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SportShorts for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014


Cougars cruise
past Thunder

Lexis Macomber scored 20 points, and 10 different Eastland players scored in the Cougars’ 74-40 victory over NUIC West rival West Carroll on Thursday evening in Lanark.

Hannah Hake added 13 points, and Courtney Walker scored 11 for
Eastland (17-4, 6-0), which hit 12 of its 14 free throws.

Abby Maike scored 13 points, and Hayley Guilinger hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for West Carroll (3-16, 0-5), which trailed 25-10 after one quarter and 45-25 by halftime.


Colter to miss
Senior Bowl

Northwestern quarterback/receiver Kain Colter withdrew Wednesday from the Senior Bowl, because of a pre-existing ankle injury. He will undergo surgery next week.

Colter participated in three practices this week, after playing six games this season with injured ankle cartilage. His recovery for surgery is expected to require 8 to 12 weeks; he plans to host a Pro Day in late April, before the May 8-10 NFL Draft.


Rose hopes to play for Team USA

Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been named as one of 28 players for the 2014-16 USA national team pool, and hopes to play in September’s FIBA World Cup and Spain.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the court this summer and having the chance to represent our country,” Rose said in a statement released to USA Basketball. “It’s an honor to play for Team USA and Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski].”
That certainly implies Rose at least will attend the minicamp in hopes of making the World Cup team this summer as part of his rehabilitation and assimilation from a second straight season-ending knee injury.


Welker won’t get fined for hit

Broncos receiver Wes Welker will not be disciplined for the hit that knocked Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib out of Sunday’s AFC championship game, the NFL said.

The league determined that Welker did not do anything wrong as far is it was concerned, despite Talib leaving the game with a knee injury.

“It’s a legal hit,” vice president of NFL officiating Dean Blandino said Wednesday. “Under the current rules, it isn’t unnecessary roughness; it wasn’t late, and Talib wasn’t out of the play.”


MSU’s Dawson breaks hand

Michigan State junior forward Branden Dawson will miss 4 to 5 weeks after breaking his hand during a film session Thursday.

Dawson, upset about his own performance as the team reviewed video, hit his right hand on a table and broke a bone. He had surgery Thursday night.

Throught 18 games (14 starts), Dawson is averaging 10.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the third-ranked Spartans, who have also played without senior forward Adreian Payne the past four games due to a foot injury.

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