Sports Digest: Bears' Melton begins running drills

2013-08-26T21:15:00Z 2013-09-12T22:42:08Z Sports Digest: Bears' Melton begins running drills nwitimes.com
August 26, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

NINTH INNING HOMERS BEAT SOX: Matt Dominguez hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Chris Carter followed with his second home run of the game to lift the Houston Astros to a 10-8 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.

The Astros squandered a five-run lead and trailed 8-7 before tying the score on Carter's RBI single in the seventh inning. White Sox reliever Addison Reed (5-2) struck out Jose Altuve and Jason Castro to open the ninth before Dominguez put Houston back ahead with his 19th homer, a shot to left field on a 1-0 pitch. Carter then added his 25th of the season.

David Martinez (1-0) pitched 2 2-3 innings to get his first major league win, and Jordan Lyles — Houston's third pitcher of the ninth inning — struck out Avisail Garcia looking on a full count with the bases loaded to get his first save in his first chance this season.

Pro football

BEARS' MELTON STILL RECOVERING: Bears Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton has started to run as he recovers from a concussion, an encouraging sign with the season opener approaching.

Coach Marc Trestman said Melton ran Monday and will do so again on today and Wednesday. The Bears play Cleveland in the fourth and final preseason game on Thursday, with the season opener against Cincinnati on Sept. 8.

Melton was injured in the first preseason game at Carolina on Aug. 9. Receiver Earl Bennett, who has been out since Aug. 2 with his second concussion since December, did not appear to be as far along. Trestman said Bennett is day to day.

Middle linebacker D.J. Williams (right calf) did some running and is "close to returning," according to Trestman.

VIKINGS' LEAD BLOCKER SUSPENDED: Adrian Peterson's lead blocker will be missing from the Minnesota Vikings for their first three regular season games.

Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton has received a three-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse, the league announced Monday.

Felton was drafted by Detroit in the fifth round in 2008 out of Furman but bounced between three teams over his first four years in the league until his breakthrough last season with the Vikings, when Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards and won the Most Valuable Player award.

Felton then signed a three-year contract with the club in March worth as much as $7.5 million, including $2 million guaranteed. He will lose $150,000 because of the ban.

Pro basketball

SPURS' McGRADY RETIRES: Veteran sharpshooter Tracy McGrady announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, ending a 16-year career that included two scoring titles, seven All-Star appearances, injuries to his knee and back.

The straight-from-high school project was outshined early in his career by Raptors star Vince Carter, McGrady's distant cousin. He became a star in Orlando, was traded to Houston in 2004 and also played for the Knicks, Pistons and Hawks before finishing up with the Spurs last season. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in his career.

Soccer

CAL COLLEGE WOMEN WIN OPENER: Carly Bermes scored the game's only goal as Calumet College beat Marygrove 1-0 on Monday.

Bermes scored on a penalty kick at 89:59 to net the win. Kaytlyn Owens and Amy Gasiorowski combined for four saves and the shutout for the Crimson Wave (1-0).

Pro hockey

BLACKHAWKS' PIRRI AT BRIDGES: Chicago Blackhawks player Brandon Pirri will be signing autographs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Bridges’ Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar in Griffith.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Each general admission ticket includes two autographs. For details, call (219) 924-2206.

College football

HOOSIERS CREATING NEW EXPERIENCE FOR FOOTBALL FANS: Indiana is going all out to increase attendance at football games.

Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass outlined Monday a package of changes school officials hope will create a better game-day experience for the crowd. The two most notable alterations will be the addition of the USS Indiana's prow outside the stadium and the addition of a 154-foot flagpole that surpasses Ohio State's 146-footer as the tallest in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Glass calls it a fitting tribute for Indiana's Memorial Stadium.

"The flag will go up as we sing the National Anthem," Glass said. "And when we win, we will hoist the victory flag on it."

But it will take more than fresh looks to win over fans at a program that has traditionally ranked near the bottom of the Big Ten in attendance.

Fireworks will go off about 15 minutes before opening kickoff and again at the start of the second half, a reminder for fans to take their seats. When the Hoosiers run onto the field, they will run through a smoke screen and will be welcomed by loud booms. When Indiana scores, fans will hear the sound of a cannon nicknamed "Big Jake" being fired.

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