Sports Digest: Guse, Higgins win PCC mental attitude awards

2014-01-26T22:00:00Z 2014-01-30T22:04:17Z Sports Digest: Guse, Higgins win PCC mental attitude awards nwitimes.com
January 26, 2014 10:00 pm

Pro football

TEAM RICE RALLIES FOR PRO BOWL WIN: DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion with less than 1 minute to give Jerry Rice a win over Deion Sanders in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Baltimore's Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal on the game's final play after missing a 66-yarder earlier in the game.

Pro baseball

EX-CUB GARZA SIGNS WITH BREWERS: Free agent pitcher Matt Garza and the Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a four-year contract.

Brewers owner Mark Attanasio made the announcement on stage during a question-and-answer session at a fan event.

Attanasio says the contract still has to go through "final approval."

There had been recent reports that the Brewers were talking to Garza about a four-year deal worth $52 million.

The 30-year-old righty went 10-6 with a 3.82 ERA last season for the Cubs and Texas Rangers.

Pro basketball

KOBE GIVES "MELO" SOME ADVICE: While Madison Square Garden was buzzing Friday night, so was Kobe Bryant's phone.

Carmelo Anthony was on his way to a 62-point night, moving past Bryant's total of 61 that had stood for nearly five years as the record in the building. And plenty of people wanted to make sure Bryant knew.

"I got a lot of messages from people saying Melo's going after your record tonight," Bryant said. "It's amazing. He went to work. He got hot and didn't cool off."

Bryant said that having the arena's record wasn't particularly important to him, but did stress how much the building meant.

"This is the Mecca of basketball. There's so much history here in the culture of the game, what this building means. This is the last one left in terms of all the history," Bryant said, naming former Knicks such as Willis Reed and Walt Frazier. "This is the last building left that carries that history with it."

Pro tennis

WAWRINKA WINS HIS FIRST GRAND SLAM TITLE: Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final.

The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start at Melbourne Park against the 13-time major winner.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but recovered slowly after getting treatment to push it to four sets.

Nadal was a hot favorite to win the title at Melbourne Park and become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slam tournaments twice in the Open era — instead, his injury curse struck again in Australia.

Pro golf

STALLINGS TAKES FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN CROWN: In a tournament that was up for grabs, Scott Stallings hit a 4-iron worthy of a winner Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Stallings was in a five-way tie for the lead when he hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole as hard as he could. It was enough to barely clear the water, and he took two putts from 40 feet for birdie and a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines.

That was enough for a one-shot victory when no one could catch him.

It was the third career PGA Tour victory for Stallings, who earned a return trip to the Masters and should move high enough in the world ranking to qualify for the Match Play Championship next month in Arizona.

Stallings made six birdies over his last 11 holes, along with a pair of bogeys. Most remarkable is that he managed to hit only four fairways in the final round. But one that he did was important — the 537-yard closing hole, giving him a chance to get home in two for a birdie at worst.

Men's basketball

PURDUE TO HOLD 'BIG DOG' NIGHT: Purdue's Feb. 20 game against Michigan State will be Glenn Robinson Night, with 3,000 bobbleheads of the former Boilermakers great from Roosevelt to be distributed to fans.

Several season and single-game ticket offers are still available by calling (800) 497-7678 or visiting PurdueSports.com.

Prep basketball

GUSE, HIGGINS WIN PCC MENTAL ATTITUDE AWARDS: LaCrosse guard Bryce Guse was named the M.E. Dinsmoore Mental Attitude Award winner at Saturday's Porter County Conference tourney.

Washington Township forward Sammie Higgins received the James W. Dold Mental Attitude Award after the PCC girls tourney championship.

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