SANTIAGO, FLOWERS LEAD SOX PAST RANGERS: Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy on Thursday night; Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, and the White Sox beat Texas 3-1, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.
Flowers' drive just inside the foul pole in left field was the third straight hit after Texas right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) retired 10 in a row on the day he was named AL rookie of the month.
Adrian Beltre's homer in the second was the only hit through five innings against Santiago (1-1), who had six strikeouts and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander made his first start of the season and fifth of his career after Peavy was scratched because of back spasms.
NOTRE DAME LOOKS AT ADDING ON TO STADIUM: "The House that Rockne Built" could be getting a new look.
University officials announced Thursday a feasibility study to determine whether it makes sense to make better use of space at Notre Dame Stadium, which is used fewer than 10 times a year for football games, commencement and recreational events.
The school is looking at attaching buildings to the stadium that could house a conference center with classrooms and meeting space, a media center, a visitors' center and other uses. They could also include about 3,000 new club seats to watch games.
BEARS AGREE TO 4-YEAR DEALS WITH GREENE, WILSON: The Bears agreed to four-year contracts with two more draft picks in linebacker Khaseem Greene and receiver Marquess Wilson.
The deals were announced Thursday, one day after offensive tackle Jordan Mills and defensive end Cornelius Washington reached agreements. The only picks the Bears haven't signed are first-rounder Kyle Long and second-round selection Jon Bostic.
Greene, a fourth-round pick, had 387 tackles and an NCAA-record 15 forced fumbles at Rutgers. Wilson, taken in the seventh round, set Washington State's career receiving record with 3,207 yards.
COLTS SIGN MALONE: The Colts have signed undrafted free agent Nigel Malone.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback spent the past two seasons at Kansas State where he recorded 109 tackles, picked off 12 passes, forced one fumble and recovered one.
He is the 10th undrafted rookie to sign with Indy since the draft ended Saturday.
HAWKS DITCH PRACTICE AFTER UGLY GAME 5 VS. PACERS: After a dismal playoff performance, the Atlanta Hawks decided it was best to spend some time away from each other.
The team arrived at Philips Arena for what was expected to be a regular practice session Thursday. Instead, coach Larry Drew spoke briefly with the players and sent them home.
Drew says he needed to try something different after the Hawke were blown out in Game 5 of their series with Indiana. The Pacers romped to a 106-83 win on their home court, taking a 3-2 lead and moving into position to wrap up the series tonight in Atlanta.
MCILROY OPENS WITH 67 AT WELLS FARGO: For all the talk about the greens, Rory McIlroy's most important club was his driver Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship.
McIlroy kept the ball in play and set up plenty of birdie chances at Quail Hollow. He ran off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn for a 5-under 67 that left him in a large group atop the leaderboard.
Nick Watney, Ryan Moore, Derek Ernst, Daniel Summerhays and Robert Garrigus also were at 67.
Around the horn
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN on Thursday announced a 20-year agreement to operate a SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August, 2014. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said the SEC network will produce 1,000 live events each year, including 450 televised on the network and 550 distributed digitally. Slive says the network will carry approximately 45 SEC football games each year "and a depth of content across all sports." ... Denny Hamlin has received medical clearance to return this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. ... Thai teen Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship. ... Golden State coach Mark Jackson was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating in the Warriors' playoff series with Denver.