LUNDEEN HELPS EXTEND VALPO’S SEASON: Dalton Lundeen tossed 8 2/3 innings of six-hit, scoreless ball, helping Valparaiso stave off elimination and defeat Oakland 2-0 at the Horizon League tournament Thursday.
Lundeen (5-6) walked two and struck out nine. Karch Kowalczyk picked up the last out to record his 10th save of the season. Mark Johnson was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the Crusaders (24-27).
Valpo plays again at 11 a.m. today in the double-elimination tourney.
HAMMOND MAYOR JOINS PUC STAFF: Purdue Calumet head coach Dave Griffin has announced the addition of Tom McDermott Jr. to the Peregrines' coaching staff.
McDermott, the mayor of Hammond and a PUC grad, will be a volunteer assistant whose primary duties are pregame strategy and recruiting. He has been active in the Hammond baseball community for more than 12 years and has previous coaching experience with Hammond Optimist Youth Sports and Indiana Playmakers.
"We are very excited to add Tom to our coaching staff," Griffin said in a news release. "He adds another good presence with his strong baseball mind and ability to mentor our young men."
SSC ADDS 2 LOCAL RECRUITS: South Suburban College coach John Pigatti has announced the signing of 6-foot-6 Jeremiah Wilson (Homewood-Flossmoor/Hammond) and 6-7 Ken Odiase (Homewood-Flossmoor) for the 2014-15 season.
"They both have uniqueness to their play that will be beneficial to our team," Pigatti said in a news release.
JOHNSON WINS FIRST POLE OF THE YEAR AT CHARLOTTE: Jimmie Johnson won the pole Thursday night for the Coca-Cola 600.
Johnson turned a lap at 194.911 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the third round of NASCAR's knockout qualifying format for his first pole of the Sprint Cup season.
Brad Keselowski will start alongside Johnson on the front row Sunday night in the longest Sprint Cup race of the year. It's the seventh time this season Keselowski will start on the front row.
Kasey Kahne was third, followed by Danica Patrick and Clint Bowyer.
Johnson, winless this season, has won the race three times.
Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon's struggles in practice runs carried over to qualifying. He will start 27th — one spot behind last week's All-Star race winner, Jamie McMurray.
DONOVAN AMONG SEVEN CUTS ON U.S. WORLD CUP ROSTER: Leading scorer Landon Donovan is among seven players cut as the U.S. announced its 23-man World Cup squad.
Bidding to make his fourth World Cup, Donovan was bypassed on Thursday by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann in favor of Aron Johannsson and Chris Wondolowski, who joined Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey as the forwards.
Also cut were defenders Brad Evans, Clarence Goodson and Michael Parkhurst; midfielders Joe Corona and Maurice Edu; and forward Terrence Boyd.
50 SENATORS TO NFL — CHANGE REDSKINS' RACIST NAME: Half the U.S. Senate urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday to change the Washington Redskins' name, saying it is a racist slur and the time is ripe to replace it.
In one letter, 49 senators cited the NBA's quick action recently to ban Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was heard on an audio recording making offensive comments about blacks. They said Goodell should formally push to rename the Redskins.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the name, citing tradition. The franchise has been known as the Redskins since 1933, when it played in Boston.
Around the horn
Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas Keon is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Alex Galchenyuk tipped in a pass at the right post 1:12 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens overcame a late tying goal and beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday night. ... Dustin Johnson shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at Colonial. ... Joe Durant birdied his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship. ... Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic, holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64. ... Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apologized to Trayvon Martin's family over his choice of words in a videotaped interview in which he addressed bigotry and prejudice.