PURDUE CALUMET SIGNS FORMER BLOOM STAR: Purdue Calumet coach Julie Wiejak has secured her 12th commitment for the 2014-15 season in Bloom Township graduate Akeelah Muhammad.
“Akeelah will bring an immediate presence to our team,” Wiejak said in a new release. ”She is an experienced middle blocker who was an All American nomination. She patrols the net well and can terminate the ball. She also brings leadership and experience to our roster.”
The Chicago Heights native was a two-year letterwinner for Bloom, where she was an all-conference recipient. After her career with the Blazing Trojans, she played for Kishwaukee College, where she received all-region, all-conference and most improved player accolades.
STORM BEAT SHORT-HANDED SKY: Tanisha Wright scored 17 points to help the Seattle Storm beat short-handed Chicago, which was missing star Elena Delle Donne, 80-76 on Tuesday night.
Delle Donne, who is second in the league in scoring at just over 22 points a game, was sidelined with a reported flareup of Lyme Disease that plagued her in college. Forward Jessica Breland also sat out with a lower leg injury. Chicago is still without Sylvia Fowles, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery. She's expected back later this month.
Chicago (5-4) did get a strong effort from Epiphanny Prince, who was playing her second game of the season after sitting out the first seven games because of burnout. Prince had 18 points for the Sky, who have dropped three straight.
KNICKS HIRE FISHER AS HEAD COACH: The New York Knicks hired Derek Fisher as their new coach on Tuesday, with Phil Jackson turning to one of his most trustworthy former players.
Just days after finishing his 18th season, Fisher was tabbed to replace Mike Woodson, whom Jackson fired after the season in his first major move as team president.
Fisher won five championships playing for Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers and was known for his knack for hitting clutch postseason shots while playing an NBA-record 259 playoff games. Jackson said that "it has come clear to me" that he and Fisher can form a great partnership again, listing some of the coaches the 39-year-old Fisher had played under — though leaving out himself.
He was seeking someone familiar with the triangle offense and someone with little or no coaching experience that he could teach.
SHELLY STERLING HEADS TO COURT: Shelly Sterling's attorney will be in probate court today to seek an emergency order for a hearing so a judge can confirm her authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, according to an individual familiar with the matter.
The individual was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Shelly Sterling brokered what would be a record-breaking $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team after her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling made racist comments to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized. The NBA moved swiftly to oust him as an owner.
But Donald Sterling has vowed not to sell and is suing the NBA for $1 billion.
BLACKHAWKS AGREE TO ONE-YEAR DEAL WITH RASMUSSEN: The Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with Swedish forward Dennis Rasmussen.
The 23-year-old Rasmussen had a team-leading 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists) in 52 games this season with Växjö of the Swedish league.
FORMER CY YOUNG WINNER WELCH DIES: Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57.
Welch died Monday night at his home in Seal Beach, California, the team said Tuesday. Police said officers responded to a call for medical aid and found Welch dead in the bathroom area.
No cause of death was released.
COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES: The Colts on Tuesday signed free agent wide receiver Greg Moore and waived center Thomas Austin.
Moore, 6-foot-4, 197 pounds, was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 13 and was waived May 19. He finished the 2013 season at Lane College with 59 catches for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns en route to All-SIAC accolades.
Austin played in one game in 2013, seeing action in Week 16 at Kansas City. For his career, he has competed in eight games. Austin was originally signed by the Colts as a free agent on Aug. 1 before being signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1.