Sports Digest: Crusaders team for runner-up golf finish

2014-06-03T21:30:00Z 2014-09-09T23:09:14Z Sports Digest: Crusaders team for runner-up golf finish nwitimes.com

Men's golf

CRUSADERS TEAM FOR RUNNER-UP FINISH: Valparaiso graduate Kyle Henning and junior-to-be Jared Magoline teamed up at the 2014 Wisconsin State Golf Association Bestball Championship last weekend, turning in a second-place finish in a field of 111 pairings.

Henning and Magoline easily advanced through the initial cut to 32 pairings, posting matching rounds of 69 of stroke play to finish tied for 12th. Seeded 13th in the match-play bracket, the Valpo duo, playing out of South Hills Golf and Country Club in Fond du Lac, Wis., earned a come-from-behind win in the first round, rallying from down three holes with eight to play to win 1-up. They advanced with 5-4, 3-2 and 2-1 victories before falling in the finals on the second playoff hole.

College sports

HORIZON LEAGUE LAUDS VALPO STUDENTS: The Horizon League spring academic honor roll features 118 Valparaiso student-athletes, the most Crusaders to make the grade in a semester since the school entered the league.

Valpo's total was four behind Oakland for the top spot. Among the qualifying criteria, students had to carry a grade point average of at least 3.2.

College softball

PNC NEEDS PART-TIME COACH: Purdue North Central is looking for a part-time head coach for its softball program.

Applicants should apply at purdue.taleo.net/careersection/nc/joblist.ftl. For details, email athletic director Tom Albano at talbano@pnc.edu.

Pro football

BEARS MAKE ROSTER MOVES: The Bears on Tuesday signed wide receivers Armanti Edwards and Micheal Spurlock, terminated the contract of vested veteran receiver Domenik Hixon with an injury settlement and waived linebacker Tana Patrick.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Edwards has appeared in 41 games over four seasons with Carolina (2010-13) and Cleveland (2013) with 40 punt returns for 281 yards (7.0 ypr) and 15 kickoff returns for 295 yards (19.7 ypr). The Appalachian State product has six receptions for 131 yards (21.8 ypc) in his NFL career.

The 5-11, 210-pound Spurlock has appeared in 67 games with two starts over seven seasons with Arizona (2006), Tampa Bay (2007, ’09-11), San Francisco (2009), San Diego (2012), Jacksonville (2012), Detroit (2013) and Dallas (2013). He has 81 punt returns for 780 yards (9.6 ypr) and two touchdowns and 107 kickoff returns for 2,594 yards (24.2 ypr) and three touchdowns during his NFL career. The Ole Miss product's five combined kick return TDs are tied for sixth most in the NFL since he joined the league in 2006.

COLTS WAIVE TWO: The Colts on Tuesday waived quarterback Seth Lobato and cornerback Keon Lyn -- both signed as undrafted free agents on May 11.

Lobato threw for 2,725 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior in 2013 at Northern Colorado. As a junior, Lobato's 2,797 passing yards were the third-highest total in school history and highest total for a non-playoff quarterback.

Lyn played in 38 career games at Syracuse and totaled 89 tackles (75 solo), 20 passes defensed, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and two forced fumbles.

LIONS' FAIRLEY IN FINAL SEASON: Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley is fired up to prove what he's worth after the team informed him it was not picking up the 2015 option in his contract.

"It motivates me," he said of Lions general manager Martin Mayhew informing him of the decision on the $5.5 million option for the fifth year of his contract.

Pro baseball

CUBS PUT CASTILLO ON DL, CUT VERAS: The Cubs have put catcher Welington Castillo on the 15-day disabled list because of a rib injury and designated relief pitcher Jose Veras for assignment.

The Cubs made the moves before Tuesday night's game against the Mets.

Catcher Eli Whiteside was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

The 33-year-old Veras signed as a free agent over the winter and was projected to be the team's closer. But he struggled from the start and was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 games.

With Hector Rondon back from paternity leave, the Cubs opted to part with Veras instead of sending one of their young relievers to the minors.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says he was surprised that Veras didn't do better.

"There's nothing more volatile than a reliever," Hoyer said.

Castillo is hitting .242 with five home runs and 21 RBIs. He said he hurt himself taking a swing Sunday, and an MRI revealed inflammation in the ribcage.

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