CALUMET COLLEGE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER: Calumet College's Yesenia Perez pitched five innings, giving up five hits and striking out three strikeouts, to help the Crimson Wave defeat Cardinal Stritch 7-1 in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
In the second game, Griffith grad Alex Latronica pitched six innings of four-hit ball to help give the Crimson Wave a 5-4 win.
E.C. Central grad Jessica Pabey went 5-for-7 and scored four runs in the two games combined.
VALPO DROPS HOME OPENER: Valparaiso squanded a late lead and lost 10-8 to Western Illinois (8-10) in the Crusaders' home opener.
The Crusader scored five times in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead, but the Leathernecks answered back with a five-run seventh to take the lead for good. Tarah McShane was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs for Valpo (13-11).
BEARS SIGN RUNNING BACK: Bears running back Armando Allen signed his exclusive rights tender on Thursday.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Allen has participated in 17 games for the Bears and has accounted for 172 rushing yards on 42 carries and one touchdown.
He has also added two receptions for 16 yards and seven special teams tackles.
COLTS PICK UP FULLBACK IN TRADE WITH EAGLES: The Colts have acquired fullback Stanley Havili in a trade with Philadelphia in exchange for defensive end Clifton Geathers.
The 6-foot, 245-pound Havili gives the Colts their first true fullback in years and should help the new offense under first-year coordinator Pep Hamilton.
Havili was Philadelphia's seventh-round draft pick in 2011 and had six rushes for 22 yards and one TD in 15 games with the Eagles. Geathers had five tackles and his first career sack with Indy last season after being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Oct. 9.
Indy also says Jeff Linkenbach, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer. He has played in all 48 regular-season games since the Colts signed him in 2010.
FORMER BEARS QB CAMPBELL SIGNS WITH BROWNS: The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract, bringing the veteran in to provide competition for Brandon Weeden.
Campbell, a first-round pick by Washington in 2005, has started 77 games and thrown 76 touchdowns during his NFL career. He played his first five seasons with the Redskins before he was traded to Oakland in 2010. Campbell spent two seasons with the Raiders.
He went 4-2 in his first six games as Oakland's starter in 2011 before sustaining a broken collarbone that ended his season. He signed with Chicago as an unrestricted free agent in 2012 and made one start.
The Browns have been looking for a QB to bring in and push Weeden, who had an uneven rookie season. Campbell could challenge Weeden for the starting job.
GEORGE, PACERS TOPPLE MAVS: Paul George had 24 points and eight rebounds, and the Pacers broke open a close game in the third quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 103-78 on Thursday night.
George scored 13 points in the third, including eight in a 20-5 run that broke a tie game at halftime.
The first-place Pacers won their fourth straight and have a half-game lead for the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points for Dallas, which remained 1½ games behind the Los Angeles Lakers in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
MARTIN TO FILL IN FOR HAMLIN: Mark Martin will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing while Denny Hamlin recovers from a fractured verterbra in his lower back.
Martin's first start in the No. 11 Toyota will be next week at Martinsville Speedway, where he wasn't scheduled to race. Brian Vickers had already been tabbed to drive Martin's car for Michael Waltrip Racing at Martinsville.
Martin has driven one other time for JGR, in the Nationwide Series last year at Las Vegas.
Hamlin is expected to miss at least five races while he heals. JGR did not specify how long Martin will be in the car, but the fifth race is at Talladega, a track Martin has opted to skip the last few years.
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet Athletics Director Rick Costello offers an update on the state of the university's athletics program on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).