LATE CORNER KICK GIVES CAL COLLEGE WIN: Mallory Defries scored on a corner kick in the 84th minute of Wednesday's game to give Calumet College a 2-1 victory over Holy Cross College (3-6, 0-3) in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
Sandra Narvaez gave the Crimson Wave (4-5, 1-2) a 1-0 lead at 6:48 of the first half on a feed from Maritza Salas.
VU PAIR HONORED: Valparaiso senior linebacker Patrick Derbak has been chosen to play in the fourth annual FCS Senior Scout Bowl on Dec. 21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The committee recognizes the top four players in each position every year.
Derbak is second on the Crusaders in tackles with 29. His three tackles for a loss are a team-high.
Senior teammate Alex Grask has been named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's William V. Campbell Trophy. Candidates for the award must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, carry at least a 3.2 grade point average, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
ETLING NAMED STARTING QB AT PURDUE: Purdue coach Darrell Hazell chose freshman Danny Etling as the starting quarterback Wednesday and moved former starter Rob Henry to safety.
Hazell also suspended two receivers following their arrests earlier this week. Starter B.J. Knauf will miss the next two games, lose ticket privileges for those games and must fulfill a community service requirement. Little-used backup Jordan Woods has been suspended indefinitely.
The moves came on a busy afternoon during Purdue's bye week.
Etling was expected to be named the starter after Henry was yanked late in the first half of Saturday's 55-24 loss to Northern Illinois after throwing two interceptions on potential scoring drives. Henry, one of the team's most respected leaders, will now try to help fortify a secondary that has been hit hard by injuries this season.
DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYS SERVICE ACADEMY GAMES WILL GO ON: A senior defense official says U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown.
The official said Wednesday the decision affects this weekend's games only, and future games will be evaluated as events unfold in the coming days.
The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds, and have been long planned. Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy in Annapolis, Md.
The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.
PUC SEASON TICKETS ON SALE: Season ticket packages for the 2013-14 Purdue University Calumet season are on sale. Each package includes two season passes for all 30 men’s and women’s games at the Fitness and Recreation.
PUC is offering four packages -- Peregrine Basketball, faculty/staff, teen and family. In addition to the season passes, each plan also includes free parking and admission for children age 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased at www.purduecalsports.com or by calling (219) 989-2540.
BEARS' DEFENSE COMING OFF BAD OUTING: While Bears defensive players have been called "thugs" by Detroit Lions vice chairman Bill Ford Jr., they aren't quite sure if they meet that description based on their own failures on the field.
The Bears defense is going through a rough early season despite causing a league-high 14 turnovers. They have been burned through the air and on the ground the past two weeks.
Trying to find a way to stop the free fall won't be easy considering they face an explosive New Orleans Saints team Sunday at Soldier Field.
COBB, RAYS SHUT OUT INDIANS IN AL WILD CARD: Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the Indians' unexpected season.
Delmon Young homered in the third inning off rookie Danny Salazar as the Rays, playing in their third city over four days, advanced to face the AL East champion Boston Red Sox in the division series starting Friday.
Cobb's comeback in August from his frightening injury helped stabilize the Rays, who have spent the past two weeks winning crucial games to make the postseason for the fourth time in six years.
LEBRON TOPS NBA'S GLOBAL JERSEY SALES LIST: LeBron James' jersey is the NBA's biggest seller worldwide.
The Miami Heat star tops the league's global list of top-selling jerseys for the 2012-13 season, edging Derrick Rose of the Bulls, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James' Heat teammate Dwyane Wade for the No. 1 spot.
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