VALPO ANNOUNCES 2014 HOF CLASS: Six individuals, including former Mid-Continent Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, comprise the 17th class in the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame.
Steinbrecher played football and tennis for the Crusaders. The list also includes Rachel Janssen (women's tennis), Brittany Malicoat (women's volleyball), Amanda Meyer (women's basketball, track), Dave Newnam (football) and John Wolfenberg (men's basketball).
The banquet will take place at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at Hilltop Gym. Tickets are $30. For details, call Sharon Jackson at (219) 4645-5471 or (800) 803-7184, ext. 72.
GOLSON READMITTED TO NOTRE DAME: Quarterback Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed "poor judgment on a test."
Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne said Golson had been admitted to the university Friday afternoon. Golson helped the Irish go 12-0 during the regular season last year, regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time in nearly two decades and get to the national title game against Alabama in January. Coach Brian Kelly had been counting on him to play an even bigger role this season until he was suspended in May.
Kelly said last week Golson wouldn't be able to practice with the team until spring practices begin.
SABAN, ALABAMA REACH LONG-TERM AGREEMENT: Alabama coach Nick Saban is staying put.
The school announced on its Twitter account Friday night that the football coach has reached "a longterm agreement" to remain with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama didn't release terms of the new deal, which must be approved by the board of trustees.
BULLS' DUNLEAVY HITS LATE 3 TO BEAT BUCKS: Mike Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds left and Joakim Noah came up with a block on the other end, leading the Bulls to a 91-90 comeback victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Trailing by two in the final seconds, Chicago came up with a tie-up on the defensive end and won the jump ball, allowing Dunleavy to hit a high-arching 3 for the lead.
Noah then blocked O.J. Mayo's shot to preserve the lead — and a victory that appeared unlikely just seconds before.
Noah scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Bulls, who ended a three-game losing streak. Chicago scored fewer than 80 points in all three losses — including one to Milwaukee in Chicago on Tuesday.
Before the game, the Bulls signed 26-year-old free agent D.J. Augustin on Friday.
BEARS' BRIGGS OUT; MARSHALL FINED: Bears linebacker Lance Briggs will miss at least one more game because of a fractured shoulder.
Coach Marc Trestman ruled Briggs out Friday, expressing optimism Briggs could return next week.
He practiced on a limited basis this week.
Briggs suffered the injury Oct. 20 against the Washington Redskins and has been replaced by rookie Khaseem Greene.
Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was docked $15,000 by the NFL for wearing non-approved orange cleats during the Bears' win over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. Marshall was fined $10,500 by the league in October for wearing green shoes against the New York Giants.
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Chip Ganassi has hired IndyCar veteran Ryan Briscoe to fill the final spot on his four-car team. ... Akron freshman James Meeker has signed with the Northwest Indiana Oilmen. The Wexford, Pa., native turned in North Allegheny High School’s only perfect game last April. ... Milton Doyle scored 21 of his game-high 32 points in the second half to lead Loyola to an 80-68 win over Campbell on Friday night. ... Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says Kerry Cooks will serve as defensive coordinator for the Fighting Irish through the Pinstripe Bowl after Bob Diaco was named head coach at UConn. ... The Cubs claimed Australian right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The 24-year-old Hendriks made 28 starts and two relief appearances with the Twins from 2011-13, going 2-13 with a 6.06 earned-run average. Last season, he was 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in 10 games. ... The Green Bay Packers will play another game without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers ruled out an injured Rodgers on Friday for the road matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.