PUC AIMS FOR SHARE OF CCAC TITLE: With a share of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title on the line, Purdue Calumet will face Roosevelt University at 1 p.m. today in RU's Goodman Center.
The Peregrines dropped a 101-97 decision to the Lakers in January.
VU'S GERARDOT EARNS ACADEMIC AWARD: Valparaiso junior forward Tabitha Gerardot has been named the Horizon League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month.
On the court, Gerardot averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game in January. She posted four double-doubles, including a career-high 33 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Milwaukee. She's 12th on the Valpo all-time scoring list (1,061). In the classroom, Gerardot carries a 3.91 GPA while double majoring in French and Spanish. She has begun taking graduate-level classes and is a member of Christ College. She has earned Presidential academic honors and has made the Dean’s List.
VALPO LOSES SEASON OPENER: Valparaiso scored twice in the ninth inning but fell short in a 4-3 season-opening road loss to Belmont on Friday.
Michael Morman had an RBI double in the ninth, and Bryce Hara added an RBI groundout. Hara was the potential tying run, but he was stranded on first base.
HAWKS BEAT SHARKS: Marcus Kruger and Andrew Shaw scored during Chicago's strong second period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.
Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson also scored for the Blackhawks, who remain the league's only team without a regulation loss. Jamal Mayers had two assists and backup Ray Emery made 27 saves for his fourth win in four starts this season.
COLTS DECIDE NOT TO RE-SIGN FREENEY, COLLIE: The Colts said Friday they will not re-sign former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney or oft-injured receiver Austin Collie.
Both will become unrestricted free agents next month.
Freeney, Indy's career sacks leader, turns 33 next week. His sacks totals declined for a third straight year in 2012, this time after moving from defensive end to outside linebacker. Collie just couldn't stay healthy.
Track and field
PISTORIUS FACES PREMEDITATED MURDER CHARGE: Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter who won world acclaim by competing in last summer's Olympics, broke into loud sobs on Friday after prosecutors announced a charge of premeditated murder against him in the shooting death of his model girlfriend.
The 26-year-old athlete held his head and wept upon learning of the charge, the most serious under South African law, which carries a mandatory life sentence. He did not speak or enter a plea, but a statement released later by his family and agent said Pistorius disputed the murder charge "in the strongest terms."
The track star's arrest in the Valentine's Day killing of 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp shocked South Africa, where Pistorius was a national hero dubbed the Blade Runner for his high-tech prosthetics and revered for overcoming his disability to compete in the London Games.
PAYTON, HARDAWAY LEAD LIST OF HALL FINALISTS: Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond were among 12 finalists announced Friday for election into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Houston Cougars coach Guy Lewis, current Louisville coach Rick Pitino and UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian also are finalists for the 2013 class. The others included former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks, Spencer Haywood and Bernard King, longtime North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell and five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley. Boston Celtics great Tom Heinsohn, already inducted as a player, is a finalist in the coaching category.
Around the horn
One week after his best finish in more than a year, Fredrik Jacobson birdied the two toughest holes at Riviera on his way to a 6-under 65 on Friday and a share of the lead with Sang-Moon Bae going into the weekend at the Northern Trust Open. ... An emotional Serena Williams secured the No. 1 ranking after coming from a set down to beat former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals Friday. The 31-year-old American will become the oldest women's player to be No. 1 in next week's rankings. ... Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year.