RAILCATS OFFERING VALENTINE'S DAY PRIZES: The RailCats are holding daily contest on their Facebook page with prizes ranging from candies to a free night in a luxury suite at a RailCats game during the 2013 season.
Fans must "Like" the RailCats on Facebook to be eligible to win. Each day, a female fan will be selected to win a candy basket from Albanese with flowers from Bryan's Florist. The male winners (21 or older) will receive a certificate for one growler and a growler refill from Crown Brewing.
All winners will be entered into the grand prize drawing on Valentine's Day for a free night in a luxury suite at a RailCats game this season.
RAILCATS WILL HOLD TRYOUTS IN TENNESSEE: The RailCats will join Frontier League team Schaumburg on March 16 and 17 in Cumberland, Tenn., for a spring tryout camp.
The open tryout at Cumberland University is for any player age 18 and older who is not under contract or playing collegiately. Players should wear baseball attire and will need to provide their own equipment, including wooden bat and catching gear. The cost of the tryout is $50.
Position players will report at 9:30 a.m. Pitchers will report at 12:30 p.m. Five players appeared on the roster for the RailCats and Boomers last season.
HAWKS BEAT SHARKS IN WESTERN CONFERENCE SHOWDOWN: Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the tiebreaking goal after a fight midway through the second period, and the Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 5-3 on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger also scored for the Blackhawks, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to remain the only team in the NHL yet to lose a game in regulation this season. Corey Crawford made 30 saves.
LATE RUN CARRIES BRADLEY PAST EVANSVILLE: Dyricus Simms-Edwards scored 21 points; Walt Lemon Jr. and Tyshon Pickett added 18 apiece, and Bradley scored the game's final six points Tuesday night to beat Evansville 76-70.
The Braves (14-10, 6-6) led 61-51 after Jordan Prosser's jumper with 8:18 to play, but Evansville rallied, ultimately tying the game at 70 on Colt Ryan's 3-pointer with 1:33 left. The Purple Aces (13-11, 6-6) went cold after that, going 0 of 5 from the floor the rest of the game.
Ryan led Evansville with 27 points.
PENDLETON LIFTS SIU PAST WICHITA STATE: Jalen Pendleton hit a short jumper with 2 seconds left, helping Southern Illinois snap a six-game losing streak with a 64-62 victory over reeling Wichita State (19-5, 8-4 Missouri Valley).
Pendleton scored the final six points for the Salukis (9-13, 2-10). His free throws with 1:45 left tied the game at 60, and after Wichita State's Carl Hall tipped in a Cleanthony Early miss with 1:07 left, Pendleton tied it again on a layup with 48 seconds to play before hitting the game-winner.
T.J. Lindsay led the Salukis with 14 points off the bench. Jeff Early and Desmar Jackson added 11 apiece.
PSC PICKS UP FIVE FOR 2014: Five players signed letters of intent with Prairie State, the school announced Tuesday. Four pitchers signed, including Bishop Noll's Julian Guerrero, Morgan Township's Austin Porter, Chesterton's Charles Pratt and Crete-Monee's Craig Quick. Christian Halley, from Marian Catholic, is an outfielder who also inked a letter.
PIONEERS PICK UP TWO: Prairie State signed Homewood-Flossmoor's Danielle Werner and Tinley Park's Alyssa Williams, the school announced Tuesday.
PUC TO FACE HOLY CROSS: Purdue Calumet will put its five-game winning streak on the line at 4:30 p.m. today at Holy Cross College. Holy Cross has never defeated the Peregrines, who own a 7-0 record since the series began in the 2009-10 season.
GOMEZ PICKS PIONEERS: T.F. South's Gerardo Gomez signed a letter of intent to join Prairie State, the school said Tuesday. Gomez reached the Marian Catholic Sectional last season.
VU ADDS PAIR: Valparaiso has announced that Tapiwa Kaseke and Julio Velasquez are enrolled at the university and have joined the Crusaders in their offseason training.
Kaseke, a 6-foot-2 freshman striker from Zimbabwe, comes to VU from Christian Brothers College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he registered 67 goals, including 19 game-winners, and 23 assists in his career. Kaseke also spent two years as part of the Zimbabwe U-20 national team.
Velasquez, a native of Albuquerque, N.M., most recently played with Lincoln (Ill.) College, where he was named Freshman of the Year in 2011 and was twice recognized as a NJCAA First Team All-Region. He was a redshirt at the University of New Mexico in 2010.
STATE PARK SIGN-UPS THIS WEEK: Sign-ups for State Park Little League baseball and softball will be taken from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Chesterton Fire Department and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Chesterton Town Hall. Children aged 5 to 16 are eligible for baseball and softball. Children aged 5 to 21 are eligible for challenger division. The cost is $150 for junior/senior divisions (13-16), $120 for T-ball, $140 for minor/major divisions, $130 for instructional baseball (7-8) and $35 for challenger division. For details, contact Audra Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org, (219) 926-2571), Duane Dibble (email@example.com, (219) 395-6112), or go to www.stateparklittleleague.com.
Around the horn
Paul George scored 29 points to lead the Pacers to their 15th straight home win, 114-103 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. ... The defending WNBA champion Fever said Tuesday that Tamika Catchings and starting guards Briann January and Shavonte Zellous have all signed multi-year contracts to stay with the team. ... Lindsey Vonn will miss the rest of the ski season after tearing knee ligaments and breaking a bone in her leg in a high-speed crash Tuesday at the world championships. The U.S. team expects her to return for the next World Cup season and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.