JUAWN Morgan was one of three Hoosiers to score 14 points, posted his eighth double-double this season and blocked a career-high five shots to lead Indiana past the Fighting Illini 78-68. Robert Johnson and Aljami Durham each finished with 14 points. Justin Smith added 13 and Josh Newkirk wound up with 11. It was enough to get Indiana a third consecutive win and a split in the season series with Illinois (12-15, 2-12). Leron Black had 20 points and seven rebounds before fouling out to lead the Illini. Kipper Nichols added 16 AND Trent Frazier scored 12 points and had five assists as Illinois lost iT's fourth straight and for the 10th time in 12 games. The Illini have not won this season when allowing 75 or more points. The Hoosiers shot 64.7 percent from the field in the second half and a season best 59.1 percent for the game.
Senior co-captains DUNCAN Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 18 points to help No. 22 Michigan beat Iowa 74-59 on Wednesday night. It was a win that both young men looked at as another stepping stone toward greater achievements. With 33 points in the last two games, Robinson appears to be heating up at the right time of year for the Wolverines (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Moritz Wagner added 14 points as the Wolverines won for the fourth time in five games. Charles Matthews scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Michigan outscored Iowa 36-6 from three-point range. Luka Garza scored 22 points to pace the Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12), losers of four straight. Isaiah Moss added 12 points and Tyler Cook scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
RAPTORS 122, BULLS 98
CHICAGO -- Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and Toronto cruised into the All-Star break with its seventh straight victory BEATING THE BULLS 122-98. Lowry made four 3-pointers, and he and Ibaka each grabbed seven rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and nine rebounds to help the Raptors complete a four-game sweep against Chicago even though they only got seven points from four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan. Bobby Portis scored 18 points for Chicago. The Bulls have lost nine of 11.
PACERS 108, NETS 103
NEW YORK -- Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, and Corey Joseph added 15 points and 11 assists to help Indiana beat Brooklyn 108-103 for its third straight victory. Allen Crabbe had 23 points for the Nets. They have lost seven in a row.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- His nickname is Bowman the Showman, yet that did little in helping Alex Bowman to get Rick Hendrick to remember his name. Bowman was a journeyman driver who had already washed out of the Cup Series once when he found himself inside mighty Hendrick Motorsports with the opportunity of a lifetime. Perform well in a Hendrick car, and Bowman just might land a full-time job with one of NASCAR's top organizations. He had his work cut out for him: The boss initially believed his new driver was named Alex Baldwin, not Bowman. Bowman's debut as the new driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet got off to a strong start when he won the pole for the Daytona 500. It's a record-tying fourth consecutive year a Hendrick car has won the Daytona 500 pole.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he is making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he'll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate. Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012 and left school after his sophomore season for the NFL. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns, but was cut in 2016 and hasn't played since.
John ''Tito'' Francona, who proudly watched his son Terry follow his footsteps to the major leagues, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday night in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. Francona's passing cast a pall over Cleveland's training camp in Goodyear, Arizona, as pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday. Terry Francona, who has been affectionately called ''Tito'' for years in a respectful bow to his dad, will leave the team for several days to be with family. There will be private services to celebrate the elder Francona's life. John ''Tito'' Francona was 84.
Danica Patrick let it slip Wednesday that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick was upset about the error, dropping the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbling in disgust. "Oh, (shoot), did I just say that out loud?" Patrick said. She then put the mic in her lap and cursed somewhat under her breath. It took several seconds for her to compose herself. "I've never done that in my career," she added. She was agitated as she answered a few more questions before saying, "I better shut up and leave. I'm going to be in trouble." Patrick rejoined longtime sponsor GoDaddy to run the final two races of her career, a feat she has dubbed the "Danica Double." She will race the Daytona 500 for Premium Motorsports and previously said she was close to announcing plans for the Indy 500 in May, her finale. But instead of getting a highly anticipated reveal, Patrick accidentally leaked the news in front of about two dozen media members.
NASCAR AGAIN . . .
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Newly elected Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones will serve as an honorary race official for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. As part of his race-day duties, Jones will be introduced at the drivers' meeting, take a lap around Daytona International Speedway in a parade car and participate in question-and-answer sessions with fans.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Peyton Manning will serve as honorary pace car driver for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Manning will be behind the wheel of the Toyota pace car and lead the 40-car field to the green flag to start "The Great American Race" on Sunday. Manning joins a list of Daytona 500 celebrities that includes Academy Award winner Charlize Theron (honorary starter), retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. (grand marshal), country-music group Rascal Flatts (infield concert) and Navy Band Southeast (national anthem). Other notable honorary pace car drivers for the Daytona 500 in recent years: Jay Leno (2006), Cal Ripken Jr. (2007), Tom Cruise (2009), Brad Paisley (2011) and John Cena (2016).