Sports Digest: Purdue Calumet women finish 12th in NAIA poll

2014-03-27T21:30:00Z 2014-04-15T18:38:08Z Sports Digest: Purdue Calumet women finish 12th in NAIA poll nwitimes.com
March 27, 2014 9:30 pm

Women's basketball

PUC FINISHES 12TH IN POLL: After advancing to the national tournament for the second year in a row and recording its first tourney win in program history, Purdue Calumet finished 12th in the NAIA Division II postseason coaches poll.

The Peregrines (25-7) set school records for points, 3-point field goals and free-throw percentage.

College softball

EIU BLANKS VALPO: Valparaiso managed just two hits in a 3-0 loss to Eastern Illinois on Thursday in Charleston.

Angie Doerffler tripled for the Crusaders (6-20), and Amanda Wisniewski accounted for their other hit. Sierra Pico took the loss.

Valpo's Horizon League series against Illinois-Chicago has been moved to DePaul, with a single game to be played at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and a doubleheader beginning at the same time Sunday.

College baseball

VU ADDS GAME: With its weekend series at Oakland already canceled, Valparaiso has picked up a single game Sunday at Butler. The contest is scheduled for 1 p.m.

If Butler is unable to complete its scheduled doubleheader at Louisville on Saturday, the Valpo game could become a twinbill, which would start at noon.

Pro football

MANZIEL WOWS ELDER BUSH, OTHERS AT PRO DAY: Johnny Manziel put on a show at his NFL pro day for an audience that included former President George H.W. Bush.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 75 officials from 30 teams on the Texas A&M campus on Thursday.

He also had some special guests, as the former President and wife Barbara rolled into the facility on golf carts about 10 minutes into the workout.

Manziel threw about 65 passes to six receivers, including A&M teammate Mike Evans, who like Manziel is expected to a first round pick in May's draft. Manziel caused a stir by choosing to wear a helmet and shoulder pads during the workout.

Manziel didn't understand why it was a big deal, saying: "You play the game on shoulder pads on Sundays. Why not come out and do it? ... For me it was a no-brainer."

Figure skating

ASADA 1ST AFTER RECORD-SETTING SHORT PROGRAM: Mao Asada of Japan set a world record on Thursday to finish first in the short program at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Skating to Chopin's Nocturne, Asada hit her trademark triple axel at the start of her routine and completed all her remaining jumps to finish with 78.66 points, surpassing the previous record of 78.50 set by Yuna Kim at the Vancouver Olympics.

Carolina Kostner of Italy was second with 77.24 points followed by Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who had 74.54 points. Kim, the defending champion, has retired and Olympic gold medalist Adelina Sotnikova of Russia isn't competing at the worlds.

Akiko Suzuki, who is retiring after this event, was fourth with 71.02 points.

Gracie Gold of the United States was fifth followed by compatriot Ashley Wagner.

Earlier, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the pairs event, claiming their fifth title in the event they have dominated since 2008.

Skating to music from "The Nutcracker," the defending champions were solid on all their elements and earned 224.88 points to beat Russia's Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who had 215.92 points.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third with 210.84 points, edging fellow Canadians Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch into fourth.

Pro tennis

SERENA BEATS SHARAPOVA FOR 15TH STRAIGHT TIME: Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 15th consecutive time, rallying in both sets Thursday for a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Sony Open semifinals.

Williams is seeking a record seventh Key Biscayne title. She improved to 16-2 against Sharapova and hasn't lost to her favorite foil since 2004.

The No. 1-ranked Williams won with a superior serve and better returns. She hit nine aces and broke five times, helping her rebound from deficits of 4-1 in the first set and 2-0 in the second.

Williams earned her 14th consecutive victory against a top-10 player.

Around the horn

Purdue Calumet men's and women's tennis coach Tim Maluga is the guest on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230). ... Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge he assaulted his fiancee during an argument in an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino last month.

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