SIX VALPO WOMEN'S TEAMS EARN NCAA RECOGNITION: Valparaiso's softball, women's basketball, cross country, golf and indoor and outdoor track teams each received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic excellence.
The award is given to programs that have an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sport. All six programs repeated the honor. It's the fifth-consecutive honor for the softball team.
MARQUETTE'S GALLAS GSSC COACH OF THE YEAR: Marquette Catholic coach Jordan Gallas has been named the Greater South Shore Conference's Coach of the Year.
The Blazers won both the regular-season and tournament titles. They are playing in today's Lafayette Jeff Regional.
IU'S NEW LOOK COULD HELP RECRUITING: Indiana is giving its football team a new look.
The Hoosiers have unveiled — www.youtube.com/watch?v
The team is expected to wear each helmet at least once this season.
While Indiana fans have been waiting years for the football program to change its image by winning more games, coach Kevin Wilson insists the new helmet designs are helping in another way — getting the attention of recruits. He's hoping IU football will follow the recent resurgence of men's basketball and baseball.
LOVE, APPLEBY AMONG 6 TIED FOR LEAD AT ST. JUDE: Davis Love III and Stuart Appleby shot 4-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the lead with four other players after the first round of the St. Jude Classic.
Harris English, Nathan Green, Martin Flores and Glen Day also pushed their way into the lead on a day where at least three others had a piece of the top spot lead at some point.
Defending champ Dustin Johnson finished with a 67 and was tied with 10 others including David Toms, a two-time winner here, and Shawn Stefani, who was tied for the lead before he hit into a fairway bunker and bogeyed No. 18.
KARL OUT AS NUGGETS COACH: George Karl is out as coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Team President Josh Kroenke confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that Karl's tenure was over just weeks after he was named the NBA's coach of the year. Karl's departure comes shortly after Masai Ujiri, the league's executive of the year, left to become general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Karl guided the third-youngest team in the NBA to the third-best record in the Western Conference with a franchise-record 57 wins, but the Nuggets were bounced from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight season. He had one more year on his contract.
A'S ROSALES HOMERS IN 10TH TO BEAT SOX: Adam Rosales hit a two-out homer in the top of the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics had a season high four home runs in a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Thursday night.
Rosales' fourth homer of the season came off White Sox reliever Matt Thornton (0-2), a 1-1 pitch that was just fair to left field.
Yoenis Cespedes hit two home runs for the second time in three games. Josh Reddick also connected. All four homers were solo shots.
A's reliever Jerry Blevins got the win (5-0) while Grant Balfour earned his 14th save in as many attempts.
The A's have won six of seven and 17 of 20. Oakland is 12-2 during a 17-day stretch without a day off.
The White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games.
Before Thursday's game the White Sox placed Jake Peavy on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture of the left fourth anterior rib.
The move was retroactive to Wednesday and the right-hander will miss at least the next four to six weeks.
PROMOTIONS, GIVEAWAYS SET FOR RAILCATS’ HOMESTAND: The RailCats’ next home stand runs through Wednesday and includes giveaways and guest appearances.
E.C. Central grad and Orlando Magic guard E’Twaun Moore will appear at today’s game. The schedule also includes Where’s Waldo Night on Saturday, Bark at the Park on Sunday, Kids Eat Free Monday, Two for Tuesday and Dollar Wednedsay.
For details, go to www.RailCatsbaseball.com.
Around the horn
A steady rain punctuated by heavy downpours has forced the postponement of the first round of the LPGA Championship on Thursday. The LPGA's second major of the year will begin this morning, the second round will be staged on Saturday, and the players will attempt to complete 36 holes on Sunday, the LPGA said.