HANDZUS LIFTS HAWKS TO WIN: Michal Handzus scored the go-ahead goal 6:45 into the second period, and the Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Chicago's Jonathan Toews and rookie Joakim Nordstrom connected in the first period, while Duncan Keith had two assists. Nordstrom's goal was his first in the NHL.
Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin made 17 saves, and New York's Kevin Poulin finished with 25 as both goaltenders made their first starts this season.
2-YEAR-OLD SON OF VIKINGS' PETERSON DIES: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world.
Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the boy was Peterson's son.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday. The boy died at 11:43 a.m. at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls after being removed from life support, Wollman said.
Wollman said he'll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week. Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death.
BEARS' WILLIAMS TO MISS REST OF SEASON: Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the remainder of the season because of a chest injury.
Williams ruptured his left pectoral muscle tendon during Thursday's win over the New York Giants.
Coach Marc Trestman was not sure on Friday how the injury occurred. Williams, signed in the offseason to help replace Brian Urlacher, left in the third quarter, the latest injury for a defense that's had its share. The Bears visit Washington next week, and with Williams out, rookie Jonathan Bostic figures to start in his place.
KYLE BUSCH WINS NATIONWIDE RACE AT CHARLOTTE: Kyle Busch raced to his 11th Nationwide Series victory of the year Friday night, giving him a season sweep at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Busch edged Nationwide series title contenders Austin Dillon and Sam Hornish Jr. to win for the eighth time in the series at Charlotte. Busch has a record 62 Nationwide victories.
IU'S OFFENSE TO TEST SPARTANS' STOUT DEFENSE: This might be the best test yet for Michigan State's stellar defense.
The Spartans have been shutting down opponents all season, but today they'll host an Indiana team that just put up 44 points in its Big Ten opener and looks like one of the league's up-and-coming offenses.
In fact, that might be selling the Hoosiers short, considering they lead the league in total offense and passing offense. But Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi's unit ranks first in the nation in total defense and rushing defense.
Indiana (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) opened its conference schedule with a 44-24 win over Penn State. The Spartans (4-1, 1-0) beat Iowa 26-14.
WISCONSIN LOOKS TO TRIP UP NORTHWESTERN:No. 19 Northwestern leads the Big Ten in creating mistakes. Wisconsin wants more of 'em.
Forcing flubs is always important, but it may hold even more weight in the game today between two teams that can get up and down the field.
The Badgers are hoping to celebrate homecoming weekend by tripping up the Wildcats and their high-scoring offense at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Badgers (3-2, 1-1) have forced seven turnovers in five games, but are still fifth in the conference in turnover margin at plus-2, with a league-low five giveaways.
Northwestern (4-1, 0-1), on the other hand, leads the Big Ten in takeaways with 14 — three fumbles and 11 interceptions — and is tied with Nebraska in turnover margin at plus-5.
NEBRASKA TRYING TO FIGURE OUT PURDUE'S NEW LOOK: Darrell Hazell is shaking things up at Purdue.
The Boilermakers coach made a quarterback change, switched right guards and tinkered with his defensive lineup during the bye week. He's hoping it makes a difference today against Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten).
Little has gone right for Purdue (1-4, 0-1) this season. The offense is scoring a league low 17.0 points per game. The defense is giving up a league-high 36.6 points per game.
Hazell decided to give freshman quarterback Danny Etling a chance to jump start the season.
This week, he'll be facing a young Cornhuskers' defense that is ranked in the bottom half of the league in the major categories but has shown improvement the last two weeks.
VALPO PICKS UP ROAD HORIZON LEAGUE WIN: Morgan Beil had 14 kills to lead Valparaiso to a 25-17, 28-26, 27-25 Horizon League win over host Youngstown State. Ellen Vanden Berg and Sarah Dooms each added 12 kills for the Crusaders (14-4, 3-1).
CATCHER ORNELAS TO JOIN OILMEN ROSTER NEXT SEASON: Central Michigan catcher Alec Ornelas will play for the NWI Oilmen next season. He played 32 games for the Southland Vikings in 2012. Ornelas will see one familiar face on the Oilmen roster in Chippewas teammate Jimmy McNamara (Lake Central).
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Notre Dame and NBC Sports Group have reached a three-year agreement calling for NBCSN to televise 12 of the Fighting Irish's home hockey games each year of the deal.