Sports Digest: Crusaders baseball team routs Goshen

2013-04-29T21:15:00Z 2013-05-06T21:38:07Z Sports Digest: Crusaders baseball team routs Goshen nwitimes.com
April 29, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro basketball

NBA VETERAN COMES OUT AS GAY: With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay.

In a first-person article posted Monday on Sports Illustrated's website, Collins begins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay."

Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics. He is now a free agent and wants to keep playing in the NBA.

"I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn't the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, 'I'm different,'" Collins writes. "If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I'm raising my hand."

Saying he had "endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie," Collins immediately drew support for his announcement from the White House — President Barack Obama called him — along with former President Bill Clinton, the NBA, current and former teammates, a sponsor, and athletes in other sports.

NBA COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS REJECTING KINGS MOVES: After an emotional saga that has dragged on for nearly three years, the Sacramento Kings finally appear to be staying put in California's capital city.

The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Kings to relocate to Seattle, the latest — and by far the strongest — in a long line of cities that almost landed the franchise. The committee made the decision over a conference call and forwarded the recommendation to the NBA Board of Governors.

The board, which consists of all 30 owners, will convene during the week of May 13 to vote on the matter. While the recommendation doesn't guarantee the Kings will stay put, it's difficult at this point to imagine how they don't.

Pro baseball

SAMARDZIJA DRAWS NO DECISION IN CUBS WIN: Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs as the Cubs defeated San Diego 5-3.

Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles and Ransom went 2-for-4 with a home run against the team that let him go this month. Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh inning with runners in scoring position to preserve the lead.

Scott Hairston also homered for the Cubs.

Kevin Gregg got the final out of the eighth with runners on second and third and worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save. After a 5-13 start to the season, the Cubs have won five of seven.

Michael Bowden (1-1) got the win in relief of Valpo High grad Jeff Samardzija, who struck out eight in five innings.

Pro football

COLTS, BILLS SWAP LINEBACKERS IN TRADE: The Buffalo Bills aren't finished tinkering with their linebackers this offseason.

Buffalo traded Kelvin Sheppard to the Colts for Jerry Hughes on Monday in a swap of linebackers two days after the NFL draft.

Sheppard, a 2011 second-round pick from LSU, has been inconsistent in two seasons in Buffalo. He had 138 tackles and two sacks in 31 games, including 24 starts.

Hughes was the Colts' 2010 first-round draft pick from TCU. He's had 62 tackles and five sacks in 40 games, including seven starts, but had difficulty finding his niche on the Colts' defense.

 

College baseball

CRUSADERS ROUT GOSHEN: John Loeffler's fifth-inning double broke a 4-4 tie en route to an 11-4 rout of Goshen on Monday.

Loeffler also added a triple, scored three runs and drove in two. Tanner Vavra had a double, led his team with four runs and went 3-for-4.

The Crusaders (19-23) used six different pitchers with Sean Kennedy pitching one inning to earn the win.

Pro hockey

AVS WILL HAVE FIRST PICK IN DRAFT: The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery on Monday.

The Florida Panthers own the second pick for June's draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection.

Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones is the No. 1 ranked North American skater according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

Jones is the son of former NBA player Popeye Jones.

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