Sports Digest: VU freshman Alec Peters earns Horizon League and College Sports Madness honors

2013-12-16T21:15:00Z 2013-12-26T18:46:14Z Sports Digest: VU freshman Alec Peters earns Horizon League and College Sports Madness honors nwitimes.com
December 16, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro football

TILLMAN OUT FOR SEASON: Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the remainder of the season because of a torn right triceps.

The Bears had left open the possibility of a comeback in the playoffs after he was injured against Detroit on Nov. 10 by placing him on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

Coach Marc Trestman said Monday that won't happen. He also said a decision on whether star linebacker Lance Briggs will return from a fractured shoulder this weekend at Philadelphia will be made Friday.

BEARS LEAD DIVISION AFTER LIONS LAST-MINUTE LOSS: Justin Tucker's career-long 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left lifted the Baltimore Ravens to an 18-16 win over the Detroit Lions in a Monday night matchup with major playoff implications.

Ravens rookie safety Matt Elam sealed the victory with an interception — Matthew Stafford's third of the night.

Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Joseph Fauria with 2:21 left, putting Detroit ahead 16-15. But the Lions were unable to make a 2-point conversion and couldn't prevent Baltimore from setting up its sensational kicker for his sixth field goal of the game and 33rd in a row.

The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (8-6) are in control of an AFC wild card following their fourth straight win. Detroit (7-7) has hurt its playoff chances by losing four of its last five.

Pro baseball

SOX TRADE REED FOR DAVIDSON: The White Sox on Monday acquired 22-year-old third baseman Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the latest transfusion of new blood into their lineup.

Since the trading deadline, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has imported right fielder Avisail Garcia from the Detroit Tigers, first baseman Jose Abreu from the Cuban leagues and center fielder Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now Davidson, the top power-hitting prospect in Arizona’s organization, has the promise of seizing third base amid a logjam of players already at the position.

The price for Davidson was somewhat steep — closer Addison Reed. But confident in both his overall pitching depth and his coaches to development even more mound talent, Hahn gave up the 24-year-old Reed to plug up even more pressing needs in the hitting-challenged, on-base-percentage-poor lineup.

Pro basketball

PISTONS HAND PACERS FIRST HOME DEFEAT: Josh Smith scored 30 points, Greg Monroe finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed Indiana its first home loss Monday night, stunning the Pacers 101-96.

The Pistons won for the second time in six games, ending a six-game skid in the series and a nine-game losing streak on the Pacers home court.

Lance Stephenson had a season high 23 points while Luis Scola scored 13 of his season-best 18 in the fourth quarter for Indiana (20-4), which was 11-0 at home coming into the game. Oklahoma City is the only NBA team unbeaten at home.

Detroit held a 55-40 rebounding edge and outscored the Pacers in the paint.

Indiana tied the score four times and got as close as 96-94 late in the fourth.

BULLS WAIVE MIKE JAMES: The Bulls on Monday waived 6-foot-2, 188-pound reserve guard Mike James.

James appeared in seven games with Chicago, and averaged 0.3 ppg, 0.9 apg in 5.4 mpg. He signed with Chicago on Sept. 27.

Men's basketball

VU FROSH EARNS HL HONORS: Valparaiso freshman forward Alec Peters was named the Horizon League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness following his 30-point effort in the Crusaders' win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday.

Peters was also tabbed Freshman of the Week by the league office for the third time this year.

Peters went 9-of-16 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, and 8-of-9 from the foul line for his 30 points on Saturday.

It was Peters' second 30-point scoring output of the year, making him just the fifth VU player in the last 18 years to score at least 30 points on multiple occasions. Peters is the only one of that group — Bryce Drew, Dan Oppland, Brandon Wood and Cory Johnson — to do so as a freshman.

College baseball

OILMAN ADD MCVEIGH TO ROSTER: The Northwest Indiana Oilmen have added University of Akron (Ohio) right-handed pitcher Myles McVeigh for the 2014 season.

McVeigh underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2012 season, forcing him to miss the entire 2013 season. The red-shirt junior, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., had a 3.82 earned run average for Akron his freshman year in 2011.

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