January 27, 2014

Sports briefs for Monday, Jan. 27


---- — Jennings scores 18 for Bethel in loss to IWU

MARION — Logansport product Rachel Jennings scored 18 points for the Bethel College women’s basketball team in a 69-64 loss at NAIA No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday.

Until the final 90 seconds, Bethel (8-14, 3-7 Crossroads League) appeared poised to pull off an upset on the Wildcats’ home court. Yet, the Wildcats (19-3, 9-1) scored on their final 11 possessions and rallied furiously for the victory, overcoming an eight-point deficit with 1:45 left to play.

Bethel had controlled the tempo with its spread offense that frequently broke down the Wildcats’ No. 1 nationally-ranked defense. The Pilots were either knocking down 3-pointers (8-of-19) or driving to the basket for layups.

Rice’s team tops Sanders’ at Pro Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) — DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion with less than 1 minute to give Jerry Rice a win over Deion Sanders in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Baltimore’s Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal on the game’s final play after missing a 66-yarder earlier in the game.

The touchdown and conversion gave Rice a comeback after Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles threw a 12-yard touchdown to Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron with less than 5 minutes to play to give Sanders a 21-14 lead.

The Cameron and Murray touchdowns were the only scores of the second half in a game that had eight turnovers — including six interceptions — and nine sacks.

Stallings rallies for win at Torrey

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a tournament that was up for grabs, Scott Stallings hit a 4-iron worthy of a winner Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Stallings was in a five-way tie for the lead when he hit his second shot on the par-5 18th hole as hard as he could. It was enough to barely clear the water, and he took two putts from 40 feet for birdie and a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines.

That was enough for a one-shot victory when no one could catch him.

It was the third career PGA Tour victory for Stallings, who earned a return trip to the Masters and should move high enough in the world ranking to qualify for the Match Play Championship next month in Arizona.

K.J. Choi had the best score of the week on the South Course with a 66 and was among those who tied for second.

The pins were set up in favorable positions for birdies, making the course play the easiest it had all week.

Dophins hire Bucs exec Hickey as GM

MIAMI (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Dennis Hickey has been hired as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, ending an arduous search that lasted nearly three weeks.

Hickey has been with the Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the past three as director of player personnel.

He was their director of college scouting for six years.

The hiring Sunday came after the Dolphins were rebuffed by several candidates. New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio was offered the position Saturday but turned down the Dolphins, according to multiple reports. Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer withdrew from consideration Thursday.