Wednesday’s sports briefs

Former Dunham star wins national honor

Northwestern University outside linebacker Collin Ellis, a former Dunham School standout, was selected as the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America.

Ellis returned two interceptions for touchdowns in Northwestern’s 44-30 season-opening victory over California last weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior has been added to the Nagurski Watch List, making him eligible to win Nagurski Trophy given annually to the nation’s top linebacker.

Ellis also was selected as the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Week. He returned one interception 56 yards for a TD and another 40 yards for a score. Ellis finished with four tackles and three pass breakups in what was his first start since 2011.

America’s Cup champion docked

SAN FRANCISCO — An international jury has levied the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, docking defending champion Oracle Team USA two points in the finals against Emirates Team Zealand and expelling a key sailor.

The penalties announced against the syndicate Tuesday are for illegally modifying prototype boats in warmup regattas last year and earlier this year.

Oracle Team USA must win 11 races to retain the silver trophy. Team New Zealand must still win nine races in the series, which starts Saturday on San Francisco Bay.

Dirk de Ridder, who trims the wing sail, is barred from sailing in the regatta, and two shore crew members also have been expelled. Grinder Matt Mitchell has been barred from the first four races.

Oracle Team USA also was fined $250,000.

Stewart calls injury small bump in the road

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — An upbeat Tony Stewart said he views his broken right leg as “a small bump in the road” and believes he’s on pace to return to racing in time for next year’s Daytona 500.

The three-time NASCAR champion made his first appearance Tuesday since his Aug. 5 injury in a sprint car crash in Iowa. He underwent two surgeries on a broken tibia and fibula and has been homebound for almost a month.

Stewart used a wheelchair to get around Stewart-Haas Racing before sliding into a chair on the stage for his news conference.

It’s the first significant injury for the 42-year-old owner/driver of SHR, who saw his streak of 521 consecutive starts come to an end with the injury.

Sullinger arrested after assault call

WALTHAM, Mass. — Prosecutors said Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has been arrested on domestic violence-related charges.

A spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney’s office said Sullinger was arraigned Tuesday in Waltham District Court.

Police said officers were called to Sullinger’s residence over the weekend for a domestic assault call. He was gone by the time they arrived and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Sullinger then turned himself in at about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear who is lawyer is.

Sullinger averaged six points and almost six rebounds per game in 45 games as a rookie last season.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.