Kelly wins Robinson Award, 2014 ND-Navy at FedEx Field


Kelly wins Robinson Award, 2014 ND-Navy at FedEx Field

Brian Kelly took home the Football Writers Association of America's Eddie Robinson Award as the nation's top coach Thursday, joining past Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian (1964), Lou Holtz (1988) and Charlie Weis (2005) in winning the honor. It's Kelly's second top coaching honor, with the third-year Notre Dame coach winning the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award earlier this month.

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Kelly's trophy will be added to an avalanche of awards garnered by Notre Dame players and coaches in 2012. Manti Te'o accounted for seven alone (Nagurski, Butkus, Lombardi, Walter Camp, Bednarik, Maxwell, Lott IMPACT), a new Division I college football record. Te'o was also an AP, CBS and ESPN All-American (the FWAA releases its All-American roster Friday morning) while defensive end Stephon Tuitt joined him as a CBS All-American.

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Additionally, Tyler Eifert won the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) and Bob Diaco garnered the Broyles Award (nation's top assistant coach).

Future scheduling

For the second straight meeting in Ann Arbor, Notre Dame will play Michigan under the lights in 2013. It'll be the series' final scheduled meeting at the Big House, as Notre Dame opted out of future games past 2014 as the program figures out what its soon-to-be-annual five ACC games will look like.

Notre Dame also announced Thursday its 2014 meeting against Navy will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home of the NFL's Washington Redskins and site of the Irish's Shamrock Series game against Maryland in 2011. Notre Dame last played Navy at FedEx Field in 1998.

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

Blackhawks acquire Michael Latta from Kings in swap of minor leaguers

The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.

Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.

He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.

Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso


Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.