.
Eau Claire at Marcellus, 7:30 p.m.

SAC
Fennville at Lawton, 7:30 p.m.
Gobles at Martin, 7:30 p.m.
Coloma at Saugatuck, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Watervliet, 7:30 p.m.
Constantine at Delton-Kellogg, 7:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Kalamazoo Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Schoolcraft, 7:30 p.m.

Independent/Non-Conference
Dream Academy at Kalamazoo Homeschool, 7:00 p.m.

Ice Hockey
Lakeshore/St. Joseph at Kalamazoo Eagles, 5:15 p.m. (at Wings West)

Girls Basketball
SMAC
Niles at St. Joseph, 5:45 p.m.      95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports
Mattawan at Battle Creek Central, 5:45 p.m.
Portage Northern at Portage Central, 5:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Gull Lake, 5:45 p.m.
Loy Norrix at Battle Creek Lakeview, 5:45 p.m.

Wolverine
South Haven at Edwardsburg, 5:45 p.m.
Vicksburg at Dowagiac, 5:45 p.m.
Paw Paw at Allegan, 5:45 p.m.
Three Rivers at Sturgis, 5:45 p.m.
Plainwell at Otsego, 5:45 p.m.

BCS
Lake Michigan Catholic at Covert, 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at New Buffalo, 6:00 p.m.
Countryside at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Bridgman at Comstock, 6:00 p.m.
Parchment at Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.
Grace Christian at River Valley, 5:30 p.m.

Southwest 10
Bangor at Bloomingdale, 6:00 p.m.
Mendon at Cassopolis, 4:30 p.m.
Hartford at Centreville, 6:00 p.m.
White Pigeon at Decatur, 6:00 p.m.
Eau Claire at Marcellus, 6:00 p.m.

SAC
Fennville at Lawton, 6:00 p.m.
Gobles at Martin, 6:00 p.m.
Coloma at Saugatuck, 6:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Watervliet, 6:00 p.m.
Constantine at Delton-Kellogg, 6:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Kalamazoo Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Schoolcraft, 6:00 p.m.

Independent/Non-Conference
Benton Harbor at Kalamazoo Homeschool, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor vs. Chicago Bogan (IL), 2:30 p.m.   (Floyd Mayweather Classic at GR Ottawa Hills)