Sports Digest: Region Elite Passing School begins April 14

2013-04-04T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:23:06Z Sports Digest: Region Elite Passing School begins April 14
April 04, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro hockey

BLUES EDGE HAWKS IN SHOOTOUT: Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout, and the St. Louis Blues came back for a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

With the tiebreaker knotted at 3-3, Shattenkirk beat Corey Crawford with a high shot on the goalie's left side.

Chris Stewart, Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen also connected in the shootout as the Blues bounced back from a 2-1 deficit after two periods and ended a seven game (0-3-4) losing streak in Chicago.

Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg scored for Chicago. Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa connected in the shootout.


Men's basketball

MICHIGAN'S BURKE, MIAMI'S LARRANAGA EARN AP HONORS: Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, was selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.

Burke joins Cazzie Russell in 1966 as the only Michigan players to win the award. He received 31 votes Thursday from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown was second with 16 votes, and Victor Oladipo of Indiana got 10.

Jim Larranaga, who led Miami to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles and a No. 2 ranking, was selected The Associated Press' coach of the year.

Larranaga received 29 votes. Jim Crews of Saint Louis got 19 votes, and Mark Few of Gonzaga had 11.

The 63-year-old, two-time-hip-replacement patient had a 29-7 record in his second season with the Hurricanes and they were made a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

BAYLOR WINS NIT TITLE: Pierre Jackson had his fourth consecutive double-double with 17 points and 10 assists to lead Baylor to the first National Invitation Tournament title in school history with a 74-54 win over Iowa (25-13) on Thursday night.

Cory Jefferson scored 23 points for Scott Drew, a former Valparaiso coach, and the Bears (23-14), who reached the tournament final five years ago, but never had won it before.

RUSH RESIGNS AS PAC-12'S HEAD OF OFFICIALS: Ed Rush has resigned as the Pac-12 Conference's coordinator of officials following comments that he targeted Arizona coach Sean Miller during internal meetings before the league tournament.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott told the AP on Wednesday that Rush made an "inappropriate joke" before the Pac-12 tournament semifinals offering a group of officials $5,000 for a trip to Cancun if they called a technical foul on Miller, but that every official interviewed confirmed "nobody thought they were getting a reward."


Pro football

BEARS ANNOUNCE PRESEASON SCHEDULE: The Bears announced their preseason schedule Thursday.

Chicago’s home contests include a nationally-televised tilt versus San Diego at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 on ESPN. The Bears will also host Cleveland to finish the preseason Aug. 29 at a time to be determined.

The Bears will begin the preseason on the road against Carolina (Aug. 8-11) and will also travel to Oakland (Aug. 22-25). Exact dates and times for the Bears' road contests will be announced at a later date.

The Bears' games versus Carolina, Oakland and Cleveland will be televised on Fox (Ch. 32). All four games will be broadcast on WBBM (780 AM, 105.9 FM).

STADIUM FANS TO GET LOOK INTO LOCKER ROOMS: The NFL has ordered all teams to have cameras in their locker rooms next season, with video shown only on stadium scoreboards.

Commissioner Roger Goodell long has sought ways of "enhancing the fan experience in our stadiums," and this is the latest attempt to do so. The videos will be available on team apps as well.

Each team will operate the cameras and will determine what is shown on the video boards and apps.


Pro basketball

PACERS' GRANGER HAS KNEE SURGERY: Pacers forward Danny Granger is recovering after what the team says was successful surgery on his left knee.

The team said Granger had the procedure Thursday. A full recovery is expected, and Granger is expected to be ready for training camp this fall.


Pro golf

THREE SHARE KRAFT NABISCO LEAD: Playing partners Suzann Pettersen and Na Yeon Choi took advantage of perfect morning conditions to share the first-round lead with Jodi Ewart Shadoff in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Finishing before the temperature climbed into the low 90s on Thursday in the Coachella Valley, Pettersen and Choi had bogey-free rounds of 4-under 68 at Mission Hills. Ewart Shadoff matched them late in the afternoon in more difficult conditions.

BETTENCOURT, TOMASULO SHARE TEXAS OPEN LEAD: Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo shot 5-under par 67s to earn the surprising lead after the first round of the Texas Open on Thursday.

Bettencourt made the tournament as an alternate. The former Reno-Tahoe Open winner needed only 25 putts, joining Tomasulo in holding off a group of four players at 4 under.


Prep football

EARLY REPS CAMP DEADLINE TODAY: Pre-registration for the Region Elite Passing School ends today.

Sign-ups will be accepted after today but at an additional cost of $20. The camp, which is open to players of all positions in grades nine to 11, will run April 14, 21, 28 and May 1 at Hobart High School. For details or to register, go to


Pro baseball

RAILCATS' NATIONAL ANTHEM TRYOUTS TODAY, SATURDAY: Singer auditions for national anthems at RailCats' games will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. today  and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Diamond Club at U.S. Steel Yard.

For details, call the RailCats at (219) 882-2255.


Around the horn

Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson is retiring after 21 seasons. The 42-year-old Hanson said he gave serious consideration to returning, but problems with his heel prompted him to call it a career. Hanson became the first player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team. He's third on the career scoring list at 2,150 points.

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