Sports Digest: Notre Dame's Rees expected to practice Tuesday

2013-10-20T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:15:29Z Sports Digest: Notre Dame's Rees expected to practice Tuesday
October 20, 2013 9:15 pm

College football

NOTRE DAME'S REES EXPECTED TO PRACTICE TUESDAY: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly describes quarterback Tommy Rees as day to day after a neck injury caused him to miss most of the second half against USC.

But Kelly expects him to practice Tuesday.

Kelly says Rees was still sore Sunday, although feeling better. Rees was 14 of 21 for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the 14-10 victory before being injured when he was sacked by linebacker Lamar Dawson.

Kelly adds Rees would have to practice a couple times this week to be ready to start Saturday for the Irish (5-2) at Air Force (1-6).

Under backup Andrew Hendrix, the Irish offense couldn't do anything against USC, managing just two first downs as he was 0 for 4. Kelly says he's not sure why Hendrix struggled so much, saying he needs to play better.

FORMER WASHINGTON COACH JAMES DIES: Don James, the longtime University of Washington football coach who led the Huskies to a share of the national championship in 1991, died Sunday. He was 80. The university said James died at his home from the effects of pancreatic cancer.

James was 176-78-3 at Kent State and Washington, going 153-58-2 in 18 seasons with the Huskies from 1975-92. His 1991 team topped the coaches' poll, while Miami was the national champion in The Associated Press' media poll. He led the Huskies to six conference titles.


Auto racing

DIXON WINS 3RD INDYCAR TITLE: Scott Dixon's three championships since 2003 couldn't be more different.

He was too young to appreciate his 2003 title, which came in his first full season with Chip Ganassi Racing and their first year in the IndyCar Series.

Dixon's second title in 2008 came during one of those seasons drivers only dream about — he won six races, including the Indianapolis 500, and got married.

But this latest championship capped a remarkable comeback in a year in which Dixon wasn't even a contender at the halfway point. He was winless and seventh in the standings before he began his rally, which Dixon completed Saturday night at Auto Club Speedway with a fifth-place finish to beat Helio Castroneves for the title.


Men's tennis

VALPO'S SCHORSCH WINS MATCH ON FINAL DAY OF ITA REGIONALS: Valparaiso freshman Jeffrey Schorsch finished play at the ITA Midwest Regionals on Saturday with a 6-0, 5-7, 12-10 win.

Senior Eric Honert subbed in for freshman Dave Bacalla and lost 6-4, 7-6, 10-8. In doubles action, Lucas Waak and Danny Oakes lost 8-5, while Bacalla and Charlie Emhardt lost 8-5.


Girls volleyball

SENATORS WIN PCC TITLE: Maddie Johnson had 12 kills to lead host Washington Township to a 25-9, 25-13, 29-27 Porter County Conference tournament championship win over Boone Grove on Saturday night.

It's the first time in school history that both the boys and girls program at Washington have won the PCC tourney titles in the same year and finished the round-robin schedule unbeaten.

Lauren Kleist added 11 kills, while Sammie Higgins had eight block kills.

Nicole Malouhos had six kills and two block kills for the Wolves.

The Senators advanced to the title game with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-13 win over Westville. Johnson had a team-high 11 kills. Kleist and Marissa Brys each added eight kills.

Ashley McClintock had nine kills, nine digs and three block kills for the Blackhawks (19-7). Samantha Albers added five kills and two aces.

The Wolves survived a 15-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 15-2 marathon with Morgan Township to advance. Sky Hall had 14 kills and eight digs to lead Boone, while Malouhos added 10 kills and six block kills.


Prep football

BOONE BLANKS SOUTH NEWTON: Bryce Lang rushed 19 times for 229 yards and two touchdowns Saturday night to lead Boone Grove (7-2) to its first shutout win of the season, 35-0 over South Newton.

Boone Grove's defense recorded eight sacks and gave up just 167 yards of total offense.


Around the horn

Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season. ... Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second Champions Tour title of the year and fifth overall, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. ... Amy Yang beat South Korean compatriot Hee Kyung Seo in a playoff to win the KEB HanaBank Championship.

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