Sports Digest: Valpo freshman is Horizon League men's hoops freshman of the week

2013-11-11T21:15:00Z 2013-11-15T22:19:09Z Sports Digest: Valpo freshman is Horizon League men's hoops freshman of the week nwitimes.com
November 11, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

TILLMAN OUT FOR REST OF SEASON: The Bears on Monday placed cornerback Charles Tillman on injured reserve/designated to return due to a triceps’ injury.

Players placed on injured reserve/designated to return are eligible to return to practice in six weeks and eligible to return to game action in eight weeks

Tillman has started all eight contests in which he has played this season, recording three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. During his NFL career, Tillman has started 150-of-154 games played, ranking third in franchise history in interceptions (36), first in interception return yards (675), interception return touchdowns (eight) and defensive return touchdowns (nine).

His 42 forced fumbles lead the NFL since 2003, while his 36 interceptions are tied for fifth. He is the only player in the NFL since 2003 to record 40 forced fumbles and 30 interceptions.

COLTS ACTIVATE ROGERS, WAIVE INJURED DB: Indianapolis is hoping rookie receiver Da'Rick Rogers can help jump start their struggling offense.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound rookie was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Monday. The undrafted rookie started training camp with Buffalo and joined Indy's practice squad Sept. 2. Rogers started his college career at Tennessee and finished at Tennessee Tech.

He'll be back in Tennessee on Thursday night when Indy (6-3) faces the Titans (4-5).

Indy has been looking for receiver help since Reggie Wayne tore the ACL in his right knee Oct. 20.

To make room on the roster, Indy put safety Larry Asante on the waived-injured list. The Colts also signed receiver Josh Lenz to the practice squad Monday.

Men's basketball

HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS PETERS: Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters has been named the Horizon League Freshman of the Week.

Peters became the first freshman to start a season opener for the Crusaders since 2008 and made an immediate impact, scoring 12 points and grabbing a co-team-high eight rebounds in Valpo's victory over Murray State. Peters added nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes in Sunday's win over North Park.

Women's bowling

VALPO FINISHES 11TH IN CLASSIC: No. 14 Valparaiso finished 11th in the fifth annual Crusader Classic that concluded Sunday at Inman's.

The Crusaders took top-ranked Nebraska down to the wire in the day's opening match, falling 180-166 in the decisive seventh game.

Entering bracket play for the final two matches, Valpo dropped a 4-1 decision to Alma. The Crusaders rebounded in the final match, defeating 19th-ranked Prairie View A&M 4-2.

No. 4 Arkansas State defeated Nebraska 4-1 in the championship.

Men's soccer

VU'S ALBRECHT TABBED FOR DEFENSE: Valparaiso junior Mitch Albrecht has been selected the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 4–10.

In two matches, Albrecht played 180 minutes, anchoring a defense that allowed just seven shots and only one goal, which was scored via a penalty kick by 20th-ranked Michigan. Valpo's 1-0 blanking of Detroit was its fifth shutout of the season and earned the Crusaders a berth in the league tournament.

Pro basketball

PACERS ROLL PAST MEMPHIS TO STAY UNBEATEN: Paul George scored 23 points and Lance Stephenson had the first triple-double of his career, leading the perfect Pacers to a 95-79 victory Monday night over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Indiana became the NBA's seventh team to open 8-0 since 2000 — two more wins than the franchise's previous best start. And they followed a familiar script in the battle between last season's conference runner-ups by dominating the glass, dominating the second half and divvying up top honors.

Stephenson finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. George Hill scored 13 points and Roy Hibbert added five more blocks to his NBA-leading total.

Women's basketball

NO. 6 IRISH TOP NO. 19 SPARTANS: Jewell Loyd had 22 points and nine rebounds and No. 6 Notre Dame dominated the boards in an 81-62 victory over No. 19 Michigan State on Monday night.

Taya Reimer added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (2-0), who finished with a 52-29 rebound advantage.

The last two meetings between Notre Dame and Michigan State — in 2008 and 2009 — were won by the Fighting Irish by a total of seven points.

Notre Dame improved to 28-5 overall — and 9-1 at home — against ranked teams over the past two seasons.

The Irish have won 15 of their last 16 games in November, with the only loss coming to No. 1 Baylor in 2011.

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