PEYTON MANNING NAMED NFL MVP: Peyton Manning has won his fifth Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.
The Broncos' record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC's best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote. Manning was also named the Offensive Player of the Year.
The Carolina Panthers also grabbed two major awards, with Ron Rivera winning AP NFL Coach of the Year and linebacker Luke Kuechly voted top defensive player. Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson were the top rookies for 2013. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers took the Comeback Player of the Year award.
Bears cornerback Charles Tillman won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.
The award recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence. Tillman is the fifth Bears player to be honored with the award, joining Payton (1977), Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990) and Jim Flanigan (2000).
"As a Chicago Bear, this award has a special meaning to me," Tillman said.
NO. 18 PEREGRINES RUN PAST OLIVET: Purdue Calumet moved into a two-way tie atop the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings by beating Olivet Nazarene 114-101 at home Saturday.
The Peregrines (17-5, 10-1) had all five starters in double-figure scoring. Tierra Turner posted a season-high 26 points to go along with her 10 rebounds and five assists. Patrice McBee had a season-best 24 points, while pulling down 13 rebounds. Brooklyn Short had a different double-double, finishing with 16 points and 11 assists. Kami Graber scored 21 points, and Cassidy Deno added 12.
ST. JOSEPH'S FALLS TO NO. 20 LEWIS: Despite Jasmyne Reynolds' 26 points, St. Joseph's upset bid over NCAA Division II No. 20 Lewis came up short as the Pumas (5-13, 3-8) fell 79-73 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game.
Marian Catholic grad Jamie Johnson and Mariyah Brawner-Henley both hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Flyers (16-3, 10-1).
NO. 17 LEWIS TOPS ST. JOSEPH'S: St. Joseph's was outrebunded 40-23 in falling to NCAA Division II No. 17 Lewis 85-76 Saturday in a GLVC game.
Cameron Vines led the Pumas (4-17, 1-10) with 27 points. Dawson Gore hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points.
Homewood-Flossmoor graduate Julian Lewis had 11 points for the Flyers (16-3, 8-3).
PUC FALLS TO OLIVET: Purdue Calumet lost its CCAC game to visiting Olivet Nazarene 92-82. The Peregrines (16-7, 8-5) were led by Noah Allen's 26 points, a career best. He also had eight steals and six assists. Roddy Richardson scored 21 points for the Peregrines, and Kaspars Brencans added 11.
HIGHLAND FIGHTER A WINNER: Saturday's "Horseshoe Presents: Hitz Boxing's Fight Night at the Belvedere" in Elk Grove Village saw Fidel Navarrette (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Highland beat James Owens (5-15, 2 KOs) of Milwaukee in a super featherweight bout.
BUBBA WATSON LEADS AT PHOENIX OPEN: A desert critter saved leader Bubba Watson at least a stroke Saturday in the Phoenix Open. Some pigskin play cost Phil Mickelson to the chagrin of the rowdiest fans in the largest crowd in golf history.
The estimated 189,722 fans had a lot to see on a sunny, cool day at TPC Scottsdale.
Watson's drive on the par-5 13th went into a desert bush and tumbled into a burrowing animal hole, giving him a free drop. He ended up saving par on the way to a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead at 15 under.
Mickelson made a double bogey on the par-3 16th hole, the 20,000-seat stadium hole where he "lost focus" thinking about throwing footballs into the crowd. He had a 72 to drop to 3 under.
WONDOLOWSKI DOUBLE LEADS U.S. PAST SOUTH KOREA: Chris Wondolowski scored both goals in the United States' 2-0 victory over South Korea in an international friendly Saturday.
Wondolowski strengthened his case for inclusion on the U.S. World Cup squad for Brazil with his sixth and seventh goals in his last eight appearances for the U.S. team, which was missing several top players.
The Americans' won their 13th straight home match, thrilling a flag-waving sellout crowd at StubHub Center.