Sports Digest: E.C. grad Kawann Short impresses Panthers' coach

2013-08-05T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:37:13Z Sports Digest: E.C. grad Kawann Short impresses Panthers' coach nwitimes.com
August 05, 2013 9:15 pm

Girls golf

CROWN POINT GIRLS SECOND AT HARRISON: Times No. 2 Crown Point placed three girls golfers in the top 10 and finished second overall Monday at the Harrison Invitational.

Lafayette Jeff edged the Bulldogs 337-341 for the title. Tiffany Curtis finished fifth (79), Emily Harvey eighth (81) and Alyssa Harvey ninth (83).

LAPORTE WINS LAPORTE COUNTY INVITE: Delanie Alcorn carded a 72 for medalist honors as No. 6 LaPorte won the four-team event on Michigan City Municipal's North Course with a 346.

LaCrosse's Lauren Bailey had a 74.

BOONE GROVE WINS SEASON OPENER: Abbey Lukas was medalist with a 42, leading Boone Grove to a 227-244 season-opening win over Knox.

Pro football

EAST CHICAGO'S SHORT IMPRESSES: Carolina Panthers' coach Ron Rivera has been pleased during training camp with his top two draft picks, defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short of East Chicago, taken in Rounds 1 and 2, respectively.

“We have liked what we have seen, but game conditions will be very different from practice,” said Rivera. “They have the ability to make an impact on the defense. They’ll let your linebackers run, and they’ll impact your pass rush so the quarterback can’t step up.

"That helps the coverage. Both have shown the potential we saw in the draft and playing against veteran competition in game conditions will tell us more.”

Carolina hosts the Bears in its preseason opener Friday night.

 

Pro baseball

OBAMA HONORS NEGRO LEAGUE PLAYERS AT WHITE HOUSE: President Barack Obama on Monday honored former baseball players in the Negro League, a haven for African-American players who for decades were prevented from competing with white players in professional baseball.

The White House said Obama invited about a dozen players to the White House to mark their contributions to American history, civil rights and athletics. The players competed for teams like the Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees, Indianapolis Clowns and Boston Blues.

The Negro League thrived in the early part of the 20th century. Its decline started after Jackie Robinson in 1947 became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball in modern times, clearing the way for other black players to compete in the major leagues. The league disbanded a few years later.

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