PORTAGE'S JONES TO JOIN THE OILMEN: Northern Illinois recruit and Portage senior Kevin Jones will play for the NWI Oilmen next summer.
He’s the second player in franchise history to play for the Oilmen before beginning his college career. Jones was 6-3 last season with a 1.31 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
GLOBETROTTERS COME TO HAMMOND CIVIC CENTER ON JAN. 4: The Harlem Globetrotters will play at 7 p.m. Jan. 4 t the Hammond Civic Center. The game is part of the “Fans Rule” world tour.
Fans can vote at www. harlemglobetrotters.com/rule on which events will take place during the game. Tickets are $13. They are available by calling (866) 468-3401 or visiting www.harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.
LYNX ONE WIN FROM TITLE: Seimone Augustus scored 20 points, and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of their second title in three seasons with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday.
Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who lead the best-of-five series 2-0.
RED SOX BEAT RAYS, REACH ALCS: Shane Victorino's infield single snapped a seventh-inning tie, and journeyman Craig Breslow gave Boston a huge boost out of the bullpen, sending the Red Sox into the AL championship series with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Koji Uehara got the final four outs — one night after giving up a game-winning homer — and the Red Sox rebounded to win the best-of-five playoff 3-1.
Back in the ALCS for the first time in five years, they'll open at home Saturday against the Athletics or Tigers. Oakland hosts Detroit in a decisive Game 5 on Thursday.
TIGERS RALLY, FORCE GAME 5: Max Scherzer escaped a major jam in relief and the Detroit Tigers — helped by two fans who reached out to reel in Victor Martinez's disputed home run — rallied past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 on Tuesday to force a decisive fifth game in their AL division series.
Playing catch-up most of the way, the Tigers tied it first with Jhonny Peralta's three-run homer in the fifth inning and then on Martinez's solo shot in the seventh. A couple of fans tried to catch Martinez's drive, and at least one of them bobbled the ball as he reached over the railing above the wall — preventing right fielder Josh Reddick from having any chance at a leaping grab.
Reddick and center fielder Coco Crisp immediately protested, pointing up at the stands in the hope of a fan-interference call. But umpires upheld the home run after a replay review.
SWEENEY SAYS HE'S STAYING WITH CUBS: Ryan Sweeney says he's staying with the Cubs.
The outfielder posted Tuesday on Twitter that he's "so excited to be back in Chicago" and thanked the organization and fans for believing in him.
Sweeney batted .266 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 70 games this season. He spent time on the 60-day disabled list because of a broken rib after he crashed into a wall in late June.
COLTS LOSE BRADSHAW WITH SEASON-ENDING SURGERY: Ahmad Bradshaw's season is over and his brief stop in Indy might be, too.
Team owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday that the running back will miss the rest of the season after opting for season-surgery on his injured neck. The former Giants star was injured two weeks ago during a game at San Francisco and had been debating whether to undergo surgery or see if he could recover with rest. Bradshaw has already been placed on the injured reserve list.
Losing Bradshaw is yet another blow to a Colts offense that had already lost three starters with season-ending injuries — tight end Dwayne Allen (hip), running back Vick Ballard (knee) and left guard Donald Thomas (quad).
INDY MAKES CUT FOR 2018 SUPER BOWL: New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018.
Those cities were selected from a pool of six at the owners' meetings Tuesday. Should Lucas Oil Stadium get the game, it would be the first cold-weather stadium to host two Super Bowls.
The 2018 Super Bowl will be awarded next May.
BEARS MAKE PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES: The Bears on Tuesday signed defensive tackle Christian Tupou to the practice squad and terminated the practice squad contract of defensive end Aston Whiteside.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Tupou spent the entire preseason with the Bears, appearing in all four preseason games, recording four tackles and one sack.
NFL TO PLAY 3 GAMES IN LONDON: The NFL will play three regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.
Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year.
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Crete-Monee grad and sophomore defensive back Anthony Standifer has left the University of Mississippi football team, a team spokesman verified Tuesday. ... The Bulls waived veteran guard/forward Dahntay Jones. Tuesday's move puts the Bulls' roster at 15.