CUBS' GARZA HAS MILD BACK STRAIN: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza suffered a mild back strain on his left side while throwing batting practice to teammates Sunday and is expected to miss at least a few days of practice.
Whether it will delay his start to the regular season, team officials said they would know more about his prognosis after he is examined again today.
"It looks like a mild lat strain," manager Dale Sveum said. "We'll see what happens when he wakes up and see where we are a little bit more (today). But it's subsided, and he seems to be doing a lot better now."
Garza got halfway through his throwing schedule when he felt a twinge and left the field with the trainer.
RICKETTS SEES PROGRESS ON WRIGLEY RENOVATION PLANS: Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the team is making progress with Chicago city officials on Wrigley Field renovation plans.
However, the efforts to get more night games at Wrigley this season are on hold for now.
"I don't think that's on the table at the moment," Ricketts said of an effort for additional night games in 2013.
The issue was derailed by ongoing conflict with neighborhood leaders, causing Mayor Rahm Emanuel to delay support for the request until the sides reach an agreement on multiple issues.
"All the discussions on night games is toward the future."
Speaking Sunday during his annual spring training address with reporters, Ricketts praised the mayor for being involved in the Cubs' efforts to get the permission to closing Sheffield Avenue for game day street fairs and to lift restrictions blocking the team from putting up more advertising at the ballpark.
WEST BEATS EAST IN ALL-STAR GAME: Kevin Durant scored 30 points, MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star game.
Blake Griffin finished with 19 points and Kobe Bryant blocked LeBron James twice in the final minutes, joining Paul to turn the West's victory into something of an L.A. story.
James scored 19 points but shot only 7 of 18 after having no shooting troubles during the latter part of the season's first half. Carmelo Anthony led the East with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
VALPO DROPS GAME TO BELMONT: The Valparaiso baseball team couldn't push across a run after loading the bases with one out in the top of the second, and then surrendered six runs with two outs in the bottom half of the frame as Belmont downed the Crusaders, 7-3, Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn.
Valpo loaded the bases without the benefit of a hit in its half of the second, as John Loeffler walked and both Andrew Bynum and Billy Cribbs were hit by pitches. But a strikeout and a groundout ended the Crusaders' hopes of jumping on top early.
Bynum and Mark Johnson each accounted for two of Valpo's six base hits, while Loeffler drew three walks on the afternoon. Chris DeBoo took the loss on the mound for the Crusaders, falling to 0-1 after surrendering six earned runs in five innings of work.
CRUSADERS FALL AT MARQUETTE: The Valparaiso women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision on the road at Marquette on Sunday.
The Crusaders' first doubles team of Kristin Zakiewicz and Michele Fredlake and second doubles team of Megan Barthels and Kaitlyn Hamel both claimed two games in their respective matches, though the Golden Eagles swept the doubles point. Marquette earned an 8-0 victory at third doubles.
WISCONSIN SKATES PAST MINNESOTA AT SOLDIER FIELD: Joel Rumpel kicked away a shot as time expired for his 36th save and Wisconsin beat second-ranked Minnesota 3-2 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.
Sean Little scored what proved to be the game-winner at 16:22 of the second period for the Badgers (13-10-7, 10-7-7), who spoiled the Gophers' first outdoor game. Wisconsin is 3-0-0 in games played outdoors.
Notre Dame beat Miami, Ohio, 2-1 in the first game of the double-header. Mario Lucia and Jeff Costello scored for the Fighting Irish. Miami's Kevin Morris scored in the third for the RedHawks.
LOCALS EARN EIGHT CALLDOWN SPOTS FOR STATE: Local swimmers claimed eight calldowns for Friday's state finals prelims. Chesterton's Patrick Curley is seeded 20th in the 100 free, while teammate Antonio Kincaid is 27th in the 100 fly (52.71). Crown Point's Johnny Lynk is seeded 21st in the 100 free (47.83). Lake Central is seeded 26th in the 200 free relay (1:29.69) and 27th in the 200 medley relay (1:39.7). In the 200 free relay, Highland is seeded 19th (1:28.5) and Munster 27th (1:29.82). Valparaiso is seeded 25th in the 400 free relay (3:16.51).