Sports Digest: Runnin' With the Irish 5K Saturday

2014-03-11T22:00:00Z 2014-03-15T19:48:26Z Sports Digest: Runnin' With the Irish 5K Saturday nwitimes.com
March 11, 2014 10:00 pm

Pro basketball

BYNUM'S RETURN HELPS PACERS GET PAST CELTICS: David West scored 24 points, and Andrew Bynum grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over Boston on Tuesday.

Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four. Paul George added 12 points as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference lead to 1½ games over two-time defending champion Miami in the East.

Bynum played just 15 minutes but his first basket gave Indiana a 16-14 lead, and the Pacers never trailed again.

Pro baseball

ABREU HAS THREE HITS IN SOX WIN: John Danks pitched four-hit ball for five innings, and Jose Abreu went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, leading the White Sox to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

Danks, making his second start of the spring, struck out one and walked three as he continued his buildup to the regular season. Gordon Beckham hit a solo home run in support of Danks.

Paul Konerko and Dayan Viciedo each had an RBI as the White Sox got 12 hits.

ROCKIES ROUT CUBS: Nolan Arenado and Kyle Parker each hit home runs, and Jorge De La Rosa pitched three innings of two-hit ball, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 13-0 win over the Cubs in front of a Cactus League-record 14,840 fans.

Arenado had three hits, including a sun-aided triple, and two RBIs to lead the Rockies' 16-hit attack, while Drew Stubbs added two singles and Parker hit a two-run shot off Cubs starter Travis Wood.

Wood's final line — five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings with a walk and no strikeouts — could have been different. After getting through the first two innings without much trouble, he retired the first two in the third before Arenado sent a drive to center field that the Cubs' Junior Lake lost in the sun. It fell for a triple and the Rockies followed with five straight hits.

Sled-dog racing

SURPRISED DALLAS SEAVEY WINS 2ND IDITAROD: Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish, after a sudden storm blew the front-runner out of the competition and kept another musher minutes away from her first win.

The victory was so strange that Seavey said he didn't even realize he won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line.

In fact, he thought he was "racing my dad for third," he said. But in fact the trailing musher he thought was his father, defending champion Mitch Seavey, was actually Aliy Zirkle, and they were battling for first place.

College baseball

VALPO'S LUNDEEN NAMED HORIZON PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Valparaiso's Dalton Lundeen was named the Horizon League Pitcher of the Week.

He was 1-1 with a 2.38 ERA. He allowed four hits over seven innings in a shutout win over Texas A & M-Corpus Christi. Earlier in the week, he allowed two runs over four innings against No. 10 Texas.

Men's tennis

VALPARAISO SWEEPS MONMOUTH: Eric Honert (No. 2 singles) and Brian Hickey (No. 6) each won their matches 6-0, 6-0, leading Valparaiso to a 7-0 win over Monmouth in Orlando, Fla.

The Crusaders (11-3) won all six singles matches in straight sets and also swept the doubles matches.

Local running

RUNNIN' WITH THE IRISH 5K WALK/RUN IS SATURDAY: The 14th annual Runnin' With the Irish 5K walk/run/fun run will take place Saturday at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton.

The fun run will start at 8:30 a.m.; 5k run will be at 9 a.m., and the the walk will be at 9:01. Race-day registration will begin at 7 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children aged 5 to 14, and $10 for the children's fun run. For details, go to www/stpatsparish.org/5k-run, or call Brooke Recktenwall at (219) 728-8114.

Youth baseball

UMPIRE/COACHES CLINIC SATURDAY: A national Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire/Coaches Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hammond Civic Center.

Registration will start at 8 a.m. All youth league umpires and coaches, and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification, are encouraged to attend. An open-book national certification test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified, but do not have to take the test.

Cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $40 to take the certification test or to recertify. For details, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.

Around the horn

The Colts re-signed kicker Adam Vinatieri on Tuesday, hours before he was to become an unrestricted free agent. 

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