Sports Digest: PNC hosts Coaches vs. Cancer game tonight

2014-02-07T22:00:00Z 2014-02-10T18:29:12Z Sports Digest: PNC hosts Coaches vs. Cancer game tonight nwitimes.com
February 07, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

PNC HOSTS COACHES VS. CANCER GAME TONIGHT: Purdue North Central's 7 p.m. game today against St. Francis (Ill.) will be a Coaches vs. Cancer event.

The game takes place at LaPorte's Civic Auditorium. A part of the proceeds from the game will go to the American Cancer Society.

CHESTERTON'S MCGARY TAKING IT SLOW: Michigan big man and Chesterton product Mitch McGary has begun rehab from his back injury.

Coach John Beilein did not give many details Friday about the 6-foot-10 sophomore's recovery, but he did say McGary has begun rehab and would likely take it slow at first. McGary entered the season with a back problem and has played only eight games, most recently on Dec. 14 against Arizona. Shortly after that, the Wolverines announced McGary would have surgery and would be out indefinitely.

The 10th-ranked Wolverines are tied atop the Big Ten despite McGary's absence.

College softball

VALPO OFFENSE STYMIED IN SEASON-OPENING LOSSES: Samantha Stewart had three of Valparaiso's five hits as the Crusaders began their season with a pair of shutout defeats at the Hampton Inn Invitational.

IPFW defeated the Crusaders 6-0, while Campbell won 3-0. Kaitlyn Ranieri (Lake Central) had VU's lone extra-base hit with a double in the nightcap.

Pro basketball

HILL POWERS PACERS PAST BLAZERS: George Hill had a career-high 37 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, leading the Pacers to a 118-113 overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.

David West scored a season-high 30 points and had 10 rebounds, and Paul Geoege added 17 points for the Pacers (39-10), who have won 5 of 6 games.

Pro baseball

BOGGS, WHITE SOX AGREE TO $1.1M DEAL: Reliever Mitchell Boggs and the White Sox have agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

A 29-year-old right-hander, Boggs helped St. Louis win the 2011 World Series title and was 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2012.

He took over as the closer at the start of last season after Jason Motte got hurt, walked 15 in 14 2/3 innings as he converted two of five save chances.

Boggs was traded to Colorado in early July and bounced between the majors and three minor league teams. He wound up with an 0-3 record and 8.10 ERA in 27 appearances for St. Louis and Colorado.

He joins a new-look White Sox bullpen that includes Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs. Closer Addison Reed was traded to Arizona in December.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Chicago sent right-hander Deunte Heath outright to Triple-A Charlotte. Heath will be a non-roster invitee to spring training.

Pro golf

EASTWOOD SAVES TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR FROM CHOKING: Clint Eastwood added another starring role at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — life saver.

Eastwood attended a volunteer party on the eve of the PGA Tour event when he noticed tournament director Steve John choking on a piece of cheese. The 83-year-old actor quickly performed the Heimlich maneuver Wednesday night at the Monterey Conference Center.

John says Friday the Hollywood actor saved his life. He says Eastwood immediately saw that he was in trouble and lifted the 202-pound tournament director three times about a foot off the ground.

Eastwood told The Carmel Pine Cone it was his first time using the Heimlich maneuver.

Eastwood is the chairman of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which runs the popular PGA Tour event. He presents the trophy on Sunday.

WALKER, SPIETH TIED FOR LEAD AT PEBBLE: Jimmy Walker and Jordan Spieth have been nowhere close to each other in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am — except atop the leaderboard.

Walker played bogey-free in the wind and rain at Spyglass Hill for a 3-under 69. Spieth was down the coast at Monterey Peninsula, where he made a birdie on his last that he described as the best of his young career. That gave him a 4-under 67.

They were tied going into the third round.

Around the horn

Alex Rodriguez accepted his season-long suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday, the longest penalty in the sport's history related to performance-enhancing drugs. ... California football player Ted Agu died Friday morning at age 21 after collapsing during a training run with his teammates. ... Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will be out for at least six weeks because of a stroke.

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