DYER'S WERNER SECOND AT IGA SENIOR AM: Dyer's Terry Werner finished second at the IGA Senior Amateur Championship, falling in a playoff with Fort Wayne's Sam Till on Tuesday at Anderson Country Club.
Werner finished 36 holes with a 139, but Till drained a birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the title. Also, Valparaiso's Dave Vlasic tied for 15th (149); Munster's Eric Stur was 56th (165), and Crown Point's Joe Amodeo was 66th (174).
DANKS, SOX SCRATCH OUT WIN OVER ROYALS: John Danks shut down Kansas City's scuffling offense for eight innings, and the White Sox did just enough damage against Ervin Santana to squeak out a 2-0 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.
Danks (3-10) ended an eight-start winless streak by scattering seven hits and a walk. That the veteran left-hander's finest start of the season came against the Royals wasn't much of a surprise: Danks improved to 5-0 against them in 13 career starts.
Addison Reed worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 32nd save. It wrapped up the first shutout win for the last-place White Sox since a 3-0 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on May 17.
Gordon Beckham homered off Santana (8-7) in the first inning for the only earned run.
ZIMMERMAN, HARPER LEAD NATIONALS PAST CUBS: Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and drove in a run; Bryce Harper had two hits and scored a crucial ninth-inning run, and Dan Haren pitched six strong innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Cubs 4-2 Tuesday night.
Zimmerman had two doubles and could have had four hits as he lined out to third base in the third inning to start a double play and hit a hard shot at the center-fielder in the seventh.
Haren (8-11) kept the Cubs off-balanced and frustrated despite not throwing a pitch faster than 89 all night. Rafael Soriano gave up a leadoff homer to Donnie Murphy in the ninth before getting the last three outs for his 32nd save in 38 chances.
DEMPSTER SUSPENDED FIVE GAMES FOR HITTING A-ROD: Boston's Ryan Dempster accepted his punishment without admitting any misdeed.
Dempster, a former starter for the Cubs, was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for intentionally hitting New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez with a pitch last Sunday.
While Dempster still maintains he was only trying to establish the inside part of the plate and wasn't trying to hit Rodriguez on purpose, he will not contest the punishment and began serving it Tuesday.
DELLE DONNE RETURNS TO LEAD SKY PAST MYSTICS: Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points, and Sylvia Fowles added 16 points and 15 rebounds as the Sky moved closer to their first playoff berth with a 79-73 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Courtney Vandersloot had a season-high 19 points and seven assists for the Sky (18-8), who rallied back from a double-digit deficit for the second straight game.
The Eastern Conferences leaders reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one and can secure a postseason appearance with a win against New York on Friday.
Delle Donne made three 3-pointers in her return from a two-game absence due to a sprained left foot.
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR BLACKHAWKS TRAINING CAMP: Tickets for Blackhawks training camp sessions at Notre Dame go on sale at 8:30 a.m. today.
Sessions will run from 9:30 to 11:40 a.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at Compton Family Ice Arena. Tickets are $10. For details, call (574) 631-7356, or go to www.und.com/tickets.
SERENA WILLIAMS THE TOP SEED AT U.S. OPEN: Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open as she tries to do something she's never done: win a second consecutive title at Flushing Meadows.
Williams is a four-time champion at the U.S. Open, including in 2012. Only Chris Evert, with six, and Steffi Graf, with five, have won the tournament more times in the Open era, which began in 1968.
The U.S. Tennis Association stuck to the WTA rankings Tuesday in announcing the 32 seeded women, including Victoria Azarenka at No. 2, and Maria Sharapova at No. 3. Williams is one of three seeded Americans; No. 16 Sloane Stephens and No. 24 Jamie Hampton are the others.
ESTRIN, GORDEN ADDED TO VALPO COACHING STAFF: Valparaiso coach Mike Avery rounded out his coaching staff with the hiring of Garrett Estrin and Brett Gorden.
Estrin has been named a voluteer assistant, while Gorden will serve as director of soccer operations. Estrin played at California-Dominquez Hills, while Gorden played at IPFW.
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