Sports Digest: Calumet College's Jackson named to CCAC team

2014-03-04T22:00:00Z 2014-03-06T21:11:12Z Sports Digest: Calumet College's Jackson named to CCAC team nwitimes.com
March 04, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

CALUMET COLLEGE’S JACKSON NAMED TO CCAC TEAM: Calumet College’s Robert Jackson (Hammond) was a second-team selection for the All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference squad. He was third in the CCAC and 28th in NAIA Division II in scoring (20 ppg). He reached 1,000 points for his career.

SSC TO PLAY SATURDAY IN NJCAA REGION IV TITLE GAME: South Suburban College will face Triton College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the NJCAA Division II Region IV title game at Elgin Community College.

The second-seeded Bulldogs (27-5) defeated Oakton Community College 71-61 in the semifinals.

NO. 2 WICHITA STATE DOMINATES MVC AWARDS: Wichita State sophomore Fred VanVleet has been voted the Missouri Valley player of the year, leading a strong showing by the unbeaten Shockers in the league's postseason awards.

VanVleet received 22 of a possible 36 votes cast by coaches, athletic department officials and the media on Tuesday, easily outdistancing teammates Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker.

It's the first time in the award's history that a school swept the top three spots.

VanVleet, Baker and Early were joined on the all-Missouri Valley first team by Evansville's D.J. Balentine, Jake Odum of Indiana State and Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa.

Women’s basketball

CALUMET COLLEGE’S EDWARDS EARNS CCAC HONOR: Calumet College’s Dominique Edwards was a second-team selection for the All-CCAC team. Edwards finished the season ninth in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg) and eighth in rebounds (8.3 rpg).

NOTRE DAME, DUKE LEAD ALL-ACC TEAM: Notre Dame and Duke each had two players selected to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

Guards Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd represent the unbeaten Fighting Irish (29-0) on the 10-woman first team. Duke had center Elizabeth Williams and guard Tricia Liston.

UNBEATEN IRISH ENTER THEIR FIRST ACC TOURNEY AS THE FAVORITE: There's once again a clear favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Only this time, it's not one of the usual three teams.

When the tournament starts today in Greensboro, N.C., the team to beat will be the newest member of the conference: Notre Dame, the top seed and one of the nation's last two undefeated teams.

The second-ranked Fighting Irish (29-0) came into the league and immediately dethroned the three programs that have dominated it in recent years.

A tournament that has craved parity instead has been ruled by Duke, North Carolina and Maryland — who have combined to win every ACC tournament since 1999.

"Notre Dame did what they did, and they're a very, very good basketball team, and I think you can still look at our conference as a whole — even the teams that aren't doing particularly well right now are very competitive, in every game," Syracuse coach Quentin Hillsman said. "They have a chance to win most games, and that says a lot about the parity of our conference."

The Fighting Irish are the first team to enter the tournament with a perfect record since Duke in 2007. Only two of their conference games were decided by single digits — a seven-point victory at Virginia and a four-point win at Maryland.

Pro hockey

AVALANCHE GETS WIN OVER HAWKS: Tyson Barrie scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 7:10 left in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.

The Avalanche reached the 40-victory mark faster than any team in franchise history. More importantly, they moved within one point of Chicago for second in the Central Division.

Barrie got open in the left circle and one-timed Erik Johnson's perfect cross-ice feed high past Corey Crawford on the glove side. It was Barrie's second game-winner against Chicago this season, following an overtime goal against the Blackhawks on Jan. 14.

Earlier Tuesday, the Blackhawks acquired defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Rundblad has one assist in 12 games with the Coyotes this season. The 21-year-old Brisebois was assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

The Hawks parted with a second-round selection in this year's draft to complete Tuesday's trade.

Auto racing

KURT BUSCH TO TRY INDY 500-COCA COLA 600 DOUBLE: Kurt Busch has finalized a deal with Andretti Autosport that will make him the first driver in 10 years to attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day.

Busch will try to qualify for the Indy 500 in a fifth car for Andretti. Should he make the May 25 race, Busch will travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway to fulfill his full-time job with Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR's longest event of the year.

Only John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon have attempted the grueling, 1,100-mile "double" and no driver has tried it since Gordon in 2004.

Pro basketball

WARRIORS HAND PACERS RARE HOME LOSS: Klay Thompson made a 12-foot turnaround jumper with 0.6 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors held off Indiana 98-96 Tuesday night to hand the Pacers only their fourth home loss this season.

David West led Indiana with 27 points, and Paul George added 26 as the Pacers' five-game winning streak ended.

Pro baseball

RUGGIANO POWERS CUBS TO WIN OVER A'S: Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, leading the Cubs to a 6-4 win Tuesday over an Oakland Athletics split-squad.

Cubs infielder Mike Olt connected for a two-run shot in a three-run eighth that broke a 3-all tie.

Left-hander Tommy Milone, competing for a spot in the A's rotation, gave up three runs and five hits, including Ruggiano's homer, in three innings.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks gave up one run and one hit, a run-scoring single by Brandon Moss, in two innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Anthony Rizzo doubled and scored on Ruggiano's double in the first, then singled and scored on Ruggiano's homer in the third.

MCALLISTER, INDIANS BEAT WHITE SOX: Zach McAllister pitched two shutout innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday.

McAllister gave up one hit and one walk. He has yet to allowed a run in four innings of Cactus League work.

Jose Abreu, the top prospect in the White Sox organization, hit a two-run double and walked. It was his first hit of the spring through three games.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Mike Aviles both had two hits for the Indians. David Murphy added an RBI triple.

Joe Wendle singled home the winning run in the ninth.

Erik Johnson pitched three innings in his spring debut for the White Sox. The 24-year-old gave up one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

KINSLER SAYS COMMENTS WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT: Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler says an ESPN The Magazine story about him was "written for drama" — and he says some critical comments attributed to him about the Texas Rangers were taken out of context.

Kinsler was traded from Texas to Detroit for first baseman Prince Fielder in the offseason. In the ESPN story, Kinsler was quoted as saying he hopes the Rangers go 0-162 this year. He also was quoted as calling Rangers general manager Jon Daniels a "sleazeball."

Kinsler said Tuesday the "0-162" comment was just a joke.

At their spring camp in Surprise, Ariz., the Rangers seemed to take Kinsler's comments in stride. Texas manager Ron Washington guaranteed the Rangers will not go 0-162.

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