Sports Digest

2014-04-14T20:07:00Z 2014-04-15T18:34:19Z Sports Digest nwitimes.com
April 14, 2014 8:07 pm

Women's soccer

CASTELLANOS SET ON SAINT MARY-OF-THE-WOODS: Yadira Castellanos of Griffith has signed a letter of intent to join the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College soccer team, head soccer coach Mike Aycock announced.

A midfielder, Castellanos has been named Most Valuable Player for the Panthers and was named to the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Girls Top Team for the region in 2012. In 2013, she was named Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-District. She has also been a key player with her Millennium Soccer Association club team in Northwest Indiana.

Castellanos was awarded the Woods Scholarship at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for her academic achievements. She plans to major in criminology.

Women's basketball

ND'S MCBRIDE PICKED THIRD: San Antonio took Notre Dame's Kayla McBride with the third pick of the WNBA draft Monday night. Chiney Ogwumike was selected No. 1 by the Connecticut Sun.

Ogwumike joined her sister Nneka, drafted by Los Angeles in 2012, as the only siblings to be chosen first in the WNBA. Chiney Ogwumike finished her stellar career at Stanford as the top scorer and rebounder in Pac-12 history.

Odyssey Sims of Baylor went second to Tulsa.

College sports

NCAA WARNS AGAINST UNIONIZATION: The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.

In a set of talking points issued to school leaders late last week, college sports' largest governing body urged school leaders have a unified voice on the topic that could dramatically alter college athletics.

This document includes some traditional points of emphasis for the NCAA — that school leaders want athletes to focus on their classwork, the NCAA has liberalized rules to allow athletic departments to purchase items such as suits and members continue to work on legislation to provide money to cover the full cost-of-attendance.

But the NCAA also warned that "scholarships would be cut or eliminated. The number of championship experiences would be dramatically reduced. Smaller sports would lose funding." It also said support services such as academic support, career counseling and tutoring could all be "cut significantly or eliminated."

Auto racing

INDY 500 CHANGES QUALIFYING FORMAT: The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 now allows any entry that has not made the field at the end of the first day a chance to make the last row of the grid on the second day.

The IndyCar Series announced the changes Monday.

The changes allow positions 31-33 to be provisional. Those cars, plus any entry not already in the field that has declared intentions to qualify for the race, will participate in a separate qualification session on May 18 to determine the 11th row on the grid.

IndyCar also added an extra day of practice to the schedule. The session will be held May 19 after the 33-car field has been set.

Olympic swimming

PHELPS COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT: Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, is coming out of retirement to swim next week at the Arena Grand Prix in Arizona.

The meet will be his first competitive meet since the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the last of his 18 golds and 22 medals overall — a staggering total no one else comes close to.

The swimmer's camp is remaining low-key about the comeback, refusing even to acknowledge it's the first step toward competing at the 2016 Rio Games although everyone knows Phelps wouldn't be going to all this trouble (drug testing, training five days a week) if he wasn't preparing for the only meet that really matters.

Around the horn

Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest tenured head coach with one team, will not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators. The Predators announced Monday they have told Trotz his contract will not be renewed and that they are starting a search for a new coach ... Jonathan Duncan was promoted Monday to head of the NCAA's enforcement division. Duncan, who served as interim, is now the vice president of enforcement after taking over a department in turmoil 13 months ago ... MLB drew over 2.9 million fans for games held on the first two weekends. That is the second-highest in history, trailing only the total in 2005.

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