Bulls beat Pacers, Pistons fall to Hawks – Thursday Morning Sports Update

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NBA – National Basketball Association
Last night
Chicago Bulls 124, Indiana Pacers 109
Atlanta Hawks 118, Detroit Pistons 113

Bulls 124, Pacers 109 – LaVine’s 28 points allow the Bulls to hold off the Pacers, 124-109
Zach LaVine scored 28 points as the Chicago Bulls held off a third-quarter push to earn a 124-109 win over the Indiana Pacers. Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan scored 17 points to come within seven points of becoming the 50th player in NBA history to reach the 20,000-point mark. The Pacers rallied from a 24-point deficit behind Buddy Hield’s 24 points, including three 3-pointers late in the third quarter that cut the Bulls’ lead to four. Bulls forward Patrick Williams added a season-high 10 points, and reserve guard Goran Dragic provided a spark with 13 points and five assists. Pacers center Myles Turner made his season debut after an ankle injury and grabbed six rebounds.

Hawks 118, Pistons 113 – Trae Young scores 35 points, Hawks beat Pistons 118-113
Trae Young scored 35 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Detroit Pistons 118-113 on Wednesday night to open a two-game set at Little Caesars Arena. The team will meet on Friday evening. John Collins added 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and De’Andre Hunter had 17 points to help the Hawks go 3-1. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 33 points for Detroit. The Pistons have lost four in a row after a first victory. Cade Cunningham added 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but recorded seven turnovers.

NHL – National Hockey League
This evening
Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

NHL – Canadiens get D Beaudin from the Blackhawks for C Hills
The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Nicolas Beaudin from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for center Cam Hillis. Beaudin had two goals and four assists in 22 games over three seasons for Chicago. The Quebec native was the 27th overall pick in the 2018 draft. Hills, the 66th pick in 2018, made his NHL debut with Montreal last season.

NFL – National Football League – Week 8
This evening
Baltimore Ravens vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:15 p.m.

NFL – Eagles acquire triple Pro Bowl DE Quinn from Bears
The undefeated Philadelphia Eagles acquired three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Quinn from the Chicago Bears. Chicago gets a 2023 fourth-round pick in return. Quinn, 32, started slow with just one sack and three quarterback hits. But he broke Hall of Famer Richard Dent’s franchise record with 18 1/2 sacks last year during a resurgent season. The Eagles are the only team remaining undefeated.

NFL – Lions owner says she’s still confident in team leadership
Detroit Lions owner Sheila Ford Hamp spoke to reporters to share her frustration with the team’s 1-5 record and express her confidence in the leadership of the franchise. Hamp says she doesn’t want everyone to press the panic button. Hamp fired general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia nearly two years ago in his first season in charge. After looking to hire general manager Brad Holmes and coach Dan Campbell, she doesn’t seem keen on getting rid of either or both.

NFL – Ryan surprised, hopeful after being benched by Colts
Disappointment was etched all over Matt Ryan’s face. Two days after learning he was benched by Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich, Ryan told reporters he was surprised and shocked. Sophomore quarterback Sam Ehligner will replace the 15-year-old veteran as the starter Sunday against Washington. And Reich says Ehlinger will likely retain the No. 1 spot for the rest of the season.

MLB – Youngest World Series umpire team in years, nod to K-zone tech
The seven-man team of referees working on this World Series is by far the youngest in recent memory. It reflects the impact of computerized strike zones, as well as other factors including injuries, retirements and post-season rotations. At an average age of 45.7, the crew calling the Philadelphia Phillies-Houston Astros game is more than five years younger than the average World Series crew over the past decade, according to The Associated Press. So young, in fact, there won’t be a full-time regular-season team manager on the field in Game 2 on Saturday night. Usually two or sometimes three veteran chefs are part of the Fall Classic crew. The series begins Friday night in Houston.

NCAAFB – Irish need better red zone defense as ranked foes loom
Notre Dame’s defense has been his strength this season. But the Fighting Irish were mediocre once the opponents entered the red zone. Coach Marcus Freeman and defensive coordinator Al Golden say it needs to improve when the Irish take on No. 16 Syracuse and No. 5 Clemson in back-to-back weeks. Irish opponents have scored on every trip inside the red zone this season, including touchdowns 82.4% of the time. This ranks 130th out of 131 FBS teams.

NCAAFB – SEC Takes Strong Stance Against Field Storming
The Southeastern Conference wants fierce competition. He also wants teams from both schools to have a safe experience after playing in perhaps the most frantic arenas in college football. Wild celebrations after No. 3 Tennessee’s historic home win over No. 6 Alabama and No. 18 LSU’s victory over 15th-ranked Mississippi turned into hefty fines for the two winning schools for violating the SEC’s Competition Access Area. Tennessee was fined $100,000 and LSU was fined $250,000. The SEC has an escalating scale on fines with violations with additional violations triggering larger penalties.

NCAA – NCAA approves new guidelines on player endorsement agreements
The NCAA Division I Board of Directors has approved new guidelines for members on name, image and likeness activities, clarifying how schools, coaches and staff members can be involved in agreements endorsement and sponsorship of athletes. The latest clarifications to the NCAA’s interim NIL policy do not create any new rules. They aim to give athletic departments a better idea of ​​the types of support that fall outside the existing regulations. The guidance says school staff, including coaches, can be part of fundraising for collectives, which are booster-funded organizations that offer athletes the opportunity to benefit from their names, images and similarities. But coaches and school staff cannot donate directly to the collectives.

ECHL – Hockey ECHL
Yesterday
Cincinnati Cyclones 2, Kalamazoo Wings 1

MCCAA – Junior Collegiate Athletics
This evening
women’s volleyball
Southwestern Michigan College at Lake Michigan College, 6:30 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last night
Men’s Soccer – Regional Semi-Finals
Division 4 at Holland Christian
Hartford 2, Grandville Calvin Christian 1
Muskegon West Michigan Christian 3, Howardsville Christian 0

This evening
Men’s Soccer – Regional Finals
Division 1 at Portage North
Rockford v. Central Portage, 6:30 p.m.

Division 2 at Vicksburg
Gull Lake vs. DeWitt, 6:00 p.m.

Division 3 at Grand Rapids South Christian
Paw Paw vs. Holland Christian 6:30 p.m.

Volleyball
Source Berrien in Constantine, 5:30 p.m.
Watervliet Grace Christian at River Valley, 5:30 p.m.
Edwardsburg at Brandywine, 6:00 p.m.
Dowagiac at Trois-Rivières, 6:00 p.m.
Decatur, Lawton, at Paw Paw, 5:00 p.m.

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