Sports Digest: No. 3 South Suburban topples No. 1 Cincinnati State

2013-12-29T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T21:08:15Z Sports Digest: No. 3 South Suburban topples No. 1 Cincinnati State nwitimes.com

Men's basketball

BULLDOGS TOP NO. 1 CINCI STATE: Behind 22 points from Jalen Brown, South Suburban College held off a second-half surge from Cincinnati State as the NJCAA No. 3 Bulldogs beat the No. 1 Surge 75-72 on Sunday. 

SSC held a 41-32 lead at halftime.

Korbin McClain chipped in 14 points for the Bulldogs (13-2) as teammate Charles Knowles added 10.

PEREGRINES ENDS 2013 WITH WIN: With a 72054 win over U-M Dearborn on Sunday, Purdue Calumet ends the year with a victory and enters 2014 with a 12-2 record, tying the 1982-83 team.

Kasapars Brencans scored a team-high 15 points with nine rebounds to lead three players in double figures. Noah Allen had 14 points and Drew Ridlen had 12 off the bench. Allen chipped in a career-high seven assists.

Pro football

BROWNS FIRE COACH ROB CHUDZINSKI: Rob Chudzinski didn't even get a full year to fix the dreadful Browns.

Cleveland's front office fired Chudzinski on Sunday night following his first season, which started promising but ended with a seven-game losing streak and a 4-12 record.

Chudzinski had only been in place since Jan. 11, when the Ohio native and lifelong Browns fan was hired for his dream position by owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. The Browns were 4-5 after a win over Baltimore on Nov. 3, but they collapsed in the final two months, blowing several late leads and the organization decided to cut ties before heading into a second season with Chudzinski.

Auto racing

FORMER F1 DRIVER SCHUMACHER IN CRITICAL CONDITION: Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher was in critical condition after undergoing brain surgery following a skiing accident in the French Alps on Sunday, doctors said.

The Grenoble University Hospital Center said the retired racing driver arrived at the clinic in a coma and underwent immediate surgery for a serious head trauma.

It was not clear whether the 44-year-old Schumacher was still in a coma but the hospital statement, which was signed by a neurosurgeon, an anesthesiologist and Marc Penaud, the hospital's deputy director, said "he remains in a critical condition."

Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste in Meribel earlier Sunday and hit his head on a rock, according to a statement from the resort. Resort managers said he had been wearing a helmet and was conscious when rescuers first responded to the scene.

Pro hockey

PENS TOP BLUE JACKETS: James Neal scored three times and had two assists, and Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal and set up two other tallies to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Sunday night.

Chris Kunitz added his 21st goal and two assists, and Jeff Zatkoff made 25 saves for the Penguins, who have won all four meetings with Columbus this season.

Neal scored twice on the power play, including his third goal of the night and 14th of the season with 2:27 left — giving him a career-high five points.

Brandon Dubinsky, Corey Tropp and Nikita Nikitin scored for the Blue Jackets before their biggest home crowd of the season, 18,871. Nikitin also had an assist.

In other NHL action Sunday,

* Ryan Miller made 49 saves to carry Buffalo to a 2-1 shootout win over Washington.

Drew Stafford netted Buffalo's goal in regulation, and Steve Ott scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round as the Sabres improved to 5-0-1 in their last six home games after starting 3-12-1 there.

* Brian Campbell, Aleksander Barkov and Dmitry Kulikov all scored in Florida's 4-1 win over Montreal.

Sean Bergenheim added an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left. Tom Gilbert had two assists. Kulikov's goal was his first in 28 games.

The Canadiens had two goals disallowed.

* Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal 4:49 into overtime, giving St. Louis a 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas.

Jaden Schwartz had a goal in his fifth straight game, and T.J. Oshie also scored for the Blues, who improved to 12-0-1 against Central Division opponents. Brian Elliott made 28 saves.

Dallas overcame a 2-0 deficit with second-period goals by Jamie Benn and Ryan Garbutt.

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