RAILCATS FALL IN EXTRAS TO T-BONES: Justin Bass hit a home run off of closer Ian Durham in the 11th inning as the RailCats fell to Kansas City 3-2 Tuesday.
The 'Cats lost no ground in the American Association wildcard race, thanks to an 11-3 loss by Winnipeg at the hands of St. Paul.
The RailCats scored two runs, one earned in the first inning, then didn't have a hit after that. Meanwhile, the T-Bones scattered 12 hits over the next 11 innings, tying the game at 2-2 in the third.
NICOL WINS CAL COLLEGE GOLF PREVIEW: Calumet College placed fourth at the Crimson Wave Fall Preview at White Hawk Country Club.
Tyler Nicol won the event with a two-day score of 149, carding a 74 on Day 1 and a 75 on Day 2.
VLASIC ADVANCES TO OPENING ROUND OF SENIOR MATCH PLAY: Valparaiso's Dave Vlasic carded a 4-over-par 74 and advanced to today's opening round of the IGA Senior Match Play Championship at Delaware Country Club. Vlasic, seeded No. 13, faces No. 4 Steve Behrman at 8:45 a.m.
BEARS SETTLE WITH BLANCHARD: The Bears on Tuesday reached an injury settlement with quarterback Matt Blanchard, who suffered a fractured left hand. He was then waived.
It's possible Blanchard could return to the practice squad. Coach Marc Trestman said tackle Jonathan Scott has started to run again after a knee injury.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton (concussion) and linebacker D.J. Williams (calf) are still day to day and both have been running but not participating in scrimmages.
LOCALS TO START FOR FORDHAM: Strong safety Jake Dixon (Portage) and punter Joe Pavlik (Mount Carmel) are listed as starters on Fordham's depth chart. The Rams open their season Thursday against Rhode Island.
TREADWELL TO START: Ole Miss freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete-Monee) is listed as a starter at one slot position for Thursday's game at Vanderbilt.
Teammate Anthony Standifer (Crete-Monee) is listed third on the depth chart at one cornerback position. Thornton grad Jalen Banks is a freshman defensive back on Vanderbilt.
FRESHMEN EXPECTED TO HAVE IMPACT FOR NO. 14 IRISH: No. 14 Notre Dame will start a freshman at outside linebacker against Temple on Saturday and several other members of coach Brian Kelly's highest-rated recruiting class are expected to play.
The depth chart released Tuesday lists Jaylon Smith as a starting outside linebacker. Last year he won the Butkus Award as the nation's top high school linebacker, the same award Manti Te'o won four years earlier.
But while it took Te'o five games to become a starter, Smith won the job from the outset.
Six other freshmen are listed on the depth chart: offensive tackles Steve Elmer and Hunter Bivin; recievers Corey Robinson and James Onwualu, cornerback Cole Luke, defensive end Isaac Rochell and running back Greg Bryant.
FEDERER STARTS WELL AT U.S. OPEN: At this point in his career, Roger Federer recognizes the importance of a little extra work.
That's why the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, and the man who spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other, was out there on a U.S. Open practice court late Tuesday afternoon, putting in some training time shortly after finishing off a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia in the first round.
As Federer took the first step toward a possible quarterfinal meeting with nemesis Rafael Nadal, No. 5 Tomas Berdych and No. 10 Milos Raonic also picked up straight-set victories.
On a day that American men went 5-1, led by No. 13 John Isner and No. 26 Sam Querrey, a handful of seeded men made quick departures. No. 14 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last month, was the most surprising to go, although he was treated by a trainer for a painful back during a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 loss to 247th-ranked qualifier Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.
Four seeded women were beaten in early action: No. 11 Sam Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open, along with No. 17 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 20 Nadia Petrova and No. 31 Klara Zakopalova.
Stosur was eliminated 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by 17-year-old American qualifier Victoria Duval, who is ranked 296th and never before had faced a top 20 opponent or won a Grand Slam match.
Around the horn
Lost Marsh's Dean Gabey and Pottawattomie's Christian McClain tied for 36th Monday with 83s at the Indana PGA Tournament Series event at Elcona.