MARTIN SIGNS WITH PUC VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Kankakee Valley standout Gabrielle Martin has agreed to continue her career with the Purdue Calumet volleyball team next season, the school announced Thursday.
Martin is the 11th commitment for PUC.
“Gab is one of the top athletes in Northwest Indiana,” PUC volleyball coach Julie Wiejak said in a news release. “She will bring so much talent to our team in the fall. She is the quintessential outside hitter who brings the total package.”
Martin was a four-time letterwinner for the Kougars. She received first-team all-conference accolades for three seasons.
RIZZO, WOOD HOMER AS CUBS BEAT METS: Anthony Rizzo hit a tiebreaking homer; Travis Wood went deep and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 Thursday night to complete the three-game sweep.
Rizzo's solo drive off Vic Black (1-1) with one out in the seventh gave Chicago a lead after New York's Andrew Brown capped a four-run comeback with a two-run shot in the top half.
Junior Lake added a two-run triple in the eighth, and the Cubs came away with their first series sweep since they took three at San Francisco last July 26-28.
Wood delivered in a big way at the plate and was in line for the win before New York rallied from a 4-0 deficit.
WHITE SOX TAKE PITCHER WITH THIRD PICK: The White Sox selected North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon with the third overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.
The 6-3, 235-pound junior was widely regarded as the top college pitcher available in the draft and had been in the mix to go No. 1 overall.
He followed a dominant sophomore year with a solid but not spectacular junior season: 6-7, 2.01, 117 Ks, 31 BBs in 98 2/3 innings. Rodon has a fastball that sits in the mid- to low-90s, but gets up to 96-97 mph, and a devastating slider that sits in the mid-80s.
Indiana left-handed slugging catcher Kyle Schwarber went No. 4 overall to the Cubs as the first position player selected. The Hoosiers star is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in Division I, although he could move to third base or the outfield in the pros.
CUBS, CBS RADIO ANNOUNCE NEW BROADCAST RIGHTS DEAL: The Cubs have announced a new broadcast rights deal with a CBS-owned station.
The agreement ends the team's partnership with WGN Radio, which was one of the longest such relationships in broadcast history.
Cubs and CBS Radio officials announced the deal Thursday at a Wrigley Field news conference. It will begin with the 2015 season.
Under the multi-year deal, WBBM-AM will broadcast regular-season and postseason games in addition to some spring training games.
Broadcasters Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will handle the play-by-play and game-day analysis.
IRSAY DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR REFUSING TEST: A court has suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay's driver's license for one year following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.
The Indianapolis Star reports recently released documents in Hamilton County confirm the license suspension effective starting May 27. Police and prosecutors have declined to discuss the case.
Irsay refused a blood test after his March 16 arrest in Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis. Indiana law requires a one-year license suspension for refusing such a test. Police later obtained a warrant ordering Irsay to submit to a blood draw.
Irsay faces a June 19 initial hearing on two misdemeanor counts of impaired driving.
BIG TEN TO KEEP FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IN INDY: The Big Ten will keep its football championship game in Indianapolis through 2021
Conference officials made the announcement Thursday, following a unanimous vote by the council of presidents and chancellors.
Indy has hosted each of the first three football title games. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers next month, there was a perception that the game could rotate.
Chicago will host the men's basketball tourney in 2019 and 2021 while Indy will get the tourney in 2020 and 2022. Chicago has the tournament next year, then Indianapolis and then Washington, D.C., in 2017.
The women's basketball tournament, which has been held in the same city as the men's tourney the last several years, will be played in Indy each year from 2017 through 2022.
PURDUE SEASON TICKET BUYERS GET PHOTOS ON HELMET: Some Purdue football fans will be part of the action when the Boilermakers host Iowa on Sept. 27.
Students who purchase all-sports season tickets by Tuesday can submit photos of themselves wearing Purdue gear that will be used to form the "Motion P" logo on the team's helmet for that game. Non-student season ticket holders were previously notified that they can also submit photos.
From a distance, a prototype of the photo logo looks similar to camouflage, but it's actually a series of tiny photos.