Sports Digest: Purdue loses guard Sterling Carter to knee injury

2014-02-24T22:00:00Z 2014-02-25T16:37:16Z Sports Digest: Purdue loses guard Sterling Carter to knee injury nwitimes.com
February 24, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

PURDUE LOSES CARTER TO KNEE INJURY: Purdue guard Sterling Carter will miss the rest of the season with a season-ending knee injury.

Coach Matt Painter issued a statement Monday saying that Carter, a senior, had torn the ACL and medial and lateral menisci in his right knee during Sunday's 76-57 loss at Nebraska. The injury occurred when Carter was making a drive to the basket.

Carter was averaging 4.8 points in 15.1 minutes this season after transferring from Seattle University. He was third on the team in 3-pointers (28) and second in steals (25). Carter's best game came in an 82-64 rout of Indiana when he scored 19 points and was 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

Painter called it "very unfortunate" to see Carter's college career end with an injury.

The Boilermakers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) host No. 16 Michigan on Wednesday.

Pro baseball

SOX SLUGGER DUNN MAY ATTEND OSCARS: Adam Dunn might be headed to the Oscars.

The White Sox slugger had a small role as a bartender in "The Dallas Buyers Club" and has an invitation to Sunday's Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The movie, starring Matthew McConaughey, has been nominated for six Oscars, including best picture.

Dunn says he would like to go if possible. Manager Robin Ventura says he has no problem with Dunn missing a day and thinks he should.

Said Ventura: "It's a cool thing. That movie would not have been as good without him."

If Dunn goes, he would probably play Sunday afternoon, Ventura said, and then be off Monday.

Pro football

BEARS SIGN CENTER, SAFETY: The Bears on Monday signed center Taylor Boggs and safety Derrick Martin to one-year contracts.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Boggs appeared in one contest during the 2013 season for the Bears, the first of his three-year NFL career. Boggs spent the prior two seasons with the Jets after joining New York as an undrafted free agent out of Humboldt State in 2011.

Martin saw action in seven contests for Chicago last season, recording six special teams tackles and one defensive stop. The 5-10, 198-pound University of Wyoming product appeared in 73 games with four starts during his eight-year NFL career with Baltimore (2006-08), Green Bay (2009-10), the New York Giants (2011), New England (2012) and Chicago (2013), collecting 66 special teams tackles, 38 defensive stops, three interceptions, eight pass break ups, one sack and one fumble recovery.

UNION REP SAYS DOLPHINS FALLOUT IS OVERBLOWN: The players' union representative from the Miami Dolphins says the fallout from their bullying scandal is overblown because every NFL team has a similar locker-room culture.

Long snapper John Denney, a nine-year veteran, said Monday he hadn't read the investigative report on the Dolphins case. But any harassment among players is nothing new, he said.

"It's overblown, because this has been my experience with the league my entire career from Day One," Denney said in a telephone interview. "If something needed to be done, it needed to be done a long time ago. It has never escalated. I never saw conditions worsen. I guess we're late in getting to the issue.

"I would be comfortable in saying if you put an investigation on any of the 32 teams in the NFL, you're going to come out with the exact same results."

In a report released Feb. 14, investigators found guard Richie Incognito and two other offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer.

Denney, at 35 the Dolphins' oldest player, said behavior among players was no different last year than when his NFL career began in 2005. Bullying of rookies was common then, too, he said.

Men's tennis

VALPO'S SCHORSCH HONORED: Valparaiso freshman Jeffrey Schorsch has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week.

Schorsch went undefeated in his matches against Western Michigan at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. In singles, he had a straight-set victory and teamed with fellow freshman Charlie Emhardt to claim a tiebreaker match.

Sunday against No. 29 Northwestern, Schorsch collected the sole point for the Crusaders with a three-set victory over 81st-ranked Sam Shropshire.

College sports

TEMPLE: $5M FIX WILL SAVE CREW TEAMS: Temple University will spare men's and women's crew from the chopping block after $5.5 million was pledged to restore a city boathouse.

Temple still plans to cut five other teams to address financial concerns and gender-fairness issues.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says the city will spend $2.5 million and the Lenfest Foundation another $3 million to restore the Schuylkill River facility.

Temple will then have a long-term lease of the century-old East Park Canoe House on Boathouse Row.

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