BEARS ADD 2 TO ROSTER: The Bears on Monday signed tight end Jeron Mastrud and safety Adrian Wilson to one-year contracts.
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Mastrud has appeared in 52 games with 18 starts over four seasons with Miami (2010-12) and Oakland (2013), grabbing seven receptions for 96 yards (13.7 ypr).
Last season, Mastrud started 12-of-16 games played, hauling in six receptions for 88 yards.
A five-time Pro Bowler (2006, ’08-11), Wilson has started 162-of-181 games over 12 seasons (2001-12) with Arizona, recording 885 tackles, 27 interceptions, 25.5 sacks, 99 pass break ups, 15 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries. He has four return touchdowns (two interception and two fumble return).
The 6-3, 230-pound Wilson is one of 13 players to record 20 or more interceptions and 20 or more sacks in their career since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
CHIEFS THIRD IN 18-TEAM FIELD: The Hammond Chiefs (11-5-1) finished third among 18 teams at the Pastime 17U Tournament which finished Monday at Eastern Kentucky University.
The Chiefs fell to Ohio Independence 2-1 in the semifinals on a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning. Trevor Brooks (Munster) had two hits and the lone RBI. Starter Isaac Shook (Chesterton) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, three hits and fanning four.
In the quarterfinals, the Chiefs nipped the Indiana Thunder 8-7 in eight innings on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Chase Clarkson (Michigan City), who went 2 for 3. Grant Mullin had three hits and scored three runs, while Bailey Schultz (Beecher) added two hits and two RBIs. Justin Mender (Illiana Christian) threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win.
VALPO BOWLERS ROLLING IN CLASS: Six members of the Valparaiso women's bowling team earned all-academic recognition from the National Tenpin Coaches Association. The six honorees from the Crusader squad mark the most honorees the program has had in a single year.
For the second straight season, sophomore Raychel Wolever earned the all-academic accolade, which is awarded to bowlers who maintain a 3.4 grade point average for the year. Graduate Jill Larson (Merrillville), sophomore Brittney Groulx and freshmen Savannah Carr, Alyssa Meade and Lauren Wolski were also first-time honorees.
THOMAS SKILLS CAMP: T.F. South grad and New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas will host a Pierre Thomas Skills Camp from 1-3 p.m. today at the T.F. South football field.
Registration is open through today. Registration forms are on line on the T.F. South football athletics page.
For more information, please contact Bob Padjen at email@example.com.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME PICKS SELECTED: Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake are headed into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The four players were among six selected Monday for induction in November. The late Pat Burns will be enshrined as a coach in the builder category along with referee Bill McCreary.
Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney and the late Fred Shero were inducted last year.
CANUCKS HIRE DESJARDINS AS COACH: The Vancouver Canucks have hired Willie Desjardins as their coach.
This is the first NHL head coaching job for Desjardins, who most recently led the AHL's Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship. He succeeds John Tortorella, who was fired after coaching the Canucks for one year.
Tortorella and former Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis were casualties in a season in which the Canucks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
STERLING CASE JUDGE WANTS MORE DOCUMENTS: A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Shelley Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters.
The judge said the Sterling Family Trust does not allow the mercurial billionaire to contest medical findings which are sufficient to remove him as a trustee. But he agreed to consider arguments at a hearing June 30 before a scheduled July 7 trial.
Donald Sterling's lawyer acknowledged he is trying to kill the deal because he doesn't want to sell the team.