BEARS' RODRIGUEZ ARRESTED IN MIAMI: A Bears fullback faces charges after Miami Beach police say he refused to cooperate with officers when a car he was riding in crashed.
Jail records show 24-year-old Evan Rodriguez was arrested early Thursday. He was booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer at 5:32 a.m. but released several hours later on $1,500 bail.
Following a crash Wednesday night, an arrest report says Rodriguez initially refused to identify himself to police, saying he was an NFL player and didn't need the attention. After leaving the scene and returning, police say he became confrontational, shouting at officers and the man who had been driving.
BEARS ADD TIGHT END: The Bears agreed to terms with tight end Steve Maneri on a two-year contract Thursday.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Maneri has appeared in 19 games with nine starts over two seasons (2011-12) with Kansas City after entering the NFL with Houston in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Temple University.
BLAZERS SWEEP BULLS: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points; Damian Lillard added 24, and the Portland Trail Blazers completed a season sweep of the Bulls with a 99-89 victory on Thursday night.
Portland took the season series with the Bulls for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Blazers beat Chicago 102-94 on Nov. 18 in their other meeting this season.
Joakim Noah had 18 points, and Carlos Boozer added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Chicago.
RAILCATS TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY: Single-game tickets for the RailCats season will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday at U.S. Steel Yard.
Individual ticket prices remain $10 for box seats and $9 for reserved seats. Kids aged 12 and under and seniors receive a $1 discount. New for 2013, outfield terrace seats will cost $5 for Sunday through Thursday home games. They are $7 on Friday and Saturday.
Tickets will be available for purchase in person at the box office from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, by phone at (219) 882-2255 or online at railcatsbaseball.com.
PUC 19TH IN POSTSEASON POLL: After earning a berth in the NAIA national tournament for the first time in nearly two decades, Purdue Calumet closed out the 2012-13 season with a No. 19 ranking in the NAIA Div. II Postseason Coaches' Top 25 poll.
PUC wrapped up its second consecutive 20-win season with a 58-44 loss to No. 17 Grand View in the opening round of the tourney. The Peregrines set a school record with 2,555 points, ranking fourth in the NAIA Div. II at 82.4 points per game.
WIDEMAN, SCHLOTMAN HONORED: Munster's Michael Schlotman has been named to the Subway-IBCA Senior All-State first team, while Lake Central's Tyler Wideman has been named to the Underclass All-State first team. Valparaiso University recruit Clay Yeo of Triton is also on the Senior team.
BROWNSBURG'S MAVUNGA SELECTED MISS BASKETBALL: Brownsburg's Stephanie Mavunga won the latest round as Indiana's top high school girls player — barely.
The 6-foot-4 star who led Brownsburg to its first sectional title in 12 years, Mavunga edged Hamilton Southeastern's Taya Reimer to win the IndyStar's Miss Basketball Award in the closest voting since 1999. Mavunga received 79 votes, five more than Reimer.
Around the horn
"Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" will rebroadcast an interview with Purdue Calumet exercise physiologist John Bobalik about body composition and its relationship to good fitness and health at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Justin Rose shot a 7-under 65, giving him a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.