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Butkus to give award to Smith on Saturday

Bishop Luers senior linebacker Jaylon Smith will officially receive the Butkus Award during a convocation at 2 p.m. Saturday in the school’s gymnasium.

NFL legend Dick Butkus, for whom the award is named, will present the award to Smith as the top high school linebacker.

Butkus’ son, Matt, will also attend the ceremony.

Smith, a Notre Dame recruit, got the news of receiving the 2012 award during a teleconference with Butkus last week.

Smith led the Knights to four straight Class 2A state championships.


New team names Eury crew chief

Tony Eury Jr., a former crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick, was named crew chief for David Stremme at upstart Swan Racing. Brandon Davis bought the team in early September.


No. 15 Hoyas cruise

Otto Porter scored a career-high 22 points, added seven assists and four rebounds and returned after taking an apparent hit to the head during the second half of No. 15 Georgetown’s 89-53 win over Longwood in Washington.

Lakewood Park senior to sign

Lakewood Park senior Jake Neely will sign a letter of intent Friday to Judson University in Elgin, Ill.

Cavaliers’ Irving could play tonight

Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving has been cleared to practice after missing 10 games with a broken finger. The Cavs expect him to play tonight, when Cleveland is host to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Prime-time TV for WNBA draft

With Brittney Griner the top prize, the WNBA draft will be televised live in prime time for the first time. The league announced the first round will air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. April 15.


Ex-title holders elected to Hall

The late Arturo Gatti and five-time world champion Virgil Hill were elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Gatti died three years ago in Brazil. He won titles in two weight divisions. Hill won a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defended his light heavyweight title 20 times.


Dwenger’s Moon transfers to North

Bishop Dwenger junior D’Marcus Moon transferred to North Side last month, according to Redskins coach Ryan Hall. Moon rushed for 1,022 yards and scored 10 touchdowns last season for the Saints and has been invited to the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January.

North Side visiting Lutheran Hospital

Members of the North Side team will be visiting Lutheran Hospital at 4 p.m. Dec. 21. Players will be delivering gifts and reading Christmas stories to children.

Players expected to enter NFL draft

All-Big Ten defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced he will give up his senior season at Ohio State to make himself available for the 2013 NFL draft. …

People familiar with the decision say injured South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore will enter the NFL draft. The running back suffered a horrific injury to his right knee against Tennessee on Oct. 27.

Coaching carousel

Western Kentucky hired Bobby Petrino as Hilltoppers coach. He was fired by Arkansas in April after a motorcycle crash that involved his mistress. … Mike MacIntyre is leaving San Jose State to coach Colorado.


Fall events to start 2013-14 season

The PGA Tour’s event in Mexico will anchor a six-tournament schedule next fall. The tour next year goes to a wraparound season, offering FedEx Cup points for the six events that will kick off the 2013-14 season. That season will start with the Open at CordeValle Golf Club in northern California on Oct. 10-13 and conclude with the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico on Nov. 14-17. After about a two-month break, the 2013-14 schedule will resume at Kapalua with the Tournament of Champions.

McIlroy wins writers’ honor

Rory McIlroy won the Golf Writers Trophy from the British-based Association of Golf Writers for winning five times around the world and finishing the season as the undisputed No. 1 player in golf.


Sudanese athletes eligible; school not

The Illinois High School Association decided four Sudanese students can play sports, but their high school is on probation. The IHSA ruled that three basketball players and one cross country runner, all juniors, can compete for tiny Mooseheart High School in suburban Chicago. But the association said Mooseheart is ineligible to participate in the 2013 end-of-year state basketball series until it completes IHSA directives.