Sports Digest: Prairie State falls to Kankakee

2013-12-10T21:15:00Z 2013-12-26T18:49:15Z Sports Digest: Prairie State falls to Kankakee nwitimes.com
December 10, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro basketball

PACERS RALLY TO BEAT HEAT: Roy Hibbert scored 24 points, and Paul George had 15 of his 17 points during a second-half rally to lead the Pacers past Miami 90-84 Tuesday night in a matchup of the Eastern Conference's top two teams.

Indiana improved its league-best record to 19-3 and extended its lead to three full games by beating Miami at home for the fourth straight time.

LeBron James led the Heat with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

HENSON HELPS BUCKS BEAT BULLS: John Henson had 25 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Bulls 78-74 on Tuesday night in a matchup of injury-riddled teams trying to break out of a slump.

Chicago used only eight players after Joakim Noah was sidelined by a bruised right thigh. Carlos Boozer was the only starter in the lineup from the season opener at Miami.

Mike Dunleavy scored 18 of his 24 points in the second quarter, but the Bulls struggled on offense in the latter part of their fourth loss in five games. Boozer finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Pro hockey

SHARP, SAAD EACH NET 2 AS HAWKS TOP STARS: Patrick Sharp scored twice, extending his domination of the Dallas Stars, and the Blackhawks cruised to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.

Brandon Saad also scored two goals for Chicago, which has won three of the four games between the teams. One victory was in a shootout.

Sharp has four goals and four assists against the Stars this season. In his last eight games versus Dallas, he has eight goals and seven assists.

Pro baseball

EATON TO WHITE SOX IN THREE-TEAM TRADE: The Los Angeles Angels traded slugging outfielder-first baseman Mark Trumbo to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the White Sox.

Pitcher Hector Santiago moved from the White Sox to the Angels, outfielder Adam Eaton from Diamondbacks to Chicago, and left-hander Tyler Skaggs from Arizona to Los Angeles.

Arizona also will receive player to be named or cash from each of the other clubs in Tuesday's deal made at the winter meetings.

Eaton, a 25-year-old speedy leadoff hitter, was sidelined from spring training until July 9 by a sprained left elbow. He hit .252 with three homers, 22 RBIs and 44 strikeouts in 250 at-bats for the Diamondbacks this year.

Pro football

NFL MOVES BEARS-EAGLES TO NIGHT GAME: The NFL will move the matchup between the Bears and Philadelphia to the prime-time slot on Dec. 22.

The Bears (7-6) will travel to face the Eagles (8-5) at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

The New England Patriots game against the Baltimore Ravens will move to 3:25 p.m. on CBS.

MCCOWN HAS KEPT BEARS IN PLAYOFF RACE: Quarterback Josh McCown gave the Bears a fighting chance and it might be up to Jay Cutler to complete the job.

A week after a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, the Bears beat Dallas to climb back into a first-place tie with the Detroit Lions in the NFC North, although the Lions own the tiebreaker.

And it's been the play of McCown that has made it possible for the Bears (7-6) to overcome a struggling defense.

Coach Marc Trestman said there is no decision to make if Cutler's ankle sprain is healed, and that he'll start against Cleveland if healthy.

And even though McCown is third in the NFL in passer rating, he accepts the fact he'll be moving back to the sideline if it's deemed Cutler can play.

Men's basketball

PRAIRIE STATE FALLS TO KANKAKEE: Sherman Carter led the Pioneers with 20 points, but Kankakee used a 47-point second half to hand Prairie State an 86-62 loss Tuesday.

Rayshaun Bruce (14), Rodney Smith (12) and Joe Hughes (10) joined Carter in double figures.

BALANCED ILLINI DEFEAT DARTMOUTH: Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points, including a 3-pointer that helped put Illinois up by double digits late, as the Illini held off Dartmouth in a 72-65 win.

Jon Ekey, Nnanna Egwu and Joseph Bertrand added 11 points each and freshman Malcolm Hill chipped in 10 in a balanced attack by the Illini.

Illinois (9-1) was outrebounded by Dartmouth (3-4), 33-27, but the Illini offset that deficit by shooting 52 percent from the field.

GORDON'S 26 POINTS LIFT IU PAST OAKLAND: Evan Gordon scored a season-high 26 points and had the crowd chanting his name in Indiana's 81-54 rout of Oakland (2-8) on Tuesday night.

The senior guard added five rebounds and shot 10-of-12 from the field to help the Hoosiers improve to 8-2 with their second straight victory.

Troy Williams scored 13 points; Yogi Ferrell had 10, and Noah Vonleh finished with eight points and 10 rebounds as the Hoosiers shot 50 percent from the field. Indiana extended its nonconference home winning streak to 36.

IUPUI DEFEATS CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN: Ian Chiles scored 22 points; Marcellus Barksdale added a career-best 18, and IUPUI won its third straight with a 94-72 victory over Cincinnati Christian.

Around the horn

The Windy City Rollers women's roller derby season will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Broadway Armory in Edgewater, 5917 N. Broadway St. Tickets are $15. ... The Connecticut Sun won the top pick in the WNBA draft lottery on Tuesday. The Tulsa Shock earned the second pick with the San Antonio Silver Stars getting the third choice and the New York Liberty receiving the fourth pick. Top prospects in this year's draft include Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland.

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