Sports Digest: New volleyball coach the guest on 'Purdue Calumet Sports Insight'

2014-04-24T21:30:00Z 2014-04-26T21:29:34Z Sports Digest: New volleyball coach the guest on 'Purdue Calumet Sports Insight' nwitimes.com
April 24, 2014 9:30 pm

Swimming

PHELPS LOSES TO LOCHTE IN COMEBACK MEET: Michael Phelps lost in the first final of his comeback after a 20-month retirement in the 100-meter butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix on Thursday night.

Ryan Lochte touched first in 51.93 seconds, second-fastest in the world this year. Phelps took second in 52.13 in his first meet since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics.

Phelps is the three-time Olympic champion and current world record-holder in the event. His time tied for fourth-quickest in the world.

Phelps was faster in the final than he was in winning his preliminary heat with a time of 52.84.

Swimming before a sellout crowd and lots of cameras, Lochte led at the turn and Phelps was second.

"Down there at the turn I kind of peeked over and I saw him and almost started smiling," Lochte said about his longtime friend and rival.

Phelps interjected, "Why? Because you were ahead?"

Pro basketball

GRIZZLIES BEAT THUNDER IN OT: Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

Game 4 is Saturday night in Memphis.

The Grizzlies won their second straight overtime game after blowing a fourth-quarter lead. This time, they led by 17 before going cold for most of the final 7:43 of regulation. Courtney Lee clinched the win, hitting three of four free throws in the final 10.9 seconds of OT.

NBA scoring champ Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each scored 30 for the Thunder. But Durant missed all eight 3-point attempts and was 10 of 27. Westbrook was 9 of 26.

Zach Randolph scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Memphis.

Pro hockey

BRUINS TAKE 3-1 LEAD OVER RED WINGS: Jarome Iginla scored with 6:28 left in overtime, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in Game 4 of their first-round series.

The Presidents' Trophy-winning and defending Eastern Conference champions can advance with a win against Detroit on Saturday afternoon at home.

Pro football

NFL PLANS TO LOOK AT BIGGER PLAYOFFS, LONGER PATS: The NFL plans to discuss expanded playoffs at the owners' meetings next month in Atlanta.

The league also plans to experiment with snapping the ball from the 15-yard line on extra points, to make them more challenging. A kick from that distance would wind up being about 32 yards. Previously, the plan had been to experiment with moving kicks back to the 20.

Previous plans to expand the playoffs have proposed adding two teams to make the postseason a 14-team affair. While the players union has strongly opposed lengthening the regular season to 18 games, an expanded playoff has faced less opposition.

The timing of a vote on the expanded playoffs is uncertain.

Pro baseball

YANKEES' PINEDA SUSPENDED 10 GAMES FOR PINE TAR: New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended for 10 games for using pine tar to help him grip the ball.

The commissioner's office announced the penalty Thursday.

Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's loss at Boston after umpires found the pine tar on his neck.

Pro golf

MARTIN SURGES TO ZURICH CLASSIC LEAD: Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich Classic.

Martin's 10th birdie was his most spectacular shot in a round full of them as he chipped in from 55 feet on the par-3 17th hole. That came a hole after the 26-year-old former Clemson player he hit the flag on a chip from behind the green, setting up a tap-in par.

The previous record at TPC Louisiana was a 64, accomplished many times, including once earlier Thursday, when Andrew Svoboda did it to take a lead that held up until Martin surged past late in the day.

ICHER IMPRESSED IN COLD DAY 1 AT SWINGING SKIRTS: Karine Icher of France birdied four of her first seven holes and finished with a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the lead in the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.

The start was delayed two hours because of fog and play was suspended because of darkness before all of the women finished the first round.

Around the horn

Recently-appointed Purdue Calumet women’s volleyball coach Julie Wiejak is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).

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