Weekday Morning Sports Report – Friday 12/7/18

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 – OT
Vegas Golden Knights 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3

Red Wings 5, Maple Leafs 4 – OT – Dylan Larkin scores in OT, Red Wings edge Maple Leafs 5-4
Dylan Larkin scored on a breakaway at 2:48 of overtime and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Thursday night after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period. Larkin beat Garret Sparks between the pads to snap Toronto’s five-game winning streak. Gustav Nyquist set up the winner, and finished a goal and two assists. Mike Green had a goal and an assist, Jonathan Ericsson and Luke Glendening also scored, Larkin had an assist and former Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots. Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist each for Toronto. John Tavares and Zach Hyman also scored, and Sparks made 27 saves.

Golden Knights 4, Blackhawks 3 – Marchessault, Tuch lift Golden Knights over Blackhawks 4-3
Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch scored 12 seconds apart in the third period to send the surging Vegas Golden Knights past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night. Vegas won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a third-place tie with San Jose in the Pacific Division with 33 points. The Blackhawks, meanwhile, dropped their sixth straight and have been outscored 30-17 during the skid. After allowing the Blackhawks to score three consecutive goals for a 3-2 lead in the third, the defending Western Conference champions responded. Marchessault fired a shot past goalie Corey Crawford to tie the game, and 12 seconds later it was Tuch punching one in to put Vegas back in front. Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland also scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 32 shots. Jonathan Toews, Dylan Strome and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago. Crawford made 32 saves
 
NFL – National Football League – Week 14
Last Night
Tennessee Titans 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 9

Titans 30, Jaguars 9 – Henry’s big gains lift Titans
Derrick Henry helped the Tennessee Titans improve their chances for an AFC wild-card berth in a convincing 30-9 win over Jacksonville. Henry tied an NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown run, matching Tony Dorsett’s run for Dallas against Minnesota in 1983. He set a franchise record with 238 yards on just 16 carries, and matched another Titans franchise record with four touchdowns to help Tennessee move to 7-6.

Sunday
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.                    WSJM Sports/Cosy-FM 2:30
Los Angeles Rams at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.                    95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports (after Lions)

NFL – Redskins ask for privacy amid reports of Smith complications
The Washington Redskins have asked for privacy for Alex Smith and his family amid reports the quarterback is dealing with complications from surgery to repair a broken leg. In a statement released Thursday, the team says it appreciates concerns about Smith’s injury that occurred Nov. 18 against Houston and that the 34-year-old and his family remain strong. A team spokesman declined to say whether Smith was still in the hospital more than two weeks after surgery to repair a broken right tibia and fibula. Coach Jay Gruden said Nov. 19 he expected Smith to make a full recovery and be out six to eight months. NFL Network and Washington’s FM-106.7 reported Thursday that Smith is still battling infection in his right leg and being tended to by doctors.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
Philadelphia 76ers at Detroit Pistons, 7:00 p.m.
Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic, 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls, 8:00 p.m.

NCAAMBB – Men’s College Basketball
Saturday
South Carolina at (5) Michigan, 12:00 p.m.                        95.7 & 1400 WSJM Sports 11:30
(10) Michigan State at Florida, 12:00 p.m.                         Superhits 103.7 Cosy-FM 11:00
Tennessee Central State at Eastern Michigan, 12:00 p.m.
Western Michigan at Youngstown State, 2:00 p.m.
Southern Utah at Central Michigan, 4:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at UCLA, 10:30 p.m.

NCAAFB – Big Ten – Terps introduce Locksley
The University of Maryland has introduced Mike Locksley as its new head football coach.  The Washington native who spent two stints as a Maryland football assistant and also served as the Terrapins’ interim leader for six games in 2015. The Alabama offensive coordinator will remain with the Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoff. Locksley takes over a program that went 5-7 under interim coach Matt Canada following the June 13 death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.

NCAAFB – College Football Schedule
Saturday
Navy at Army, 3:00 p.m.              (at Philadelphia)

Saturday
Division II Semifinals
Ferris State at Minnesota State, 3:00 p.m.

NCAAWBB – Women’s College Basketball
Last Night
Michigan 83, LIU-Brooklyn 38

Saturday
(2) Notre Dame at Toledo, 1:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Purdue-Fort Wayne, 2:00 p.m.

Sunday
Western Michigan at Detroit Mercy, 1:00 p.m.
Michigan at Oakland University, 1:00 p.m.
(3) Oregon at Michigan State, 3:00 p.m.

MLB – Cubs’ Morrow has elbow surgery, likely to start season late
Cubs closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the operation took place Nov. 6.  Signed to a $21 million, two-year contract last December, Morrow led the Cubs with 22 saves and had a 1.47 ERA in 35 games. He did not pitch after July 15 because of a bone bruise in his right elbow. Epstein says Morrow still felt discomfort, leading to the decision for surgery. Morrow is expected to start throwing in early February.  The Cubs announced Thursday they hired Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach to replace the departed Jim Hickey.

MCCAA – Junior College Sports
Sunday
Women’s Basketball
Schoolcraft College at Lake Michigan College, 1:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
(7) Schoolcraft College at Lake Michigan College, 3:00 p.m.

AHL – American Hockey League
Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Rockford IceHogs, 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Wolves at Iowa Wild, 8:00 p.m.

ECHL – ECHL Hockey
Yesterday
Tulsa Oilers at Toledo Walleye, 7:15 p.m.
Indy Fuel at Kalamazoo Wings, 7:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
Vicksburg 62, Paw Paw 39

Girls Basketball
Michigan Lutheran 41, Lake Michigan Catholic 16
Brandywine 62, Bridgman 23
Centreville 56, Bronson 34
Mendon 45, Union City 24

Boys Swimming and Diving
St. Joseph 105, Kalamazoo Central 70
Bridgman/Lakeshore 129, Battle Creek Central 55

Wrestling
Buchanan 66, Cassopolis 11

Tonight
Boys Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Lakeshore, 7:15 p.m. WSJM Sports
Niles at Portage Northern, 7:15 p.m.
Portage Central at Mattawan, 7:15 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central vs. Loy Norrix, 8:00 p.m. (@WMU)

Wolverine
South Haven at Sturgis, 7:15 p.m. WCSY-FM
Otsego at Dowagiac, 7:15 p.m.
Allegan at Edwardsburg, 7:15 p.m.
Plainwell at Three Rivers, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
New Buffalo at Countryside, 7:30 p.m.
Comstock at Buchanan, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Covert, 7:30 p.m.
River Valley at Howardsville Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Parchment, 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Lutheran at Lake Michigan Catholic, 7:30 p.m.
Bridgman at Brandywine, 7:30 p.m.

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

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

Girls Basketball
SMAC
St. Joseph at Lakeshore, 5:45 p.m. WSJM Sports
Niles at Portage Northern, 5:45 p.m.
Portage Central at Mattawan, 5:45 p.m.
Kalamazoo Central at Loy Norrix, 6:30 p.m. (@WMU)

Wolverine
Sturgis at South Haven, 6:30 p.m.
Dowagiac at Otsego, 7:15 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Allegan, 7:15 p.m.
Three Rivers at Plainwell, 7:15 p.m.
Vicksburg at Paw Paw, 7:15 p.m.

BCS
New Buffalo at Countryside, 6:00 p.m.
Comstock at Buchanan, 6:00 p.m.
Lawrence at Covert, 6:00 p.m.
River Valley at Howardsville Christian, 6:00 p.m.
Berrien Springs at Parchment, 6:00 p.m.

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

Saturday
Boys Basketball
Benton Harbor vs. Detroit Loyola, 4:00 p.m. (at GR Catholic)

Girls Basketball
Gary Roosevelt at Benton Harbor, 2:30 p.m.

ISHSHL – High School Hockey
Tonight
Crown Point-Red at LSJ Warriors, 5:30 p.m.                   (at Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)

Saturday
Zionsville Eagles at LSJ Warriors, 9:00 a.m.                   (at Howard Ice Arena, St. Joseph)
Bloomington Blades at LSJ Warriors, 8:20 p.m.               (at Garden Ice Arena, Stevensville)

Sunday
Central Indiana Knights at LSJ Warriors, 12:20 p.m.        (at Garden Ice Arena, Stevensville)