Weekday Morning Sports – Tuesday 11/29/16

95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NFL – National Football League
Yesterday
Green Bay Packers 27, Philadelphia Eagles 13

Packers 27, Eagles 13 – Packers keep playoff hopes alive in Philly
The Green Bay Packers’ playoff hopes are still alive — thanks to Aaron Rodgers. The Packers QB completed 30 of 39 passes for 313 yards and two TDs as Green Bay snapped it four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 27-13.  Davante Adams was Rodgers’ favorite target with five catches for 113 yards, including two TD receptions.  Rodgers’ big night coincided with an improved effort by Green Bay’s defense, which had given up more than 30 points in each of its previous four games.  The Packers improved to 5-6 and moved within two game of Detroit in the NFC North.  The Lions host Green Bay in the final game of the regular season.  The Eagles fell to 5-6 and now have lost six of eight. This was the Eagles’ first home loss of the year. Only Seattle is unbeaten at home in the NFL.

NFL – Luck on the comeback
Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck has returned to the practice field after sitting out Thursday’s loss to Pittsburgh with concussion-like symptoms.  Coach Chuck Pagano says Luck has already passed several steps in the NFL’s concussion protocol and hopes to take part in a full practice Wednesday.  Luck hopes to start in next Monday’s game against the Jets.

NFL – Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan out for the season
Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right patellar tendon.  Trevathan was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Coach John Fox said Trevathan will go on injured reserve. He becomes the team’s 15th player on injured reserve, although it’s possible cornerback Kyle Fuller or wide receiver Kevin White could come off of IR at some point this season. Trevathan was blocked in the backfield behind the play, planted and suffered the knee injury. Two years ago while with Denver, Trevathan suffered a season-ending knee injury that required surgery, but it was to his left knee. John Timu replaced Trevathan in the lineup Sunday and likely will continue as his replacement.

NCAAFB – Big Ten reprimands Harbaugh for criticizing officials
The Big Ten has reprimanded Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and fined the school $10,000 for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after the Ohio State game on Saturday.  The conference made the announcement Monday. Harbaugh blasted the officiating after the Wolverines’ 30-27 double-overtime loss in Columbus, Ohio, saying he was “bitterly disappointed” during a lengthy rant.  He complained about an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he drew, a pass interference against Michigan that prolonged a key drive for the Buckeyes and a non-call of pass interference against Ohio State. He was most ardent about the spot of a fourth-down play that gave the Buckeyes a first down in overtime when a stop would have won the game for the Wolverines. Ohio State scored the winning touchdown on the next play.

NCAAFB – Notre Dame DL Tillery apologizes for actions vs. USC
Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery has tweeted an apology for kicking USC running back Aca’Cedric Ware in the helmet while Ware was on the ground with an apparent head injury and stomping on the foot of USC offensive tackle Zach Banner while he was on the ground. Tillery tweeted Monday that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions, saying they do not represent what his family or Notre Dame has molded him to be. He said he wanted to especially apologize to Ware and Banner, their families and anyone else affected by his actions. He says he will learn from it.  After the game, Banner described Tillery as “dirty.”  USC beat Notre Dame 45-27.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets, 7:00 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Tonight
Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Tonight
William & Mary at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Iowa at Notre Dame, 9:00 p.m.
Michigan State at (5) Duke, 9:30 p.m.   Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 8:30

NCAAMBB – Men’s AP Poll: Wildcats lead the way
Kentucky and Villanova continue to be 1-2 in the weekly Associated Press men’s basketball poll. The 7-0 Kentucky Wildcats received 40 first place votes from the 65-member national media panel while `Nova’s Wildcats were tabbed No. 1 on 20 ballots.    Third-ranked North Carolina is 7-0 and got four No. 1 votes.      Rounding out the top-five are Kansas and Duke. Virginia is ranked sixth this week, followed by Xavier, Gonzaga, Baylor and Creighton.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Tonight
Eastern Michigan at Incarnate Word, 6:30 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s AP Poll: Irish and Huskies still top poll
Notre Dame and UConn still sit atop The Associated Press women’s
basketball poll while Colorado, Auburn and Texas A&M all entered the Top 25 for the first time this season. The Irish remain No. 1 with the Huskies right behind them. Notre Dame received 16 first place ballots with UConn getting 14.

AP Men’s Poll AP Women’s Poll
1. Kentucky (40) 6-0 1590 1
2. Villanova (20) 6-0 1567 2
3. North Carolina (4) 7-0 1497 4
4. Kansas 5-1 1414 5
5. Duke 6-1 1365 6
6. Virginia 6-0 1286 7
7. Xavier 6-0 1181 9
8. Gonzaga 6-0 1112 11
9. Baylor (1) 6-0 1068 20
10. Creighton 6-0 965 12
11. UCLA 7-0 955 14
12. Saint Mary’s (Cal) 5-0 866 15
13. Indiana 4-1 857 3
14. Louisville 5-1 808 10
15. Purdue 5-1 687 17
16. Arizona 5-1 655 8
17. Wisconsin 5-2 555 16
18. Butler 6-0 506 _
19. Iowa St. 5-1 389 21
20. South Carolina 6-0 379 _
21. Rhode Island 5-1 354 23
22. Syracuse 4-1 229 18
23. Oregon 4-2 189 13
24. Florida 6-1 154 _
25. West Virginia 4-1 132 19
Others receiving votes: Maryland 126, Notre Dame 85, Cincinnati 49, Michigan St. 28, Ohio St. 22, Michigan 13, Temple 8, Southern Cal 7, Houston 6, Florida
St. 5, VCU 5, California 3, Tennessee St. 2, Virginia Tech 1, Minnesota 1, Arkansas St. 1, Colorado 1, Rutgers 1, San Diego St. 1.
1. Notre Dame (16) 6-0 803 1
2. UConn (14) 4-0 797 2
3. South Carolina (3) 5-0 766 3
4. Baylor 7-1 725 5
5. Maryland 6-0 694 6
6. Mississippi St. 7-0 636 7
7. Louisville 6-1 634 4
8. Florida St. 6-1 551 10
9. Ohio St. 5-2 546 8
10. UCLA 5-1 541 9
11. Stanford 6-1 479 11
12. Oklahoma 5-0 445 13
13. Washington 6-1 423 15
14. Texas 2-2 400 14
15. DePaul 5-1 318 18
16. West Virginia 7-0 303 19
17. Kentucky 5-1 276 20
18. Miami 5-1 245 21
19. Florida 4-1 192 16
20. Syracuse 4-3 146 11
21. Colorado 6-0 116 –
22. Tennessee 3-2 99 17
23. Auburn 6-1 70 –
24. Oregon St. 3-1 69 22
25. Texas A&M 5-0 68 –
Others receiving votes: South Florida 51, Oregon 49, Arizona St. 45, Michigan St. 36, Virginia Tech 33, Georgia Tech 30, Marquette 26, Michigan 22, California 20, Northwestern 18, Green Bay 10, Gonzaga 7, Oklahoma St. 7, South Dakota St. 7, Kansas St 6, Missouri 6, Boise St. 5, Duke 5.

MHSAA – High School Sports – Opening Week
Tonight
Girls Basketball
Battle Creek Harper Creek at St. Joseph, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeshore at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.
Niles at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Benton Harbor at Parchment, 7:00 p.m.
Plainwell at Mattawan, 7:00 p.m.
Portage Northern at Otsego, 7:00 p.m.
Battle Creek Lakeview at Mason, 7:15 p.m.
Lansing Waverly at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Central at Coldwater, 7:15 p.m.
Gull Lake at Caledonia, 7:00 p.m.
Allegan at Gobles, 7:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Brandywine, 6:30 p.m.
Bridgman at South Haven, 7:15 p.m.
Comstock at Vicksburg, 7:15 p.m.
River Valley at Cassopolis, 7:30 p.m.
Centreville at Constantine, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Christian at Bangor, 7:00 p.m.
Delton-Kellogg at Bloomingdale, 7:00 p.m.
Decatur at Coloma, 7:00 p.m.
Galesburg-Augusta at Hartford, 7:00 p.m.
Fennville at Holland Black River, 7:00 p.m.
Lawton at Lawrence, 7:00 p.m.
Kalamazoo Hackett at Watervliet, 7:00 p.m.
Saugatuck at Wyoming Lee, 7:00 p.m.
Countryside at Eau Claire, 5:30 p.m.