BEARS EXTEND FIAMMETTA'S CONTRACT: The Bears on Saturday signed fullback Tony Fiammetta to a two-year contract extension which will keep him in a Bears uniform through the 2015 season.
Fiammetta has appeared in all 15 contests, with seven starts at fullback. He has helped pave way for Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte’s 1,229 rushing yards, which are 9 yards from Forte’s career-high (1,238 in 2008).
PACKERS ACTIVATE COBB: Packers receiver Randall Cobb has been activated from injured reserve and has been listed as questionable for today's crucial game against the Bears.
Cobb was the team's allotted player on injured reserve who was designated for return after getting hurt during a 19-17 win Oct. 13 at Baltimore. The playmaking wideout was added to the injury report Saturday with a knee injury. Cobb caught 29 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns playing the first five games this season for Green Bay (7-7-1).
COLTS' VINATIERI CHASING NFL'S 2,000-POINT CLUB: All Adam Vinatieri ever wanted was a chance to play in the NFL.
When he finally finishes his remarkable career, he may go down as the best kicker in league history.
The man who has four Super Bowl rings, been dubbed the NFL's best clutch kicker and become the measuring stick for all future kickers will chase yet another milestone today when he attempts to join the league's prestigious 2,000-point club.
"I never really considered it till this year and then when I did, I thought 'It would be kind of cool,'" said Vinatieri, the Colts kicker who needs six points today against Jacksonville (4-11) to become the seventh NFL player with 2,000. "It really says a lot about the teams I've played for. It's a neat goal and it's a cool milestone."
He enters today with 1,994 career points and needs nine to pass George Blanda (2,002) for sixth place.
PACERS DEFEAT NETS: Paul George scored 24 points, and Lance Stephenson added 23 to lead the Pacers to a 105-91 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.
George Hill finished with 21 points for the Pacers, who put five players in double figures and pulled away with a third-quarter burst.
Roy Hibbert scored 11 and David West 10 for Indiana, which leads the Eastern Conference at 23-6. Stephenson also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
ELLIS SCORES 22 AS MAVS ROUT BULLS: Monta Ellis had 22 points, and the Dallas Mavericks took control early in coasting to a 105-83 victory over the Bulls.
Joakim Noah led Chicago with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but the Bulls had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.
SSC TO HOST TOP TEAM: Cincinnati State, the No. 1 junior college men's team in the nation, plays at No. 3 South Suburban College at 3 p.m. today.
The SSC campus is located at 15800 South State St., South Holland.
MARSHALL, BUTLER BEAT NJIT: Khyle Marshall scored 21 points, and little-used freshman Rene Castro added 10 off the bench as Butler slugged its way to a 66-48 victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday.
It was the final nonconference game for Butler (10-2), which opens Big East play on Tuesday by hosting No. 8 Villanova. The Bulldogs have won five in a row since losing twice at the Old Spice Classic.
ODUM LEADS INDIANA ST. OVER BELMONT: Jake Odum scored 25 points as Indiana State (9-3) defeated Belmont 85-73.
It was the second game between the two teams this season with Belmont (8-6) winning 96-95 at home on Nov. 14 after rallying from a 16-point second-half deficit.
NO. 17 PURDUE OUTLASTS CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Whitney Bays scored 24 points to lead No. 17 Purdue over Central Michigan (4-7) 109-97 on Saturday.
KK Houser had 21 points and 11 boards; Liza Clemons added 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting; Courtney Moses had 20 (6 of 10 on 3-pointers), and April Wilson chipped in with 16 points for the Boilermakers (10-2).
Around the horn
ESPN's Chris Fowler posted on his Twitter account that he needed broadcast partner Jesse Palmer to perform the Heimlich maneuver on him during halftime of the Pinstripe Bowl to avoid choking on a chicken sandwich. "Never before needed a Heimlich at halftime. (Or any time)!" Fowler posted Saturday. "thanks Jesse Palmer! He saved me from death by dry chicken sandwich. Really."