Sports Digest: Purdue to play in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

2011-04-27T22:00:00Z 2012-09-25T23:52:18Z Sports Digest: Purdue to play in Puerto Rico Tip-Off nwitimes.com
April 27, 2011 10:00 pm

Pro football

BROWNS' HILLIS ON MADDEN COVER: Cleveland has ended its championship drought.

Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of Madden NFL '12, the popular video game, after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis received 66 percent of the one million votes cast to handily defeat Vick in the final.

Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with the Browns.

With his bulldozing running style, the 25-year-old Hillis became a cult hero in Cleveland, which hasn't celebrated a professional sports title since the Browns won an NFL title in 1964.

One of Hillis' first perks for winning will be to present the top 10 list on David Letterman's late-night TV talk show.

 

Figure skating

CHAN SETS WORLD RECORD IN MOSCOW: Patrick Chan of Canada set a world record on Wednesday to take the lead in the short program at the world championships.

Chan scored 93.02 points for his jazzy routine, beating Evgeni Plushenko's old mark of 91.30 set at the European championships last year in Tallinn, Estonia.

Chan was the world runner-up the last two years and set his previous personal best of 88.90 at the Four Continents Championships in February 2009.

"It's so exciting. To hear people always break records and now I finally can break my own. I have my own world record now," Chan said after his performance, set to an arrangement of Paul Desmond's Take Five.

The Canadian, who took to the ice after a below average performance from French rival Brian Joubert, nailed his opening quadruple toeloop plus triple toeloop combination and never looked back.

Defending champion Daisuke Takahashi trailed by almost 13 points in second place with a relatively clean Latin program.

The men's free program is today.

Defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian have taken the lead after the pairs short program, scoring 74.00 points.

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, the current silver holders, were in second after Wednesday's program.

 

College basketball

PURDUE TO PLAY IN PUERTO RICO TIP-OFF: Purdue will be part of the eight-team field at The 2011 Puerto Rico Tip-Off to be played Nov. 17-20 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan.

The rest of the field for the fifth-annual event includes Alabama, Colorado, Iona, Maryland, Temple, Western Michigan and Wichita State.

Both Purdue and Temple reached the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Wichita State topped Alabama in the NIT championship game, after the Crimson Tide defeated Colorado in the semifinals. Iona and Western Michigan both earned berths to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The bracket-format tourney will feature 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, with the two teams that remain undefeated meeting in a championship Nov. 20.

 

College football

BCS OFFICIALS LIKE FIESTA BOWL APPROACH TO REFORM: To Bowl Championship Series officials, the Fiesta Bowl appears "dead serious" about reform. And the BCS is "miles away" from considering whether to replace the Arizona game with another bowl.

"The Fiesta Bowl issue happened, and yes, it was disturbing," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday. "But people in Phoenix are as disturbed as we are and ... they want to do something about it."

The BCS commissioners are holding annual meetings in New Orleans, where next season's national championship game will be held. Fiesta Bowl officials were invited to rehash highlights of a presentation they made to a BCS task force at the Big Ten offices outside Chicago last weekend that focused on how they have responded to a recent scandal involving the bowl game's spending practices and political dealings.

"The Fiesta Bowl people were forthright," Hancock said. "It was a very good exchange, mirroring what happened in Chicago."

Fiesta Bowl officials, who also run the Insight Bowl, were scheduled to meet on Thursday with the NCAA's Postseason Bowl Licensing Subcommittee.

The subcommittee has said it will delay its decision on licensing the Fiesta and Insight bowls until it can gather more information and review the findings of the BCS task force that is examining related financial and political improprieties.

 

Around the horn

Today's Munster at Highland prep baseball game will be broadcast at 4:30 p.m. on WLTH-AM (1370) and regionsports.com.

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