VU'S BROEKHOFF WINS LOU HENSON AWARD: Valparaiso University senior forward Ryan Broekhoff received the Lou Henson Award mid-season honor Wednesday.
The award, given by CollegeInsider.com, is presented annually to the top mid-major player in Division I basketball.
“Ryan should have been named to the Lou Henson preseason All-America team,” CollegeInsider.com co-founder Angela Lento said in a media release. “He's a terrific talent who can shoot it and score near the basket. And he has a knack for playing big in big games.”
Broekhoff has helped Valparaiso to the No. 12 ranking in the latest Mid-Major Top 25. He leads the Horizon League in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and free throw percentage (.923) and ranks second in scoring (16.7 ppg).
OLD-TIMERS TO FEATURE GAYLORD PERRY: The 67th annual Gary Old Timers Athletic Association banquet will be held Wednesday at Avalon Manor in Hobart and will have Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry as the featured speaker.
Perry pitched from 1962-1983 with eight teams in his career. He was the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both the National and American leagues. During his 22-year career, Perry compiled 314 wins and 3,534 strikeouts. Perry was elected in Baseball’s Hall Of Fame in 1991.
Also, former Andrean and Whiting High School football coach Nick Crnkovich will be honored with the Gary Old Timers Lifetime Achievement award.
Tickets for the Old Timers banquet are $30 each and may be purchased by contacting Doug Miller at (219) 476-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEWIS SET TO RETIRE AFTER POSTSEASON: Ray Lewis will end his brilliant 17-year NFL career after Baltimore complete its 2013 playoff run.
Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.
Lewis will walk away from the game because he wants to spend more time with his two sons. While working to return from his injury, Lewis watched them play on the same high school football team, and he intends to watch Ray Lewis III perform as a freshman next year for his alma mater, the University of Miami.
VIKINGS' PETERSON HAS 'SPECIAL' WISH: Adrian Peterson is unquestionably Minnesota's most irreplaceable player for years, piling up 2,000 yards this season to put himself in the running for the NFL's Most Valuable Player award.
One of the sport's most relentless competitors, Peterson would like to play on special teams, too.
"For the past two years I've been trying to get in on a field goal block. Come in off the edge, you know? It's just going to take one block for (coaches) to be like, 'OK, let's take the chance and let you go out there and get it done,'" Peterson said.
"Kickoff return, I wouldn't mind getting back there. I'm in it to win."
Peterson actually returned 16 kickoffs as a rookie in 2007, averaging 25.8 per attempt including a 53-yard gain at Chicago, where he had his first 200-yard game that afternoon. The Vikings used him in that role once during the regular season in 2008 and again that year in the playoffs, but never since.
PACERS BEAT WIZARDS FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE HOME WIN: Paul George had 29 points and 13 rebounds; D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, and the Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 89-81 on Wednesday night.
George had 10 points in the first quarter as the Central Division-leading Pacers (19-13) led by as many as 17 points against the team with the NBA's worst record.
Roy Hibbert added 13 points for the Pacers, who won their sixth straight home game. Ian Mahinmi added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Jordan Crawford scored 20 points for Washington (4-26), which fell to 1-14 on the road this season. Kevin Seraphin scored 16; Nene added 15 points, and Bradley Beal scored 14 for the Wizards.
BULLS-PACERS GAME RESCHEDULED: The Bulls at Pacers game that was postponed Dec. 26 by blizzard conditions has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, it was announced Wednesday.
Around the horn
The NHL players' association delivered its latest counteroffer to the league Wednesday as the two sides try to resolve the lockout. That makes four offers between the sides since the NHL restarted the negotiation process Thursday with a new contract proposal. What has become a major point of contention is how a player's pension will be funded.