Cutler to return to Bears' lineup
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Quarterback Jay Cutler is set to return to the Chicago Bears' lineup.
Coach Marc Trestman says Cutler will start Sunday at Cleveland after missing the previous four games with a high left ankle sprain.
Josh McCown, who played well in his absence, goes back to a reserve role.
Cutler went through a full practice oyesterday after working out with the receivers following a walkthrough, and got the green light to start this week. Linebacker Lance Briggs participated on a limited basis and Trestman was not optimistic about him returning from his shoulder injury against the Browns.
DePaul beats Florida Atlantic 81-70
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP)
Cleveland Melvin scored 19 points and DePaul beat the Florida Atlantic Owls 81-70 last night, giving the Blue Demons their 1,400th win in program history.
Sandi Marcius added a career-high 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Billy Garrett added 14 for the Blue Demons (5-4), who had lost three of four.
Brandon Young, DePaul's leading scorer, was back in the lineup after missing last Friday's game with a sprained ankle and had 12. Marcius, a senior forward, topped the career high he set Dec. 1 against Oregon State when he scored 15 points on 6 of 6 shooting
Florida Atlantic (3-7) was led by Pablo Bertone's 30 points, and Jackson Trapp had 17. The Owls had won two straight over Central Florida and Jacksonville after six consecutive losses, but couldn't push their winning streak to three despite shooting 45.5 percent.
Harper, Evans get No. 5 Kentucky women past DePaul
CHICAGO (AP) - Linnae Harper scored 18 points and Kastine Evans added 14 to lead No. 5 Kentucky to a 96-85 victory over DePaul last night.
Harper, a Chicago native who starred at Whitney Young High School, led a balanced offense as 10 players scored for the Wildcats (10-0).
Kentucky broke away from a 44-44 halftime tie and took the lead for good after Harper's jumper put the Wildcats ahead 60-59 with 14:15 left in the second half.
Brittany Hrynkko scored 20 points, Megan Rogowski had 19, amd Megan Podkowa and Jasmine Penny added 17 apiece as DePaul (4-3) lost for the third time in four games.
Samarie Walker scored 13 points, Jennifer O'Neill had 12 and Makayla Epps added 10 for the Wildcats.
Cubs send Bogusevic to Marlins for Ruggiano
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic.
The deal was announced at baseball's winter meetings yesterday.
Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13). He hit a career-high 18 homers in 472 at-bats for Miami last year. He's a .251 hitter for his career. In 317 games, he has 37 homers and 109 RBIs.
The Cubs had left-handers Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney in the outfield, making Bogusevic available for trades.
Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, hit .273 with six homers and 16 RBI in 47 games last year. In 299 games over four years - the first three in Houston - Bogusevic has 17 homers and 62 RBIs with a .273 average.
He could help fill the hole created by lefty Logan Morrison, who was dealt to Seattle on Wednesday for reliever relief pitcher Carter Capps.
White Sox select Nationals' Nieto in Rule 5 draft
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Chicago White Sox have selected minor league catcher Adrian Nieto from the Washington Nationals organization in the first round of the Rule 5 draft.
Nieto hit .285 for over 110 games with Class A Potomac last season. He made 86 starts at catcher and threw out 42 of 126 base stealers.
The move announced yesterday puts Chicago's 40-man roster at 39.
Backes scores twice as Blues beat Maple Leafs
ST. LOUIS (AP) - David Backes scored twice and Jaden Schwartz added a goal and two assists to lead the St. Louis Blues over the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 last night.
St. Louis has eight of 11 overall. At 13-2-2, the Blues tied with Boston, Pittsburgh and Minnesota for most home-ice wins.
Toronto lost its third in a row.
Alexander Steen, Derek Roy and Chris Stewart scored for St. Louis, which has points in its last six games against Toronto. The teams met for the first time since Nov. 10, 2011.
JAZZ BALL BOY-JORDAN SHOES
Michael Jordan shoes auctioned for $104K
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An auction company says Michael Jordan's shoes from the famous flu game of the 1997 NBA finals have sold for more than $100,000.
The shoes were owned by a Utah Jazz ball boy who befriended Jordan when the Chicago Bulls visited Salt Lake City. Jordan was playing with what he thought was the flu, but still led the Bulls to a key victory in the NBA Finals.
Preston Truman has said he asked for Jordan's shoes after the game.
Truman kept the shoes locked in a safe-deposit box at a Utah bank for 15 years. He recalls turning down an $11,000 offer for the red-and-black shoes from a collector the next season. The recent sale was first reported by ESPN.com.
Grey Flannel Auctions says online bidding started at $5,000 before soaring to more than $104,000 when bidding closed yesterday. The buyer wasn't identified.
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