Sports Digest: Valparaiso High grad honored by A-10

2013-01-16T21:30:00Z 2013-01-17T20:45:18Z Sports Digest: Valparaiso High grad honored by A-10 nwitimes.com
January 16, 2013 9:30 pm

Pro basketball

BOOZER SCORES 36 AS BULLS EDGE RAPTORS IN OT: Luol Deng hit a tiebreaking jumper with 3 seconds left in overtime, and the Bulls beat Toronto 107-105 in overtime on Wednesday night, their eighth victory in nine meetings against the Raptors.

Carlos Boozer had a season-high 36 points and 12 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Bulls.

Deng scored 19 points and Richard Hamilton had 15 as Chicago won its fourth straight road game. The Bulls have won nine of their past 11 away from home.

Boozer's double-double was his Eastern Conference leading 21st, and his 11th in 13 games against the Raptors.

ORLANDO RIDES 3-POINTERS TO BEAT PACERS: Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic snap a six-game home losing streak with a 97-86 victory over Pacers.

The Magic led by as many as 22 points, blowing the game open with a big second -quarter run that included a barrage of 3-pointers. The Magic connected on 12 of their 21 attempts from beyond the arc for the game.

Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Indiana. George Hill added 15 points.

 

Women's basketball

VALPARAISO HIGH GRAD HONORED BY A-10: LaSalle alum Jennifer (Cole) Davis, a 1989 Valparaiso High School graduate, was named to the Atlantic 10 Conference's inaugural class of women's basketball legends.

Davis is the Explorers' career scoring leader (1,875). She also holds the single-game mark with 39 against Valparaiso on Jan. 3, 1992. She led the nation in free throw percentage as a senior (90.9). She scored 1,084 points for the Vikings.

 

College sports

FORBES SAYS BIG TEN MOST VALUABLE CONFERENCE: The Southeastern Conference isn't No. 1 in one category: revenues.

Forbes released a list Wednesday of the estimated annual revenues for the top conferences in college sports. The SEC, boasting the reigning national champions in football and men's basketball, is fourth.

But that will likely change soon, because most of the money comes from television deals, and the SEC is renegotiating its contracts after expansion.

The Big Ten is No. 1 with revenues of $310 million — $250 million of that coming from TV. The Pacific-12 is second at $303 million and the Atlantic Coast Conference third at $293 million. The SEC had revenues of $270 million.

 

Men's basketball

NO. 14 BUTLER USES DEFENSE TO BEAT RICHMOND: Andrew Smith scored 15 points; Kellen Dunham added 11, and No. 13 Butler used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond for a 62-47 victory in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game Wednesday night.

Butler (15-2, 3-0), which has won 12 straight overall, was without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke due to a severely sprained neck.

TERONE JOHNSON HELPS PURDUE DEFEAT NEBRASKA: Terone Johnson scored 18 points to lead four Purdue players in double figures, and the Boilermakers turned back Nebraska's comeback bid in the second half to defeat the struggling Cornhuskers 65-56.

A.J. Hammons added 14 points and eight rebounds; D.J. Byrd scored all 12 of his points in the second half on four 3-pointers, and Ronnie Johnson had 10 points and six assists as the Boilermakers (9-8, 3-2) posted their first Big Ten Conference road win.

INDIANA STATE DOWNS MISSOURI STATE: Dawon Cummings' 3-pointer early in the second half gave Indiana State its first lead, and the Sycamores (11-6, 4-2 Missouri Valley) went on to beat Missouri State 68-60.

 

Pro football

EAGLES HIRE OREGON'S CHIP KELLY: In the end, Chip Kelly chose the NFL, giving the Eagles their guy.

Philadelphia hired Kelly on Wednesday, just 10 days after he decided to stay at Oregon. The 49-year-old Kelly, known as an offensive innovator, becomes the 21st coach in team history and replaces Andy Reid, who was fired on Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season.

Kelly, who was 46-7 in four years at Oregon, interviewed with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills in a two-day span after leading the fast-flying Ducks to a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 3.

 

Pro tennis

SERENA, AZARENKA INTO THIRD ROUND: Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court today, and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round at the Australian Open.

Summoning all her experience from 15 major titles, including the final two of the last season, Williams lifted her tempo on the biggest points — winning an 18-minute game to open the second set, finally cashing in on her fourth break chance. Nineteen minutes later, she finished off a 6-2, 6-0 win over No. 112-ranked Garine Muguruza of Spain.

Apart from a swollen lip from hitting herself in the face with her racket in the sixth game, she emerged unscathed.

Despite the injury concerns, Williams said she would be playing doubles later with sister Venus, and will play her next singles match against Japan's Ayumi Morita on Saturday.

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka practically danced into Rod Laver Arena for the match before Willliams' victory, and said she's starting to find some rhythm after beating Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 6-0 in 55 minutes.

 

Youth baseball

SBL SIGN-UPS THIS WEEK: The Schererville Baseball League will hold registration for Cal Ripken (ages 4-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15 and 16-18) from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St.

Checks should be made payable to "Schererville Baseball League." No refunds after March 1. Online registration at www.scherervillebaseball.org will run to Jan. 31. No mail-in registrations will be accepted. For details, call (219) 775-7776, or email sblpresident@gmail.com.

 

Around the horn

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez had surgery on his left hip Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break.

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