Sports Digest: Valpo women bowlers finish 11th at Jamboree

2013-11-03T21:15:00Z 2013-11-05T00:00:21Z Sports Digest: Valpo women bowlers finish 11th at Jamboree nwitimes.com
November 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Women's bowling

VALPO PLACES 11TH AT JAMBOREE: No. 14-ranked Valparaiso split its best-of-seven baker matches Sunday and finished 11th at the New Jersey Jamboree. The Crusaders defeated No. 16 LIU-Brooklyn 4-3, but lost 4.5-2.5 to No. 5 Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Pro hockey

BLACKHAWKS FALL IN OVERTIME: Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, Reto Berra made 42 saves in his first NHL game and the Flames defeated the Blackhawks 3-2.

Russell's shot from the blue line clanked off the crossbar and past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, ending Calgary's 10-game losing streak in Chicago.

Chicago's Marian Hossa scored a power-play goal with 4:19 left in the third period to tie it at 2. Patrick Kane also scored. Crawford had 27 saves.

College football

FLORIDA STATE BACK IN SECOND IN BCS STANDINGS: Florida State is back in second place in the BCS standings, edging past Oregon behind first-place Alabama.

The Seminoles' lead is thin and their stay at No. 2 could be short again.

Third-place Oregon plays Stanford on Thursday night and a win is likely to push the Ducks back into second.

Of the potential BCS busters, teams from non-automatic qualifying conferences looking to earn an automatic bid, Fresno State from the Mountain West is in 16th place and Northern Illinois from the Mid-American Conference is 18th. The highest-rated team from the non-AQ conferences earns an automatic bid by finishing in the top 12 of the final BCS standings or by finishing in the top 16 ahead of a champion from an automatic qualifying conference.

FLORIDA STATE GAINS GROUND IN NEW AP POLL: No. 3 Florida State gains ground on No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon in The Associated Press college football poll, earning four more first-place votes than it did last week.

The Seminoles are coming off another easy victory against a previously unbeaten rival. Florida State beat Miami 41-14 on Saturday night and received six-first-place votes from the media panel Sunday. Last month the Seminoles handed Clemson its first loss.

Alabama remains No. 1 with 52 first-place votes, three less than last week. Notre Dame moved back into the rankings at No. 24 and Michigan fell out after losing to Michigan State. The Spartans advance six spots to 18th.

Running

MUTAI, JEPTOO WIN AT NYC MARATHON: The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.

Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women's race. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finished runner-up for the second straight time in her hometown event.

Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was canceled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but not before many New Yorkers were enraged by initial plans to hold the race.

After the bombings at April's Boston Marathon, bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park. A record 50,740 runners started the race through the five boroughs.

Pro golf

JOHNSON REGAINS LEAD, WINS HSBC CHAMPIONS TITLE: It only took four holes over two days for Dustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch Sunday at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career. In what felt like the end of a long year and beginning of a new season, Johnson broke loose from a three-way challenge on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par. Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title.

"It's the biggest win I've had in my career so far," he said. "Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. I'm really proud of the way I handled myself."

Pro football

DOUGLASS TO APPEAR AT BRIDGES: Former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass will appear at Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Admission is free, but there will be a $10 charge for each item brought to be signed. Photos will be sold for $10 each. For details, call (219) 924-2206.

Around the horn

Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.

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