CAVS WAIVE HARANGODY: The Cavaliers have waived forward Luke Harangody and signed rookie forward Kevin Jones.
Harangody, an Andrean graduate, recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined for another month. The former Notre Dame star appeared in 42 games over the past two seasons for Cleveland, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. He did not play in a game this season.
NBA VOWS TO SANCTION SPURS FOR RESTING REGULARS: The NBA plans to make San Antonio pay for resting four starters. The Miami Heat almost could not.
Ray Allen's 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left gave Miami the lead; LeBron James finished with 23 points, and the Heat rallied late to beat the Spurs 105-100 on Thursday night — digging deep despite San Antonio's decision to have four top players resting at home in a move that bothered NBA Commissioner David Stern.
The Spurs played without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, all sent back to San Antonio by coach Gregg Popovich, who said the move was in his team's best interest. Stern disagreed, calling the decision "unacceptable," apologizing to fans and saying that sanctions against the Spurs will be forthcoming.
After the game, Popovich, a Merrillville graduate, said he was unaware of Stern's statement and declined comment about what it might mean.
BEARS' HESTER TO MISS SEATTLE GAME: Bears return specialist Devin Hester and guard Chris Spencer have been ruled out for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Both players were injured in a win over Minnesota last weekend. Hester had a concussion and Spencer has a knee injury.
The Bears were a banged up bunch after playing the Vikings, with running back Matt Forte, cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs suffering ankle injuries. Briggs, Forte, Tillman and tight end Kellen Davis (ankle) all were limited in practice on Thursday.
FALCONS PICK OFF BREES 5 TIMES, BEAT SAINTS: The Atlanta Falcons raced to a 17-0 lead and the defense made it stand up, picking off five of Drew Brees' passes and ending his NFL-record touchdown streak with a 23-13 victory Thursday night.
The Falcons moved to the brink of clinching the NFC South and dealt a big blow to the Saints (5-7) and their fading playoff hopes. William Moore had two of the five interceptions, which were the most of Brees' career and came four days after he had two passes picked off and returned for touchdowns in a loss to San Francisco. Brees had thrown a touchdown pass in 54 consecutive games.
Saints running back Pierre Thomas, a T.F. South graduate, rushed 14 times for 84 yards and caught one pass for five yards.
TE'O FINALIST FOR LOTT TROPHY: Georgia's Jarvis Jones, Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, Stanford's Chase Thomas and Arthur Brown of Kansas State are the finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, given to the collegiate defensive player having the biggest impact on his team.
The winner of the award named for Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott will be announced Dec. 9. Each of the finalists was recommended by their schools for their strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership.
CUBS HIRE HARRIS AS BASEBALL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR:The Cubs have hired Scott Harris as their director of baseball operations.
The 25-year-old Harris spent the past two years as Major League Baseball's coordinator of major league operations. He provided transaction support and analysis to teams.
SOX'S HAHN NOT IN HURRY AS HE PREPARES FOR MEETINGS: Rick Hahn says there's no hurry to make trades as he approaches his first winter meetings as general manager of the White Sox.
While Chicago could have opening at third base and catcher, Hahn maintains he has the luxury of time and flexible finances heading into next week's gather of baseball executives.
The 41-year-old, who spent the past 12 years as a White Sox executive, became GM in October.
CRUSADERS' VERVYNCKT EARNS ALL-AMERICAN ACADEMIC HONOR: Valparaiso University junior Todd Vervynckt has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Soccer Third Team.
He's the second Crusader men's soccer player in the last three years to earn the national academic honor. Vervynckt has a 3.97 cumulative grade point average as a mechanical engineering major.
VU'S ZOBECK EARNS MONTHLY HORIZON LEAGUE SCHOLAR HONOR: Valparaiso University goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck has been named the Horizon League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Month for October.
Zobeck maintains a 3.969 cumulative grade point average as a mechanical engineering major. He is also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Around the horn
Times sports medicine columnist John Doherty discusses current athletes’ injuries on the monthly sports medicine focus of "Purdue Calumet Sports" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... The NHL, the players' association and now even federal mediators agree on one thing: The bickering sides are nowhere near a deal that would put hockey back on the ice. The league and the union wrapped up two days of talks Thursday in New Jersey, with help from mediators, but moved no closer to a solution to save the season. ... Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was suspended by the NBA for two games without pay for starting a skirmish that sent players sprawling into the courtside seats.