HOBART'S JOSIFOVSKI KICKS MARIAN INTO NAIA NATIONAL TITLE GAME: Thanks to Mike Josifovski, Marian University is headed to Rome. And it will be better than pizza.
The Hobart grad booted a 51-yard field goal as time expired Saturday night, leading No. 5 Marian University to a stunning 20-17 victory over host and unbeaten Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo.
The win sends Marian, coached by Hobart grad and former Andrean coach Ted Karras, into the NAIA National Championship game in Rome, Ga.
Josifovski, who earlier in the game kicked a career- and school-record 54-yarder, connected on four field goals in the game – 54, 47, 34 and the game-winner. The Knights overcame a 17-9 deficit to advance.
It is Marian’s first trip to the NAIA championship in the program’s six-year history. !~ Brian Waddle
BELL HELPS BADGERS RUSH PAST NEBRASKA: Montee Ball ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Wisconsin rushed for the 539 yards to rout No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night.
The Badgers (8-5, 4-4 Big Ten) are the first team to reach the Rose Bowl with five losses, are the first Big Ten team to make it in three straight years since Michigan in the late 1970s. They also tied Texas' record for most points in a conference championship game.
It was a fitting end to a wacky Big Ten season that pitted the Cornhuskers (10-3, 7-1), the Legends Division champ, against the third-place team from the Leaders Division.
N.C. STATE HIRES NORTHERN ILLINOIS' DOEREN: Dave Doeren is leaving Northern Illinois after two straight championship seasons to take over at North Carolina State.
N.C. State announced Doeren's hiring Saturday — less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to their second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship, and just six days after firing Tom O'Brien.
ILLINOIS STATE ADVANCES: Matt Brown threw for five touchdowns and 322 yards, and Illinois State (9-3) blocked the game-tying PAT in overtime to beat Appalachian State (8-4) 38-37 in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
POLICE SAY CHIEFS' BELCHER KILLS GIRLFRIEND, SELF: Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend Saturday morning and minutes later, holding a gun to his head, thanked his general manager and coach before shooting himself outside the team's practice complex.
Authorities did not release a motive for the murder-suicide, though police said that Belcher and his girlfriend, 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, had been arguing recently. The two of them have a 3-month-old girl who was being cared for by family.
Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel before pulling the trigger, police spokesman Darin Snapp said. Officers had locked down the Chiefs facility by midmorning.
The team said it would play its home game against the Carolina Panthers as scheduled at noon today.
BULLS GET THE BEST OF 76ERS: Luol Deng scored a game-high 25 points, and the Bulls beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-88 Saturday night.
Richard Hamilton added 15 points for the Bulls. Joakim Noah had 12 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
SOUTH SUBURBAN CRUISES TO HOME ROUT: E.C. Central grad Michael Harris scored 27 points as South Suburban defeated Lake Michigan College 74-32. Michael Lee (T.F. South) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds.
RICK MAJERUS DIES: Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and had only one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.
Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach's longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn't return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition. He ended the school's 12-year NCAA tournament drought last season with a 26-win team that won its opening game and took top regional seed Michigan State to the wire. The Billikens were ranked for the first time since 1994-95.
VU 3-2 AT TRACK KAT KLASH: Ninth-ranked Valparaiso University picked up wins over No. 8 Sam Houston State (1,123-987) and No. 10 Stephen F. Austin (990-907) en route to a 3-2 performance Saturday at the Track Kat Klash in Hunstville, Texas. The Crusaders sit in sixth place. Alyssa Alvarez had the team's highest game of the round with a 267 in the win over Stephen F. Austin.
VU MEN WIN FOUR EVENTS AT MASTADON OPENER: Valparaiso University's men won four events at the non-team scored Mastadon Opener in Fort Wayne. Jacob Frey won the weight throw, Andrew Rixon the shot put and Nick Kowaleski the 60-meter dash. Drew Baker, Tyler Crum, Matt Filipak and Antwon Hatchett combined to win the 1,600 relay.
Brooke Hinstorff was the top VU women's finisher, placing second in the triple jump.
Around the horn
Former Bull and Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman will appear at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. today. ... The Indiana State Warriors' season-opening American Basketball Association game is at 4 p.m. today at Marquette High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, children aged 10 and under are admitted free. ... David Beckham left MLS as a two-time champion after the Los Angeles Galaxy came from a goal down to beat Houston Dynamo 3-1 in the MLS Cup on Saturday.