Sports Digest: Saltdogs rout RailCats

2013-07-16T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:41:15Z Sports Digest: Saltdogs rout RailCats
July 16, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro baseball

SALTDOGS ROUT RAILCATS: Lincoln scored 11 unanswered runs to break out of a 2-2 sixth-inning tie and defeat the visiting RailCats 13-2 on Tuesday.

Craig Maddox, Adam Klein and Drew Martinez all recorded two hits for the RailCats. Maddox delivered a solo home run, his team-leading fourth of the season, in the sixth, to knot the score, but Lincoln responded with two runs in the sixth, followed by three in the seventh and six in the eighth.

Ari Ronick suffered the loss for the RailCats, yielding four runs (three earned) in five-plus innings. Josh Biggs (Washington Township) was roughed up in 1 1/3 innings of relief, getting tagged for six hits and eight runs.

MLB ON TRACK FOR MORE INSTANT REPLAY IN 2014: Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires' calls next year.

MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre says "we're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014."

Video review has been in place for home run calls since August 2008. Commissioner Bud Selig initially wanted to add trap plays and fair/foul calls down the lines for 2013, but change was put off while more radical options were examined.

Speaking to the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday, Torre said "we're still in the tweaking stages" and "we're not limiting ourselves."

An agreement would be needed with the unions and players and umpires.


Pro hockey

HAWKS DEAL CARCILLO TO KINGS: The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.

The 28-year-old Carcillo had two goals and an assist in 23 games this season with Chicago. He had one assist in four playoff games.

Carcillo, who was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2003 draft, has 40 goals and 47 assists in 333 games over seven seasons with Phoenix, Philadelphia and Chicago.

Also Tuesday, the Blackhawks announced they had reached a one-year deal with defenseman Ryan Stanton. He played in one game with Chicago last season.


Pro football

BEARS TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY: Bears individual-game tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Fans may charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or (800) 943-4327 for the hearing impaired, or online at Tickets are priced at $79 to $395 for preseason games. There is no limit on how many preseason tickets may be purchased. Regular-season tickets are priced at $104 to $420, with a limit of four tickets per customer per game.


College sports

NIU HIRES WISCONSIN'S FRAZIER AS AD: Northern Illinois hired Wisconsin deputy athletic director Sean Frazier on Tuesday to be its new athletic director.

Frazier replaces Jeff Compher, who left to take the athletic director's job at East Carolina.

Frazier, who has been at Wisconsin since 2007, was also a finalist to become Rutgers athletic director before the school hired Julie Hermann.

"The fit, for me, was perfect," Frazier said. "When I look at Northern Illinois University and Huskie athletics, I see a community that reflects who I am as an administrator. Entering the process, I saw a lot of similarities between what is needed to take that next step at NIU, and what I have been able to bring to some of the jobs I've held previously."

Northern Illinois is coming off the most successful football season in school history. The Huskies went 12-2, won the Mid-American Conference championship and became the first MAC team to reach the BCS. Northern Illinois lost the Orange Bowl 31-10 to Florida State.

Overall, five NIU athletic teams advanced to the finals of MAC championships in 2012-13 and the school has won five MAC titles over the last two years.


Prep football

H-F GOLF OUTING SET: The third annual Homewood-Flossmoor Football Golf Outing will be at 11 a.m. July 26 at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor.

Registration will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start/scramble format. The cost is $90 per golfer and includes lunch, golf cart, dinner and a golf gift.

For details, call Barb Buzea at (219) 406-1652.


Around the horn

The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year contract with forward Jeff Pendergraph. The 6-foot-9 Pendergraph spent the past two seasons at Indiana, mostly in a reserve role.


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