BEARS ANNOUNCE NEW TICKET PRICES: The Bears announced Wednesday that ticket prices for the 2013 home season will increase from $3 to $30.
In nearly 90 percent of the seating bowl, the cost of tickets will increase from $3 to $10, with some United Club seats remaining flat. Lower-level mid-field seating price increases range from $15 to $30.
Non-club season ticket prices now range from $79 to $165, and account for approximately 85 percent of the seating at Soldier Field. United Club season tickets range from $265 to $540.
The Bears 2013 home schedule includes games against Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Dallas, the New York Giants, Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit. For details, go to ChicagoBears.com.
PUC CRUISES TO ROAD WIN: Purdue Calumet jumped out to a 39-9 halftime lead before beating Holy Cross 68-33 on Wednesday. Alex Starr led the Peregrines (18-7, 15-4 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 21 points, including shooting 5-of-6 from the 3-point line.
INDIANA STATE SHUTS DOWN NO. 16 CREIGHTON: Jake Odum scored 22 points, topping the 1,000-point mark for his career and leading Indiana State past No. 16 Creighton 76-57 on Wednesday night.
It was a huge night for the Sycamores (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference), who earned the 1,400th win in school history and beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006.
BUTLER TOO MUCH FOR ST. BONAVENTURE: Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points. and No. 14 Butler defeated St. Bonaventure 77-58.
Andrew Smith added 13 points and Khyle Marshall and Chase Stigall each scored 12 as the Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) improved to 12-0 at home this season.
The victory pushed Butler into a share of the Atlantic 10 lead with idle VCU (6-2).
IU CHASES SPEED, PURDUE GETS FAMILIAR NAMES: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson spent the offseason trying to fill in some big holes.
He wanted more speed, more size, more power and better defenders.
By adding 22 players to the roster Wednesday, Wilson believes he's off to a good start. The Hoosiers signed five players from their own state, led by highly-touted defensive back Antonio Allen, and got nearly as many players from three prime high school football states -- Florida, Georgia and Ohio.
Purdue signed 23 players to national letters-of-intent in coach Darrell Hazell's first recruiting class including what may be the best senior quarterback in the state -- 6-foot-3 Danny Etling, Terre Haute native.
Among those signing with the Boilermakers were Keith Byars III, son of the former Ohio State running back who played in the NFL, and defensive end Jake Replogle, who bucked the family trend after watching three older brothers play at rival Indiana.
Ball State added 21 players including quarterback Jack Milas of Arlington Heights, Ill., and 6-5, 255-pound offensive lineman Jarrid Lloyd, whose grandfather, Dick Elson Lloyd, played for the Cubs.
Indiana State signed 19 players early in the day, including punter Rhys Felton, who grew up playing Australian Rules Football; quarterback Matt Adam from Camino Capistrano, Calif., and receiver Juice Davis, whose father, Robert, played college football at Mississippi Valley State.
VU TABBED FOR THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL: Valparaiso has been picked to finish third in the Horizon League preseason poll.
Third-year head coach Jordan Stevens returns 12 letterwinners from the 2012 squad, which won a school-record 42 games, captured the Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time. Loyola was selected the favorite.
VU will open its season at 9 a.m. Saturday with a game against Jackson State at the Belmont Spring Kickoff in Nashville, Tenn.
DYER LITTLE LEAGUE SIGN-UPS TONIGHT: Dyer Little League will hold its final registration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at the St. John Center in Schererville. Eligible children must be aged 4 through 12 by April 30. Players new to the league will need to bring an original birth certificate and three items proving residency. Details can be found at www.eteamz.com/dyerlittleleague1.
STATE PARK SIGN-UPS THIS WEEK: Sign-ups for State Park Little League baseball and softball will be taken from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Chesterton Fire Department and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chesterton Town Hall. Children aged 5 to 16 are eligible for baseball and softball. Children aged 5 to 21 are eligible for challenger division. The cost is $150 for junior/senior divisions (13-16), $120 for T-ball, $140 for minor/major divisions, $130 for instructional baseball (7-8) and $35 for challenger division. For details, contact Audra Peterson (email@example.com, (219) 926-2571), Duane Dibble (firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 395-6112), or go to www.stateparklittleleague.com.
Around the horn
Roy Hibbert had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pacers to an 88-69 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. ... Jerry Bengston took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the winning goal in the 79th minute as Honduras beat the United States 2-1 in the opener of the final qualifying round for next year's World Cup. ... Commissioner David Stern says he thinks the NBA is on track to begin testing its players for human growth hormone, perhaps as early as next season.