Sports Digest: Crusaders tennis handles SDSU

2014-02-16T22:00:00Z 2014-02-17T17:46:13Z Sports Digest: Crusaders tennis handles SDSU nwitimes.com
February 16, 2014 10:00 pm

College softball

VALPARAISO FALLS TO MEMPHIS: Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) was 3-for-3 with a run scored, but Memphis defeated Valparaiso 7-3 at the Rajun Cajun Invitational. Amanda Wisniewski was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Crusaders (2-7).

Men's tennis

VU HANDLES SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: Valparaiso University remained unbeaten at home with a men's tennis win The Courts of NWI over South Dakota State, 5-2, on Sunday.

Valpo clinched their sixth victory of the year when senior Eric Honert handed Henrique Pereira a 6-2, 6-3 loss at No. 4 singles.

Valpo also won the doubles point with little resistance.

SDSU gave the Crusaders fits at No. 2 singles, which Dave Bacalla won in three sets, and three-set losses at No. 3 singles and No. five singles.

Boys basketball

GRIFFITH RALLY STUNS E.C. CENTRAL: Down 13 after three quarters to E.C. Central sure wasn't where Griffith coach Gary Hayes wanted his Panthers to be Saturday afternoon, but all's well that ends well, right?

Griffith (13-4) stunned the Cardinals with a 22-6 fourth quarter to pull out a 59-56 victory.

Tremell Murphy led the Panthers with 21 points, while Flint Powell notched 16 and Tony Murphy 14. Damien Jefferson scored 21 for the Cardinals (10-6). "It was a great win for us," Hayes said.

SETON WINS CATHOLIC LEAGUE OPENER: Christopher Seaton hit 3-pointers at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime to keep Seton Academy alive for Rashaad Williams to knock down a 3 with 10 seconds remaining in double-OT to beat Gordon Tech 69-67 on Sunday.

Seaton finished with 16 points, Williams had 15 and Eron Evans scored 17 to lead the Sting. Tim Townsend chipped in 10 points.

Seton continues its Catholic League Tournament schedule Wednesday at Brother Rice.

Pro basketball

EAST GETS BY DURANT, GRIFFIN TO WIN ALL-STAR GAME: Carmelo Anthony made an All-Star record eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points, and the Eastern Conference overcame Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and the Western Conference for a 163-155 victory Sunday night.

Durant and Griffin each finished with 38 points, four shy of the NBA All-Star game record. But the East scored the final 10 points to pull out a game they trailed by 18.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points and 14 assists and was voted the game's MVP for the East, which snapped a three-game losing streak. LeBron James had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Griffin shot 19 of 23, while Durant finished with 10 rebounds and six assists.

Pro golf

WATSON CAPTURES NORTHERN TRUST OPEN: Bubba Watson wasn't about to let another chance get away.

Two weeks after Watson made a pair of late bogeys in the Phoenix Open, he delivered the best closing round at Riviera in some three decades. Watson played the final 39 holes without a bogey and shot a 7-under 64 on Sunday to win the Northern Trust Open.

It was his first victory in 22 months and 41 tournaments worldwide dating to the 2012 Masters.

Watson wound up with a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, who closed with a 66 for the second straight week and got the same result.

Watson, who also shot 64 on Saturday to start the final round four shots behind William McGirt, made up ground so quickly that he broke out of a four-way tie for the lead with a birdie on the eighth hole and made the turn in 30. Equally critical were a pair of par saves with 7-foot putts on the 12th and 13th holes.

Watson won for the fifth time in his career. And when it was over, he felt a lot better than he did two weeks ago in Scottsdale, where he missed a short par putt on the last hole to lose by one to Kevin Stadler.

AUSSIE WINS WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Australia's Karrie Webb won the Women's Australian Open for the record fifth time, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat South Africa's Chella Choi by a stroke.

Webb birdied the 18th hole, then watched as Choi, who shot a course-record 62 on Saturday, push her 10-foot putt wide at 18 to miss a chance for a playoff.

The 39-year-old Webb finished at 12-under 276 at Victoria Golf Club for her 40th LPGA Tour title. The Hall of Famer also won the event in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008.

She won a week after being disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters for signing an incorrect scorecard after the second round.

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