PADRES PURCHASE CONTRACT OF RAILCATS CLOSER: The contract of RailCats closer Clay Zavada was purchased by the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. He will report to their Double-A affiliate in San Antonio, the team said in a release.
Zavada becomes the 21st RailCat to be picked up by an affiliated organization since 2002. He is the first to be signed off the RailCats' roster since left-handed pitcher Brad Furnish was signed by the Florida Marlins after the end of the 2010 season.
He is also the first player signed mid-season since Edwin Walker was taken by the N.Y. Yankees in 2009.
Zavada pitched 49 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009, and pitched in Double-A and Triple-A in the Arizona and St. Louis organizations from 2010-12.
At the time of his purchase, Zavada was tied for second in the league in wins with six. In 16 1/3 innings, he allowed 10 hits, three runs, six walks and struck out 18.
RAILCATS SPLIT AT SIOUX CITY: RailCats pitcher Morgan Coombs allowed all four of Sioux City's runs as the host Explorers took Game 1 of a doubleheader 4-2 in seven innings.
The RailCats' Adam Klein went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Cristian Guerrero was also 1-for-3 with an RBI.
In the second game, the RailCats beat the Explorers 4-0. Alain Quijano allowed only six hits in seven innings. He also had six strikeouts in the win.
Craig Maddox went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Christian Vitters went 2-for-3 with an RBI; Guerrero went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Drew Martinez also drove in a run.
SOX'S KONERKO, CRAIN ON DL: The White Sox have placed slugger Paul Konerko and reliever Jesse Crain on the 15-day disabled list.
Konerko has a strained lower back while Crain has a strained right shoulder.
The team also recalled third baseman Brent Morel from Triple-A Charlotte and purchased the contract of left-hander David Purcey from the minor league club.
Manager Robin Ventura says he expects Konerko and Crain back after the All-Star break.
PURDUE CALUMET ADDS HARDY: Tom Hardy, from Heddon-on-the-Wall, England, became the 17th member of the Purdue Calumet men's soccer recruiting class, coach Jim Drzewicki announced. He joins a group that is headlined by defender Sahid Navarro and goalie Jeremy Marquez.
WASHINGTON A.D. IS OUT: Washington High School's Joe Pancer said his position as athletic director and Culture of Calm coordinator (dean of students) has been eliminated by the Chicago Public Schools. Pancer said it was due to budgetary reasons.
MARVIN REA BASKETBALL CAMP SLATED: The Marvin Rea Youth Basketball Camp will run Monday through July 11, July 15 to 18 and July 22 to 25 at Bowman Academy, 3401 W. Fifth Ave. in Gary.
On each day of the camp, the first session will be for students aged 6 through 12 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The second session, for students aged 13 to 17, will run from noon through 2 p.m. The cost of the camp is $60. Players can register at the door.
EX-IRISH COACH PHELPS SAYS HE'S CANCER FREE: Former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps says his doctors have told him he's cancer free after months of treatment for bladder cancer.
Phelps told WSBT-TV that his doctors gave him the good news Monday following tests he underwent last week. Phelps turns 72 today and says he feels a lot of relief from the diagnosis. Phelps has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN since 1993 and says he'll be back for next season.
BULLS' ROSE SAYS SITTING OUT WAS 'RIGHT DECISION': Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's still recovering from knee surgery and vows to show sitting out last season was the right decision.
In an interview posted Wednesday on the team's website, Rose said he had to be selfish in his rehab as he tried to work his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and that sitting out was "one of the hardest things" he's experienced.
He also said fans will understand it was "the right decision" when they see him back on the court.
HAWKS RE-SIGN LEDDY: The Blackhawks have re-signed defenseman Nick Leddy to a two-year deal. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says he believes Leddy will be essential to the team's long-term success.
POLITE, RYKSE JOIN VALPO COACHING STAFF: Nick Polite (Washington Township) and Adam Rykse have been added to the Valparaiso coaching staff.
Polite joins the Crusaders coaching staff as an assistant coach after serving as an assistant at Indiana State in 2012. The 2007 W.T. graduate also spent time this year coaching at the newly-formed club Indiana Elite VBC. Polite was also the founder of Indiana State's men's club volleyball team, running its operations for three years. A 2012 ISU graduate, Polite spent two seasons as a member of the Sycamores' track and field team.
Rykse will serve as a graduate assistant for the Crusaders.
Around the horn
Chris Rolfe scored in the 84th minute to lift the Fire to a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night. ... The Pacers signed first-round draft pick Solomon Hill and free-agent guard Donald Sloan on Wednesday. The Pacers did not release terms.