Sports Digest: Butler's Meyer signs with Oilmen

2013-10-29T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:08:19Z Sports Digest: Butler's Meyer signs with Oilmen nwitimes.com
October 29, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro hockey

TOEWS POWERS HAWKS PAST SENATORS: Jonathan Toews had three goals and an assist; Corey Crawford made 14 saves in relief of an ineffective Nikolai Khabibulin, and the Blackhawks beat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Andrew Shaw scored twice, and Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks, who trailed 4-2 with 8:46 left in the second period. It was Hossa's 100th goal with Chicago and No. 439 for his career.

The Senators scored three times in a span of four shots in the second, but were unable to hold off the suddenly high-scoring Blackhawks. Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek each had a goal and an assist in Ottawa's fourth loss in five games.

HAWKS TO VISIT WHITE HOUSE ON MONDAY: The Blackhawks will visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday to celebrate their second Stanley Cup title in four seasons.

The Blackhawks will begin the day with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spend time with wounded soldiers and thank them for their service.

"It's a cool day. I think everybody gets to enjoy the day," coach Joel Quenneville said before the Blackhawks hosted the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. "Get to go to Walter Reed in the morning as well. That was a fun visit when we look back. We ran into wounded warriors a couple times.

"Yeah, but when you get to the White House it's kind of a nice setting. I think it will be one more reflection of a pretty special year for us all."

The Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in six games in June to secure their fifth NHL title in franchise history.

College baseball

BUTLER'S MEYER SIGNS WITH OILMEN: The Northwest Indiana Olimen have signed Butler freshman infielder Brodie Meyer. Meyer had a .527 on-base percentage at Chicago Christian High School last spring.

College football

GOLSON SAYS SUSPENSION DUE TO POOR JUDGMENT ON TEST: Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson says he was suspended from the university for the fall semester for using "poor judgment on a test."

Golson had previously said he was suspended for using poor academic judgment, but in an interview with Sports Illustrated he specified that it came during a test. Asked directly if he cheated on a test, Golson said: "Yeeeeeeeaaaahhh, something like that." He finished by saying he was going to leave it at poor judgment.

He said what he did was considered a violation of the university's honor code. Football team spokesman Michael Bertsch, said he couldn't comment because of privacy laws. Golson did not return a telephone message left Tuesday by The Associated Press or respond to a text message.

IRISH 11-1 IN NOVEMBER IN 3 SEASONS UNDER KELLY: Brian Kelly's philosophy is: "October is for pretenders and November is for contenders."

His Notre Dame team will likely need to go undefeated in November to meet its goal of earning a BCS bowl berth.

The Fighting Irish (6-2) have been nearly unbeatable in November under Kelly. Their only loss came in 2011 to Stanford. They've won their other 10 games in November, which gives Kelly the best winning percentage for the month in the past 100 years.

Kelly says there are a lot of factors that go into being successful in November, including staying healthy, being fortunate and good training and nutrition. But he also believes it is essential to make sure players are physically and mentally fresh.

Next up for Notre Dame is a game against Navy (4-3).

Women's basketball

VALPO PICKED NINTH IN HL PRESEASON POLL: Valparaiso was selected to finish ninth in the Horizon League's preseason poll. Green Bay was picked to win the league, garnering 21 first-place votes.

Pro football

COLTS BRING BACK TE WESLYE SAUNDERS: The Colts re-signed tight end Weslye Saunders to the active roster Tuesday.

The move comes three months after the Colts (5-2) waived Saunders after he was suspended eight games by the league for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. He has six career receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown in 27 career games. Last season with Indy, Saunders caught two passes for 15 yards.

Indy also signed offensive tackle Xavier Nixon to the practice squad one day after he was cut from the active roster.

The Colts also waived cornerback Daxton Swanson, an undrafted rookie, from injured reserve.

Youth baseball

PORTER COUNTY STORM TRYOUTS SATURDAY: Porter County Storm 16-18 tryouts will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. Fifth Street in Chesterton. For details, call (219) 395-9295.

Around the horn

Chesterton High School is selling tickets from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday in the athletics department for Friday's Class 6A Sectional 2 football championship at Penn. Cost is $6. The game is at 6:30 p.m. ... For fans wanting to see them off, the LaPorte girls cross country team and individual boys qualifier Anthony Didion will depart for the state meet at 8 a.m. Friday from I Street parking lot at the high school.

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