Sports Digest: Bishop Noll grad picks St. Francis for college hoops

2014-06-16T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:07:12Z Sports Digest: Bishop Noll grad picks St. Francis for college hoops nwitimes.com

Pro baseball

RAILCATS FALL TO AIRHOGS: Pitcher Stephen Bougher gave up all nine of Grand Prairie's runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings as the RailCats dropped to the AirHogs 9-2 on Monday.

The 'Cats committed a pair of errors, leading to two unearned runs.

Gary didn't score until the ninth inninng when pinch hitter Ryan Babineau hit a two-run homer.

TONY GWYNN DIES AT 54: Tony Gwynn could handle a bat like few other major leaguers, whether it was driving the ball through the "5.5 hole" between third base and shortstop or hitting a home run off the facade in Yankee Stadium in the World Series.

He was a craftsman at the plate, whose sweet left-handed swing made him one of baseball's greatest hitters.

Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego's history, died Monday of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.

In a rarity in pro sports, Gwynn played his whole career with the Padres, choosing to stay in the city where he was a two-sport star in college, rather than leaving for bigger paychecks elsewhere. His terrific hand-eye coordination made him one of the game's greatest pure hitters. He had 3,141 hits — 18th on the all-time list — a career .338 average and won eight batting titles to tie Honus Wagner's NL record.

PITCHER BIG HIT FOR CUBS IN 13TH: Pinch-hitting pitcher Travis Wood hit an RBI double with two outs in the 13th inning, giving the Cubs a 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Called on to hit for reliever Carlos Villanueva (3-5), Wood hit a sharp groundball off Jacob Turner (2-5) down the left field line, scoring Junior Lake for the go-ahead run.

Wood, who is batting .250 this season, was 0 for 4 as a pinch hitter entering the game.

Miami's Tom Koehler was near perfect to start, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters. Only Mike Olt registered a hit against the Marlins' starter during that stretch.

But the Cubs overcame a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning.

College basketball

NOLL'S TARVER HEADED TO ST. FRANCIS: Bishop Noll guard Marquis Tarver will sign his National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne today. Tarver, a 2014 grad, averaged 14.5 points per game for the sectional champion Warriors.

He said having two former Noll football players — Anthony Mayers and Ahmad Rucker — at St. Francis helped make his decision easier.

Tarver will likely play the 1 or 2 position.

"I have to go in there and work hard for whatever I'm earning," Tarver said. "I will play whatever fits best when I get there, whatever coach needs out ot me."

He plans to major in sports management.

College baseball

TEXAS OUSTS LOUISVILLE FROM CWS: Parker French and Travis Duke limited Louisville to four hits, and Texas manufactured runs in three straight innings to beat the Cardinals 4-1 in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

The Longhorns (44-20) ended a four-game CWS losing streak dating to 2009 and will play Vanderbilt or UC Irvine in another elimination game Wednesday. Louisville (50-17) went 0-2 in the CWS for the second straight year and is 1-6 in three appearances in Omaha.

French (7-5) held the Cardinals to four singles in 7 1-3 innings, and Duke retired their last five batters for his first save.

College football

IRISH BACKUP RECEIVER ARRESTED IN OHIO: Notre Dame receiver Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his Ohio hometown.

Mahone appeared before an Austintown judge on Monday to face the three felony charges as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for an incident Saturday night in Austintown, about 70 miles southeast of Cleveland. A court spokeswoman said Mahone entered not guilty pleas on the misdemeanor charges, but the court doesn't accept an initial plea on the felony charges.

Judge David D'Apolito set bond for Mahone at $75,000 and scheduled a pretrial hearing for July 11. Mahone remained in the Mahoning County Jail on Monday evening. His lawyer, James Gentile, declined comment when reached by The Associated Press.

Coach Brian Kelly suspended Mahone indefinitely from all football-related activities, team spokesman Michael Bertsch said.

Mahone, who started his career at Notre Dame as a running back, didn't play as a freshman and was a slot receiver in two games last season but didn't have a catch or carry. Mahone had surgery for a fracture to his right foot on March 6.

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