Sports: MSU Wins Big!
MSU beat Indiana last night in East Lansing, 70-50. The Spartans led 36-17 at halftime and never looked back. Denzel Valentine led Spartans scorers with 15 points, Branden Dawson had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Gavin Shilling contributed 10 points. MSU plays at Iowa on Thursday. Tonight, it’s the Tom Izzo Show, following High School Basketball on WBCK.
The KCC Women’s basketball team beat Grand Rapids Community College, 71-55. The Lady Bruins were led by Kayla Freeman with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Sierra Stevens had 15 points.
The KCC men lost to GRCC, 66-48 to fall to 1-9.
The Michigan Wolverines face Penn State tonight.
The 9-4 WMU Broncos enter MAC play in Akron tonight.
10-1 Central Michigan starts league play when they travel to take on Toledo.
The Pistons play at San Antonio tonight, riding a 5-game winning streak. The Pistons will visit Dallas to play the Mavericks tomorrow night before returning home.
The Detroit Red Wings are at Rexall Place to play the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Detroit comes in at 20-10-and-9 after a 4-to-1 loss to Vancouver on Saturday.Edmonton is 9-22-and-9.
Lions -Controversial Call
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell commented on the pass interference penalty that was reversed late in the game against the Cowboys. Caldwell says he was angry for the team and the fans about the incident. He called for the NFL to use replay on such calls in the future to take the element of human error out of the play. Caldwell also said that one call made against the Lions was not the only reason they lost the game, as they had other opportunities to win in the fourth quarter. NFL referee Peter Morelli is defending the decision to pick up a flag on a key pass interference call in Sunday's Cowboys-Lions game. Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens was initially flagged while defending Detroit tight end Brandon Pettigrew on a third-and-one from the Dallas 46 with 8:25 to play.
After conversing, officials decided to pick up the flag leading to a Lions' punt instead of a first down. The Cowboys then drove down the field for the go-ahead score. Morelli said after the game that one of the officials decided the contact was minimal and it was more of a face-guarding play that did not warrant pass interference. Face guarding is a penalty in college football, but not in the NFL.
Lions’ coach Jim Caldwell addressed several issues in his final press conference of the season yesterday, a day after Detroit's loss to Dallas in their wild card playoff game. Caldwell said the last loss of the season is always a shock to the system, but he thinks the foundation has been laid for the upcoming year. He said the offense needs to be more consistent next season and signing free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will be one of the team's highest priorities.
MLB Hall Announcement
The 2015 Class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be revealed today. Among the new players eligible this year are pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, along with outfielder Gary Sheffield and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. Those with enough votes this time will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 26th.
High School Basketball
St. Philip 73, North Adams-Jerome 44. Hunter Haley had 27 points and five steals. Brayden Darr had 14.
Climax-Scotts 61, Hillsdale Academy 47. Climax-Scotts is undefeated and 8th ranked in Class D. Dallas Froberg scored 29 points.
Bellevue beat Waldron, 60-12. Tony Reid had 16.
Hanover-Horton 70, Homer 52.
Battle Creek Central 57, Lansing Sexton 22. Ka-Leah Ryan had 13 points and six steals.
Battle Creek Central ___ vs. Holt ___ (BCC 1-5)
Lakeview ___ vs. Plainwell ___ (L 0-4)
Pennfield ___ vs. Comstock ___ (P 3-1)
GullLake___vs. Marshall ___ (GL 0-4, Ma 4-0)
8th-ranked Harper Creek hosts Portage Central tonight. The Beavers are 5-0. Broadcast time is 7:06pm with Nate Adams and Jeff Matthews on WBCK.
Athens ___ vs. Tekonsha ___ (At 1-2, T 1-4)
Galesburg-Augusta___ vs. Mendon ___ (G-A 0-4)
MapleValley___ vs.Hastings___ (MV 1-2)
Parchment ___ vs. Olivet ___ (O 2-2)
Plainwell ___ vs. Lakeview ___ (L 2-2)
Harper Creek ___ vs.PortageCentral ___ (HC 1-3)
Battle CreekCentral ___ vs. Pennfield ___ (BCC 2-3, P 3-2)
Litchfield ___ vs. St. Philip ___ (St.P 5-2)
Marshall ___ vs.GullLake___ (Ma 5-1, GL 4-2)
Calhoun Christian ___ vs.AthensFactoryville Christian ___
Bellevue ___ vs. Jackson Christian ___ (Be 2-2)
Bronson ___ vs.LaGrangePrairieHeights(IN) ___ (Br 4-1)
North Adams-Jerome ___ vs. Climax-Scotts ___ (C-S 5-1)
Galesburg-Augusta___ vs. Mendon ___ (G-A 5-2)
Athens ___ vs. Homer ___ (At 3-2, Ho 4-2)
Hastings___ vs.MapleValley___ (MV 2-3)
Olivet ___ vs. Parchment ___ (O 4-2)
Tekonsha ___ vs. Waldron ___ (T 0-3)
Reading___ vs.Union City___ (UC 2-4)
Wednesday Girls Basketball
Delton ___ vs. South Haven ___ (D 1-3)
NABF World Series Meeting
The SMABA, the NABF World Series tournament committee will be hosting a meeting for preparation for the NABF World Series on January 10th. The meeting will be held at Jack Pearls Team Sports and will begin at 10:30 AM. The meeting is open to anyone interested in assisting with the World Series. The 102nd NABF World Series will be August 5-9 at the Bailey Park Complex.