ROOSEVELT PICKS JEFFERSON AS NEW COACH: Marcus Jefferson has been hired as Roosevelt's new boys basketball coach, according to Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic, where Jefferson has been an assistant for several years.
Jefferson played at E.C. Central and left for a prep school in 1998. He played college basketball at Providence and Iowa State before returning home.
Jefferson replaces Renaldo Thomas. Roosevelt went 2-16 last season.
Attempts to reach Jefferson were unsuccessful.
BEARS MAKE CHANGES AT TIGHT END: The Bears signed tight end Leonard Pope to a one-year contract Saturday and waived tight end Brody Eldridge.
The 6-foot-8, 264-pound Pope has started 51-of-103 contests over seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2006-08), Kansas City Chiefs (2009-11) and Pittsburgh Steelers (2012) -- hauling in 105 receptions for 982 yards (9.4 ypc) and 11 touchdowns.
SAINTS' THOMAS IMPRESSES: T.F. South grad and former Illinois star Pierre Thomas gained 28 yards on three carries, one of them a 17-yard gain around the left end, during Saturday's New Orleans Saints scrimmage.
It was one of the first true tests of the running game after eight days of Saints training camp in which contact was limited.
CATCHINGS HELPS FEVER BEAT SHORT-HANDED SKY: Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead to lead the defending-champion Fever to a 79-58 win over the short-handed Sky on Saturday. Courtney Vandersloot had 11 points to lead the Sky (13-6), who were without leading-scorer Elena Delle Donne due to a concussion for the second straight game.
PUC EARNS NAIA RECOGNITION: Purdue Calumet had a school-record five athletic programs earn recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, as the organization announced its total of 898 teams qualifying for the Scholar Team Award.
The Peregrines' women's basketball, women's cross country, women's soccer and men's and women's tennis teams all received the honor.
"We strive for excellence every day, and this honor is a true testament to the efforts put forth by our student-athletes and coaching staff," Director of Athletics Rick Costello said in a news release.
Purdue Calumet's women's cross country program, under the direction of coach Matt Bliss, led the Peregrines with a 3.44 cumulative grade-point average. Women’s tennis compiled a 3.27 GPA, while men’s tennis (3.24), women’s basketball (3.16) and women’s soccer (3.09) rounded out the Peregrines' honorees.
To receive the honor each program must have a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution.
The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference had 61 teams accomplish the feat, as Olivet Nazarene led the NAIA with 19. Purdue Calumet was one of three schools in the conference who sponsor 10 or more sports to have at least 50 percent of their programs receive the honor.
LADY PLAYMAKERS TO HOLD TRYOUTS: The Lady Playmakers 12-and-under travel softball team will hold tryouts at 5 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Caldwell Sports Complex, located at 173rd and Parrish Avenues. For details or to schedule a tryout, call Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007.
Around the horn
Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway. Points leader Austin Dillon led a race-high 116 laps, but gave up a huge lead following a late caution. Keselowski, the only Sprint Cup driver in the field, took control a few laps later for his second Nationwide win at Iowa. ... Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the pole for today's Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, turning the second-fastest lap in track history to edge Will Power for the top spot. ... Tiger Woods followed one of the best rounds of his life with a solid 2-under 68 in the third round of the Bridgestone Invitational, giving him a seven-shot lead and setting him up for a remarkable eighth victory at Firestone Country Club. ... Inbee Park wanted tough conditions at St. Andrews to try to make up an eight-shot deficit in her pursuit of a fourth straight major. It turned out to be too tough for anyone. The third round of the Women's British Open was suspended by gusts that topped 40 mph and kept golf balls from staying put on the greens.