WHITE SOX SIGN OUTFIELDER WISE TO 1-YEAR CONTRACT: The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with veteran outfielder Dwayne Wise.
The 34-year-old Wise signed with Chicago as a free agent on Aug. 3. He is a career .228 hitter with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs in 546 games over 10 seasons with Toronto, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Florida and the New York Yankees in addition to the White Sox.
Wise preserved Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game against Tampa Bay when he made an over-the-wall catch to stop a home run in the ninth inning.
DENNIS RODMAN COMING TO BRIDGES: Former Bull and NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman will appear at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports Bar from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 2.
VIP ticket holders and corporate sponsors will get early admission at 5 p.m. Their tickets are $100. General admission ticket holders are admitted at 9 p.m. Tickets are $40.
You must be 21 years of age or older to attend the Rodman signing.
Also appearing will be Atlanta Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer, who has Highland ties.
Call (219) 924-2206 for details.
ESPN TO BROADCAST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: The college football playoff system will be televised on ESPN for 12 years once it starts after the 2014 season, the network said Wednesday.
The title game will be played on a Monday, at least a week after the semifinals.
The deal is worth close to $500 million a year, a person with knowledge of the terms said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fee had not been announced.
"Folks are going to love this playoff and the attention ESPN will give to it," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said in a statement.
ESPN's current four-year contract to air the Sugar, Orange and Fiesta bowls along with the BCS title game is worth about $125 million per year.
GRINNELL PLAYER SCORES 138 POINTS: Jack Taylor's performance left even Kobe Bryant impressed.
The Division III guard shattered the NCAA scoring record with 138 points, hoisting a mind-boggling 108 attempts — or one shot every 20 seconds — in eclipsing the previous record by 25 points.
Taylor made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts while playing 36 minutes in Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night in Grinnell, Iowa.
"That's crazy, man. I don't care what level you're at. Scoring 138 points is pretty insane," the Lakers' superstar said after Los Angeles' victory over the Nets.
ROSENBAUM LEADS IUN TO WIN: Michelle Rosenbaum ((Valparaiso) scored a career-high 16 points Tuesday for IU Northwest in a 71-42 win over Moody Bible. Bri Wischman (Portage) added 12 points and five steals for the RedHawks (4-4).
HIGHLAND PARKS TO HOLD LEAGUES: Friday is the registration deadline for the Highland Parks and Recreation Winter Co-Rec Volleyball Leagues. The "A" division competitive league will run Tuesdays from Dec. 4 through Feb. 19. The "B" division recreational league will run Thursdays from Dec. 6 through Feb. 21. Team fee is $300. Contact Matt Jillson at (219) 838-0114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tufts University in Massachusetts has rescinded Lance Armstrong's honorary degree. A university spokeswoman says the school's trustees voted unanimously at their meeting this month to rescind the doctor of humane letters bestowed upon Armstrong in 2006. ... Hector "Macho" Camacho was clinging to life Wednesday after being shot in the face while in a car, with doctors and his family expected to decide whether to remove the former boxing champion from life support.