Sports Digest: L.C. grad McNamara will pitch for Oilmen again

2013-10-01T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:19:22Z Sports Digest: L.C. grad McNamara will pitch for Oilmen again nwitimes.com
October 01, 2013 9:15 pm

College baseball

L.C. GRAD MCNAMARA WILL PITCH FOR OILMEN AGAIN: Central Michigan left-handed pitcher and Lake Central grad Jimmy McNamara will return for his second summer with the Northwest Indiana Oilmen in 2014. 

McNamara was a Midwest Collegiate League All-Star and led the Oilmen with a 1.18 ERA and a 4-0 record.

 

Pro baseball

PIRATES BEAT REDS TO WIN NL WILD-CARD GAME: Russell Martin homered twice; Marlon Byrd also connected, and the Pittsburgh Pirates roared past Cincinnati for a 6-2 victory in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.

In front of a black-clad crowd savoring its first postseason game since 1992, Andrew McCutchen added two hits and reached base four times for Pittsburgh.

Francisco Liriano scattered four hits over seven innings for the Pirates, who will face St. Louis in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday. Liriano struck out five and walked one to win the first playoff game of his career.

Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto struggled in his third start since coming off the disabled list last month.

CASHMAN SAYS YANKEES WANT GIRARDI BACK: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team wants Joe Girardi back as manager.

Hired after the 2007 season, Girardi's contract expires at the end of October. Crippled by injuries, New York had its poorest record since 1992 and finished tied for third in the AL East at 85-77.

Speaking two days after the season ended, Cashman said Tuesday that "he knows we'd like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward."

Cashman says he thinks Girardi "likes it here," and the GM will meet Wednesday with the manager's agent. Cashman wouldn't say if he would give the Cubs permission to speak with Girardi about their managerial opening.

 

Auto racing

INDY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF NEW MAY RACE: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open two days earlier than expected to accommodate the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis road race.

Track officials announced Tuesday that the inaugural May 10 race will be televised by ABC. Practice begins May 8 with qualifying scheduled for May 9.

The current road course will undergo major changes, including new corners, longer passing zones and bigger, taller mounds so fans can see more racing.

A second road course configuration is expected to be added for the MotoGP. Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles said the entire project is expected to cost about $5 million, which could come out of the $100 million fund approved by the state government last spring and that speedway officials hope to increase overall attendance by 50 percent by 2018.

 

College football

2 PURDUE RECEIVERS RELEASED AFTER ARRESTS: Purdue receivers B.J. Knauf and Jordan Woods have posted bond and been released after being arrested for theft Monday.

The Lafayette Journal and Courier first reported the arrests.

Knauf is a starting receiver who has nine receptions for 95 yards and rushed 11 times for 92 yards and one TD this season. Woods is a redshirt freshman who has not caught a pass.

According to the newspaper, Lafayette police were called to a Kohl's department store at about 5:30 p.m. after the two allegedly stole two tie bars, valued at $20 each.

The school issued a statement Tuesday saying coach Darrell Hazell was aware of the arrests and would wait for the legal process to play out before determining any punishment.

 

Pro basketball

JORDAN SAYS, IN HIS PRIME, HE COULD BEAT LEBRON: NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime.

He's not sure about Kobe Bryant.

In a video promoting the NBA 2K14 video game that was released Tuesday, Jordan said there's a long list of players he would've liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who dons the cover of this year's game.

"I don't think I would lose," Jordan said in the video, before smiling and adding, "Other than to Kobe Bryant because he steals all of my moves."

Responded James: "MJ said that?"

James was told of Jordan's comments after the Miami Heat completed their first training camp practice in the Bahamas on Tuesday, and said that the buzz would serve as good promotion for the game.

"Absolutely, I thought about the matchup," James said. "But no one would ever see it. It's not going to happen. But it's good for people to talk about."

PACERS' GRANGER LOOKS GOOD IN EARLY PRACTICES: Pacers forward Danny Granger's comeback is off to a good start.

The 30-year-old former All-Star missed most of last season after having surgery on his left knee.

Granger will not participate in back-to-back practices or practice three days in a row. He got through practices on Saturday and Sunday, the first two days of training camp, then sat out Monday to be safe.

"I feel fine," Granger said. "I feel good, feeling healthy. Obviously, they're being cautious with my knee. They don't want to overdo it during training camp. This is probably the toughest part of the year. That's why I have the time restrictions."

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