L.C. TICKETS ON SALE: The Lake Central athletic department is selling tickets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today for Friday's Class 6A Regional 1 championship game against visiting Penn. Game time is 6:30 p.m.
All tickets are $7 and must be purchased for any student in kindergarten and up. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket must enter through door "C" on the east side of the building.
MUNSTER HOSTS MISHAWKA FRIDAY: Tickets are $6 for Munster's Class 5A Sectional 9 championship game against visiting Mishawaka. No season passes will be honored. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
BULLDOGS TO TAKE ON DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS: South Suburban College will be tested early in its season, as defending NJCAA Division II National Champion and No. 1-ranked Rend Lake will face the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. today in South Holland.
Thornton's Antonio Levy and Charles Knowles and Crete-Monee's Gary Evans Jr. and Marius Hopkins are SSC's top players.
NEW NCAA HOOPS RULES DESIGNED TO INCREASE SCORING: The NCAA's new rules for college basketball are designed to increase scoring and bring an offensive flow back to the game.
Instead, they may bog the game down more, particularly early in the season as teams adjust to the way the game is being called.
Scoring in college basketball last season dropped to its lowest point since 1951-52.
To combat the increased physical play, the NCAA altered its rules for this season. Defenders will no longer be able to hand check, use two hands on an opposing player or use an arm bar. The block/charge rule also was altered, requiring defenders to be in position before the offensive player makes his upward motion.
WENNING LEADS BALL STATE PAST CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Keith Wenning threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns, and Horactio Banks had 11 carries for 143 yards and a score to help Ball State beat Central Michigan 44-24 on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (9-1, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) have won seven straight since falling at North Texas on Sept. 14. They are at No. 22 Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0) next Wednesday night in a key West Division game and will close the regular season at home against Miami of Ohio on Nov. 19.
Ball State has won 11 consecutive conference games, one shy of the school record set in 1977-78.
Wenning completed 20 of 29 passes without an interception. Cooper Rush was 20 of 32 for 284 yards and a touchdown for Central Michigan (3-6, 2-3). He also ran for a score.
PENCHANT FOR COMEBACKS PUTS COLTS AHEAD OF THE GAME: Andrew Luck and the Colts know the comeback rules.
Stay positive, don't let outside influences become a distraction, don't let anybody dictate what can or cannot accomplish.
It's an attitude that was instilled long before Luck arrived in Indianapolis last spring, and it's an attitude that still permeates now thanks in large part to longtime veterans such as Robert Mathis, Adam Vinatieri and Reggie Wayne.
Luck has produced 10 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter — sometimes when it seemed the Colts (6-2) had no business winning. Trailing by 18 points Sunday late in the third quarter at Houston, Luck found a way to produce three TDs in 11 minutes to pull out a win.
NEW YORK LAWYER TO INVESTIGATE DOLPHINS CASE: A senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases has been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Miami Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report.
Ted Wells has begun his work and does not have a timetable for completing it, Goodell said Wednesday.
Wells' report will be made public. He has conducted special investigations into the Syracuse basketball sexual harassment case, and the NBA players union leadership dispute. In the latter case, his report led to a change in the head of the union.
The Dolphins have pledged full support in the investigation, the NFL said. A troubled relationship between linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito left both players sidelined.
NADAL CLINCHES YEAR-END NO. 1 AT ATP FINALS: Rafael Nadal clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking for the third time by defeating Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (6) Wednesday at the ATP finals.
Nadal, who beat Wawrinka for the 12th straight match, can't be overtaken by No. 2 Novak Djokovic.