PEREGRINES EARN NAIA TOURNAMENT BID: The Purdue Calumet women's team jumped to the No. 13 spot in the final regular season NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll to earn an at-large bid to the NAIA Division II tournament.
The tourney will be played March 6 to 13 at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Purdue Cal will face No. 19 Grand View in the opening round at 8:45 p.m March 7.
This will be the Peregrines' second appearance in the tournament, the first since the 1995-96 season when they earned an automatic berth after winning the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference title.
SOUTH SUBURBAN WOMEN, MEN BEGIN PLAYOFFS: The South Suburban College men's and women's teams will host their NJCAA Region IV-A Tournament openers tonight. The women take on College of Lake County at 5 p.m. The men will host the winner of Wright and Black Hawk East at 7 p.m.
PROSECUTOR DROPS DRUG CASE AGAINST BEARS' WEBB: A prosecutor said Wednesday he will not pursue marijuana possession charges against Bears offensive lineman J'Marcus Webb, who was charged after a traffic stop in southern Illinois over the weekend.
Pulaski County State's Attorney Grayson Gile said the pot charges related to Webb's arrest Sunday night have been dropped, the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported. Gile told the newspaper the case lends itself to a "fair and equitable" resolution.
Authorities said a deputy stopped the 24-year-old Webb for speeding on Interstate 57 in Pulaski County, in far southern Illinois along the Ohio River. Webb was freed Monday on bond.
"Headed to Texas to train," Webb tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "I apologize."
Sheriff Randy Kern and Gile did not return repeated telephone messages left Wednesday by The Associated Press. Online court records show the alleged traffic-related offenses but not the drug-related charges or whether Webb has an attorney. The county's circuit clerk's office declined to provide details when reached by phone.
Bears spokesman Mike Corbo said the franchise was aware of the matter and was seeking specifics about it. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would look into it.
SOURCE SAYS 49ERS TO SEND SMITH TO K.C.: The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers in the first major acquisition since Andy Reid took over as the team's new coach in early January, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot become official until March 12, when the NFL's new business year begins. Another person familiar with the swap said the 49ers will get a second-round pick in April's draft, No. 34 overall, and a conditional pick in the 2014 draft.
HIBBERT, LEE SUSPENDED AFTER WARRIORS-PACERS FIGHT: Pacers center Roy Hibbert and Warriors forward David Lee have each been suspended a game without pay for starting an altercation during their game that drifted into the courtside seats.
Three other players were fined for the incident in the fourth quarter of Indiana's 108-97 home win Tuesday. Hibbert was ejected after the skirmish, which began when he and Lee exchanged shoves under the basket after a missed shot.
The NBA said Wednesday that the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson and the Pacers' Lance Stephenson were fined $35,000 each for escalating the fight.
Hibbert will sit out today at home against the Clippers. He will forfeit more than $124,000.
TONI KUKOC TO APPEAR AT BRIDGES': Former Bull and three-time NBA champion Toni Kukoc will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports Bar in Griffith. Admission is $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Call Bridges' at (219) 924-2206 for details.
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Tryouts for the Munster Magic 14-and-under girls travel softball team run from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Lansing Christian School gym, 3660 Randolph St. ... The Cubs' Starlin Castro left in the bottom of the fourth inning after pulling up on a ground ball to shortstop Wednesday during an 11-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs said their shortstop had left hamstring tightness and was being evaluated. ... Four Alabama players have been dismissed from the team following their arrests after two robberies on campus. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway "are no longer associated with the football program."