BEARS' JEFFERY MAKES PRO BOWL: Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is headed to his first Pro Bowl.
The NFL announced Thursday that he will replace injured Detroit star Calvin Johnson, a reward for a breakout season in his second year in the league.
Jeffery's 1,421 yards receiving this season ranked second in franchise history and his 89 receptions were sixth most.
He and Brandon Marshall are the first pair of Bears receivers to make the Pro Bowl in the same season. Chicago running back Matt Forte was also selected.
IRISH RECEIVER DANIELS NOT ENROLLED FOR SPRING: Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is not enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring semester, becoming the third high-profile Fighting Irish athlete in the past year to be suspended from school for academic problems.
Michael Bertsch, the school's director of football media relations, said Thursday because of privacy laws he couldn't comment further on why Daniels wasn't enrolled. But he released a statement from Daniels saying he plans to be back in time for next season.
Jerian Grant, the leading scorer on the basketball team, was suspended last month for an academic violation and quarterback Everett Golson missed the fall semester. Grant has said he intends to return to school next fall and play his senior season, and Golson, who has two years of eligibility left, has been readmitted to school for the spring semester.
PUMAS LOSE TO WILLIAM JEWELL: Cameron Vines led a quartet of players in double figures with 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, but St. Joseph's fell to William Jewell 103-86 on Thursday. Ryan Rebholz added 15 points on five 3-pointers for the Pumas (4-9).
IPFW SHOOTS PAST NORTH DAKOTA STATE: Luis Jacobo scored 20 points and IPFW was near perfect from the free throw line in beating North Dakota State (11-5, 0-1 Summit) 82-71 in a Summit League conference opener for both schools on Thursday night. Steve Forbes added 14 for IPFW (13-5, 1-0).
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE CLOSES OUT IUPUI: Jordan Dykstra scored 26 points, and Cody Larson added another 22 as South Dakota State (9-7, 1-0 Summit) opened Summit League play with an 86-70 win over IUPUI.
Ian Chiles had 21 points to lead IUPUI (5-13, 0-1 Summit), with Khufu Najee and Mitch Patton adding 15 and 14 points, respectively. Marcellus Barksdale added another 10.
DEPAUL BEATS BUTLER IN 2OTS: Cleveland Melvin scored the go-ahead basket with 45 seconds left in the second overtime, finished with 30 points, and led the DePaul Blue Demons (9-8, 1-3 Big East) to a 99-94 double-overtime victory over the Butler Bulldogs.
Kellen Dunham scored 30 points and tied a career-best with six 3-pointers. Kameron Woods had 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-5, 0-3), who are on a season-worst three-game skid.
NO. 20 IOWA RIPS NORTHWESTERN: Aaron White had 18 points and 10 rebounds; Melsahn Basabe added 16 points with 10 boards, and No. 20 Iowa (13-3, 2-1 Big Ten) routed Northwestern 93-67.
JerShon Cobb had 18 points to lead Northwestern (7-9, 0-3).
ALLEN LEADS PURDUE CALUMET OVER PNC: Noah Allen led five players in double figures with 19 points, as Purdue Calumet defeated Purdue North Central 92-68 in Chicagoland Colleigate Athletic Conference action Wednesday. Kaspars Brencans had a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Peregrines (13-3, 5-1). Dioscar Gomez had 17 points, Roddy Richardson 12 and Duron Ivery 10.
Tyler Kowalkowski led the Panthers (4-11, 0-6) with 18 points. Shereff Knight (Michigan City) added 17, while Allan Barnes had 14.
MCBRIDE PACES NO. 2 IRISH TO WIN: Kayla McBride had 20 points and eight rebounds; Taya Reimer added 15 points, and second-ranked Notre Dame made 62 percent of its shots to beat Boston College 95-53 Thursday night, handing the Eagles their worst loss this season.
The Fighting Irish (2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) improved to 14-0 for just the third time in program history.
NORTHWESTERN EDGES NO. 21 PURDUE: Maggie Lyon scored 20 points, and Christen Inman added 18 more as Northwestern (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) upset No. 21 Purdue 71-68.
Camille Redmon led the Boilermakers (10-4, 0-2) with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
NO. 14 PENN STATE HOLDS OFF ILLINOIS: Maggie Lucas scored 24 points as No. 14 Penn State (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) beat Illinois 82-76.
Ivory Crawford had 25 points and seven assists for Illinois (7-8, 0-2).
PUMAS FALL AT HOME: Kiki Lyons led St. Joseph's College with 22 points, but the Pumas (2-8) dropped an 84-74 decision to William Jewell despite shooting 53 percent from the field.
Jasmyne Reynolds and Tonisha Sanders joined Lyons in double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.
Around the horn
Regional Radio Sports Network's Mike Knezevich was the co-winner of Indiana's Sportcaster of the Year. He tied with Don Fischer. It's the fourth award for Knezevich. ... Purdue Calumet exercise physiologist/fitness center director John Bobalik discusses fitness tips on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Jay Gruden was hired as the Washington Redskins' coach Thursday, succeeding Mike Shanahan and joining a 3-13 team after working the last three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. ... Auburn tailback Tre Mason is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. ... Dan LeBatard has been kicked out of the Baseball Writers' Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of Fame votes after the Miami Herald columnist turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers to choose the selections.