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2012-11-18T21:30:00Z 2012-11-19T15:00:09Z Sports Digest: nwitimes.com
November 18, 2012 9:30 pm

College basketball

NORTHWESTERN TOPS FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON: Reggie Hearn scored 14 points and Northwestern's defense did the rest Sunday in an 80-53 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Fairleigh Dickinson's inability to convert in the paint prevented them from staying in the game early. The Knights missed six layups in the first half alone, which allowed Northwestern (3-0) to quickly take command in the first meeting between the schools.

For the second time in three games, Northwestern held its opponent to 14 points in the first half, a feat it previously had not accomplished since December 2008. The Wildcats led by as many as 36 points.

Eleven different players scored for the Wildcats, who shot 49 percent from the field. Northwestern's big men dominated Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2) in the post, outscoring them 36-16 in the paint.

 

Pro basketball

KNICKS BOUNCE BACK, BEAT PACERS: Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Knicks bounced back from their first loss of the season, beating the Indiana Pacers 88-76 on Sunday.

JR Smith added 13 points and Raymond Felton had 11 for the Knicks in their only home game in a span of seven games. After falling 105-95 at Memphis on Friday, the Knicks (7-1) go right back on the road to start another three-game trip Tuesday in New Orleans.

In a game that was ugly even without Jason Kidd's bad headband style, neither team shot 40 percent, but the Knicks built a big early lead, went up by as much as 20 and were never challenged.

 

 

LAKERS COACH MIKE D'ANTONI DELAYS BENCH DEBUT: Mike D'Antoni is postponing his debut on the Los Angeles Lakers' bench, giving the coach a few more days to recover from recent knee replacement surgery.

D'Antoni was tentatively planning to take over Sunday night against Houston, a week after the Lakers hired him to replace Mike Brown.

Instead, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and D'Antoni's wife persuaded him to wait at least another game.

D'Antoni agreed, saying he doesn't "want to be a sideshow."

The 61-year-old former player is getting around without crutches, but isn't his usual spry self yet.

Interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff will lead the Lakers against the Rockets. The Lakers are 3-1 under Bickerstaff, and D'Antoni says he'll keep the veteran coach on his staff for the rest of the season.

Los Angeles hosts Brooklyn on Tuesday.

 

Pro football

PATRIOTS TE REPORTEDLY BREAKS ARM VS. COLTS: New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts with an arm injury after catching two touchdown passes.

According to a report on Comcast SportsNet New England, Gronkowski has a broken forearm.

"He left the game with an arm injury," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said. "There was no update to that."

Gronkowski walked to the tunnel that heads to the locker room with about four minutes left in the Patriots' 59-24 victory over the Colts. No announcement of his injury was made during the game or for a couple hours afterward.

NFL rules state "... team personnel are responsible for reporting in-game injury information factually and accurately as soon as possible for the benefit of the network television audience and the other media covering our games."

The happy-go-lucky Gronkowski had 10 touchdown catches as a rookie and then set an NFL record for tight ends with 17 touchdowns last year, when he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards.

He had seven catches for 137 yards on Sunday, including touchdowns of 4 and 24 yards.

 

College football

USC'S BARKLEY OUT FOR NOTRE DAME GAME: Quarterback Matt Barkley will miss Southern California's regular-season finale against No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday with a sprained right shoulder.

Coach Lane Kiffin announced Sunday that freshman Max Wittek will make his first career start in place of Barkley.

Barkley was injured in the final minutes of the Trojans' 38-28 loss to UCLA when he was sacked by linebacker Anthony Barr. Barkley stayed down on the field for a long moment, and Wittek replaced him on USC's final series.

"I feel bad for him and his family," Kiffin said. "This is obviously not how you want it to be."

A four-year starter at USC, Barkley was a strong Heisman Trophy candidate last season and again this summer after electing to return for his senior year. Instead, his final season at USC has been just as inconsistent as the Trojans (7-4, 5-4 Pac-12), the preseason's No. 1 team.

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