IHSA RULES ON LEO-SETON ACADEMY FIGHT: The Illinois High School Association has announced a series of preliminary penalties against Leo High School and Seton Academy stemming from a fight that occurred during a boy’s basketball contest between the two schools Dec. 20.
The altercation took place late in the fourth quarter and the game was never resumed, resulting in a cancellation.
The head coaches from both schools (Leo’s Noah Cannon and Seton’s Justin Domingo) and multiple players from each team have been suspended for their Dec. 26 contests: Seton vs. King, 9 a.m. at the McDipper Holiday Tournament; Leo vs. Joliet Central 4 p.m.
A meeting between officials from the IHSA, Leo and Seton Academy has been scheduled for later this week to discuss additional penalties that may be levied as a result of the incident.
"These actions have no place in athletics at any level and will not be tolerated,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman.
PIERCE FINED FOR FOUL ON PACERS' HILL: Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce has been fined $15,000 for his flagrant foul on George Hill of the Pacers.
Pierce was ejected in the third quarter of Indiana's 103-86 win Monday. George Hill stole a bad pass and was going in for a layup, and Pierce hustled back and appeared to be trying to wrap him up. But his arm ended up going around Hill's neck for a clothesline tackle.
Referees ruled it a flagrant 2 after review, an automatic ejection. The NBA said Tuesday that Pierce made "excessive and unnecessary contact."
COWBOYS OWNER JONES SAYS ROMO MIGHT STILL PLAY: Dallas owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys aren't ruling Tony Romo out of a winner-take-all game against Philadelphia because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury.
Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that his quarterback has proven he can play with pain but won't if doctors advise against it.
The Cowboys (8-7) and Eagles (9-6) are playing Sunday night in Dallas' third straight season finale against an NFC East rival with the division title and a playoff berth on the line.
Romo was the starter in losses to the New York Giants two years ago and Redskins last season.
He injured his back in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 24-23 win at Washington. Kyle Orton, who hasn't started a game since 2011, is the backup.
Jones said he had lengthy discussions with Romo and his doctors Monday about getting the 33-year-old ready to play. The owner wouldn't discuss the details of Romo's injury.
"If you know Tony, you can't imagine what a competitor he is, and he doesn't want to miss a snap," Jones said. "He was very disappointed, particularly disappointed for his team, repeated over and over again, 'Jerry, I can't tell you how badly I feel relative to you and relative to my teammates.'"
WINSTON NAMED AP NATIONAL PLAYER OF YEAR: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is The Associated Press player of the year.
It's the latest honor in a cadre of postseason accolades for the redshirt freshman. He won the Heisman Trophy, was named the Walter Camp national player of the year, the Davey O'Brien quarterback of the year and the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.
Winston was a landslide winner in AP player of the year voting after setting Atlantic Coast Conference freshman records for yards passing and touchdown passes. He received 49 out of 56 votes cast by AP Top 25 college football poll voters.
Winston leads the No.1-ranked Seminoles against No. 2 Auburn in the BCS championship game Jan. 6.
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.
GLOBETROTTERS COME TO HAMMOND CIVIC CENTER ON JAN. 4: The Harlem Globetrotters will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Hammond Civic Center. The game is part of the “Fans Rule” world tour.
Fans can vote at www. harlemglobetrotters.com/rule on which events will take place during the game. Tickets start at $16. They are available by calling (866) 468-3401 or visiting www.harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.