Sports Digest: Chesterton's McGary out with back problem

2013-12-27T21:15:00Z 2013-12-31T00:12:05Z Sports Digest: Chesterton's McGary out with back problem nwitimes.com
December 27, 2013 9:15 pm

Men's basketball

MCGARY TO HAVE BACK SURGERY, OUT INDEFINITELY: Michigan star Mitch McGary is out indefinitely after deciding to have surgery on his lower back.

Coach John Beilein announced McGary's status Friday, the day before the Wolverines were scheduled to host Holy Cross. McGary, a Chesterton product, missed the first two games of the season because of the injury. In eight games since then, he's averaged 9.5 points.

McGary says in a statement that his back problems have been a daily challenge since late August, and that he thought things were moving in the right direction until the last two weeks.

Michigan says there is no timetable for McGary's return, although the medical staff expects a full recovery.

DEPAUL BEATS NORTHWESTERN AT THE BUZZER: Billy Garrett Jr. scored the game-winning basket as time expired and DePaul beat Northwestern 57-56 on Friday night.

Sandi Marcius finished with 12 points. and Cleveland Melvin added 11 for DePaul (8-5).

Leading 52-51, Tommy Hamilton IV found Marcius, who was fouled on a dunk and made a free throw to complete a three-point play with 35.2 seconds left to put DePaul up 55-51.

Northwestern (7-6) had a chance in the final seconds. Tre Demps made two free throws, then, after Brandon Young missed the front end of a one-and-one, Demps was fouled on his putback. He missed both free throws, but Northwestern got the rebound and James Montgomery found Dave Sobolewski at the top of the key for a 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left to give Northwestern a 56-55 lead.

DePaul broke a full-court press, Durrell McDonald found Garrett underneath the basket, and his shot just beat the clock.

BREY SAYS BIEDSCHEID PLANS TO TRANSFER FROM NOTRE DAME: Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey says sophomore swingman Cam Biedscheid plans to transfer.

Brey said Friday that Notre Dame has given Biedscheid permission to talk to other schools, but doesn't know what schools he is interested in talking to. He is the second player to leave the program in a week. Scoring leader Jerian Grant announced Sunday he was no longer enrolled in school because of an academic violation, although he hopes to return next season.

College football

PINSTRIPE BOWL CLOSES REES' 'UNIQUE' CAREER: The last time Tommy Rees played at Yankee Stadium, he got to use Derek Jeter's locker and led Notre Dame to a victory against Army.

That was 2010 and Rees was a freshman.

Since then he's been beaten out, benched, booed and suspended. He's also been called on repeatedly to bail out the Fighting Irish when they have been in a jam, and come through more often than not.

Rees returns to Yankee Stadium today to play his final game for No. 25 Notre Dame (8-4) against Rutgers (6-6) in the Pinstripe Bowl.

"I've had a unique four years, but I wouldn't trade them for anything," Rees said.

Rees wasn't supposed to be the starter for Notre Dame this season, but when Everett Golson was suspended from school for academic issues the senior quarterback was again there to patch the leak.

"It takes an incredible amount of confidence in one's own ability when you're under such scrutiny when it comes to your play," coach Brian Kelly said Friday. "He's going to obviously be remembered as somebody that has persevered and overcome some highs and some lows."

MARSHALL BEATS MARYLAND: Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and Marshall (10-2) used two fourth-quarter scores to rally past Maryland (7-6) 31-20 Friday in the Military Bowl.

SYRACUSE RALLIES PAST MINNESOTA: Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse (7-6) to a 21-17 win over Minnesota (8-5) in the Texas Bowl.

Pro football

CHICAGO SIGNS GOULD THROUGH 2017: The Bears signed kicker Robbie Gould, now in his ninth season, to a four-year contract extension Friday that will keep him in a Chicago uniform through the 2017 season.

Hitting 86 percent (234-of-272) of his field goal attempts over his nine-year career, Gould is the most accurate kicker in Bears history and ranks third all-time in NFL annals. He is on pace to tie his own mark for the best single-season field goal percentage in team history, connecting on 89.7 percent of his kicks this year (26-29).

Gould’s accuracy beyond 50 yards has made him one of the NFL’s elite. He shares the NFL record with 12 consecutive kicks of 50 or more yards made. For his career he has hit 16 of 21 field goals (76.2 percent) from 50 yards or further, including a team record 58-yarder in Week 1 versus Cincinnati.

Gould has been at his best with the game on the line. He has 11 game-winning kicks including a 38-yarder this year to defeat Baltimore in Week 11.

The Penn State product is second on the Bears' all-time scoring list with 1,021 points, and is on track to pass Kevin Butler’s 1,116 points in 2014.

BEARS HAVE 2 IN PRO BOWL: Bears running back Matt Forte and wide receiver Brandon Marshall were selected to the Pro Bowl on Friday.

Forte is third in the NFL with a career-high 1,776 yards from scrimmage and fourth with 1,229 rushing yards. Marshall was named to his fifth career Pro Bowl. He is tied for fifth in the NFL with 94 receptions, 11th with 1,221 receiving yards and seventh with 11 touchdown receptions.

Linebacker Robert Mathis was the Colts' lone pick.

Around the horn

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Mike McGlynn, who has started at guard and center this season, is doubtful because of an elbow injury. If McGlynn can't go, it would be the sixth starting line combination used by the Colts (10-5) over the last six weeks. Pagano didn't say who would replace McGlynn if he couldn't play against Jacksonville (4-11). ... Tony Romo had back surgery Friday and will miss Dallas' third straight season finale with the NFC East title and a playoff berth on the line. ... Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and won't return until after the All-Star break.

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