BULLDOGS' LETZ NAMED ALL-AMERICAN: Lake Central graduate Stephen Letz, a South Suburban College freshman, was selected as a first team All-American by the NJCAA.
Letz, one of the best batters in the NJCAA this season, hit .426 with 11 home runs and 69 RBIs. Letz is the second first team All-American that the Bulldogs' Steve Ruzich has coached.
INDIANA STARS ROUT JUNIORS: Zak Irvin led six players in double figures with 21 points Wednesday night as the Indiana All-Stars beat the Junior All-Stars 133-111 in an exhibition game at Tipton High School.
Munster grad Mike Schlotman added five points, two assists and two steals in 13 minutes for the senior stars, who shot 56 percent.
James Blackmon Jr. topped the junior stars with 26 points. Tyler Wideman (Lake Central) had 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and a team-high 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
LOCALS TO PLAY IN ALL-STAR GAME: Six local players will play in Friday's 2 p.m. Catholic League vs. Public League All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.
Jeremy Kravetz, Jason Gasser, Beau Filkins and Jerry Houston from the Class 4A state champion Mount Carmel Caravan will play for the Catholic League as will Seton Academy's William Tanniehill.
Washington's Jesse Lopez will play for the Public League.
KELLY SAYS REES WON'T HAVE TO FIGHT FOR NO. 1 QB SPOT: Coach Brian Kelly says he decided to announce Tommy Rees as Notre Dame's starting quarterback after having time to think, even though he initially said it would be a three-way competition in August.
Kelly said Wednesday that Rees won't have to fight for the starting job. But he reiterated he believes senior Andrew Hendrix can help the Fighting Irish and freshman Malik Zaire will continue to grow in the position. Kelly needed to find a new starting quarterback after Everett Golson was suspended for the fall by the university for what the player called poor academic judgment.
There have been media reports that Golson is considering playing at a junior college. Kelly says Golson has indicated he's focusing on improving his academics, and he doesn't think he will play football this fall.
ARIZONA STATE TO HOST IRISH IN 2014: Arizona State will play Notre Dame at home on Nov. 8, 2014, after the Fighting Irish's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference put the game in danger of being canceled.
The game between the Sun Devils and Irish that was scheduled to be played in 2017 at South Bend has been canceled.
The schools struck a deal to play the games back in 2008. But with Notre Dame starting to play five ACC teams per season in 2014, it was unclear if the Irish could fit in the Sun Devils.
The teams will also play this season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 5.
GOODELL DEFENDS REDSKINS NICKNAME: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname is "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."
Goodell was responding to a letter from 10 members of Congress who want the name changed because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
Goodell cited the nickname's origins and polls that support its popularity. He wrote that he understands the feelings surrounding it are complex and could change, but he also point out fan pride in the team's heritage.
SOX SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK ANDERSON: The White Sox say they have agreed to a deal with first-round draft pick Tim Anderson with a $2.164-million bonus.
The team announced the agreement on Wednesday.
A shortstop, Anderson was taken with the 17th pick in the draft. He was a first-team, NJCAA Division II All-American in 2013 at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., after leading the nation with a .495 average and 62 runs while finishing second with 41 stolen bases.
LEBRON NOT BACKING DOWN ON VOW FOR GAME 4: LeBron James slung his practice jersey over his head, letting the piece of mesh fabric sway down his back much in the way that a cape would.
Fitting. In Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight, he might need a hero's effort to save the Miami Heat.
James and the Heat were still steaming Wednesday from their 113-77 loss in Game 3 of the finals to the San Antonio Spurs, who lead the series 2-1 and can move one win away from ending Miami's reign atop the league with a victory in Game 4.
James was 7 of 21 from the field in Game 3 and didn't even get to the foul line. He says, "I'll be better. I'll be much better," in Game 4.
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The Brooklyn Nets have hired Jason Kidd as their coach, bringing the former star back to the franchise. ... Miller Barber, the unique-swinging golfer who made the most combined starts on the PGA and Champions tours, has died. He was 82.