SABATHIA, RIVERA HELP YANKEES HOLD OFF WHITE SOX: Struggling ace CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning before Mariano Rivera earned his first four-out save in more than two years, helping the New York Yankees hold off the White Sox 6-5 on Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
Robinson Cano homered for the Yankees, trying to chase down a playoff berth with a late-season charge. Brett Gardner hit a two-run triple and Lyle Overbay an RBI double in a four-run fourth against Erik Johnson (0-1), who was making his major league debut.
Swept in three games at Chicago from Aug. 5-7, the Yankees returned the favor a month later.
HIGHLAND DRIVER WINS SCCA CHAMPIONSHIP: Highland's Anne Robinson earned her third Sports Car Club of America national championship Wednesday at the 41st Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships held at the Lincoln, Neb., Airport.
Driving a Toyota MR2, Robinson topped three other competitors in the D Prepared Ladies class to win the two-day competition that pits drivers from across the country in a single-event, winner-take-all format.
TREADWELL EARNS HONOR: Ole Miss freshman Laquon Treadwell (Crete-Monee) was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his perfomance in the Rebels' season-opening win over Vanderbilt on Aug. 29.
Treadwell led the team in receiving with nine catches for 82 yards in his collegiate debut. The nine catches are an Ole Miss freshman record and the most by a Rebel since Mike Espy had nine against Auburn in 2005, according to the school's website.
Treadwell also caught a key 2-point conversion in the third quarter as Ole Miss rallied from 11 down. In one stretch that quarter, he hauled in a pass on three straight plays and four out of five.
BEARS TWEAK PRACTICE SQUAD: The Bears on Wednesday signed guard Derek Dennis to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of quarterback Jerrod Johnson.
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Dennis spent the last five weeks of the 2012 regular season on the Bears practice squad and a majority of the preseason with Chicago. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins last season out of Temple, also spending time in the 2012 preseason with the New England Patriots.
COLTS EXPECT TO BE AT FULL STRENGTH FOR OPENER: The Colts are almost full go. By Sunday, they should be.
Injured tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and right guard Mike McGlynn all practiced Wednesday and left tackle Anthony Castonzo is expected to return to practice Thursday. That means the Colts should have all of their projected starters on the field this week and presumably for Sunday's season opener against Oakland.
Indy's players continually got nicked up during training camp and throughout the preseason, but somehow managed to avoid the devastating blows that hit other teams.
Coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday he expects all 22 projected starters to be on the field against the Raiders.
RIDE THE WAVE REGATTA SATURDAY: The sixth annual "Ride the Wave Regatta" canoe and kayak races will take place Saturday. The regatta, which is organized by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, is a straight downwind 19.3-mile race on Lake Michigan from Marquette Park in Gary to Michigan City's Washington Park.
Spectators may watch the start of the race from the Marquette Park launch at 10 a.m. An 8-mile short course from Washington Park to Beverly Shores and back will launch at 10:30 a.m. at Washington Park.
Participants may pre-register for the event by going to www.ridethewaveregatta.com. Race-day registration will be taken, but participants are advised to register at least 30 minutes before their event.
For details, contact Ken Stelter at (219) 448-1382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROWN POINT BULLDOGS TO APPEAR AT WHITE SOX GAME SEPT. 12: The Crown Point Bulldogs, winners of the Cal Ripken World Series, will take part in championship night Sept. 12 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox host Cleveland.
AZARENKA TO FACE PENNETTA IN U.S. OPEN SEMIFINALS: Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka reached her sixth semifinal in the past eight Grand Slam tournaments by beating 48th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
Azarenka is a two-time Australian Open champion and was the runner-up to Serena Williams at the U.S. Open last year.
Azarenka will face Flavia Pennetta, a 6-4, 6-1 winner over fellow Italian player Roberta Vinci.
Around the horn
The Blackhawks agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson on Wednesday. ... Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points to help the Atlanta Dream clinch a playoff spot with an 80-80 overtime victory over the Fever on Wednesday. Tamika Catchings finished with 22 points for Indiana (13-16), which has lost five of six. Catchings hit a 19-footer in the final minute of the second quarter to become the eighth WNBA player with at least 2,000 career field goals. ... Michigan and Notre Dame's fading football series seems headed for a break that might last at least a decade. Both sides aren't discussing the future of the rivalry, according to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon.