SPARTANS LOSE DAWSON TO INJURY: No. 3 Michigan State will be without junior forward Branden Dawson for 4-5 weeks after he broke a bone in his right hand.
Dawson, a Lew Wallace graduate, says he was watching film from Thursday's narrow win over Indiana and became frustrated with how he has played lately. He says he slammed his hand against a table at one point, breaking the fifth metacarpal bone.
Dawson is second in the Big Ten with 8.7 rebounds per game.
BALL STATE EDGES BUFFALO: Franko House hit the go-ahead jumper with 45 seconds to go, and Jesse Berry padded the lead with a pair of free throws as Ball State (4-12, 1-4) edged Buffalo (9-6, 3-2) 71-68 for its first Mid-American Conference win of the season Thursday night. Chris Bond (Bowman Academy) contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals.
ROSS, SMITH LEAD NO. 17 OHIO STATE OVER ILLINOIS: LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 — including a critical 3-pointer in the waning moments — to help No. 17 Ohio State (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten) end a four-game skid with a 62-55 win over Illinois.
Joseph Bertrand had 19 points, Jon Ekey 11 and Nnanna Egwu 10 for the Illini (13-7, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight.
WAUBONSEE TOPS PRAIRIE STATE: Nijea Dixon's 16 points and seven rebounds led Prairie State in its 55-48 Illinois Skyway Conference loss to Waubonsee Community College on Thursday.
Faith Foulks added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pioneers (10-11, 3-2).
ZUREK TO ENTER PUC HALL OF FAME FEB. 1: Stacey Zurek will be inducted in Purdue Calumet's Athletic Hall of Fame during a Feb. 1 college basketball doubleheader with Olivet Nazarene.
Zurek was the Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach from 1985-90 and the women's volleyball coach from 1985-90 and 1994-97. She's the volleyball program’s all-time leader in wins (200). She was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1996 and helped guide Purdue Calumet to several NAIA District Playoff appearances. She coached three NAIA All-Americans, two in basketball and one in volleyball.
The Hall of Fame presentation will take place at halftime of the women's basketball game, which starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. All kids under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
4 FIRST-TIMERS VOTED TO START NBA ALL-STAR GAME: Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyrie Irving were voted NBA All-Stars Thursday, putting four first-time starters in the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.
Kobe Bryant was elected by fans to his 16th All-Star game, second-most in NBA history, but this one is shaping up as a kids' game.
Curry, perhaps the biggest snub last season, will join him in the Western Conference backcourt. Love passed Dwight Howard in the final days of voting and will start in the frontcourt along with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and the Clippers' Blake Griffin.
LeBron James was the leading vote-getter with 1.4 million votes and Miami teammate Dwyane Wade was also voted in Thursday. George, who has led Indiana to the league's best record, and New York's Carmelo Anthony are the other East forwards, and Irving will start at guard.
USA BASKETBALL PICKS NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER POOL: LeBron James and 10 others from the 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball team are remaining in the national team pool, joined by a group of newcomers hoping for their first chance at gold.
USA Basketball selected 28 players Thursday to choose from for the World Cup of Basketball this summer in Spain and the 2016 Rio Olympics. Carmelo Anthony was also chosen, giving him and James a chance to play in a fourth Olympics and win a third gold medal.
Also selected from the 2012 gold medalists were: Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Anthony Davis, Tyson Chandler and Andre Iguodala.
The other players picked were: Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry, LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, David Lee, Bradley Beal, Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward.
NO TEAM LOGOS ON PLAQUES FOR MADDUX, LA RUSSA: Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have any logos on the caps of their Hall of Fame plaques.
The decision was announced Thursday by the Hall, which said Joe Torre's plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees.
Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas' will have the logo of the White Sox.
Around the horn
Valparaiso placed 117 student-athletes on the Horizon League Fall Academic Honor Roll, second only to Oakland's 120. ... Purdue Calumet had a school-record 100 athletes earn the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2013 fall semester. Also, eight teams posted a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. ... Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi provides his monthly update on his Peregrines on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... The Bears have hired former Syracuse and Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni as their defensive line coach and Reggie Herring as linebackers coach. Pasqualoni was in his third season at UConn last fall when he got fired after an 0-4 start. He was 10-18 overall with the Huskies. ... Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday. The eighth-seeded Wawrinka will meet the winner of today's semifinal showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The women's side also has a first-time Grand Slam finalist after Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova beat Agnieszka Radwanska in a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the semifinals. She'll meet Chinese No. 4-seeded Li Na, who reached her third final in four years at Melbourne Park with a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. ... The Cleveland Browns have hired Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their coach, ending a twisting, nearly four-week search. ... Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had groin surgery Thursday and is expected to spend the next six weeks recovering.