PNC EKES OUT A SWEEP OVER ROOSEVELT: A one-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh by Kyle Hernandez (Hebron) gave Purdue North Central a 4-3, 1-0 doubleheader sweep of Roosevelt in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play Wednesday.
Donovan Rigel (2-2) scattered five hits for the complete-game win in the nightcap for the Panthers (10-14, 4-3).
Travis Ward had four hits in the opener, including an RBI single in the 11th to give PNC the win. Cody Haver (Valparaiso) was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Joe Czarnecki was 2-for-6 with a double and two runs scored.
VALPO LOSES HOME OPENER: Michael Morman and Chris Manning each had two hits, but Valparaiso lost its home opener 10-6 to Northern Illinois.
The Crusaders (9-13) took a 6-4 lead with a four-run fifth inning, but the Huskies (5-20-1) scored the game’s final six runs.
VALPO SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH EASTERN MICHIGAN: Amanda Korb was a combined 5-for-8 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored, helping Valparaiso split a doubleheader with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.
Korb homered in the Crusaders’ 13-3 win in the opener. She had three hits in an 11-7 loss in the nightcap.
Amanda Wisniewski had a home run and three RBIs in the opener for the Crusaders (8-23).
AUGUSTIN LEADS BULLS PAST SLUMPING HAWKS: D.J. Augustin scored 23 points, and the Bulls held off slumping Atlanta for a 105-92 victory Wednesday night, bumping the Hawks out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with two weeks left in the season.
Chicago took control with a 16-3 run in the second quarter and led the rest of the way, fending off the last of Atlanta's runs when Jimmy Butler swished a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining.
GEORGE, WEST LEAD PACERS PAST PISTONS: Paul George had 27 points and 13 rebounds; David West scored 15 points, and the Pacers snapped a three-game skid with a 101-94 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
George hit a 3-pointer from 35-feet to give the Pacers a 94-90 lead with 3:19 remaining and Indiana never trailed the rest of the way.
HAWKS' TOEWS OUT UNTIL PLAYOFFS: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season with an upper-body injury.
The team said Wednesday that coach Joel Quenneville expects Toews to be "100 percent" for the playoffs.
Toews was injured after a hit by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Sunday night. Toews got up slowly and was seen holding his left arm on the bench before heading to the locker room.
The Blackhawks, who have clinched a playoff berth, are already without star forward Patrick Kane, who is out for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. Toews has 28 goals and 68 points this season.
Quenneville said Andrew Shaw will get some of Toews' "quality ice time," but the team has also recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom from Rockford.
BEARS ADD COUSIN TO STAFF: The Bears hired Terry Cousin, a former Bears cornerback from 1997-99, as their director of player engagement Wednesday.
He has spent the last two seasons in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers director of player engagement.
While in Tampa Bay, Cousin implemented a program called Buccaneer University which helped players with their continuing education, helping set up potential internships, assisting with NFL Player Benefits and setting up financial services and education. He was also the main liaison between the players and the Buccaneers community relations department, promoting player involvement in local charities and activism within the community.
CLOWNEY BELIEVES HE SHOULD BE NFL'S TOP PICK: Jadeveon Clowney believes he's the NFL's No. 1 draft pick and says he took a big step toward that goal during South Carolina's pro day workouts Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 266-pound defensive end did position drills in front of dozens of NFL personnel, including Houston head coach Bill O'Brien and Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley. Clowney ran through cones, jumped over hurdles and caught tennis balls as he took part in the defensive line workouts he passed on at the NFL combine last February.
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