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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Bears' QB Trubisky added to Pro Bowl

Staff, news services

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky will replace the Los Angeles Rams' Jared Goff in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, the team announced Monday.

Trubisky was 11-3 as a starter in the regular season, his second year in the NFL and first under coach Matt Nagy. He had a 95.4 passer rating (10th in the NFC), 24 touchdown passes (seventh) and a 66.6 completion percentage (eighth). His 421 rushing yards ranked fifth among NFL quarterbacks.

Trubisky was named a Pro Bowl alternate Dec. 18, but the level of alternate has not been publicized. Russell Wilson of Seattle was previously named to replace injured Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Goff's withdrawal because of the Rams' Super Bowl berth makes Trubisky the first Bears quarterback to take part in the Pro Bowl since Jim McMahon in 1986.

The Bears' announcement about Trubisky included a mention of free safety Eddie Jackson participating in the game. Jackson missed the final two regular-season games and the playoff loss to Philadelphia because of a sprained right ankle.

Jackson was one of five Bears initially named to the Pro Bowl. Cornerback Kyle Fuller, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and return specialist Tarik Cohen are expected to participate. Linebacker Khalil Mack withdrew because of a sprained knee.

Festivities begin today in Orlando, Florida, leading up to the game Sunday.

BASKETBALL

NBA news

Already without injured star LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers will be missing guard Lonzo Ball for the next four to six weeks after an MRI on Sunday showed a sprained left ankle. Ball was injured in the third quarter of the Lakers' 138-134 overtime loss at Houston on Saturday night. ... Boston guard Marcus Smart was fined $35,000 for “aggressively pursuing” DeAndre Bembry of Atlanta on Saturday and failing to promptly leave the court following his ejection. Smart received his second technical foul and was ejected in the third quarter of the Celtics' 113-105 victory. Bembry also was called for a technical following a video review.

COLLEGES

Indiana Tech athletes honored

Several Indiana Tech athletes received weekly awards: Senior Sawyer Miller was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week; senior Kejavon Moore was named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row, the conference office announced Monday. He currently ranks first and third in the NAIA, respectively: senior Kendall Knapke was named the WHAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week; sophomore Maryssa Carey was named the WHAC Women's Bowler of the Week.

Indiana Tech alters track slate

The Indiana Tech men's and women's track and field programs added three meets (one indoor and two outdoor) to their current season, while taking one (Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Arizona) off the slate. Tech will now be competing at the University of Kentucky on Feb. 1 in addition to their already scheduled meets at the University of Akron and Indiana Wesleyan University that weekend. The outdoor season will now begin March 15 at the University of South Alabama with the Jaguar Opener.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Spartans 6th in IBCA girls poll

Homestead will begin the final week of the girls basketball regular season ranked sixth in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll released Sunday. The rankings were released before the Spartans lost Monday to Heritage Christian. It was their third loss of the season and first in January. Hamilton Southeastern (20-1) is ranked No. 1 and Penn (20-0) is second. Defending 2A champion Central Noble (21-0) is ranked No. 11 in the state. Bellmont (18-2) and Concordia (13-6) also received votes. Homestead is ranked No. 2 in the AP Class 4A poll that came out Monday, trailing only Hamilton Southeastern. Bellmont is tied for third in Class 3A, ahead of No. 5 Norwell (17-3). Angola (17-6) and Concordia are tied for 14th in 3A, and West Noble (14-5) is tied for 19th. Central Noble remains the top-ranked team in Class 2A.