SOUTH SUBURBAN'S HARRIS GARNERS MORE HONORS: E.C. Central grad Michael Harris was named the NJCAA Division II player of the week for his performance in two wins last week.
In those two games, Harris combined for 62 points and 19 rebounds.
It is the first time in coach John Pigatti's six-plus seasons that a South Suburban player has earned that honor.
ST. JOSEPH'S SIGNS 17 RECRUITS: St. Joseph's College completed football signing day, garnering 17 commitments to play in Rensselaer next season.
North Newton offensive lineman Brent Midkiff joins RB Mayo Arogunade (Arlington Heights/St. Victor), RB Kobi Cook (Columbus/Columbus North), RB Michael Copeland (Kokomo), TE Addison Dellinger (Fort Wayne/Snider), DE Brian Dillon (Chicago/St. Patrick), WR Jeremiah Dunwell (Attica), FB Hudson Featherstone (Russiaville/Western), RB Josh Kummer (Milton, Wisc./Milton), LB Tom McCormick (Chicago/St. Rita), DB Todd McIntyre (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac Union), WR Dean Pauley (West Chicago), TE Chandler Piekarski (Bolingbrook), LS Logan Polomcak (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac), RB Chad Veccharella (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), DE Pat Vitek (LaGrange Park/Nazareth Academy), DB John Wauer (Downers Grove/South) and DB Colon Wright (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage).
HAWKS KEEP ROLLING WITH ROUT OF COYOTES: Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Blackhawks remained the only NHL team without a loss in regulation this season by routing the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 Thursday night.
Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2. Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago.
Martin Hanzal and Raffi Torres scored for the Coyotes. Phoenix pulled goalie Mike Smith after Bickell scored Chicago's sixth goal with 4:52 left in the second period.
Kane has eight goals and 10 assists on the season.
FARIED'S SLAMS LEAD NUGGETS PAST BULLS: Kenneth Faried celebrated his invitation to the league's annual slam dunk contest with a series of rim-rattling, crowd-pleasing jams Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets extended their winning streak to eight games with a 128-96 win over the Bulls.
Faried finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes as the Nuggets won for the 15th time in 18 games since Jan. 1.
Wilson Chandler added 24 points in just 19 minutes as the Nuggets made quick work of a stingy Bulls team that came in yielding just 91 points a game but watched Denver pour in 100 by the time the third quarter was over.
Carlos Boozer led Chicago's starters with 18 points, and Daequan Cook had 19 points off the bench.
PETERSON HAS HERNIA SURGERY: Adrian Peterson put up one of the best seasons by a running back in NFL history to run away with the MVP award.
Now imagine what he could do if he was actually fully healthy.
Peterson had surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, an injury that bothered him for much of the last month of the season while he came up just eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. It was an incredible season nonetheless considering he had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee the previous December.
"We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns," the team said in a statement on its website.
Around the horn
Andrean had two softball players sign letters of intent to play college ball. Brenna Boyle signed to play at Valparaiso University. Teammate Savannah Kinsella signed to play at St. Xavier. ... Despite Roddy Richardson's 22 points and eight rebounds, the Purdue Calumet basketball team lost to host Holy Cross 84-78 Wednesday night. Trent Tucker added 15 points for the Peregrines (14-13, 10-11 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference). ... Purdue Calumet women’s softball coach Heather Tarter will be the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal's details. ... The NFL has reinstated Gregg Williams after suspending him for his role in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, and the Titans have added him to their coaching staff.