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Pacers can still get better INDIANAPOLIS .....................22 TENNESSEE..........................14 DENVER.....................................35 KANSAS CITY........................28 SAN FRANCISCO ...............23 ST. LOUIS .................................13 MINNESOTA...........................23 CHICAGO..................................20 CINCINNATI ............................17 SAN DIEGO.............................10 PHILADELPHIA ....................24 ARIZONA...................................21 CAROLINA................................27 TAMPA BAY.................................6 MIAMI ..........................................23 N.Y. JETS.......................................3 JACKSONVILLE ....................32 CLEVELAND............................28

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite having the NBA’s best record, the Indiana Pacers realize there’s always room for improvement. David West scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds, Paul George had 27 points, and the Pacers improved their best start in franchise history to 16-1 on Sunday with a 105-100 victory that snapped the Los Angeles Clippers’ four-game winning streak. “We can become a lot better. We’re still nowhere close to where we want to be offensively, and that’s the next step for us,” George said. “The defense is clicking well, the transition defense is clicking well, and we’re playing like a team. This was a great win for us. We knew coming in that it was going to be a hard-fought game.” Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 20 points — the 10th time this season that a Pacers opponent didn’t have anyone with more than 20. Chris Paul

had 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Blake Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 12 rebounds, equaling teammate DeAndre Jordan’s total. “We’re always up for a challenge, and we had a good one today,” said center Roy Hibbert, who helped fuel the Pacers’ seventh straight win with 19 points. “The Clippers are going to be a contender for the Western Conference finals, so we just had to get in there and grind it out today and finish it off. But we have a lot more work to do. We don’t worry about swagger. We’re just five individuals out there on the court playing together.” The defending Pacific Division champion Clippers played their first game since finding out that J.J. Redick will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of a broken bone in his shooting hand and a ligament tear in his right elbow. Redick will be re-evaluated on Monday by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin to determine what further course of treatment will be necessary. His injuries, which

occurred in Friday night’s 104-98 overtime win at Sacramento, complicated things even more for the Clippers with reserve forward Matt Barnes missing his sixth straight game due to an eye injury. “The ligament looks intact, so they shouldn’t have to operate on that,” Redick said. “It’s just the fragments of the bone. It’s still swollen and there’s some pain there. It’s frustrating, because I have enjoyed those 17 games immensely.” Los Angeles used the same starting lineup in each of its first 16 games before Paul sat out Friday’s game with a right hamstring strain. Rivers opted to continue using Jamal Crawford off the bench despite his 31-point outing at Sacramento, so Willie Green started in Redick’s place and scored only two points in 15 minutes. George powered the Pacers to a 53-47 halftime lead with 18 points. The Clippers trailed by 11 late in the first quarter before taking their only lead, 41-40.

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Indiana Pacers forward David West, right, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during Sunday’s game.

NEW ENGLAND ...................34 HOUSTON................................31

Grant leads Irish

MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS 12 WICHITA STATE.............70 SAINT LOUIS .........................65 UAB...............................................63 16 NORTH CAROLINA .....59 18 BAYLOR ...........................104 HARDIN-SIMMONS ..........59

lead over the Titans (5-7) with four left and a sweep of the season series. The Colts can wrap up their eighth AFC South title in 11 seasons with one more win, one more Titans loss or a tie by either team. It hasn’t been easy reaching this point, especially after losing five offensive starters with season-ending injuries, and with Trent Richardson struggling.

SOUTH BEND (AP) — As Notre Dame coach Mike Brey continues to tinker with his lineup early in the season, he decided Sunday to go small and see what he got. Brey inserted freshman Demetrius Jackson into the lineup to give the Fighting Irish three guards to go with guard/forward Pat Connaughton and center Garrick Sherman. That lineup responded with Notre Dame’s highest scoring game this season, a 101-67 rout of Cornell at Purcell Pavilion. Jerian Grant scored 20 points to reach 1,000 for his career, Eric Atkins added 19 points and Connaughton had 18 points and 10 rebounds as all five Irish starters reached double figures. “We just wanted to start a different way,” Brey said. “I’ve liked that lineup in stretches in previous games, and I liked it in practice. “I’m still searching.” Despite the success his guard-heavy group had against Cornell, nothing is set in stone. With a trip to face No. 23 Iowa in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Tuesday, Brey still isn’t sure which lineup will be on the floor at any given time.

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NOTRE DAME .....................101 CORNELL .................................67

INDIANA .................................105 L.A. CLIPPERS ....................100

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DETROIT.................................115 PHILADELPHIA .................100

Indianapolis Colts Ricardo Mathews (91) lifts Jerrell Freeman (50) after Freeman intercepted

DENVER..................................112 TORONTO.................................98

Vinatieri’s 5 FGs lead Colts

MIAMI ..........................................99 CHARLOTTE ...........................98

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Vinatieri still has it. Donald Brown does, too. When both delivered throwback performances Sunday, it lifted the Indianapolis Colts closer to the playoffs. Vinatieri, the oldest player in the league tied a careerhigh with five field goals and matched an NFL record with four 40-plus yard field goals in one game.

a Tennessee Titans Ryan Fitzpatrick pass late in Sunday’s NFL game. Indianapolis won 22-14.

Brown, the Colts’ forgotten 2009 first-round pick, scored on a 4-yard TD run with 1:56 left to give Indianapolis a 22-14 victory over Tennessee. “Those are by no means chip shots,” Andrew Luck said after another troubling offensive showing with only 264 total yards. “To have a guy like that (Vinatieri), it, well, it really makes a difference.” Indy (8-4) has a three-game

Red Wings earn fourth-consecutive victory OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in his return to Ottawa, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the host Senators 4-2 on Sunday night. Alfredsson, the former longtime captain of the Senators, wasn’t primarily responsible for Ottawa’s second straight loss and fourth consecutive at home, but he helped contribute to the continuation of his ex-team’s woes. Like so many times in their previous 27 games in the post-Alfredsson era, something was missing for the Senators (10-134). Defensive breakdowns led to goals, and there wasn’t enough offense to compensate. Drew Miller scored twice, Johan Franzen added a goal, and Jonas Gustavsson made 29 saves for Detroit. Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad had goals for Ottawa. The Senators were 0-for-4 on the power play, and the Red

Wings seemed to capitalize on every mistake. MacArthur scored his eighth goal of the season, and Zibanejad made things interesting late, but it wasn’t enough for the Senators to improve to 3-0 against the Red Wings. Ottawa won the first two meetings in Detroit. Gustavsson, who like Alfredsson is a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, earned the victory, and countryman Robin Lehner took the loss. The pregame fanfare was all about Alfredsson, who spent 17 seasons with the Senators, including the final 14 as captain. A lackluster first period followed a 67-second video tribute to Alfredsson, but the 40-year-old right-winger was involved in the scoring when it began in the second. The Red Wings, who won their fourth straight, haven’t lost since the Senators beat them on Nov. 23.

Ottawa Senators right wing Chris Neil (25) pressures Detroit Red Wings goalie Jonas Gustavsson for control of the puck during SEE NHL, PAGE B2 Sunday’s NHL game. The Red Wings won 4-2.

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The News Sun – December 1, 2013  

The News Sun is the daily newspaper serving Noble and LaGrange counties in northeast Indiana.

The News Sun – December 1, 2013  

The News Sun is the daily newspaper serving Noble and LaGrange counties in northeast Indiana.