Rushville Republican

December 17, 2013

Sports Briefs


Rushville Republican

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Boys basketball: Rushville at Connersville, 6 p.m.

Girls basketball: Greenwood at Rushville, 6 p.m.

Swimming: Rushville at Greensburg, 5:30 p.m.

Manning honored as SI’s Sportsman of the Year

Peyton Manning is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.

Manning has led Denver to an 11-3 record this year, his second with the Broncos after missing the 2011 season with Indianapolis because of neck troubles that affected his right triceps. He has thrown 47 touchdown passes, three shy of Tom Brady’s NFL season record.

Manning is the fourth NFL quarterback to take the honor in the last nine years, following Brady in 2005, Brett Favre in 2007 and Drew Brees in 2010. LeBron James was the winner last year.

No. 18 Purdue women defeat Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Courtney Moses scored a game-high 21 points and No. 18 Purdue held on to defeat Kansas 71-68 Sunday.

Moses hit a jumper to give Purdue (7-2) a 68-66 lead with 1:04 remaining. Kansas (5-5) answered with an Asia Boyd layup to tie it with 36 seconds to play.

Purdue’s Whitney Bays was fouled by Chelsea Gardner at the 12-second mark. Bays made one of two free throws, putting the Boilermakers ahead 69-68.

After both teams called timeouts, Boyd missed what would have been the go-ahead layup with two seconds to play. KK Houser grabbed the rebound and was fouled by Boyd. Houser made both free throws to end the game.

Houser scored 14 points with eight assists. Bays added 12 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.

Gardner and Boyd each scored 17 points, and Charlicia Harper added 10 to lead the Jayhawks.

Norte Dame wins NCAA men’s soccer title

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Andrew O’Malley and Leon Brown led Notre Dame to its first NCAA men’s soccer title, scoring in the Fighting Irish’s 2-1 victory over Maryland on Sunday at PPL Park.

Notre Dame finished the season 17-1-6 to give 68-year-old coach Bobby Clark his first title in 27 years of coaching at Dartmouth, Stanford and Notre Dame.

Patrick Mullins, the nation’s leading scorer, scored for Maryland (17-4-5). The Terrapins were trying to win their fourth national championship and third under coach Sasho Cirovski.

Harrison Shipp, a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player, set up O’Malley’s winning goal with a perfectly placed free kick in the 60th minute. O’Malley leaped for Shipp’s kick and directed a header past goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s outstretched arms.

Brown tied it at 1 in the 40th minute with a tough-angle shot. He entered the game as a reserve when Vince Cicciarelli was forced to leave with an injury in the 10th minute.

Mullins, Maryland’s own Hermann Trophy finalist, opened the scoring for the Terrapins in the 35th minute.

Moments earlier, Mullins thought a penalty kick was warranted when his shot was cleared off the goal line by what looked to be the arm of Notre Dame’s Patrick Hodan. But Hodan was not called for the hand ball and Mullins was able to collect the rebound and deposit a shot past goalkeeper Patrick Wall.