Sports Digest: Former Hawks great Dennis Hull to speak at Gary Old Timers Banquet

2014-01-01T21:15:00Z 2014-01-04T14:08:07Z Sports Digest: Former Hawks great Dennis Hull to speak at Gary Old Timers Banquet nwitimes.com
January 01, 2014 9:15 pm

College football

SPARTANS END THEIR ROSE BOWL DROUGHT: Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.

Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.

Michigan State's defense capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance during the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All.

The Spartans ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 with 1:46 to play, utterly stuffing a run play up the middle.

SOUTH CAROLINA WINS; CLOWNEY TO GO PRO: Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4) 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl.

The Gamecocks' senior was named the game's MVP after picking apart the Badgers defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores.

South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season.

After the game, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he will enter for the NFL draft.

HILL, LSU BEAT IOWA: Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU (10-3) and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa (8-5) 21-14 in the Outback Bowl.

NEBRASKA TAKES GATOR BOWL: Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia (8-5) 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl. Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference.

NORTH TEXAS TOPS UNLV: Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns; Brelan Chancellor scored twice, and North Texas (9-4) dominated the second half to beat UNLV (7-6) 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Men's basketball

AROP LEADS INDIANA STATE PAST LOYOLA: Manny Arop scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in leading Indiana State (10-3) to its third straight win, a 70-58 victory in a Missouri Valley Conference opener against Loyola (5-7) on Wednesday.

Christian Thomas scored 19 points for the Ramblers, who played their first MVC game since coming over from the Horizon League where they spent 34 seasons.

Pro hockey

BOZAK'S GOAL LIFTS LEAFS TO WINTER CLASSIC WIN: Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at the snowy Winter Classic in front of the largest crowd to watch a hockey game.

The announced attendance Wednesday of 105,591 on surpassed the 104,173 who saw Michigan and Michigan State play hockey in the same football stadium known as the Big House in 2010.

HAWKS' KANE MAKES U.S. MEN'S TEAM: The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team is set, and Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan will not be going to the Sochi Games.

The 2010 Olympian was perhaps the most surprising omission on the 25-man roster revealed Wednesday after the Winter Classic.

Jimmy Howard, who couldn't help Detroit beat Toronto on Wednesday in a shootout, appears to be the Americans' third goaltender behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller.

At the Sochi Games, the U.S. forwards will be: David Backes, Dustin Brown, Ryan Callahan, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, T.J. Oshie, Max Pacioretty, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Paul Stastny, Derek Stepan, James van Riemsdyk and Blake Wheeler. John Carlson, Justin Faulk, Cam Fowler, Paul Martin, Ryan McDonagh, Brooks Orpik, Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Suter will be on defense for the Americans.

 Around the horn

Former Blackhawks great Dennis Hull will speak Wednesday at the Gary Old Timers Banquet. Tickets for the banquet are $35. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. at Avalon Manor in Hobart. Anyone interested in buying tickets should call Dave Pishkur at (219) 887-5281, ext. 241. ... A person familiar with the negotiations says former Bears coach Lovie Smith has reached an agreement to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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