Sports Digest: Cubs offer contract to Samardzija

2013-12-03T21:15:00Z 2014-01-02T19:40:22Z Sports Digest: Cubs offer contract to Samardzija
December 03, 2013 9:15 pm

Men's basketball

PRAIRIE STATE FALLS TO PARKLAND: Despite 27 points and 13 rebounds from Joe Hughes and 24 points from Sherman Carter,  Prairie State fell to Parkland 88-78. Rodney Smith added 14 points for the Pioneers.

SOUTH SUBURBAN WINS FIRST GAME AS NO. 1 TEAM: South Suburban received 18 points from Antonio Levy as the NJCAA Division II No. 1-ranked Bulldogs defeated Oakton 72-61 on Tuesday.

Jalen Brown added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-1).

PURDUE CAL SLIPS BY OLIVET-NAZARENE: Purdue Calumet finished on a 23-4 run to knock off host Olivet Nazarene, picking up its seventh straight win, 65-60.

The Peregrines continued their best start in program history, moving to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

PUC outscored Olivet-Nazarene 41-23 in the key second half. Noah Allen and Kaspar Brencans each scored 15 points to lead Purdue Cal. Allen also tied a career high with five steals.

Women's basketball

CRIMSON WAVE CAN'T MATCH OLIVET'S FIREPOWER: Crystal Daniels shot 15-of-28 from the field to lead Calumet College with 34 points, but Olivet Nazarene's 13 3-pointers was too much in a 118-107 loss Tuesday.

Dominique Edwards added 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Crimson Wave.

Pro baseball

CUBS OFFER CONTRACT TO SAMARDZIJA: The Cubs have offered contract for next season to pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood and reached agreements with catcher George Kottaras and infielder Donnie Murphy.

The moves were announced Monday night.

Kottaras, acquired from Kansas City last week, is due $1,075,000. Murphy will earn $825,000.

On Tuesday, the Cubs hired 2002 AL Rookie of the Year Eric Hinske as their first base coach.

RAILCATS SET 5TH ANNUAL YARD SALE: The RailCats yard sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with discounts on merchandise, game-worn jerseys, balls, helmets, bats, pants and more.

Fans who purchase $40 in merchandise will eligible for the Buy One Get One Free Flex ticket promotion. Mascots Rusty and Rascal will be dressed in holiday gear and ready for holiday photos in front of a Christmas tree.

Season tickets, mini plans and flex ticket packages are on sale for the 2014 season. For details or to buy tickets, call the RailCats at (219) 882-2255, or go to

College football

FIVE VALPO PLAYERS EARN ALL-PFL HONORABLE MENTION: Five Valparaiso players received honorable mention for the All-Pioneer Football League team. The list includes junior left tackle Stuart Barkley, senior linebacker Pat Derbak, sophomore defensive end John Guilford, sophomore linebacker Alex Green and junior wide receiver Tanner Kuramata.

Local bowling

FOP STATE TOURNAMENT STARTS SATURDAY AT STARDUST II: The 50th annual Fraternal Order of Police State Tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday at Stardust II Lanes in Merrillville. The event is free. Singles and doubles events will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, while team play will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. For details, go to

Pro football

BEARS MAKE ROSTER MOVES: The Bears signed defensive tackle Tracy Robertson to the practice squad Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Robertson has appeared in one contest for the Bears this season after spending four weeks on Chicago’s practice squad. He was waived last week when the Bears elevated safety Sean Cattouse to the active roster.

Robertson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Houston Texans in 2012 out of Baylor.

COLTS PROMOTE KENYAN PLAYER TO ACTIVE ROSTER: Linebacker Daniel Adongo could get his first real chance to play American football Sunday at Cincinnati.

The Colts (8-4) promoted the Kenyan rugby star to the 53-man active roster Tuesday along with offensive lineman Xavier Nixon from the practice squad.

At 6-foot-5, 257 pounds, Adongo was such an intriguing prospect the Colts signed him just before training camp opened even though he had never played American football. When the season began, the Colts stashed him on the practice squad, giving him more time to adapt to his new sport.

Pro basketball

BULLS DEMOTE TEAGUE: The Bulls announced Tuesday the team has assigned guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

Teague has played in nine games for the Bulls this season and averaged 1.2 ppg and 0.8 apg in 8.9 mpg.

Teague was selected by Chicago in the first round (29th overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft after helping lead Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA championship.

Pro hockey

TICKETS FOR HAWKS GAME AT SOLDIER FIELD GO ON SALE DEC. 11: Tickets for the March 1 Blackhawks-Penguins game at Soldier Field will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 11.

Tickets can be purchased at For details, go to

KEITH RELIEF CHARITY CONCERT JAN. 20: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and his wife, Kelly-Rae, will run a charity concert from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 at Joe's Bar on Weed Street, 940 Weed St., Chicago.

Proceeds from the event benefit Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. VIP tickets for $250 are available at General admission tickets will be made available at a later date.

Around the horn

The Valparaiso University women's volleyball team signed the following recruits: 5-foot-7 defensive specialist Catherine Ament (New Prairie), 6-0 middle hitter Kayla Currier (Lincoln-Way East, Ill.), 6-0 outside hitter Isabelle Glancy (Novi, Mich.) and 6-2 middle hitter/outside hitter Taylor Graboski (Upper Sandusky, Ohio).

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