SAMARDZIJA HELPS CUBS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT: Junior Lake hit two home runs, Emilio Bonifacio added a two-run shot and the Cubs extended their winning streak to five with a 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.
Jeff Samardzija (2-5), a Valparaiso product, allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, striking out eight. Pedro Strop got his second save.
Lake, who has eight homers, had a pair of solo shots for the second multihomer game of his career.
Christian Yelich homered for the Marlins.
Randy Wolf (1-2) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
RAILCATS HAMMER CANARIES: Morgan Coombs tossed a complete game Saturday, and the RailCats pounded out nine runs on 13 hits to take Game 2 of their three-game series with the visiting Sioux Falls Canaries, 9-2.
Coombs threw the first nine-inning complete game for Gary on the season and the club's third in the last five games. The Indiana native surrendered two runs, both earned, on six hits to send his record to 3-1.
OILMEN NIP MICHIGAN CITY: James Meeker homered over the right field fence in the third, and Andrew Ray led off the sixth with a solo blast in leading the Northwest Indiana Oilmen to a 5-4 win Saturday against the host Michigan City Lakers.
CHIEFS WITHSTAND HURRICANES: The Hammond Chiefs swept the Hammond Hurricanes Black Team (1-5) on Saturday at Riverside Park, 4-1 and 10-0 in six innings.
Isaac Shook, Matt Sonntag and Roger Wexelberg had two hits each in the opener, and Trevor Brooks got the win on a four-hitter. In Game 2, Brooks had two hits and three RBIs; Kevin O'Donnell drove in a pair of runs, and Logan Kent singled twice for the Chiefs (3-0).
CRUSADERS PART OF CHALLENGE IN MUSIC CITY: Valparaiso will be a part of the inaugural Challenge in Music City next season. The event will run Nov. 28 to 30 in Nashvville, Tenn.
The Crusaders will play Drake at 5 p.m. Nov. 28, Murray State at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and will finish against Portland at 1 p.m. Nov. 30.
Tickets for the Challenge in Music City may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by visiting the Municipal Auditorium Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
CARPENTER HOLDS ON TO WIN INDYCAR RACE AT TEXAS: Driver-owner Ed Carpenter, now driving only on ovals, won the IndyCar Series race Texas on Saturday night after staying in front of Will Power during a two-lap shootout after a late caution.
On the final green-flag stop with 35 laps left, Carpenter beat polesitter and season points leader Power off pit road. Team Penske driver Power made things worse when he was penalized for speeding out of the pits.
Power was sixth, and Carpenter had a lead of about 18 seconds over Juan Pablo Montoya, when Takuma Sato's engine blew and his car caught fire with 10 laps left.
While the top four cars stayed out during that caution, Power went in for fresh tires. He then made a charge after the final restart to finish second.
SHARAPOVA WINS FRENCH OPEN FOR SECOND TIME: Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years, overcoming some shaky serving Saturday to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final.
Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was able to hold off Halep, and hold her serve in the final game, with steady groundstrokes that kept the Romanian on the run.
Sharapova also won the title at Roland Garros in 2012, completing a career Grand Slam. She lost in last year's final to Serena Williams.
Halep, who was ranked only 57th heading into last year's French Open, was playing in her first major final.
The men's final is today. Rafael Nadal will go for his ninth French Open title against Novak Djokovic.
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Valparaiso men’s soccer coach Mike Avery has announced that Matthew Gweh will join the Crusaders this fall. Gweh comes to Valpo from High Point, where he led the Panthers in assists per minute played in 2013. ... Angel McCoughtry and Erika De Souza each scored 20 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Sky 97-59 on Saturday night. Chicago's Elena Delle Donne had a season-low seven points. ... Shanshan Feng took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the LPGA Tour's Manulife Financial Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 in calm conditions at Grey Silo.