Sports Digest: Ball State's Snead declares for the NFL draft

2014-01-07T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T21:22:11Z Sports Digest: Ball State's Snead declares for the NFL draft nwitimes.com

Pro basketball

BULLS BEAT SUNS: Taj Gibson had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 92-87 on Tuesday night in their first game after parting with Luol Deng in a trade.

Joakim Noah added 14 points and 16 rebounds, helping the Bulls to their sixth win in eight games. 

College football

FLORIDA STATE BREAKS SEC RUN AS FINAL NO. 1 IN AP: Florida State is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll, ending the Southeastern Conference's record streak of national championships.

The Seminoles received all 60 first-place votes from the media panel after beating Auburn 34-31 in the BCS championship game on Monday night in the Rose Bowl.

Florida State's third AP national title ties it for ninth-most with rival Florida and Texas.

The Tigers (12-2) finished second in their extraordinary turnaround season, but for the first time since Texas in 2005, the Southeastern Conference is not on top of the final rankings.

Michigan State was third, followed by South Carolina and Missouri. Oklahoma finished sixth and Alabama was No. 7. So the SEC will have to settle for having four teams in the top seven.

Notre Dame finished 21st.

BALL STATE'S SNEAD DECLARES FOR NFL DRAFT: Ball State junior wide receiver Willie Snead will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft, the school announced Tuesday.

Snead finished the season with Ball State single-season records in receptions (106), receiving yards (1,516) and receiving touchdowns (15). His 1,516 receiving yards ranked third in the nation.

Snead completed his Ball State career ranked second in receiving yards (2,991), second in passes caught (223), second in touchdown catches (26) and first in 100-yard receiving games (13).

Men's basketball

IRISH FALL TO N.C. STATE: T.J. Warren scored 17 points, and North Carolina State outscored Notre Dame 23-9 at the free-throw line to beat the Fighting Irish 77-70 Tuesday night.

The Wolfpack (11-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had squandered double-digit leads in two of their previous three games — and nearly did in the other one also — allowed the Irish to use a 12-3 run in the second half to tie the score at 54. But N.C. State never let the Irish get the lead in the second half.

It was the first loss in three games for the Irish (10-5, 1-1) since leading scorer Jerian Grant was dismissed from school for an academic violation.

CREIGHTON BEATS DEPAUL: Doug McDermott scored 19 points Tuesday and played after an injury scare to his left shoulder, keeping Creighton (13-2, 3-0) unbeaten in the Big East with a 81-62 win over DePaul.

Bandon Young led DePaul (8-8, 0-3) with 24 points, and Cleveland Melvin scored 16.

Women's basketball

IU RANKED FOR FIRST TIME IN 21 YEARS: Curt Miller figured it was going to be a long rebuilding project when he took over Indiana last season. Maybe it won't take as long as the veteran coach thought.

The undefeated Hoosiers earned their first Top 25 ranking in nearly 21 years Monday when they entered the poll at No. 22.

"We're ahead of schedule," Miller said in a phone interview. "Last year we think we overachieved at 11-19. Coming into this year we were predicted to finish 12th in the conference because we graduated our three leading scorers. To do what we've done already in year two is great, but our long journey is far from being over."

Pro hockey

HAWKS KHABIBULIN HAS SHOULDER SURGERY: Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and will be out four to five months.

The Blackhawks called the surgery successful, and said the procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Team Dr. Michael Terry said the injury was becoming problematic, but a full recovering is expected.

Pro skiing

INJURED VONN OUT FOR OLYMPICS: Lindsey Vonn will miss the Sochi Olympics because of a right knee injury, leaving the Winter Games without one of its biggest stars.

The 29-year-old skier from Vail, Colo., announced her decision Tuesday, exactly one month before the opening ceremony in Russia. Her personal publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement Vonn will have surgery "shortly."

In a Facebook posting, Vonn said she is "devastated" to miss the Olympics, "but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level."

She took home two medals from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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