Rees, Calabrese suspended for Notre Dame season opener

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Rees, Calabrese suspended for Notre Dame season opener

Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese have been suspended for Notre Dame's season-opening contest against Navy in Dublin, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday afternoon.

Both players were involved in an off-campus incident last May, with Rees recently pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. Calabrese was initially charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

"Our players understand that its a privilege to be associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, but with that comes great responsibility, Kelly said in a statement. "Carlo and Tommy put themselves in a situation that when given a choice between two distinct paths, they responded with a set of poor decisions. This conduct was inconsistent with my expectations for our football program especially our veteran, team leaders.

"Carlo and Tommy will not travel with the team to Ireland and can attempt to climb the depth chart following the conclusion of their respective suspensions."

That last sentence from Kelly may be bad news for Rees, who was expected to compete with Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel in the pre-season for the starting quarterback role he held for all but one game last season. Rees took over the No. 1 quarterback job after Notre Dame's season-opening loss to South Florida last September, and held that role through the end of the year.

Hoosiers get tough assignment with Utah in Foster Farms Bowl

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Hoosiers get tough assignment with Utah in Foster Farms Bowl

Fresh off the resignation of its head coach, Indiana will have a mighty tough task in its bowl trip.

The Hoosiers will go up against the Utah Utes in the Foster Farms Bowl, a 6-6 squad from the Big Ten battling a top-25 team from the Pac-12. The game, played at the home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., will kick at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

Kevin Wilson resigned last week, and Indiana promoted defensive coordinator Tom Allen to the permanent head-coaching position. Allen’s defense made quite the transformation in his first year in Bloomington, changing from the conference’s worst unit to one that can actually cause problems for opposing offenses.

But Utah is no small challenge, one of the best teams in the Pac-12. The Utes finished their regular season 8-4 with three losses in their last four games. Utah fell to both participants in last week’s Pac-12 Championship Game, Washington and Colorado, but own a win over top-10 USC.

Still, any bowl appearance is a positive for Indiana, which will make back-to-back bowl trips for the first time in 25 years. Last year’s appearance in the Pinstripe Bowl was the program’s first postseason game since 2007 and just its second since 1993.

The initial reason given for Wilson’s departure amid the success was “philosophical differences” between him and athletics director Fred Glass. Though reporting over the weekend revealed that Glass ordered multiple investigations into the football program after complaints of student-athlete mistreatment.

Regardless, the Hoosiers will play this postseason, attempting to start the Allen Era off right.

Blackhawks Updates: Jonathan Toews 'not getting better,' out vs. Jets

Blackhawks Updates: Jonathan Toews 'not getting better,' out vs. Jets

Jonathan Toews will be out once again with an injury that’s “not getting better,” and Scott Darling will start when the Blackhawks face the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the United Center.

Toews, suffering from a reported back injury, skated on Sunday morning. But coach Joel Quenneville said later in the afternoon that the Blackhawks will keep Toews off the ice for about three days and then, “get a better assessment in the middle of the week.” Once listed as day-to-day, Toews, who was injured on Nov. 23, will now miss his sixth consecutive game.

“Well, you certainly miss his presence in all aspects of his team game, his leadership is as good as anyone who plays,” Quenneville said. “I still think you have to find a way to do what you can to make a contribution and make a simpler game plan.”

Gustav Forsling is expected to play tonight. With Nick Schmaltz reassigned to Rockford earlier on Sunday – to get playing time but also due to cap issues – Andrew Desjardins will move over to center the fourth line.

Darling will start his second consecutive game and is expected to get a bulk of the work with Corey Crawford sidelined after his appendectomy on Saturday. Lars Johansson was recalled to be the Blackhawks’ backup in Crawford’s absence.

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Connor Hellebuyck will start against the Blackhawks again tonight. Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Nov. 15.

BLACKHAWKS VS. WINNIPEG JETS

6 p.m.

TV: CSN

Live Stream: CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports App

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza -Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger -Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Andrew Desjardins-Jordin Tootoo

 

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

 

Scott Darling

 

INJURIES: Jonathan Toews (upper body), Corey Crawford (appendix).

Winnipeg Jets (via Winnipeg Free Press)

Nikolaj Ehlers-Bryan Little-Patrik Laine

Drew Stafford-Mathieu Perrault-Blake Wheeler

Andrew Copp-Adam Lowry-Marko Dano

Brandon Tanev-Alexander Burmistrov-Chris Thorburn

 

Josh Morrissey-Dustin Byfuglien

Toby Enstrom-Jacob Trouba

Ben Chiarot-Paul Postma

 

Connor Hellebuyck

 

INJURIES: Mark Scheifele (lower body), Joel Armia (lower body), Shawn Matthias (lower body), Tyler Myers (lower body).