Sports Digest: Whitaker helps Michigan win Winter Nationals

2013-12-07T21:15:00Z 2014-06-11T20:35:23Z Sports Digest: Whitaker helps Michigan win Winter Nationals nwitimes.com

Swimming

KYLE WHITAKER HELPS MICHIGAN WIN WINTER NATIONALS: Michigan senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton) helped the Wolverines win the AT&T Winter Nationals on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

Michigan outdistanced SwimMAC Carolina 318-262 for the title. On the final day of the meet, Whitaker swam the third leg and helped Michigan place fourth in the 400 free relay (2:52.88). Earlier, Whitaker was 20th in the prelims of the 200 back (1:46.09), but he was scratched from the C Final to take part in the relay.

Men's basketball

SOUTH SUBURBAN TOPS PARKLAND: All five starters, led by Antonio Levy's 18 points, led No. 1-ranked South Suburban College past No. 21 Parkland 83-71 in an NJCAA Bracket Buster game Saturday.

Anthony Strickland added 17 points, Marius Hopkins 15, Korbon McClain 14 and Jalen Brown 13 for the Bulldogs (10-2).

College football

IRISH ACCEPT BID TO PINSTRIPE BOWL: Notre Dame is going to make its first postseason appearance at Yankee Stadium. The Irish (8-4) on Saturday officially accepted an invitation to the Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 28. They will be making their fourth straight bowl appearance and will play an American Athletic Conference opponent.

It will be Notre Dame's second visit to the new Yankee Stadium. The Irish beat Army 27-3 at the site in 2010. But the Irish have played some famous games at the old Yankee Stadium, including in 1928 against Army when coach Knute Rockne gave his famous "Win one for the Gipper speech." No. 1 Army and No. 2 Notre Dame played the Game of the Century there in 1946 in a game that featured four Heisman Trophy winners and ended in a 0-0 tie.

Coach Brian Kelly said the Irish are looking forward to returning.

"We were privileged to play in New York City and Yankee Stadium in 2010. The treatment our university received from the Steinbrenner family, the New York Yankees and the entire organization was unlike anything we've experienced in my tenure at Notre Dame," he said.

Pinstripe Bowl executive director Mark Holtzman said organizers were thrilled to have the Irish.

Notre Dame is 16-6-3 in games at both Yankee Stadiums.

Pro basketball

GEORGE, PACERS POWER PAST SPURS: Paul George scored 28 points, and the Pacers powered past San Antonio 111-100, snapping an 11-game skid against the Spurs.

David West had 20 points, and Lance Stephenson added 15. Roy Hibbert, former San Antonio guard George Hill, C.J. Watson and Luis Scola scored 12 points apiece. Hibbert and Scola also had 10 rebounds each.

Pro soccer

SPORTING KC WINS MLS CUP: Aurelien Collin scored the equalizer in the second half of the MLS Cup, then drove home the deciding penalty kick to give Sporting Kansas City a dramatic victory over Real Salt Lake and its first league title since 2000.

Alvaro Saborio, who missed the Western Conference finals because of injury, scored for Real Salt Lake in the 52nd minute, but Collin answered with a header in the 76th minute.

It remained that way through regulation and 30 minutes of overtime, and then the teams engaged in the longest penalty-kick shootout in championship history — one that both sides had chances to win before Collin's shot and Jimmy Nielsen's save gave Sporting KC the 7-6 victory.

Prep football

FAVRE PART OF MISSISSIPPI STATE TITLE TEAM: Brett Favre is a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a Super Bowl champion.

Now, he can add one more accomplishment to his storied career: High school state champion.

Favre is the offensive coordinator for Oak Grove High School, which beat Tupelo 14-7 for the Mississippi 6A state title Friday night. It is Oak Grove's first state title. Favre has been the offensive coordinator at Oak Grove the past two seasons. The school, which his youngest daughter attends, is close to his home in Hattiesburg.

Pro golf

WOODS MAINTAINS HIS LEAD AT WORLD CHALLENGE: Tiger Woods birdied two of his last three holes to salvage an even-par 72 in the wind and keep his two-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the World Challenge.

Wind that pushed away some light rain at the start of the round created havoc in the foothills of Sherwood Country Club. Woods hit a tee shot in the water and three-putted from about 6 feet on a par 5. But he finished strong and was at 11-under 205.

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