- Created on 07 November 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Scola, Donald Sloan and Lance Stephenson accounted for all the points in a decisive 12-2 run, thwarting a late charge by the Chicago Bulls and sending the Indiana Pacers, the NBA's last unbeaten team, to an 97-80 victory Wednesday night.
The Pacers are 5-0 for the first time since 1971-72. Paul George had 21 points and six rebounds to lead Indiana, while David West had a season-high 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Luol Deng and Derrick Rose scored 17 points each to lead Chicago (1-3). Rose scored only three points in the second half.
For three quarters, it was topsy-turvy. Then, with Chicago leading 67-65 with 8:38 left, things changed quickly.
Sloan hit a 17-footer to tie the score. Stephenson gave Indiana the lead with a 3-pointer. Scola followed that with consecutive baskets and Stephenson closed the run with another 3 to make it 77-69. The Bulls never seriously challenged again.
After missing all seven shots he took in the first half, Stephenson finished with 15 points — all but three coming in the final 12 minutes of a game that looked more like a 15-round title fight.
Bodies crashed hard to the court all night, and the game got progressively more physical.
It took a toll.
Pacers backup center Ian Mahinmi left late in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return. Chicago guard Kirk Hinrich was called for a flagrant foul in the fourth. There was a resounding thud in the arena when Joakim Noah of the Bulls crashed hard to the court trying to protect his own basket late in the fourth.
Until the final stretch, neither team could get the upper hand in this defensive slugfest.
Indiana led 25-19 after one quarter, trailed 43-37 at halftime and then looked like they might pull away in the third after opening the quarter on a 10-2 run to reclaim the lead. The Pacers followed that spurt with a 9-2 run that ended with George's 3-pointer to make 56-51. Sloan's 3 with 1:12 left in the third extended the margin to 63-55.
Hinrich answered with a 3, and then George fouled Deng on an 11-footer. Before Deng could finish the three-point play, Pacers coach Frank Vogel drew a technical. Chicago made both free throws, trimming the deficit to 63-62.
The Bulls finally got even on Dunleavy's 3 early in the fourth and retook the lead at 67-65 on Deng's 18-footer with 8:38 to play.
- Created on 06 November 2013
(CNN) -- November has recently transformed into "Movember," the month for growing beards and mustaches to raise money for fighting prostate cancer. Now, for those who aren't interested in the shaggy look -- or who might be "follicly" challenged -- there's another way to help another good cause: by cutting your locks.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring the VFW Mane Event, a fund-raising effort that it says started when the Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu offered to cut his famous hair -- for the first time in a decade -- to help veterans.
"My hair gets a lot of attention, and by cutting it after more than ten years, it is my hope that I can help bring to light the fate of our country's veterans," the NFL safety said on his VFW donation page.
Polamalu, 32, will get his long locks trimmed on Monday, Veterans Day, in front of a crowd at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, although it's unclear how much he'll actually get cut.
- Created on 05 November 2013
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Chicago Bears' Shea McClellin (99) and Isaiah Frey (31) during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. Rodgers left the game after the play. (AP Photo / Jeffrey Phelps)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers stood helplessly on the sideline in green warmups, hands jammed inside his pockets.
The Packers lost more than just sole possession of first place in the NFC North after falling 27-20 Monday night to the Chicago Bears.
An injury to Rodgers' left (non-throwing) shoulder knocked perhaps the most irreplaceable player in the NFL out in the game's first series, and porous fourth-quarter defense finished off Green Bay's comeback chances against their fierce divisional rivals.
Coach Mike McCarthy said more tests were needed on Rodgers, and that he hoped to know more on Tuesday.
"No timeline, no exact diagnosis," McCarthy said. "That's where we're at."
And they may be in big trouble, too, if the 2011 NFL MVP is out for any significant length of time. Rodgers was hurt after getting pulled down from behind by Shea McClellin, one of three sacks on the night for the defensive end.
Backup Seneca Wallace was 11 of 19 for 114 yards and an interception. Rodgers was 1 of 2 for 27 yards before departing. Starter and backup played toss for a couple minutes, but Rodgers soon afterward was headed off the field for tests.
"I knew he was in a little bit of pain, but didn't know what was going on," Wallace said.
Wallace hadn't played in a game since Jan. 1, 2012, when he was with the Browns - a 13-9 loss to the Steelers.
On Monday night at least, the Bears had a better insurance policy at quarterback.
Josh McCown, playing in place of the injured Jay Cutler, threw for two touchdowns to help the Bears end a six-game skid to Green Bay. The loss snapped Green Bay's four-game winning streak, and forged a three-way tie at 5-3 atop the division between the Packers, Bears and Detroit Lions, who had a bye this week.
Bears return specialist Devin Hester likened the Packers without Rodgers to the X-Men without one of their most valuable members.
"Fighting the X-Man and the Wolverine goes down," Hester said. "He's like the bread-and-butter of their team."
Alshon Jeffery had five catches for 60 yards, including a 6-yard grab for the go-ahead touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Brandon Marshall, largely shut down in two games against Green Bay last year, had seven catches for 107 yards and a score. Matt Forte ran for 125 yards and a TD, and also had 54 yards receiving.
"We have a long road ahead. It doesn't mean much right now," Trestman said about the first-place tie. "It will mean a lot more down the road here."
The loss spoiled another big night by Green Bay rookie Eddie Lacy, who ran for 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. The rejuvenated running game also featured a 32-yard touchdown run from James Starks in the first quarter.
All of it overshadowed by Rodgers' injury, the latest in a season filled with bad health news for Green Bay.
James Jones (knee) returned Monday night after a two-game absence, but sackmaster Clay Matthews (thumb) and tight end Jermichael Finley (neck) are still out. Wide receiver Randall Cobb (leg) is also on the injured list-designated to return, and offensive lineman T.J. Lang (concussion) and linebacker Andy Mulumba (ankle) were also banged up during the game.
But a hurt Aaron Rodgers is Green Bay's ultimate nightmare. He hasn't missed a game due to injury since Dec. 19, 2010.
"Aaron's a huge part of our offense," McCarthy said. "This is a thing that's been built over time with Aaron as the centerpiece. I don't think it's realistic to put anyone in there and expect him to perform" like Rodgers.
Rodgers, though, doesn't play defense, and Green Bay played poorly on that side of the ball in the fourth quarter.
The Bears locked the game up with an 18-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that started with 9:48 left and ended with a 27-yard field goal by Robbie Gould for a seven-point lead with 53 seconds left. Chicago converted on a fourth-and-1 at its own 32 with a 4-yard run by Forte, and added two third-down conversions later in the drive.
"Frustrating, man, really frustrating," Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji said. "That's not like us. But give the Bears credit."
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- Created on 04 November 2013
President Barack Obama holds up a Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, where he honored the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks hockey. From left are, team President and CEO John McDonough, the president, team captain Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A beaming President Barack Obama saluted the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks at the White House on Monday - a rare moment for a president hungry to see more victorious teams from his hometown.
The Blackhawks have been the only Chicago team to win championships during Obama's presidency. They also won in 2010.
Speaking of other Chicago teams, the president said, quote, "To the Bulls, Bears, Cubs, White Sox - I am term-limited, so you guys have got to get moving. I need to see you here soon. Championships belong in Chicago."
Obama praised the Blackhawks not only for their skills on the ice but for their contributions to the community. Blackhawk players and staff visited troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier in the day.