SJC'S PETERSON, DENNEHEY GARNER AWARDS: St. Joseph's College pitcher Jordan Peterson was recently named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Midwest Pitcher of the region. He also earned First-Team All-Region honors and moves on in the National All-American ballot.
Peterson is also a semifinalist for the inaugural Josh Willingham Award, which will be presented to the most valuable player in NCAA Division II.
Teammate Charlie Dennehey was named to the All-Region Second Team.
Peterson is 9-1 this season with a 1.59 ERA. Dennehey is batting .372 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.
VALPO EDGES YOUNGSTOWN STATE: John Loeffler's RBI single in the sixth inning put Valparaiso ahead for good in a 4-1 Horizon League win over Youngstown State on Thursday.
Andrew Bain added two hits, including a double, an RBI and run scored, for the Crusaders (26-26, 11-11); Andy Burns doubled and had an RBI, and Cole Webb (4-7) allowed 12 hits over six innings.
MUNSTER’S SCHLOTMAN TO PLAY IN HOOSIER REUNION CLASSIC. Mike Schlotman (Munster) will take part in the Hoosier Reunion Classic on June 7.
Boys and girls games will be played at Knightstown’s Hoosier Gym. The boys game will take place at 7 p.m. Valparaiso recruit Clay Yeo (Triton) will also participate.
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KNICKS BEAT PACERS TO STAY ALIVE: Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to help the New York Knicks stay alive in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Pacers in Game 5 on Thursday night.
Reserves J.R. Smith and Chris Copeland each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory Saturday in Indiana to force a seventh game back here Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series.
Anthony made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again.
Paul George had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers, who played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers.
BECKHAM TO RETIRE FROM SOCCER AT END OF SEASON: David Beckham is retiring from soccer after the season, ending a career in which he become a global superstar since starting his career at Manchester United.
The 38-year-old Englishman recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain. He said in a statement Friday he is "thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."
Beckham has two games left this season with PSG. He also played for Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning titles with both those clubs as well as with United.
FORMER NASCAR DRIVER TRICKLE DEAD AT 71: Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says authorities received a call believed to be from Trickle on Thursday saying that "there would be a dead body and it would be his." Authorities tried to call the number back, but no one answered.
The sheriff says Trickle's body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C., about 40 miles northwest of Charlotte. Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Johnson says foul play is not suspected.
Trickle was the Winston Cup series rookie of the year in 1989 but never won a Cup race.
SAMARDZIJA LEADS CUBS TO WIN: Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day, and the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 late Wednesday night.
The Cubs won back-to-back series for the first time this season. Samardzija (2-5) allowed two runs and five hits. The Valparaiso High School graduate struck out seven and walked two.
Around the horn
Purdue University Calumet athletics consultant John Friend and university Major Gifts Officer Frank Podkul discuss the 33rd annual Powers-Purdue Calumet Golf Invitational, scheduled June 24, and other university athletic topics on "Purdue Calumet Sports Insight" at 5:30 p.m. today on WJOB-AM (1230).