Sports Digest: SSC looking for assistant softball coach

2012-12-22T21:30:00Z 2012-12-25T21:49:03Z Sports Digest: SSC looking for assistant softball coach
December 22, 2012 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

BULLS FALL AT ATLANTA: Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and every Atlanta starter scored in double figures as the Hawks routed the Bulls 92-75 on Saturday night to snap a two-game losing streak.

Lou Williams added 16 points in his first start, and the Atlanta native led the way as the Hawks outscored the Bulls 61-33 in the second and third quarters combined. Both teams played on Friday, but the Bulls were the only one that looked tired a night later.

Luol Deng paced Chicago with 11 points, but the Bulls (15-11) couldn't build on its 110-106 victory over the Knicks in New York on Friday. The Hawks (16-9), however, bounced back from a poor fourth-quarter performance in a 99-80 loss at Philadelphia.

Atlanta starters outscored Chicago's starters 72-39 in Hawks coach Larry Drew's 100th victory (100-73).

After Chicago went ahead 31-28 on Joakim Noah's dunk with 7:21 left in the second quarter, the Bulls missed eight of 11 shots the rest of the quarter and committed four turnovers.

The third quarter was much of the same as Atlanta built a 72-47 lead. The most interesting moment came when Bulls rookie guard Marquis Teague entered the game with 4:13 remaining to match up against his brother Jeff for the first time as a professional.

The younger Teague finished with eight points and three assists as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeux sat his starters in the final period.

PACERS RALLY TO BEAT HORNETS: David West scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, and the Pacers overcame a 22-point deficit to beat New Orleans 81-75 on Saturday night, handing the Hornets their 11th straight loss.

Paul George steadied Indiana in the first half with 11 points, and finished with 17 to help the Pacers win for the seventh time in eight games.

Robin Lopez had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Hornets, stuck in their worst stretch since December 2004.

Greivis Vasquez added 14 points, and Anthony Davis had 10 for the Hornets.

West scored his 10,000th career point midway through the third quarter.


Pro football

FALCONS TOP LIONS FOR HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: The Atlanta Falcons have earned home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Matt Ryan matched a career high with four touchdown passes, two to Roddy White, and the Falcons led from start to finish in a 31-18 victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night.

The Falcons (13-2) pulled away with Ryan's fourth TD pass to wide-open tight end Michael Palmer in the fourth quarter and Matt Bryant's 20-yard field goal with 3:05 left that gave them a 15-point lead.

Detroit (4-11) dropped its seventh straight game.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice's NFL single-season yards receiving mark of 1,848. He also became the first player with 100 yards receiving in eight straight games and the first with 10 receptions in four games in a row.

IMMACULATE RECEPTION MONUMENT UNVEILED: Franco Harris and former Pittsburgh Steelers teammates ignored chilly conditions Saturday during a ceremony unveiling a monument on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.

At a tent adjacent to Heinz Field on Saturday, the monument was unveiled at the exact site of Harris' famous touchdown catch at Three Rivers Stadium on the final play of a 13-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an AFC playoff game on Dec. 23, 1972.

"Isn't this beautiful, guys?" Harris said to the festive crowd. "That play really represents our teams of the '70s."

It was a defining moment in the NFL and sparked the Steelers to a run of four Super Bowl titles from 1972-79.


Pro hockey

NO PROGRESS IN NHL LOCKOUT: Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Donald Fehr spoke on the telephone Saturday but still haven't made plans to meet face to face.

There has been very little contact this week between the sides. Saturday marked the 98th day of the lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire hockey season.

All games through Jan. 14 have already been called off, and if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by then, the remainder of the schedule could be canceled, too.


College softball

SSC LOOKING FOR ASSISTANT COACH: South Suburban College is looking to hire a softball assistant coach for the 2013 season. The coach should have a background in pitching. Interested candidates can e-mail resumes to by Wednesday. For details, call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2575.

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