Sports Digest: Horizon League men's tennis player comes from VU, again

2014-03-18T22:30:00Z 2014-04-15T19:45:25Z Sports Digest: Horizon League men's tennis player comes from VU, again nwitimes.com
March 18, 2014 10:30 pm

Men's basketball

WESLEYAN TOPS MIDLAND FOR NAIA D-II MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP: Munster graduate Nate Bubash scored seven points to go with two rebounds and two assists to help Indiana Wesleyan defeat Midland (Neb.) 78-68 in NAIA Division II men's basketball national championship Tuesday. Indiana Wesleyan (31-6) is coached by LaPorte High School and Valparaiso University product Greg Tonagel.

Pro football

IDONIJE RETURNS TO BEARS: The Bears on Tuesday agreed to terms with defensive lineman Israel Idonije safeties Danny McCray and Craig Steltz on a one-year contract and released wide receiver Earl Bennett.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Idonije returns to the Bears — where he spent nine seasons (2004-12) — after one year in Detroit (2013).

For his NFL career, Idonije has started 50 of 149 games (starting at both defensive end and defensive tackle), registering 273 tackles, 29 sacks, 40 tackles for losses, six forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He has added 36 special teams tackles and eight blocked kicks.

The 6-1, 210-pound Steltz has 97 tackles (64 solo), two pass deflections, one interception and three forced fumbles during his six-year career.

Bennett started 29 of 78 games since being drafted by the Bears in the third round (70th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. Over the course of his six-year career, Bennett compiled 2,277 receiving yards on 185 catches (12.3 ypc) and 12 touchdowns.

Pro hockey

FLYERS EDGE BLACKHAWKS IN OT: Claude Giroux scored at 4:55 of overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith scored and Antti Raanta made 34 saves for Chicago.

Chicago opened an offense-filled first period with two goals just 3:51 into the game.

Men's tennis

THIRD CRUSADER HONORED: For the third time in four weeks, the Horizon League's player of the week is from Valparaiso University.

The league announced Tuesday that Crusaders freshman Dave Bacalla is the latest recipient of the honor.

Bacalla went 2-0 at No. 2 singles against Crieghton and Quinnipiac and also recorded a win at No. 1 doubles alongside sophomore Daniel Oakes versus Quinnipiac. The duo was leading their match with Creighton 6-5 when it was halted because VU had clinched the doubles point.

Bacalla's singles record is 18-5. His 18 wins are tied for the fifth-most by a Crusader in a single season. In doubles, Bacalla and Oakes are 9-2 at the No. 1 spot. Overall, he has been a part of 15 doubles victories.

College baseball

VALPO SMACKS CHICAGO STATE: Jeff Edwards knocked in two runs and Ellis Foreman pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball as the Crusaders (8-7) posted a 7-1 victory over the Cougars in Chicago. Spencer Mahoney and Andy Burns each notched two hits for VU.

Pro baseball

A'S ROUT WHITE SOX: Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a nine-run first inning off Jose Quintana and Sam Fuld added a two-run triple, starting the Oakland Athletics to a 16-6 rout of the White Sox on Tuesday.

Quintana faced nine batters and didn't get any outs, allowing nine runs, seven hits and two walks.

Jordan Danks hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for Chicago.

Around the horn

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