MARIAN CATHOLIC'S ISAAC SIGNS WITH VU: Aliyah Isaac (Marian Catholic) has signed her natonal letter of intent with Valparaiso University.
"She's a gym rat," VU women's basketball coach Tracey Dorow said of the 5-foot-9 guard in a school media release. "When she came on her visit, she was more interested in spending a couple of hours in the gym than anything else. … Alliyah is a lock-down defender and with Laura (Richards) graduating, we will be losing our most physical perimter defender."
PNC SIGNS FORMER MICHIGAN CITY GUARD: Sheriff Knight took a year off from basketball to focus on academics after playing his freshman season at Indiana Northwest, but the former Michigan City guard will resume his collegiate playing career next season at Purdue North Central.
Knight averaged 17.3 points per game at IUN in 2011-12 after scoring 11 points per game as a senior for the Wolves the previous year.
GRIFFITH'S CARTER SIGNS WITH PNC: Purdue North Central signed Griffith's Anthony Carter, a right-handed pitcher who posted a 2.53 earned run average as a junior with 46 strikeouts.
Carter also threw three complete games and two shutouts in 11 starts last season.
VU ADDS TWO TO ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: John Kuka has been named an associate director of athletics at Valparaiso University, while Matt LaBarbera has been named the associate director of annual giving -- athletics. Kuka was the director of athletics development at DePauw, while LaBarbera worked with Neulion., Inc., with the company's ticketing, donor management and email marketing solutions staff.
SAINT LOUIS KNOCKS OFF BUTLER: Mike McCall had 18 points, and Kwamain Mitchell scored 10 of his 12 in the second half to help Saint Louis rally for a 65-61 victory over No. 15 Butler on Friday night.
Dwayne Evans added 17 points for the Billikens, who won for the fourth time this season against a Top 25 opponent — a school record — and earned their ninth victory in a row in Atlantic 10 play.
Saint Louis (21-5, 10-2) remains firmly in control in the conference, holding a one-game lead over No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth.
Kellen Dunham led Butler (22-6, 9-4) with 14 points, all in the first half. Rotnei Clarke and Roosevelt Jones each scored 13 for the Bulldogs, who went 9 of 25 from the floor in the second half.
WEST HELPS PACERS ROUT PISTONS: David West scored 18 points; George Hill had 15, and the surging Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 114-82 on Friday night.
Indiana has won three straight and eight of 10, including a 98-79 victory against Detroit on Jan. 30.
BAYNE ON POLE FOR NATIONWIDE OPENER: Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will start from the pole in the Nationwide Series season opener.
Bayne turned the fast lap during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, averaging 177.162 mph around the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway.
Sam Hornish Jr. will start second, followed by Parker Kligerman, Travis Pastrana and Austin Dillon.
Full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch (seventh), Matt Kenseth (ninth), Tony Stewart (10th), Brad Keselowski (11th), Danica Patrick (12th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (13th) and Kasey Kahne (19th) also are entered in today's 300-mile race.
WATSON THE ONLY TOP 10 SEED LEFT AT MATCH PLAY: One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship. Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only player from the top 10 remaining at Dove Mountain.
Watson, the No. 8 seed, missed two short putts that would have won the match before he finally put away Jim Furyk in 22 holes. It's the first time since 1999 that only one top-10 seed was remaining after two rounds.
Scott Piercy hammered third-seeded Luke Donald, Robert Garrigus beat No. 4 Louis Oosthuizen and fifth-seeded Justin Rose fell to Nicolas Colsaerts.
Shane Lowry became the first No. 64 seed to make it to the third round. The Irishman who beat McIlroy had no trouble getting past Carl Pettersson.
Around the horn
For the second consecutive week the Purdue University Calumet women's basketball team (21-9) saw an opportunity for an automatic bid to the national tournament slip away in overtime, falling to No. 10 Roosevelt 101-96 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals on Friday night.