Drew Crawford has torn labrum, will miss the rest of the season

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Drew Crawford has torn labrum, will miss the rest of the season

Northwestern forward Drew Crawford will miss the remainder of the 2012-'13 season after being diagnosed with a torn labrum that will require surgery on his right shoulder.
The 6-foot-5 wing is eligible for a medical hardship waiver with the injury coming this early in the season, so he may have the option to return for a fifth season in 2013.
"Drew aggravated a previous injury in early September and attempted to play through it, but it just hasn't responded as we all would have liked," head coach Bill Carmody said in a Northwestern press release. "While it obviously hurts to lose a player of Drew's caliber, it provides an opportunity for his teammates to step up and contribute."
Crawford had started all 10 games for the Wildcats, and ranked second in scoring (13.5 points) and fourth in rebounds (4.6) and is a major blow to Northwestern's chances at securing its first ever NCAA Tournament berth.
The Wildcats are 7-3 this year, with three contests remaining before opening their Big Ten schedule against Michigan on Jan. 3.

Sky: Delle Donne's 31 points not enough in loss to Liberty

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Sky: Delle Donne's 31 points not enough in loss to Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) — Not even a broken nose could slow down Tina Charles.

She had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead New York to an 80-79 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night for the Liberty's sixth consecutive win — their longest streak in six years.

"I do what my teammates need me to do," Charles said. "I know how much my team relies on me especially not having (Epiphanny Prince) here."

Charles was sporting a clear mask after she broke her nose Wednesday in a double-overtime win over Atlanta.

"It was the first time in my life that I had to wear a mask," the reigning AP player of the week said. "The situation is what it is. It's a contact sport and injuries do happen. I'm just happy that the Hosptial for Special Surgery and our medical staff was able to give me the mask so I could play tonight."

Charles leads the league in scoring and rebounding and had 12 points in the first half to help New York build a 50-40 halftime advantage.

Sugar Rodgers added 13 points for the Liberty (10-4), who are third in the AP power poll. It's the first time since 2001 that New York has won 10 of its first 14 games.

The Liberty led by 11 midway through the fourth before the Sky rallied to 78-77 with 2:24 left. Neither team would score again until Sugar Rodgers hit an acrobatic backdoor floater with 39.5 seconds remaining. Elena Delle Donne answered with a tough pullup nine seconds later.

Chicago let New York run down the clock on its next possession before Charles missed a hook across the lane. Delle Donne got the rebound setting up one final chance for the Sky with just over 2 seconds left, but her jumper from the wing missed.

"Couple things went wrong and we didn't run it to the way we were supposed to," Delle Donne said of the last play. "Things got a little crazy and had to throw up a desperation shot. We wanted more of a post up and that just didn't happen."

She finished with a season-high 31 points to lead Chicago (6-8). Cappie Pondexter added 20 for the seventh-ranked Sky, who have dropped four of five.

Both teams wore warm-up shirts in honor of Orlando club shooting victims. The Liberty donated $10,000 to the OneOrlando fund that was set up to support the victims' families and survivors.

Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

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Contreras helps Cubs end 4-game skid by beating Marlins

MIAMI -- Rookie Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs to help the Chicago Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season at four games by beating the Miami Marlins 5-4 Friday night.

Contreras hit a two-run homer in the Cubs' four-run first inning. His RBI single in the seventh put the team with the best record in the majors ahead to stay. He's batting .412 with three homers and eight RBI after seven games in the big leagues.

While Contreras again excelled as a reinforcement for the injury-hampered NL Central leaders, they endured another setback when second baseman Ben Zobrist left the game after he was hit by a pitch on the left ankle.

Four pitchers held the Marlins to two hits, including Justin Bour's grand slam.

Each team scored four runs in the first inning, when Kris Bryant and Contreras homered for the Cubs. It was the first time in the majors this year that both teams scored at least four runs in the first, according to ESPN.

Despite the early onslaught, both starters settled down before departing with the score still 4-all.

The Cubs' Kyle Hendricks pitched five innings and allowed only one hit -- Bour's slam. All four runs were unearned because of an error by shortstop Addison Russell.

Miami's Tom Koehler gave up six consecutive hits in the first but still pitched six innings.

Trevor Cahill (1-2) threw a scoreless sixth to help the Cubs break their longest losing streak of the season. Hector Rondon retired all four batters he faced for his second four-out save in a row, and his 13th overall.

Mike Dunn (0-1) retired only one of the five hitters he faced in the seventh.

The Cubs' outburst in the first included Bryant's 18th homer and Contreras' drive. They nearly had hits by their first seven batters, but Jason Heyward was robbed by center fielder Marcell Ozuna to start the game.

The Marlins tied the game in their half of the first, with all four runs unearned because Russell mishandled a grounder to start the inning. Hendricks gave up a pair of two-out walks, and Bour hit a breaking pitch into the center field shrubs for his 13th homer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

The Cubs endured another loss after Zobrist was hit by a pitch from Dunn on one bounce. Zobrist took his base and stayed in the game until the end of the inning, but was then replaced in the field. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo (stiff back) and C Miguel Montero (right knee) were held out of the starting lineup for the second game in a row but were both feeling better, manager Joe Maddon said. Contreras started for Montero, who was available off the bench and is expected to start Saturday.

WHERE WAS BARTMAN?

Chicago 3B Javier Baez dove into the stands to catch J.T. Realmuto's pop foul in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Cubs RHP John Lackey (7-3, 2.78) is scheduled to start Saturday against RHP Paul Clemens (0-1, 5.40), who will make his second start since being recalled from Triple-A. Lackey has faced the Marlins twice -- in 2005 and 2015.

Saturday on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

Saturday on CSN: White Sox continue series with Blue Jays

The White Sox take on the Blue Jays this afternoon, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29)

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