Sports Digest: MVP Daniels leads Calumet College to Classic title

2013-12-14T21:15:00Z 2013-12-26T18:46:17Z Sports Digest: MVP Daniels leads Calumet College to Classic title nwitimes.com
December 14, 2013 9:15 pm

Women's basketball

MVP DANIELS LEADS CAL COLLEGE: Tournament MVP Crystal Daniels had 14 points and 11 assists as Calumet College rolled over Greenville, 84-57, in the title game of the MacMurray College Classic on Saturday.

Dominique Edwards' 16 points topped CCSJ. Briana Marble added 15 and China Cordova 11 to the balanced attack.

MARIAN TOPS IUN: Indiana University Northwest (8-6) shot 37 percent for the game and missed 10 free throws Saturday in losing at Marian (7-5), 65-53, despite 19 points from Nicki Monahan.

Megan Holland added 16 points and 11 rebounds for IUN.

Men's basketball

NO. 4 SOUTH SUBURBAN HANGS ON: Antonio Levy scored 25 of his game-high 27 points in the second half as No. 4-ranked South Suburban College (11-2) outlasted the Joliet Wolves, 64-54.

Korbin McClain added 11 points for the Bulldogs, who trailed by 10 at the half, 28-18.

IUN FALLS TO TRINITY CHRISTIAN: Cody Artuso's 19 points and 10 rebounds weren't enough as Indiana University Northwest (3-8) lost to visiting Trinity Christian College, 81-71. Brandon Grubl (Morgan Township) added 17 points for the hosts.

PRAIRIE STATE CAN'T RECOVER: The host Pioneers (3-10) couldn't overcome a 32-19 halftime deficit against Lincoln Land Community College and lost 69-60. James Hill and Rodney Smith finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Pro basketball

RAPTORS BEAT BULLS: Kyle Lowry scored 16 points; Jonas Valancius added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Bulls 99-77 Saturday night.

Luol Deng led Chicago with 17 points, and Mike Dunleavy Jr. scored 14 as the Bulls lost for the 10th time in their last 13 games.

Pro hockey

TORONTO CRUISES PAST HAWKS: Joffrey Lupul and Peter Holland each scored twice to help the Toronto Maple Leafs end a three-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Blackhawks on Saturday.

The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak to Chicago going back to February 2003.

Before the game, the Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Jason LaBarbera to the Blackhawks for future considerations.

College football

TEXAS COACH MACK BROWN RESIGNS: Texas announced that coach Mack Brown has stepped down Saturday and that the Alamo Bowl against Oregon on Dec. 30 will be his last game with the Longhorns.

Brown led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship and ranks second at the school in career victories. He's stepping down after 16 seasons — and one tumultuous week of reports and speculation that this was coming.

He is 158-47 at Texas, but 30-20 the last four seasons, including 19-17 in the Big 12.

REYNOLDS, NAVY RUN TO WIN OVER ARMY: Keenan Reynolds ran through steady snow and swirling wind into the NCAA record book and Navy (8-4) beat Army (3-9) 34-7 on Saturday for its 12th consecutive victory in the series.

Reynolds scored on touchdown runs of 47 yards, 11 yards and 1 yard. The sophomore has 29 rushing touchdowns, breaking the single-season mark for a quarterback previously held by Ricky Dobbs (Navy, 2009) and Collin Klein (Kansas State, 2011), both of whom had 27. Reynolds ran 30 times for 136 yards on a frozen, snow-covered field.

Men's soccer

NOTRE DAME, MARYLAND SET FOR FINAL: In the summer of 1980, an 18-year-old professional soccer hopeful named Sasho Cirovski left his home in Canada to go on trial with Scotland's Aberdeen F.C.

Getting the opportunity to play with the Aberdeen youth team, Cirovski's first coach was Bobby Clark, a standout Scottish goalkeeper who, at the time, was transitioning from playing to coaching.

Their initial encounter did not go particularly well.

"My first memory was he didn't play me the first game," Cirovski recalled. "And I wasn't happy."

Since then, Cirovski and Clark have developed a strong bond that has spread across four decades and two continents, with both men growing into two of the most respected college soccer coaches in America.

Today, the friends will collide in the NCAA men's soccer championship at PPL Park, with Cirovski's Maryland team taking on Clark's Notre Dame squad.

Maryland (17-3-5), seeded fifth in the 48-team NCAA tournament field, beat Virginia 2-1, and third-seeded Notre Dame (16-1-6) shut out New Mexico 2-0 in the semifinals Friday to set up the all-ACC College Cup final.

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