MIAMI – LeBron James of the Miami Heat is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year.
James became an NBA champion for the first time in 2012, a year in which he also won his second Olympic gold medal and his third NBA MVP trophy. He’s the first NBA player to win the award since Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.
Time Inc. Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said Monday that James was chosen not only for his play but also for his charitable work, especially with schoolchildren in his native Akron, Ohio.
Past winners include Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, Arthur Ashe, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Michael Phelps. College basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt shared the honor last year.
Top USAC driver to race at Coliseum
Bobby East of Brownsburg, one of the most accomplished racers in the United States Auto Club, has joined the lineup for the Rumble in Fort Wayne on Dec. 28 and 29 at Memorial Coliseum. The indoor midget event will also have NASCAR’s Tony Stewart.
In Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight scored 17 points, Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince had 15 apiece and the Detroit Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-79 for their fifth straight home win. In Charlotte, N.C., LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds, Luke Babbitt hit a pair of clutch three-pointers and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 118-112 in overtime.
No. 4 Syracuse wins
In Syracuse, N.Y., Michael Carter-Williams had 11 points and 11 assists, freshman Jerami Grant had a season-high 11 points and two blocks, and No. 4 Syracuse beat Eastern Michigan 84-48.
In Hartford, Conn., Stefanie Dolson scored 14 points and Breanna Stewart added 13 to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a 63-48 victory over No. 9 Maryland on in the Jimmy V Classic. In Coral Gables, Fla., Suriya McGuire scored a career-high 13 points and Stefanie Yderstrom added 10 to help No. 23 Miami rally to beat Alcorn State 68-53.
Dwenger grad wins Purdue honor
Bishop Dwenger graduate Landon Feichter was among the players honored at the 92nd annual Purdue-Kiwanis Football Banquet. Senior running back Akeem Shavers and center Rick Schmeig were named the team offensive most valuable players. Feichter, a sophomore safety, and Kawann Short, a senior defensive tackle, garnered defensive MVP honors. Freshman wide receiver Danny Anthrop and junior linebacker Sean Robinson were voted as the special teams MVPs. Feichter tied for the regular season Big Ten lead with four interceptions. He returned an interception for a touchdown against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 1. He led the team with 76 tackles. Technically a walk-on, Feichter will be put on scholarship in the spring.
ECHL honors former Komet
Former Komets goaltender Marc Magliarditi will be inducted into the ECHL’s Hall of Fame. He played two games for the Komets in 1997-98 in the original IHL. In the ECHL, he won at least 20 games in six seasons, mostly with Las Vegas and Florida.
Six NHL owners, players to meet
The NHL labor talks are set to resume today with six owners and players scheduled to meet in New York. The meeting will include the small group of owners and players, staff members and counsel on each side, but Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will not be present.
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Local fighter to debut in Hammond
Anton Talamantes’ debut in the Ballator Fighting Championships has been moved to Dec. 14 in Hammond at the Horeshoe Casino. Tickets are on sale at the Ultimate Training Academy, 5005 Industrial Road, or call 260-310-0228 for information. Talamantes is a Bishop Dwenger graduate.
Norwell keeper signs with Tech
Haley Heller, a 5-foot-9 goalkeeper with Norwell, signed a letter of intent to play next year for Indiana Tech. She was a four-time all-NHC selection.