ROSE SCORES 22 AS BULLS BEAT PISTONS: Derrick Rose scored 22 points in his long-awaited return to the United Center to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 96-81 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The way Rose was dominating, it was hard to believe nearly 18 months had passed since he suited up for a game in this arena. The explosiveness was back after he spent last season recovering from knee surgery.
The former MVP got a thunderous ovation during the pregame introductions.
BEARS' MARSHALL FINED $10,500 for GREEN SHOES: Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall says he has been fined $10,500 by the NFL for wearing green football shoes in the Oct. 10 game against the New York Giants.
Marshall had said before last Thursday's game he was wearing the shoes to attract attention to Mental Health Awareness Week. Marshall has been treated for a personality disorder in the past.
Marshall said he had planned to match any fine with a donation to his foundation, which supports mental health awareness. He said he also plans to auction off the shoes and donate the proceeds to charity.
JACKSON LEADS REVAMPED DETROIT LINEUP TO WIN: A revitalized Austin Jackson delivered in manager Jim Leyland's revamped lineup as the Detroit Tigers built a big lead and held on this time, beating the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Wednesday night to even the AL championship series 2-2.
Torii Hunter had a two-run double and Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs after Leyland dropped Jackson to eighth in the order and moved everyone else up a place following the Tigers' 1-0 loss in Game 3. Jackson drew a bases-loaded walk off Jake Peavy for the first run of Detroit's five-run second inning.
GREINKE, DODGERS BEAT CARDS, FORCE GAME 6: Adrian Gonzalez homered twice, and Zack Greinke gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the clutch performance they needed in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals that trimmed St. Louis' lead to 3-2 in the NL championship series. Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also went deep for the Dodgers.
DUKE PRESEASON FAVORITE IN ACC: Duke is the favorite to win the expanded Atlantic Coast Conference, though new member Syracuse has the preseason player of the year in C.J. Fair.
The Blue Devils earned 50 of 54 first-place votes from media members at the league's "ACC Operation Basketball media day Wednesday. Syracuse — which joins the ACC along with Pittsburgh and Notre Dame — was picked second, while North Carolina was picked third.
Virginia was picked fourth, followed by Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, reigning champion Miami, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker was picked as preseason rookie of the year.
MARQUETTE PICKED TO WIN BIG EAST: Marquette, co-champions of the Big East's last season with 15 schools, is the coaches' pick to win it in the first season as a basketball-only conference.
The Golden Eagles received five of the 10 first-place votes and 74 points.
Georgetown, which finished tied with Marquette and national champion Louisville last season, had two first-place votes and 70 points and was followed by Creighton, Villanova, St. John's, Providence, Xavier, Seton Hall, Butler and DePaul.
Creighton, Xavier and Butler are league newcomers.
MEXICAN PAPERS THANK U.S. FOR WIN: America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans.
Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S. kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama.
Mexico and the U.S. are usually bitter rivals.
Mexico lost its Tuesday match 2-1 against Costa Rica. If Panama had held onto its lead and beaten the United States, Mexico would have been eliminated from the World Cup qualifying rounds.
ALBANO THE NEW AD AT PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL: Former Purdue North Central pitcher Tom Albano was named the Panthers' athletic director Oct. 1.
Albano, a 2004 Chesterton graduate, played baseball at PNC for four seasons. He then spent three years as an athletic coordinator assistant at the school.
HANOVER CENTRAL TO HOST COACHES CLINIC: Valparaiso University coach Tracey Dobow will be the featured speaker at Hanover Central's Fall Basketball Coaches Clinic on Oct. 26 at Hanover Central Middle School.
Purdue Calumet coach Tom Megyesi and Wheeler coach Dustin Nelson will also have presentations. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. Cost is $25 for one coach, $20 for each additional coach on a staff. For details, contact Doug Nelson at (219) 508-5145 or email@example.com.
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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne and Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning are among the 13 people who will be part of the College Football Playoff selection committee in 2014. The committee also includes five current athletic directors, including Arkansas' Jeff Long, former Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham, and former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese. ... Shawn Marion had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pacers 92-85 in a preseason game on Wednesday night. Indiana forward Danny Granger left the game with 4:05 left in the first quarter with a strained left calf and did not return. ... Mark Cuban won a years-long fight with the federal government Wednesday as jurors decided that the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner did not commit insider-trading when he sold his stake in an Internet company in 2004.