CUBS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL WITH SAMARDZIJA: The Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija have agreed to a one-year, $5,345,000 contract, avoiding arbitration.
Samardzija, a Valparaiso High School graduate, asked for $6.2 million and was offered $2,765,000 after going 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last year, when he made $2,765,000. The 29-year-old right-hander could be a candidate to be traded after he and the team were unable to come to terms on a long-term contract.
GATSON GETS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN WAVE WIN: Franqlin Gatson scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Calumet College's 72-61 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Roosevelt on Saturday.
Brian Brilmyer added 18 for the Crimson Wave (14-11, 6-9), and teammate Robert Jackson had 15.
ALLEN LEADS PUC TO WIN: Noah Allen led all scorers with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in leading the Peregrines to a 77-62 win over Indiana South Bend. Duron Ivery scored 13 points coming off the bench. Kaspars Brencans and Dioscar Gomez scored 12 in the CCAC win for Purdue Calumet (17-8, 9-6).
PUMAS LOSE TO MARYVILLE: St. Joseph's College lost to Maryville 72-68 in St. Louis.
The Pumas (4-19, 1-12) got 16 points from Cameron Vines, 15 from John Smith and 10 from Danilo Zekovic. Vines contributed 10 rebounds as well.
PNC CAN'T HOLD LEAD: Purdue North Central (7-17) let a 45-35 halftime lead against the University of St. Francis (12-13) slip away and lost 90-78 as Nick Lafty scored 20 points and Terrell John grabbed 12 rebounds for the hosts.
KISHWUAKEE TOPS SOUTH SUBURBAN: South Suburban couldn't overcome a steep first-half deficit, falling 87-58 to Kishwaukee Community College. The Bulldogs trailed 53-22 at halftime.
Johnny Stevens' 14 points paced South Suburban (20-4). Antonio Levy had 11 points, and Marius Hopkins added 10.
MATHIEU, MINNESOTA OVERCOME IU: DeAndre Mathieu had 10 of his 16 points in the second half, helping Minnesota (16-8, 5-6 Big Ten) overtake Indiana for a 66-60 victory to end a three-game losing streak.
Yogi Ferrell led the Hoosiers (14-9, 4-6) with 14 points and four assists. Noah Vonleh had 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, and Will Sheehey and Troy Williams each scored 11 points, but the Hoosiers had 11 turnovers in the second half.
ROSS, SMITH LEAD BUCKEYES PAST BOILERS: Lenzelle Smith Jr., starting his 100th game, hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 16 points to lead Ohio State (19-5, 6-5 Big Ten) past Purdue 67-49, the Buckeyes' third win in a row after losing five of six.
Reserves Kendall Stephens and Rapheal Davis had 12 and 11 points with A.J. Hammons adding 11 for the Boilermakers (14-10, 4-7), who have lost five of six overall and their last four on the road.
GEORGETOWN PULLS AWAY FROM BUTLER: Markel Starks scored 19 points, and Georgetown (14-9, 5-6 Big East) won its third straight game, defeating Butler 71-63 at Verizon Center.
Andrew Chrabascz scored a career-high 24, and Kellen Dunham added 15 for the Bulldogs (12-11, 2-9), who fell back into a last-place tie with DePaul during their first season in the Big East.
S. DAKOTA ST. ROUTS IUPUI: Jordan Dykstra scored 17 points as South Dakota State (14-10, 6-3 Summit League) won its fourth straight with an 83-59 victory over IUPUI.
Khufu Najee had 19 points for IUPUI (5-21, 0-9), which has lost 14 of its last 15 contests and hasn't won a conference game since Dec. 27, 2012.
N. DAKOTA ST. TOPS IPFW, TAKES 1ST IN SUMMIT: TrayVonn Wright had 15 points, and North Dakota State (18-6, 7-2) took sole possession of the Summit League's top spot with a 69-58 over IPFW.
Steve Forbes had 17 points, and Luis Jacobo added 12 as IPFW (18-8, 6-3) dropped a game behind NDSU to a second-place tie with South Dakota State.
PETTEWAY LEADS NEBRASKA PAST NORTHWESTERN: Terran Petteway scored 17 points, and Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Northwestern 53-49.
Walter Pitchford added 15 points, nailing three 3-pointers, and the Cornhuskers (12-10, 4-6 Big Ten) picked themselves up after getting blown out by Michigan earlier in the week.
Northwestern (12-12, 5-6) had just scored eight straight to tie it at 44 when Pitchford hit two free throws and a 3 to make it a five-point game with 2:25 left.
MCADOO LEADS UNC PAST IRISH: James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points; Marcus Paige added 16, and North Carolina dominated inside after a slow start to defeat Notre Dame 73-62 for the fifth straight victory for the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which started 0-3 in the ACC, improved to 2-3 in the league on the road. The loss dropped the Irish (12-12, 3-8) to .500 in February for the first time since losing five straight in 2006 to fall to 10-10. Garrick Sherman led Notre Dame with 17 points.
KVACHKOFF LEADS PUMAS IN LOSS: Crown Point grad Courtney Kvachkoff scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in St. Joseph's 95-83 loss to Maryville on Saturday in St. Louis.
Kvachkoff hit four 3-pointers to lead her team. Laura Furrer and Jasmyne Reynolds scored 16 for the Pumas (6-15, 3-10), and teammate Tonisha Sanders added 15.
PUC'S THREE-GAME WIN STREAK STOPPED BY IUSB: The 18th-ranked Peregrines lost at Indiana South Bend 88-85. Purdue Calumet fell to 18-6 and 12-2 in the CCAC. The Peregrines hit 10 3-pointers in the first half to lead 46-39, but IUSB shot 52.6 from the field to get the win. Tierra Turner led Purdue Cal with 26 points and eight rebounds, and Cassidy Deno had 23 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Patrice McBee added a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
CALUMET COLLEGE FALLS AT ROOSEVELT: Dominique Edwards scored 22 points and had seven rebounds for Calumet College (12-13, 5-8), but the Crimson Wave lost to Roosevelt 76-63 in a CCAC game. Crystal Daniels chipped in 13 in the loss to Roosevelt (19-7, 10-4).
VALPO SETS RECORDS IN LOPSIDED WIN: Valparaiso set program records for runs in a game, margin of victory and single-inning output in a 24-1 win over Seton Hall on Saturday at the Hampton Inn Invitational in Buies Creek, N.C.
The Crusaders (1-2) broke open the game with a school-record, 12-run third inning. Tarah McShane went 5-for-5 to lead the Crusaders, while Janelle Bouchard went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and seven RBIs. Sam Stewart went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBIs.