Sports Digest: Blackhawks fall to L.A. Kings

2013-03-25T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:31:15Z Sports Digest: Blackhawks fall to L.A. Kings nwitimes.com
March 25, 2013 9:15 pm

HAWKS FALL TO KINGS: Dustin Brown converted his own rebound with 1:27 remaining, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.

Brown's first attempt went off the back of Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya, but it bounced right back to the captain, who sent it past Corey Crawford for his 12th of the season. Anze Kopitar set up the score by winning a faceoff in Chicago's end.

Kopitar also had a goal in the second period to end Los Angeles' scoreless streak at 150 minutes, 35 seconds.

Michael Frolik had two goals and an assist for Chicago, which has lost two in a row. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews also scored.

The Blackhawks were without right wing Marian Hossa for the second straight game due to an upper-body injury. Hossa isn't expected to play Tuesday night against Calgary, but could return this weekend.

Toews gave Chicago the lead when he beat Jonathan Quick with a rebound backhand early in the third period, but Tyler Toffoli responded with a quick tying snap shot.

Jarrett Stoll and Dwight King also scored for Los Angeles, which had been shut out in each of its previous two games. The reigning Stanley Cup champions have won four of six overall.

 

College baseball

IRISH TO HOST KENT STATE AT U.S. STEEL YARD TODAY: U.S. Steel Yard will play host to college baseball at 5:35 p.m. today when Notre Dame will face the Kent State.

Fans will be admitted to the game free of charge.

Kent State played at the Steel Yard in 2012 in the first-ever NCAA Regional at the ballpark and reached the College World Series. The Flashes also played the longest game ever at U.S. Steel Yard, a 7-6 victory over Kentucky in 21 innings June 1 in the opening game of the regional.

The Irish last played at U.S. Steel Yard on April 28, 2010, against Valparaiso.

 

Pro football

BEARS SIGN TACKLE SCOTT: The Bears on Monday agreed to terms with tackle Jonathan Scott on a one-year contract.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Scott has started 35 of 70 games played for Detroit (2006-07), Buffalo (2009), Pittsburgh (2010-11) and Chicago (2012) after entering the NFL as a fifth round pick (141st overall) of the Lions in the 2006 NFL Draft.

In 2012, Scott started seven of 12 games played for Chicago, including six at right tackle.

 

College basketball

MINNESOTA FIRES TUBBY SMITH: Tubby Smith was hailed as a rescuer when he came to Minnesota from Kentucky in 2007, a championship-certified coach who would restore a once-proud program to respectability after it was brought down by scandal.

Smith accomplished much of what he was brought in to do, but when new athletic director Norwood Teague saw the progress stagnate, he decided it was time for a different voice to continue to take the next step. Smith was fired on Monday, one day after the Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament.

Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, winning 20 games five times and bringing the first NCAA tournament victory since 1997 when the 11th-seeded Gophers beat UCLA last week.

 

Men's bowling

CRIMSON WAVE'S KUBACKI COACH OF THE YEAR: Calumet College coach Mike Kubacki has been named NAIA Men's Bowling Coach of the Year. Kubacki received the honor Friday in Indianapolis at the annual NAIA Bowling Invitational Banquet.

Kubacki has coached the Crimson Wave since the program's inaugural season seven years ago.

CALUMET COLLEGE SECOND AT NAIA INVITE: Calumet College finished second in the NAIA Bowling Invitational last weekend at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

In the championship round of the double-elimination tournament, the Crimson Wave faced Robert Morris and lost 223-157, 213-200, 220-180.

In the second series of the championship round, the Crimson Wave lost to Robert Morris 179-211, 263-235, 236-222, 188-222, 221-213.

The Crimson Wave will compete in the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships from April 18 to 20 in Lincoln, Neb.

 

Around the horn

Valparaiso's softball doubleheader today at IUPUI has been postponed until May 1. ... The Valparaiso baseball team's game today against Ball State has been moved to 2 p.m. April 24 in Muncie. ... Valparaiso women's tennis (1-12, 0-1) opened Horizon League play Sunday with a 7-0 loss to Wright State (6-9, 1-1) in Dayton, Ohio. The Crusaders (9-6, 0-1) also dropped their men's match against Wright State (11-9, 2-0) 7-0. ... The Calumet College women's team lost to Indiana Tech 3-1 on Saturday to end its season at the NAIA Bowling Invitational at the Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

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