Sports Digest: NIU's Lynch adds more MAC honors

2013-09-30T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T18:06:41Z Sports Digest: NIU's Lynch adds more MAC honors

 College football

MORE HONORS FOR NIU's LYNCH: Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch and wide receiver and return specialist Tommylee Lewis earned Mid-American Conference West Division player of the week honors after their play in NIU’s 55-24 win at Purdue on Saturday.

Lynch, a Mount Carmel grad, earned his second straight player of the week honor and third of the season as NIU became the first Mid-American Conference team to win two games over Big Ten opponents in the regular season. He finished with 207 passing yards while completing 18 of 25 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

Lewis opened the second half of NIU’s 55-24 win at Purdue by bringing the kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown, extending the Huskies’ lead to 34-10 just one play into the half. Lewis’ kickoff return touchdown was the fourth of his NIU career, extending his school record mark.

On the day, Lewis returned three kickoffs for 146 yards and had 181 all-purpose yards.

Pro baseball

SJC'S ROBERTS SIGNS WITH DIAMONDBACKS: Pitcher Jake Roberts, a St. Joseph's College alum, was recently signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of a free-agent tryout camp at the Windy City Thunderbolts' stadium in Crestwood.

Schererville's Bill Bryk conducted the camp in his role as special assistant to Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers. Bryk said Roberts, a former third baseman at St. Joseph's, was clocked as high as 96 mph. Roberts also pitched for the Thunderbolts.

FLA. INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO MLB DRUG CLINIC: State prosecutors in Florida have launched an investigation into the now-closed clinic at the center of Major League Baseball's latest substance abuse controversy.

A spokesman for Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle confirmed Monday that at least one criminal subpoena has been issued for documents in the case. Spokesman Ed Griffith would not characterize the scope of the probe, but said it involved potential violations of state law.

A federal grand jury based in Miami is also investigating the source of drugs allegedly supplied to players by Biogenesis of America, an anti-aging clinic formerly located in Coral Gables.

MLB has sued the clinic and its former chief, Anthony Bosch, claiming it helped players such as Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and others violate contract provisions against performance-enhancing drugs.

HEARING ON A-ROD GRIEVANCE STARTS: The grievance to overturn Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension began Monday before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

The New York Yankees third baseman was wearing a business suit and accompanied by lawyers when he arrived for the session at Major League Baseball's headquarters in midtown Manhattan.

A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Because he's a first offender under the drug program and the players' association filed a grievance to force an appeal, a suspension can't start until it is upheld by an arbitrator.

The union argues the discipline is without just cause and is excessive. If the case doesn't settle, a decision by Horowitz is expected this winter.

Rodriguez was among 14 players penalized by MLB this year following the sport's investigation of Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. The others accepted their penalties, including former NL MVP Ryan Braun, who missed the season's final 65 games.


Pro basketball

JURY PICKED FOR CUBAN'S INSIDER-TRADING TRIAL: A jury is set to decide the government's lawsuit charging billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with insider trading.

Three men and seven women will hear the lawsuit in federal district court in Dallas. They were picked Monday from a pool of 64 prospects.

The Securities and Exchange Commission says Cuban violated insider-trading rules in 2004 by selling his shares in a Canadian Internet company when he learned confidentially about news that would send the shares down. The government says he avoided $750,000 in losses by dumping his stock.


MAJESTIC STAR CASINO TO HOST BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP: The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will direct the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championships from Oct. 9 to 13 at the Majestic Star Casino and Hotel in Gary.

Eight-time world champion Nick Varner will be on hand for a meet and greet session with players and spectators Oct. 9 in the event center near the main entrance.

Sign-ups will be accepted an hour prior to the start of every event. For details, got to

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