Sports Digest: Valpo's Peters named Horizon League Freshman of Week

2014-02-25T22:00:00Z 2014-03-01T17:31:09Z Sports Digest: Valpo's Peters named Horizon League Freshman of Week nwitimes.com
February 25, 2014 10:00 pm

College basketball

VALPO'S PETERS NAMED HL FRESHMAN OF WEEK: Valparaiso's Alec Peters has been named the Horizon League's Freshman of the Week.

It's the fourth time Peters has won the award. He had 11 points and five rebounds against Green Bay, and 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and six rebounds against Youngstown State.

SSC HOSTS PLAYOFF OPENERS THURSDAY: South Suburban College’s basketball team will host games in the NJCAA Division II playoffs Thursday.

The SSC women will face Wright College at 5 p.m., while the SSC men will meet McHenry County College at 7:15 p.m. Both SSC squads are the No. 2 seeds.

If the women’s team wins, it will play at 2 p.m. Sunday in the regional semifinals at Moraine Valley.

If the men’s team wins, it will play at 4 p.m. Sunday in the regional semifinals at Illinois Valley Community College.

Pro basketball

COLLINS GETS POSITIVE FEEDBACK UPON RETURN TO NBA: Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets says he has received a text message from Billie Jean King and other messages of support since becoming the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States' four major professional leagues.

Collins says the text from the former tennis great was "very meaningful and very much appreciated."

Collins spoke before the Nets practiced at UCLA on Tuesday. They resume their road trip with a game at Portland tonight.

Collins signed a 10-day contract on Sunday and played 10 scoreless minutes in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers.

KNICKS' FELTON ARRAIGNED ON GUN CHARGES: New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arraigned on two felony weapons possession charges in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday, following his early morning arrest after a lawyer for his wife turned in a loaded semi-automatic handgun allegedly belonging to the basketball star to a police precinct, claiming she no longer wanted it in their home, authorities said.

Wearing a black sweatshirt with a peace sign and other symbols on it, Felton was seemingly upbeat as he appeared before Judge Diana Boyar, nodding affirmatively after he was ordered to stay away from his wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton. He did not enter a plea, which is common for this stage in the case.

"Mr. Felton has no interest in having contact" with her, one of his lawyers, James Walden, told the judge. Court records show she filed for divorce from Felton last week.

Felton was released on $25,000 bail and was ushered into a black SUV following his arraignment. Under the terms of his bond, Felton can travel to games, bail bondsman Ira Judelson said.

Prosecutors said they were told Felton stored the Belgian-made FN Herstal model handgun in the home from August through February. A lawyer for Felton's wife, a student at Fordham University School of Law, dropped off the weapon at a stationhouse on Manhattan's upper West Side on Monday evening, shortly before tipoff of the Knicks game against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, police said.

The gun had 18 rounds of live ammunition in its magazine, which can hold about 20 rounds, prosecutors said.

He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and criminal possession of a firearm. The firearm charge is punishable by up to four years in prison. The weapons charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison. The section under which he was charged concerns having a large-capacity ammunition magazine.

Pro baseball

SMITH LEADING DRIVE TO MAKE OPENING DAY HOLIDAY: Ozzie Smith wants the federal government to make opening day of the major league baseball season a national holiday.

The Hall of Fame shortstop is leading a campaign to collect 100,000 signatures within 30 days under the We the People petitioning program, which would trigger a review by the Obama administration. The effort is being backed by Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser brand.

''Coming from St. Louis, of course being such as baseball town, it's sort of an unofficial holiday, opening day, so they thought it would be a good idea for Mr. Smith to just take a trip to Washington," Smith said Tuesday during a telephone interview.

Around the horn

Manchester United's troubled season took another turn for the worse on Tuesday as David Moyes' side slumped to a 2-0 first leg defeat to Olympiakos in the last 16 of the Champions League.

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