Sports Digest: Bears bring in 10 rookie free agents

2013-04-28T21:15:00Z 2013-05-06T21:40:05Z Sports Digest: Bears bring in 10 rookie free agents nwitimes.com
April 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

BEARS BRING IN 10 ROOKIE FREE AGENTS: The Bears have agreed to contracts with 10 undrafted rookie free agents.

They are Louisiana State running back Michael Ford, Rutgers receiver Mark Harrison, Oklahoma cornerback Demontre Hurst, Iowa State receiver Josh Lenz, LSU center Patrick "P.J." Lonergan, Montana State defensive tackle Zach Minter, Memphis receiver Marcus Rucker, Georgia Southern defensive tackle Brent Russell, Oklahoma punter Tress Way and North Carolina State cornerback Curtis "C.J." Wilson.

The Bears announced the moves on Sunday.

 

Pro basketball

JAMES LEADS HEAT INTO NEXT ROUND: LeBron James can cross another item off his to-do list.

James scored 30 points, Ray Allen had another big game against his old team and the Miami Heat got their first playoff sweep in the Big Three era, advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 88-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

"It was our next big step as far as our growth," James said. "It's so hard to win on the road in the playoffs, in someone's building — especially when someone is playing for their last life. It's a big step for us."

And now the Heat have some much-needed time to rest. Dwyane Wade sat out Sunday's game, only the second postseason game he's missed in his career, because of his aching right knee. But with Miami not playing until next Saturday, at the earliest, he'll have plenty of time to treat the three bone bruises that caused him to miss six games near the end of the regular season.

Miami plays the winner of the Brooklyn-Chicago series. The Bulls lead that series 3-1, with Game 5 on Monday night in New York.

SPURS FINISH 4-GAME SWEEP: Tony Parker scored 23 points, and the San Antonio Spurs completed their first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4 on Sunday night.

Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who will face the winner of Denver's series with Golden State in the second round. They'll get plenty of rest after flattening the Lakers, who finished without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.

In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Dwight Howard scored seven points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing.

Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the postseason for the second time in three years despite a late courtside appearance by Kobe Bryant on crutches.

CELTICS TOP KNICKS 97-90 IN OT, AVOID PLAYOFF SWEEP: Jason Terry's nose still hurt. He wasn't about to let his pride suffer as well.

Two days after being smacked by J.R. Smith's elbow, the guard the Boston Celtics count on for his shooting scored their last nine points and kept their season going.

The Celtics beat the Knicks 97-90 in overtime on Sunday to avoid a first-round sweep and force a fifth game in New York on Wednesday night. Avoiding elimination provided all the motivation Terry needed.

"It wasn't really the elbow," he said. "It was more (like) this is it. I mean, the season's over. You can leave it all out here tonight and go home for a long summer or you can live to play another day."

But, he conceded, his nose "still hurts right now. As long as I feel that, I guess I'll be thinking about it."

The NBA suspended Smith for the game, and the Knicks could have used his shooting. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points and Raymond Felton picked up the slack with 27, but New York made just 28.9 percent of its shots in the first half as Boston took a 54-35 lead.

 

College golf

VALPO WINS HORIZON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: For the first time in program history, the Valparaiso men’s golf team is headed to the NCAA Tournament after posting a team score of 294 on Sunday to win beat Cleveland State by four strokes and win the Horizon League Championship at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

The Crusaders finished with three-round total of 884. Cleveland State was second with a total of 888.

“We had five tournaments this year that we were leading going into the final round,” Valparaiso head coach David Gring said. “This was one of the three we won and the most important.

Junior Thomas Wettstein recorded a 2-under par round of 70 on Sunday to take medalist honors by four shots over Cleveland State’s Andrew Bailey. Wettstein finished with a three-round total of 214. This is the first time in his Crusader career he has won medalist honors.

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