Pro basketball

DREAM BEATS FEVER IN GAME 1 OF EAST FINALS: Tiffany Hayes scored 23 points; Angel McCoughtry had 18 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Fever 84-79 on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 21 points, while Erlana Larkins had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karima Christmas and Shavonte Zellous each had 15 points.


Pro baseball

SELIG SAYS HE'LL RETIRE IN JANUARY 2015: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he plans to retire in January 2015.

The 79-year-old Selig has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent, but Thursday marked the first time he issued a formal statement.

He says he will announce a transition plan shortly that will include a reorganization of central baseball management.

Selig bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court in 1970 and moved the team to Milwaukee. He was part of the group that forced Fay Vincent's resignation.

Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012.


Pro football

49ERS REGAIN FOOTING, ROUT RAMS: Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes; Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season, and the San Francisco 49ers' defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers' five sacks with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.

The Rams (1-3) had an overtime win and tie against San Francisco last year, and took the early lead Thursday before falling flat. 

Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.


Men's basketball

IU FRESHMAN CENTER OUT WITH SHOULDER INJURY: Indiana freshman center Luke Fischer will miss a few weeks because of a sprained left shoulder.

Fischer, Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball, is expected to play a key role in helping to replace Cody Zeller, who gave up his last two seasons of eligibility to jump to the NBA. The Hoosiers also lost freshman Troy Williams for a few weeks with an undisclosed hand injury.

Coach Tom Crean said the 6-foot-11 Fischer was playing aggressively when he was injured.

Two other Hoosiers — swingman Austin Etherington and center Peter Jurkin — are cleared to practice. Etherington is returning from a fractured left patella, while Jurkin is trying to return from a lower leg injury.


Men's golf

PURDUE CAL FINDS SUCCESS IN LOCAL TOURNAMENT: Purdue Calumet finished second out of 11 teams with 317 strokes at the Olivet Nazarene Fall Invitational at Balmoral Woods Golf Course in Crete.

Dana Plant (Hanover Central) shot a team-leading 78; Aaron Mercer (Roosevelt) and Tim Talley (Portage) each shot a 79, while Patrick Mudd (Crown Point) carded an 81.

Calumet College finished fifth, with Tyler Nicol taking second with a 74. Anthony Rubino, Steve Rankin, Anthony Spalla and Kyle Snyder shot 80, 84, 95 and 90, respectively.


College football

EA SPORTS SETTLES COLLEGE ATHLETE LIKENESS CASES: Video game-maker Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players' images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.

The NCAA is not part of the settlements, which includes the O'Bannon case. Brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, that lawsuit was asking for the NCAA, EA and CLC to share billions of dollars in revenues with college athletes.

The settlement was submitted for approval to the U.S. District Court in Northern California and the terms were confidential.

Earlier Thursday, EA Sports announced it wouldn't make a college football video game next year because of the ongoing legal issues.


Men's soccer

VALPO MATCH MOVED TO OCT. 25: Valparaiso's home match against Illinois-Chicago has been moved to 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The fifth-annual They Often Cry Outreach event will also take place.

TOCO is a U.S. based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in the Caribbean through sports, health and other enrichment programs.

All donations collected at the game will be put toward purchasing bicycles for TOCO's annual toy drive.



MAJESTIC STAR CASINO TO HOST BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP: The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will direct the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championships from Oct. 9 to 13 at the Majestic Star Casino and Hotel in Gary.

Eight-time world champion Nick Varner will be on hand for a meet and greet session with players and spectators Oct. 9 in the event center near the main entrance.

Tournament entries can be mailed to 2658 Carmen St., Portage, IN 46368 before Monday. For details, got to


Around the horn

Purdue Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).

Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.