Sports: Michigan Routs Indiana, 90-60
Michigan beat Indiana 90-60 at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Derrick Walton scored 21 points on a nearly flawless night for Michigan, and the Wolverines won their most lopsided victory over the Hoosiers since 1998. Moe Wagner scored 14 points for the Wolverines (14-7, 4-4 Big Ten) and Duncan Robinson added 13. Michigan went 11 of 20 from 3-point range and was never seriously threatened after racing out to an early 14-point lead. Indiana finished the game with 16 turnovers to Michigan's six.
This Sunday, Michigan State will host Michigan. Hear the game at noon on 95.3 WBCK.
Rafael Nadal has beaten Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 to advance to the final of the Australian Open and set up a title match with his old rival, Roger Federer. The ninth-seeded Spaniard fought off two break points in the eighth game of the fifth set, then hit a backhand winner down the line to break Dimitrov in the next game and take a 5-4 lead. He served it out in the next game to win in 4 hours, 56 minutes.Serena Williams and Venus Williams will play in the women’s final.
High School Basketball
In boys and girl’s games tonight:
Harper Creek at Jackson NW
Parma Western at Pennfield
St. Philip at Climax-Scotts
Lakeview at Battle Creek Central. WBCK will have the boys’ game on the radio live from the Central Fieldhouse around 7 tonight.
Also on the boys’ schedule tonight:
Coldwater at Marshall
Bellevue at Camden Frontier
Athens at Concord
Delton at Watervliet
Gull Lake at Three Rivers
Galesburg-Augusta at Hackett
Springport at Homer
Maple Valley at Potterville
Olivet at Lake Odessa-Lakewood
Tekonsha at Litchfield
Union City at Jonesville
High School Girls Basketball
Burr Oak 37, Marshall Academy 22.
Bellevue 34, Camden-Frontier 28 in overtime. Bailey Whitcomb had 13.
Concord 42, Athens 41.
Tekonsha 42, Litchfield 38.
Homer 55, Springport 42. Breanna McCone had 28.
Marshall will play Grand Rapids Catholic Central Saturday at 4 in a rematch of last year’s Class B state quarterfinal. The Redhawks added the game at the Pioneer Showcase, a four-game event at East Grand Rapids High School. Marshall is ranked No. 5 in Class B and Grand Rapids Catholic Central is ranked No. 4.
The Pistons head to Miami to play the Heat on Saturday.
The NHL has fined Bruins forward Brad Marchand $10,000 for a dangerous trip in Boston's game against Detroit this week. The fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. Marchand tripped Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall in Tuesday night's game, but was not penalized. The Red Wings are off for the All-Star Break until January 31st, when they’ll host the New Jersey Devils.
Tiger Woods starts second round play at the Farmers Insurance Open 11 shots behind leader Justin Rose. In his first PGA Tour competition in 17 months, Woods finished with a 4-over 76 at Torrey Pines yesterday.
Basketball Player’s Eye Pops Out!
An American basketball player's eye popped out of its socket after he was poked in the face while going for a rebound during a game in New Zealand. Akil Mitchell, a 24-year-old former University of Virginia forward, was playing for the New Zealand Breakers in a game against Cairns on Thursday when the accident happened. The game was stopped for 15 minutes while Mitchell was treated by medical officials. Mitchell said he had no vision impairment, but won't be watching any videos of the incident.
Tiger’s general manager Al Avila says the team will be sure to avoid exceeding baseball's luxury tax threshold in 2018 because the penalties would be too severe at that point. Detroit was over the tax boundary last season, and Avila said Thursday the same will be true this year. But he says the Tigers "certainly are not" going to exceed the threshold for a third straight season in 2018. The luxury tax threshold is $195 million for 2017 and $197 million for 2018. A team that is over the boundary for a third consecutive season would owe a 50 percent tax on the amount exceeding the threshold — not including any possible surtaxes that could kick in. Detroit's tax rate last season was 17.5 percent.
Only 17 days until pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland Florida.