Sports Digest: Softball player Sierra LaFreniere signs with PNC

2013-10-22T21:15:00Z 2013-12-12T22:15:30Z Sports Digest: Softball player Sierra LaFreniere signs with PNC nwitimes.com
October 22, 2013 9:15 pm

College softball

LAFRENIERE SIGNS WITH PURDUE NORTH CENTRAL: Chesterton senior Sierra LaFreniere signed her national letter Tuesday to play collegiate softball at Purdue North Central. She will major in nursing.

 

Pro hockey

SHARP SCORES IN SHOOTOUT AS HAWKS TOP PANTHERS: Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp each scored in the shootout to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Toews also scored in regulation; Bryan Bickell added a goal and, Corey Crawford made 20 saves.

Sharp beat goalie Jacob Markstrom on the glove side for the deciding goal. The Blackhawks have won five of their past six games and extended their point streak to six games.

Florida has lost four of its last five games and has lost to Chicago four straight times.

"17 SECONDS" PREMIERE OCT. 30 AT NAVY PIER: "17 Seconds," a movie chronicling the Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup championship, premieres at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Navy Pier's IMAX Theatre. Also, "One Goal II," a book on the championship, will be available at all Blackhawks Store locations in mid-November. For details, to go chicagoblackhawks.com.

 

Pro basketball

PACERS BEAT HAWKS: David West had 24 points and seven rebounds; Paul George had 17 points, and Luis Scola scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Pacers to a 107-89 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.

It was the second consecutive win for the Pacers (2-5), who lost their first five preseason games.

Indiana's Danny Granger sat out a second straight game with a strained left calf.

 

College

MIAMI'S NCAA SAGA COMES TO AN END WITH SANCTIONS: Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three, as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA as the Nevin Shapiro scandal presumably drew to a close.

Both of those scholarship losses will be stretched out over three years. But for the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game.

"It's relief that we finally have a decision," Miami President Donna Shalala told The Associated Press. "It's been a long haul. But I don't have any anger or frustration."

The school will also serve three years of probation. Former men's basketball coach Frank Haith, now at Missouri, will sit out the first five games of his team's upcoming season as punishment for his involvement with the former booster, and three former Miami football and basketball assistant coaches were handed two-year show-cause bans.

 

Pro baseball

PRICE IS RIGHT FOR REDS: Pitching coach Bryan Price was first on the Reds' list of manager candidates. Three hours of answering every question tossed his way ended their search rather quickly.

After one interview, it was over.

The Reds stayed in-house for their next manager, giving Price a three-year deal Tuesday that came with expectations that he'll take them deep into the playoffs right away.

Dusty Baker led the Reds to three 90-win seasons and three playoff appearances in the last four years, their best stretch of success since Sparky Anderson managed the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. But Cincinnati got knocked out in the first round of the postseason each time.

The Reds fired Baker with a year left on his two-year deal after a final-week fade that included an implosion by the pitching staff.

 

Prep football

TEXAS DAD ALLEGES BULLYING IN 91-0 GAME: Texas high school coach Tim Buchanan benched his starters after only 21 plays, kept to a conservative ground game and even allowed the clock to run uninterrupted after halftime to hasten the final whistle. Still, his Bearcats won 91-0.

Now the coach is facing formal accusations of bullying.

The impressive victory for undefeated Aledo High School, a football powerhouse in suburban Fort Worth that has put up similar numbers against other schools, has forced an investigation after a parent from the opposing team filed a bullying complaint. The complaint, which must be investigated under state law, says Buchanan should have done more to prevent the lopsided score.

"It wasn't good for anybody," Buchanan said of the Friday win over Western Hills in a Class 4A matchup. "I've sat and gone over and over and over it on what we could have done differently. The score could have very easily been 150 to nothing."

Western Hills coach John Naylor told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he disagreed with the bullying allegation, which Buchanan said suggested his coaches "should have made their players ease up and quit playing that hard."

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