VALPARAIZONE ADVANCES TO CONTEST SEMIFINALS: Valparaizone, Valparaiso University's student section, has advanced to the semifinal round of the second annual Naismith Student Section of the Year Award contest.
As one of the top college basketball student sections in the country, Valpo is asking for fan support to help win. Go to www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoop to vote through Feb. 23. Fans can vote once per day.
The winning institution will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund. The Valparaizone finished seventh in the first round of voting and was the top-ranked Horizon League student section, earning a $250 donation to Valparaiso’s general scholarship fund.
GARVEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO PUC HALL OF FAME: Former guard Tony Garvey will be inducted into Purdue Calumet's Hall of Fame today.
Garvey, a 1986 grad, finished with 1,325 points and 768 rebounds. He's only the second player in Peregrines history to amass more than 1,250 points and 750 rebounds.
The presentation will take place during halftime of the women's game with Indiana South Bend. The tipoff will be at 1 p.m.
Purdue Alumni Calumet will present the 2012-13 Bob Hayes Athletic Alumni Award to former Purdue Calumet basketball player Bob Markovich during halftime of the men’s game.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. Children aged 12 and under are free.
BOOZER'S BIG 4TH QUARTER LIFTS BULLS OVER JAZZ: Carlos Boozer scored 19 points, including 11 straight in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls closed out a six-game road trip with a 93-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Nate Robinson added 18 points for the Bulls, who rebounded nicely from a 32-point loss in Denver 24 hours earlier.
Al Jefferson had a season-high 32 points for Utah.
RAPTORS RALLY LATE, SURPRISE PACERS: Rudy Gay scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday night, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 100-98 victory over the Pacers.
The game went into overtime after Amir Johnson's buzzer-beating tip-in stood following a replay review. The Raptors won it when Gay hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left, and Paul George's 15-footer rimmed out as the horn sounded.
David West scored 30 points, and George had 26 as the Pacers' 15-game home winning streak came to an end.
DeMar DeRozan scored 22 to make Toronto (18-32) the first team to win twice at Indiana (31-20) this season.
SNEDEKER IN CONTENTION FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE WEEK: Brandt Snedeker goes into the weekend at Pebble Beach with another chance to win, this time without golf's biggest stars in his way.
Snedeker played bogey-free at tough Spyglass Hill on Friday for a 4-under 68, giving him a share of the lead with Ted Potter Jr. in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Potter three-putted his final hole at Monterey Peninsula for a 67.
Snedeker, who was at 8-under 134, felt he was at an advantage because he goes to Pebble Beach for the final two rounds.
And there's one other edge for his psyche — Tiger Woods isn't playing, and defending champion Phil Mickelson is six shots behind.
IN LETTER, SUE PATERNO DEFENDS LATE HUSBAND: Breaking more than a year of silence, Sue Paterno is defending her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity.
The wife of the former Penn State coach is fighting back against the accusations against Joe Paterno that followed the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Her campaign started with a letter sent Friday to former Penn State players.
She wrote that the family's exhaustive response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex abuse case will officially be released to the public at 9 a.m. Sunday on paterno.com.
Freeh in July accused Joe Paterno and three university officials of covering up allegations against Sandusky, a retired defensive coordinator. Less than two weeks later, the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions on the program that Joe Paterno built into one of the most well-known in college football.
"When the Freeh report was released last July, I was as shocked as anyone by the findings and by Mr. Freeh's extraordinary attack on Joe's character and integrity. I did not recognize the man Mr. Freeh described," Sue Paterno wrote. "I am here to tell you as definitively and forcefully as I know how that Mr. Freeh could not have been more wrong in his assessment of Joe."
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The company that supplied electricity to the Super Bowl says the blackout that halted the big game was caused by a device it installed specially to prevent a power failure. But the utility stopped short of taking all the blame and said Friday that it was looking into whether the electrical relay at fault had a design flaw or a manufacturing defect.