Sports Digest: South Suburban College teams advance to NJCAA DIV. II regional semis

2014-03-01T22:00:00Z 2014-03-03T17:24:11Z Sports Digest: South Suburban College teams advance to NJCAA DIV. II regional semis
March 01, 2014 10:00 pm

College basketball

SSC TEAMS ADVANCE TO TODAY'S NJCAA DIV. II REGIONAL SEMIS: South Suburban College's men's and women's teams will play in today's NJCAA Division II regional semifinals.

The men's team plays Oakton Community College at 4 p.m. at Illinois Valley Community College.

The women's team meets host Moraine Valley Community College at 2 p.m.

Pro basketball

BULLS, FREDETTE REACH TENTATIVE DEAL: A person familiar with the situation says the Bulls and former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette have tentatively agreed to a contract for the remainder of the season after he parted with the Sacramento Kings this week.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

The sharp-shooting guard was bought out by the Kings on Thursday and cleared waivers Saturday. Now, he's getting a second chance with the Bulls.

Fredette is averaging 5.9 point and 11.3 minutes in his third season. But the Bulls are hoping "Jimmermania" will take off in Chicago after staying grounded with the Kings — or that he will at least give them the outside touch they were seeking.

Pro baseball

INDIANS-WHITE SOX RAINED OUT: John Danks didn't get to pitch against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday because of rain. He still enjoyed some quality time with his cut fastball.

After Saturday's scheduled exhibition game was called off, the White Sox left-hander threw 45 pitches in a three-inning simulated game in the batting cage to remain on schedule.

Danks used the time to work on his cutter, a pitch that he used more frequently before he was sidelined by arm surgery in 2012.

"Everything felt good," Danks said. "I was pleased with the cutter and was able to make it move. I started playing with it on the opposite side of the plate."

"It gives me another pitch to get lefties out. I think we might have found something (today)," he said.

While Danks said it was disappointing to not face opposing batters, he said, "It was good to get up that third time (after breaks to simulate half-innings) and stretch it out as much as we can. We have plenty of time to get to where we want to be."

Adam Dunn, who was in the lineup for the canceled game, will do some hitting before today's game, then leave for the Academy Awards. The movie "Dallas Buyers Club," which Dunn helped finance and in which he appeared briefly, is nominated for six Oscars. Dunn will be back in the White Sox lineup on Tuesday.

Auto racing

BUSCH WINS THIRD STRAIGHT AT PIR: Kyle Busch became the first driver to win three straight Nationwide races at Phoenix International Raceway, dominating his way through a rain-shortened race Saturday.

Busch took an early lead and was still out front when the race was halted with 32 laps left in the 200-mile race around Phoenix's odd-shaped mile oval. After a delay of more than two hours, the race was called, giving Busch his series-record 64th Nationwide victory.

Kevin Harvick finished second and pole sitter Brad Keselowski was third, followed by Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth.

Busch led 155 laps for his 10th overall victory at PIR and the fourth straight Nationwide win for Joe Gibbs Racing at the track. Joey Logano won for JGR in the 2012 fall PIR race.

Pro golf

MCILROY TAKES 2-SHOT LEAD AT HONDA CLASSIC: Rory McIlroy did just enough to keep the lead Saturday in the Honda Classic.

McIlroy avoided a big number early in his round and narrowly missed birdie chances late. He wound up with a 1-under 69 for a two-shot lead over Russell Henley going into the final round. The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland is going for his first PGA Tour win in 18 months.

Tiger Woods moved up 49 spots with a 65 playing in the second group of the day. He finished two hours before McIlroy started and wound up in a tie for 17th, though he was still seven shots behind.

Henley holed out form 150 yards for eagle on No. 14 on his way to a 68.

McIlroy was at 12-under 198. He won the 2012 tournament.

WEBB, STANFORD SET UP SHOWDOWN AT HSBC CHAMPIONS: Australia's Karrie Webb shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over American Angela Stanford after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions.

Webb had an 11-under 205 total on Sentosa's Serapong Course. The 39-year-old Hall of Famer, the 2011 Singapore winner at Tanah Merah, won the Women's Australian Open two weeks ago for her 40th LPGA Tour title.

Stanford, the 2012 winner at Tanah Merah, had a 69.

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