STARR SCORES 45 IN WILD PUC WIN: Defense was optional at the Fitness and Receration Center on Wednesday as NAIA Division II No. 23 Purdue Calumet outlasted No. 16 Olivet Nazarene 121-113 for a wild Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory.
The Peregrines (20-7, 17-4) extended their winning streak to eight and stayed within a game of CCAC leader Roosevelt behind 45 points by Alex Starr. Starr was 15-of-27 from the field with five 3-pointers, eclipsing the 1,500-point mark for her career. Kami Graber led four other Peregrines in double figures with 23 points, while Tierra Turner notched 20 to go with nine rebounds, six steals and five assists. Amanda Gaskin recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Brooklyn Short notched a double-double of another variety with 10 points and 11 assists.
CALUMET COLLEGE DROPS HOME CONTEST: Jennifer Walton scored 17 points, but it wasn't enough as Calumet College (9-19, 6-15 CCAC) suffered a 54-50 loss to Trinity Christian on Wednesday.
SOUTH SUBURBAN'S HARRIS PASSES 1,000 CAREER POINTS: South Suburban guard Michael Harris, an E.C. Central grad, passed 1,000 career points last week and earned NJCAA Region IV-A player of the week honors for the seventh time this season.
In three games last week, Harris scored 82 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
SIX NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-STATE: Crown Point's Jacob Hazi, Hebron's Nathan Bateman, Munster's Adam Bogs, Portage's Stephon Wilkins and Valparaiso's Luke Davis and Tyler Schwartz have been named academic all-state by the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association. Hazi had the fifth-highest grade point average at 4.28.
KNOX SAYS HE'S GIVING UP FOOTBALL: Former Bears receiver Johnny Knox says he's giving up football.
The Bears terminated Knox's contract Tuesday after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury. Knox told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday that his career is over and he's "moving on and going forward."
Knox says he's not going to able to perform with the same ability he used to have.
Knox says he knows "things will work out for the best." He says he has no hard feelings toward the Bears.
VU ADDS SIX RECRUITS: Valparaiso has received commitments from six players to join the program.
The list includes defenders Mo Harb (Riverside, Calif.) and John Patton (Golden Valley, Minn.), midfielder Forrest Chong (Brighton, Mich.), forward Kevin Klett (Muncie Burris) and goalkeepers Nate Kitchell (Weston, Wis.) and Jacob Peterson (River Forest, Ill.).
These six join Julio Velasquez (Albuquerque, N.M.), who started classes and has been a part of team training since his enrollment in January.
NEW RULE TO ADD EJECTION FOR INTENTIONAL HIGH HIT: A college football player who delivers a hit to the head of a defenseless opponent could be kicked out of the game next season under an NCAA proposal that took a step forward Wednesday.
The NCAA Football Rules Committee said it had unanimously approved strengthening of the penalty for intentional above-the-shoulder hits. The 15-yard penalty will now have an ejection tacked on, assuming the Playing Rules Oversight Panel approves the plan next month.
Player safety was the theme of the committee's three-day meeting in Indianapolis, with the ejection for targeting the most noticeable change fans will notice in 2013 across all NCAA divisions. The committee also tweaked the rule on below-the-waist blocks.
Perhaps one of the stranger rule changes, and one Boise State fans surely will notice, would require teams to have either their jerseys or pants contrast in color to the playing field. The Mountain West had barred the Broncos from wearing all-blue uniforms on their blue turf during conference games last season.
BIG TEN CONSIDERS CUTTING BACK ON CUPCAKES: The Big Ten is discussing beefing up its nonconference football schedules.
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the Big Ten has made an agreement to stop scheduling games against Football Championship Subdivision teams in the future. Alvarez made his comments on WIBA, a radio station in Madison, Wis.
Big Ten athletic directors and coaches met Monday to discuss football-related topics. Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman says there will be more meetings as part of a process to make a proposal for the Council of Presidents/Chancellors to review in June.
The Big Ten is preparing for its new-look football schedules — with nine or 10 conference games — after Maryland and Rutgers join in 2014. Big Ten schools will have three, or two, nonconference games to schedule each year.
CELTICS HOLD ON FOR WIN OVER BULLS: Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Bulls 71-69 Wednesday night.
Joakim Noah had 10 points and 16 rebounds, and Carlos Boozer had 11 and 11 for Chicago. Reserve Marco Belinelli added 12 points in under 20 minutes for Chicago.
GEORGE, HANSBROUGH LEAD PACERS OVER BOBCATS: Paul George posted his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists, and the Pacers routed the Charlotte Bobcats 101-77 Wednesday night.
Tyler Hansbrough tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers starting in place of David West, who was sidelined by an eye injury.
Around the horn
Andrean had two players sign to play college football. Dennis Fielder will play at Illinois Benedictine. Nick Serrato will play at the College of DuPage.