HEBRON'S STEINHILBER HONORED: Hebron's John Steinhilber has been named a District Coach of the Year by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association.
Steinhilber will be recognized during the IHSBCA's state clinic banquet Jan. 25 in Indianapolis. Hebron went 20-9 last season and reached the Class 2A semistate.
VU'S BRADFORD HORIZON RUNNER OF THE WEEK: Valparaiso senior Wally Bradford was named Horizon League Male Runner of the Week for his efforts at the Bob Eubanks Open.
Bradford bested a field of 38 runners to win the one-mile run in a time of 4 minutes, 19.15 seconds. This is Bradford's second career Runner of the Week honor.
THORDARSON CHOSEN PNC COACH OF THE DAY: IU Health La Porte Hospital CEO Thor Thordarson has been named Purdue North Central’s Coach for a Day for today's 7 p.m. home game versus Judson University at the La Porte Civic Auditorium.
Coach for a Day honors are reserved for special guests of the Panthers Athletic Department. Thordarson will have the opportunity to address the team before and after the game and sit on PNC’s team bench.
IU Health LaPorte Hospital recently made the largest single corporate sponsorship donation to PNC’s athletic department. The funding will be applied toward scholarships for PNC athletes and assist in supporting the growing needs of the athletics department.
GRACE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR FIRING: Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace says he blames himself, not the team, for firing him last season.
The former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Cubs was fired after he was arrested last August in Scottsdale — his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months.
Grace has pleaded not guilty in October to four felony counts of aggravated DUI. His trial is scheduled for March 19.
Though the Diamondbacks fired Grace after his most recent arrest, the team invited him to participate in a fantasy camp now under way in Scottsdale.
PACERS DOMINATE BOBCATS: Roy Hibbert had 18 points and seven rebounds, and the Pacers handed the Charlotte Bobcats their 13th consecutive home loss with a 103-76 victory Tuesday night.
The Pacers bounced back from Sunday's 11-point defeat to the Brooklyn Nets and won for the fifth time in six games.
With team owner Michael Jordan looking on from the bench, the Bobcats lost their fifth in a row. They've dropped 24 of 26 since Thanksgiving.
Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds, while David West added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers. George Hill chipped in with 16 points and seven rebounds.
SERENA ROMPS ON BAD ANKLE: Flat on her back, her sore right ankle raised and her hands covering her face, Serena Williams tried to block out thoughts that her bid for a third straight Grand Slam title might be ruined.
After a dominating run the last six months, Williams was a big favorite to win the Australian Open. Suddenly, though, there seemed a way for her to be gone in the first round.
"I almost panicked, and I thought, 'I can't do that,'" she said. "I just have to really remain calm and think things through."
The stats showed this was nothing more than a stroll — a 6-0, 6-0 wipeout in 54 minutes of No. 110-ranked Edina Gallovits-Hall at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.
SBL SIGN-UPS THIS WEEK: The Schererville Baseball League will hold registration for Cal Ripken (ages 4-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15 and 16-18) from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Schererville Town Hall, 10 E. Joliet St.
Checks should be made payable to "Schererville Baseball League." No refunds after March 1. Online registration at www.scherervillebaseball.org will run to Jan. 31. No mail-in registrations will be accepted. For details, call (219) 775-7776, or email email@example.com.
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Valparaiso golf coach David Gring has announced that Michael Kinsella (Northbrook, Ill.) and Nick Seitz (Xenia, Ohio) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf for the Crusaders this fall. ... The Blackhawks and WGN Radio have extended their partnership. The radio station and hockey team announced Tuesday that they've agreed on a five-year broadcast rights-holder extension. The Blackhawks have been heard on WGN Radio since 2008. The extension means the Blackhawks will be on the radio station through the 2018-2019 NHL season. ... New Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid hired former Bears assistant Dave Toub to direct special teams on Tuesday. Toub has spent the past nine seasons with the Bears. Prior to that, he worked with special teams and the defensive line for Reid in Philadelphia. ... Mike McCoy is the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers. The 40-year-old McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. ... Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.