T.F. SOUTH GRAD GRANDERSON OUT 10 WEEKS: Curtis Granderson jogged to first base after being hit on his right forearm as if it was a minor annoyance. Back at the ballpark in a brace a couple of hours later, it was clear the New York Yankees had a pretty big power problem on their hands.
In his first at-bat of spring training, the T.F. South grad broke his arm when he hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, and is expected to be out until the first week of May.
The Yankees, who were beat 2-0 by a Blue Jays' split squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break.
"Five pitches in we got a little setback," Granderson said. "Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes."
The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he'll miss about a month of the regular season.
THUNDER CRASH BULLS OFFENSE: Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka both contributed double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder held Chicago to the worst shooting performance in the NBA this season, beating the Bulls 102-72 on Sunday night.
The Thunder, who had allowed an average of 113 points over their previous four games, broke out of a rough defensive patch by limiting Chicago to 29.1 percent shooting.
The Bulls also had their worst shooting performance of last season in Oklahoma City, when they connected on just 33 percent. Midway through the third quarter, Chicago had missed 44 of its 55 shots and was on pace for the worst shooting night in franchise history.
Nate Robinson and Luol Deng had 13 points apiece to lead Chicago.
PUMAS DROP TWO TO DRURY: St. Joseph's College lost both games in a double-header at Drury on Sunday, falling 6-3 and 4-3.
Jake Roberts drove in all three runs in the first game, and hit a home run.
In the second game, the Pumas (0-2) gave up the winning run unearned with one out in the ninth inning.
MOSSER TO AFA PREP: Valparaiso High School senior John Mosser has verbally committed to attend the Air Force Academy Prep School. The 6-foot-7 forward/center leads the Vikings in scoring at 14.6 points per game.
VALPO FALLS IN 3 GAMES AT HILLTOPPER CLASSIC: Three games all decided by two runs or less went against Valparaiso University's softball team Sunday in the final day of action at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic in Bowling Green, Ky.
The Crusaders resumed Saturday's suspended game against South Dakota State, losing 3-2 in eight innings, then fell to Pitt 7-5, and Western Michigan 2-1.
“We were in every game today, but just being in games isn't good enough,” said Crusaders coach Jordan Stevens.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR WHEELER SECTIONAL: Wheeler High School will sell tickets for this week's Class 2A sectional from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Tuesday. Season tickets are $10. Games are scheduled for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Tickets will be on sale in the main office at Bishop Noll from 3 to 4 p.m. today for Noll fans and alumni. Enter door A.
Whiting High School will sell tickets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the main office.
WEST SIDE SECTIONAL TICKETS ON SALE AT L.C., MUNSTER: The Lake Central and Munster athletic departments will sell season tickets to the West Side Sectional games.
Fans can purchase tickets at Lake Central from 8 a.m. to noon today by entering Door A. Fans can purchase tickets at Munster from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday.
Tickets are $10 each, which grants admission to all games of the sectional.
Around the horn
Matt Garza still had a bulky wrap around his midsection Sunday, and the Cubs right-hander was uncertain when he would be allowed to throw again. A week after feeling a twinge in his left side while throwing batting practice, Garza said that he had no pain and was feeling better. He described the pulled muscle as "just a little spot that's annoying." ... A University of Utah defensive lineman has been dismissed from the team after being charged with beating and threatening to kill his wife. Koliniasi Leota, 24, was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with felony counts of aggravated assault, kidnapping and domestic violence in the presence of a child. He also faces four misdemeanor domestic violence charges. ... Three pitchers combined Sunday for the first no hitter for South Carolina in nearly 37 years. Starter Colby Homes went six innings with three strikeouts and a walk, Forrest Koumas went two innings with three walks and a strikeout and Josh Knab let no one on base as he picked up the final three outs as South Carolina beat Albany 14-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.