Sports Digest: Valpo grad Ficken earns Big Ten Player of the Week

2013-09-02T21:15:00Z 2013-09-04T21:45:08Z Sports Digest: Valpo grad Ficken earns Big Ten Player of the Week
September 02, 2013 9:15 pm

College football

Valparaiso grad and Penn State kicker Sam Ficken has earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for his performance in Saturday's 23-17 win over Syracuse.

Ficken made field goals of 36, 35 and 46 yards against Syracuse. The 46-yarder was a career long, which gave the Nittany Lions a 16-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Ficken has now connected on his last 13 field goals.

MOUNT CARMEL GRAD LYNCH EARNS HONOR: Mount Carmel grad and Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week following the Huskies 30-27 win over Iowa.

Lynch, who also picked up his fifth-career MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honor, completed 25-of-41 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 22 times for 56 yards.


Pro football

COLTS ROOKIE FACES 3 CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST: Colts safety John Boyett was arrested early Monday in Indianapolis after he tried to run away from police.

According to the police report, the 23-year-old was upset he was not allowed into a downtown bar because he had too much to drink. The report said when an officer attempted to arrest Boyett, he ran. After he was caught, the report said, Boyett repeatedly argued police could not arrest him because he "was a Colts player."

Boyett faces charges of public intoxication, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct.

The Oregon alum was Indy's sixth-round draft pick in April, but has not practiced because of injuries to both knees.

The injuries kept him out of all but one game last season and he is now on the non-football injury list.

COLTS GIVE WR DA'RICK ROGERS ANOTHER TRY: The Colts are giving Da'Rick Rogers one more chance to make it in the NFL.

Hours after the team announced it signed the talented but troubled rookie receiver to the practice squad, Rogers insisted he's a changed person.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver was considered a prized recruit coming out of high school when he verbally committed to Georgia, but he wound up signing with Tennessee.

Before even playing in a college game, he was allegedly involved in a bar brawl.

After his sophomore season with the Volunteers, Rogers was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules and, after transferring to Tennessee Tech, acknowledged he had failed multiple drug tests while he was in Knoxville.

He promised it won't happen again.


Pro hockey

BLACKHAWKS ANNOUNCE EXTENSION FOR CRAWFORD: Corey Crawford is having one great summer.

First, he was in net when the Blackhawks stormed to their second NHL title in four seasons. Then he welcomed the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Montreal on Monday, and joined the team for the announcement of a six-year contract extension that officially stamps his arrival as one of the league's top goaltenders.

"It's amazing," said Crawford, who recently got engaged and is in the mix to play for Canada in next year's Winter Olympics. "I want to be in Chicago for my whole career and so this is amazing to be able to do this and get this deal done."

Crawford went 16-7 with an NHL-best 1.84 goals-against average while starting every playoff game for Chicago this year. The breakout performance came after he went 19-5 with three shutouts in the regular season, helping the Blackhawks to the best record in the league.


Men's soccer

PUC MEN'S SOCCER PICKS UP SECOND DOUBLE OT WIN: The Purdue Calumet men's soccer team posted a 34-12 shot advantage over Lawrence Tech, but needed double overtime to put them away 2-1.

Sophomore Papa Otoo was the hero, as he headed in a free kick from Ahmed Alajmi. It was Otoo's second game-winning goal this season.


Prep football

CRETE-MONEE LINEBACKER MORGAN NARROWS COLLEGE CHOICES: Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan, considered by several scouting services to be one of the top prep linebackers, announced his final six schools on Sunday.

Morgan said Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Florida, Texas A&M, Michigan State and Tennessee are still in the running as to where he will play his college football career.

The 6-foot-3 Morgan did not play in Saturday's 43-6 season-opening win over T.F. South. Coach John Konecki said he kept him out because of a sore left knee.

Morgan was The Times 2012 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as he helped lead the Warriors to the Class 6A state title. He had 106 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions.

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