SHORT STORY ENDS WELL FOR PUC: Purdue Calumet's Brooklyn Short pushed the No. 24 Peregrines past No. 17 Roosevelt, 62-59, with a four-point play in the final seconds Wednesday night.
Cassidy Deno led the way for the Peregrines (13-4, 7-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference) with 15 points and four assists, while Short joined her in double-figures with 14 points.
VALPARAISO FALLS AT OAKLAND: Elizabeth Hamlet led Valparaiso with 12 points, but Oakland defeated the Crusaders 88-55 in Horizon League play. Abby Dean added 10 for the Crusaders (2-13, 0-2).
HAMMONS POWERS PURDUE PAST ILLINOIS: A.J. Hammons scored 17 points to lead Purdue to a 66-58 win over Illinois on Wednesday.
The Boilermakers (12-5, 2-2 Big Ten) trailed 33-29 at halftime, but they opened the second half with 10-5 run to regain the lead and held off the Illini (13-5, 2-3).
Ronnie Johnson added 13 points for Purdue, while Terone Johnsonhad 10.
The loss was the third straight for the Illini. Tracy Abrams led Illinois with 13 points. Rayvonte Rice had 10 by halftime but the Boilermakers stifled the Big Ten's leading scorer in the second half. He finished with 11.
INDIANA STATE DEFEATS MISSOURI STATE: Manny Arop and Dawon Cummings each scored 14 points to lead Indiana State to its seventh straight win with a 70-55 victory over Missouri State (12-5, 2-3 Missouri Valley).
Indiana State (14-3, 5-0) is off to its best conference start since the 1978-79 season, and is 7-0 at home.
Demetrius Moore finished with 12 points. Jake Odum had 10 assists, and now has 536 in his career at Indiana State.
LOYOLA DOWNS DRAKE: Milton Doyle scored 28 points and Loyola defeated Drake (10-7, 1-4 Missouri Valley) 70-60.
Devon Turk added 14 points and Christian Thomas and Jeff White 10 apiece for the Ramblers (7-10, 2-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.
KENT STATE RALLIES PAST NIU: Devareaux Manley hit a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left to tie at the end of regulation, and Kris Brewer kicked off the extra period with a jumper as Kent State (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) defeated Northern Illinois 73-64 in overtime.
Aaron Armstead scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for the Huskies (7-8, 1-2).
DAWSON HELPS NO. 4 SPARTANS BEAT WILDCATS: Gary Harris scored 14 points and No. 4 Michigan State beat Northwestern (8-10, 1-4 Big Ten) 54-40 for its ninth straight win. Branden Dawson (Lew Wallace), fighting an illness, had 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Spartans (16-1, 5-0).
BULLS HOLD OFF MAGIC IN TRIPLE OT: Joakim Noah had a season-high 26 points, Carlos Boozer scored 23, and the Bulls held on to beat the Orlando Magic 128-125 in triple-overtime on Wednesday night.
The Bulls have now won the last seven matchups with the Magic played in Orlando and improved to 4-1 since trading Luol Deng.
Victor Oladipo had a career-high 35 points for Orlando, while E'Twaun Moore (E.C. Central) had two points, three rebounds and an assist.
Before the game, the Bulls recalled guard Marquis Teague from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
ODEN MAKES DEBUT WITH HEAT: Indiana native Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, has played in his first regular-season game in more than four years.
Oden entered with 6:03 remaining in the second quarter of the Miami Heat's game against the Washington Wizards.
He made an immediate impact -- getting an offensive rebound, a dunk and a foul in his first 30 seconds on the floor. Oden's last appearance in a regular-season game was Dec. 5, 2009, when he fractured his left kneecap playing for Portland against Houston.
INDY'S OVERTON ADDED TO PRO BOWL ROSTER: Colts long snapper Matt Overton has been added to this year's Pro Bowl roster.
Team officials said Wednesday it will be Overton's first appearance in the NFL's annual all-star game.
COLTS SIGN FORMER BEAR: The Colts signed guard and former Bear Lance Louis to a reserve/future contract.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Louis has played in 41 career games (28 starts) since being selected by the Bears in the seventh round (246th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel headline a record number of underclassmen entering the NFL draft heading into Wednesday night's deadline. At least 90 players who had college eligibility remaining are expected to enter the draft, shattering last year's record number of 74. ... The head of the committee that developed Major League Baseball's plan to expand instant replay says he is optimistic the system will be in place this season, even though owners and unions for players and umpires have yet to approve. Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz says that because of the complexities, he expects the system will need three years of use to resolve problems that develop. ... Pitcher Clayton Kershaw agreed Wednesday to a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, a deal that makes the two-time Cy Young Award winner baseball's first player with a $30 million average salary. ... The Minnesota Vikings have picked Mike Zimmer to be their new head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the process. ... Austria's ski federation says it will ask the sport's ruling body to make an exception to the rules and allow Benjamin Raich to race the super-combined at the Sochi Olympics. Persistent back problems have forced Raich to pull out of Friday's World Cup super-combined in Wengen — the 2006 two-time gold medalist's last chance of meeting the Olympic qualifying criteria set by the International Ski Federation.