College track and field
PORTAGE GRAD ENGEL AN ALL-AMERICAN: Purdue shot putter Jakob Engel (Portage) finished eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark., earning All-American honors with a throw of 62 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Engel ranks second all-time at Purdue for the indoor shot put at 62-10 1/2.
WEISSENHOFER LEADS VALPO TO TWO WINS: Valparaiso's Taylor Weissenhofer totaled 20 strikeouts en route to a win and save Friday at the Hatter Classic in Deland, Fla.
Weissenhofer (4-2) tossed a one-hitter with 17 strikeouts in the Crusaders' 7-0 win over Colgate. Earlier in the day, she struck out the side in the seventh inning to pick up her first save of the season in a 1-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.
Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) scored the lone run in the opener for VU (8-6), while Lindsey Norway was 3-for-3 with two doubles, three runs and two RBIs in the nightcap.
INDIANA STATE SLIPS PAST EVANSVILLE: Justin Gant made a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining, and Devonte Brown blocked Ned Cox's shot just before the buzzer as Indiana State defeated Evansville 51-50 in the Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals on Friday.
The fifth-seeded Sycamores (18-13) advanced to play MVC regular-season champion Creighton today.
Brown led Indiana State with 11 points, but the big play was his blocked shot after the Purple Aces' length-of-the-court pass was deflected to Cox, who drove toward the basket only to have his layup try knocked away as time ran out.
RJ Mahurin scored 10 points for the Sycamores. Egidijus Mockevicius led fourth-seeded Evansville (18-14) with 11 points and seven rebounds.
PURDUE TOPS WISCONSIN: KK Houser scored 15 points, and Purdue defeated Wisconsin 74-62 on Friday in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.
Drey Mingo added 13 points, and Sam Ostarello had nine points and 11 rebounds for the third-seeded Boilermakers (22-8), who will play No. 21 Nebraska in today's first semifinal. Nebraska beat Iowa 76-61 in the first quarterfinal game on Friday.
Jacki Gulczynski led the 11th-seeded Badgers (12-19) with 21 points.
BELINELLI LIFTS BULLS OVER JAZZ: Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift the Bulls to an 89-88 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Belinelli and Carlos Boozer had 22 points apiece for Chicago.
Injured Bulls star Derrick Rose is "not quite" ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game.
"He's been cleared to do everything there is," Thibodeau said before the Bulls hosted the Utah Jazz at the United Center. "Before he makes the final step, everyone has to get together and sign off. That hasn't happened yet."
PACERS CRUISE PAST MAGIC: Paul George had 25 points; Tyler Hansbrough added 18, and the Pacers used a big first half to roll past the Orlando Magic 115-86 on Friday.
E.C. Central grad E'Twaun Moore scored six points for the Magic.
WILLIAMS' 11 3S, 42 POINTS LEAD NETS PAST WIZARDS: Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards.
Williams made his first eight shots behind the arc, becoming the first player in a decade to match the opposing team's score in the first half. He missed from straightaway with 1:08 left in the game, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
HANLON, PETERS ROUNDTABLE ONLINE: The Times prep writers Steve Hanlon and Jim Peters discuss today's regional matchups and the seven local teams in an online video that can be accessed at http://bit.ly/WxvSgE.
BETWEEN-GAME STOP AT NORTH JUDSON: St. Peter Lutheran School in North Judson will offer food, refreshments and activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for fans attending the Class 2A North Judson Regional.
Rib-eye sandwiches, Piggies and Cream pork burgers, ice cream, chips, pop, water and candy will be on sale at the school, located at 810 W. Talmer Ave., three blocks north of the high school on Ind. 10. The school will open its gym, with games, movies and Wi-Fi also available. For details, contact St. Peter Lutheran School at (574) 896‐5933, or go to www.stpeternorthjudson.org.
Around the horn
The Calumet College softball team went 2-1 on Friday at the Tucson Invitational. The Crimson Wave edged Dickinson State, 5-4, and Siena Heights, 2-1, while falling to William Penn, 4-3. … The Calumet College baseball team dropped two games Friday at the Russ Matt Invitational, losing 16-0 to Clarke University and 10-2 to Cornerstone. ... Tiger Woods set a personal best with 17 birdies over two rounds on the Blue Monster. What mattered more to him was a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Cadillac Championship. On a leaderboard packed with golf's biggest names, Woods seized control with six birdies in an eight-hole stretch around the turn. That carried him to a 7-under 65, two shots clear of former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (67). ... Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday's race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.