Sports Digest: RailCats trade for Quijano, again

2013-02-12T21:30:00Z 2013-05-06T22:18:18Z Sports Digest: RailCats trade for Quijano, again nwitimes.com
February 12, 2013 9:30 pm

Pro baseball

RAILCATS TRADE FOR QUIJANO, AGAIN: The RailCats will welcome back left-handed pitcher Alain Quijano for a third time, as they acquired him from Grand Prairie in a trade for right-handed pitcher Marshall Schuler. The RailCats also received right-handed pitcher Ian Durham from Florence of the Frontier League for a player to be named later.

Quijano, 30, spent time with Gary in both 2009 and 2011. He started 13 games as a RailCat in 2011 and was 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA in 70 1/3 innings. Last season, Quijano made 18 starts between Sioux City and Grand Prairie in the American Association, combining for a 5-7 record and a 3.91 ERA in 112 2/3 innings.

Durham, 24, made 19 appearances and two starts for Florence last year and was 1-2 with a 2.30 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings. He was a 28th-round pick of the Phillies in the 2011 draft and had a 3.62 ERA and two saves in 18 games for their Gulf Coast League affiliate that season.

RAILCATS OFFERING VALENTINE'S DAY PRIZES: The RailCats are holding daily contests on their Facebook page with prizes ranging from candies to a free night in a luxury suite at a RailCats game during the 2013 season.

Fans must "Like" the RailCats on Facebook to be eligible to win.

 

College softball

VU'S ICHIYAMA, PICO SWEEP HORIZON LEAGUE HONORS: Valparaiso fifth-year senior infielder Joylyn Ichiyama has been named the Horizon League Player of the Week, while freshman pitcher Sierra Pico earned Pitcher of the Week.

Ichiyama hit .444 over Valpo's three games in the opening weekend of play. Pico scattered five hits in her five innings in her debut, an 11-2 win over Jackson State.

 

Pro hockey

FASTH LEADS DUCKS TO SHOOTOUT WIN OVER HAWKS: Viktor Fasth made two stops in the shootout to remain perfect in six starts and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.

After Jonathan Toews converted the first shootout attempt for Chicago, Fasth stopped Patrick Kane's backhander and denied Brandon Saad on the right side of the goal to become the first goalie to win his first six NHL starts since Dan Ellis with Dallas and Nashville from Feb. 18, 2004 to Nov. 29, 2007.

Nick Bonino and Corey Perry scored in the tiebreaker for Anaheim, which improved to 3-1 on its season-high, six-game road trip.

JAMAL MAYERS AT CHARLEYHORSE: Blackhawks defenseman Jamal Mayers will appear from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Charleyhorse in Munster.

There is no cover charge. Patrons will be allowed one free autograph and may purchase additional autographs for $10.

 

Olympics

WRESTLING DROPPED FROM 2020 GAMES: The vote Tuesday by the IOC's executive board to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games stunned the world's wrestlers, who see their sport as popular in many countries and steeped in history as old as the Olympics themselves.

American Rulan Gardner, who upset three-time Russian Olympic champion Alexander Karelin at the Sydney Games, was saddened by the decision to drop what he called "a beloved sport."

"It's the IOC trying to change the Olympics to make it more mainstream and more viewer-friendly instead of sticking to what they founded the Olympics on," Gardner told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Logan, Utah.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee reviewed the 26 sports on its summer program in order to remove one of them so it could add one later this year. It decided to cut wrestling and keep modern pentathlon — a sport that combines fencing, horse riding, swimming, running and shooting — and was considered to be the most likely to be dropped.

The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission report that analyzed 39 criteria, including TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board was also subject to political, emotional and sentimental factors.

 

Pro basketball

BULLS' ROSE NOT SURE WHEN HE'LL BE BACK: Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery.

Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. But in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.

Rose says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent" and adds, "Who knows when that will be?" He says it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110 percent, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

 

Around the horn

Former Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt is the latest recipient of the New York Athletic Club's Winged Foot Legends Award. The award recognizes coaches and other individuals who were particularly influential within the sport of college basketball. Previous winners included John Wooden, Dean Smith, Bob Knight, Al McGuire, Ray Lumpp and Lou Carnesecca.

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