KYLE WHITAKER FIFTH IN 200 IM at WINTER NATIONALS: Michigan senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) placed fifth in the 200 individual medley (1:44.47) at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Whitaker is seeded second in the 400 IM prelims (3:40.94), which take place today. He's also seeded 23rd in the 200 back (1:46.87), which takes place Saturday.
SOUTH SUBURBAN FALLS TO KANKAKEE: South Suburban blew a 53-39 halftime lead and shot just 27 percent from the field in the second half, falling to Kankakee 77-75 on Thursday night. The loss marked only the sixth home loss in John Pigatti's seven-plus seasons as coach.
Korbin McClain led the Bulldogs with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Anthony Strickland added 14.
NIU DEFEATS DARTMOUTH: Darrell Bowie scored six of his 12 points in the final four minutes, and Northern Illinois (3-4) held on to defeat Dartmouth (3-2) 64-57.
Jordan Threloff, coming off a career-best 18-point effort against Nebraska, scored 11 points. Pete Rakocevic added 10 for the Huskies.
MINNESOTA EDGES HAWKS: Marco Scandella's slap shot with 1:48 left, the defenseman's first goal this season, lifted the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Jonas Brodin scored on a power play with 5:39 remaining to tie the game for the Wild, who handed the Blackhawks their first loss in their past seven road games.
BEARS' CUTLER, BRIGGS OUT VS. COWBOYS: Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and linebacker Lance Briggs will miss Monday night's home game against Dallas.
Cutler has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain Nov. 10 and practiced on a limited basis Thursday. He has been ruled out for the game by coach Marc Trestman.
Briggs suffered a shoulder fracture Oct. 20 and remains out. He did not practice Thursday, but did run on the sidelines.
Josh McCown will make his fifth start of the season in Cutler's place for the Bears.
COLTS AREN'T THE SAME WITHOUT WAYNE: In the five games since Reggie Wayne tore his right ACL against the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis is averaging 19.6 points. In the seven games Wayne played, the Colts averaged 26.7 points.
Indy's running game has been hit and miss and the offensive line has failed to protect quarterback Andrew Luck.
T.Y. Hilton, the new No. 1 receiver, is adjusting to being double teamed and the other receivers haven't made up the difference. Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was supposed to fill some of Wayne's productivity, has struggled with drops.
Through it all, the Colts are 3-2 without Wayne and 8-4 overall. They can wrap up the AFC South title with a victory Sunday at Cincinnati.
JAGUARS HAND TEXANS 11TH STRAIGHT LOSS: Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes; Jordan Todman scored on some trickery, and the Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans 27-20 on Thursday night.
The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight — their fourth victory in five games since a bye — and continued to show signs of progress under first-year coach Gus Bradley.
They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.
Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games, a stunning stretch of futility that could lead the franchise to fire coach Gary Kubiak.
TONY STEWART WINS MYERS BROTHERS AWARD: Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has won the 2013 Myers Brothers Award for contributions to the sport in his role as owner of Eldora Speedway.
The award from the National Motorsports Press Association is kept secret, so Stewart thought he was at Thursday's ceremony only to support his Stewart-Haas Racing teams.
Instead, the Indiana native was called to the stage to accept the award for bringing a national NASCAR race to the dirt track in Rossburg, Ohio, for the first time in 43 years. Eldora hosted the Truck Series in July.
Stewart walked to the stage without the use of a cane, but needed assistance climbing the stairs. He missed the final 15 weeks of the season with a broken leg, but says he will be ready for the Daytona 500.
NO CHARGES IN WINSTON SEX ASSAULT CASE: Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
State Attorney Willie Meggs said the woman's memory lapses about the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.
The woman told police she had been drinking at a bar with friends and went home with a man she didn't know. She said she the alleged assault took place at an off-campus apartment, but she couldn't remember where it was.
A month later, she identified her alleged attacker as the quarterback. Winston's attorney said the sex was consensual.
Around the horn
Times sports medicine columnist John Doherty is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Fire forward Mike Magee has been selected Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player, capping a career season with the top individual prize.