SSC ELIMINATED FROM NJCAA D II TOURNEY: South Suburban College shot 34 percent for the game while Fort Scott (Ks.) converted 33 of 50 free throws Wednesday to eliminate the Bulldogs, 77-59, from the NJCAA Div. II National Championship Tournament in Danville.
Thornton grad Antonio Levy led SSC (28-6) with 28 points. Jalen Brown added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
KNICKS BEGIN JACKSON ERA WITH WIN OVER PACERS: Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the New York Knicks opened the Phil Jackson era by beating the Pacers 92-86 for their season-high seventh straight victory.
With their new team president watching from a midcourt seat, the Knicks dominated the first half, then pulled away after the Eastern Conference leaders finally got untracked in the second half.
Fans stood to cheer Jackson in the first quarter and were on their feet again in the final minute to watch the Knicks beat the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Lance Stephenson had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Pacers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
RAILCATS ANNOUNCE NATIONAL ANTHEM TRYOUTS: The RailCats are holding tryouts for singers performing the U.S. and Canadian anthems on April 4 and 5.
Tryouts are held from 3-6 p.m. on April 4 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5. A tryout is necessary to be considered to sing before a game this season.
For more information, call the RailCats at (219) 882-2255.
BEARS SIGN CORNERBACK MCMANIS: The Bears on Wednesday agreed to terms with cornerback Sherrick McManis on a one-year contract.
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound McManis has appeared in 50 games with one start over four seasons with Houston (2010-11) and Chicago (2012-13), recording 41 special teams tackles, three defensive stops, one interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
MELTON SIGNS WITH COWBOYS: The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive tackle Henry Melton to an incentive-laden one-year contract with the free agent coming off a major knee injury.
The deal signed Wednesday has a $1.25 million base salary and could be worth up to $5 million. The Cowboys hold a three-year option after the 2014 season.
Melton has 15 1/2 sacks in 48 career games but will be needed more as a disruptive force in the middle. His best years came in 2011 and 2012, when he had 13 of his sacks and 50 of his 63 career tackles.
IRISH GAMES MOVED FROM U.S. STEEL YARD: The University of Notre Dame baseball games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard have been relocated due to the weather.
The entire Fighting Irish schedule at the home of the RailCats isn't completely washed out, as Notre Dame plans to play Wake Forest in Gary at 2:05 p.m. March 29.
The games scheduled for this weekend against Virginia Tech have been moved to a facility near Indianapolis.
VALPO WEEKEND GAMES ADJUSTED: Valparaiso's weekend baseball schedule at Illinois-Chicago has been adjusted. The Crusaders play at 5 p.m. Friday, then take part in a 10:30 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.
KARP NAMED NAIA ALL-AMERICAN: Saint Xavier University senior guard Brad Karp (Valparaiso) was named to the 2013-14 NAIA Division II All-America teams Wednesday.
Karp was one of just 10 players nationally to earn first team honors. Karp earned second team All-American honors following his sophomore and junior seasons and was an honorable mention selection after his freshman campaign.
He was an seven-time Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) player of the week honoree and led the Cougars in scoring (25.3 points per game), rebounding (8.2 rebounds per game) and steals (83) this season. He ranked sixth in the NAIA in scoring average, eighth in the NAIA in steals per game (2.4 spg) and No. 13 in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.596). Karp led the CCAC in scoring per game, was second in steals per game and third in rebounds per game.
FORMER VU PLAYER ORTIZ HELPS MUSTANGS WITH PASL TITLE: Former Valparaiso player Adrian Ortiz helped the Chicago Mustangs win the Professional Arena Soccer League title. Ortiz is a team captain for the Mustangs, who won the regular-season title, Ron Newman and U.S. Open cups. The club finished the season unbeaten, making league history with its feat.