GAROPPOLO HELPS EASTERN ILLINOIS ROUT AUSTIN PEAY: Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 306 yards and five touchdowns in Eastern Illinois' 63-7 victory over winless Austin Peay on Thursday night.
Erik Lora had five catches for 133 yards and three touchdowns, the longest a 66-yarder, for the Panthers (5-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley). Taylor Duncan ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Tim Phillips ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries for the Governors (0-6, 0-2).
VALPO EARNS ACADEMIC AWARDS: Valparaiso has earned all-academic team honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association after posting a team grade point average of 3.343 during the 2012-2013 academic year, while nine Crusaders were recognized individually as All-America Scholar Athletes.
The Crusaders have received NFCA all-academic team accolades the last three seasons, posting a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.32 each time.
Tori Brown, Hayley Bridwell, Angie Doerffler, Jennifer Hermanson, Amanda Korb, Kendra Marshall, Sierra Pico, Taylor Weissenhofer and Amanda Wisniewski all received the individual honor for their performance in the classroom. Bridwell, Brown, Doerffler, Hermanson and Korb were all repeat recipients, posting a GPA of at least 3.5 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
LYNX SWEEPS TO WIN WNBA TITLE: Maya Moore scored 23 points; Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.
Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years.
ROCKETS BEAT PACERS IN 1ST GAME IN MANILA: James Harden scored 21 points Thursday to lead the Houston Rockets to a 116-96 win over the Pacers in the first NBA preseason game in the Philippines.
Omri Casspi added 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Houston, while Paul George led the Pacers with 17 points.
NBA Commissioner David Stern says the basketball-obsessed Philippines are an ideal host for NBA preseason games. He says the league may go to other Southeast Asian countries.
The teams will play again on Sunday in Taiwan, the ancestral home of Rockets guard Jeremy Lin.
COLTS TO HAVE TRIBUTE FOR MANNING: The Colts will pay tribute to Peyton Manning when he returns to Indianapolis next week.
What exactly the team will do hasn't been finalized yet.
Indy has usually celebrated the return of former longtime stars, such as Edgerrin James and Jeff Saturday, with a highlight reel of the players' careers between the third and fourth quarters. USA Today reported Wednesday that the Colts will honor Manning during a pregame tribute.
Manning was released by the Colts in March 2012.
CUBS ANNOUNCE DEAL WITH SWEENEY: The Cubs have agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Ryan Sweeney that includes a club option for 2016.
The team announced the agreement Thursday.
Sweeney is due $1.5 million in 2014 and 2015, with the Cubs holding a $2.5 million option for 2016 with a $500,000 buyout.
Sweeney batted .266 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 70 games this season. He spent time on the 60-day disabled list because of a broken rib after he crashed into a wall in late June.
VERLANDER SENDS TIGERS TO ALCS: Justin Verlander pitched another Game 5 gem in Oakland while carrying a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and Miguel Cabrera homered to lead the Detroit Tigers past the Athletics 3-0 Thursday night and back into the AL championship series.
Joaquin Benoit retired Seth Smith on a fly ball with two on in the ninth to close out the deciding game of their division series. The Tigers became the first team to reach the ALCS in three straight years since the New York Yankees from 1998-2001.
Game 1 is Saturday in Boston.
Verlander gave up a clean, two-out single to Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh to end his chance at the third no-hitter in postseason history. Verlander made it a postseason-record 30 straight scoreless innings against one team. He struck out 10 in eight innings.
KELLY, GREINKE SET FOR GAME 1 OF NLCS: Carpets were still drying out from a champagne bath and a few players looked bleary eyed after a workout at Busch Stadium. A day after advancing, there wasn't much time to rest for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Los Angeles Dodgers don't have home-field advantage in the NL championship series, but they got a few extra days to savor early postseason success.
No telling which side will benefit, the team on a roll or the team coming off a break, entering Game 1 tonight. Joe Kelly, who flourished as a replacement starter with St. Louis, opposes Zack Greinke in the opener.
GORDON TAKES POLE AT CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Jeff Gordon won the pole Thursday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history.
Greg Biffle qualified third for the Saturday night race, Jimmie Johnson was fourth, and Kasey Kahne — who held the lead for most of the night — was fifth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his 39th birthday by qualifying sixth for his 500th Sprint Cup start. Ryan Newman was seventh, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.
Gordon enters the weekend fourth in the Chase standings, 32 points behind leader Matt Kenseth with six races left. Kenseth qualified 20th.
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Purdue Calumet exercise physiologist John Bobalik will be the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Minnesota Gophers football coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy.