DETROIT BEATS HAWKS IN SHOOTOUT: Darren Helm scored on Detroit's sixth attempt in the shootout, and Jonas Gustavsson stopped Andrew Shaw's shot, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday night.
The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks faced Detroit for the first time since beating them in overtime in Game 7 of their second-round series last year to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored on his team's first attempt in the shootout, and Patrick Sharp scored on the second before Patrick Kane was stopped with a chance to win the game.
Corey Crawford gave up four goals on the first 17 shots he faced and finished with 27 saves for the Blackhawks.
PUC STAYS PERFECT IN CCAC: 20th-ranked Purdue University Calumet kept its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference record untarnished with a 71-47 victory over Trinity Christian Wednesday night.
The win pushes the Peregrines to 15-4 overall and 9-0 in league play, the best conference start in program history. Tierra Turner led the way with 14 points, and Brooklyn Short added 12. Kami Graber chipped in 10.
NO. 13 PENN STATE MOVES PAST IU: Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards each scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 13 Penn State (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten) in a 65-52 victory over Indiana on Wednesday night.
Tabitha Gerardot scored 12 points for Indiana (15-4, 2-4).
VALPO NO. 24 JERSEY TO BE RETIRED WEDNESDAY: Valparaiso's No. 24 jersey, which was worn by Bryce Drew and Bruce Lindner, will be retired at Wednesday's game against Green Bay.
It will be raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony. It is the first number to be officially retired by the men's basketball program. Drew, the current Valpo coach, helped VU advanced to the Sweet 16 in 1998. He's the career leader in points (2,142), 3-pointers (364) and assists (626). He was also the 16th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and played in the league for six years.
Lindner played for VU in 1968-70. He owns the school's single-season record for points (725) and points per game (27.8). He's also the career leading in scoring average (19.5).
VALPARAIZONE NOMINATED FOR STUDENT SECTION AWARD: The ValparaiZone, Valpo's student section, has been nominated for the Naismith Student Section of the Year. Fans can vote for the section by going to www.mystudentsectionrocks.com or www.facebook.com/collegecolors. Fans can also go to Twitter and use the hashtags #RockValpoColors or #BestStudentSection within a tweet.
The winning school receives $10,000 for its general scholarship fund.
INDIANA STATE EDGES LOYOLA: Khristian Smith scored 18 points as Indiana State got past Loyola 65-61 on Wednesday. Indiana State (15-4, 6-1 Missouri Valley) got 14 points from Jake Odum and Brandon Burnett added 10.
Milton Doyle led Loyola (7-12, 2-5) with 20 points.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN TAKES DOWN PUC: Purdue Calumet (15-5, 7-3 CCAC) dropped an 84-70 decision to Trinity Christian. Noah Allen led the Peregrines with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while also tallying six assists and four steals. Dioscar Gomez went 8-of-11 from the field as well en route to a 19-point effort, while Kaspars Brencans had 14 points.
AUGUSTIN, GIBSON LEAD BULLS OVER CAVS: D.J. Augustin scored 25 points in a start for Kirk Hinrich, and Taj Gibson matched a career high with 26 filling in for Carlos Boozer as the Bulls improved to 7-2 since trading Luol Deng with a 98-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Augustin and Mike Dunleavy hit 3-pointers down the stretch to pace the Bulls, who at 21-20 moved over .500 for the first time since Nov. 22.
Deng went just 2 of 11 from the field in his first game against Chicago. The Bulls dealt the two-time All-Star forward to Cleveland on Jan. 6 for future draft picks.
Before the game, the Bulls signed free agent guard Mike James to a 10-day contract.
JOPLIN COUNCIL APPROVES TEAM TO JOIN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION: The city council in Joplin, Mo., approved a lease for a team to play in the city's Joe Becker Stadium as part of the American Association.
Joplin is south of Kansas City, Mo., and would give teams in the league, such as the RailCats, another travel partner with the Kansas City T-Bones. The trip is about eight hours from Gary.
The proposal included a $9.3 million renovation to the stadium for the team to begin playing in 2015, according to the Joplin Globe.
SJC SEARCHING FOR NEW COACH: St. Joseph’s College and Director of Athletics Bill Massoels announced Wednesday the SJC volleyball program has ended the tenure of head coach Jill Schopieray. A national search for the program’s eighth head coach will begin in the near future.
In eight seasons, Schopieray posted an 84-152 record. Her 84 wins stand as the third most in SJC history. The Pumas were 11-21 in 2013.
NADAL NEXT UP FOR FEDERER: Roger Federer rekindled his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Federer clinched it on his third match point with an ace to set up a showdown with top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Two of the leading contenders on the men's side survived on a day when two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka was beaten 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 by Agnieszka Radwanska in the women's quarterfinals.
Around the horn
Sunday's softball clinic at Calumet College has been canceled. For details, call Gil Arzola at (219) 309-3662 or (219) 462-8191. ... Former slugger Bo Jackson is back with the White Sox, this time as a team ambassador. In his new job, Jackson will make appearances for the organization and serve as a team representative in the community and throughout baseball. ... The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract. ... Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for a fiery wreck that killed his teammate and close friend, Jerry Brown.