Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 22, 2014

Sports briefs for March 22


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Scola lifts Pacers to victory over Bulls

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Luis Scola had 19 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 15 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 91-79 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.

The Pacers (51-18), who took a 13-game lead on the Bulls (38-31) in the Central Division, went on a game-deciding 19-0 run in the third quarter.

DJ Augustin and Jimmy Butler each scored 17 points for the Bulls, who have lost two of their last three games.

Paul George, who finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, also made a basket and dunked, David West scored twice and Stephenson made a basket, a dunk and converted a three-point play to help the Pacers pull away in the big run in the third quarter.

The Bulls went on a 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.

The Pacers announced about an hour before tipoff that Andrew Bynum was out indefinitely with soreness and swelling in his right knee and said he would “continue to undergo treatment.”

Bynum, who signed with Indiana on Feb. 1 after being suspended in December by the Cleveland Cavaliers, made his debut with Indiana against the Boston Celtics last week and played in just two games.

The Bulls handed Indiana its first loss of the season back on Nov. 16 after the Pacers got off to its best start in franchise history. Derrick Rose and Luol Deng combined for 43 points in that game. This time, the Bulls didn’t have either.

Deng has since been traded and Rose hasn’t played since Nov. 22.

Tri-Central schedules football call-out meeting

SHARPSVILLE — Tri-Central will hold a football call-out meeting Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

The meeting is for students in grades 6-11 who plan on playing football in the fall.

Those who are unable to attend are asked to contact coach George Gilbert.

Jets sign QB Vick, release QB Sanchez

The New York Jets have signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez.

The Sanchez move comes as no surprise. He competed for the starting quarterback job with rookie Geno Smith last season in training camp, but the competition was cut short when Sanchez injured his right shoulder in a preseason game.

He missed all of last season recovering from surgery.

Vick was a free agent after playing for the Eagles for the last five seasons.

The Jets traded up in the 2009 draft to pick Sanchez No. 5 overall out of Southern California. He became a starter as a rookie and led the Jets to the AFC championship game in his first two seasons.

Sanchez threw for 12,092 yards and 68 touchdowns, with 69 interceptions, in 62 career games.

— The Associated Press

Doctor says friends saved IU player’s life

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Doctors credited the friends of Indiana receiver Isaac Griffith with saving his life and preserving his quality of life with their quick action to pull the 19-year-old out of a rip current earlier this week at Siesta Key Beach.

Dr. Kenneth Hurwitz told reporters Friday during the latest medical update that Griffith’s friends put themselves at great risk when Griffith got caught in the strong current. They then performed CPR until the paramedics arrived.

In the latest medical update from Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Hurwitz said was out of immediate danger but that he is not “out of the woods yet.” He is expected to make a full recovery and remains in serious but stable condition.

Griffith’s father, Shannon, said the prognosis made him smile.