INDIANA CHIEFS WIN OPENER: The Indiana Chiefs started their season strong with a 4-3 win over the Lansing Redbirds on Friday.
Chase Clarkson, Matt Sonntag and Trevor Books led the Chiefs with a double and a run scored each. Pitcher Kevin O'Donnell earned the win, striking out four in two innings.
LAPORTE'S DEMUTH DRAFTED BY BREWERS: Dustin DeMuth, a LaPorte graduate and Indiana University third baseman, was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth round (146th pick overall) of the Major League Baseball draft Friday.
BEARS SIGN FORMER ND STAR: The Bears on Friday signed former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen to a one-year contract and waived linebacker Lawrence Wilson.
Clausen started 10-of-13 games during his four-year NFL career with the Panthers (2010-13) after being selected by Carolina in the second round (48th overall) of the 2010 draft. All 13 appearances came in 2010 when Clausen completed 157-of-299 passing attempts (52.5 percent) for 1,558 yards, three touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Wilson spent the 2013 preseason with the Bears and the last seven weeks of the regular season on Chicago's practice squad but did not appear in a regular-season game.
IUN ADDS SHARPSHOOTER: Moraine Valley 5-foot-10 guard/forward Katie McGann has signed with Indiana Northwest and will join the RedHawks for the 2014-15 season.
This past season as a sophomore, McGann was the Cyclones' second-leading scorer at 11.2 points per game while leading the Cyclones to a 22-11 record and a berth in the Region IV title game.
McGann ranked in the top 10 nationally in the NJCAA with 77 3-point attempts (35.3 percent). She had a career-high 32 points and eight 3-point field goals in a 77-76 loss to South Suburban on Jan. 18.
HAMLIN WINS POLE AT POCONO RACEWAY: Denny Hamlin turned a track-record lap of 181.415 mph to win the pole at Pocono Raceway.
Hamlin is a four-time winner at Pocono and won his third pole at the track on Friday. Kurt Busch joins Hamlin on the front row for Sunday's race.
Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon round out the top five.
POWER ON POLE IN TEXAS: IndyCar Series points leader Will Power will start on the pole at Texas for the second consecutive year.
Power had a two-lap average of 218.896 mph in qualifying Friday at the high-banked, high-speed 1 1/2-mile track for his 34th career pole.
Josef Newgarden qualified second for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing at 217.835 mph. That was just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing driver Tony Kanaan.
After starting first at Texas last year, Power finished seventh. He was a lap down behind Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, who won at the track for the fourth time.
Castroneves, coming off a win in the second Detroit race last week, starts 14th tonight after qualifying at 216.591 mph. He expects a tougher race this year after winning by nearly 5 seconds in 2013.
WILLIAMS DENIES MCCANTS' UNC ACADEMIC ALLEGATIONS: North Carolina coach Roy Williams is denying allegations of academic wrongdoing by former player Rashad McCants connected to the school's long-running academic scandal.
In an interview with ESPN's "Outside the Lines," McCants — the second-leading scorer on Williams' first NCAA championship team in 2005 — says tutors wrote papers for him and that Williams knew about no-show classes popular with athletes. McCants also says Williams told him he could swap a failing grade from one class with a passing one from another to stay eligible that season, according to the report.
In a statement Friday, Williams says he did not "know about or do anything close to what" McCants alleges, and that former players would agree with him.
Around the horn
Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver scored 18 points each to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 102-88 victory over the Sky on Friday night. Elena Delle Donne, the reigning WNBA rookie of the year, had a career-high 33 points and 14 rebounds for the Sky, who hadn't played in a week and suffered their biggest loss of the season. ... Marissa Coleman scored 20 points; Erlana Larkins added 13 points and nine rebounds, and the Fever rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit for a 64-61 win over the Washington Mystics.