Sports Digest: Purdue to hold 'Big Dog' Night

2013-10-09T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:32:08Z Sports Digest: Purdue to hold 'Big Dog' Night nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 9:15 pm

Men's basketball

PURDUE TO HOLD 'BIG DOG' NIGHT: Purdue's Feb. 20 game against Michigan State will be Glenn Robinson Night, with 3,000 bobbleheads of the former Boilermakers great from Roosevelt to be distributed to fans.

Several season and single-game ticket offers are still available by calling (800) 497-7678 or visiting PurdueSports.com.

BREY SAYS IRISH MUST REPLACE COOLEY'S REBOUNDING, ENERGY: Notre Dame's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference will be without the player who became the face of the program over the last four seasons.

Replacing the rebounding and energy of graduated forward Jack Cooley will be a key for Notre Dame's success in its first season in its new conference, coach Mike Brey said Wednesday at the team's media day.

Brey said he is excited about the return of veteran perimeter players Jerian Grant, Eric Atkins and Pat Connaughton. The three have played together the past three seasons, winning at least 20 games each season.

While admitting he'll miss the Big East, especially the conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Brey said he is eager for the challenge of seeing how Notre Dame will stack up against perennial ACC powers such as Duke and North Carolina.

 

Pro baseball

CARDINALS ADVANCE TO NLCS: Adam Wainwright pitched a complete game, and the St. Louis Cardinals got two-run homers from David Freese and Matt Adams to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 on Wednesday night and advance to the NL championship series.

Wainwright scattered eight hits in his second dominant win of the division series, coming through for the Cardinals in a winner-take-all Game 5.

St. Louis gets to stay at home to open the NLCS against the well-rested Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

The last three seasons, the Cardinals are 8-1 when facing elimination. They also won Game 5 of the NL division series at Washington last year and at Philadelphia in 2011.

GIRARDI SIGNS 4-YEAR EXTENSION WITH YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi has signed a four-year contract extension to stay with the New York Yankees.

General manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Cubs opening in his native Illinois.

New York took care of that quickly, announcing Wednesday that he's signed through the 2017 season.

The 48-year-old Girardi has led the team to the playoffs in four of his six seasons, winning the World Series in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a majors-best 564-408 (.580) since 2008.

FORMER CUB PAFKO DIES AT 92: Andy Pafko, a four-time All-Star who played on the last Cubs team to reach the World Series, has died at age 92.

Pafko died Tuesday of apparent natural causes, according to Kraig Pike, the director of the Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman, Mich.

Pafko also played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Milwaukee Braves, and played in four World Series during 17 years in the major leagues.

He was the Brooklyn left fielder in the 1951 National League playoff game when Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning homer, the so-called "shot heard 'round the world," flew over his head.

 

Pro football

BEARS PUT TUPOU ON ACTIVE ROSTER: The Bears have put defensive tackle Christian Tupou on the team's active roster.

The Bears also said Wednesday that they've put defensive tackle Nate Collins on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Tupou played in all four of the Bears' preseason games. He had four tackles and one sack.

Collins has played in five games for the Bears this season and started twice. He had 12 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.

COLTS ADD RUNNING BACK: The Colts signed running back Dan Herron and linebacker Andy Studebaker to their active roster Wednesday. Herron replaced Ahmad Bradshaw, who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Wednesday because of a neck injury.

The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Herron had been on the Bengals practice squad. Herron was Cincinnati's sixth-round draft pick in 2012 draft. He had five carries for five yards and blocked a punt as a rookie.

Studebaker played in 70 games, starting eight with Kansas City, from 2008 to 2012.

 

Women's golf

VU FROSH NAMED GOLFER OF THE WEEK: Valparaiso freshman Sydney Shrum was named the Horizon League Women's Golfer of the Week after leading the Crusaders at the Butler Fall Invitational.

Shrum started out the 36-hole tournament at Highland C.C. with an opening-round 79 on Monday. The rookie then improved by four strokes on Tuesday, to close the tournament at 154, good for a sixth-place tie. Her score of 154 matched the fifth-lowest 36-hole score in program history.

 

Around the horn

A person with knowledge of the plans tells The Associated Press that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016. The speedway holds 150,000. The attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.

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