NOTRE DAME TO PLAY THREE GAMES AT U.S. STEEL YARD: Notre Dame’s baseball team will play three times this season at U.S. Steel Yard.
The Fighting Irish will face Virginia Tech at 2:05 p.m. March 22 and 12:05 p.m. March 23. Notre Dame will face Wake Forest at 2:05 p.m. March 29.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children (under 18) and senior citizens (over 55). For details, call (219) 882-2255.
JERGE RE-SIGNS WITH THE OILMEN: Munster graduate and Valparaiso University sophomore relief pitcher Scott Jerge has re-signed with the NWI Oilmen. Jerge pitched 17 1/3 innings with the Oilmen last season.
ABREU HOMERS FOR WHITE SOX IN TIE WITH ROYALS: Cuban defector Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday at Surprise, Ariz.
Abreu connected for a two-run shot into Chicago's bullpen in right field off Brad Penny in the fifth inning.
White Sox shortstop Alexi Ramirez, who was 0 for 8 in his first three games, went 3 for 3.
At Glenadale, Ariz., Jesus Montero had two singles and an RBI as the Seattle Mariners beat a White Sox split-squad 7-4.
White Sox left-hander John Danks allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two in his first three innings of the spring as he looks to bounce back from going 4-14 in 2013.
Adam Eaton had three hits for the White Sox, and Dyan Viciedo had a double and a run scored.
CUBS' WOOD GOES 3 SHUTOUT INNINGS: Travis Wood gave up one hit and struck out three in three scoreless innings as the Cubs fell to the Cleveland Indians 1-0.
Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth to score Nick Swisher for the game's only run.
The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo got two hits. He is 5 for 10 with two doubles in four games.
HEISMAN WINNING RBS SALAAM, WILLIAMS UP FOR HALL: Heisman Trophy winning running backs Rashaan Salaam of Colorado and Ricky Williams of Texas are among the stars making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
Some of the other notable first-timers on the ballot released Thursday are Iowa State running back Troy Davis, a two-time Heisman finalist, Miami linebacker Ray Lewis, Southern California receiver Keyshawn Johnson and Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch.
Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas and Nebraska Heisman winner Eric Crouch are among the holdovers on the 75-player major college ballot. There are also six coaches up for selection, including Mike Bellotti of Oregon.
More than 12,000 National Football Foundation members receive ballots. Their votes are tabulated and then given to the NFF's 17-member honors court, which selects a class of about 14 players and two coaches.
The 2014 Hall of Fame class will be announced in May and inducted in December at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet in New York. The new class will be enshrined at the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta in 2015.
BEARS AGREE TO DEAL WITH SCOTT: The Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Trevor Scott.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Scott has appeared in 76 games with 18 starts over six seasons with Oakland (2008-11), New England (2012) and Tampa Bay (2013). He played in four games for the Buccaneers last season before being released. Scott has 94 tackles, including 16 1/2 sacks, in his career.
A SLOW START FOR WOODS, TOURNAMENT: Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday — this time because of the weather, not his back.
The debut of the new Blue Monster, and the return of Woods, received an incomplete grade Thursday when the opening round of the Cadillac Championship was halted more than two hours because of menacing thunderstorms.
Harris English was among only six players who finished the round, hitting 5-iron into the par-3 ninth hole and rolling in a 45-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69.
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Purdue Calumet women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi previews his team’s play in next week’s NAIA Division II national tournament at Sioux City, Iowa, on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). The Peregrines will face Oregon Tech at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. ... In a salary-cap move Thursday, the Denver Broncos released Champ Bailey, the team's defensive leader.