FORMER SSC PITCHER CINGRANI EARNS FIRST MLB WIN: Former South Suburban College pitcher Tony Cingrani earned his first major league victory in Cincinnati's 11-1 win over Florida on Thursday.
Cingrani pitched five innings, allowing a run and striking out eight. He was called up this week to join the Reds’ starting rotation.
The 24-year-old Cingrani played for the Bulldogs from in 2008 and '09. He owns the SSC record for most career strikeouts with 194.
CUBS CLAIM BORBON OFF WAIVERS: The Cubs claimed outfielder Julio Borbon off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday.
Borbon, 27, spent all of last season with Round Rock, the Rangers' Double-A affiliate, where he hit .304 with 23 doubles, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 133 games. He hit .317 in 32 spring training games for the Rangers this season and went hitless in one regular season at-bat before being designated for assignment on April 9.
"It's another way to make the organization stronger," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "He's an athlete, a left-handed hitter and can play every outfield position. He's a young guy that's had big league success already."
To make room for Borbon on the roster, Chicago designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez appeared in 11 games for the Cubs this season, batting .217 (5-for-23).
BEARS SIGN KICKER: The Bears signed kicker Austin Signor to a three-year contract Friday.
Signor played at Iowa (2006-07) and Eastern Illinois (2008-09), earning first team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior in 2009. He led the Panthers with 76 points, connecting on 14-of-22 field goal attempts and all 34 extra points.
DOEPKE SIGNS WITH PURDUE CALUMET: Zach Doepke (Troy, Mich.) has signed a letter of intent with Purdue Calumet.
Doepke, a 6-foot-2 midfielder, is a three-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer. He was named MIHSSCA First Team All-State in Michigan’s highest division in 2012.
ACC ANNOUNCES LIST OF IRISH OPPONENTS FOR 2014-16: The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced Notre Dame's league football opponents for the 2014-16 seasons.
The ACC on Friday released the list of opponents for the Fighting Irish.
They are playing five ACC teams per season as part of their football partnership with the league, and will face each team at least once during the first three years of the agreement.
They will play home games against new member Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest in 2014 while visiting Florida State and Syracuse.
Notre Dame will visit Clemson, Pittsburgh and Virginia in 2015 and play host to Boston College and Georgia Tech.
The following year the Irish will be home against Duke, Miami and Virginia Tech, and will visit North Carolina State and Syracuse.
KENSETH QUALIFIES ON POLE AT KANSAS SPEEDWAY: Matt Kenseth took the pole Friday at one of his favorite places after setting a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph at Kansas Speedway.
Kenseth won the fall race at Kansas last season, and hasn't finished outside the top 10 since having engine trouble in the 2009 race. He has finished in the top five at Kansas five times.
Carl Edwards will start on the front row Sunday for the first time at Kansas after qualifying second with a lap of 191.748. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. qualified third.
Joey Logano will start 22nd and Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will go off 33rd. Both drivers arrived at Kansas with their full teams after appealing heavy sanctions handed down by NASCAR for bringing unapproved parts to last weekend's race at Texas.
Jeff Gordon crashed between turns 1 and 2 during his qualifying run.
ILLIANA SPEEDWAY GEARS UP FOR SEASON: Illiana Motor Speedway will have a test and tune practice session from noon to 6 p.m. today.
Driver registration and pit pad assignments will be available. Fans are welcome to bring their cameras. Grandstand admission is free.
The first race of the season will be April 27.
For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to www.illianaspeedway.com.
Around the horn
Former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel has enrolled at Cincinnati, where he'll have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules. ... A recommendation on the Kings' sale and possible move to Seattle could be issued as soon as next week and a final decision made early next month, ending a process NBA Commissioner David Stern called the most "wrenching" of his career.